Minutes from February 4 PSMS Meeting
The 285th meeting of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society was called to order at 7:11 PM on February 4, 2016, by President Fred Signor, who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Announcements included reminders to sign in and that dues are due. The treasurer's report and minutes were accepted.
Al Ponesca, President, Lisa Kolibabek, Volunteer Coordinator, and Jesse Lubovic, members of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild gave a presentation on the ships under their care. This includes Philadelphia's official tall ship “Gazela”, the tug “Jupiter”, and the barge “Poplar”. They are an all volunteer organization. This was likely Jesse's final visit with PSMS as, after 17 years with the Independence Seaport Museum where he was responsible for preservation of the flagship “Olympia” and World War II submarine “Becuna”, Jesse is relocating to Key West to assume responsibility for another museum ship, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Ingham”.
Show N' Tell
Summary and Photos to be published on the website.
Ship Model Shack
Joe Jordan identified open dates in February and noted those who volunteered.
Northeast Regional Conference
Pat Leaf repeated an urgent appeal for members to assist in this year's Northeast. Conference in that we need to ensure there is backup and continuity should current committee members not be able to serve in four years. For similar reasons of providing back-up, Joe Jordan was added as an additional authorized signer for our banking services.
Web site and future plans for newsletters
Although the web site had gone live, and that items previously published in the newsletter would be published on the web site, some individuals were unable to access the site, resulting in significant frustration and confusion. Until the website is stable, and access issues are resolved, all content will be uploaded as “public” so members will not be required to to sign on to view content. Moreover, until users are consistently able to access the new web site, important content will also be delivered via email. To smooth the registration process, Brian Padnes, web site administrator, will register users and provide an initial password.
Participation in the March 20 Miniature Show
A team from PSMS will attend this show and display smaller scale ship models. Past participation indicates that many attendees appreciated ship models as an alternative, and the display received significant attention.
Parking for PSMS Monthly Meetings
Subsidies for parking present a potential to significantly impact our financial position. Joe Jordan and Spencer Anderson are to discuss with Mike Flynn, VP at the ISM. (A memo describing a process to use the volunteer parking passes has been distributed and will be implemented for the March 3 meeting.)
It was agreed that we should reserve Sunday, December 18 for our annual holiday event. The Steam Ship Club will also be invited to attend.
The next meeting of the PSMS will be held on April 7, 2016.