Board of Director’s Meeting

April 9, 2007


CALL TO ORDER:  President Steve Sulzby called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm.  Members present were:  Steve Sulzby, John Killian, Carol Murakoshi, Donna Wenberg, Barbara Balowitz, Merlin Hansen, Irma Johnson, Sue Fardette, Diane Sachs, and Jan Wagner.  Excused were:  Frank Bartlett and Mark Tang.


MINUTES:    Barbara Balowitz moved to accept the minutes as read.  Irma Johnson seconded.  Motion carried.


TREASURER’S REPORT:    Donna Wenberg reported that the current total assets as of March 31, 2007 was $6,738.51 that reflected a negative change of $75.16 compared to last year at this time.  The net income in March 2007 was $100.96.  The Treasurer’s report was approved as read.


CHARITY/HOSPITALITY:    Barbara Balowitz reported that a sum of $14.00 was collected from both book and charity boxes.  She sent a Sympathy card to the family of Norma Ludmerer who recently passed away.  She also sent a get-well card to Mark Tang’s wife, Carol, who is recovering from surgery. 




REFRESHMENTS:.  Diane Sachs and Donna Wenberg volunteered to coordinate the luncheon in May.  Volunteers are need for June.  Donna also researched the average costs  of the refreshments for the years 2002-2005 which was approximately $10.00/table or $250.00 per unit game.


EDUCATION:  Diane Sachs reported that Frank Bartlett told her to contact Maxine Montgomery’s daughter who is on the Long B each Board of Education for ideas to promote Bridge in the schools.  Steve Sulzby will speak to Rand and ask him for information on education in the district.


AWARDS:  Jan Wagner reported that the license plates have arrived.  The certificates have been made and free plays will be awarded to recipients.  Postcards are in the process of being sent to awardees.  Frank Bartlett volunteered to be in charge of Awards in 2007-2008.


IN COORDINATOR:  Steve reported that the Tuesday afternoon lecture/sessions have been excellent-standing room only.  Sue Fardette mentioned that the Non-Life Masters appreciate these sessions sponsored by Unit 557.


MEMBERSHIP REPORT:  Irma Johnson reported the latest In & Out stats from ACBL for the period 2-28-07 through 4-1-07. 

                        Total Members                                            466

                        Members receiving Bulletin             409

                        Rookie                                                              38

                        Junior Master                                       35

                        Club Master                                                     52

                        Sectional Master                                             68

                        Regional Master                                              66

                        NABC Master                                                  42

                        Life Master                                                       30

                        Bronze Life Master                                         61

                        Silver Life Master                                            55

                        Gold Life Master                                             16

                        Emerald Life Master                                         3

There was one transfer in and one transfer out.  The change of status during this period was James Smith, who made Silver Life Master. 

OLD BUSINESS: Re:  2007 Roster:  Christine Furmen included the information for those who do not wish to be included in the 2007 roster in last month’s Bridge column.  She will include it again this month. Steve Sulzby suggested that we post the information at the Bridge Center and Carol Murakoshi volunteered to make the signs.


NEW BUSINESS:  Steve reported that he received the Quips Report from ACBL and noted that the median age of Unit 557 is 69 years.

Re: 2007 LB Sectional in November:  John Killian brought in the flyer to be published and asked the members to peruse it and note any errors before printing. The ad will be in the So. Calif. Bridge News for 2 months.  John will check the availability of the extra room down the hallway, the Guest Hotel on PCH and the Holiday Inn on Willow very soon.  Diane Sachs will check the availability of the JCC  as well.  Donna Wenberg made a motion that we raise the card fee of the next Sectional to $9.00. Jan Wagner seconded.  Motion carried. 

Steve reported that our district will get $20,000 to donate to local charity organizations.  Our unit will receive approximately $4,000-$5,000 of that amount.  Rand Pinsky suggested that we publish our donation in a local newspaper such as the Press Telegram.  Discussion on this matter will be tabled to next month’s meeting. 

Donna mentioned that we received an invitation from the Women’s Shelter to a Wine-Tasting event.  The card will be posted on the Unit Bulletin Board.

ADJOURNMENT:  Merlin Hansen made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Diane Sachs seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 pm.  The next monthly meeting will be on Monday, May 7, 2007 at 6:00 pm.


Carol Murakoshi, Secretary.