our annual 2014 North Carolina Checker Association Business Meeting - Date:
Friday 5/16/2014 9:00am - 9:30am
annual business meeting of the North Carolina Checker Association was held at Econo Lodge Hotel, 2133 Hanford Rd, Burlington, NC 27215 on May
16, 2014. The meeting convened at 9:00am, President Teal Stanley called the
meeting to order. The yearly meeting was before the 124th Annual
2014 State Tournament
Memory of Bill McClintock" which was also scheduled at Econo
Lodge Hotel, 2133 Hanford Rd, Burlington, NC 27215. In the 9:00am business meeting, NCCA President Teal Stanley welcomed 16 players to the 124th Annual 2014 North Carolina Open Checker Tournament from
3 States: 11 from NC; 4 from OH; and 1 from SC. We especially appreciate and welcome the Ohio players who drove over 500 miles, making a long 9 hour trip to be here.
Members in attendance: 16 players were present: as six Life-Time members present were: John Webster, Tim Laverty, Teal Stanley, JR
Smith, Raleigh Johnson, and Larry Michael all from North Carolina. Mike Ross, Glenn Fuquay, Grover Minor, Morris Auman, Trey Stanley were the 5 other member-players from NC. Matthew Clark from Fort Mill, SC; Joe
Weaver from Dundee, OH; John Troyer from Millersburg, OH; Harley Hochsteler from Sugarcreek, OH; and Aden Keim of Fredericksburg, OH were the 5 out of state players making a total of 16 players present.
Teal, called for Secretary JR Smith to read last years minutes
which were preprinted and available to members. Smith reviewed the last year's 2013 minutes which were approved as presented and read.
Announcements: JR Smith spoke about this year's tournament being in memory of Bill McClintock and how much we missed him at our Tuesday afternoon playing sessions at McDonald's. As you know Bill was an active
tournament player who traveled the circuit for over 25 years. Bill loved, played, promoted, supported checker, and was our NCCA Treasurer from 2005 until his death October 6, 2012.
We honor him by reading a list of his many checker accomplishments in playing and winning tournaments (Read List). We discussed under topic New
Business at our 2013 NCCA Business Meeting to to add “Billy McClintock Memorial” to the "Greensboro Open" in honor of Billy who organized and directed this tournament from the mid-1990s until
2009. His last tournaments were at his home and included Mrs. Frances McClintock's wonderful home cooked dinners. Before Billy, Howard Amos was the Greensboro Tournament organizer. This would be a fitting tribute to
honor and remember Bill by naming the tournament for him. A motion was made, seconded, and unanimously carried. Its hard to think of a man you respect more, enjoyed being around, and playing checkers with, than Bill McClintock.
Smith continued under announcements: Remembering recent deaths of our NC
checker players and others we played against:
Dr. Robert Lilburn Shuffett, Green County, KY - 4/1/2014, Gayle Helterbrand, Cabool MO - 10/13/2013, Leonard Hickman, Culleoka, TN - 1/2/2013, James
W. Bracnaro, Shelton, CT - 2/5/2013, Benny Jackson "BJ" Vaughn, Burlington, NC - 9/4/2013, Roger L. Sample - New Bern, NC retired in Midlothian, VA - 11/8/2013, Benjamin P. "Ben" Jones, Hubert, NC -
7/3/2013, Gene M. Rader, O'Fallon, MO and moved to New Haven, KY - 8/13/2013, Steven Leslie Buntin, Chapel Hill, NC - 1/1/2013, Jimmy Reliford, Columbia, KY - 8/10/2013. This is continuing the traditional announcements like Bill
McClintock would do at our annual business meetings.
Smith also announced, Next year... The 125th Annual 2015 North Carolina Open Checker Tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 15th
& 16th 2015. This is in keeping the State Tournament dates as in the past, the first weekend after Mother's Day which is the second Sunday in May. This tournament will be named the “Cecil Lowe Memorial State Tournament” in honor of our past president. We will try to have our State Tournament in Eastern North Carolina.
Smith also mentioned the June 21st Missouri GAYP Open in Branson, MO with a $4,000 purse. We have invitation / announcement sheets available on the back table.
Financial Reporting: JR Smith, acting as NCCA Treasurer, as Mike Ross's assistant, reported on the financial status of the security accounts, saying the RBC balance was
$15,360.12 as of EOY December, 2013, and the Edward Jones account was $13,064.02 for the combined total of $28,424.14. Smith stated that the last statement as of 4/30/2014 Edward Jones was $13,873.48
and RBC was $16,674.46 for a combined total of $30,0547.94 before this year's $1,500 tournament withdrawal. The fund accounts were in pretty good shape considering the market
was up and we where in mutual funds, corporate bond funds, and ETFs that offered safety
with good dividends and interest, which is much higher than we would be getting from CDs. The shares' value might fluctuate a little with
the market but we are not concentrating as much on growth but after safety and yield. Smith also had printed statements of NCCA fund accounts for anyone who wanted a copy. He also said our
2013 Federal Tax Return (990) was filed 2/17/2014. Two other reports were available: a list of
tournament withdrawals and yearly history of the fund accounts.
Election of officers: We voted to keep the current officers another year. Teal-president, Jeff-vice-president, JR-secretary, and Mike-treasurer.
New Business: Because of our low attendance we reduced the playing field to one group instead of our planned three and set the entry fee at $20.00 for a single class division. We voted to play a
single Swiss division using the mid-field player's finish position as our Majors Champion as we have done in the past when there wasn't enough players to have multiple divisions. Tournament Playing Rules were posted on the bulletin
board, as well as: tournament schedule, pay-out schedule, up coming checker tournaments, a list of all the NC State Champions, and a list of local restaurants were
all there on the back wall. Time clocks, game recorder sheets, and extra pens were available on the back table for those players who wanted them.
The tournament was advertised to start play at 9:00am Friday morning and again at 8:00am Saturday morning. We expected it to conclude Saturday evening at approximately7:00pm; however, several local NC players who drive in to play ask if we could start Saturday's play an hour later.
We discuss a Saturday 1 hour delay time, a motion was made, voted, and carried as 10 to 6 to start Saturday play at 9:00am. Raleigh Johnson spoke up and ask, "why advertise and publish a start time and then change it?"
Point well taken! we will stick with what is published in the future, provided its not a mistake or extremely inconvenient.
We appreciated the donations and contributions which with the entry fees and fund account withdrawals totaled $2,150.00. Normally we deposit the withdrawn player’s cash in next year’s tournament fund
NCCA Life-Time Members are exempt of any State Tournament entry fees, one of the benefits of being a life-time member. These 6 Life-Time Members attended this State Tournament: Larry Michael, JR Smith, Tim
Laverty, Teal Stanley, John Webster, and Raleigh Johnson.
Obviously the Ohio fellows were the furthers traveling players, Raleigh Johnson the oldest player, 90 on July 12 and Trey Stanley the youngest at 19 on April 5th.
We appreciate Gayle Smith who made sure we had plenty of water, drinks, fruit salad, chips, cheese & crackers, etc. available throughout the tournament. Also we appreciate Caroline Minor for
making the delicious strawberry cake. It seems the strawberry cake, grape, and blueberry salads were hits with the players. We appreciated these delightful treats!
Mike Ross brought us a basket of his frozen muscadines & scuppernongs for the players to enjoy.
We appreciate Tim Laverty officiating as score-keeper and tournament referee, and of course doing a fantastic job as usual.
This years tournament was announced in Americantowns
was mailed out.
- Players were welcomed to Econo Lodge - Burlington by a nice front desk counter display sign announcing: Welcome!! 124th NC Open State Checker Tournament
"In Memory of Bill McClintock" Playing in Conference Room 247.
- Mrs. Frances McClintock visited with the players Friday morning before the NCCA meeting. We were happy she came by and spent some time with us since this State Tournament was in honor and memory of her
late husband, Bill McClintock. All the NC players got a big hug and we all were definitely glad to see Frances again!
- Teal Stanley gave our tournament invocation before opening our 124th Annual 2014 North Carolina Association business meeting.
- Teal Stanley, NCCA President opened the meeting by call
to order at 9:02am Friday, May 16th in the Econo Lodge Hotel conference room 247.
NCCA Secretary reported on behalf of Treasurer that the rules changed December
31, 2006 called “Pensions and Protections Act 2006” which states that all Tax
Exempt Organizations must now file a Federal Tax Return; Exception:
Churches and Faith based organizations. Charities & Other
Non-Profits entities fact Automatic Revocation of Exemption if they haven’t
filed in the past 3 years. NCCA is current on filing their required 990 tax
return. Also IRS announced in their EO Update / e-News for Charities &
Nonprofits electronic newsletter they were revising Form 1023 and introducing
Form 1023-EZ (application for exemption status) and a reduced application fee
based on gross assets and gross income.
minutes of the NCCA meeting at Libby Hill Seafood Restaurant on Randleman Rd,
Greensboro, NC, May 17, 2013 are available to members on-line at the NCCA
website under Minutes Book, also available in the NCCA’s Official
Records notebook or distributed copy to members before this meeting, thus
the May 17th, 2013 Minutes were not necessary to be read but approved
by presiding officer, Teal Stanley as read, printed, or available. 2013 minutes
were approved at the annual NCCA Business Meeting on May 16th
2014. All annual business meeting minutes are available on line. Robert’s
Rules of Order (NCCA outline)
should we play this State Tournament?]
of low attendance we reduced the playing field to one group and set the entry
fee at $20.00 for a single "A" Class Division. We voted to play a Single Swiss
Division with a Masters and a Majors bracket, to distinguish Master and Major
State Champions and determine prize money by paying through both class
brackets. Trophies award to each class. We will re-pair opponents only in the
last round when necessary, and possibility a third re-pair in the top
positions. We also voted that a 3 point bye would be awarded to the lowest
opponent; thereafter, to the lowest opponent as 2 points if multiple byes, and 4
points for a forfeit. We will played two 1. 25 hour games per round, or eight
2.5 hour round tournament, starting at 10AM on Friday and 8:00AM on Saturday
and finishing by 5:30PM Saturday evening. If the game is not completed on time,
then a move per minute for 10 minutes. If the move per minute does not create a
decision, then the referee will make a decision for the results. Either
opponent may request referee to conclude 1st game on time after an
hour, so 2nd game will start on time.
Our meeting adjourned at 9:30am
and a copy of the Financial Report, Annual Report, and Minutes are available to members on-line. We started our 2014 NC State Open at 9:31am in the
same conference room # 247.
Teal Stanley, President of NCCA JR Smith, Secretary of NCCA