Board of Director’s Meeting

July 10, 2006


CALL TO ORDER:  Vice President Jan Wagner called the meeting to order at 6:07 pm.  Members present were:  John Killian, Jan Wagner, Carol Murakoshi, Donna Wenberg, Frank Bartlett, Irma Johnson, Marshall Pelle, Frank Seipp Jr., Steve Sulzby, Merlin Hansen,  Barbara Balowitz, Rosemary Ford and Morris Lorber.


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




HOSPITALITY/CHARITY:  Barbara Balowitz reported that she collected $16.00 from both boxes. Sympathy cards were sent to:  Jean Matz  for the loss of her husband and the family of Ian Screen who passed away.  Get Well cards were sent to:  Paul Pettler, Dwayne James and Mary Jane Jones.


SANCTIONS:  No report.


REFRESHMENTS:  Marshall Pelle and Rosemary Ford will host the next Unit Game  luncheon in July.  Merlin Hansen and Morris Lorber volunteered to coordinate the luncheon in August.  Reminder:  In the future, the luncheon coordinators need to remind Alan Flower to arrive by 12:00 noon if he is assigned to be the Unit Game director.


PUBLICITY:  Rosemary Ford created and put up a very nice banner for the “Christmas in July” project for the Women’s Shelter.  It is placed above the bookshelf  where the members easily see it.


EDUCATION:  Merlin Hansen reported that he contacted someone at the Department of Education in Long Beach regarding an after school Bridge program for students in the fall.  The response was positive and Marshall Pelle who is an Accredited Bridge Teacher will teach Bridge to students. Rosemary Ford and Merlin Hansen volunteered to assist him.




IN COORDINATOR:   Steve Sulzby reported that he would personally thank Frank Bartlett for substituting  at the July 11th session.  Frank will continue to conduct  a lecture/discussion session for interested players from 12:45 – 1:15 pm at the monthly unit games.


MEMBERSHIP REPORT:    Irma Johnson reported the latest In & Out stats from ACBL for the period 5-31-06 through 7-01-06. 


                        Total Members:                                           465

                        Members receiving Bulletin             410

                        Rookie                                                              35

                        Junior  Master                                                  35

                        Club Master                                                     44

                        Sectional Master                                             77

                        Regional Master                                              69

                        NABC Master                                                  42

                        Life Master                                                       30

                        Bronze Life                                                      63

                        Silver Life Master                                            52

                        Gold Life Master                                             15

                        Diamond Life Master                                        3


There were three new members this period and two transfers in, to whom Irma will send welcoming letters.  The relevant changes of status for the period were:  Keith and Susie Hafen both became Life Masters and Earl Van Der Vord became a Silver Life Master.


OLD BUSINESS:  Further discussion was held as to whether Unit 557 should withdraw our support for the ALACBU Scholarship Committee.  Unit 557 contributes $750.00 to the committee towards college scholarships for the year at various intervals.  Steve Sulzby felt that we should support a partial donation to the committee for the Long Beach Regional.  During this regional, Unit 557 has an event named for us.  Donna Wenberg felt that the funds shouldn’t be allotted for college scholarships, rather our donations should go towards Bridge related events such as Bridge camps.  After the discussion was completed, Donna Wenberg made a motion to abandon our monetary support towards the ALACBU  Scholarship Committee in the future.  Jan Wagner seconded.  Motion carried.


The response from the ads in the Long Beach Grunion has been poor.  There has been one call so far.  The ads run $100.00 per month and we started the ads in May.  We will review the results in August and decide if we should continue publishing the ads. 




ADJOURNMENT:  Frank Seipp Jr. made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Barbara Balowitz seconded.  Motion carried.   The  meeting was adjourned at 6:58 pm.  The next monthly meeting will be on Monday, August 21, 2006 at 6:00 pm.


Carol Murakoshi