Cincinnati Bridge Association

Board of Directors Meeting

Minutes of the August 14, 2007 meeting



President Patti English called the meeting to order at 5:33 pm.


Members present:

Patti English, Tom Deddens, Potter Orr, Carolyn Ahlert, Barb Levinson, Bob VeVerka, John Burpee, Debbie Cummings, Pat Dutson, Adrienne Netherwood


Members absent:

Sandy Orr, Mike Lipp, Pat Newman, Mike Purcell, Everitt Kitchen



The minutes from the last meeting were approved.


Treasurer’s Report

No report




¨      Patti discussed the incident where  Bobbie Carter’s guest’s chair hit Carol Berlient.  Patti said that we do have a one million liability policy that would cover incidents like these if there was a claim.


¨      The board will elect two board members to attend the District 11 meeting.


¨      Jane Burpee presented a budget and plans for the Fall sectional. A CBA election will also be part of this sectional.


¨      Patti distributed a compilation of minutes from past board meetings that Joy pulled together. She asked that we review the information.  



Committee Reports


¨         Education: Mike Purcell was absent, but mentioned in an email that he has ads that will appear in the Suburban Press.


¨         STaC: Carolyn presented the financial report of the July STaC. She is estimating that we made $4000.


¨         Promotions:  No report




¨         Patti raised the issue of Awards for Nancy & Linda. 


¨           John Burpee made a motion: “The CBA  honor Nancy and Linda at the Spring Awards Banquet.  The details and style of the recognition is to be determined by the board.” Bob seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Motion was passed.


¨          Patti discussed the election, and Tom and Carolyn will not be running.  It was recommended that we ask other CBA clubs for nominations to the Board.


Old Business


¨           Bob VeVerka made a motion:  “I move to have the FFP committee develop a feasibility plan to potentially separate the CBA and CBC. The plan would be presented to the board no later than the June 2008 meeting. The CBA would study the plan, modify details if necessary, and vote upon its acceptance. If approved, the FPP would then develop two new constitutions for board approval. The plan and constitutions would be presented to members in open town-hall meetings in September. The membership would vote upon the new constitutions, bylaws, operating procedures at the fall election.” The motion was seconded by Pat Dutson. Discussion followed and Patti discussed her phone conference with the ACBL this afternoon about our potential conflict of interest with our Constitution and ACBL’s Unit regulations.  ACBL could not understand our concern, and didn’t think that any conflict of interest existed.  A vote was taken, and the motion was unanimously defeated.


New Business


¨           Pat Dutson has volunteered to be the CBA member relations manager.  This person will act as on Ombudsman and be the focal point for any member complaints or issues.

¨           Patti distributed Debbie Cummings job description for a Facility Manager and asked that we review it before the next meeting.

¨           John Burpee made the motion: “CBA allocate up to $1000 to the Landlord for our portion of the expense to soundproof the adjoining office space, because he has been so helpful in working with us. It is understood that this will not set a precedent toward spending on the building improvements.” The motion was approved.


The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday September 11The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm.


Respectfully submitted,




Robert F. VeVerka

Recording Secretary