Unit 539 Board.... At your Service
Welcome to our annual membership meeting! Today, June 21st, is the Longest Day for three reasons; it's the Summer Solstice so you get to appreciate more sunlight to celebrate Father's Day (and happy Father's Day to all of you), it's also a bridge Longest Day because it marks a special day designated by the ACBL to fight Alzheimers which is why we're holding a special charity game, and the Unit will match the extra $1 you're paying, and lastly, it's the Longest day because you will have to bear with me while we cover the State of the Unit address and update and finish off by electing our new Board for 2015-2016!
Another year has gone by, and what have we accomplished? We still stand strong at over 700 members, the second largest unit in our district. Enjoying our home base at Adventures and Wirt's hospitality, we have held our usual 4 yearly tournaments, hosting over 750 tables and 1600 players. Our sectional offering is always changing, and this past winter, we replaced the KO with 3 separate Swiss team games which proved popular. We're introducing a Pairs game on Sunday this summer for those who only want to play one session, and hope you'll take advantage of that too.
But what I really want to bring to your attention today is what happens behind the scenes, what makes the wheels spin. I'm going to give you some clues, and you can take some guesses....
This person is escorted out of the building with deference on the Sunday evening of every tournament, loaded with thousands of dollars that she has to then allocate into balance sheets and P&Ls. She is our fearless Treasurer who not only manages our ingoings and outgoings with a tight fist but throws it right back at you in the form of a lavish Holiday Party that the Unit hosts every year. Who is... Barb Holles.
This person is related to San Diego's sweetheart, the one and only Lena. Now we all know that the Queen of San Diego gets first priority and so she should. And yet, this person finds the time not only to manage the awards process, notifying you when you've reached a milestone in the MasterPoint progression and ordering your awards, but also to chair our NLM tournaments! Who is... Carolyn Casey.
This person is in her element when it's PR time, which is all the time. Do you know what it takes to produce flyers for tournaments, make sure they don't run out, make sure they're in Vegas or Palm Springs or Riverside, cementing the message by producing more mini-flyers, getting approval from Horn Lake before publishing flyers, putting ads in the Forum every month? Flyers don't come easy, and we owe it all to our PR lady. Who is... Gigette Caldwell
This person keeps us honest at our board meetings, recording all our decisions and actions, producing meticulous minutes for all to see. Over the years, she has shown total dedication to the Unit by mentoring younger players and chairing non life master tournaments. She doesn't play much anymore but her heart is still in it and she still finds time to impart her knowledge and experience at every opportunity. Who is... Joan Madden
The ACBL is a big complex machine, and running a game, whether it's just a unit game or a sectional involves getting sanctions, paying fees, producing reports, setting up annual calendars. All this background work is mumbo jumbo to most of us and couldn't happen without the skills of this individual. This person has a full time job and rarely plays but still finds the time to manage the administrative interface to the ACBL. Who is... John Boackle
This person can tell you how many dozen doughnuts we bought at our summer sectional, and predict how many cups will be used at the next fall sectional. We can now project fairly scientifically the costs of our foods and supplies at tournaments thanks to spreadsheets designed by our tournament co-chair. And, if this isn't dazzling enough, we have a budding bridge teacher in training. When Maritha is not around, this person whips us lessons for our 999ers and is good at it, judging by her audience! Who is...Kathy Moyer.
Unit 539 is not known to short change its players on food, and this person is responsible for all your calorie intake during our Open tournaments. During those weeks, she is a frequent shopper at Smart n Final, Costco etc. and has actually been known to make 3 trips in one day to these stores. She is not a Sunday player and yet finds the time to be a committed team member. Who is.... Marianne Klayman.
We know our bridge players like their stomachs and we aim to please. This person is solely dedicated to catering our hospitality on unit game Sundays. It takes a lot to organize contributors, and fill in the gaps with her homemade dishes. This person stepped up after a resignation on the Board earlier this year and we couldn't do without her. Who is... Marty Roth.
Finding fill-ins to play with solo players, and partial teams may sound easy but it isn't. For the past two years, this person has tirelessly made last minute phone calls at 12:55, sometimes 1:05, under the most stressful conditions. It's not a job for everybody but she has done it very well. Who is... Stephanie Rake.
Have you received a get well card lately, or wondered about how to transfer into our unit, or checked the bulletin board over there? Membership services are one of the many things that this person does for our Unit. But in my opinion, she excels at being our resident Forum editor, and when you read that monthly column, it is she who writes every word of it. Who is.... Vicki Creamer.
Last but not least, I want to thank the silent givers, those people who are not on the Board, but who continue week after week, to contribute to the oiling of the machine: the Huffakers, Vi Breckenridge, Maritha Pottenger, Jo Boyer.
This completes my address - Unit 539 Board .... at your service