MACA Board Meeting Minutes of February 12, 2001
Note: The information for these minutes was provided by Treasurer Robert Messenger.
The meeting was called to order at 7:45 p.m. by Vice President Mark Kaprielian at the Kennedy Senior Center in Natick. The members present were (alpha list) Steven Frymer, Michael Hoffpauir, Mark Kaprielian, Robert King, Peter Lee and Robert Messenger, who acted as Clerk.
After Vice President Mark Kaprielian’s opening remarks, the Board agreed to bring up the agenda item regarding the coming election. Board member Gilbert Gosselin joined the meeting at 8:17 p.m.
Motion 0145: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to suspend the rules and extend the deadline for nominations to February 28, 2001 was passed without dissent (Frymer abstained).
Motion 0146: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to appoint Michael Hoffpauir as chairman of the Election Commission, with the authority to appoint the remaining members of the commission, was passed without dissent.
Motion 147: (Messenger moved, Lee seconded) The motion to allow the expenditure of up to $350. on the election was passed without dissent.
Motion 148: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to allow each candidate for an officer position to make a 200-word statement to appear with the ballots, and each candidate for Director to make a 100-word statement; a candidate shall make no more than one statement. The motion was passed without dissent.
The following candidates were nominated:
Harvey Reed for President and Director
Robert King for President and Director
Steven Frymer for Vice President and Director
Robert Messenger for Treasurer
Mark Kaprielian for Clerk and Director
Larry Eldridge for Director
Gilbert Gosselin for Director
Peter Lee as Director
The Board reviewed the minutes for the previous three meetings. Motion 0149; (Lee moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to accept the minutes for the meeting of November 27, 2000 was passed without dissent ( (Frymer and Messenger abstained).
The following additions were made to the minutes of the meeting on December 18, 2000:
Motion 0143: The Board appointed a Budget Committee, consisting of Steven Frymer, Robert Messenger and Peter Lee.
Motion 0144:(Frymer moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to cancel MACA’s liability insurance policy was not approved, with 1 in favor (Frymer) and 6 opposed (Kaprielian, Hoffpauir, King, Lee, Messenger, Gosselin).
Peter Lee said that he would investigate the possibility of finding less expensive insurance coverage.
The wording that “Geoffrey Polizoti reported that he had obtained a $500. donation” was changed to “obtained a pledge of a $500. donation”.
Harvey Reed reported that he had been contacted by a medical research group, asking for volunteers to participate in a study of aging. The Board voted to ask Harvey to obtain more information about this study.
Motion 0150: (Lee moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to accept the December meeting minutes, as amended, passed without dissent (Frymer abstained).
Motion 0151: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to accept the minutes for the meeting on January 3, 2001 was passed without dissent (Frymer abstained).
Motion 0152: (Lee moved, Kaprielian seconded) The motion to adopt as a standing rule that “MACA Board meetings shall be held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, with the exception of the July meeting, which shall be held on the third Monday, unless the Board shall designate an alternate date or time for a meeting” was passed without dissent (Frymer abstained).
Robert Messenger presented a Treasurer’s report, which included reports for July, 1999 to June, 2000, July, 2000 to December, 2000, and for January, 2001, and made recommendations to the Board, which he then offered as motions.
Motion 0153: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to transfer all cash from the Capital Equipment Fund to the General Fund was passed without dissent.
Motion 0154: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to transfer $12,000. from the Life Membership Fund to the General Fund, to be repaid at the rate of $100. per month was passed with 6 in favor (Kaprielian, Hoffpauir, King, Messenger, Gosselin, Frymer) and 1 opposed (Lee).
The possibility of MACA obtaining the ability to accept payments by credit card was discussed. Michael Hoffpauir agreed to research the possibility of accepting such payments on the Web.
Steven Frymer left the meeting at 10:15 p.m.
Michael Hoffpauir reported on MACA’s recent Scholastics tournaments. There was a discussion of the Fineman Memorial Tournament in Harwich, to be directed by Mark Donlan, and open only to Junior players living in the towns of Wellfleet, Eastham, Orleans, Brewster, Harwich and Chatham.
Motion 0155: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to inform Mark Donlan that MACA declines to sponsor the Fineman Memorial Tournament, because it is restricted to players in a geographic area, was passed without dissent.
Motion 0156: (Messenger moved, Gosselin seconded) The motion to amend Motion 0142, which was passed at the January 3, 2001 meeting, as follows: Resolved, that the Treasurer shall establish a Prison Chess Fund. All prison chess donations received since July 1, 2000 or received in the future, and all interest earned by money in the Prison Chess Fund, shall go into the Fund. All money spent on prison chess since July 1, 2000 or in the future shall be taken from the Prison Chess Fund. In addition, the Prison Chess Fund shall be charged $4. per year for each prison chess subscription to Chess Horizons, starting in December, 2000, provided that such subscriptions have been approved by the Prison Chess Coordinator, was passed with 3 in favor (Kaprielian, Messenger, Gosselin), 2 opposed (King, Hoffpauir) and 1 abstaining (Lee).
The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Monday, March 12, 2001 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Senior Center in Natick.
William R. Gennert