Maca Board Meeting Minutes
02-19-06
Chelmsford Burger King, Chelmsford
Minutes prepared by Bob Messenger, approved at the March board meeting.

The meeting was called to order by President George Mirijanian at 2:15 p.m. In attendance were Vice President Steve Frymer, Treasurer Bob Messenger (acting as clerk), and directors Ken Ballou, and Gus Gosselin. Ken Belt arrived at 2:40 p.m. Guests were Steve and Marshall Dann.

Minutes for the November, December and January meetings could not be approved because they had not been submitted and Clerk Robby King was not present.

Treasurer's Report

Bob Messenger presented the January 2006 report, with net income of $939.64.

Nominations

The following nominations were made for the upcoming MACA election:

President: Robby King, George Mirijanian

Vice President: Steve Frymer

Treasurer: Bob Messenger

Clerk: Steve Dann

Director: Ken Ballou, Ken Belt, Gus Gosselin, Joe Sparks

Election chairman Ken Ballou will talk to Maryanne Reilly and Robby King to see whether they are running for director.

Bob Messenger will print mailing labels for the election mailing on March 1st. Ballots will be mailed by first class mail. The ballot return date will be Friday May 27th by mail or Saturday May 28th in person by 12:00 noon at the Massachusetts Open.

Scholastic Committee Report

Bob Messenger presented financial reports for Qualifier #4, which made a profit of $538.08, and the Holiday Team Tournament, which made a profit of $384.87.

Motion 06-xxx:

Move to waive reimbursement for USCF dues paid for Natick High School in the Holiday Team Tournament, and for the President to write a letter to Joel Dickerson thanking him for the use of Natick High School as the site for the tournament. (Ballou/Messenger). PASSED.

Membership Secretary Report

Bob Messenger reported the following membership totals:

Adult members: 286

Family members: 44

Junior members: 419

Life members: 215

Adult clubs: 1

Scholastic clubs: 1

Complimentary subscriptions: 4

Exchange subscriptions: 19

Library subscribers: 6

Prison subscribers: 174

Subscribers: 42

Total: 1211

Motion 06-xxx:

Move to approve Ken Ballou as a life member of MACA. (Messenger/Gosselin). PASSED.

Tournament Coordinator Report

Bob Messenger reported that the Massachusetts Game/60 and Massachusetts Open contracts have been signed and TLAs submitted. Both tournaments will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Marlborough (soon to be renamed The Hotel Marlborough). The Greater Boston Open and Pillsbury Memorial might be held at the Natick Senior Center.

Auction

George Mirijanian reported that he had received a donation of approximately $500 worth of books from Bob Supnik in addition to the donation from Bob Barry. Mirijanian suggested that proceeds from the auction should be applied to the Harry Nelson Pillsbury memorial plaque project.

Pillsbury Project

George Mirijanian reported that he has been working with the Reading Historical Society to try to get permission from the cemetery trustees to put a plaque on Harry Nelson Pillsbury's grave. This requires genealogical research to find a living relative of Pillsbury. The 100th anniversary of Pillsbury's death will be June 17th 2006. Paul McGinnis of Andover is pursuing a separate project in Somerville which is not connected with MACA.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:44 p.m.

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