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Board Meeting Minutes

 

Auburn Duplicate Bridge Club

Board meeting December 27th

Kay McClain(secretary), Laura Palmer (second vice-president), Larry Stafford(president), Faye Whidbee(Club Manager), Connie Wood(Treasurer)

Connie passed out Club expenditures for 2022.  We discussed the rise in number of tables since the pandemic. We are showing around 450 tables this year. We have been on an increase since the downturn in 2020.

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Discussion moved to the cost for pay to play (p2p). Fran (via text) said raising daily playing fee is the way to start.  She also suggested we limit the snacks and maybe have a donation box. The Board decided to continue the snacks with a strict budget by quarter.

The Board agreed that we spent too much money on the meat for the Holiday party. One area where we can cut back.

Faye shared that the company who repairs the dealing machine says they never break. We will never have to purchase another one, hopefully.

We next discussed STaC games. Faye is opposed to having them or wants to charge more to cover the table fees. Kay expressed concern over this and the need to continue them. Kay noted it was not fair to charge more since many members are not interested in getting points and the table count would go down below five. The Board agreed that ADBC will play all STaC games with no increase in table fees.

Kay moved we up the P2P to $4. Motion passed unanimously. Larry moved we up membership to $20. Motion passed 3 to 2.  STaC game cost will stay the same.

Effective immediately there is no free pay for visiting members. Non-members will pay $7. Members will pay $20 for dues up until July and then it drops to $10. There will be no quarterly decreased in the amount.

Connie writes the checks and either Faye or Fran signs the checks. Faye sets the passwords for the checking account. The Board authorized Laura Palmer to set up access to the account with Riverbank. She will visit River Bank to get herself on the account as a back-up as the Board felt it was very important to have a second name on the account.

The usage for the website for the year 2022 so far is:

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Visitors is the number of different visits. Administration is the number of pages the Webmaster (Kay McClain) visits to update the page. All is the total number of pages viewed by the visitors.

Respectfully submitted,

Kay McClain, Secretary

Annual Membership Meeting of the

Auburn Duplicate Bridge Club

December 8, 2022

President Larry Stafford began the meeting with a proposed amendment to the Constitution. Article V, number 3 currently reads:

3. The Board will meet at least quarterly and more often at the discretion of the President. Board meetings will be publicized. and members will be encouraged to attend and participate in discussions. The Club Manager is not eligible to hold office on the Board but may attend board meetings in a non-voting capacity.

It was proposed to change it to:

  1. The Board will meet at least quarterly and more at the discretion of the President. The quarterly Board meetings will be publicized, and members will be encouraged to attend and participate in discussions. The Board may meet at other times without notifying the membership. The Club Manager is not eligible to hold office on the Board but may attend board meetings in a non-voting capacity.

The proposal passed unanimously.

Connie Wood, Treasurer, presented the balance from 2021, the income from pay-to-play for the year 2022. She also gave the deficit to date. Against this background, Larry Stafford, President, presented options for moving forward which address the issue of the deficit. The membership was asked to indicate their preference via a survey.

The last order of business was the election of new officers. Laura Palmer was presented as the nominee for Second Vice President. The nomination passed unanimously. Kay McClain was presented as the nominee for Secretary. The nomination passed unanimously.

Auburn Duplicate Bridge Club 

Board Meeting

September 14, 2022

The board held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday at the Frank Brown Center.

Attendees:  Board Members: Larry Stafford, Fran Madsen, Connie Wood, Marguerite Nunnally, Carol Harrell, and club manager, Faye Whidbee

Old Business:

Carol Harrell reported that Nels Madsen was in the process of gathering the contact and personal information from the club members for two purposes.  The first is to facilitate the registering of all the members with the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department.  The second is to compile an updated and complete list of contact information and put it into a shareable format so that the list is available to those who need it.Nels will hand out a form to be completed to the membership. Then they should be returned to him so that he can begin the registration.  Additionally, a folder with blank forms will be kept in the bridge closet to be available so any new members can be registered and added to the membership list.Once Nels has completed the registration, he will have the data base set up, makingregistration easier in the future.

Fundraiser:

Our club netted $45.00 to help defray the District 10 hospitality costs for its upcoming tournament.  The next games to be held for this purpose will be the week of October 3 for all three sessions. Each person playing during that week will be asked to pay an additional dollar for each session.

New Business:

The Board noted that there has been some interest in going outside our small club to offer an educational opportunity that might bring in new people to the game of duplicate bridge.It was decided that the board is willing to provide support for such endeavors in the form of volunteers to help facilitate, but not lead, such classes, as well as approving the loan of necessary equipment, such as bidding boxes. Internally, the board agreed that we could be offering some instructions for our members who want to better their game.  As such, an email will be sent outto our members asking that anyone who is interested in participating  sign up during the week of September 26.  A list will be compiled during each three meetings that week and from emails. The first class will be held on Thursday, October 13. We would like to begin at 11:00; people could bring their lunches and play a few hands that have been prepared.  A mentor will be on hand to discuss the bidding and the play.

Connie Wood submitted the treasurer's for the past quarter. Please address any questions you may have to Connie.

Finally, the Board decided to hold a tailgate party on Thursday, October 27. Details will be sent by email and announced at the games.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Harrell, Secretary

Auburn Duplicate Bridge Club

Board Meeting

September 14, 2022

The board held its quarterly meeting on Wednesday at the Frank Brown Center.

Attendees:  Board Members: Larry Stafford, Fran Madsen, Connie Wood, Marguerite Nunnally, Carol Harrell, and club manager, Faye Whidbee

Old Business:

Carol Harrell reported that Nels Madsen was in the process of gathering

the contact and personal information from the club members for two

purposes.  The first is to facilitate the registering of all the members with the

Auburn Parks and Recreation Department.  The second is to compile

an updated and complete list of contact information and put it into a shareable format so that the list is available to those who need it.

Nels will hand out a form to be completed to the membership. Then they should be returned to him so that he can begin the registration.  Additionally, a folder with blank forms will be kept in the bridge closet to be available so any new members can be registered and added to the membership list.

Once Nels has completed the registration, he will have the data base set up, making

registration easier in the future.

Fundraiser:

Our club netted $45.00 to help defray the District 10 hospitality costs for its upcoming tournament.  The next games to be held for this purpose will be the week of October 3 for all three sessions. Each person playing during that week will be asked to pay an additional dollar for each session.

New Business:

The Board noted that there has been some interest in going outside our small club to offer an educational opportunity that might bring in new people to the game of duplicate bridge.

It was decided that the board is willing to provide support for such endeavors in the form of volunteers to help facilitate, but not lead, such classes, as well as approving

the loan of necessary equipment, such as bidding boxes.

Internally, the board agreed that we could be offering some instructions for our members who want to better their game.  As such, an email will be sent out

to our members asking that anyone who is interested in participating  sign up

during the week of September 26.  A list will be compiled during each three

meetings that week and from emails. The first class will be held on Thursday, October 13.

We would like to begin at 11:00; people could bring their lunches and play a few hands that have been prepared.  A mentor will be on hand to discuss the bidding and the play.

Connie Wood submitted the treasurer's for the past quarter.

It is attached to this email.  Please address any questions you may have to Connie.

Finally, the Board decided to hold a tailgate party on Thursday, October 27.

Details will be sent by email and announced at the games.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Harrell, Secretary

Board Meeting of the Auburn Duplicate Bridge Club

July 21, 2022

Frank Brown Center

Attendees:  Larry Stafford, president; Connie Wood, treasurer, Carol Harrell,

            secretary.

Treasurer's Report submitted and accepted.

The president suggested that club needed to support the ACBL goals of retention

and recruitment, making it a top priority.  He noted that although our membership numbers

remain comparable to pre-Covid years at 49-52, the number of people attending games is

down approximately 30%. With the subsequent loss of revenue, we will need to consider the budget for the coming year. As a result, the board needs to consider ways to increase

the attendance at games and the revenue stream and make those suggestions to the membership before the general meeting in December.

The secretary should be working with Nels Madsen on the electronic registration now

required by the Frank Brown Center.  Additionally, we need to keep up to date information on all members, both with hard copies and electronically.  To that end blank information sheets need to be kept in a folder to capture contact information of newcomers immediately and have a separate folder with that information readily available on the premises. It can then be

entered electronically.

The treasurer needs to begin giving hard copy receipts when they pay their dues.

In the absence of the club manager, the president and treasurer should insure contact

with ACBL.  The first vice-president should be the coordinator with the center, and the treasurer and secretary will make purchases as needed for office supplies and assist the 1st vice-president with the purchase of snacks and party supplies.

District 10 fundraiser will be held during a three-month period beginning with the week of July 25 and continuing on the weeks of September 12 and October 3. All three games during those weeks will be part of the fundraiser.  Table fees will be $4 instead of the usual $3 to be paid

by the participants.

On August 18, the club will hold a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the ADBC.  It will be a potluck with the club providing a cake.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Harrell, Secretary