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2014 ACC Annual General Meeting

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This Monday, March 17, we’re holding our 2014 AGM – 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm

We need you to be at the AGM! If you cannot be present in person, please select another member to vote for you by written proxy. (Take an official proxy form here.) Note that each member can hold at most one proxy.


AGM Agenda

1. Outgoing Board Reports

  • Marcus Wilker (President’s Report)
  • Ted Winick
  • George Supol (Treasurer’s Report)
  • Keith Denning (Secretary and Class Coordinator’s Report)
  • Tyler Longo (Tournament Arbiter’s Report)
  • Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (Marketing Report)

2. Ratifications of amendments to the by-laws from the previous term

3. Election of the new Board

  • Scrutineer’s attendance announcement – in person or by proxy
  • Speeches by new members standing for Board positions
  • Election

4. Surveys

5. Any other business


Election Results

Elected to the new 2014/2015 Board are the following. (Congratulations to all, especially the new ACC directors!)

  • Keith Denning
  • Tyler Longo
  • Richard Morrison*
  • Daniele Pirri*
  • George Supol
  • Marcus Wilker
  • Ted Winick

*new directors

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ACC Members Ratify New By-Laws

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On Monday, April 15, the ACC membership ratified a new set of club by-laws that has been months in the making, and is now finally in effect. The document formalizes the roles of the ACC organizing team in a new, two-tiered structure: directors form a board that governs the club; while officers carry out day-to-day operations. This formal distinction, however, does not prevent many of us from “wearing two hats” as both directors and officers of the club.

The end of the document includes our new pricing policy. Full-year and drop-in membership prices are basically unchanged; the two main changes are a $25 registration fee for new members (the same fee is also charged to renewing members whose memberships have lapsed for more than 30 days), and an increase in annual casual membership from $60 to $80. Discounts and proration are also clarified.

The ACC By-Laws document is now available on our Club page (near the bottom, just above “Our mission”).

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ACC 2013 Executive

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At our AGM, January 7, we voted the following members to the club’s executive:
Shabnam Abbarin (hostess and financial closer)
George Supol (treasurer)
Yakos Spiliotopoulos (communications, director of classes)
Marcus Wilker (communications, web maintenance)
Josep Sobrepere (web development, inventory)
Vinorth Vigneswaramoorthy (marketing director, registrar)
Alex Ferreira (arbiter)
Geordie Derraugh (arbiter)

In addition, the following are volunteering for non-executive positions:
Eric Malmsten (occasional arbiter)
Keith Denning (director of kids’ tournaments)

Finally, Ted Winick, our club’s founder and CIC president, remains involved with our executive.

Congratulations and thank-you to all, but especially to the new volunteers on our organizing team!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for us, please speak with one of us in person at the club, or contact us by email.

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ACC Membership Survey

We want to hear from you!

On October 31, we squeezed a mini-AGM into our normal chess lecture slot. ACC Executive members Ted Winick, Hugh Siddeley, Marcus Wilker, and Adie Todd (Yakos Spiliotopoulos was busy teaching) briefly reported on our respective areas of responsibility (finances, tournaments, communications, and membership) and introduced the issues we are addressing as we move into year two. We are inviting member feedback on our initiatives and on the state of our club generally. In order to make the AGM as short and sweet as it was, and to accommodate as many members as possible, we are hoping to hear back from you through our survey.

Survey forms were available at the club, and could be returned until the end of November.


Final Survey results

16 surveys completed by November 28

1. Support for strict 7:30 tournament start time: 9/13 = 69% (+ 3 indifferent)

2. Interest in playing at ACC two days per week: 8/15 = 53%

2b. Suggestions for second day, if interested:

  • Tuesday: 2/6 = 33%
  • Wednesday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Thursday: 3/6 = 50%
  • Saturday: 1/6 = 17%

3. Support for outsourcing and publishing all ACC games: 5/13 = 38% (+ 2 indifferent)

4. Support for rigid minimum ratings in sections: 7/13 = 54% (+ 1 indifferent)

5. Satisfaction with current time controls: 12/15 = 80%

5b. Other suggestions for time controls:

  • 40/2 SD/1: 1/4 = 25%
  • increment for all: 2/4 = 50%
  • faster – e.g., SD/1 +30s: 1/4 = 25%

6. Importance of lectures, out of 10: 91/15 = 6.1/10

6b. Interest in giving lectures: 8/15 = 53%

7. Frequency of checking the website:

  • daily: 4/15 = 27%
  • few times a week: 3/15 = 20%
  • weekly: 6/15 = 40%
  • rarely: 2/15 = 13%

8a. Favourite content on the website:

  • results: 4/11 = 36%
  • news: 3/11 = 27%
  • all aspects generally: 3/11 = 27%
  • events: 3/11 = 27%
  • visuals: 1/11 = 9%
  • lecture notes: 1/11 = 9%
  • selected games: 1/11 = 9%
  • frequent updates: 1/11 = 9%

8b. Least favourite content on the website:

  • club: 1/2 = 50%
  • none: 1/2 = 50%

9. Interest in submitting articles for the website: 9/14 = 64%

10. Interest in volunteering with the club: 6/14 = 43% (+ 1 possible)

11a. Other compliments:

  • atmosphere, community feeling, friendly people: 6/9 = 75%
  • well-organized, good organizers: 3/9 = 33%
  • club in general: 2/9 = 22%
  • website: 2/9 = 22%
  • convenient scheduling: 1/9 = 11%
  • beautiful hall: 1/9 = 11%

11b. Other criticisms:

  • too cold: 1/4 = 25%
  • shush loud voices: 1/4 = 25%
  • middle section should be 1500-1799: 1/4 = 25%
  • weekend ACC tournaments too expensive: 1/4 = 25%

11c. Other suggestions:

  • more blitz tournaments: 1/4 = 25%
  • attract stronger players: 1/4 = 25%
  • facilitate post-mortem analysis: 1/4 = 25%
  • advanced course by a GM: 1/4 = 25%
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