Maca Board Meeting Minutes


Kennedy Senior Center, Natick, Mass

Minutes Prepared by Mark Kaprielian, Clerk

Opened: 8:00 PM


Closed: 10:25 PM


Board Members




Guests Present


Robert King






Steve Frymer






Bob Messenger






Mark Kaprielian






Stephen Dann






Larry Eldridge






Tony Gavelis






Gus Gosselin


8:25 PM




Peter Lee






Tim Oliveri

















   Note:  All vote tallies are shown as   For – Against – Abstention, e.g.  5 – 2 – 1

President’s Report

            President Robert King greeted those present.  He said that he felt the US Open which just concluded, was well run.  He also mentioned that ChessHorizons won a number of awards and that further details would be presented later in the meeting.

Motion_2001-08_ 1

            King, Messenger 2nd

That the board thank Stephen Frymer and Michael Gosselin for their efforts to bring the US Open to the Boston area for 2001.

Passed:  6 – 0 – 1


            Approval of the minutes of the 07-18-01 meeting shall be deferred until the next meeting.

Treasurer’s Report

            The Treasurer presented the standard monthly report to the board.

Tournament Coordinator’s Report

            The Tournament Coordinator reported that the TLA for the GBO had been sent in.  A flyer now needs to be created.  Mark Kaprielian said he would forward the standard tournament flyer template to Bob Messenger and that between the two of them, a flyer will be generated suitable for CH and posting to the web.

            A long discussion took place about the impact of the Danvers Open being cancelled this year.  The primary reasons for the cancellation was the unavailability of the traditional site and the lack of manpower available to pull together the event in a short time. 

            Bob will reserve the traditional site in Danvers now for the 2002 Danvers Open.

            The Dates for the GBO and Pillsbury events were confirmed to the board.  The GBO will be held October 13, 14, 2001 at the Natick Senior Center.  The Pillsbury will also be held at the same site on December 8, 9, 2001.

            Mark Kaprielian mention several area facilities that could be investigated for possible tournaments, namely, the Natick Armory, next to the Natick Senior Center, The Natick Elks on Speen St. in Natick and the VFW in Natick.  

Scholastic Coordinator’s Report

            The Scholastic Coordinator reported the a request had come in to move the November 18 qualifier to a different date so as to not conflict with an event occurring close to it.  It was concluded that there was no other date we could reasonably move the event to without running into other larger difficulties.   Also, it was noted that the event in question did not have a scholastics section and should therefore not directly compete with it.

Database Coordinator.

            Gus reported that he has received a number of address corrections resulting from the most recent CH mailing.

            Discussion about Greg Hager’s Life Membership status was held.  Greg has informed us that he paid for life membership many years ago but stopped receiving CH a while back.  Robert King who sees Mr. Hager at the BCC will inquire as to what year he believes he received life membership and if he happens to have a membership card showing.  In the meantime, the database coordinator is directed to extend Mr. Hager’s membership to the end of this year pending further investigation into his status as a Life member.

Budget Committee

            Bob Messenger presented a draft budget.  The board decided to walk through the draft budget to provide feedback.  Bob will redraft the budget and have it posted to the web site for review in preparation for the next meeting where the budget is to be voted.

Publications Coordinator.

            Stephen Dann reported that he has been holding discussion with the Chess Horizons Editor, Mark Donlan about a wide range of topics, including and not limited to the following items:

1.    Examining the look of CH.

2.    Converting from Glossy to Bond but with a color cover.

3.    Looking at printers.  No changes planned for the September issue.

4.    Projecting a very good year going forward regarding continued improvement of the magazine content.

5.    Looking for volunteers

6.    How to make the information less stale and more timely.

            Stephen also reported that CH received five 1st place awards plus three others, one of which was best state journal award, from the Chess Journalists of America.


Motion_2001-08_ 1

            Messenger, Dann 2nd

That the board give a vote of thanks to Mark Donlan for his work as Chess Horizons Editor and congratulations him for winning the Chess Journalist Association award for Best State magazine.

Passed:  6 – 0 – 0

Other Buisness

            Tony Gavelis reported that research shows that to have a person do fund raising for Maca, they must abide by state regulations and must be registered, bonded and a number of additional requirements.


Motion_2001-08_ 1

            Messenger, Kaprielian 2nd

That the board establishes the 3rd Wednesday of every month for the remainder of the term as the regular meeting date of the Board.

Passed:  6 – 0 – 1


Motion_2001-08_ 4

            Messenger, Eldridge 2nd

Passed:  6 – 0 – 0


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