Unit 143 Board Meeting

Nov. 14, 2007

     (Approved Dec 12, 2007)

President John Samsel called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. Present were Board Members Donna Pedrotti, Ed Hale, Bob Wheeler, , Bob Janis, Steve Zenk, Sasanka Ramanadham, Sheryl Finkenstadt, Jane Ettleson Mark Ludwig, Suzi Shymanski-Moore and Debbie Romero. Also present was Mike Carmen.

October Minutes

The October minutes were approved


Corresponding Secretary's Report

The Unit 143 data base is current as of October 1, 2007. Mailing labels for Unit 143 members who qualified to play in the District 8 NAP Finals were mailed delivered to Ed Hale. The 2007 Player of the Year standings were updated with the results from the Oct. 2007 sectional and the Nov. 4th Unit Game. Results were also sent to Milt Zlatic for posting on the website. Obituary notices for Scott Meyer and Jerome Fairman were mailed to ACBL.

10 life master pins were ordered from Baron Barclay Book Supply. Sanction numbers for the 2008 Unit Games were received from ACBL and delivered to Donna Coker and Sheryl Finkenstadt. A report was E-mailed to all board members titled “Unit 143 Board of Directors as of Nov. 1, 2007”. Board members were requested to review and submit of any required corrections. The corrections have been forwarded to Jack Bryant.

Treasurer's Report

Bob Janis provided a copy of Unit 143 balance sheet as of October 31, 2007. This showed a balance of $6,839 in the checking account. The unit has $37,406 in total current assets. The report shows a loss of $338.34 for the month of October. This loss is primarily due to prepayment of monies for the January 2008 Sectional ($312) and for the April 2008 199er ($350) tournaments.

Officer Elections

John Samsel was reelected as the Unit 143 President.

Suzi Shymanski-Moore was elected as the Unit 143 Vice President

Bob Janis was reelected as the Unit 143 Treasurer.

Bob Wheeler was reelected as the Init 143 Secretary.


A. Awards/Nominating/Club Liaison

No report

  1. Charity/Hospitality/Caddies

Suzi Shymanski-Moore reported that hospitality at the October Sectional went well. She was about $250 below her budget. Leftover food was given to the Creve Coeur Fire Department.

  1. Education

Ed Hale prepared a report comparing attendance figures between the 2006 and 2007 August Regional Tournaments. The number of tables was down by 16.9 %. Based on the number of point winners, the number of players from MO was down 0.9 % while the number of players from IL was down 13.9 %. The number of players from other states was down 42.6 %. Clearly, most of the lost attendance came from out-of state players.

D. Membership

Steve Zenk reported a net gain of 9 members for a total of 1061.

E. Website

Sheryl Finkenstadt said that the Date Book has been posted on the website thru April, 2008. Memphis has changed the site for our Sectional Tournaments from St. Charles to St Charles (St. Louis). The 2008 website fees have been paid.

  1. Publicity

Sasanka is preparing fliers and postcards for the January Sectional And August Regional Tournaments. Suzi Shymanski-Moore cell phone will be used as the new emergency call phone.

  1. NAP/GNT

Ed Hale stated there were about 350 qualifiers for the NAP event. Ed had problems determining all the players who qualified because no one had the dates for all the qualifying games. Ed received feedback from 43 players, who said they would be attending. Ed received 6 cancellation notices in the last few days before the NAP event. Ed spent approximately $200 for the mailings and telephone calls.


  1. Recording Secretary/Bidding Boxes

No report

  1. Vice President

No Report.

  1. Tournament Chairman

Mike Carmen reported that the October Sectional Tournament made about $59. Table count was up by 8 from the last October Sectional. Expenses were up $790 primarily due to an increase in director fees ($677). Mike provided budget and schedule for the January Sectional Tournament He projects a loss of about $168. The schedule and stratification limits will remain the same as for the October Sectional Tournament. The schedule and budget were approved.


No decision on new board member to replace Jennifer Luner  

Meeting Adjourned at 8:55 PM

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