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2015 I.S.C.A. Meeting

Roger Blaine  | Published on 11/18/2015

I.S.C.A. Annual Membership Meeting,  Nov. 8, 2015


Report by Roger Blaine, Secretary


  The Annual General Membership meeting of the Indiana State Chess Association was held on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at the Clarion Hotel, Indianapolis, site of the 74th Annual State Chess Championship.


  President Craig Hines called the meeting to order at 2:33 p.m.


In attendance:  President Craig Hines, Vice-President Roger Norris, Secretary Roger Blaine, Treasurer Ben Pitchkites, Historian Gordon Simons, Membership Director Mathew Leach, and other members:  Dick Arnold, John Illg, Dennis Hurst, John Leighton, Jacob Norris, Bernard Parham, Bernard Parham II, Samuel Patrick, Gerald Roberts, Nathan Runda, Dan Watson, and Terry Winchester.


  The minutes of the 2014 Annual Meeting were approved unanimously (Hines moved, Leach seconded).


  Hines gave the President’s Report, noting that membership income had increased about 100 percent in the past year, mostly due to an increased number of ISCA tournaments held.  He spoke about scholastic chess matters, noting that Shawn Vibbert was our State Scholastic Champion and representative to the Arnold Denker tournament, and that the agreement will continue with Scholastic Chess of Indiana in which SCI will pay ISCA $250 per year in lieu of requiring individual [ISCA] memberships in scholastic tournaments.

  Hines also noted that ISCA now has only one web site rather than two, eliminating some inconsistencies


  Pitchkites handed out a printed Treasurer’s Report which showed a balance of $8,168 at the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2015, a gain of $1,068 over the previous year.


  Leach reported as Membership Director that there were about 170 members before the beginning of the current tournament, and that about 20 were added at the event.


  There was no Old Business, and at this time Hines mentioned upcoming tournaments supported by ISCA, including the Deadwood Open Dec. 5, the proposed Southern Indiana Open in February, the Indiana Memorial Open in April, the State Class Championships in July, the next State Championship, and a possible State Team Championship.


New Business:  (1) Hines moved to amend the Bylaws to reinstate the position of Director-at-Large and eliminate the position of Web Administrator.  Blaine seconded, and the motion PASSED unanimously.


(2) Hines moved to amend the Bylaws, Article IV, Section E, Subsection 5 to delete all duties of the Web Editor except:  “The Web Editor shall maintain information for Indiana Chess Tournament Life announcements (TLAs), news and any other electronic means of information storage when ideas are developed.  He will help centralize discussions and Indiana chess-related materials which will help promote Indiana chess.  He will administer, maintain, and update our web site,, for the organization.  The Web Editor shall be a Director.”  Pitchkites seconded, and the motion PASSED unanimously.


Elections of officers were then held:


President:  Craig Hines, by acclamation.

Vice President:  Mathew Leach, by acclamation.

Secretary:  Roger Blaine, by acclamation.

Treasurer:  Ben Pitchkites, by acclamation.

Web Editor:  Terry Winchester, by acclamation.

Historian:  Gordon Simons, by acclamation.

Membership Director:  Roger Norris, by acclamation.

Director-at-Large:  Gerald Roberts, by acclamation.


  Simons gave some remarks on next year’s U.S. Open, scheduled for Indianapolis, July 30 to August 7, 2016, and the Bicentennial year of the State of Indiana.


The meeting was adjourned at 3:02 p.m.




I.S.C.A. Board of Directors Meeting, Nov. 8, 2015


Report by Roger Blaine, Secretary


  The Board of Directors of the Indiana State Chess Association met on Sunday, November 8, 2015, immediately after the General Membership meeting.  All 8 Directors just elected were present:  Craig Hines, Mathew Leach, Roger Blaine, Ben Pitchkites, Terry Winchester, Gordon Simons, Roger Norris, and Gerald Roberts.  President Hines called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.


(1)  Hines proposed a Tournament Life Announcement for the Southern Indiana Open to be held Saturday, February 13, 2016, in Bloomington, and supported by ISCA.  He noted that with an attendance of 40 and a prize fund of $1,080, the tournament would make about $150 for ISCA.   Leach moved to approve the arrangement, Norris seconded, and the motion PASSED unanimously.


  Hines noted that the State Championship is expected to move back to its customary month of October in 2016.  Leach announced that an Emory Tate Memorial tournament was being considered for next year, possibly in early October.


  The meeting was adjourned at 3:28 p.m.