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 BEGINNER CLASS SCHEDULE

 February 17-March 6

• Monday, Feb 17 & Friday, Feb21

The focus of these two classes will be on playing Bridge and having fun. Material presented in Bridge Basic 1 will be reinforced through bidding and play.

• Monday, Feb24 

Stayman Convention

• Friday , Feb 28- 

Jacoby Transfers

• Monday, March 2 & Friday, March 6

 

Again, the focus of these two classes with be on playing the game of Bridge. 

Material presented in prior basic classes will be reinforced.

 

NOTE: Chat Bridge on Thursday afternoons at 2:30 will continue during the weeks of Feb 17 and Feb 24.

More opportunity to use and practise your Bridge skills!

                                                                            

Meet New Friends!

Have Fun!

Exercise Your Brain!

 

THE SAN MIGUEL BRIDGE STUDIO ANNOUNCES OUR AWESOME LESSON AND PLAY SCHEDULE FOR 2020

 

ENJOY YOURSELF LEARNING HOW TO PLAY BRIDGE

Sunday, January 26 – 10 to 3 

You’ll nail the basics of bridge in this one-day interactive class with instruction and coached play.

If you’d like to test the waters before committing to more formal classes this lesson is for you.  

200 pesos – Lunch included.

 

BEGINNER BRIDGE CLASSES

WITH SUSAN 

Mondays and Fridays – 10 to 12 – Starting February 3 

Little or no experience playing bridge?  No problem! 

Classes are designed for those with no experience playing bridge and for those who want to update their skills using modern bidding methods. 100 pesos per session.

Questions and Registration for beginner programs please contact:  Susan at suecumm74@gmail.com   

 

CHAT BRIDGE

Thursdays – 2:30 to 4:30 – Starting February 13

A social game where anything goes!  Chat your way through the bidding and playing with  several players there to answer your questions and guide your decision making. 

No registration necessary…just show up…and have fun!

50 pesos per session

 

SUPERVISED PLAY WITH SOME OF OUR BEST PLAYERS

Wednesdays – 10:30 to 12:00 – Starting Feb. 5

This is a great way for intermediate players to improve their game.

Ask any question…‘What should I open?’  ‘How should I respond?’  ‘What’s the right lead?’  

‘How can we get to slam?’  ‘Should I have doubled?’  … And get the right answer!

Mentors:  Misha Tomic, Dave and Syndi McDougall, Bob Calt and Keith Gunn.

No registration necessary and you can come without a partner.  100 pesos per session

 

ADVANCING BRIDGE LESSONS WITH KEITH

Wednesdays – 12:00 to 12:45

Learn to play like the pros!  Keith will ‘spill the beans’ and tell you the secrets that make the experts such tough opponents.  Upgrade your game…and have fun doing it!

No registration necessary…just show up!

 

OPEN DUPLICATE GAMES

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 1:30 to 5:00

100 pesos per game – Snacks included

 

NEW!!!

STRATIFIED 299er GAME 

NEW!!!

Every Monday starting January 13 – 1:30 to 5:00

Anybody with less than 300 masterpoints can play.  100 pesos per game – Snacks included

 

ALL LESSONS AND GAMES AT THE ARCADA HOTEL – 2nd Floor

Calzada de la Estacion #185, Centro, San Miguel de Allende

For further information please visit www.smabridge.com

 

 

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".

April Board Meeting Minutes

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Dear Members,

Minutes from the April 22, 2020 Board Minutes are below:

Bridge Studio of San Miguel

Board of Directors Meeting

April 22, 2020

The board meeting was called to order at 10:40 am.

Present: Tom Chambers, Keith Gunn, Ian Irving, Woody McHarg, Del McDaniel, Wendy Valentine and guest Phyllis Culp

The minutes of the March 9, 2020 board meeting were approved by voice vote.

The following officers were appointed by the new board, which was voted on by the Bridge Studio of San Miguel (BSSMA) earlier this month:

Ian Irving:                              President

Del McDaniel:                       Vice President

Keith Gunn:                           Club Manager

Tom Chambers:                     Treasurer

Wendy Valentine:                   Secretary

Woody McHarg:                    Club Game Director

Tom asked whether Phyllis would like to participate in future board meetings, and she said she would like to join us when the board is considering issues of interest to the Bordello charity game. The board agreed by voice vote.

 

The board discussed the importance of re-establishing a communications committee to periodically communicate with the members via newsletters and other outreach. This is not a board position, and Ian indicated he would explore the committee first with Linda Whynman, as she and her committee had done an outstanding job before they resigned.  Ian will report back at the next board meeting.

Member Feedback and Survey:  Wendy reviewed comments from two members received during the board voting process. The board indicated that a survey of all BSSMA members, along with players at the Bordello, would have the benefit of being both balanced and informative. For example, a survey could ask such questions as: best times for games; equal opportunities to participate; location of games; suggestions for improving bridge in San Miguel, etc.  The board will check to see whether there have been prior member surveys, and Phyllis suggested that the ACBL might have some ideas regarding member surveys.

Ian suggested that Survey Monkey is an effective online tool and volunteered to lead the technical part of a survey. Wendy volunteered to collect survey questions from board members and from Phyllis, along with questions the board might identify from prior surveys and/or ACBL member surveys.

Virtual Games

Phyllis reported that the first SMA Virtual Club Game on April 21st had 44 players for a total of 11 tables. Fourteen people were unable to join the game on the first day, and Phyllis sent further instructions to the 14 to help them join the Virtual Game on April 23rd.  Phyllis said the ACBL provides some support in ironing out problems. A major issue was that many players did not send their exact BBO screen names to Phyllis in advance or didn’t have specific screen names for themselves or their partners. Phyllis noted that the playing part of the BBO system is excellent, but the administrative portion isn’t always as robust at this time. 

Revenue from the Virtual Club Games is shared by BBO, the ACBL and the Clubs that sponsor the games. The revenue from the first game was:

  • 44 players x 3     =                                $ 132.00 USD (100% of revenue)
  • BBO’s share       =                                $   26.40  (20% of revenue from players; 20% of total revenue)
  • ACBL’s share      =                               $  11.00  ($1/table x 11 tables; 8% of total revenue)
  • BSSMA and BB to share  =                 $   94.60

- Bridge Studio                                               $37.84  (40%; will be 60% when TBS directs) 29% of total revenue

- Bordello Bridge                                            $56.76  (60%; will be 40% when TBS directs) 43% of total revenue

Four people who play in the BSSMA and/or the Bordello wanted to invite partners from other places where they also play, and Phyllis denied this request for the time being. Phyllis said that there is some sense that accepting others might mean that more advanced players would compete. In the future, Phyllis might re-evaluate this policy, but now she’s focusing on getting the San Miguel Bridge game up and running and creating a social space for San Miguel players.

We could also add more games in the future, but Woody and others suggested that we need to get the game established first.

Unit Sponsored Club

Tom noted that Del is planning to develop, with input from the Board, a presentation to send out to the membership, including information about unit-sponsored clubs and the pros/cons of such a merger in San Miguel. The board agreed to contribute ideas to Del, and he would draft a presentation or report that could be vetted and edited by the board, then send to the membership for its consideration and ultimately for a vote. Del suggested that Phyllis be involved. Phyllis responded that she would like to continue to be cooperative but prefers that Bordello Bridge remain an independent club.

Del agreed to put together a draft and request comments/edits from the board.

Phyllis reported that some players have approached her about the creation of a Bridge Center in the event space at the Bordello is available. Tom asked whether we would have to pay rent. The BSSMA is currently paying $15,500 pesos/month (at a 50% discount during the pandemic), at the Hotel Arcada. The lease is in effect through November 2020. Tom recalled that Casa de la Noche previously wanted $20,000 pesos/month with a 2021 to $21,000 pesos/month to reflect the increase in Casa de la Noche’s lease on the structure. Woody mentioned that there were also parking issues associated with the Bordello location. Tom says he’d like to see the two clubs getting along, and that people should play in both places. Many people agree.

The board agreed not to take this issue up at present since our lease at the Arcada does not need to be renewed until November 2020.

District 16 Go Fund Me

Sherry McHarg, Unit 254 president, reported that the president of District 16, Nancy Strohmer, was at the SMA March Regional and has been helpful in advising Unit 254 re financial assistance during the pandemic. The district is offering clubs matching funds through Go-Fund-Me accounts, but operating as a non-profit in

Mexico creates problems for the receipt of these funds, because PayPal (a conduit for Go-Fund-Me) does not include Mexico in this initiative.

The BSSMA currently does not have non-profit status in Mexico, because the reporting and tax requirements are onerous. The Mexico City club also does not have non-profit status (requiring an identifier called an EIN), but Ajijic does maintain non-profit status in Mexico.

The District 16 president has enlisted the help of an attorney in Texas who has agreed to advise Unit 254  regarding banking arrangements in Mexico and facilitating a process where the BSSMA would be eligible to participate in the ACBL’s Go-Fund-Me initiative. In addition, Wendy agreed to check on whether the BSSMA can legally pass funds through the San Miguel Community Foundation to make the Go-Fund-Me project viable for San Miguel.

Appointment of a Standing By-Laws Committee

Woody clarified that we need new by-laws only if we consolidate into a unit-sponsored club. First we need a vote on the consolidation. Ian added that we still need to look at the by-laws, but it isn’t an urgent matter, so we can defer this to a future meeting.

Budget

Tom offered two budget scenarios, each of which includes assumptions aimed at controlling costs and generating revenue that will ensure the Bridge Studio’s financial viability. The assumptions in both scenarios were that game fees would be increased to $120 p/game and $1000 p/book, rent would increase 5%, table count would be down 5%, and annual membership fee would increase to $500p.  The first scenario assumes that the club will open in July.  Based on these assumptions, we would have a yearly deficit of $16,000 p.  The Second scenario assumes that the BSSMA was open in March/April/May. Under this assumption, we would have had a $100,000 p surplus.

Del said that some experts think the virus won’t peak until May, so he believes we shouldn’t assume we’re going to open in July. September might make more sense, according to Del, so perhaps we should use the latter assumption.

Woody asked about the potential impact on the budget of funds from BBO’s “Support Your Clubs.” These are different from ACBL Virtual Games. The cost of these special games is $6. It might be a good idea to publicize these with our members, as they could generate a significant revenue stream. At present, these games are scheduled 3x/day. Phyllis agreed to forward the SYC player participation report she receives revenue to the board, and Wendy will email Susan Cumming re same.

Next Steps

The board agreed to schedule a meeting in one month. Wed., May 20 at 9:30 am Central time was suggested.

Respectfully sumitted,

Wendy Valentine

BSSMA Secretary

 

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Dear Members:

The following is a clarification of the ACBL's support of bridge clubs during the pandemic, which was incorrectly stated in the minutes you received earlier this week:

"Please be advised that District 16 is NOT offering matching funds to the club or the Unit. It has donated $500 US to each Unit to set up its own GoFundMe account. The Board of Unit 254 approved the proposal from Sherry McHarg that the Unit match the District funds plus any additional contributions made by members. These funds are to help the Bridge Studio of SMA cover overhead expenses during the time the club is closed. 

The problem encountered here in Mexico is that the GoFundMe platform is not supported in this country. District 16 has been willing to work with the Mexican Units to see that the District funds are made available to help."

Wendy Valentine, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated : May 21, 2020 15:24 CDT
March Board Meeting Minutes

Bridge Studio of San Miguel
Meeting of the Board of Director
March 9, 2020
MINUTES
The meeting of the Interim Board of Directors* of the Bridge Studio of San Miguel (BSSMA) convened 
at the Bridge Studio at 10:00 am. The following board members were present: Tom Chambers, Del 
McDaniel, Woody McHarg, Ian Irving, Gerdur Kristjansdottir, Wendy Valentine, and guest Phyllis Culp, 
who runs the twice-weekly sanctioned game at the Bordello (Casa de la Noche).
The agenda item to discuss the pros and cons of consolidating the BSSMA and Unit 254, titled a “Unit 
Sponsored Club,” was moved to the top of the agenda at Phyllis’ request, along with a request that she 
also be present to discuss “Recent Bridge Studio Board Changes”.
Selection of Temporary Secretary
Wendy Valentine volunteered to serve as temporary Secretary.
Unit Sponsored Club
Woody has contacted the ACBL regarding Unit 254’s interest in combining the Unit and the BSSMA into 
a unit-sponsored club. The ACBL requires only an email stating our intention and reported there are no 
negatives associated with a consolidation. Initially, combining the two boards would suffice. Woody 
further reported that he spoke with Debbie Gailfus from a Unit Sponsored club in California, and she said 
the consolidation was “working well,” and there were no negatives.
Phyllis asked how the Bordello would be affected by the proposed consolidation and Woody responded 
that under the consolidation, the unit-sponsored club could not hold sanctioned games that would conflict 
with the Bordello’s Tuesday-Thursday games, so this would be positive. Phyllis further asked whether the 
Bordello would begin to receive some funds from the Unit under a consolidation, as this hasn’t happened 
in the past. Woody responded that this would likely occur in the future.
If the members of BSSMA were to approve the merger between the Bridge Studio and the Unit, the new 
Board would determine which of the following features it would like to adopt. The ACBL Handbook 
(Chapter 3, Section 9: Unit Club Relationships) states:
UNIT SPONSORED CLUB: A Unit Sponsored Club is a club which has any one or more of the following 
features: (a) a board which is the same as the unit board or which is appointed by the unit; or (b) a co-
mingling of funds with those of the unit; or (c) a placement of funds in a unit owned account; or (d) the 
appointment of a club manager or director by the unit. 
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*With the recent resignation of three members of the BSSMA Board, the following “interim members” were appointed until 
the membership votes on the slate of nominees to permanently fill four vacancies: Ian Irving, Gerdur Kristjansdottir, Del 
McDaniel, and Wendy Valentine.

Last updated : May 21, 2020 15:22 CDT
Minutes February 5th, 2020, Board Meeting

Minutes of the Bridge Studio, February 5, 2020

 

I. Call to order
 

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 am. In attendance were Susan Cumming, Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, Teenie Gibson and Joan Arnold, guest.
 

II. Approval of the Agenda
 

The agenda was approved with one addition, website and technology.
 

III. Minutes of the January 8, 2020 Meeting
 

The minutes were approved.
 

IV. Website and Technology
 

Joan Arnold and Keith Gunn have been working to address some of the issues with our system/website. Joan feels that the two of them will be able to address these concerns. However, it is imperative that procedures for using the system are clearly spelt out in writing once the work has been completed. Training for the directors on the use of the system must be undertaken as soon as the procedures are done. This is the only way to ensure that the system works as it is supposed to.
 

The Board thanked both Joan and Keith for their work on this issue as well as others who have been involved.
 

V. Treasurer’s Report
 

The Treasurer’s report was approved with a correction to the accompanying notes that makes it clear that the deficit is a seasonal one. The Treasurer also noted that the cost of the food provided by Sherry McHarg will be reduced from 10p per person to 8p. Another shout out to Sherry for the nibbles that our members so love.
 

VI. Club Managers Report
 

Work is ongoing on a variety of issues:
 

Noise level: option to reduce noise level were considered including carpeting, insulation rolls and hanging baffles.

 

Chairs: safety concerns have been raised. Locking casters may be an option. Removing casters would result in chairs being too low for the tables. In the meantime, solid chairs are available and players will be cautioned to be extra careful with the tile floors.

 

Windows: tinting to filter the sunlight through the upper windows may be an option and will be investigated.

 

While all of these options will be investigated, the cost may be prohibitive especially considering our one year lease at Hotel Arcada. Discussions with management of the Hotel will be undertaken by the new Board at the end of March.
 

Reporting through ACBL live is now a requirement for all clubs. Monthly payments will be through the site starting at the end of February.
 

Overflow hotel parking in the lot beside The El Pato Barbacoa y Mixiotes restaurant across the street is now available for the cost of 50 pesos an afternoon. There is an attendant at the lot.
 

The sanctions have been completed with the ACBL for January, February and March.
 

We have about 65 members who have renewed their membership.
 

VII. Game Director Report
 

The issue of zero tolerance was discussed. It is the responsibility of the Directors and Game Director to deal with any issues that arise during a game. It was felt, however, that consistency was needed in dealing with disciplinary issues. Some felt this could be handled through a policy which outlines the process for disciplinary action. A special meeting of the board was set up for later in February to go over all of the policies.
 

The Game Director is working on getting some new directors. He has a couple of possibilities.
 

The Game Director also reported on the Sectional. It was felt that the Sectional was a success. The Unit will be reimbursing the Club for the extra fees for the back room, the staff person’s time and any extraordinary expenses that were incurred.
 

It was also noted that the Unit would help pay for the costs of new keypads if they are required.
 

VIII. Committee Reports
 

Membership Development
 

Bridge classes have been going extremely well. Intro to bridge had four tables. Other classes two. Feedback is very positive. Special thanks to Susan and her helpers. Kudos to Dave, Cindy, Bob and Misha.
 

Charity Committee
 

The report of the sub committee will go out with the minutes. Thanks to Teenie and Susan Curra and others who provided valuable input including Mary Katherine, Beth, Melissa and Kathy.
 

Nominating Committee
 

No report so far from the nominating committee. Rumour has it that two individuals have put their names forward.
 

IX. New Business
 

While a date for the AGM was set at the last Board meeting, the Treasurer would not be available on that date. The new date for the AGM is Friday, March 20, 2020 with a social to follow.
 

X. Date of next meeting.
 

Next meeting is Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
 

Meeting adjourned at 12 noon.
 

 
 

 

Last updated : Feb 16, 2020 17:02 CST
Minutes January 8th 2019 Board Meeting

          Minutes of the Meeting of the Board January 8, 2020

 Present: Brigette Lewis, Woody Mc Harg, Tom Chambers, Sue Cumming

The meeting was called to order at 10 am.

The agenda was approved.

The minutes of the last meeting, December 4, 2019 were approved.

Treasurer Report was approved. 

Committee Reports

1. Membership Development- Keith has begun his Wednesday lessons which are well attended. Beginner lessons start January 26 with an all-day session. Basic Bridge begins Feb 3 with volunteer helpers to assist Sue with the lessons. The remainder of the program begins the same week.

2. Communication Committee-The December newsletter was well received by members. Many thanks to Linda, Faye and Kathy for their hard work.

3. Charity- Teenie submitted an update for consideration. The process suggested was agreed. The Treasurer will recommend any available additional funds in March. 

4. Discipline Committee- Sue and Woody will review acbl policies and recommendations prior to a committee beginning it’s work.

Old Business

1. Web site- Deferred until the next meeting. Joan has been working on our web site. It was noted that the new bylaws (approved in March 2019) are on the website.

2. Christmas Party- Thanks to Lynn for a successful soiree.

3. Windows- Thanks to Wendy for obtaining, and installing, curtains. Overhead sun continues to be a problem. Tom will investigate further options.

4. It was noted that the volunteer efforts of all members are much appreciated. Special thanks to our Partnership desk folks ( Mary K and Beth)

New Business

1. Annual Meeting- Scheduled for Wednesday March 24, to be followed by a Social Evening.

2. Nominating Committee- Names were suggested for committee members. Brigette will contact the individuals. Three board positions will be up for election at the annual meeting. 

3. Annual dues- Dues will continue at 100 pesos per year.

4. Sectional Tournament- The tournament is scheduled for Jan 30-Feb 2 at the Arcada. The Unit will pay costs of the second room. Tom will review prior years to look at the impact on club income of the closure of the Studio on those game days.

 

The meeting adjourned at 11:45. Next regular board meeting February 5 at 10 am.

 

 

 

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Last updated : Feb 16, 2020 17:01 CST
Minutes December 3rd, 2019 Board Meeting

Minutes December 3rd, 2019 Board Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 10:00. Present were Brigette Lewis, Tom Chambers, Susan Cumming, Woody McHaig, Teenie Gibson and Mary Seggerman, Chair, Membership Development Sub Committee.

Approve the Agenda

The Chair asked if there were any additions or deletions to the agenda. Replacement for Club Manager and Christmas party were added.

Moved/Seconded that the agenda be approved with the additions. Carried.

Approve Minutes of October 23, 2019

Moved/Seconded that the minutes be approved as presented. Carried.

Approve Treasurer’s Report for October 2019

Moved/Seconded that the Treasurer’s Report be approved as presented. It was recommended that the items under “other expenses” be further defined. Carried with recommendation. If you would like to see the financial statements, they are available at the Bridge Studio.

Approve Treasurer’s Report for November 2019

Moved/Seconded that the Treasurer’s Report be approved as presented. It was recommended that the items under “office supplies” be further defined. Carried with recommendation. 

Committee Reports

Communication Sub Committee

The committee is in the process of creating the second newsletter. They are hopeful that the second edition will go out before the end of the year.  

Ads promoting the Bridge Studio have been placed in Atencion for the year.

Membership Development Sub Committee

The Sub Committee has developed a very creative strategy to attract new members and new players to the Club. As well as supervised play, bridge in a day, and talk bridge, the club will be running a full page ad. The ad will run on January 17, 24, and 31, 2020.

Moved and seconded that we approve the strategy developed by the sub committee as well as the associated costs. Carried.

Half of the cost of the full page ad will be covered by the ACBL. We will be asking the Unit to cover the other half.

Action: The President will contact the unit to ask for financial support for the ads.

Action: The treasurer will follow up with ACBL to determine if the ad has to go to them prior to publication in order to ensure funding.

The final ad will have to get to the Chair of the sub committee by the end of December to make the January 17 edition of Atencion.

It was noted that an evaluation on how successful the strategy was in attracting new members would need to be developed.

There was a discussion around the materials required for the delivery of the training for novice players. While some of the material had been received more needed to be ordered. This material will be ordered and received in time for the first class.

The issue of holding separate 299er games was discussed. A final decision will need to be made in the new year.

The Chair of the sub committee had two more issues to discuss.

First, the bridgeweb system was not showing the correct information on the individual hands. This needs to be cleared up before we begin our outreach to new players.  

Second, the aggressive behaviour of some of our regular players will have to be addressed. The Club membership as a whole is going to have to be more patient, supportive and friendly to any and all new players as well as to each other. If we are to be successful in attracting and keeping new members we will have to make a shift in our behaviour.

It was agreed that the work of the sub committee was completed and that the sub committee could now be disbanded. The Board thanked Mary Seggerman for the excellent work she and her team had accomplished over the last month. Thanks to Faye Guidry, Syndi McDougall, David McDougall, and Keith Gunn for all the work you have done and the work you will be doing in the future. We and the membership very much appreciate your efforts.

Old Business

Hotel Arcada

The move went well. Special thanks to Susan. The lease has been signed for one year. The owners have been exceptional so far.  

With the move, there is a surplus of items that the Club has no further need of. A list will be posted on the bulletin board. The items can be purchased for a reasonable donation.

Replacement of Club Manager

Ellen Snyder has formally resigned her position on the Board. The Board is sad to see Ellen leave. In many ways, Ellen was the backbone of the Board, taking on far more responsibilities than her position warranted. She did everything from purchase supplies to acting as our liaison with the ACBL. She will be missed not just as a Board Director but also as a friend. We wish her the best and a future filled with good health and happy times.

The Board will be looking for a new Club Manager. At the present time, the job will be shared between two of our members until a decision can be made. Ellen has offered to complete a number of tasks on our behalf, particular in connection with the ACBL.

The secretary will take on the task of keeping the membership list up to date.

Christmas Party

It was decided that we would host a small Christmas party with food and drink on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019.  

Other

The president asked that the directors identify when they will be out of town over the next few months.

Woody will be gone from Dec. 8 to January 6, 2020.

Tom will be gone from Dec. 21 to Dec. 29 and the last week of January, February and March, 2020. Tom will also be out of town from mid April until August 2020.

Susan will be gone from January 17 to 24, 2020.

Next meeting

The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Moved/Seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Carried.

Last updated : Feb 16, 2020 17:00 CST
Minutes of Board and Annual Meetings
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 : Feb 16, 2020 16:58 CST