Fort Western Unit 183

Board Meeting Minutes

February 4, 2009





Present:           Tom Nute, Mary Hoger, Kay Jones, Max Jackson, Steve Shirey,

                        Katye Kowierschke, Tom Hughes

Absent:           Margot Hirsch




Tom Nute called the meeting to order at 5:30 pm.  The January 21, 2009 minutes were approved.  Carolyn Pinto explained the process of how the minutes for the board meeting will be distributed and the members will review and provide inputs via email.  After the minutes have been approved via email we will have a formal motion during our regular schedule board meeting. 


Tom Nute notified the board that Bob Marvin requested inputs to the webpage by January 30, 2009 and the revise website should be completed by April 1, 2009.  A meeting between Bob Marvin and Stewart Dejournett to transition the web information was rescheduled February 4, 2009. 


 Tom Nute will contact Dewitt Hudson to inform him to nominate and vote for Tom Hughes for President of District 16 during the Houston Regional District meeting. 




Max will make four (4) more keys and Kay Jones will allocate as needed. 


Kay Jones reported it would cost between $1,300 and $2,000 to place a Bridge sign outside the studio near the streets or on top of our building.  She will look at alternative signs that are less expensive to display. Tom Nute will ask our landlords about what kind of signs will be allowed on the building. 


Max Jackson has the authority to buy pegboards and frame them to be used for the results of our games. 


Mary Hoger will get a committee together to get the studio organized. 


Tom Nute will call our landlords and ask them if the four (4) parking spaces right outside the front of the building can be marked “For Bridge Players Only”.


Max Jackson will receive $100.00 for gas money that he expended for the move to the new studio. 


November 20 – 22, 2009 will be our Fall Sectional.  This event will be at Amon Carter. 


Carolyn Pinto will send a Thank You note to Martha Leary for the $200.00 donation. 


The vote for the purchase of a new clock for the studio was 3 for, 2 against, with 2 abstaining.  The Board needs to determine if a majority of votes cast was sufficient or if it requires a majority of members present.   


Mary Hoger informed the board of the current policy regarding small games.  If a Director has less than four (4) tables then they will receive a $2.00 rent discount per table.  Therefore, the rent for games that has less than four (4) tables will be $13.00 a table instead of $15.00.  If you have four (4) tables the rent is $15.00. 


Carolyn Pinto presented Grand National Team Qualifying dates and they were approved by the board.  Flight C – March 29, 2009 and Flight B – April 26, 2009.


We will have a special board meeting on February 11, 2009 to continue with the following items:


Standing Committee Assignments  

Revise Standing Rules

Supervised Newcomer game in the evenings.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:44 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Carolyn Pinto

Secretary-Unit 183