CIBC Fall Meeting 2021
October 24, 2021
Dave Fortier’s house, Biddeford
About 18 iceboaters gathered at Dave Fortier’s house on the first snappy day of the fall after a very warm October. Larry Mazoway brought Indigo for some final sail fitting in the driveway as sailors arrived.
President Bill Buchholz began the meeting by welcoming tow new members in attendance: Randall Fairman of Dixmont, ME and Craig Hackett of Epping, NH. In the hopes that they or other’s could be new scouts we discussed the purpose of scouting and what to look for. Once frozen, we want to know approximately when it first froze (to judge thickness by counting days of time frozen), and whether any snow accumulation is wetted out partially or completely. If it is a new lake, we want to know what the access is like, including parking options. Scouting reports are to be sent to Bill Buchholz for confirmation and posting. We reviewed past methods of posting ice reports: answering machine and text chains. The Facebook nordic skating group was mentioned as a source for more blades-on-the-ice reporting.
Bill read off an impressively long list of Maine lakes sailed in 2020 including Sebattus, Moosehead, Lake St. George, Damariscotta Lake, Great Pond, Plymouth Pond, Long Pond MDI, Jordan Bay, Chickawaukie, and Tunk Lake. Others lakes were sailed in New Hampshire and Quebec. Some possible new lakes were discussed, including Little Sebago and Cobbosseecontee.
Jim Gagnon reported that the parking area around the Damariscotta Lake launch off Vannah Rd. is now being patrolled for parking violations. He will try to talk to the sheriff or others to determine where parking is allowed.
We had a quick discussion about the difficulty of keeping the CIBC webcam operational on Dami. It is currently located at Camp Kieve, but seems to go out frequently and does not reboot itself. We need an IT guy.
Treasure Jim Gagnon gave the treasury report. Income from dues, book sales, hats and gifts of $1907 outpaced expenses of charitable donations, newsletter, and postage of $493, bringing the club coffers up from $4223 to $5701 from Nov.1 2020 to April 1, 2021.
Meeting adjourned, and we all tucked in to a wonderful potluck lunch.
Curtis Rindlaub, Secretary