Board of Directors Meeting

February 13, 2006


CALL TO ORDER:    President John Killian called the meeting to order at 6:14 pm.  Members present were:  John Killian, Arnie Maddox, Carol Murakoshi, Donna Wenberg, Barbara Balowitz, Rosemary Ford, Merlin Hansen, Irma Johnson, Morris Lorber, Marshall Pelle and Jan Wagner.  Members excused were:  Frank Bartlett, Frank Seipp, and Steve Sulzby.  Bette Willner has resigned from the Board of Directors.


MINUTES:    Arnie Maddox made a motion to approve the minutes as read.  Merlin Hansen seconded.  Motion carried.


TREASURER’S REPORT:   Donna Wenberg reported that the current total assets as of January 31, 2006 was $7,441.98 that reflected a positive change of $159.93 from last year at this time.  The net income as of January 31, 2006 was negative $379.15.  Merlin Hansen moved and Irma Johnson seconded to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Motion carried.


HOSPITALITY/CHARITY:  Barbara Balowitz collected $27.00 from both the Book and Charity boxes.  She sent Get Well cards to:  Betty McClellan and Beryl Henry.  She will be sending a Sympathy card to the family of Dorothy McCollom.


SANCTIONS:  Irma Johnson sanctioned the Unit Games for the second quarter.  The games are scheduled as follows:

            April 23, 2006-Unit Game

            May 21, 2006-Unit Game

            June 25, 2006 – Unit Charity Game

A discussion was held as to whether we should have a Pro-Am Team Game this year.  Consensus was to NOT have one due to the lack of Non-Life Master participation at the Unit games.  Carol Murakoshi suggested that we have an Individual Unit Game this year.  Merlin Hansen and Carol will conduct an informal survey to determine whether players would participate in this type of game.  They will report their findings  to the Board at the next meeting.


REFRESHMENTS:  Carol Murakoshi and Frank Seipp will be in charge of lunch  for the March 19th Unit Game.  John Killian and friend will take care of the April 23rd Awards Game.


WEBSITE:  Keith Hafen has volunteered to update and keep the  website current. 




AWARDS:  Morris Lorber reported that the Mini-McKenney medallions have arrived.  The trophies, license plates and other awards will be ordered in time for the Awards Game in April.  Arnie Maddox created a database of the names and addresses of the Awardees including address labels. 


SCHOLARSHIP:    John Killian reported that applicants must be associated with Bridge (player, caddy, etc) and live in the L.A. area or have a relative who is a member of District 23. 


MEMBERSHIP REPORT:    Irma Johnson reported the latest In & Out stats from ACBL for the period 1/04/06 through 2/10/06. 

                        Total Members:                                           476

                        Members receiving Bulletin             418

                        Rookie                                                              37

                        Junior Master                                       43

                        Club Master                                                     47

                        Sectional Master                                             78

                        Regional Master                                              70

                        NABC Master                                                  38

                        Life Master                                                       28

                        Bronze Life Master                                         65

                        Silver Life Master                                            52

                        Gold Life Master                                             15

                        Diamond Life Master                                        3

There were two new members and three transfers in, to whom Irma will send welcoming letters.  There were two relevant changes of status this period:  Steve Sulzby became a Bronze Life Master and John Hand became a Silver Life Master.


OLD BUSINESS:  John Killian initiated the publishing of a new 2006 Unit 557 Roster/Directory. He collaborated with  Louise Applequist and she  accomplished the task of imputing the names/addresses and printing the roster for the unit.  500 booklets have been printed and will be distributed at the March 19th Unit Game.  Merlin Hansen and Carol Murakoshi will be in charge of distribution.  The roster will be free-of-charge to unit members.  Non-unit members will be charged $1.00 for the cost of printing as we have done in the past.


NEW BUSINESS:    John Killian received a letter on Jan. 13, 2006 from the United States Bridge Federation that is located at the  Memphis headquarters.  The Federation is responsible for all international events.  They would like to send junior players, ages 17-23 to the 6th World Youth Pairs Championship Game  and the 7th World Junior Camp in Piestany, Slovokia beginning June 30, 2006.  The cost per person excluding airfare is  approximately $600.00.  Each junior player will be responsible for his/her plane fare.  Four possible recipients from Unit 557 are:  Ryan Bogner, Kevin Carde, Christina Tang and Tiffany Tolen.  The Federation is asking individuals or units to subsidize one of our juniors or make a contribution to the cause. Discussion on this matter will be tabled to the next meeting.  


ADJOURNMENT:   It was moved and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 pm.  The next monthly meeting will be on Monday, March 6, 2006 at 6:00 pm.


Carol Murakoshi