Board of Directors Meeting

May 8, 2006


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


MINUTES:  No report.


TREASURER’S REPORT:  Donna Wenberg reported that the current total assets as of April 30, 2006 was $6,389.79 that reflected a negative change of $423.99 from last year at this time.  The net income as of April 30, 2006 was negative $1,431.34. It was moved and seconded to accept the Treasurer’s report.  Motion carried.


HOSPITALITY/CHARITY:   Frank Bartlett reported for Barbara Balowitz that a total of $46.00 was collected from the Book and Charity boxes.  Peggy Waite donated 3 large boxes of books to help the Long Beach Women’s Shelter which accounted for the larger donation included in the Book box.  No cards were sent during this period.


Frank Bartlett suggested that we should have a special “Christmas in July” project to encourage members to donate to the Long Beach Women’s Shelter at the July Regional in Long Beach and at the Bridge Center.   He moved and Carol Murakoshi seconded that a request be made  to the Tournament Committee of the Long Beach Regional and Long Beach Bridge Center to have a box at the Hospitality table at the Regional and a poster made for the Bridge Center. Motion carried.


SANCTIONS: Irma Johnson reported that the Unit Games have been sanctioned until September, 2006.  The games are scheduled as follows:

            May 21, 2006 – Unit  Pairs Game

            June 25, 2006 – Unit  Charity  Pairs Game

            July 16, 2006 – Unit Pairs Game

            August 13, 2006 – Unit  Pairs Game

            September 17, 2006 – Unit Swiss Team Game

After some discussion, the members of the Board voted against having a Unit Halloween Individual  Game in October and voted instead to have  a regular Unit Pairs Game  for the month.


REFRESHMENTS:  Donna Wenberg volunteered to take care of the luncheon in May, Jan Wagner volunteered  for June and Marshall Pelle/Rosemary Ford will be in charge of the July Unit Game luncheon. 


WEBSITE:  Keith reported the local Sectional results will not be included on the Unit 557 website.  If members are interested, they can go the ACBL website for the results.


PUBLICITY:    Rosemary Ford will create a poster for the “Christmas in July  project sponsored by Unit 557 to encourage members to make a donation to the Women’s Shelter.  She will work with Irma Johnson as to the size and location of the poster to place at the Bridge Center.


AWARDS:  It was suggested that the presentation of awards be speeded up next year. 


SCHOLARSHIP:    John Killian suggested that we have a raffle at our Unit Games to aid the Scholarship Committee.  He mentioned that the Pasadena Unit has a raffle and one-half of the money collected  would go to the Scholarship Committee and the other half to the winner.  Donna Wenberg reported that raffles are illegal and should not be conducted at unit games. 


MEMBERSHIP REPORT:  Irma Johnson reported the latest In & Out stats from ACBL for the period 3-31-06 through 5-1-06.

                        Total Members:                                           469

                        Members receiving Bulletin             410

                        Rookie                                                              37

                        Junior Master                                       36

                        Club Master                                                     46

                        Sectional Master                                             73

                        Regional Master                                              71

                        NABC Master                                                  41

                        Life Master                                                       28

                        Bronze Life Master                                         65

                        Silver Life Master                                            63

                        Gold Life Master                                             16

                        Diamond Life Master                                        3

There were three new members this period and two transfers to whom Irma will send welcoming letters.  There were no relevant changes of status this period.


OLD BUSINESS:  Arnold Maddox resigned from the board due to health reasons.  The board elected Jan Wagner to replace Arnie as Vice President at the April Board meeting.


Jan Wagner will continue to check with the Long Beach Grunion re: an ad to encourage non-members to play bridge at the Bridge Center.  She has tried to contact a responsible person to no avail.  If a contact is made, an ad may be in the paper next week. 


Rosters:  An inventory of approximately 200 rosters are still available for members who haven’t received them. Frank Seipp is monitoring the distribution of the rosters. 


NEW BUSINESS:    Frank Bartlett will take over the NLM teaching sessions on Tuesday afternoons at 12:00 pm for 8 weeks for Steve Sulzby.  He will encourage the NLM players to attend the Unit Games and remind them that their card fees will be comped if they are forced to play in the Open game.  He will also mention that the lessons are a gift to the NLM players and are sponsored by Unit 557. 


ADJOURNMENT:  Jan Wagner moved and Donna Wenberg seconded to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 pm.  The next Board of Director’s meeting will be on June 12, 2006 at 6:00 pm.


Carol Murakoshi