Cincinnati Bridge Association  Board of Directors:   Minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 14, 2010

Board President Potter Orr called the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m. Present were: John Burpee, Mary Clifton, Debbie Cummings, Patrick Hoffman, Gayle Keaney, Everitt Kitchen, Barb Levinson, Potter Orr, , Mike Purcell, A.J. Stephani, and Jean Sturtevant. Treasurer Anirudh Pandit also attended.
Members Absent: John Stoppiello, and Chris Schwartz.

The July minutes were approved, as corrected.

Thanks were offered to Debbie Cummings for procuring the new cigarette disposer.

Mary Clifton reported that the Middleton Sectional was a success with an increase in tables over the previous year to a total of 214.5. The new site provided improvements including staff who worked the concessions and provided cleanup. The cost for the use of the site was $3500. It has been reserved again for next year. Two suggestions for improvement were offered by board attendees, namely the need for more food and utensils on Sunday and assurance that standbys are available if offered.

John Burpee, reporting for the nominating committee, advised that the slate of Cordell Coy, Gayle Keaney, and Potter Orr has been secured for the three board openings to be filled this year.

Mary Clifton has volunteered to staff the Midwest Monitor duties for our Unit.

Gayle Keaney reported that she and Patrick Hoffman expect to provide an audit report by the November meeting.

Potter Orr pointed out the need to recognize that our building lease contains a provision for 6% or larger increases in rent annually through the end of the lease in 2017.

AJ and John Burpee met with the UAW representative, Gary Jordan, and reported that the hall can be available for $4050 for the 2011 Sectional if we provide notice by the end of the calendar year. This is the same price we are paying for 2010.

AJ will continue to explore other options for the Sectional. He reported that the new Boy Scout building is smaller than the 8-10,000 square feet we need. This is larger than most churches can provide and smaller than convention centers. Schools generally are not available on Fridays and churches not on Sundays.
The $4050 we are paying for the UAW Hall appears reasonable compared to the $3500 for the hall used for the Middleton sectional, given the approximately 100 tables per day we have at the Sectional compared to 72/day at Middleton.

Potter described an option the club may want to adopt to add 20 parking spaces to CBA capacity. The spaces are available adjacent to the current lot at the Viox Services building. Rental cost will be $250/mo or $3000/year or $150/space’/year or about $3/space/week. Since an important part of the benefit for the increased space is expected to accrue to Deschapelles games, Debbie Cummings, President of Deschapelles, agreed to explore with that organization their willingness to share costs for the increased parking spaces.

A motion was made and appoved to inform Rob Weidenfeld that the board will not be renewing the rental agreement CBA has with him for Sunday Afternoons.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:44 p.m.

Everitt Kitchen
Recording Secretary