ATTENDEES: RANDY WESTON; MIKE ORLOWSKI, HARRY MACLAUGHLIN; WALT DLUGOLECKI; DON THOMAS, GEORGE MAGGIO; JIM FRATER
ABSENT: JIM BODINE; JOHN MCCARTHY
AGENDA: Regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the following items:
1. Update on the Treasury.
2. Slow Play discussion. Mike feels he may be able to offer a possible partial solution to help eliminate this problem. Open for discussion and input by the entire board.
3. RLMGA will have two open positions for the upcoming year. Member at large and Treasurer. At this time, I would like to discuss possible replacements.
4. “Cancellation Policy” for play days. Open discussion.
5. Any new business.
Walt Dlugolecki presented a snapshot of the financial status as of the current date. The RLMGA currently has a balance of $3803.18 in the bank. If we stay on budget through year end, there will be a balance of $1136 in the bank, versus a budgeted amount of $831. Upcoming events affecting the budget are 2 more tournaments with the associated revenue/costs of meals, prizes and 50/50 drawings. The board discussed future plans in the context of future year’s dues. At last year’s annual meeting, the membership approved a maximum of $10 per member increase in dues, if the Board determined it to be necessary. That question was tabled until later this year, after all events are complete and the then current financial status can be reviewed again.
Mike Orlowski presented several ideas for discussion of the ongoing issue of slow play;
Reinforce and emphasize the roles and responsibilities of the ‘team captains’
Require each team to record their finishing time on the scorecard in order to collect that data
Host a meeting with identified slow players to provide instruction on improvement of slow play
Redistribute the power point presentation of several years ago on this topic
The topic was discussed at length by everyone as an ongoing issue that has no simple solution. Each individual has a personal routine that cannot reasonably be changed. Some are quick while some are not. However, that in itself, was not seen as a major reason for slow play; and there are many other opportunities to speed up in between shots. It was agreed that it is not the place of the RLMGA board to address individuals on a direct basis; Larry has told us before that that is his job. An action item was taken by Don to come up with some suggestions for a membership wide approach to highlight this issue. Further, it was agreed that each board member will identify known slow players back to the board. We will then consider that list, and working with Larry or Marshall decide what can be done. This issue will continue to be addressed in future meetings.
The board positions coming open at the end of this season were identified: Treasurer and one Member-at-Large. The board was asked to consider possible candidates to put forth for these positions. Also, it was stated that, as in the past, Joel Peterson is again available and willing to head up the nominating/election committee this year. Walt Dlugolecki indicated that he might be willing to serve again as Treasurer; but that would still require an official election. Harry MacLaughlin indicated he may want to step down as secretary after this season, but only if a suitable replacement could be found. Randy raised the question, and it was confirmed in the By-Laws, that the President may appoint replacements to vacant board positions until the next election cycle.
Play day cancellations and ‘no-shows’ continue to be a problem this season. In addition, we are beginning to see players quit during rounds. This creates a real headache for the tournament director in trying to apply blinds and/or re shuffle pairings. The policy for the $5 fee charged to no shows was reconfirmed; and for players that quit before the end of a round, they will still be charged the $5 play day fee, but will not be eligible to collect any winnings for that day.
There were no new business items discussed.
At 1640 a motion to adjourn was made, seconded and passed.