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Board meeting: February 19, 2024

The meeting was called to order at 8:14 EST. Present: Jim Thoune, Glenn Crawford, Evan Reese, Rita Crawford, Marilyn Bland, Al Pietrolungo, Michael Rodgerson, Mario Montalvo, and David Rosenkoetter. Jim Homme joined at 8:46 EST.

It was noted that non elected members would not be voting members. Rita suggested reaching out to members individually to boost membership participation. Rita asked JT for the membership list and would use it to contact members. Jim will give Rita, Glenn, and Marilyn the list to contact people. Mario suggested LiChess should be explored to increase participation. Marilyn said Skype or correspondence chess should not be closed off. All agreed we should offer LiChess training. One-on-one training is best for LiChess.

The new USBCA address usblindchess.org should be sent out to members. Marilyn will send Jose Maria Saponara’s LiChess tutorial to Jim Homme for posting on the web.

Roles of at large board members were defined: Al = historian and parliamentarian, Michael = schools outreach and program development, Rita = treasury, public relations and outreach, Evan Reese = librarian.

We have earned not for profit status. Rita needs information to open the new bank account using the EIN to set us up as a business account. Rita and Jim Thoune will discuss banking account details. Jim Homme will reach out to an attorney to help with 503c status. Does the Florida for the blind still have a chess club? Michael will check if he still had the information.

Al suggested we put together a team to compete in USCF tournaments. In order to keep the web updated, more than 1 person should upload game scores.

Marilyn shared information about the boards she obtained from India. Rita will reach out to chess life.

With no further business to discuss, Michael made the motion to adjourn and Al seconded it. The meeting ended at 9:40 EST.

Board Meeting 4 December 2023 at 7:30 central time

The meeting was called to order at 7:34 PM. Present: Rita Crawford, Glenn Crawford, Michael Rodgerson, Jim Thoune, Marilyn Bland, and Al Pietrolungo. Apologies were received from Jim Homme and Alex Barrasso.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Jim T will send documentation to Michael confirming the EIN by the IRS designating us as a non-profit organization. Rita discussed rotating the annotation of games for Challenger among Kevin Bachler, Paul Benson, Chris Ross, and Tyson Mordue. Rita will explore the creation of podcasts for Hands-On Chess Chat and asked Jim T for his membership list.

Jim T shared that Al will run on the upcoming ticket for the new board. He will also confirm who will be running for the at-large positions.

There was discussion on reviewing the constitution and adding “no discrimination on disability” to the text, and using an address other than that of the secretary. Marilyn made the motion to approve the changes, seconded by Michael. Approved unanimously. Jim T will make the changes and send out an updated constitution.

Ballots for the upcoming election should be ready and sent out by 15 January.

At 8:40 Glenn made the motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Michael.

Board Meeting, Monday 30 October, 2023

The meeting started at 7:30 PM EST.

Present: Jim Thoune, Alex Barrasso, Glen Crawford, Rita Crawford, Michael Rodgerson, David Rosenkoeter, and Jim Homme. Marilyn Bland joined at 7:50.

There was discussion on the Treasurer’s report, membership building, community outreach, the upcoming election in January, and material for Challenger.

Marilyn reported on her tournament participation in Greece and Guatemala. She also gave an update on the special congress held during the World Open championship. During that meeting a new board was elected, and Marilyn will serve as an executive board member.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35.

Board Meeting, 28 August, 2023, 7:00 pm central time