October Minutes
Minutes of October 9, 2011 Board of Directors Meeting

Members present: Muriel Stitt, Anne Niethammer, Bev Drill, Mary Phillips, John Williams, Gay Conklin, and Iris Chung.
President Muriel Stitt called the meeting to order at 11:25 at the Ala Wai.

The minutes of the September 18, 2011 meeting were approved.

The treasurer’s report will be distributed later.

Our Unit presentation at The Senior Fair was successful. We received many favorable comments on our booth arrangement and signed up people who were interested in more information. Muriel has the list of interested persons and when Marty Leftik returns, the board will follow up on the list, discuss and implement other ideas for increasing attendance at our Sunday Unit and Sectional games. These ideas include being able to guarantee partners for beginners and our mentoring program. Muriel will contact Cheryl Glaza, offer help from the board and ask her to expand her partnership services to determine policy and guarantee matches for partnerships.

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 and announcements will be made seeking volunteers to run for the board. Laurie will be asked to post a request on the website for volunteers. The deadline for volunteers/nominations is October 16th.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel on February 19th 2012. Anne Niethammer will coordinate tasks for the event.

Unit Club Chair Bev Drill made the following announcements/ suggestions. The Ala Wai has been booked for all Sundays except the first of each month through June, 2012.

The Spring Sectional is scheduled for March 9-11th. The Jim Hopkins Sectional will be held May 18-20th and the Kam Sectional dates are July 6-8th.

Bev made suggestions for different game formats for added interest and to increase attendance. The Turkey Trot, a team game, will be held November 20th. A Bunny Hop team game is scheduled for Easter Sunday, April 8th. Other formats mentioned were Compact KOs and IMP pairs – all suggestions welcome and announcements will be made.

The NAPs will be held October 29th and 30th. John Williams, Hospitality Chair, will coordinate the lunches for the NAPs.

The next meeting will be held November 13th at the Ala Wai. Meetings begin at 11:15 unless otherwise noted. The meeting was adjourned at 12:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Anne Niethammer, Secretary, October 17, 2011