Cincinnati Bridge Association

Board of Directors Meeting

Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 10,  2009


Board President Potter Orr called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.


Members present  Debbie Cummings, John Burpee, Patti English, Betty Hurst, Everitt Kitchen, Gayle Keaney, Barb Levinson,  Mike Lipp,  Adrienne Netherwood,  Potter Orr , Mike Purcell, , Chris Schwartz, John Stoppiello, and Jean Sturtevant   Members Absent: AJ Stephani


The minutes of the February meeting were approved.


Mike Purcell reported that education sessions for the Spring include 7 non-life master and 2 life master classes.  The winter ads for classes have been particularly effective. 18 of 35 of Rob Weidnefeld’s students, plus 8 of Nancy Sach’s students plus 5 others were respondents to the ads.  Among those who responded to the ads by phoning Mike, about 50% enrolled.


John Burpee reported that ACBL has reimbursed us $750 for the 4 education promotion ads run in January.  Our cost beyond this reimbursement has been $1400.  ACBL will be reimbursing us at the same rate for the Spring ads.  We will also place advertisements in 6 Suburban Living Community newspapers for $75.  Ads to promote the Regional will be run in March in the Bridge Bulletin, and in the April Midwest monitor accompanied by a story.  A two-sided flyer has been sent to 56 clubs in the District 11 area.


John asked that job descriptions for the Policies and Procedures Manual be sent to him as Word files.

He distributed a draft of a Free Play Policy and welcomed inputs.  Adrienne Netherwood, treasurer, also has prepared a draft which she will send to John.  We’ll see more later


Later in the meeting Mike Purcell for the education committee made a motion that was passed that Free Play coupons(1 per student) be provided to students completing initial courses taught by Nancy Sachs.



Betty Hurst reported that the Mentor- Mentee Committee consisting of board members Hurst, Lipp, Stoppiello, and Sturdevant.  The committee recommends that the Mentor-Mentee games in June, July, and August (three total) include free games for the Mentor-Mentee pairs. A motion to do so was made and passed. After discussion about potential date conflicts, the following schedule was adopted by the board for the Mentor-Mentee games (all Thursday evenings): May 14(kickoff), June11, July 2, August 13, and Sept.13(finale).

Gayle Keaney said she will also provide some excess library books as prizes. 


Further details provided by the committee include the ability of participants to register via the web as well as at the N.Ky and CBC sites. Guest speakers will be recruited for the June, July and August games. Mentees with up to 300 MPs will be accepted; Mentors will have over 300 MPs.  Jean and Betty will manage the program at N.Ky and Mike and John at CBC.  Jean has prepared a Policy statement for the program.


Gayle Keaney expressed positive impressions about games played at the N. Ky. and New England clubs.  She made motions which were approved to have the extra points game on Tues. Evening April 7, and all of the Tues evening games in September. The April game will be a charity game; and the at least one of the Sept. games will be an International Fund game.


The need for replacement of damaged chairs was referred to the Bridge Center Committee.


The board voted to omit August from the meeting schedule and to meet next on the THIRD Tues in April(21)


The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 pm


Everitt Kitchen

Recording Secretary