The meeting was called to order by President Marla Patterson at 7:19 pm.

Members present were Marla Patterson, Turid Fredrickson, David Fallen, JoAnn Smith, Mark Lawson, Melinda Lawson, and Sharon Erwin.

Others present were Gail Fraser, Nick Tipton, Jenni Carmichael, Tom Carmichael

The Minutes for February 8, 2017 were approved.

Ballots cast for the new bylaws will be verified and counted.

Nick reported that this year’s Everett Sectional totaled 216 tables as compared to 184.5 last year and 211.5 two years ago. Every session was up over a year ago.

There was a discussion regarding speeding up the Swiss team game. One suggestion was to survey 0-200 players on Swiss. Another was to give a 20 minute lesson on Swiss teams to novice players at the Sectional. Also up for consideration was 7 rounds of 8 boards, 7 rounds of 7 boards, or 6 rounds of 8 boards. Jenni suggested a 10:00 am start for the Swiss teams. It was suggested that for 30 teams or less we play 6 rounds of 8 boards, and if over 30 teams we play 7 rounds of 7 boards. With 7 rounds we would break after 4 rounds, with 6 rounds we would break after 3 rounds. The goal is to be done by 6:00 pm.

Melinda recommended that hand records be put in one consistent place to avoid confusion after a session is completed.

It was noted that there were complaints about the 7:30 Friday start time. It was recommended that the start time be changed to 7:00.

Mark suggested deferring discussion of door prizes closer to the next tournament.

Expenses and money collected will result in a net surplus of under $1,000.

It was decided the start times for the next tournament will be:

Friday: 1:30 and 7:00

Saturday: 1:00 and 6:30

Mark states that he and Joe Ulrich work well together on the partnership desk, but it would be much more efficient for players to have a single contact listed on the flyer and web site.

Tournament flyers need to be ready 6 months in advance (October). An email blast should occur 3 months prior to the tournament.

The subject of hosting some GNT sessions at our sectional was deferred to our next board meeting.

The moving of our bank account to BECU was approved.

Sharon noted the need to increase our table fees It was approved for a June 1st start. Meeting adjourned 9:07 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

David Fallen


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