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MACA Board Minutes
 MACA Annual Meeting, May 29, 2017
 Marlborough, Mass.


MACA Annual Meeting, May 29, 2017

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA 01752

The Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Chess Association was called to order at 9:38 AM at the Best Western Marlborough, site of the 2017 Massachusetts Open, with President Nathan Smolensky presiding. Attending were:

Nathan Smolensky, President and Chess Horizons Editor

Robert Messenger, Treasurer and Membership Secretary

Paul Arond, Director

Jeffrey Caruso, Director and Elections Commissioner

Robert E King of Amherst, MA

George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, MA

Stephen Dann of Worcester, MA

Leo Bonnell of Beverly, MA

Dima Barash, Director, arrived later.

A quorum was not present.

Mr. Caruso presented the results of the 2017 MACA Election (appended).

Mr. Messenger presented the Treasurer’s Report (appended with corrections) and the Membership Report (appended)

Mr. Smolensky presented a verbal report on the state of Chess Horizons.

The Promotions Chairman, Edward Chiu, sent a report to the board which is appended to these minutes.

The time of the next MACA Board Meeting will be announced by Mr. Smolensky. Mr. Dann requested that the time and place be made available to the public, for example on the MACA website.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:54 AM.

Jeffrey Caruso, Acting Clerk

Report of the Elections Commission

May 29, 2017


Paper ballots were printed and countersigned. A mailing went out to voters on April 28 with a ballot, printed candidate statements, and self-addressed, stamped ballot return envelope. Votes could be mailed or handed in directly at the Massachusetts Open.

The voter email list was uploaded to and a mailing went out on April 30, including a link to the online ballot form and a link to candidate statements posted on the website. Online voting was enabled between April 30 and May 24 inclusive. One online voter was unable to receive the voting invitation via email and his registration was transferred to paper-ballot voting.

Online ballots were tallied by and published online on May 27. Paper ballots were counted in public at the site of the Massachusetts Open at noon on May 27 and the combined totals were announced verbally and posted in the tournament venue.



Voting Results Online



Registered Voters




Ballots Cast