American Contract Bridge League

Of Santa Cruz Unit 550, Inc.

August 13, 2008


Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by President Mary Peterson August 13, 2008, at 3:31 pm at the Santa Cruz Bridge Center.


Present:  Jeanne Boss, Nancy Driscoll, John Hadley, Carol Maggipinto, Charlie Pender, Mary Peterson, Hal Rodgers, Don Seldeen, Bonnie Simon

Also attending: Sherry Gilbreath, Bill McIntosh, Nancy Wainer (club owners) and approximately twenty-five members of the Santa Cruz Bridge Center


Approval of July Minutes – John Hadley moved to accept the minutes of the July 9, 2008 board meeting. Seconded by Hal Rogers.  Approved unanimously.


Treasurer’s report – Charlie Pender moved to accept the treasurer’s report for July 2008.  Seconded by Carol Maggipinto.  Approved unanimously.


President’s Report:

Mary Peterson submitted her letter of resignation as President of the Board of Unit 55, as a member of the Board of Directors of Unit 550, as Chairman of the 2009 299’er Sectional Tournament, as Hospitality Chairman and as Chief Gardner.  She returned her key to the building and the president’s binders and files.  Mary left the meeting at 3:35 pm.


Nancy Driscoll submitted her letter of resignation as a member of the board of Unit 550 and the position of 299’er Coordinator. Nancy left the meeting at 3:35 pm.


Hal Rogers, First Vice President, assumed the chair to continue the meeting.


Bonnie Simon moved that the board table any action on the proposed use and expense sharing agreement to allow for a cooling off period.  Seconded by Charlie Pender.  Approved unanimously.


This was followed by a period of open discussion by the board and the attendees who were encouraged to share their experience, express their concerns, ask questions and make suggestions.  Topics included the Abrams bequest, the direction of the Santa Cruz Bridge Center, use of the facility, operating expenses.  Several speakers who were long term members of the bridge club and/or former members of the board shared their historical perspective of the bridge club goals and objectives and of the Abrams bequest.


The board and the club owners agreed to meet at least once as a group and to have some smaller, separate, preliminary meetings in preparation for the full meeting, the objective being to resolve the issues in a manner that results in a positive environment in which members can enjoy playing bridge.


Bonnie Simon moved that it is the intention of the board to establish a good working partnership with the club owners. Seconded by Charlie Pender.  Ayes: 5   Abstain: John Hadley   


Committee Reports:

With the exception of the Sanctions committee, there were no committee reports.

Sanctions – Hal Rogers reported that he has requested the October 4th North American Pairs Sanction.


The meeting adjourned at 4:50 PM.


Next Meeting:  Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 3:30 p.m. at SCBC


Respectfully submitted,


Jeanne Boss

Recording Secretary