​Strathmere Improvement Association

PO Box 4, Strathmere, NJ 08248         sia1912@comcast.net


Minutes of General Meeting

August 14, 2015
            The meeting began at 8 p.m. with the flag salute led by Linda Bateman, President.  Board members present also included Donna Diefenderfer, Treasurer; and Rosemarie Whelan, Recording Secretary.

            The President welcomed everyone to the meeting and requested that all check their names on the current email list and take a copy of the calendar of events.


Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting

            The minutes of the July 10, 2015 meeting have been emailed, and hard copies were available at this meeting.

            A motion to accept the minutes was made by Bob Roland and seconded by Mark Bateman.


Treasurer’s Report

            Opening Balance – July 11, 2015                                                                        $7,814.36


            Expenses – Guest Speaker for July Meeting                        $300.00

                               Gift for Ken Weaver                                          72.50

                               Presentation/Marine Mammal

                                    Stranding Center                                    158.00


                                    Total Disbursements                                   $530.50                        $7,283.86                                             


            Income – Dues                                                            380.00

                            Donation                                                               20.00

                            Sun catchers                                                     7.00

                            Bags                                                               42.00

                            Hats                                                                        153.00

                            Sale of S.I.A. Items and Dues                      1,703.00


                                    Total Income                                            $2,305.00                        $9,588.86


            Closing Balance                                                                                                $9,588.86


Beach Bulletins

            Paul Dietrich, Township Engineer, reports that the beach operation is complete.  Dr. Stuart Farrell will prepare a full report in the fall.

            Safety concerns about the danger of digging holes in the sand were discussed, and all were advised to fill in holes that they may have dug.

            The quality of sand has an acceptable amount of stones according to Paul Dietrich and the Army Corps of Engineers.

            Fencing and sign could not be completed at the Point, as a nesting bird was there, but is currently underway.  Bill Handley, in correspondence reporting on lifeguard trucks on the beach, explained that they are used for equipment and drills and are not operated over 15 miles per hour, or 20 miles per hour during an emergency.  He also noted that “we have fewer trips than other beaches.”  Inattentiveness of lifeguards was addressed by Mayor Palombo requesting that Bill Handley have a discussion with the guards.


Fundraising Update e also

            All hats (150) and totes (125) were sold.


Nominating Committee Report  and Elections

            Bob Roland, Chairperson of the Committee, commented that the position of Corresponding Secretary is still vacant.  Bob asked if there were any nominations from the floor for any of the positions, and none were forthcoming.  A motion to close the nominations was made by Sarah Boardman and seconded by Mark Bateman.  The motion carried.  The Secretary cast a vote, and the officers remained as follows:  Linda Bateman, President; Donna Diefenderfer, Treasurer; Elaine Holsomback, Vice-President; and Rosemarie Whelan, Recording Secretary.  


Upcoming Events

            History of Strathmere – Presented by Ken Weaver  - Wed., Aug. 26 and Fri., Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Strathmere Firehouse.  Linda showed members the glass mugs to be presented to Ken on Aug. 26.  The inscription reads “Ken - with Appreciation from the SIA - 8-26-15.”

            Nightmare in Strathmere – Sat., Aug. 29 – Boat parade starts at 6:30 p.m. (Strathmere Fishing and Environmental Club)

            Phillies Game – Tues., Aug. 18 (Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company)

            Adult Meditation and Relaxation Program – Wed., Aug. 26, 10 a.m. – noon, at the Schiavo Library

            Star Party – Derrick Pitts’ astronomy presentation is rescheduled for Sat., Oct. 10 at dusk.



            The Upper Township and Ocean City School Boards have openings, if anyone in interested in running.  Presently, there are two candidates for three seats in Upper Township, and three for three seats in Ocean City.  Approximately seventy-five percent of our taxes go to the schools.


Volunteers Wanted

            Someone is needed to coordinate refreshments.  A photographer is also needed, as is help with the website.


Mentioned by Members

            Sarah Boardman remarked that Strathmere was on Channel 6 news last night, as Adam Joseph, of that station, filed his report from the bay at the Deauville Inn.

            Judy Hollinger, noting the poor playground conditions, commented that the springing toy equipment has been pulled but not replaced.



            A motion was made by Bob Roland to adjourn the meeting, and this was seconded by Marilyn Roland.






Presented by

Sarah Miele – Education Coordinator



            The Marine Mammal Stranding Center, located in Brigantine, rescues whales, dolphins, and sea turtles along the 1800 mile New Jersey Coast.  About 30 – 70 animals a year are rescued, and the Center responds to over 200 animal calls a year throughout New Jersey.


                  Four types of seals the MMSC has rescued include harp, harbor, grey, and hooded seals. Four types of sea turtles are loggerhead, leatherback, Kemp’s Ridley, and green sea turtles.  Dolphins found along the coast of New Jersey include the common, striped, and Atlantic white-sided.  Sixteen different species of whales have been seen along the coast.  The most common is the humpback whale.

            If you come across a stranded marine mammal or sea turtle, stay at least 50 feet away as they can bite to defend themselves, call the Center at 609-266-0538, keep people and pets away from the animal, and do not try to chase it back into the water.

            If you would like to become a volunteer, please call the number above.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, complete an application, and attend a training class.


                                                                        Rosemarie Whelan

                                                                        Recording Secretary