Board of Directors Meeting
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.
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.
PUBLICITY & EDUCATION: No reports.
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
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.