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MACA Board Minutes
 MACA Board Meeting, October 28, 2012
 Burger King, 881 Moody Street, Waltham, MA



President R. King called the October Board Meeting to order at 6:15 PM at the Burger King on Moody Street in Waltham.  Nine people were in attendance: President Robert King, Vice-President Steven Frymer (arrived 6:35 PM), Treasurer Robert Messenger, Clerk Nicholas Sterling, and Directors Nathan Smolensky, Walter Driscoll, Richard Kinne, Stephen Dann, and guest Marc Turgeon.


Minutes of the September Board Meeting were distributed by N. Sterling.  * * MOTION made by R. Messenger and seconded by R. Kinne to approve the September Board Meeting Minutes; with 3 votes in favor vs. 3 abstentions, the MOTION passed. * *


President: (a) R. King has done more research on investments and come across Municipal Bonds in Puerto Rico that yield a 5% with a 30-year maturation date.  He plans to meet with other agencies to get more information.  (b) MACA has received a substantial donation of books and magazines from a chess player in Plympton, MA.  Altogether they are stored in 6 VERY heavy boxes.  The plan is to transfer them to Marc Turgeon’s house and store them there temporarily until MACA can arrange one or more Auctions for them (the first of which may be at the Pillsbury Memorial in December).


Treasurer’s report was read by R. Messenger:

  (i) (1) Net income of the General Fund this period as of 9/30/12: $703.58.

(2) Net income of the General Fund year-to-date as of 9/30/12: $1339.05 net loss.

(ii) (1) Special Fund income this period as of 9/30/12: $148.42, with $127.29 dividends.

(2) Year-to-date Special Fund income: $174.35, with $150.59 dividends. (iii) (1) Special Fund expenses this period: $26.00.  (2) Year-to-date Special Fund expenses: $606.95. (iv) (1) Special Fund net income this period: $122.42. (2) Year-to-date Special Fund net income: $432.60 net loss. (v) September 2012 Changes in Fund Balances: $826.00.

(vi) Total Assets as of September 2012: $58019.16. (vii) Reserve for Chess Horizons Expenses: $3750.00.


Membership: R. Messenger read the 10/24/12 Membership numbers as follows: Adults: 196 (-1); Junior 385 (+2); Life 215 (=); Affiliate 3 (+2); Complimentary 4 (=);

D. Library 6 (=); D. Subscriber 15 (+2); Exchange 16 (=); Prison 285 (+1); Subscriber 14 (-1).  Total change in Membership and Subscribers: +5.


Tournament: R. Messenger reported: (a) The Greater Boston Open had 94 players and took home a profit of $259.56.  (b) The Pillsbury Memorial will be held on 12/2/12 in Marlboro.  (c) The MA G/60 will be most likely held in Marlboro in April, 2013.  (d) The 2013 MA Open will be held on Memorial Day weekend for three days in Marlboro.


Scholastic: (a) S. Frymer reported that the schedule is set for the 4 Spiegel Cup Qualifiers (of which the first two are on Sundays 11/18/12 and 12/16/12 respectively, in Woburn).  (b) The Winter Team Challenge and the Spiegel Cup will be held on the first two weeks in February. (c) The Hurvitz Cup will be held in early April.  (d) The Gus Gosselin Grade Championship will be held after the Hurvitz Cup.  (e) N. Sterling reported that the NESA / RICA November G/40 Scholastic will be held at New England Sports Academy on Saturday, 11/10/12, 12:30-4:30 PM.  Frank Del Bonis and Bob Salvas will come up from RICA to assist in directing it.


Publications:  R. Messenger reported that he is planning to publish the current issue of Chess Horizons in November, making it a June-November issue.  R. Kinne will take over the position of Editor permanently after this issue.  Max Sewell will continue to serve as Layout Editor.  Nicole Alarie has withdrawn her candidacy due to her busy schedule at school.


Other Committees: (a) Under Education, S. Dann reported that he had come across a Google Alert of a chess club at a Boston library. (b) R. Kinne expressed a hope that Committees would welcome Members who were not Board Directors.  R. Messenger said that a Committee may have non-Director Members as long as the Committee is an advisory one and does not have authority to take independent action without first consulting the Board.


New Business:

            (a) * * MOTION (1012-1) made by S. Dann and seconded by W. Driscoll to appoint Marc Turgeon to fill the Director position vacated by Brian Mottershead.  M. Turgeon paid $1 to extend his MACA Membership to 6/2013.  The VOTE was taken; with 7 votes in favor versus 1 abstention, the MOTION passed. * *

            (b) (i)  * * MOTION (1012-2) made by R. Messenger and seconded by M. Turgeon to appoint Walter Driscoll as the Chair of the 2013 Elections Commission.  The VOTE was taken; with 7 votes in favor versus 2 abstentions, the MOTION passed. * * (ii) * * MOTION (1012-3) made by R. Messenger and seconded by M. Turgeon to appoint Stephen Dann and George Mirijanian as the remaining two Members of the Elections Commission.  The VOTE was taken; with 7 votes in favor versus 2 abstentions, the MOTION passed. * *

            (c) * * ADVANCE MOTION (1012-4) made by S. Frymer and seconded by

W. Driscoll to rescind Motion 05-008 from the July 24, 2004 Board Meeting and to increase the maximum permissible fee that may be paid to Tournament Directors from $75/day to $200/day.  A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT by R. King changed the new figure to $150/day.  The MOTION, using the wording from the 2004 Motion, reads: “Moved to limit any tournament director fees for MACA tournaments to $150 per director per day unless otherwise specified by the Board of Directors.”  The VOTE was taken; with 6 votes in favor versus 2 against and 1 abstention, the MOTION passed. * *


President R. King adjourned the October Board Meeting at 8:01 PM.  The date, time, and place of the December Board Meeting are Sunday 12/9/12, at 6:00 PM, at the Rt. 128 McDonald’s in Newton.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        Nicholas Sterling, Clerk