Maca Board Meeting Minutes


Kennedy Senior Center, Natick, Mass

Minutes Prepared by Mark Kaprielian, Clerk

Scheduled:   7:30 PM

Opened:   7:58 PM

Closed: 9:58 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 submitted to Chess Horizons an report about Maca Tournament’s success in 2001 and about the circumstances of our incurring a loss due to Enron.



            Messenger, Gosselin

To approve the Draft 1 minutes of 01-14-02 meeting with the correction of  the following: Clarification of upcoming events in the Scholastics Coordinator Report and the discussion time for the report.  Under Old business, removed reference to Rica proposal being discussed.

Passed:  6-0-1

Treasurer’s Report – Robert Messenger

The Treasurer presented the standard monthly report to the board.  A copy will be sent to the Web team for posting.


            Messenger, Gosselin 2nd

To authorize a pay-down of $2000 to reduce the debt that is owed to the Life membership fund.

Passed:  7-0-0

Discussion: 3 minutes 8:23 – 8:26


Report time: 14 minutes: 8:17 – 8:31

Coordinator Reports

Membership Coordinator – Gus Gosselin

Since the last meeting the following approximate number of memberships have been received:

Mass 50 – 25 Juniors and 25 adults

RI - 6

Misc States - 16

Total of about 78 memberships were turned over to the Database Processor.

Database Coordinator – Mark Kaprielian

The Coordinator reported that the database is up to date for all submitted information.  It is expected that labels for the April issue will be printed this week.  Anyone who has additional changes needs to submit them right away.

Discussion: 10 minutes 8:20 – 8:30

Web Master Report – Mark Kaprielian

The Web Master reported that there were two very unusual occurrences regarding the Web and its facilities occurred since the last meeting.

The first was that the Youth list members had their mailboxes flooded with bounced messages due to a configuration error in the list.  This also brought done our providers servers.

The web masters list also suffered a similar problem due to an email box being full.  This problem was caught early with only the web team suffering the consequences.  Some reconfiguration of how the lists work is being done to make the lists less susceptible.

Report Duration: 11 minutes 8:32 – 8:43

Tournament Coordinator’s Report – Steve Frymer

A TLA and Flyer for the Mass Open has been created with the TLA being sent into the USCF.

The Mass Game 60 have 3 entries so far.

The Danvers tournament looks like it can’t be held at the traditional site.   Some discussion about renaming it and or having the picnic as part of the event was held.  Possible dates for a tentative date to hold the event is Saturday August 3rd, 10th, or 17th.

The MetroWest Chess Club site will be examined for availability for those dates.

Report Duration: 14 minutes 8:43 – 8:57

Scholastic Coordinator Report – Peter Lee

The State Championship event had 44 players.  The event went very well.  Steve Frymer did an excellent job of tracking who was playing and making sure that all the fees and commitments were honored.  Some parents had an issue with the way tie breakers were done.  In the 4th though 6th there were four people tied for first.  The committee will reexamine the co-champion issue.

The Gus Gosselin Grade School Championships had 170 players.  Every grade had their own section to play in except grades 11 and 12.   Some sections had about 25 players, which is a very good number.

One suggested improvement was that the trophies should go to more places if we know that there will a large number of players.

The Coordinator feels that all the players were well served this year, meaning the top players as well as the young and lower rated.

Volunteers to be recognized for their help are: Tony Gavelis, Steve Frymer, Tim Oliveri, MarryAnn Reilly, Helen Thomas, Lucy Lockwood, Sandy Wilson, John Bracken, Joseph Boyken and Robert Messenger.

The Team tournament on April 7th is the next event.  There was no TD set for the event so Bob Messenger volunteered to TD the event.  30 tables will be needed for the event.  Capacity for 296 players is being planned for the Natick High School site.  No food is permitted on site.  Research on getting a catering truck to be present.

The two events netted $1066.44

Two Lap top computers at an exceptionally great price of $350 each were purchased for ongoing scholastic use.  The machines are Pentium 4 400Mhz, 128Mb of ram, 20 Gig hard drive running NT.

Motion_2001-03_ 03

Lee, Kaprielian 2nd

To spend $500 to purchase chess equipment for use by the scholastics program.

Passed:  6 – 0 – 1

Report Duration: 41 minutes 8:57 – 9:38

Publications Coordinator – Stephen Dann

No Report

LMCF – Gus Gosselin

The fund has collected about $100 of donations

Clubs – Robert King

New information sent into Chess Horizons and posted on the web.

Committee Reports


No Report

Old Business


Some discussion about the mechanics of the upcoming election was discussed.

New Business

Denker Tournament

Motion_2001-03_ 04

Frymer, Messenger 2nd

That Maca provide $200 in expense money for Massachusetts Denker Tournament designee Jack Stolerman.

Passed:  7 – 0 – 0

Motion_2001-03_ 05

Messenger, Gosselin 2nd

Move to Adjourn

Passed:  7 – 0 – 0