Maca Board Meeting Minutes


Kennedy Senior Center, Natick, Mass

Minutes Prepared by Mark Kaprielian, Clerk

Scheduled:   7:30 PM

Opened:   8:05 PM

Closed:   10:35 PM


Board Members




Guests Present


Robert King




Harvey Reed   7:40


Steve Frymer






Bob Messenger






Mark Kaprielian






Stephen Dann






Larry Eldridge






Tony Gavelis






Gus Gosselin






Peter Lee






Tim Oliveri

















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

Nominations to the Board

Motion_2001-09_ 1

            Eldridge, 2nd Messenger

Nominate Harvey Reed to the Maca Board.

Passed:  8 – 0 – 0

Pre-Agenda items

Motion_2001-09_ 2

            Messenger, 2nd Gavelis

To appoint Harvey Reed as Chairman of Maca meetings for the remainder of the Maca Term.

Discussion 8:10 to 8:30. 

Steve Frymer was not present in the room during discussion.

Passed:  5 – 1 – 1

Motion_2001-09_ 3

            Messenger, 2nd Gosselin

To create a new agenda for the meeting.

Steve Frymer was not present in the room during discussion. 

Gus Gosselin arrived prior to this motion.

Discussion: 10 minutes. 

Passed:  8 – 0 - 0

President’s Report

President Robert King stated that he has been working hard for the organization and shall continue to do so.


Motion_2001-09_ 4

            Reed, 2nd Gosselin

To approve the Draft minutes of  the 07-18-01 meeting published.

Steve Frymer was not present in the room during discussion.

Passed:  8 – 0 - 0

Motion_2001-09_ 5

            Reed, 2nd Gosselin

To approve August minutes with the date of November 11 corrected to November 18th in the Scholastics Committee Report.

Passed:  8 – 0 – 0

Life Membership

Motion_2001-09_ 6

            Gosselin, 2nd Messenger

Move that Terrence L. Gildred of Boxborough be accepted as life member based on his check of $175 clearing.

Passed:  8 – 0 – 0

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 already been submitted to the USCF and flyers to players were in the mail.  Discussion Review and discussion of the Pillsbury TLA was held.  Capacity of the facility and actions that could be taken should the GBO have a very large turn out were raised as a concern.

Pre-Vote Discussion: 15 minutes

Motion_2001-09_ 7

            Messenger, 2nd Gosselin

Move that the GBO and Pillsbury memorial TLA details presented to the board be approved.

Passed:  8 – 0 – 1

Membership Report

Membership Coordinator Mark Kaprielian spoke about the trend in membership noting that Adult membership is down and Junior Membership is up from one year ago.  The increase in Juniors is attributable to the team event held in Natick earlier in the year.

Information about Greg Hager’s Life Membership was reported by Robert King.  Presumably, life membership was paid in 1982 or possibly 1992.  Robert Messenger will search his personal records for those years to see if the status of Life Membership can be determined.

Scholastic Coordinator Report

Scholastic Coordinator Tony Gavelis reported that all Flyers for Maca’s Scholastic program for the entire year, with the exception of the team event, have been posted on the web.  The Rules for the Scholastic qualifiers are in their final draft and are also posted on the web.

Trophies will soon be ordered for the upcoming events.

A list of Fax and other contact numbers for Schools is being worked on.

Tony reported that the committee agreed to move the qualifier that was scheduled for November 18th, which conflicted with Severine Wamala’s North East Weekend Getaway, to January 5th.  The site has not been confirmed yet.

Database Coordinator.

No Report

Budget Committee

Bob Messenger reported that there was no action.

Publications Coordinator.

No Report


            Gus Gosselin presented a report showing the performance of MACA’s investments.

Motion_2001-09_ 8

Gosselin, Messenger 2nd

                  Moved that the board approves the change of our portfolio to Bertel, Fisher & Company in order to remain with our stock broker Scott Doup who has represented us for about 20 years.

                  Discussion: 15 minutes

Passed:  9 – 0 – 0

Motion_2001-09_ 9

Lee, Messenger 2nd

                  Motion to appoint a committee comprised of Tim Oliveri chairman, Robert King, Robert Messenger and Gus Gosselin, to make recommendations of policy for MACA’s investments.  This committee shall report at the November Board meeting at which time it shall dissolve.

                  Discussion: 10 minutes

Passed:  9 – 0 – 0

Motion_2001-09_ 10

Kaprielian, Reed 2nd 

Motion to extend meeting by 20 minutes

Failed:  4 – 5 – 0

Motion_2001-09_ 11

Gosselin, Messenger 2nd 

Motion to re-instate the discount membership program for RI chess association.

Motion_2001-09_ 12

Messenger, Reed 2nd 

Motion to postpone discussion

Passed:  8 – 1 – 0

Motion_2001-09_ 13

            Frymer, Messenger 2nd

Motion to Adjourn

Passed:  6 – 0 – 0