September Minutes
Minutes of September 18, 2011 Board of Directors Meeting

Members present: Muriel Stitt, Anne Niethammer, Bev Drill, Mary Phillips, Bob McLaren, Gay Conklin, Marty Leftik and Iris Chung.
Guests: Marion McLaren and Arnie Drill

President Muriel Stitt called the meeting to order at 5:15 pm at Le Cacao Bistro on Waialae.

The minutes of the August 14, 2011 meeting were approved as amended.

The February 11 through July 11, 2011 Profit and Loss report shows net loss of $1,923. Mary calculated estimated costs and income for the rest of the fiscal year. It is estimated the Unit will have an approximate cash balance of $7,560 on February 1, 2012. The treasurer’s report becomes a part of these minutes.

The January 2012 Sectional at Sea cruise has been cancelled due to insufficient bookings.

Marty reported on the Unit table that will be setup during the Senior fair to be held September 23rd – 25th at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Marty, with help from other board members, has prepared handouts describing our unit and the benefits of playing bridge and written testimonials from bridge players. The ACBL has supplied information and software to be displayed and given away to interested persons. The Unit presentation will stress information on local bridge classes, the benefits to Seniors of playing bridge and how persons may become involved in the bridge community. Marty has arranged a schedule of volunteers to man the desk on all three days.

Other ways to increase our attendance were discussed – guaranteeing partners, changes to the website to interest newcomers and the mentoring program. These issues will be addressed at future meetings.

Bob McLaren continues to contact people who have experience with dealing machines. Anne will contact Larry Cohen for his recommendation and experience with dealing machines.

Merle Stetser has been invited to continue as Area Representative to District 20.

Gay Conklin reported on the results of looking through the archives. The purpose was to find information concerning bequests or other information helpful to the Unit.

The 2-session election Swiss tournament will be held on December 18th starting at 9:00 am at the Ala Wai. Four of the nine current board members terms expire in 2012. Muriel is chairing the nominating committee.

A request for a new laser Windows 7 compatible printer has been received. Bob will investigate replacing our current printer.
After receiving comments from players at the September Sectional, the board discussed the current Sectional event strats and Swiss Team drawings. The board discussed and implemented some changes at the April 11, 2010 meeting. Bev will review, consult and determine the format for the November Sectional so that Iris can have the correct information for printing and the directors will be informed.

The next meeting will be held October 9th, 2011 at the Ala Wai. Meetings begin at 11:15 unless otherwise noted. The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm.

Respectively submitted,
Anne Niethammer, Secretary, September 29th, 2011