Unit 143 Board Meeting

        July 11, 2007

(Approved Sept 5, 2007)

President John Samsel called the meeting to order at 7:00pm. Present were Board Members Donna Pedrotti, Sheryl Finkenstadt, Mark Ludwig, Bob Janis, Jennifer Luner, Mary Hruby, Steve Zenk, Ed Hale, and Bob Wheeler. Also present was Mike Carmen. Absent were Board Members Jane Ettelson and Sasanka Ramanadham.

June Minutes

The June meeting minutes were approved

Corresponding Secretary's Report

The unit 143 data base is current as of March 1, 2007. Jack Bryant will request 2 files from ACBL: 1) Unit 143 members and 2) District 8 minus Unit 143 plus Missouri not part of Unit 143. The four 2006 Mini-McKenney medals and two life master pins not awarded at the May Sectional tournament were mailed to the winners along with a congratulatory note.

Obituary notices for Judy Sharp and Oscar Klayman were mailed to ACBL. The 2007 Player of the Year standings have been updated with the results from the June 3 rd Unit Game. The standings were e-mailed to Milt Zlatic on June 4 th for posting on the Unit's web-site. The report was approved.

Treasurer's Report

Bob Janis provided a copy of the Unit 143 balance sheet as of June 30, 2007. This showed a balance of $4,001 in the checking account. The unit has a loss of about $12,953 for the year. This loss is primarily due to the $12,500 being provided to help fund the March NABC Tournament. Bob purchased 2 CD's. One is a 7 month CD for the amount of $4,000. The interest rate is 5.35%. The second is a 3 month CD for the amount of $1,000. The interest rate is 2.1%. A $960 bill was received from ACBL for the Regional advertisement in the June Bridge Bulletin. A second $910 bill is expected for the July advertisement in the July Bridge Bulletin. A $786 check was received from ACBL for membership fees. The report was approved.


  1. Awards/Nominating/Club Liaison

Donna Pedrotti passed out Ace of Clubs certificates to the 2006 winners. Trophies for the regional Tournament have been ordered. Donna also ordered 300 trophy hands at a cost of $1.00 each. Normal cost is $2.65 each.

  1. Charity/Hospitality/Caddies

Sandy Bigg resigned the Board. Suzi Shymanski Moore has rejoined the Board and will be in charge of hospitality and caddies.

The Board voted to give the $4,000 charity contribution from ACBL to the back Stoppers. The donation will be made at the August Regional Tournament. The beneficiary of the Regional Monday Evening Charity Game will be determined later.

  1. Education

No Report

  1. Knockouts

Jennifer Luner reported that turnout for the St Louis Knockout was lower than last year. This was primarily due to the low turnouts for both the B and D brackets. There were no Illinois teams. The knockout lost about $300. This was primarily due to the low turnout and the director fee (about $655). Garden Villas has indicated they will be raising the rent for future events.

  1. Membership

Steve Zenk reported a net gain of 1 member for a total of 1060.


No report

  1. Website

Sheryl Finkenstadt put hotel bridge rate for the upcoming St Louis Regional on the web page.

  1. Publicity

Post cards for the Regional Tournament have been mailed.

  1. Membership/199er Tournament

No report.

  1. Recording Secretary/Bidding Boxes

No report

  1. Vice President

No report

K. Tournament Chairman

Mike Carmen presented his schedule and budget estimate for the upcoming August Regional Tournament. His budget was approved.


Due to a misunderstanding of the by laws concerning term limits, Jennifer Luner has been on the Board for almost 2 years longer than allowed. Problem occurred because she replaced a Board member in the middle of a term. John Samsel will discuss problem with others to determine solution.

Meeting Adjourned at 8:36 PM


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