CBA board meeting May 14, 2013
Minutes of previous meeting.
Mentor mentee report.
The meeting was called to order by Pres. Stephani at 5:05
PM. Present were Stephani, Levinson, Wisner, Moese, Manne, Orr and Wilson.
The minutes as posted and slightly amended on the website
were approved. The action items from last month’s meeting were reviewed:
The new partnership chairpersons, Joanne Earls
and Chris Hastie have started their work and are making excellent progress.
The 2nd half of the ACBL advertising
reimbursement for learn bridge in a day has just been received courtesy of some
creative badgering by Treas. Wisner.
The public space policy approved the last
meeting has been posted on the website.
An email blast was set out to encourage more
participation in mentor mentee.
The 3 priorities
Existing lease and new building search has had
no action in the last month.
Zero-tolerance (now known as play friendly) has
gotten as far as posting signs at the club.
Membership: Joanne Earls and Chris Hastie have
been working on this. The 1st edition of a renewed NLM game on
Friday morning was a success with 8 tables.
The Anderson bridge club has purchased their Bridgemates
and started using them. Pres. Stephani received an email from Helen Ogle
informing him that Debbie Cummings had taken charge of installing and setting
up the Bridgemates. The $200 that the board approved the last meeting to pay
for technical assistance to the Anderson bridge club will be sent to Debbie
The new refrigerator for the club is in place
and awaiting installation (that actually happened on Friday the 17th).
It is a lower freezer arrangement and does contain an icemaker.
Since signs are pointing to a larger than usual
attendance at the flying pig regional in June, there’s been discussion about
how to come up with some additional tables. Pres. Stephani will speak with
Lexington about perhaps borrowing tables from them for the week. We have 665
bidding boxes on hand which should be adequate. For the pairs games of the
tournament, we will use our 40 Bridgemates, 20 from northern Kentucky and 40
A preliminary income statement and balance sheet
was sent by email to the board members. Since our policy now is to review this
in detail only once a quarter, this interim report was simply to keep everybody
Jerry Katz has volunteered to assist with monitoring
of our utility bills. He found an alternative electrical supplier who should be
able to save us some money during the cooling season. In addition, he has
recommended and we have turned the gas off for the summer. Even discounting the
turnoff fee and the restart fee, since we use no gas during the summer we will
Most of the matching for the mentor mentee
program has been done and Bob Fisk sent out a preliminary list.
Although the number of participants is down
slightly from last year, everyone who wanted to be a mentee has been assigned
to a mentor.
We have approximately 50 pairs in the program
The 1st game is Wednesday, May 29.
The balance of the schedule is posted on the website.
Mike Purcell has sent a preliminary report on
the learn bridge in a day event to all board members (shown at the end of these
The feedback from the survey done at the end of
the event was very positive however so far we have seen very little conversion
of people who came to the event to lessons and/or duplicate play.
The education committee will have further
analysis to do on how we should proceed with this event in the future.
Adam Parrish (formerly of CBA) will be doing a
seminar on opening leads at the bridge center on Saturday morning during the
regional. We are glad to have him doing this and he is doing it under the same
terms that we offer to other teachers.
The NLM sectional is coming up very soon and
we’ve had good feedback so far. There will be plenty of food at the event.
We’ve also heard that 2 of the teachers from Dayton will be bringing groups of
their students to play in the tournament.
Preparation for the regional are on track. It
was confirmed that we do not plan to have speakers at the tournament. Interest
in the speakers has been dwindling over the last several years and the timing
of the main events at 10:00 and 2:30 makes it even more difficult to find an
appropriate time for the speakers.
The longest day
The ACBL is planning a charity promotion to
support Alzheimer’s. The event is to be held on Friday, June 21 (the summer
solstice) and clubs are encouraged to have marathon bridge games on that day.
There was a discussion of how we might
participate, but there was no resolution as we did not seem to have anyone
willing to organize and promote additional games beyond our usual Friday
morning. Pres. Stephani will discuss this with CBC coordinator Mike Lipp.
We discussed, without resolution, the problem of
an aging group of directors at the bridge center. This included expressions of
concern over the recent health issues of a Annease Comer.
Pres. Stephani has passed his test to become a
club director – congratulations.
Alert editor and new board member Steve Moese
requested that the chairperson of various committees submit articles on what
has happened and is going to happen in the areas covered by those committees
for each issue of the Alert.
We discussed without resolution methods to train
some of our less computer savvy members in the effective use of the clubs
We discussed the ongoing attendance problems
with the Tuesday evening CBA game. While there was no complete resolution and
Pres. Stephani intends to create a separate committee to deal with this issue,
there were some ideas presented.
Tuesday evening novice lectures have been discontinued (due to lack of
attendance), we will try replacing that with a session devoted to discussing
hands from the previous week’s game at 6:30 before the game.
the month of September of this year, we will try starting the Tuesday evening
games at 6:30 PM instead of 7 PM in hopes that the earlier start time which
should lead to an earlier finish time might attract more players.
There was discussion of the circumstances under
which we would recognize accomplishments outside of our unit at the regional or
national level. No consensus was reached and the issue was referred to the
webmasters and the alert editor.
By some happy miracle, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40