Minutes of the Annual Members
March 19th, 2006
Schoolhouse Chess Center, 3004 Rigel Ave., Las Vegas
The meeting was called to order at 4:05 pm by President Charles Hatherill.
Board Directors present: Charles Hatherill, Dan Conver, Allen Magruder
Board Directors absent: Richard Risley, Edward Silakowski, Milivoj Filipas, Kime
Members present: G. Barrett, J. Trivett, C. Bird, C. McVoy, D. Maynard, C.
Director and Secretary Richard Risley, Las Vegas resident, is recovering from
recent surgery and sent his apologies. Allen Magruder volunteered to take the
minutes in his place. Directors Milivoj Filipas and Kime Patraw, residents of
Northern Nevada, were unable to attend this location at this time.
President Hatherill asked Treasurer Magruder for a financial report. Magruder
summarized the report he gave at the last Board of Directors meeting in
February. For the period from 3/5/05 through 2/3/06, beginning balance $1984.37,
total inflows $1393.00, total outflows $1203.45, net total $189.55, ending
balance 2/3/06 $2173.92.
Discussions, Proposals, Action Items
1. Support of Denker and Polgar Scholastic Candidates
The initial discussion centered on what was agreed upon at the last member's
meeting, and whether that was binding on the board of directors. Minutes from
the last year's meeting were not available to settle the first issue, but most
present at last year's meeting seemed to recall the support provided by Nevada
Chess Inc. would be at least 50% of the proceeds given to Nevada Chess Inc. from
the annual State Scholastic tournament for the Denker candidate, and $100 for
the Polgar candidate. Last year's support was supplemented by a $60 contribution
from Richard Risley to $400 for the Denker candidate, Michael Patraw, and by
$100 from Edward Silakowski to $200 for the Polgar candidate, Rio Patraw. This
year's State Scholastic tournament was not as well attended as last year's
event, particularly in the K-12 and K-8 sections. Hatherill proposed that this
year our affiliate allocate $300 for the Denker candidate and $100 for the
Polgar candidate. This was seconded by Magruder and approved by all present.
After some discussion, it was generally agreed that the organizer of the
State Scholastic tournament has the responsibility to advertise and arrange to
satisfy the requirements for these awards, consistent with the requirements of
the Denker and Polgar tournament sponsors. John Trivett proposed that the Polgar
candidate be the top girl finisher in the K-12 section of the State Scholastic
tournament. This was seconded by Chad Gauvin and passed, with 7 for and 2
There was a difference of opinion on whether member's meeting decisions were
binding on the board of directors until the next annual member's meeting,
according to the By-Laws of Nevada Chess Inc. This was not determined, though it
seemed generally agreed that unless proposed and approved in the member's
meeting, other issues may be decided by the board of directors, e.g. determine
the Denker (but not the Polgar) alternate candidate if the prime candidate is
unable or unwilling to attend those tournaments.
2. Other Scholastic Support
In order to distribute a larger portion of the proceeds from the State
Scholastic tournament given to Nevada Chess Inc. to the elementary school
players, after some discussion Magruder proposed that Nevada Chess Inc. pay or
arrange to pay the entry fees to a local major chess tournament, up to $100
each, for the top player in each of the K-3, K-5 and K-8 sections which have
more than 50 players in the section. This was seconded by Trivett and passed
with 8 for and 1 abstain. The "local major" tournaments mentioned were
the National Open held annually in Las Vegas, and the Reno Open and Far West
Open, held annually in Northern Nevada.
During this discussion, Charles Hatherill called Alan Losoff, organizer of
the National Open to be held this June, and secured 3 free entries for this
year's K-3, K-5 and K-8 winners of our State Scholastic tournament.
3. Nevada Chess Bulletin/Newsletter
Charles Hatherill volunteered to be temporary editor of the bulletin and
committed to assembling the next issue for distribution by mid-April. John
Trivett volunteered to continue contributing articles for the next and
succeeding issues. Dewey Maynard volunteered to arrange for printing the issue.
Allen Magruder volunteered to preview the issue for content before printing, and
for providing mailing labels and postage from Nevada Chess Inc. funds, and for
delivery of issues to post office if necessary. Contributions from others,
particularly over the internet, are encouraged.
4. Election Results
John Trivett, Election Chairman, was assisted by Gordon Barrett in tabulating
the results of the 2006 Nevada Chess Inc. election. There were only two
candidates for the three open seats on the Board of Directors, Charles Hatherill
and Milivoj Filipas. Seven ballots were returned of the 20 sent out, with the
Milivoj Filipas 7 affirmed 0 not affirmed 0 no opinion
Charles Hatherill 5 affirmed 2 not affirmed 0 no opinion
After some discussion, Dewey Maynard volunteered to fill the 3rd open seat on
the board and was approved by current board members, Hatherill, Conver and
Magruder for a one year term, effective until the 2007 election, in accordance
with the By-Laws on Nevada Chess Inc.
5. 2007 State Scholastic Tournament
Charles Hatherill reported that Kime Patraw, who has relocated to Northern
Nevada from Las Vegas, cannot be prepared to organize the Nevada State
Scholastic Tournament until possibly year 2008. Chad Gauvin, representing the
Schoolhouse Chess Center in Las Vegas, said he would like to work with Charles
Hatherill arranging the 2007 tournament at Palo Verde HS or another venue
secured by the Schoolhouse Chess Center (pending approval of the Board of
Directors). Hatherill agreed. Gauvin could possibly arrange a site for as many
as 400 players and for extensive advertising of the event at the many schools
currently served by the Schoolhouse Chess Center.
6. Board of Directors Officers
The Board of Directors and their term expiration for 2006-2007 are:
Daniel Conver (2007)
Milivoj Filipas (2008)
Charles Hatherill (2008)
Allen Magruder (2007)
Dewey Maynard (2007)
Richard Risley (2007)
Edward Silakowski (2007)
Magruder suggested the board meet before the end of March to decide who will
serve until the next election as president, vice president, secretary and
treasurer. He will try to arrange that meeting by internet and mail.
7. Meeting Adjourned 6:00 pm
(Please note that these minutes are the unapproved minutes from the meeting.
If you think there are any errors that need correcting, please email them to Allen
Magruder as soon as possible.)