MACA Board Meeting Minutes

September 14, 2008

McDonald's, 343 Cochituate Road (Route 30), Framingham, MA

The meeting was called to order at 3:16 PM. In attendance were Brian Lafferty, George Mirijanian, Stephen Dann, Maryanne Reilly, Robert Messenger, and Kenneth Ballou, and guests Nicholas Sterling, F. Alexander Relyea and Nita Patel.

MOTION 09-014, Reilly/Mirijanian, accept the minutes of the July 20, 2008, meeting. Passed without dissent.

Donna Alarie arrived at 3:28 PM. Brian Mottershead arrived at 3:31 PM.

Mr. Messenger presented the treasurer's report.

MOTION 09-015, Lafferty/Reilly, accept the treasurer's report. Passed without dissent.

Mr. Messenger presented the membership report.

MOTION 09-016, Messenger/Reilly, Michael Pascetta is a MACA life member. Passed without dissent.

MOTION 09-017, Alarie/Reilly, F. Alexander Relyea is appointed MACA board member. Passed without dissent.

President Reilly welcomed Mr. Relyea to the board with immediate effect.

MOTION 09-018, Alarie/Dann, create a bylaws committee to be co-chaired by Brian Lafferty and Brian Mottershead, with the co-chairs to appoint committee members. Passed without dissent.

Mr. Ballou presented the tournament committee report. The New England Open was reasonably successful, having lost $187. The next non-scholastic tournament is the 75th Greater Boston Open, October 26, at the Kennedy Senior Center. The tournament committee has a bit of "breathing room" since the next tournament to be planned is the Mass. G/60 championship to be held in late April.

MOTION 09-019, Mirijanian/Reilly, accept the tournament committee report. Passed without dissent.

Mr. Dann presented the education committee report. Mr. Dann encourages the board to fill the currently vacant position of archivist.

President Reilly presented the scholastic committee report. The Fall Foliage Festival will be held September 28 at Sage School, and the second qualifier will be held November 9 at BB&N. Tentative dates and locations for the other scholastic tournaments for the school year: Hurvitz Cup, April 5; fourth qualifier, Milton Academy, January 11 or January 25; Spiegel Cup Championship, Kennedy Senior Center, February 8; Gosselin Grade Championship, March 1 or March 8.

Mr. Lafferty presented the LMCF committee report. There is a new LMCF brochure which was distributed at the CCA's Continental Open in July. The committee is soliciting ideas and suggestions for desktop publishing software. Nativity Prep has received a grant of chess sets. The LMCF program occasionally receives out-of-state requests for grants.

Mr. Lafferty left at 5:00 PM.

Mr. Mirijanian presented the publications report. The October-December, 2008, issue of Chess Horizons went to the printer September 11 with a print run of 1200 copies.

Vice president Alarie presented a report on the e-zine committee meeting of July 20. Attending that meeting were Donna Alarie, George Mirijanian, Robert Messenger, and Kenneth Ballou. The cost of Chess Horizons is $25 per member. Options to reduce costs include cutting the number of pages per issue, putting content on the MACA web site, increasing dues, and eliminating copies of Chess Horizons for junior members. The incremental printing cost is $0.58 per copy, and the incremental postage cost is $0.31 per copy, for a total incremental cost of $0.89 per copy of Chess Horizons.

Vice president Alarie presented the master's chess committee report (the committee currently consisting of Donna Alarie and Alexander Relyea). The committee is investigating the possibility of a master's event around the Mass. Open (with the goal of increasing hotel room nights).

Motions 09-012b and 09-012c had been postponed at the July 20, 2008, meeting until the next board meeting. These motions were taken up at this point.

MOTION 09-012f, Ballou/Reilly, postpone motions 09-012b and 09-012c until the next meeting. Passed without dissent.

The date of the next meeting is Sunday, October 19, 2008, 3:00 PM at this location (McDonald's, 343 Cochituate Road [Route 30], Framingham, MA).

MOTION 09-020, Reilly/Ballou, adjourn. Passed without dissent.

The meeting adjourned at 5:50 PM.

Kenneth Ballou, clerk


Membership report as of September 11, 2008

                     224 adult members
                     47 family members
                     346 junior members
                     216 life members
                      1 affiliate member
                      4 complementary copies of Chess Horizons
                     17 exchanges with other organizations
                      5 libraries
                     207 prison
                     54 subscribers
                    1121 total
                    1074 receiving copies of Chess Horizons
                     833 corporate members (adult, family, junior, and life)
                     786 voting members

Compared with the previous membership report of July 18, 2008, this represents the following changes in membership categories:

                    - 3 adult members
                    + 4 family members
                    +17 junior members
                    - 1 life member
                    - 1 library
                    + 1 subscriber
                    +17 total change
                    +13 receiving copies of Chess Horizons
                    +17 corporate members
                    +13 voting members

Robert D. Messenger
Membership Secretary

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