Maca Board Meeting Minutes


Kennedy Senior Center, Natick, Mass

Minutes Prepared by Mark Kaprielian, Clerk

Scheduled:   7:30 PM

Opened:   8:05 PM

Closed:   11:16 PM


Board Members




Guests Present


Robert King






Steve Frymer






Bob Messenger






Mark Kaprielian






Stephen Dann






Larry Eldridge






Tony Gavelis






Gus Gosselin






Peter Lee






Tim Oliveri






Harvey Reed











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

President’s Report

President, Robert King reported that he has been in contact with the USCF, which considers the US Open a success.  Maca’s proceeds will be $2,922 based on 487 players times $6 a player.

Mr. King also reported that he has been working on the Budget with the committee.


Motion_2001-10_ 1

            Gosselin, Messenger 2nd

To approve the Draft 3 minutes of the 09-19-01 meeting.

Passed:  6 – 0 - 0

Treasurer’s Report

The Treasurer presented the standard monthly report to the board.

Discussion: 15 minutes

Life Membership



Coordinator Reports


Membership Report

Membership Coordinator Gus Gosselin reported that we are getting new memberships from all over the country.

Database Coordinator.

No Report

Tournament Coordinator’s Report

The Tournament Coordinator reported that the official report is not yet ready but that we had about 65 players in the GBO this previous weekend.  Advertising was scaled back a little due to concern of the limited size of the Natick Senior Center site.   About 50% of entries were in advance.  Prizes were paid out at 75%.  We will make about $600 for the event.

Unclear where the Mass Open will be.  We are looking for sites in Eastern Mass and has dropped the idea of having it in Western Mass unless someone makes a proposal.

Mass Game 60 will potentially be at the Natick Senior Center.  Dates need to be checked with the clearing house first and then the site.

Gus will take care of reserving the Danvers Open site now for next August.

Discussion: 35 minutes

Scholastic Coordinator Report

Scholastic Coordinator Tony Gavelis summarized his report, which was distributed by email and will be posted as an addendum with these meetings.

There is concern about the site for the April 7th the new factor of being charged $600 for custodial fees.   An alternate site with capacity for over 200 players and accompany parents needs to be found if we wish to avoid the $600 charge.

Mark Kaprielian reported that there is now a page on the scholastics site that shows who the volunteers are for each of the events.

Publications Coordinator.

Publications Coordinator Stephen Dann reported that he has not been able to get a viable alternative quote for the magazine.

He is looking for feedback or any concerns people may have about the content of the magazine.

The Coordinator feels our editor Mark Donlan is doing a fantastic job.



Gus Gosselin reported on purchases and donations as noted on the Maca site and that he is having trouble getting responses from the USCF.

Clubs and Volunteers

Robert King reported that he has solicited one new club submittal to CH so far and that he will be writing some news articles.  Some additional people have volunteered to generate some articles but have not submitted anything yet.

CH now has him listed as a contact for information.

Some discussion was held about getting or finding volunteers for establishing clubs in schools.

Committee Reports


Tim Oliveri presented a background report on the characteristics of the three existing investment funds, the Life Membership, Living Memorial Chess Fund and the Hurvitz fund.

An updated version of the report will be posted with these minutes.

 Budget Committee

Bob Messenger reported that the committee is ready to prepare a final proposal for the board.  The proposal will be sent out to the board in time for consideration at the next board meeting.  Some feedback on the general issues the committee is still wrestling with was solicited.

Old Business

Web site improvements

The topic of making people aware of the minutes on the web has been addressed by changes to the web site and a small article in CH.

Stephen Dann will provide content for the site that was printed in an old CH issue that had guides to forming chess clubs and scholastic programs.


Credit Card Capabilities

Motion_2001-10_ 2

            Dann, Messenger 2nd

To solicit someone who has a business to see if they would allow Maca to use their capabilities at our events.

Failed:  1 –10 – 0

Motion_2001-10_ 3

            King, Messenger 2nd

Motion to rescind motion 0166 on credit cards, which authorized the board to have credit capability.

Discussion: 25 minutes

Passed:  7 –2 - 2


RICA discount reinstatement

Motion_2001-10_ 4

            Gosselin, Messenger 2nd

To Reinstate the RICA discount program, which has Rica selling CH subscriptions for Adult for $12 of which we would receive $9 and for Juniors, Maca would receive $5 from the $6 sale.

Passed:  8 – 1 – 1

Motion_2001-10_ 5

            Gosselin, Messenger 2nd

To extend the meeting to 11:00 PM.

Passed:  8 – 0 – 2


RICA promotional CH mailing, based on USCF

Motion_2001-10_ 6

            Gosselin, Messenger 2nd

To do a one promotional mailing to all USCF members in RI to attempt to get more subscribers.


Motion_2001-10_ 7

            Lee, Messenger 2nd

Moved to table the current motion.

Passed:  7 – 0 – 2

Motion_2001-10_ 8

            Kaprielian, Messenger 2nd

To reconsider the RICA discount motion.

Passed:  9 – 0 – 0

Motion_2001-10_ 9

            Messenger, Lee 2nd

Moved to table the current motion.

Passed:  9 – 0 – 0

New Business

Motion_2001-10_ 10

            Gosseln, Messenger 2nd

Motion to approve the preparation of a flyer titled “A Chess Program for your School” for use as a scholastic promotional item.

Passed:  8 – 0 – 1

Motion_2001-10_ 11

            Kaprielian, Gavelis 2nd

To move the regular meeting date for the remainder of the term to the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:30 PM.

Passed:  9 – 0 – 0


Motion_2001-10_ 12

            Lee, Gosselin 2nd

Motion to Adjourn.

Passed:  9 – 0 – 0