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Monthly Competition - August Most Masterpoints

And the Winner Is.......

This Bridgewebs bridge club site lets us put up various competitions online.  The Club Manager does these for fun, since they are available.

August's competition was for the Person earning the MOST MASTERPOINTs for the month. The winner is Woody McHarg with 25.65 MPs! Woody also attended the most games, 18 in all. Second place is Misha Tomic, 23.48. Third is Sherry McHarg with 21.85. Fourth and Fifth are Norma Scott and Al Kocurek.

The good news is 61 players received some masterpoints. The thing to look at, is how well you did in relation to your peers, or how you did last month. Total masterpoints also vary on how many players are in  the game.  In the winter with large playing fields one can pick up more points. Look on the webpage for the competition and see how you did.

Septembers competetion will be for another slam contest. This will be for total number of slams, regardless of small or grand.  Let's see you guys get gutsy with your bidding!

 

New Postings

The Minutes of the Annual Meeting, Recent Board Meetings, and the new Bylaws (retroactive to Jan 1, 2019) are now posted on the website under the menu heading "Minutes of Meetings"

 

 

PRICE INCREASE

Due to increased expenses, the Board voted to raise the game fee to 100 pesos, and the book of 10 tickets to 900 pesos. But remember, your game fee now includes fees for special games, such as charity, NAP games and others.

Minutes of Meetings
This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
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Minutes of  Board and Annual Meetings



The meeting was called to order at 11:00 am.  Present were Brigitte Lewis, Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, Susan Cumming, and Teenie Gibson.  Guests included Al Kocourek and Sherry McHarg.

The chair asked if there were any additions to the agenda.   Correspondence, Membership Development Committee, Communications Committee and Disciplinary Committee were added.

1.  Minutes

Moved/seconded that the minutes from the March 24 Board meeting be approved.  Carried.

2.  Structural Changes

The Board has been investigating options on how the club might move forward given recent events.  Both Al and Sherry (representing the Unit)  have been working on this issue and provided the new Board Directors with an overview.    We are currently waiting for a response from the ACBL which will outline a number of options for the Board to consider.

3.  Relocation

Moved/seconded that the Relocation Committee, including the President, undertake negotiations with the owner of the Bordello with the intent of moving the Bridge Studio to that location by July 31, 2019.  Carried.

Al Kocourek will undertake the development of a set of criteria that can be used in the negotiations with the owner of the Bordello.  He will share this document with the Board Directors for their input.

4.  Website

Moved/seconded that this item be deferred until the next board meeting.  Carried.

5.  Set up of Electronic Board Meetings

The Board will holds its next meeting via Skype.  Each director will need to provide their Skype address to the President.  The treasurer will assist the President in the set up.

6.  Correspondence 

The President raised the matter of a letter that had been received by the Board by one of its members.  This letter had not received a response.  It was agreed that the president would prepare a response and send it out.

7.  Membership Development Committee

Mary Seggerman has agreed to head up this committee.  At this time she is not requesting that anyone else sit on the committee.  The response from the first mentor/mentee game is that they want this initiative along with other initiatives, including games for 299ers be set up.  It is hoped that these or similar type initiatives be in place by December 1, 2019.

It was agreed that the wrap up of the mentor/mentee game be sent out with these minutes.

8.  Communication Committee

It was agreed that this committee will remain as an ad hoc committee.

Moved/seconded that the update on the committees first meeting be approved and shared with the members.  Carried.

The update will go out with these minutes.  

9.  Disciplinary Committee

It was agreed that this ad hoc committee be established.  Teenie Gibson will chair the committee.  Members will be approached to sit on the committee on an as needed basis.

10.  May Board Meeting

Moved/seconded that the May Board meeting be cancelled.  Carried.  

The next Board meeting is scheduled for June 5, 2019.

11.  Adjournment

Moved/seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  Carried.




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Annual Meeting

The Bridge Studio of San Miguel de Allende

March 22, 2019

President Al Kocourek called the meeting to order at 5:30pm. A Quorum had been ascertained.

Board Members present: Woody McHarg, Game Director; Ellen Snyder, Club Manager: Tom Chambers, Treasurer

Bylaws Changes: Al noted that a small number of changes have been proposed to our bylaws, partly because of our difficulty in meeting certain dates required by the bylaws due to a number of issues the board has been dealing with. Woody McHarg noted that one other change would be to the preamble, changing our club from being described as a “non-profit” to the following: “The Bridge Studio of San Miguel de Allende is a non-governmental, not for profit, member-owned social club, established for the sole purpose of providing an enjoyable experience of playing duplicate bridge to its members and invited guests. We are affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League which enables our players to receive masterpoints in recognition of their achievements in this competitive environment.” Al noted that Mike Pope had gone through the bylaws and suggested the changes which the board had agreed to. Unfortunately, Mike did not attend the meeting, so Al asked for a vote to accept the bylaws, trusting that the changes would not personally affect the members in any way. Gerry Telson made a motion to accept and Faye Guidry seconded, along with several other people. We will send out a copy of the bylaws as soon as we get the final copy, and also post them on the website.

Nominating Committee – Dave McDougall, chair of the committee, read the slate of candidates for the vacant board positions. Because of several resignations, Ellen Snyder was the only board member carrying over for the second year of a two-year term. As we have alternating 2-year terms, three people were nominated for 2-terms: Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, and Susan Cumming. Filling in 1-year terms are Brigette Lewis and Teenie Gibson. Faye Guidry moved to accept the slate, and several people seconded, and the motion passed.

Relocation: The Board is still working on finding the club a new home. There are several places being considered, the one most promising at the moment is the Bordello. But we have received a two-month extension on our lease, that is, until July 31, at the current half-rent of 7,000 pesos a month. There are several issues that make the search complicated. Mentioned were parking, cost, exclusivity, size (we roughly nee 2500-3000 square feet, and accessibility.

Financial: Tom Chambers, Treasurer, gave a report on the club’s finances. Last year ended with a surplus of $450 usd, even though the table count was down 14%. Tom has prepared a budget for next year, though he notes it could change as our parameters may vary with relocation of our venue. His budget includes a 10% predicted drop in table count. The proposed budget will be posted at the club. The 480,000 pesos we have in the bank account are a reserved that we might need for our relocation.

Charity Donations: Since we hadn’t picked two charities at the last annual meeting for this year, the board proposed donating to Feed the Hungry(which donates free meals to children and local charities in San Miguel and the surrounding courntryside) and The Cruz Roja (Red Cross Ambulance Service which provides free service to area residents). Ellen noted that our charity money comes from the extra fees charged at special games. ACBL lets us keep these fees in Mexico, to donate as we choose. Gerry Teldon moved that we donate the money as the board determined and several people seconded. Teenie Gibson moved to admit an amendment that the board set up a process for choosing charities in the future, and several people seconded, and the amendment passed, and the motion passed.

Update on Sectional and Regionals: Al noted already covered by Sherry in the Unit meeting.

Zero Tolerance Issues: Al said we are all here for fun – please hold back on emotional issues and criticizing partners. When issues occur, we have to do something about it. Lets all work together to create a pleasant environment.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:10pm.

Respectively submitted, Ellen Snyder

Addendum: Proposed By-Laws:

Bylaw Proposals
1.  Effective Date: this needs to be retroactive, owing to so many deadlines having already been missed. I am not sure a retroactive by law change passes constitutional muster, but unless there are objections at the Annual Meeting, I think it will stand. By next year it will not be remembered by many and ratified by inaction.  If there a re objections at the Annual Meeting, perhaps they can be overruled by a vote of those present. 
2. Member in Good Standing: dropped the requirement that dues be paid by 1 March, to permit people to join after that date. 
3.Annual Meeting date: deleted fixed date, to permit flexibility. 
4. Notice Period (several provisions): reduced from fourteen to ten days. We’re likely to need the extra four days this year, possibly in the future.
5. Nominating Committee: eliminated two deadlines that have already been missed, and may be missed in the future.
6. Board of Directors: eliminated residency requirement, to permit winter visitors and other part time residents to serve on the Board. Also, added a provision explicitly permitting participation and attendance by electronic means. 
Respectfully submitted by Ellen Snyder
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Board minutes, March 24, 2019

The meeting was called to order by Woody McHarg at 10:00 am.  This is the first meeting of the new board sanctioned at the AGM of the Bridge Studio of San Miguel held on March 22, 2019.
In attendance were Ellen Snyder, Woody McHarg, Brigitte Lewis, Tom Chambers, Susan Cumming and Teenie Gibson.
The first order of business was to determine individual travel plans and availability.
Ellen Snyder will be away April, May and part of June 2019
Tom Chambers will be away April 10 to August 2019
Brigitte Lewis will be away April 21 to April 26, 2019; June 9 to June 29, 2019 and August 14 to September 8, 2019.
Woody McHarg will be away May 2 to May 20, 2019
Susan Cumming will be away April 23 to November 1, 2019 and
Teenie Gibson will be away April 23 to December 1, 2019
There is some concern about the availability of game directors during the month of May.  Woody has approached Terry Holden.
The following positions will be filled by the individual board directors:
President:  Brigitte Lewis
Vice President:  Susan Cumming
Treasurer: Tom Chambers
Secretary: Teenie Gibson
Club Game Director: Woody McHarg
Club Manager:  Ellen Snyder
Susan Cumming will assist Ellen Snyder with some of her duties. Julie Allbritton had previously offered to assist with the purchase of supplies and she will be contacted by Susan to determine if she wants to continue.
Ellen will set aside time to introduce the three newest board members to the computer system as well as other aspects of the board’s operations.  It was  agreed that the Board would meet the first Wednesday of the month, beginning in May 2019.
Discussion centred around some of the challenges facing the club.  It was determined that a number of Ad hoc committees would be struck to provide recommendations to the Board.  The President will sit as an ex officio to all ad hoc committees.
1.  Relocation committee:  Al Kocourek, Woody McHarg and Tom Chambers will continue to work on finding new premises for the Bridge Studio.
2.  Membership Development:  it was suggested that Mary Seggerman head up this committee.  Woody will approach Mary.  
3.  Communications Committee:  it was suggested that Linda Whynman head up this committee.  It was also suggested that Kathy Snodgrass be asked to sit on this committee.  Woody will approach both women.
4.  Disciplinary Committee:  no suggestions were given on who should head up this committee.  The secretary will follow up with the president on how to proceed.
5.  Disbursement of Charity Funds:  this committee came out of the AGM.  Teenie Gibson will head up this committee.  Susan Curra has indicated an interest in helping.
Respectfully Submitted by  Teenie Gibson
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Board Meeting, The Bridge Studio of San Miguel de Allende

Monday, March 18

Present: Al Kocourek, Tom Chambers, Woody McHarg, Ellen Snyder

Meeting called to order by President Al Kocourek at 10:06am

  1. Relocation: The board members discussed whether the choice of a new venue for the club would be put to a vote by the members. The consensus was not to do so, because of the complexities involved. Tom is going to check on the property opposite the La Casona building with KW realty.

  2. Woody proposed, following the suggestion of a member, that we change our status to something like a social club rather than a non-profit. A non-profit or Association Civil has certain reporting and financial rules to follow. This will be added to the proposed bylaw changes to be presented at the annual meeting.

  3. Our club could become part of our Unit, this would bring us under the protection of the ACBL should any legal action be taken against us. The consensus was not to bring this up at the annual meeting as we are not sure if it is necessary, and we need to know more about what it entails.

  4. The board members discussed putting our money in banks in the United States, as business accounts don’t exist in Mexico and are accounts are in members names. We decided to leave it up to Tom Chambers to decide if our money is to be moved.

  5. The changes to the bylaws will be sent to the members.

  6. Woody proposed that the bylaws be changed to allow an ad hoc committee be set up to deal with disciplinary matters. It would be difficult to create a standing committee as members come and go frequently.

  7. Tom noted we hadn’t picked a charity at last year’s annual meeting to distribute our charity game money to, amounting to around 30,000 pesos. After discussion, the consensus was to donate to Feed the Hungry, which supplies free meals to children in outlying towns and local charities, and Cruz Roja, the ambulance and medical service that provides free help to residents in our area.

  8. Al proposed that the Unit should be asked to reimburse the club for use of the club during the Sectional Tournament. In the future this should be defined ahead of time.

  9. Tom Chambers presented two scenarios for next year’s budget, one with the table count down 10% (following a 14% drop this year from last), and one with a stable table count.

  10. Woody made the motion that game directors be shown appreciated by giving them a 10-ticket pack for each game they direct and no cash. The directors are free to do with the tickets what they wish. The motions was passed by a vote of the non-directing board members.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30am
Respectfully Submitted by Ellen Snyder
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The Bridge Studio 
Board Meeting March 6, 2019
 
Present: Al Kocourek, Woody McHarg, Ellen Snyder, Tom Chambers, Mike Pope
The meeting was opened at 10:15
Mike Pope had been asked to look at our By-laws and make suggestions to bring them in line with our current situation. These would be brought to a vote by members at a Special Meeting before the Annual Meeting or at the beginning of the Annual Meeting and would be retroactive to March 1, 2019. The proposals Mike made are as follows:
1.  Effective Date: this needs to be retroactive, owing to so many deadlines having already been missed. I am not sure a retroactive by law change passes constitutional muster, but unless there are objections at the Annual Meeting, I think it will stand. By next year it will not be remembered by many and ratified by inaction.  If there are objections at the Annual Meeting, perhaps they can be overruled by a vote of those present. 
2. Member in Good Standing: dropped the requirement that dues be paid by 1 March, to permit people to join after that date. 
3.Annual Meeting date: deleted fixed date, to permit flexibility. 
4. Notice Period (several provisions): reduced from fourteen to ten days. We’re likely to need the extra four days this year, possibly in the future.
5. Nominating Committee: eliminated two deadlines that have already been missed, and may be missed in the future.
6. Board of Directors: eliminated residency requirement, to permit winter visitors and other part time residents to serve on the Board. Also, added a provision explicitly permitting participation and attendance by electronic means.
The consensus of the board was to accept these changes and bring them before the membership at the beginning of the annual meeting, before other business was conducted.
Finanacials: Tom Chambers presented the monthly financials and these were accepted by all the board members.
The meeting was adjourned at11:45

 

 

 

Bridge Club of SMA

October 26, 2018 Board Meeting Agenda

 

Present: President Al Kocourek, Club Director Woody McHarg, Club Manager Ellen Snyder, Treasurer Tom Chambers.

 

The meeting was called by the President at 11:30am

Prior Minutes

The minutes of the last board meeting (Sept 14) were approved unanimously.

Space

Since our lease will be up May 31 of 2019, and we have been asked to vacate the premises by that time, we agreed our main concern is finding a new space. A few ideas have been suggested: A room upstairs in the Posada de la Aldea (there is an elevator in the building); sharing space with Frontera, La Finca, and others ousted from our complex (perhaps at the old Ford Dealership); the Croquet Club, a yet to be built room at the Bordello. We agreed we need easy access, enough space for our 23 tables and 80 chairs, a place we can leave our equipment up at least most of the time, and adequate parking. If we have not found a suitable place by the end of next month, we will contact some realtors in town to see what is available.

Conduct

The board members discussed some problems with conduct, and stressed that the directors need to be vigilant. Players should be reminded to call the director if there is an issue, before conflict escalates.

Ideas for growth in number of players

Tom has continued working on publicity. A writer on the Atencion is interested in publishing an article, if we have an event to showcase. Tom also shared some ad templates provided by ACBL that we can use in the paper or as posters. ACBL will share in the advertising expenses.

 

Ellen has polled some of her former students and they are interested in a Social Game (that is, non-ACBL). She will work on trying to set that up. Non-directors could help with these games.

Other

The meeting was adjourned at 12:45pm

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen Snyder

 

Bridge Studio of San Miguel Board Meeting, September 14, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 12:00pm by President Al Kocourek. Board Members Present: Al Kocourek, Tom Chambers, Ellen Snyder, Woody McHarg. Two board positions are vacant. Also present Sherry McHarg representing Unit 254.

The last board meetings minutes were approved.

Treasurer report:

Tom Chambers has introduced a new balance sheet, and has eliminated the category of “Leasehold Improvements”. Some of the assets are now put into “Relocation Reserve” as monies that may be needed if we have to move from our present site.

Ellen moved the new form be approved and Woody seconded. Unanimous.

Tom reported that in August our table count was down. A discussion ensued as to how we can increase our number of players. Tom and Sherry offered to spearhead a plan to increase lessons. All agreed that we need more games or side games for players with limited master points. These could be “play and learn” style and we need to find volunteers to help lead them. Also we will start “chalk talks” before some of our games. We will make an effort for more advertising also.

Old Business:

We need to replace two board members as Liz Jacobson and Beth Rosener have turned in their resignations since the last meeting. Several people were suggested and Al will approach them.

Woody moved that we put off making any decisions about the televsion and building security for the time being. All agreed.

New Business:

Sherry made a report on her effort to try to get our Unit 254 the management of the San Miguel Regional (which is now run by Unit 173). She was not successful with the District 16 Board this year, but will continue to pursue this objective.

Also asked the Board to approve holding the Thursday game during the San Miguel Secional (Feb 7-10) at our Club, run by Phyllis Culp, as the Bordello is not available at that time. The game will be a 0-500, non-Life Master, pairs game. The other games will also be held at the club on Friday through Sunday. The Board approved unaminously.

Al noted we need to clean the carpets and the funishings. Isabel will be contacted to give the tables a good cleaning and the McHargs are volunteering their carpet clearner and maid to do the floors.

The meeting was adjourned at 1: 10pm.

 

Respectfully, Ellen Snyder

 

 

 

 Board Meeting, Wednesday, May 23

 

Attendees: Al Kocurek, Woody McHarg, Ellen Snyder, Tom Chambers (by Skype), Liz Jacobson, Beth Rosener. Also present: Gerry Teldon, Sherry McHarg 

 

  1. Call to Order:   Al called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. 

 

  1. Treasurer’s Report:   Tom 

 

  1. Financial Statements are available on the Bulletin Board. 

 

  1. On May 23rd, the Club received 10000 pesos from Unit 254 via 173 as a.reimbursement for the loss of revenue our club suffered by being closed during the regional. 

 

  1. Woody moved to approve the financial report, Beth seconded. Approved. 

 

  1. Budget for repairs and repainting…we will continue to fix things as necessary as it continues to be minimal expense. 

  

  1. Replacement of TV - cost for TV was $972. Al is dealing with Chase through which Al purchased the TV. Al is continuing to pursue reimbursement from Chase. 

 

  1. Beth made a motion to replace the TV with a less expensive, smaller TV. Ellen seconded. Motion passed. 

 

  1. Security – Al made a motion to put up razor wire in the back and on the side and motion detectors in the front. Woody seconded. Approved. 

 

  1. Special Games and Payment:  Ellen 

 

Motion made by Al to petition the Unit to pick up the per table cost for STAC games. Woody seconded. Approved. 

 

Motion by Ellen to raise the game fee to 90 pesos per person and 80 pesos per ticket for a book of ten tickets. This will go into effect on June 1.  This increase will  enable the club to waive all extra fees for special games.  Additionally, as the peso is losing value, the players are actually paying less in dollar terms now, while a sizable portion of the club’s expenses are paid in more expensive dollars. Old tickets will be accepted at old rate. Beth seconded. Approved. 

 

  1. Club Inventory -  completed by Ellen and Liz.  19 blue chairs are on permanent loan to the club by the McHarg’s unless there is a change of club ownership. 

  

  1. Duties regarding food and refreshments – Liz, as Vice President, is responsible for food and refreshments. 

 

Woody is responsible for Bridge supplies. 

 

  1. Policies:  Beth 

The Policies were picked up from previous minutes. They will be available at the Directors Desk. Motion to approve policies with corrections. Seconded by Woody. Approved. 

 

  1. Formal complaints by several members were reviewed by the Board 

  1. Board will issue a formal response. Special attention was given to the fragrance free zone, which we will continue to keep as a policy..  

 

  1. Other 

Al moved to have a guaranteed partner program and free play for the player. Beth seconded. Ellen and Woody will review and bring to next meeting. 

 

  1. Next meeting will be Wednesday, June 20 at 5:00 

 

  1. Adjourn at 6:55 

 

Respectfully submitted, 

Beth Rosener 

Secretary 

 

Annual Meeting Minutes, March 28, 2018

  1. Welcome by Woody at 5:15 

Quorum attending.  

 

  1. 2018 – 19 Proposed Budget by Tom Chambers 

  1. Tom briefly reviewed the highlights from the 2017 – 18 budget and the highlights from last year’s financial performance.  

  1. The 2018 – 19 budget had been sent previously to the membership. A brief discussion ensued. Syndi McDougall made a motion to approve, Barry Burke seconded. Motion approved. 

 

  1. Charities for 2017-18 and 2018-19 

  1. Teenie Gibson made the following motion: The Board establish a policy and procedure for: 

  1. A separate cash reserve fund. The policy will outline the maximum of cash to be held in reserve as well as the criteria and authority for accessing the fund; 

  1. A separate Charity Fund which would be used to support local charities once the Club’s operating expenses have been met. The policy will outline the number of charities to be supported as well as the process and criteria for accessing the fund. 

The policies are to be reviewed annually. 

David Rowe seconded the motion. 

During the discussion, Tom Chambers, treasurer, stated that he felt the Club should have a minimum of 2 years of possible expenses in the bank prior to making provisions for charitable gifts. 

Motion was denied.  

 

  1. Woody recognized 12 Volunteers for appreciation. 

  1. Joan Arnold (Board) 

  1. Colleen Berk (Board VP) 

  1. Lynn Chambers (Day O’Dea the Dead and Social Activities) 

  1. Susan Cumming (Nominating Committee and general help) 

  1. Teenie Gibson (Bylaws) 

  1. Melissa Hirsch (Board Secretary) 

  1. Christie McGue (Partnership Chair for 4 years) 

  1. Sherry McHarg (Food Preparation) 

  1. David Rowe (Board President and Nominating Committee) 

  1. Ellen Snyder (Board Club Manager) 

  1. Wendy Valentine (Nominating Committee) 

  1. Mary Katherine Wainwright (Board Facilities Manager) 

Motion by Sherry McHarg to give Volunteer of the Year Award with10 free plays, seconded by Syndi McDougall. Motion denied. 

 

  1. Election of new Board Members by acclamation. 

  1. Liz Jacobson 

  1. Beth Rosener 

  1. Ellen Snyder 

Moved to approve by Faye Guidry, seconded by Wendy Valentine. Approved. 

 

  1.  Motion by Mel Karp to buy a large TV monitor to show results at end of each game, seconded by Susan Cumming. Approved. 

 

  1. Motion by Ilva Illvernizzi not to show hand results on the scoring machines, seconded by Danielle Pilon. Approved. 

 

  1. Motion by Ilva Illvernizzi to have separate section for the A players  when there are 20 or more tables.Danielle Pilon seconded. Discussion about handicapping followed. Motion was denied. Woody stated that the Board would discuss possibilities. 

 

Meeting was adjourned at 6:10. 

 

Beth Rosener 

 

SMA Bridge Studio Board Meeting, Feb 7, 2018

Bridge Board Meeting Minutes 2/5/18

Woody M called the meeting to order. Present, Mary Katherine Wainwright, Colleen Berk, Tom Chambers, Melissa Hirsch, Woody McHarg and Ellen Snyder.

The Minutes of the January meeting were approved unanimously.

Tom gave the Treasurer’s report. A motion was made by Mary Katherine to increase the food fee paid to Sherry McHarg to 5 pesos per person. Melissa seconded. It was approved unanimously.

The Board discussed consolidating the position of facilities and club manager and make it a paid position. General consensus favored this idea and it will be addressed further.

Mary Katherine gave the Facilities Manager report. She moved that we adopt a no dog policy and Colleen seconded, it was approved unanimously. Colleen will investigate purchasing hands free garbage containers for the bathroom.

1800 pesos was raised from the sale of the old chairs, 62 were sold.

Colleen made a motion that the Board appoint a Social Chair. MH seconded the motion. The Motion was approved unanimously. Lynn Chambers agreed after the meeting to serve as Social Chair.

Sherry McHarg gave 10900 pesos to Tom C to cover the 10000 balance due from the Unit and 900 to cover the cost of incidentals from the Sectional tournament.

Tom will calculate the amount of actual loss of income to the club during the Sectional.

Ellen gave the Club Manager report. Ellen proposed we participate in an ACBL charity game and each player pay the extra 10 pesos to upgrade to extra red points.

Woody discussed coordinating a special event in honor of Jerry Siskin and will pursue.

The Annual Meeting of the Bridge club will be Wednesday March 28 following the game at The Studio with a party following.

The Board will have another meeting on March 12 at noon at The Studio to discuss the budget and final preparation for the annual meeting. Tom is going to prepare a proposed budget to present at the annual meeting.

The nominating committee that the Board has approved is Susan Cumming, David Rowe, and Wendy Valentine. The committee will report before March 1.

Ellen will organize a Bylaws Committee for proposals before the Annual Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned

SMA Bridge Board Meeting 12/13/17 

 

The Meeting was called to order at 11 am by Woody McHarg.   

Present:  Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, Colleen Berk, Ellen Snyder, Mary Katherine Wainwright, Melissa Hirsch 

The minutes of the October 2017 were approved. 

Tom gave the treasurers report.   Ellen moved that the treasurer’s report be approved.  The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.  

The Board discussed Ellen’s report that the extra costs  for charity and special ACBL games average  about $1 per person per game.   A discussion was had as to any special games the Club may want to schedule for 2018.      

  Colleen moved that the Club add an additional  game on Saturday afternoons for players with 0-299 master points beginning January, 2018, the motion was seconded and approved unanimously.   

  Woody made a motion that the Club add a team game once a month.    The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.    These games will be held on Sundays at 1:30 pm and will begin January 7.    The price will be determined based on the cost of lunch that will be provided at the team game.   

A discussion was held regarding a raise for Isabel who keeps the Club clean etc.   The Aguinaldo for Isabel was approved at 1600 pesos and her weekly pay will be raised to 900 pesos beginning January 2018.    Emilio will be given 350 pesos Aguinaldo.     This was approved unanimously.   

The Board approved that Ellen may buy a new printer for the Club up to $300.00 USD. 

Mary Katherine moved that the Board continue to abide by the policy regarding playing vs. non-playing directors adopted by our previous Board at the January 2016 meeting.   The Policy reads as follows: 

Mainly we have chosen to go with the ACBL guideline which does not prohibit playing directors, but states: 

“It is preferable for a game to have a non-playing director.  A non-playing director can give more objective rulings concerning disputes and infractions of bridge laws and regulations than one who is personally involved in the session.  Even when no rulings are called for, the non-playing director can give more attention to maintaining the quality of the game.  Some special games require a non-playing Club or higher-rated director.  Non-playing directors are encouraged, but not required for games having not more than one section of 17 tables or less. “ 

The motion was seconded and approved unanimously. 

Mary Katherine further moved that the Board  add to the policy the caveat that no director will be required to direct and play at any time.  The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.   

Old Business was discussed.    Woody noted that there will be extra expenses associated with the Sectional tournament and the Unit will reimburse the club for the additional expenses.   

New Business was discussed.     Mary Katherine moved that the Club have a Christmas party on December 18th at the Club after the game and this was approved unanimously.    La Frontera will supply food.   There will be no game on Christmas Day.    Ellen moved that the Club have an open game on December 26  (Boxing Day) at 1:30 pm, and the motion was seconded and approved unanimously.      

The next Board meeting will be scheduled and announced.    

Melissa moved the meeting be adjourned and it was seconded and approved unanimously.    

The Bridge Studio of San Miguel Board Meeting Minutes 10/23/17 at The Bridge Studio

 

Present Mary Katherine Wainwright, Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, and Ellen Snyder by Skype, Colleen Berk was absent.

 

The motion was made seconded to approve the minutes from the September Board meeting.

 

Tom gave the treasurer’s report. Sixty-three members contributed to the chair fundraiser. The total amount raised was $6083. Total cost for chairs and shipping was $6935. The Club chipped in $850 to cover the balance. The financial position of the Club is still strong. The BOA account opened for the chair fundraiser will be closed.

 

Ellen gave the Club Manager’s Report. Ellen has registered the Club for the Stac’s the week of December 11th-17th. The usual December sectional will not be in SMA this year. The Club needs to decide about sanctioned games for 2018, this will need to be decided by January. People are starting to use the contact form on the website. Ellen will return November 18.

 

The Facility Manager’s Report was given by Mary Katherine. Mary Katherine suggested the Club have a sale to dispose of chairs and items the Club is not using. A discussion was had as to ways to make the club more eco friendly focusing on cups used during the games. We welcome members to place their ideas in the suggestion box.

 

The Game Director’s Report was given by Woody. A discussion was had as to a proposal to be made to membership concerning playing directors. During certain times of the year there is a risk of games being cancelled for lack of directors.

 

The Unit Sectional is January 25-28. The game on January 25th will be at The Bordello and the rest of the Sectional will be held at the Club. The Thursday game at the Bordello will be for non Life Masters.

 

New Business was discussed. The Board decided not to allow the renting of the Club facility to Narcotics Anonymous. One-time rentals

may be considered in the future if there is no conflict with Club activities.

 

Woody, Ellen and Colleen will meet to discuss possible additional bridge games, lessons, and other bridge activities to allow for more effective use of the Club. A suggestion was made to start using forms to keep records of visitors and new players and interest in lessons.

 

The meeting was adjourned and the next meeting is scheduled December 11

The Bridge Studio of San Miguel Board Meeting Minutes 10/23/17 at The Bridge Studio

 

Present Mary Katherine Wainwright, Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, and Ellen Snyder by Skype, Colleen Berk was absent.

 

The motion was made seconded to approve the minutes from the September Board meeting.

 

Tom gave the treasurer’s report. Sixty-three members contributed to the chair fundraiser. The total amount raised was $6083. Total cost for chairs and shipping was $6935. The Club chipped in $850 to cover the balance. The financial position of the Club is still strong. The BOA account opened for the chair fundraiser will be closed.

 

Ellen gave the Club Manager’s Report. Ellen has registered the Club for the Stac’s the week of December 11th-17th. The usual December sectional will not be in SMA this year. The Club needs to decide about sanctioned games for 2018, this will need to be decided by January. People are starting to use the contact form on the website. Ellen will return November 18.

 

The Facility Manager’s Report was given by Mary Katherine. Mary Katherine suggested the Club have a sale to dispose of chairs and items the Club is not using. A discussion was had as to ways to make the club more eco friendly focusing on cups used during the games. We welcome members to place their ideas in the suggestion box.

 

The Game Director’s Report was given by Woody. A discussion was had as to a proposal to be made to membership concerning playing directors. During certain times of the year there is a risk of games being cancelled for lack of directors.

 

The Unit Sectional is January 25-28. The game on January 25th will be at The Bordello and the rest of the Sectional will be held at the Club. The Thursday game at the Bordello will be for non Life Masters.

 

New Business was discussed. The Board decided not to allow the renting of the Club facility to Narcotics Anonymous. One-time rentals

may be considered in the future if there is no conflict with Club activities.

 

Woody, Ellen and Colleen will meet to discuss possible additional bridge games, lessons, and other bridge activities to allow for more effective use of the Club. A suggestion was made to start using forms to keep records of visitors and new players and interest in lessons.

 

The meeting was adjourned and the next meeting is scheduled December 11

 

October Board Meeting, 2017

 

The Bridge Studio of San Miguel Board Meeting Minutes 10/23/17 at The Bridge Studio

 

Present Mary Katherine Wainwright, Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, and Ellen Snyder by Skype, Colleen Berk was absent.

 

The motion was made seconded to approve the minutes from the September Board meeting.

 

Tom gave the treasurer’s report. Sixty-three members contributed to the chair fundraiser. The total amount raised was $6083. Total cost for chairs and shipping was $6935. The Club chipped in $850 to cover the balance. The financial position of the Club is still strong. The BOA account opened for the chair fundraiser will be closed.

 

Ellen gave the Club Manager’s Report. Ellen has registered the Club for the Stac’s the week of December 11th-17th. The usual December sectional will not be in SMA this year. The Club needs to decide about sanctioned games for 2018, this will need to be decided by January. People are starting to use the contact form on the website. Ellen will return November 18.

 

The Facility Manager’s Report was given by Mary Katherine. Mary Katherine suggested the Club have a sale to dispose of chairs and items the Club is not using. A discussion was had as to ways to make the club more eco friendly focusing on cups used during the games. We welcome members to place their ideas in the suggestion box.

 

The Game Director’s Report was given by Woody. A discussion was had as to a proposal to be made to membership concerning playing directors. During certain times of the year there is a risk of games being cancelled for lack of directors.

 

The Unit Sectional is January 25-28. The game on January 25th will be at The Bordello and the rest of the Sectional will be held at the Club. The Thursday game at the Bordello will be for non Life Masters.

 

New Business was discussed. The Board decided not to allow the renting of the Club facility to Narcotics Anonymous. One-time rentals

may be considered in the future if there is no conflict with Club activities.

 

Woody, Ellen and Colleen will meet to discuss possible additional bridge games, lessons, and other bridge activities to allow for more effective use of the Club. A suggestion was made to start using forms to keep records of visitors and new players and interest in lessons.

 

The meeting was adjourned and the next meeting is scheduled December 11

August - September Newsletter - Submitted by Melissa Hirsch

SMA STUDIO SUMMER SPRUCE UP 
Summer at the Bridge Studio has involved sprucing up the facility to support a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere.    There has been an outstanding response to the fundraiser for the purchase of new chairs for the studio!   Fifty- seven people have donated to the purchase of the new chairs.  Not only will these new chairs provide more comfort for regular bridge games but will give the studio a more professional look for any tournaments held at the studio.  Woody McHarg is making the arrangements to have the chairs shipped down from the US.  
 
Thanks to the help of Michel Paragot, forty side tables have been ordered to place at each bridge table.  Two different types were given an audition and the round ones got the part. These tables can be used to place drinks and food items, and the lower shelf can be used for purses or other personal items.  Hopefully having the side tables will cut down on spills.  
New inserts for the bidding boxes have also been ordered as the old ones were tired! We welcome all bridge players to come check out the changes at the studio!   
 
Another exciting addition to the bridge game is fresh healthy food.  Sherry McHarg as head of the food committee has been providing a wonderful selection of fresh and healthy snacks for each of the bridge games.  As soon as the food is set out there is quite a congregation of players, a nice way to start out the game. The Bridge Studio will continue to provide coffee, tea and water for players and the refrigerator may be used if players wish to bring their own drinks.  
 
UPCOMING SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT
San Miguel’s own Bridge Unit will be holding their first Sectional Tournament January 26-28, 2018 at the Bridge Studio.  Woody McHarg has been given permission to direct the tournament, saving on expenses usually charged by the traveling directors.   There will also be a non-championship game at the Bordello Bridge Club under the direction of Phyllis Culp on January 25th.  
Proceeds from past charity games from last season are being donated to the chosen charities.  Mujeres en Cambio and Cruz Roja will each receive 7090 pesos.  
 
PARTNERSHIP UPDATE
 
Don’t worry if you do not have a partner.   Christie McGue continues to offer help in locating a partner, but has a new email address.  Email her at christiemcgue@yahoo.com with your request.  We are lucky to have Christie’s help!  << 
 
NEW UPDATED WEB SITE
Ellen Snyder is working on replacing the old web site with a “bridgewebs” site designed especially for bridge clubs.  The site is easier for non-web professionals to maintain.  Currently only the game results are available.  The site can present the results in different ways.  Click on your partnership and you will see the results such as your scorecard (makes it easy to check).  Like the ACBL site you can look at a hand record with all the scores.  There are some other choices, experiment!   Don’t try to sign up on the member page – that is still under construction for a future members only area.  Ellen is open to suggestions on building the site.   Find it at smabridge.com and also at bridgewebs.com.    Check it out!  
SOME RULES FOR BEING A GOOD PLAYER
  1. Please refrain from snapping cards as it is distracting and irritating to other players and is actually in violation of Laws of Duplicate Bridge. 
  1. Players should not touch the bidding box while deciding whether or not to bid until they actually know which call they are going to make.  He/she may being unauthorized information to his/her partner. 
  1. The director should never be called by name when being summoned.  When calling the director, the correct and polite manner is “Director, please.” Leave you hand up when you call so the director can find you.
  1. Players should always be polite to their partners, opponents and the director as outlined in the Zero Tolerance Policy posted at the Club.   
FRAGRANCE FREE!
As there are players at the Club who have fragrance allergies we want to remind all our players that the Board has adopted a new rule that the Club is a fragrance free zone!! Please be considerate.
We welcome all bridge players.   If you have not played in a while we invite you to come check out the changes.   We are lucky to have such a pleasant environment in which to play!  
 
Last updated : Jul 12, 2019 17:37 CDT