2013 LCA BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA
1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order.
2. President’s Address
LCA President James Rousselle gave a brief overview of LCA activity during 2012-13 and plans for the future.
3. Treasurer’s Report
LCA Secretary/Treasurer Adam Caveney gave the Treasurer’s Report. This report is written and available on the website separately.
4. Scholastic Coordinator Report
As outgoing Scholastic Coordinator R.J. Tagorda had moved to Oregon, Leila D’Aquin gave an address regarding scholastic chess in Louisiana and the USCF Delegates Meeting. Most of the information regarding scholastic chess was included in an article in the most recent LCA Bulletin (Fall-Winter 2013). The information regarding the delegates meeting was interesting and your humble and quite unqualified secretary failed to take sufficient notes to even attempt to give a summary.
5. Old Business: Proposed LCA By-Laws Amendment
Old By-Law: The by-laws may be amended by having the amendment passed by the Board of Directors, published in two LCA Bulletins prior to submission to the membership, and passed by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present at an LCA membership meeting.
Proposed New By-Law (changes in bold): The by-laws may be amended by having the amendment passed by the Board of Directors, published in two LCA Bulletins or posted on the LCA Website for three months prior to submission to the membership, and passed by a two-thirds majority of the voting members present at an LCA membership meeting.
The proposed new By-Law passed unanimously.
6. Officer Elections:
Officer elections were held. All officers ran unopposed. There were no LCA members from the Lake Charles or North Louisiana areas present, and those offices remain vacant.
President: James Rousselle
Vice-President: Bob Ballard
Sec./Treas.: Adam Caveney
Scholastic Coordinator: Cheryl Webster
USCF Delegate: Leila D’Aquin
USCF Alternate Delegate: Michael Tisserand
New Orleans Area Board Rep.: Mitch Costanza
Baton Rouge Area Board Rep.: Stuart Collins
Lafayette Area Board Rep.: Jim MacManus
North Louisiana Board Rep.: Vacant
Lake Charles Area Board Rep.: Vacant
7. New Business:
A. Membership Dues/Request for Board to be authorized to spend money to promote chess in Louisiana.
LCA President James Rousselle detailed plans for the upcoming year including promoting chess through sending a bulletin to all USCF members in Louisiana. It was suggested that the chess promotion efforts would cost approximately $1,000. There did not seem to be significant opposition to the plan and a vote was not technically necessary, so no vote was held.
The membership then considered the dues issue for the third year in a row. By a unanimous vote, the membership chose to change the dues structure from the present $20 adult/$10 scholastic. Two proposals were made. James Rousselle proposed returning to the previous $10 adult/$5 scholastic membership structure. After much discussion and interim proposals, Leila D’Aquin proposed the following membership structure: $25 family/$15 adult/$5 scholastic. It was decided that the new change would also involve not requiring LCA membership for the state scholastic championship but requiring it for all scholastic players playing in adult tournaments that are LCA membership required where previously only high school age and above were required. By an 18-7 vote, the dues structure proposed by Leila D’Aquin ($25 family/$15 adult/$5 scholastic) was approved.
B. New Website/Website Administrator
LCA Website Administrator Patrick Ballard stated that he hoped that the redesigned website would be launched by the end of the year.
C. Other Issues Raised By Membership/Officers
Leila D’Aquin announced that a new chess club playing quads would be launched in October at Pantera Bread on Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.
By unanimous vote, the meeting was adjourned.