December 10, 2012 CBA board meetings
Final meeting of the 2012 CBA board
President AJ Stephani called the meeting to order at 8
PM. Present were AJ Stephani, Susan Wisner, Barbara Levinson, Ron Manne, Potter
Orr, Gerry Mirus, Gayle Keaney, Mike Purcell. Absent was Sonya Wilson.
The minutes of the November meeting were read by AJ, and on
motion made by Ron Manne and seconded by Mike Purcell they were approved
We had a review of the three priorities:
There was a discussion of the additional parking
spaces from Viox. Ron Manne and Potter Orr reported on their conversation
indicating that Dan Viox was not willing to reduce the parking rate in exchange
for fewer parking spaces. Based on discussions with Sonya Wilson concerning the
Deschapelle club, AJ made a motion seconded by Ron Manne that CBA pay the
entire $200 per month for the extra parking spaces for the year 2013. The
motion carried on a seven to one vote.
Nothing concrete has happened on the
investigations about a new location for CBA however it was noted that a union
hall building on Reading Road just slightly south of our present location now
has a for sale sign. We will at least inquire as to the price of that building.
Nothing specific to report on membership
AJ delivered the president’s report. As reported earlier
Toledo was very upset with our changing our regional to the first week in June
since they had traditionally held the regional in that week although only in
even numbered years. They had however, failed to sanction their tournament for
2014 until after we had sanctioned ours. They complained to ACBL and the matter
was taken to an arbitration board at the recent San Francisco National. The
arbitration board’s decision was a mixed bag. They found that Toledo did have a
tradition of a regional in that first week of June but that they had been
remiss in failing to sanction 2014. As a result both Cincinnati and Toledo will
be allowed to have a regional in the first week of June in 2014. 2015 will not be a problem since Toledo does
not hold their tournament in odd numbered years. In 2016 Cincinnati will have to move their
tournament from the first week of June.
Gail Keaney presented the financial report which had been
mailed to board members earlier. There was a question about the increase in free
play redemptions this year. Gail said that she had audited free plays a couple
of times during the year and was satisfied as to the accuracy of the numbers.
There was discussion of a holiday bonus for Tonya. We
first started giving Tonya bonus in 2004 in the amount of $100 and it has grown
over the years to $575 in 2010 and $600 in 2011. A motion was made by Gail to
increase the bonus to $625 this year with a second by Gerry Mirus. The motion
passed with six votes in favor, one opposed and one abstention.
The report of the education committee was limited to
notice of a committee meeting next week. Topics of the meeting will include the
future of the pre-game seminars on Tuesday evenings (very lightly attended) and
a discussion of another Learn Bridge In a Day event for the spring of 2013.
The tournament committee report dealt primarily with the
NLM sectional planned for May 2013. Gerri asked for names and locations of
regular bridge games held outside of the normal sanctioned games in the unit
(like Sycamore community center). She and Sonya Wilson plan to go in person to
as many of these games is possible to promote the NLM sectional spring.
Upon motion made by Gerry Mirus this final meeting was
Organizational meeting of the 2013 board
The first order of business was the election of officers
One nomination for the office of president was made by Gerry
Mirus nominating AJ Stephani. Susan Wisner seconded the nomination and he was
One nomination for the office of vice president was made
by AJ Stephani nominating Potter Orr. Mike Purcell seconded of the nomination
and he was unanimously elected.
One nomination for the office of treasurer was made by
Gail Keaney nominating Susan Wisner. Potter Orr seconded the nomination and she
was unanimously elected.
One nomination for the office of secretary was made by AJ
Stephani nominating Barb Levinson. Gail Keaney seconded the nomination and she
was unanimously elected.
Discussion was held about possible times for a board
retreat in early January. A tentative time of Saturday, January 12 at 4 PM at
AJ Stephani’s house was agreed to. Potential topics for the retreat include the
problem of attendance at the Tuesday evening game, the need for additional club
directors and an organizational structure in the event that we find a new
Around 10 PM the second meeting was adjourned.
Submitted by Potter Orr