Final 2013 CBA board meeting; December 9, 2013
Present were Stephani, Manne, Levinson, Wisner, Orr, Moese,
Purcell; absent Wilson
With the change of one minor typo the November minutes
were approved as distributed and will be posted to the website.
Review of the 3 priorities:
Zero-tolerance; one minor incident at a Thursday
morning game has now been resolved.
Membership: no report although it was noted
there was only one new member in November.
Building: there have been some emails with the
realtor regarding the building on Blue Ash Road but there has been no further
movement with the owner and no action is indicated at this time. There was
additional discussion about what constituted an appropriate location without
any resolution. Potter Orr is to attempt to deliver a distribution of ZIP Codes
all members of the unit including if possible a breakdown of those who
regularly play at the bridge center.
Joe Muenks submitted a further election report
indicating they were 176 ballots cast. This amounts to around 17% of the total
membership of the unit but we do not have numbers from prior years with which
to compare this. It was noted that the list Joe Muenks had been given contained
around 1300 names. The difference reflects the fact that we retain listings in
our directory for anyone who has previously been a member and still wishes to
be included. Those who have permanently moved to Florida, for instance, would
remain in the directory if they choose to even though they are not technically
members of the unit. The risk of swaying an election on the chance of one of
these people voting seems negligible.
Both the Granovetter and Altman celebrations
were successful. We will have prints made of the photograph from the Grand Life
Master celebration to distribute to our
guests. Photographs from the John Altman celebration are now posted on the
We are back to fighting strength with regard to
supply chairpersons. Carol Vradelis has agreed to work with Debbie Wiest.
On motion made by AJ Stephani and passed, the
master point limits for the Tuesday evening novice game have been raised to 149. This reflects the reality that a number of
the regular players in that game are now bumping into the 100 point limit and
are not quite ready to move to the open game.
There was some discussion of the policy
concerning weather-related cancellations of games. The existing policy was
described and has now been added to the list of policies published on the
Marvin Comer is now at home recovering from
surgery and this is required Annease to remain at home to care for him. While
the long-term impact is as yet undetermined, in the short term AJ Stephani and
Potter Orr have agreed to cover the games for the Comers.
There was additional discussion of the decision
by some game directors to use the player number entry feature of the bridge
mates without resolution.
CBA master plan.
The plan for creating a more comprehensive month in
advance communication to the membership about upcoming events proposed by Steve
Moese at the last meeting was approved. A committee was appointed to implement
this decision. It will probably include insisting that sanction holders and
others submit their plans for the month by the 3rd Friday of the
preceding month. Events not so submitted will not be publicized on the website.
Treas. Susan Wisner provided an interim financial report
(comprehensive versions are done only at quarter end). It was noted that the
unit subsidy of the grand life master celebration will cost about $1200.
There was additional discussion of the need for a written
list of duties for Tanya. The board approved the year end bonus for her in the
amount of $600.
Education committee: this report was delayed for
the time being.
Tournament committee: the committee has been
looking for a location for the sectional for next October. So far, they have
had no luck. After the last 3 years at $4000 for the weekend, the Sheraton
offered to renew at $10,000.
Steve Moese moved and the board approved asking former
board presidents who are no longer members of the board to attend the monthly
meetings as an emeritus nonvoting member for at least one year after the end of
their board term. This is an idea followed by many nonprofit organizations to
retain the organizational memory lodged in these individuals. In this case, it
applies to Potter Orr who has served 2 years as board president and is term
limited off the board as of the end of 2013. He accepted the request.
meeting of the 2014 CBA board
Present were Stephani, Manne, Levinson, Wisner, Orr,
Moese, Mess, Meinking, Purcell; absent Wilson
The 1st order of business for the new board
was the election of officers:
AJ Stephani was nominated and elected as
Steve Moese was nominated and elected as VP.
Susan Wisner was nominated and elected as Treas.
Barbara Levinson was nominated and elected as
Pres. Stephani welcome the new board members and describe
to them the annual board retreat held on a Saturday morning in January. The
date of January 11 settled upon and we will meet at Stephani’s house. At this
meeting we traditionally set the 3 priorities that we will review at each board
meeting during the year and the following ideas were submitted as possibilities
for those 3 priorities:
There was discussion of the date for monthly board
meetings. In the past few years we have been meeting on the 2nd
Tuesday of the month and Treas. Wisner asked if we could change that to the 3rd
Tuesday. This would allow her to present interim financials for the previous
month they would be more accurate since it sometimes takes a few days extra to
receive all the reports from sanction holders. This was approved and a schedule
of meetings for the year has been distributed and posted on the website.