Cincinnati Bridge Association Board of Directors: Minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 12, 2010

Board President Potter Orr called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m. Present were: John Burpee, Debbie Cummings, Patrick Hoffman, Gayle Keaney, Everitt Kitchen, Barb Levinson, Potter Orr, Mike Purcell, Chris Schwartz, A.J. Stephani, and Jean Sturtevant. Members Absent: Mary Clifton and John Stoppiello.

The September minutes were approved.

Gayle Keaney reported two cost improvements for this year’s sectional which improve the likelihood for a least a break-even vs. last year’s results of $500 profit. Deschapelles has increased their contribution to $500 from $150 last year. Lower cost lodging for directors at Marriot has been secured through Mary Clifton’s daughter, a Marriot employee.

Potter Orr is proceeding with the regional flyer using the successful approach of last year.
Potter also reported that Mike Lipp is obtaining an ACBL sanction for a Sunday game. The board has agreed to rent the club to Mike for a Sunday game for at least the first 6 months of 2011.

The board passed a motion to buy 40 tables worth of electronic scoring equipment following the successful completed 30 day trial.

The board discussed a Job Description for a CBC Coordinator authored by AJ Stephani. The duties of the coordinator significantly expand those of the CBC Club Manager, and include some Unit wide responsibilities. The board passed a motion to adopt the new position and offer the position to Mike Lipp with compensation at the level of $600/ year plus 52 free plays per year.

Chris Schwartz volunteered to repeat her chairing of the Holiday Party to be held this year on Dec.8.

The board voted to not renew the cleaning contract with the current supplier.

The board agreed to ask the Comers to conduct the Instant Matchpoint game on a Wednesday in 2010.

Mike Purcell and Potter Orr will represent the board at the District Meeting in Louisville on Sat. Nov 6. They were asked to confirm that the District has accepted the CBA bid to conduct the NAP in 2011.

Mike Purcell, reporting for the Education Committee, requested and the board agreed to provide improved incentives for attendees at beginners classes to play at the bridge center. All beginners class attendees will be provided a welcoming letter and 3 free plays. Part of the rationale for the increased incentives is that attendees in 2010 are joining ACBL at a much reduced rate from 2009 (4 of 74 attendees vs 11 of 88). Additionally attendance at novice games is down significantly. AJ pointed out that the CBC Coordinator can have a role in increasing novice play as part of his responsibilities.

The date for the CBA December board meeting and organizational meeting for 2011 was set for Monday Dec. 6 at 5:00 at Parker’s restaurant.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 p.m.

Everitt Kitchen
Recording Secretary