Cincinnati Bridge Association Board of Directors:   
Minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 19, 2011

Board President Stephani called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. Present were: Cordell Coy, Debbie Cummings, Patrick Hoffman, Gayle Keaney, Everitt Kitchen, , Potter Orr, Mike Purcell, and A.J. Stephani. Members Absent: Mary Clifton, Barb Levinson, and Chris Schwartz. Also attending was Mike Lipp.

The June minutes were approved.

Mike Lipp, the CBC Coordinator discussed several of his efforts and responsibilities. Mike will continue to work with other clubs in the Unit to organize Unit Championship sessions. So far this year, four have been held. He will hold a second meeting of the sanction holders in the Fall to continue to improve cooperation and good communications. With Debbie Cummings’ help Mike has brought use of paper and toner under better cost control. One cost control he asked the board to consider was discontinuing the use of copiers for teaching materials for classes. He also advised the board to consider using one director rather than two for Tuesday evenings, and to expand the MP range for participation from the current 0-50 to a higher upper limit for the novice game. AJ commented favorably on Mike’s effectiveness in managing his separate roles as a sanction holder and CBC coordinator to the club’s benefit. Related to Mike’s recommendation, a motion was made and approved to move to one director for Tuesday evenings. The sense of the board is that the MP range for the NLM game should be expanded to 0-99.

Mike Purcell reported for the Education committee about the lessons for beginners to begin this Fall using the ACBL Club Series format. Ten Saturday sessions will begin on Sept 24 with a lesson from 10-12 and a practice game from 1-4. Potter Orr will be teaching the program.

Ev Kitchen reported that the two recommendations from board members for awarding the ACBL charitable distribution of $6000 for 2011 were for Hospice of Cincinnati and for one of its affiliates, Fernside, a center for Grieving Children that serves Southwestern Ohio and Northern Ky.
Ev made a motion which was approved to award the donation to Fernside.

Gayle Keaney made a motion which was approved for a budget of $200 for the CBC library for 2011. This is a decrease from the levels of 250 and 350 for the past two years.

The finance committee expects to make recommendations this Fall to address the ongoing operating losses which were about $9,000 in 2010 and about $10,000 for the first half of 2011.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45.

Everitt Kitchen
Recording Secretary