Thursday, December 24, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

#1185 Kenilworth CC Business Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Kenilworth Chess Club's 2015 Business Meeting
(+ addenda/comments by the President-elect in red italics)

Those in attendance included Ziggy Bliznikas, Joseph Dovydaitis, Dan Komunicky, Richard Lewis, Pat Mazzillo, Geoff McAuliffe, Jack McCorkell, John Moldovan, Howard Osterman, Joe Renna, Luis Ruales, Ed Selling, Bob Sherry, Lou Sturniolo, Greg Tomkovich and Jun Tang.

- Officer & Trustee Election Results:
John Moldovan was elected President.
Joe Renna was re-elected as Vice-President.
Geoff McAuliffe was re-elected as both Treasurer and Tournament Director.
Bob Sherry & Paul Gottlieb were elected as Trustees for terms expiring 12/31/2018 & 12/31/2017, respectively.
It was incorrectly stated (by me: John Moldovan) that Pat Mazzillo's term was expiring. It is actually Greg Tomkovich's term that is expiring. In fairness to Pat, Greg, Bob & Paul, I propose that Greg's term be extended for 1 year & that all 4 serve as trustees for 2016.

There were no nominations for Secretary.
The club will fill this vacancy at a future meeting.

Discussion Re: Webmaster was postponed.
The club will vote for Webmaster at a future meeting. See related point below.

- Future of the club's website:

It was revealed that Michael Goeller is the registrant, administrative contact and technical contact of/for the domain
It was reported that the web-hosting payment is due in mid-January.
Members agreed to have a committee (of all the officers and trustees) meet before mid-January to discuss the future of the website.
Addendum: On 12/19/2015, Brinkster will bill the KCC/Michael $534 for the hosting plan. Payment is due 1/18/2016. The club has assets to cover the cost but the amount is significantly higher ($150) than what we paid in January 2014.

- Financial Report & Dues:

Treasurer McAuliffe reported that with inclusion of a donation to the Kenilworth Recreation Department and re-imbursement for the Holiday Party food/supplies, the club operated at a $30 to $35 loss in 2015.
Members voted to increase Regular dues by $5 & add a $10 "Suggested Donation" provision.

Effective immediately, the annual KCC dues are:
Regular (Adults age 18-64) $20 + $10 "Suggested Donation".
Senior (65+) $10 + $10 "Suggested Donation".
Junior (Under 18) $10 + 10 "Suggested Donation".

Visitors attending 2 club meetings will be asked to join the club & pay dues.
My interpretation: The above does not apply to meetings where the individual paid entry/admission fees for KCC tournaments/lectures.

Addendum: The Westfield CC will continue honoring KCC memberships in 2016.

- Club Championship:

After a tedious discussion, the attendees agreed to a 2 section, non-rated tournament with a 6-8 player RR of top-rated entrants & a 5-7 round RR or Swiss with the other entrants.

The event will start sometime in March (Dates TBA). After 3 or 4 rounds of play there will be an off-week to make-up postponed games. After the final 3-4 rounds, there would be an additional week to make-up postponements. The cost to join will be dues (1 full year) + $10 entry fee + a $5 anti-forfeit deposit (=$35 for most players). As in recent years, the time-control will be G/75;d5.

- Other Business:

President-elect Moldovan asked V.P. Renna if the Cranford Community Center would be available for special KCC events. The reply was: Yes.
Addendum: Joe & I will definitely look into this. Not sure if we would run a free/almost free USCF-rated tournament or bring in a GM/IM to do a simul but it could be a wonderful promotional opportunity for our club.

Ziggy Bliznikas mentioned the possibility of the club offering lessons. Moldovan replied that he had been weighing the idea but felt that front room availability would be a problem.

IMO, the lessons would have to be for intermediate-level players or above (absolutely no beginners!) & instructors (such as myself) would, at a minimum, require re-imbursement for class materials. Even if the logistics were not an issue, we'd still have to gauge interest, determine costs, etc. before beginning. If anyone wants to do the leg work, we can proceed. If not, I say: Pass. 

Post updated 12/18/2015 @ 11:10 p.m.