The Meeting was called to order at 1:15 p.m. by
President Steven Frymer. Present at the sart were Frymer (no other officers),
and directors Collins, S.Dann, King, Lee, Randazzo and Reilly. Director Hanke
came at 1:30 and Gosselin at 2:30 (9 officer/directors).
There being no clerk present, Stephen Dann said
he would take the minutes for Michelle. There was no treasurer's report, but the
annual report (through April 30) was circulated at the annual meeting (5/25) and
additional copies were handed out. There was the usual lack of quorum at the
annual meeting, so the entire election process approval was deferred to this
board meeting, resulting in the following motion:
MOTION 04-001: Moved, that the election
commission (Reilly) results be accepted, and the ballots destroyed. Moved by
Randazzo and passed without dissent.
The chair noted that Mr. Hanke had accepted the
11th Board position via write-in, and that a 12th and final board position would
soon be filled.
- Mission statement: There was a short
discussion that the new board should examine and possibly redefine the MACA
mission statement that appears in Chess Horizons and elsewhere. Mr. Randazzo
asked that "Why be a MACA member?" be a key question in future
- New Coordinators: As is the custom
under MACA bylaws, coordinators are named starting in June so budget
planning can begin for the 2003-04 year that begins 7/1.
MOTION 04-002: Moved that the following
four directors be named coordinators as follows: Tournament, Frymer; Budget,
Messenger; Scholastic, Gosselin; and Prison, Frymer. Moved by Frymer, and passed
MOTION 04-003: Moved, that Stephen Dann
become Promotion coordinator. Moved by Dann and passed without dissent.
MOTION 04-004: Moved, that Robert King
become club coordinator. Moved by King and passed without dissent.
MOTION 04-005: Moved, that Paul Randazzo
be given the title of assistant scholastic coordinator. Moved by Reilly, and
passed without dissent.
- Open Positions: There was a discussion
over who should fill the publications coordinator position (liaison to Chess
Horizons editor). As directors Hanke and King both had interest and views on
this matter, it will be taken up at the net meeting. Other vacant positions
to be filled soon include: Parliamentarian, Education, League, Volunteer and
Data Processing. The most pressing need is to find a membership coordinator.
Several acting coordinators will serve until new ones are found. Interested
directors should contact Mr. Frymer so nominations can be added to the July
agenda (7/1 deadline for 7/13 meeting.) Mr. Randazzo announced his intention
of nominating Ken Churbuck (NH) to fill the 12th at-large board position.
It was noted by the acting clerk that the MACA
web site contains the bylaws and a number of program listings, archives, and
notices. Organizers outside MACA are utilizing the new services Mr. Kaprielian
initiated this past year, including entry taking via charge cards and the
tournament flyer template.
There was a short discussion about the
forthcoming MACA budget, with the chair and acting clerk noting that
coordinators should submit any figures to treasurer/budget coordinator Bob
Messenger. As Chess Horizons (4 issues/year) has a carry-over budget that was
revised last year, it is only the scholastic program and other coordinators
who may widely differ in their projections this coming year.
- Investments: Gus Gosselin reported that
Life Membership and Living Memorial Chess Fund and Hurvitz, the three main
investment principals, are this year going up steadily with the improvement
in the markets.
- Tournament: Mr. Frymer reported that
the Cavendish Bridge Club of Dedham is the likely site of both the Boylston
Chess Club and the October 18-19 Gr. Boston Open. The site being small, the
details are projected to be the same as last year at the Natick Senior
Center (which is now unavailable). The Hiburnian Club of Newton was
projected as a site for the 12/03 Pillsbury Memorial. In answer to questions
regarding the use of hotel/motel sites, Mr. Frymer said that high rent/low
room-night usage makes such prospects unlikely, except for the great deal
MACA receives for the Mass. Open Memorial day weekend in Marlboro.
- Scholastic: Mr. Gosselin endorsed his
assistant Mr. Randazzo and announced that he was now working on the Fall
Foliage Festival, 10/12 at Sage School in Foxboro, and the first scholastic
singles qualifier, 11/4 at Malden Catholic High. Volunteers are always being
- July Meeting: Directors favored having
a summer outing/board meeting on 7/13 (Sunday) at 1 p.m. if possible. A
Newton park was proposed with the Reilly home again being available for the
board meeting if there was rain. Also proposed were the Higher Ground Coffee
House in downtown Lowell (Randazzo) and meeting during one of Severine
Wamala's tournaments in Lowell (Doubletree). Mr. Frymer will inform and give
directions with the agenda e-mail. If there is a MACA outing combined with
this meeting, it would be a pot-luck lunch of sorts with the directors'
family and other members invited. This would also be described to you via
- E-mail list: Directors present gave the
acting clerk an undated e-mail list. Officers and directors with multiple
(home/work) e-mail addresses should submit their preference to the clerk
and/or web coordinator Tiffany Wang.
The meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.