Cincinnati Bridge Association

Minutes – July 10, 2007



President Patti English called the meeting to order at 5:08 pm following the afternoon STaC.  President Patti provided an elegant dinner for the board and guests.


Members present:

Patti English, Tom Deddens, Pat Newman, Carolyn Ahlert, Mike Purcell, Barb Levinson, Bob VeVerka, John Burpee, Debbie Cummings, Everitt Kitchen, Pat Dutson, Adrienne Netherwood


Members absent:

Sandy Orr, Potter Orr, Mike Lipp



The minutes from the last meeting were approved.


Treasurer’s Report

The treasurer’s report was presented and approved.



¨       Beth Reid, president of Louisville Bridge Association talked to the board about her candidacy for Unit Direct for ACBL. She presented her resume and accomplishments and asked for our votes in the election.


¨       Rob Weidenfeldcame to express his opinions and ask questions regarding Linda Wolber and Nancy Sach’s decision to resign. President English explained the chronology and told Rob that the Board has done everything they could to encourage them to continue. 


¨       President English read a letter from Sandy Orr asking to resign from the board effective with the election in 2007.  She stated that she will continue to do whatever is needed and support the board.


Committee Reports


¨         Mike Purcell presented his recommendation to the board. The memo recommended eliminating the lesson table fees and having all the lesson scheduling done through the executive secretary or future Facility Manager. The board supported the scheduling proposal but preferred to keep table fees. It was also agreed that all lessons are to be arranged by an Education Committee. Mike will identify and get a committee organized.


¨         Bob VeVerka presented the status of his lessons. Attempts through the Senior Expo were unsuccessful to attract students as well as through newspaper event postings.  A class is scheduled for September 10 and so far three people are signed up.  Bob recommended that although the board approved three newspaper ads for lessons, with ACBL reimbursement, that we hold off placing them until we determine the intermediate lesson classes. Mike Purcell will try to finalize this by the next meeting.


¨         The Future Policy and Planning committee present their report to the Board. Frank Lichtenberger, Bill Higgins, and Sandy Orr-chairperson were present.  Pat Dutson raised the issue about the relationship of CBA and CBC and suggested that this needs further discussion since it permeates the entire project. Bob VeVerka asked the committee to list exactly what changes were made. He noticed two that were not listed on the summary page.  President English congratulated the committee for a job well done, and told the committee that she would poll the board to see if there is interest in continuing the project.


Old Business


¨            Meeting time/day was not discussed.


New Business


¨            Holiday Party  will be December 16. No door prizes will be necessary.

¨            Patti English has the names of three people to run for the board. We will discuss Sandy’s replacement at a later time after we have made efforts to fill the slate.



The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday August 14.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm.


Respectfully submitted,




Robert F. VeVerka

Recording Secretary