CBA minutes April
Minutes from the last month’s meeting were approved as
distributed. In the future the recording secretary (Potter) will distribute a
draft by email and wait for approval to post them on the website.
3 priorities review:
building: no action since the last meeting.
(now known as play friendly): posters have been put up at the bridge center.
JoAnne Earls and Chris Hastie have agreed to do partnerships. They will not be
attempting to handle game by game partnership requests and we will continue to
refer those requests to the director of the game involved. JoAnne and Chris’s
intention is to do a survey and a phone campaign to attempt to link people up
for longer term partnership relationships.
We need to change the website to reflect this new effort.
We now have a supply of note cards with the CBA
logo on them. These are primarily for use as thank you notes from the CBA Board.
A supply is available for board members for their judicious use since the cost
while not exorbitant is not trivial.
Helen Ogle has been investigating both Bridgemates
and the dealing machine for her club (Anderson). She had hoped that we might be
eligible for some form of discount on the Bridgemates, but that is not the
case. Apparently the storage space she has available at her site is not large
enough to hold the dealing machine. This did lead to a general discussion about
the use of our Duplimate dealing machine. Discussion confirmed the existing
informal policy allowing any club within our unit to use the dealing machine
subject to availability of time on the machine and their purchase of their own
set of Duplimate boards and cards. A motion was made, seconded and passed to
authorize up to $200 as reimbursement to Mike Lipp for his assistance in
helping Helen Ogle set up bridge mates at the Anderson club if she is
Treas. Susan Wisner reviewed the financial report for the
1st quarter of 2013. The ongoing schedule will be that board members
receive a very abbreviated monthly financial report and that only quarterly
will we review a more complete version of the financial report. The following
items were reviewed as part of the financial report:
Table fee income in dollars was up slightly in
the 1st quarter compared to the prior year even though the table
counts were down. This anomaly is a result of timing issues from the end of
In the 1st quarter of
2013 an expense
of $5700 was recognized for depreciation for a portion of the
tables purchased 4 years ago and for a portion of the repainting of the
center. Both of these items had been capitalized but depreciation had
taken in the intervening years. There was substantial discussion about
or not we should be capitalizing any items. While not totally resolved,
sense was that it would be very unusual for us to capitalize even a
expense. Inclusion of a depreciation expense represents a change from
the practice of recent treasurers but since these items had been
capitalized in the past, we need to expense
those items and that will be done either through the balance of this
year or in
the next year.
Treasure Wisner have had a prolonged discussion
with our building owners about the common area maintenance charges that we owe
as part of our lease. They had initially insisted that we owed additional
monies for 2012 and it turned out that we had in fact overpaid in 2012 and will
receive a credit for the overpayment against our April rent.
We have received a partial advertising rebate
from the ACBL education department and we are pursuing the balance.
Treas. was are also provided a report on table
count statistics for January February and March. It should be noted, however,
that while the numbers are accurate the time periods are not. What we report as
table counts for March are actually February numbers. This is necessary because
it is well into March before we have actually received the numbers from the
sanction holders. In total attendance is down this year as compared to last
year with the largest decreases being for the Tuesday and Thursday evening
Treasure Wisner also reported on a donation
received from member Sandy Orr. Her generous donation was split among the
following items: in recognition of the work done by Mike Purcell and Phyllis
Bishop for Learn Bridge in a Day, a contribution towards the refrigerator
upgrade, a contribution in honor of Pres. Stephani’s efforts, a contribution
towards reimbursing Tonya for the extra work she will have to do when we host
the NAP next fall and finally contribution in honor of the efforts of board
member Sonya Wilson.
Public space use: AJ moved and Ron Manne seconded the
motion to accept the public space use policy as revised as distributed to the
board via email. The policy will be posted on the website.
Barb Levinson reported on the mentor mentee program. Very
few people have signed up so far. Bob Fiske will put out an email blast to
encourage more people to sign up.
The awards party was a nice evening with 27 tables
playing bridge. 18 of the 25 new life masters were there in person to be
acknowledged and receive their cups. Photographs of the event are on the
website under My CBA: past event photos.
Education Committee: Learn bridge in a day: Mike Purcell
reported that of the 27 people who attended
only 2 came from our ads in the newspaper so most were from posters of
referrals from members. It’s too soon to report any results since the bridge
teachers are not starting their lessons for another week or so and we’ve not
had a Saturday game since learn bridge in the day. Our costs were very low this
year and in addition we did charge a $10 per person entry fee. We are seeing a
slow improvement in the Saturday game. Some of Linda Wolber’s students are
attending and some of the players who have been attending are now signing up
for lessons. Mike said the education committee would like to do a future event
tentatively titled Learn Duplicate in a Day. This would be a shorter event and
aimed at people who have been playing bridge and would like to know more about
the duplicate style. AJ suggested that
the name be changed to “Transition into Duplicate” to avoid confusion with
Tournament committee report: AJ reported for the
committee that we are moving forward with the NLM sectional but that it has
been difficult to market and promote. The Flying Pig Regional is on course and
we have been informed that Robert Hartman, the new CEO of ACBL, will be in
Cincinnati for 4 days and plans to play at the regional on 2 of those. In
addition, past president Sharon Anderson and her husband had such a good time
last year that they plan to intend for the entire week. This will be our 1st
year for the earlier schedule for the primary games (10 AM and 2:30 PM) and we
need to strongly encourage our local players to play multiple sessions.
Meeting adjourned at 645