MACA Board Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2009

Kennedy Senior Center, 117 E. Central Street, Natick, MA

The meeting was called to order at 7:43 PM. In attendance were Maryanne Reilly, Brian Mottershead, Robert Messenger, F. Alexander Relyea, Robert King, Steven Frymer, and Kenneth Ballou, and guest Nicholas Sterling.

MOTION 09-045, Messenger/Reilly, approve the minutes of the December 14, 2008, meeting. Passed without dissent. (abstention: King)

Mr. Messenger presented the treasurer's report. For the month of December, 2008, the general fund had a loss of $228.38.

Mr. Messenger presented the membership report.

Mr. Ballou reported no tournament committee activity.

Mr. Mottershead presented the magazine publishing committee report.

President Reilly presented the scholastic committee report. Qualifier #4 was postponed one week owing to predicted snow. The Holiday Team Challenge tournament will allow one adult per team subject to rating restrictions.

Mr. Brian Lafferty arrived at 8:23 PM.

Mr. Sterling presented the education committee report. The education committee would like to pose three questions to the board.

1. Does the board approve of the committee conducting a survey of schools and libraries to learn about existing programs or those wanting to start up programs?
2. Same question, this time with respect to scholastic members and coaches?
3. Will MACA pay the expenses for surveys?

(Discussion: For question 1: How to survey? Phone? E-mail? It is better to have written communication. Also, the board would want to see written questionnaire first. For question 2: Again, the board would want the survey to be in writing and preapproved. For question 3: The board would first need to see the questionnaire and then develop a budget.)

Mr. Lafferty presented the LMCF committee report. LMCF is donating 10 sets to the Needham EASE program (a consortium of five elementary schools).

Mr. Frymer presented the prison chess report. (Correspondence received from Mr. Bowling.)

Mr. Mottershead presented the by-laws committee report. The committee has prepared a set of by-laws revisions that will be circulated to the board in sufficient time for a motion at the next board meeting.

Vice President Alarie arrived at 9:03 PM.

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at the Kennedy Senior Center at 7:30 PM.

MOTION 09-046, Lafferty/Messenger, adjourn. Passed without dissent.

The meeting adjourned at 9:17 PM.

Kenneth Ballou, clerk


Membership report as of January 13, 2009

208 adult members
41 family members
350 junior members
217 life members
1 affiliate member
5 complementary copies of Chess Horizons
17 exchanges with other organizations
6 libraries
199 prison
51 subscribers
1095 total
1054 receiving copies of Chess Horizons
816 corporate members
775 voting members

Compared with the previous membership report of December 13, 2008, this represents the following changes in membership categories:

- 1 family members
+ 7 junior members
+ 1 life members
-19 prison
-12 total change
-11 receiving copies of Chess Horizons
+ 7 corporate members
+ 8 voting members

Robert D. Messenger
Membership Secretary

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