Cincinnati Bridge Association Board of Directors:
Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 8, 2011
Board President Stephani called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m.
Present were: Mary Clifton, Cordell Coy, Debbie Cummings, Patrick
Hoffman Gayle Keaney, Barb Levinson, Potter Orr, Mike Purcell, Chris
Schwartz, and A.J. Stephani. Members Absent: Everitt Kitchen
Also present: Stephanie Richardson, Bill Coombs
The February minutes were approved.
The issues surrounding the termination of CBA teaching privileges
with Bob VeVerka appear resolved. Mike Lipp still is still awaiting
receipt of Bob's building keys.
We are awaiting a proposal for the purchase of new chairs from Debbie and Potter.
Bill Coombs addressed the board indicating that the Whist Club (20
members continuously operating since 1896) appears to have found a new
home and will not request to use space at CBA. Their likely new home
will be smaller and they expect to have excess furniture (chairs,
tables, wall hangings, etc.). A.J. indicated that CBA would be good
stewards of their excess items if that was a desired outcome for the
Whist Club. Bill indicated that there were other homes for some of
their possessions and thanked A.J. for the offer. Chris will go to see
the furniture to see if some of it could be useful to CBA.
A.J. acknowledged some troubles with assignments at the Louisville
NABC and promised to speak with Nancy Luetge and/or the Louisville club.
A.J. summarized the CBC manager meeting for us. He indicated that
this was the first ever such meeting and that common ground among the
managers was hard to find. No agreement could be reached concerning the
inputting of ACBL #s via the BridgeMates. The board took it upon
themselves to decide the issue as the setup for the BridgeMates needs to
be common among the managers. The board decided against inputting the
The board discussed the issue of classes which include an ACBL
sanction. Rental of CBA space is different for classes and games. The
board decided to continue the current pricing arrangement with a
quarterly limit of one game per class. Potter will inform the parties
We discussed ideas for what to do for Tom Deddens' send-off. Name
an IN event at the regional for Tom, designate a day at the regional as
Tom Deddens day, and holding an NLM alumni game were among popular ideas
Gayle presented the February financials. She has come to the
conclusion, and the board agrees, that only one kind of free play
certificate is necessary. The certificates will be numbered without
duplicate copies and used both for purchased gifts as well as
remuneration for services rendered to CBA.
Gayle spoke briefly about hospitality assignments for the regional.
She said that among donations of food items, that cooked items,
fruit/nuts, and non- sweets were most appreciated.
Potter will set a policy for the use of mid-chart conventions for all games at the regional.
Cordell is researching games played at recent sectionals and
regionals in hopes of proposing ideas for how we might change our
variety of games at our tournaments. Mary, Potter, Barb, and A.J. will
assist in the proposal.
Stephanie and Barb reported on the current status of the
Mentor/Mentee program. The committee will require mentees to be
assigned to a new mentor each year (can't be their regular partner).
The committee will make all assignments of mentors to mentees allowing
for specific requests as meets their guidelines. Kickoff for the
program will be Thursday 5/26 and the finale held on Sunday 9/18. The
program will be held on 4th Thursdays and 2nd Sundays (except
September). The committee proposed that mentors play free and that
mentees pay. No action was taken by the board.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:40.
Cordell Coy for