Thanks for your kind words, but I did not prepare the minutes.
Although I took notes during the meeting and helped Myron with the minutes, it was Myron who actually wrote the minutes. It may be hard to believe since it has been 20 years since he last prepared a set of minutes of a USCF Delegates' Meeting, but he wrote them with my help. We always work as a team.
On another point, the minutes became official after Doris and Tim completed their review of them. The Delegates in 2002 can approve or modify them, but they are official now.
Secretary Doris Barry has had problems with her arm that made it nearly impossible for her to write or type. She went in for surgery to repair the condition on August 30 and I am pleased to report that she is currently recuperating and doing fine. I have been asked to serve as her assistant and prepare the minutes for the USCF Membership Meeting and the USCF Delegates' Meeting. I have elected, in that capacity, to treat the Executive Board / Staff Forum and the Membership Meeting as a single Meeting and include both in the records. I encourage future Executive Boards to consider officially making the Executive Board / Staff Forum part of the Membership Meeting to conform to current practice.
The Delegates' Meeting minutes will cover all ADMs (Advance Delegate Motions published in the 2001 Delegates' Call) and all NDMs (New Delegate Motions) that were brought to the floor. NDMs that were withdrawn before being presented are not included. All Motions are presented in the order in which they were brought to the floor, which may differ from the order in which they were placed on the agenda. They are assigned sequential DM numbers, which are referenced to the corresponding ADM or NDM number. NDM numbers are also listed sequentially and may not be the same as the temporary number assigned to an NDM at the meeting. Speakers may be identified from time to time. Usually participants in a discussion, when listed, are in alphabetical order rather than in order of recognition, but there may be exceptions. Speakers who were not recognized by the chair or who did not approach the microphone are not likely to be mentioned. (Note: The 2001 Delegates' Call is now available in its entirety to everyone on the USCF website.)
Myron Lieberman - August 2001
Minutes of the 2001 USCF Membership Meeting
Framingham, MA, 08/10/2001
The annual USCF Membership Meeting, as has been the case for the last several years, was called to order immediately after the conclusion of the USCF Executive Board / Staff forum. From a practical standpoint the Executive Board / Staff Forum and the USCF Membership Meeting have, for the last several years, been held in the same room consecutively as if they were a single meeting. This year 28 members from 15 states signed the attendance sheets.
I. Executive Board / Staff Forum
The purpose of the Executive Board / Staff Forum is to introduce the members of the Executive Board and the Staff to all present and to have an exchange of ideas where the Board members and Staff can have a two-way communication with the members. Motions are not made during the Executive Board / Staff Forum, but any issues can be brought up before the Board and Staff for comment. Motions can then be made during the Membership business meeting that follows.
The USCF Executive Board / Staff Forum was called to order at 4:00PM EDT on Friday, August 10, 2001, by President Tim Redman.
Members of the Executive Board present were introduced to the audience. They were VP for Finance Jim Pechac, Secretary Doris Barry, Member at Large Helen Warren, and President Tim Redman. VP John McCrary and Member at Large Bob Smith arrived later. Member at Large Joe Ippolito was not present. Executive Director George DeFeis then introduced the Staff. Present were Chess Life / School Mates Editor Peter Kurzdorfer, Marketing Director Anne Ashton, Chief Business Officer Judy Misner, Executive Assistant Barbara Vandermark, MIS Director Laura Martz, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Loomis, and Scholastic / National Events Director Tom Brownscombe. Special Programs Director Joan DuBois arrived later.
Questions discussed in the forum were:
A. Processing of rating reports - Tom Brownscombe, George DeFeis, Bruce Draney, Gerry Dullea, Tom Fineberg, Bill Goichberg, Roger Gotschall, Rich Jackson, Myron Lieberman, Jeff Loomis, Laura Martz, John McCrary, Russell Miller, Judy Misner, Mike Nietman, Tim Redman, and Helen Warren, among others, participated in the discussion.
1. Delays in rating tournaments - Introduced by Bruce Draney. The consensus was that there have been problems, but ratings are now close to being up to date and the problems have been resolved.
2. Letters sent to TDs or Affiliates regarding non-members on rating reports. - Introduced by Gerry Dullea as part of the rating delay discussion. Most of the overall discussion focused on this issue. It was suggested that more use should be made of communicating with TDs and affiliates via e-mail when there are problems with a rating report. It was suggested that a place be provided on the rating report form for the organizer's or sponsor's contact to sign since the TD is not always the organizer. Both the TD and the organizer need to be aware of any problems with a rating report and their responsibilities need to be differentiated.
B. AmericInn program Introduced by Mike Nietman. Executive Director George DeFeis indicated that he wants to do it again next year, with a longer lead time. He has already contacted AmericInn about continuing the program.
II. Membership Meeting - New Business
George John and Myron Lieberman submitted the following motion, which is also on the Delegate agenda:
Membership Motion 01-01 Advertising for any organization, event, or activity that can be viewed as illegal in one or more states in the US can be accepted only on receipt of a legal opinion as to the liability of the USCF for accepting and distributing that advertisement, approval by the Marketing Manager, the Executive Director, and the Executive Board.
The motion was prompted by advertisements online and in Chess Life for what appear to be chess sites, but are actually sites where bets are placed on chess games. People under 18 cannot participate and participation is illegal in a number of states. The motion failed. Note: It was subsequently discussed in the Delegates' Meeting where it was referred to the Executive Board and the Legal Task Force.
Bruce Draney moved and Rich Jackson seconded the following motion:
Membership Motion 01-02 There should be a four-month moratorium on the sending of letters regarding problems with rating reports, so that a way of restoring good relations between Affiliates, Organizers, Tournament Directors, and the Office can be established. As the Office has agreed to do this anyway, the motion did not come to a vote.
The Membership Meeting adjourned at 4:45PM EDT with no motions to carry forward as Membership motions for the Delegates' Meeting.
Minutes of the 2001 USCF Delegates' Meeting
August 11-12, 2001 - Framingham, MA
CALL TO ORDER - President Tim Redman called the meeting to order at 9:00AM EDT on Saturday, August 11, 2001.
ROLL CALL AND DELEGATE CERTIFICATION - Secretary Doris Barry certified the following Delegates. Please note that this list includes all Delegates certified to participate in the meeting regardless of whether they were certified before, during, or after the roll call.
Frank Camaratta, Jack Mallory (full)
None (1 vacancy)
Denis Barry, Myron Lieberman, Rachel Lieberman, Robert Tanner, Sophia Rohde (1 vacancy)
None (1 vacancy)
Richard Koepcke, Mike Goodall, James Eade, Bruce Draney (2 vacancies)
Jerome Hanken, Randy Hough, John Hillery, Dewain Barber, Joseph Wagner, Elie Hsiao, Beatriz Marinello, Tom Fries (1 vacancy)
Doris Thackrey, Joseph Behlmeyer (full)
Richard Bauer, Fred Townsend (Jeff Lawrence later replaced Fred Townsend per Rich Jackson) (full)
None (1 vacancy)
None (1 vacancy)
Bob Smith, Don Schultz, Arnold Denker, Kay McCrary, Shane Samole, Rich Jackson (2 vacancies)
Barbara DeMaro, Laura Jones (full)
None (1 vacancy)
None (1 vacancy)
Helen Warren, Harold Winston, Tim Just, Jim Warren, Lawrence Cohen, Howard Cohen, Walter Brown, David Knudson (1 vacancy) Note: Tom Fineberg had to leave before the start of the meeting.
Gary Fox, Thomas Byers (1 vacancy)
Roger Gotschall (full)
Ron Pasik (full)
None (2 vacancies)
None (1 vacancy)
James Dubois (full)
Allen Beadle, Larry Kaufman, Ed Westing (full)
Harold Dondis, Wiliam Kelleher, Peter Sherwood, Michael Gosselin (full)
Fred Lindsay, Peter Nixon, Hohainan Truong (full)
David Kuhns, Philip Smith (full)
None (1 vacancy)
None (2 vacancies)
None (1 vacancy)
Mike Nolan (full)
None (1 vaancy)
Hal Terrie (full)
Doris Barry, Joe Ippolito, Steve Doyle, Leroy Dubeck, Michael Somers, Roger Inglis, Todd Lunna, Tony Cottell, George Krauss, Ronald Groseible (full)
None (1 vacancy)
Bill Goichberg, Al Lawrence, Brenda Goichberg, Walter Buehl, Gerard Dullea, Bruce Steffek, Sunil Weeramantry (full)
Joel Benjamin, Steve Immitt, Phyllis Benjamin, Harold Stenzel, Joseph Felber, Frank Brady, Polly Wright, Jim Mennella (full)
Pat Hoekstra (1 vacancy)
None (1 vacancy)
James Pechac, Grant Perks, Joel Berez, Don Randolph, Amy Sullivan (full)
None (1 vacancy)
Carl Haessler (full)
Steve Shutt, Bob Ferguson, Stan Booz, Andrew Read, Sam Sloan (1 vacancy)
Don Colbert (full)
John McCrary (1 vacancy)
De Knudson (full)
Harry Sabine, Ken Sloan (2 vacancies)
Tim Redman, Luis Salinas, George John, Katie Stone, Enrique Rios, Frank Niro, Steve Dann, Julie Nahlen (1 vacancy)
None (1 vacancy)
None (1 vacancy)
Woody Harris, Helen Hinshaw, J. Allen Hinshaw, Ernie Schlich (full)
Russell Miller, Murlin Varner (1 vacancy)
None (1 vacancy)
Mike Nietman, Guy Hoffman (full)
None (1 vacancy)
A MOMENT OF SILENCE -The Delegates paused in a moment of silence in memory of Marsha Adams, Alan Benjamin, David Burris, Gerbrand van Dyk, and Edith Kellner.
DM01-01 - ADM01-01 (Harold Winston, IL) - The Delegates re-elect as Delegates at Large those whose terms are expiring or have expired and who are present at this meeting. PASSED. Those re-elected were Tony Cottell, Arnold Denker, and Gerard Dullea.
ADM 01-02 regarding a proposed change of Alaska's State Affiliate was withdrawn. An election will be held.
DM01-02 - ADM01-03 - Doris Barry (NJ), Tim Redman (TX) The Delegates approve the advance agenda. PASSED with a modified schedule.
DM01-03 - ADM01-04 - Tim Redman (TX) The Delegates approve the Standing Rules. PASSED. The adopted rules included limits of 5 minutes for the maker of the motion, 3 minutes for all other speakers to each motion, and 30 minutes total time for discussion of a motion (although these limits could be extended at the discretion of the chair).
DM01-04 - ADM01-05 - Tim Redman (TX) The Delegates affirm the appointment of Mike Nolan as the Parliamentarian for the 2001 Delegates' Meeting. PASSED.
Discussion of ratification and related motions was deferred until later in the meeting
ADM01-08 regarding availability of the Games Parlor contract was withdrawn. Transcripts of the Executive Board discussion of the contract were available at the meeting.
DM01-05 - ADM01-09 - Doris Barry (NJ) Moved, that the minutes of the 2000 Delegates' Meeting be accepted as published. PASSED.
DM01-06 - ADM01-10 - Moved, that the election of Executive Board Members for the 2001-2005 term be certified. PASSED
The results of the election are listed below. Candidates are listed with their vote totals.
Candidates elected are: Steve Shutt (PA) 244, John McCrary (SC) 232, Frank Camaratta (AL) 231,and Frank Brady (NY) 212. Candidates not elected are: George John (TX) 190, De Knudson (SD) 171, Bob Holliman (MO) 133, Jim Pechac (OH) 125, Bruce Draney (NE) 73,and Sam Sloan (NY) 22.
Write-ins were received as follows: Luis Salinas (TX) 3, Russell Miller (WA) 2, and 1 vote each for the following 14 candidates: Selby Anderson, Kevin Bachler, Ed Conway, Jim Eade, Bill Goichberg, Karl Heck, Alan Kantor, Rachel Lieberman, Ron Lohrman, Ken Marshall, Ken McBride, Harold Stenzel, Don Schultz, Harold Winston.
There were 533 valid ballots mailed. Ballots were received from 426 voters. Ballots were not received from the following 107 voters. Please note that this does not necessarily mean they didn't vote. As of the time that the ballots were picked up on the morning of the vote count their ballots had not been received. Ballots, if any, received after that time would not be counted.
AL Roy Stanton, Richard Ellis; AK Artem Ratchkovski; AZ Robby Adamson, Ken Larsen, Jim Wilson, Richard Wagner, Scott Freneaux; CA/N Frank Elley, Alan Kirshner, Jordy Mont-Reynaud, Al Hansen, Charles Pigg; CA/S Gerald Blem, Chris Roberts, Richard Rico, Ed Townsend, Steve Hughes, Al Massip, Richard Okubu, Kurt Stenzel; CO Dean Brown, Mary Nelson; CT Dennis Tortora; DC William Barnes; DE Leon Tschantre; FL Marcel Martinez, Eduardo Celorio, Bill Kramer; GA Frank Meyrath, Steve Schneider; HI Guy Ontai; ID Jeffrey Roland; IL Marvin Dandridge, Josh Flores, Leslie Bale, Murrell Rhodes, Bill Reed; IN Jay A. Carr, John Cole, Tom Byers, Steve Steppe, James Dean, Mike Turner; KS Neil Andrews; KY Eric Yussman, Leo McMannis; LA Bob Bistany, Bob Ballard; ME Robert Leach; MD Bernard Davis, Walter Bodhaniw, Sathish Nath; MA Mark Kaprelian, Harvey Reed; MI Pete Nixon, Victor Asbury; MN Dan Voje, Dale Gustafson; MS Leo Wilson; MT Alex Dawson; NE Kevin Fleming; NH Parker Montgomery; NJ Max Dlugy; NM Scott Kerns, Scott Cole, Randall Edmunds; NY/U David Blaisdell, Alan Lecours, Dana Belcher, Don Siegel, Jon Lack, Peter Aravena; NY/D Bruce Pandolfini, John Collins, Gary Sperling, Mark Ritter, Mark Kurtzman, Bill Arluck, Jeremy Graham; NC Gene Davenport, Jeff Jones; OH John Hoffman, David Aldenderfer, Mike Anders; OK Alan Ball; OR Tom Crispin; PA Norman Rogers, Larry Pugh, Keith Kuhn; TN Greg Krog; TX Bill Snead, Katie Stone, Jason Howell, Michael Simpson; UT John Coffey, David Lither; VA Catherine Clark, Ann Marie Allen, Rodney Flores, Merv Clark; WA Paul Barton, Gary Dorfner, Jay Zettervall; WV Markle Butcher; WI Chris Krumenauer, WY Richard Cohen
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT - President Redman referred the Delegates to his report in the 2001Delegates' Call. (Note: The 2001 Delegates' Call is now available in its entirety to everyone on the USCF website.) He stressed the need for Operations to continue to finish in the black over the next several years and for the Delegates to exercise financial restraint. Motions marked with a $ sign have a financial impact; the CFO at his request has prepared a financial impact statement for those motions and it was included in the final BINFO packet. President Redman pointed out that after successive years of operational losses of $265,000 and $412,000, this year's audited operational surplus of $14,000 represented a major turnaround. He thanked the Executive Board for their support for various austerity measures and commended the entire professional staff, particularly Executive Director, George DeFeis, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Loomis, and Chief Business Officer Judy Misner, for their hard work at achieving the $426,000 turnaround in one year. (Note: The Executive Board and business office only have control over USCF operations, which are described in this report. They do not have control over the market variation of the investments in the LMA fund. Consolidated statements reflect both operations and the LMA fund. The LMA fund showed strong gains in recent years due to a strong stock market and the consolidated statements reflected that gain. The LMA fund decreased in value last year due to a falling stock market and consolidated statements reflect that loss. )
REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Executive Director George DeFeis gave a slide presentation that reviewed what has been done to improve office operations in each area during the past year and plans for the future. He discussed past financial performance, then turned to corporate issues. Noteworthy were the recommendations of the President's Special Committee, personnel restructuring to get to a "lean and "mean" approach (This included the hiring of a Web Editor, Events Manager, and Director of Marketing), a focus on the US Chess Trust, financial and administrative support for the sales force, weekly senior staff meetings, a team approach to management, management by objectives, an open door policy, and a "can-do" management philosophy. Next he pointed to key decisions that contributed to Operations being in the black. Included were US Chess Live, the Seattle Chess Foundation, AmericInn, TLA enhancements and price restructuring, downsizing of book and equipment sales, management of tournaments, reducing the frequency of publication of School Mates to quarterly, and selling advertising in the catalog. Also of note were the elimination of affiliate commissions, the addition of a voluntary $10 contribution on the membership form, the restructuring of dues, changing renewal reminders (from 4 letters to a letter, a magazine wrapper, and a postcard), a "pulled or paid" TLA policy, and the Olympic application. He recognized the contributions of key office personnel, including CFO Jeff Loomis; Chief Business Officer Judy Misner; Publications Editor Peter Kurzdorfer; Director of Scholastic Programs and Technical Affairs Tom Brownscombe; Director of Marketing and liaison to the US Chess Trust Anne Ashton; Joan Dubois Director of Special Programs; and Management Information Systems Director Laura Martz. He pointed to strategic alliances with AmericInn Hotels, the Seattle Chess Foundation and the US Olympic Committee, in addition to future alliances with a cereal manufacturer, a fast food restaurant, and various affinity programs. Emphasis was placed on the value of the USCF brand. In conclusion he itemized focused vision, fiscal responsibility, management by objectives, investments for the future, dedicated staff, and a unified team approach as needs for effective management of operations.
The FIDE report was moved ahead of the other reports due to scheduling requirements. Because of the FIDE issue of drug testing, which is needed for Olympic competition, there was extensive media interest in this part of the meeting. The motions related to drug testing are being documented in greater detail than other motions because of the need to provide accurate information to the media and others outside the USCF who are interested in chess as an Olympic sport and drug testing in chess competition.
REPORT OF THE FIDE DELEGATE AND ZONAL PRESIDENT - Due to involvement with the International Olympic Committee, FIDE has required drug testing at their events. Certain USCF events could lead to FIDE competition where drug testing becomes an issue. There was some concern that FIDE could expand the requirement for drug testing to include chess events held within its member nations as well. This not only involves an expense but it raises the question of how appropriate drug testing would be for chess competition. It would seem to imply that there is a drug problem in chess (which does not exist) and it is seen as an invasion of privacy. ADMs 01-61, 62, 63, and 64 all were aimed at prohibition of drug testing in chess tournaments. The first motion to be considered was ADM01-61, sponsored by Mike Goodall (CA/N), which was worded "Move that drug tests at chess tournaments be prohibited." Joel Benjamin (NY) was recognized to present a substitute motion for ADM 61. Mike Goodall accepted and co-sponsored the substitute, which passed as DM01-07.
FIDE Zonal Vice President Jim Eade was then recognized. He wanted to amend ADM01-61 to establish a committee to study the issue. The motion was not amended. Discussion ensued. Speakers who participated include FIDE Medical Commission representative Dr. Stephen Press, former USCF President and former FIDE Delegate Don Schultz, Sam Sloan, Frank Camaratta, US Co-Champion Grandmaster Joel Benjamin, Hal Terrie, FIDE Delegate Bill Kelleher, Woody Harris, USCF President-elect John McCrary, Jerry Hanken, FIDE Vice President and former USCF President Steve Doyle, Mike Gosselin, and Bill Goichberg.
DM01-07 NDM 01-117 (Substitute for ADM01-61) - Joel Benjamin (NY), Mike Goodall (CA/N) - The Delegates believe that drug testing is unnecessary in chess and urge FIDE to limit testing only to events where it is absolutely essential for qualification into the Olympic Games. PASSED.
Despite the previous passage of DM01-07, discussion continued. Hal Terrie objected to not hearing discussion on ADMs 01-62 and 63 even though a position was established with DM01-07. ADM01-62 co-sponsor Sam Sloan spoke for the motion. Hal Terrie was waiting to speak next, but Enrique Rios called the question. There was objection expressed by Hal Terrie but the question was called by vote of the Delegates. The motion failed.
DM01-08 ADM01-62 - Mike Goodall (CA/N), Sam Sloan (NY / PA) - That the United States Chess Federation shall not require, participate in or be in any way involved in any program which involves the drug testing of chess-players. No chessplayer shall ever be required to submit to any drug or anti-doping test as a condition for participating in or receiving a prize in any chess event rated, conducted or reported by the United Chess Federation. No chess event held anywhere within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States of America shall require or be involved in the drug testing of chessplayers in any way whatever. FAILED
Hal Terrie then spoke regarding ADM01-63. Elie Hsiao, Steve Shutt, and Sunil Weeramantry joined the discussion. Questions were asked of Dr. Stephen Press of the FIDE Medical Commission, who explained the details of drug testing. The question was then called and the motion failed. Jerry Hanken asked for the no votes to be noted. The chair ruled that it was not necessary. The ruling of the chair was appealed and the Delegates upheld the ruling of the chair.
DM01-09 ADM 01-63 - Bill Goichberg, ( NY), Joel Benjamin, (NY) - Mandatory or random drug testing is prohibited at all USCF-rated events. FAILED
Co-sponsor Bill Goichberg then spoke to ADM01-64, after which Enrique Rios called the question. There was no objection and the motion passed.
DM01-10 ADM01-64 - Bill Goichberg (NY), and Joel Benjamin (NY) - USCF's FIDE representatives are instructed to actively campaign at all FIDE meetings against the practice of requiring drug testing at any chess tournament or match. PASSED
The meeting recessed at 12:00 Noon for lunch, during which time the annual Awards Luncheon was held. The meeting resumed at 2:00PM at which time additional reports were heard.
REPORT OF THE US CHESS TRUST - US Chess Trust Chairman Harold Winston presented the report. He referred to the US Chess Trust report on page 13 of the 2001 Delegates' Call. He emphasized that better results are needed in obtaining donations to the US Chess Trust and that the names of donors should be listed in Chess Life. The US Chess Trust supports publication of the "Chess Coach Newsletter" and has given out 1200 chess sets and 176 USCF memberships. He emphasized that the program to donate sets and memberships to schools needs to be publicized better than it is. The scholar-chessplayer program has been increased from $2500 to $5000 in scholarships available. Corporate sponsorship is being sought. Harold Winston asked that the USCF Executive Board consider a requirement of a five-vote minimum or consultation with the Trust when naming new Trustees to the US Chess Trust. A program to help pay exhibition fees for USCF State Chapters to exhibit at state and local educational conventions has been implemented. A $1000 donation from Harold Dondis was acknowledged and additional contributions were solicited.
Alan Benjamin, Frank Camaratta, Steve Doyle, and Woody Harris were recognized for their contributions to the development of the concept of a chess Hall of Fame and its implementation. US Chess Trust President Frank Niro emphasized the value of the Hall of Fame as an asset. Trustee Shane Samole then provided a video introduction to the World Chess Hall of Fame and Sidney Samole Chess Museum, which will have its grand opening in Miami, FL on October 4, 2001, with its first annual inductee dinner. Note: At the US Chess Trust meeting held earlier in the week it was pointed out that the mayor of Miami was going to be a keynote speaker and that members of the Florida Marlins will be on hand. The World Chess Hall of Fame and Sidney Samole Chess Museum was a gift from the Samole family and is sponsored by Excalibur Electronics with the support of the US Chess Trust. Al Lawrence, who was named Executive Director of the World Chess Hall of Fame and Sidney Samole Museum, addressed the Delegates on plans for the future and membership possibilities. He introduced Sharon Samole and Susan Samole to the Delegates. Charter memberships are being offered. The names of charter members will be on permanent display there. Contact Al Lawrence for details. President Redman noted that the formation of a US Chess Hall of Fame was the idea of former Executive Director Gerry Dullea in the early eighties.
REPORT OF THE EDITOR OF CHESS LIFE - Editor Peter Kurzdorfer described the changes in Chess Life. He noted that that it is impossible to please everybody since our members, and chess players in general, are such a tremendously diverse group. The most controversial changes were the elimination of the Annual Rating List and the Yearbook. Note: Motions relating to the Annual Rating List and the Yearbook were considered by the Delegates later in the meeting. Chess Life contains more human interest and less technical information and a new look. Letters are encouraged regardless of point of view. An editorial calendar enables advertisers to select which issues are most appropriate for their ads based on expected content for each issue.
REPORT OF THE VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE - Vice President of Finance Jim Pechac presented a financial report and the budget with the assistance of CFO Jeff Loomis and Finance Committee chairman Leroy Dubeck. Among the points emphasized were:
2001 FINANCIAL RESULTS, 2002 BUDGET - For 2001 Operations gained $14K and LMA lost $171K for a Consolidated (overall) loss of $157K. The Executive Board proposed a budget that included a surplus of $35K. Note: The budget ultimately passed by the Delegates had a surplus of $17.1K.
OFFICE STAFF AND ORGANIZATION - The upgrading of staff, including the in-house CFO, Purchasing Manager, and Systems Manager, was based on Finance initiatives.
QUARTERLY REPORTING - Operations has mailed packets of information including financial reports, Executive Board initiatives, and management status reports to the Delegates quarterly for the last year.
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT - In-house information systems are being redeveloped on a modular basis using current staff in a manner consistent with the recommendations of the President's Special Task Force on Finance presented to the Executive Board in May, 2000.
INVENTORY MANAGEMENT - The product line offered for sale is being evaluated for the purpose of restricting purchases to those items that have a reasonable likelihood of sale.
ONLINE PLAY - Online play on US Chess Live is being developed as a membership benefit.
TOURNAMENTS - In-house management of National Tournaments such as the US Open and National Scholastics are expected to have a substantial effect on profits, which is reflected in the 2002 budget. The awarding of the US Championship to the Seattle Chess Foundation was instrumental in reducing net tournament loss from $104K in 2000 to $2K in 2001. A net tournament gain of $168K is projected for 2002 due primarily to these two factors. This will have a considerable impact on cash flow but only in the second half of the fiscal year.
LMA AND BANK LOANS - The USCF line of credit was closed by the bank in December 2000. USCF Operations was forced to borrow from the LMA fund to pay the bank. This action increased the indebtedness of Operations to the LMA fund to $665K, which would be repaid to LMA by Operations over a 7-year period. The repayment would be made by foregoing quarterly transfers from LMA to Operations. Please note that payments were made in fiscal 2001 on both the LMA and bank line of credit.
CASH FLOW - A detailed cash flow analysis was presented by Jim Pechac and Finance Committee Chairman Leroy Dubeck at the financial workshop. It is expected that USCF will experience a cash flow problem during the next few months. Summer months normally result in a reduction in book and equipment sales, tournament activity, and membership sales; less revenue is expected in the summer. At the same time expenses are expected to be higher since inventory purchases must be increased to meet sales demands for the Holiday season.
USCF owed a substantial amount to vendors in 2001. These accounts payable have been paid down and accounts receivable have increased. Note: While this looks good on a balance sheet (you owe less and are owed more), it makes the cash flow problem worse since you can't spend accounts receivable, but paying debts results in decreased available cash. Furthermore, USCF cannot use its line of credit with the bank and may not be able to borrow from the LMA due to restrictions in the USCF Bylaws. Among the ways to address this problem are: a Bylaw change to allow further funding by the LMA fund, contributions, reducing expenses, cutbacks on services, and raising dues or other prices.
Motions with a possible significant financial impact were marked with a $ and considered prior to voting on the budget. The following motions were so marked.
OMOV - Bill Goichberg (NY) then introduced ADM 106 on OMOV. The OMOV task force, chaired by Bill Goichberg, was not renewed officially for 2001. They have, however, continued active deliberation on OMOV throughout the year. ADM01-106 resulted from the discussions held by the OMOV task force.
Due to the earlier dates of the US Open, several deadline dates were changed to reflect earlier deadlines when the motion was presented. The new dates can be found in the final version listed below.
The preference of the task force was to have no age limits for full adult, sustaining, or life members, however a minority preferred a minimum age. Rather than proposing a separate ADM, an option of a minimum age of 16 for full adult, sustaining, and life members was presented as part of ADM01-106 in the advance agenda. It took the form of an amendment proposed by George John and Luis Salinas. The original wording of ADM01-106 and the John-Salinas Amendment can be found on pages 27-29 of the 2001 Delegates' Call, which is available online at www.uschess.org. A straw poll was taken to indicate preference between OMOV with no age limit, OMOV with minimum adult age of 16, and no OMOV. The result of a show of credentials in the straw poll was very close. Rather than take a count, the chair opted to return to the discussion of the motion, at which time Luis Salinas introduced the Salinas-John amendment. As Bill Goichberg was presenting a motion offered by the task force, rather than his own, he did not accept the amendment. A question was raised regarding whether not having a minimum age for voting members could conflict with IL not-for-profit laws. Mike Nolan indicated that this was not a problem. Harold Winston spoke in favor of a minimum age. With no further debate the amendment passed. Luis Salinas and George John then spoke in favor of OMOV.
Frank Camaratta proposed an amendment to require voter registration. Discussion ensued. Two amendments to the registration amendment were considered. Steve Doyle offered an amendment that would require members who want to vote to pay an additional $10 annual registration fee with their annual membership. It would also lower the age limit to 14. Stan Booz offered an amendment that would require registration in the previous year in order to vote in the subsequent year. Stan Booz, Howard Cohen, Larry Cohen, Leroy Dubeck, Steve Doyle, Jim Eade, David Kuhns, Bill Goichberg, Mike Goodall, Jerry Hanken, Guy Hoffman, Larry Kaufman, Myron Lieberman, James Mennella, Pete Nixon, Ron Pasik, Tom Randolph, Hal Terrie, and Harold Winston participated in the discussion. The amendments to the registration amendment failed, after which the registration amendment failed. Howard Cohen then offered an amendment, which failed, to set the age limit at age 18.
Leroy Dubeck pointed out the difficulties inherent with recall provisions in an OMOV system and proposed an amendment, which passed, to eliminate Article VI Section 10 (Removal and Recall) from the proposed OMOV Bylaws.
Bill Goichberg requested a roll call vote on the main motion, which was denied by the chair. The motion then passed by a very substantial margin. Jerry Hanken requested a vote count due to the historical significance of the vote. The vote was not counted, but the motion passed by a substantial margin.
DM01-11 ADM01-106 - Bill Goichberg (NY), Mike Nolan (NE) - The Bylaws are changed as follows:
ARTICLE IV: Voting Members
Section 1. Responsibility. The Voting Members are responsible for electing the Executive Board, and the Delegates and Alternate Delegates that represent their state. An insert containing nominees and voting instructions shall be inserted in an appropriate issue of Chess Life.
Section 2. Definition. Any member residing in the USA who is 16 years of age or older at the time of the election, and whose membership is current through the end of a month in which an election is held, is a Voting Member. Any member of any age who is a full adult, Sustaining or Life Member is also a Voting Member. Members not receiving Chess Life who are 16 years of age or older at the time of the election may request a ballot by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the USCF, 3054 U.S. Route 9W, New Windsor, NY 12553, before May 20 of an election year. Members not receiving Chess Life who wish to vote must furnish their date of birth to the USCF office. The ballot shall contain the signature of the voter certifying that the voter is eligible to vote.
ARTICLE V Section 9. Deleted
ARTICLE VI: Executive Board
Section 4. Nomination. Any USCF member shall be eligible for nomination to the Executive Board upon submitting to the Secretary both of the following by January 15 of an election year:
1. A valid petition containing the signatures of thirty or more Voting Members.
2. A filing fee of $250 made payable to USCF.
No full-time employee of the USCF is eligible to serve on the Executive Board. The Secretary shall have advertised a call for nominations in the issue of Chess Life published no later than November 20 of the year prior to an election year and shall publish a list of all duly-submitted nominations in the issue published not later than April 10th of an election year.
Section 5. Delegates' Meeting. Delete and Replace with: Election. Executive Board members shall be elected by the Voting Members. Ballots for that purpose shall be included in an issue of Chess Life to be mailed prior to June 10 with ballots to be returned no later than July 5 of a year in which there is an election so that the ballots can be counted no later than July 20. Ballots shall be authenticated by use of official mailing labels provided with the ballots. The ballot shall list all duly submitted nominations. Each voting member may vote for as many persons as there are Executive Board positions to be filled. The persons receiving the largest vote totals shall be elected to the available Executive Board positions. The ballots shall be returned by mail to an independent agency and counted by an independent agency or by the Secretary or his or her designee and by tellers appointed by the Executive Board prior to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Delegates. Ties, if any, shall be broken by a secret ballot vote of the Delegates present in person at that year's Delegates meeting, taken at the time that election results are certified. The election of Executive Board members shall take place in odd-numbered years starting in 2003.
ARTICLE VI Section 8. Duties.
Secretary. USCF Operations, with the approval of the Secretary, shall engage a stenographic service to attend and record each meeting of the Executive Board. The stenographic service shall be directed to prepare a full official transcript and a summarized official transcript of each Regular and Special Meeting. Members of the Executive Board shall be provided with a copy of the full transcript through the BINFO system, and all Delegates and Alternate Delegates shall be provided with a copy of the summarized transcript in an Executive Board Newsletter distributed by the Secretary not more than six weeks after each Regular Meeting of the Executive Board. Transcripts of Special Meetings may be included with and distributed with the transcript of the next Regular Meeting. The Secretary shall review the summarized transcript of each Executive Board meeting and post the summarized transcript of Executive Board meetings, Membership Meetings, and Annual Meetings on the USCF Internet web page. The Secretary shall act as custodian of the corporate seal, preside over Federation elections, ensure that the annual report is filed with the Secretary of State of the state of Illinois, and perform such other duties as are prescribed by these Bylaws. The Secretary shall officially publish and mail and also post on the USCF Internet web page a summary of the minutes of Membership Meetings, Annual Meetings, and Executive Board meetings. USCF members may purchase a copy of the complete transcript of Executive Board meetings at a reasonable cost.
ARTICLE VI Section 11. Candidate statements and advertising. Each duly nominated candidate who has met the requirements established in Section 4 is entitled to a 150 word statement plus photo in the issue of Chess Life published no later than April 10 of the election year, plus reasonable and equitable space on the USCF website. Election supplements shall accompany or be inserted in issues of Chess Life published no later than May 10 and June 10 of the election year. Each duly nominated candidate who has met the requirements established in Section 4 is entitled to one-half page of space in each election supplement. The purchase of additional campaign space in the election supplements or other USCF publications is prohibited.
ARTICLE VI Section 12. Effective date. Revisions to the bylaws relating to the election of the Executive Board take effect on January 1, 2003. PASSED AS AMENDED
Due to the passage of the previous motion, ADM01-107 was withdrawn by its sponsor.
The report of the Vice President of Finance continued with questions from the Delegates, after which other motions of potential financial impact were considered.
RATING LIST AND YEARBOOK PUBLICATION IN CHESS LIFE - Next to be discussed were motions related to restoring the Rating List and Yearbook to publication in Chess Life. There was considerably more discussion regarding the Yearbook than the Rating List.
DM01-12 ADM01-11 - Mike Goodall (CA/N) - Moved, that the Annual Rating List be restored to the December issue of Chess Life. FAILED
Enrique Rios proposed an amendment to ADM01-12 which would put the Yearbook on the website and make a hard copy available to those who want it at cost. It failed by a vote of 33-36. Mike Goodall accepted an amendment to ADM01-12 proposed by Michael Gosselin and perfected by George John to allow the Yearbook to be published in either the March, April, or May issues of Chess Life to allow some flexibility to the Editor. The amendment was accepted and the motion passed.
DM01-13 ADM01-12 - Mike Goodall (CA/N) - Moved, that the Annual Yearbook be restored to either the March, April, or May issue of Chess Life. PASSED AS AMENDED.
ADM01-13, which also addressed restoration of the Rating List and Yearbook to Chess Life was withdrawn.
Elie Hsiao objected to the consideration of ADM01-14. The Delegates voted to consider ADM01-14. George John offered an amendment to allow publication in the issue that appears in March, April, or May. Harold Winston accepted the amendment and an amendment from Sophia Rohde to change "addresses" to "contact information". The motion then passed.
DM01-14 ADM01-14 - Harold Winston (IL) The issue of Chess Life that appears in March, April, or May shall contain the names and contact information of current USCF Delegates and Alternate Delegates. PASSED AS AMENDED.
VOLUNTEER LISTS - Larry Cohen then introduced ADM 01-15, which would have the USCF establish a list of volunteers to teach chess and run chess programs to which various organizations could be referred. After it passed, Bruce Draney introduced ADM01-16, which would establish a list of contacts to answer e-mails, calls and letters relating to USCF, its events and services. Howard Cohen, Mike Gosselin, Guy Hoffman, and Tim Just, and Ron Pasik debated the issue after which Tony Cottell moved that it be referred to the Executive Director and the Marketing Department. Referral passed.
DM01-15 ADM 01-15 • Lawrence Cohen (IL) As Article II Section I of the USCF bylaws states: "The Federation shall cooperate with schools, colleges, hospitals, military bases, community centers, recreation departments, and other groups and institutions, in teaching chess, conducting tournaments, and other activities." It is proposed that the USCF compile a nationwide list of players and volunteers to teach chess and or run chess programs. This list would then be used to refer clubs, schools, community centers, recreation departments and other groups/organization to these Chess Mentors. It is hoped that this would lead to further development of chess play in general and possibly increase the number of chess clubs and chess club attendance in the U.S. PASSED 40-37
DM01-16 ADM 01-16 Bruce Draney (NE / CA/N) The USCF shall appoint or create a network of regional contact representatives throughout the country. These people shall be volunteers and will answer letters, e-mails or telephone calls about tournaments, the USCF, and questions about how to join or become members or acquire USCF services. These Regional Reps must agree to allow publication of their phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses so that new or prospective members can contact them. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND MARKETING DEPT.
STENOGRAPHIC SERVICE - As ADMs 01-17 and 18 may be moot if a stenographer is not required John McCrary was recognized to present ADM01-19 first. Secretary Doris Barry spoke against the motion. Harold Winston spoke in favor and, when he wanted to report the result of the Bylaws Workshop poll on this item, the chair ruled that the Bylaws Workshop poll would be out of place because the Bylaws Committee can only address form, not substance. The ruling of the chair was appealed. After Harold produced a 1987 Delegate Motion (DM87-21/ADM87-19) that authorized the Bylaws Committee to make recommendations on substance as well as wording, the chair allowed Harold to continue without a vote on the appeal. The Bylaws Workshop voted 9 in favor, 4 opposed, and 2 abstentions. Discussion continued. Doris Barry, Frank Camaratta, Leroy Dubeck, Myron Lieberman, John McCrary, Luis Salinas, and Sam Sloan participated. The motion failed.
DM01-17 ADM 01-19 - John McCrary (SC) Article VI, Section 8 of the USCF Bylaws is amended as follows: In the subsection dealing with the Secretary's duties, delete the first five sentences, and replace them with these sentences: "The Secretary shall prepare Minutes of all Executive Board meetings, Delegates' Meetings, and Membership Meetings. The Secretary shall post those Minutes, after Executive Board review, on the USCF website and shall mail the Minutes to all Delegates and Alternate Delegates within six weeks of the meetings." Delete the last two sentences in Article VI, Section 8 in the subsection dealing with the Secretary's duties. FAILED.
Doris Barry presented ADM01-17. Harold Winston pointed out that the Bylaws Committee was 11-1 in favor and the Bylaws Workshop was 3-5 against. John McCrary spoke against the motion. The motion passed.
DM01-18 ADM 01-17 • Doris Barry (NJ/AZ) Article VI Section 8 Duties of Secretary - Replace language with the following:
The secretary shall approve and have input into the selection and engagement of a stenographic service and/or a stenographer to attend and record each meeting of the Executive Board. The secretary shall review the transcript of each Executive Board meeting and post the transcript minus "closed session" discussion of each Executive Board meeting on the USCF website. If any member wishes to pay for a hard copy of the transcript minus closed session, he or she may do so for the cost incurred by clerical and mailing. Other methods that produce a real time transcript may also be considered by the Secretary. PASSED.
Doris Barry introduced ADM01-18. The sponsor accepted four friendly amendments. Tony Cottell suggested that we cannot direct the stenographer to do anything, and therefore "stenographer" should be replaced by "Secretary." Harold Winston suggested changing "six to eight weeks" to "eight weeks." Howard Cohen offered an amendment to allow those who agree to pay the cost of postage to get a hard copy of the transcript on request. Myron Lieberman noted that specifying disks is too restrictive and that distribution by e-mail or the web should also be allowable. Mike Nolan addressed this concern by proposing an amendment to replace "disk" with "electronic transmission." The motion then passed as amended.
DM01-19 ADM 01-18 • Doris Barry, (NJ/AZ) The Secretary shall be directed to prepare a full, official transcript of each regular and special meeting. The secretary will furnish each Board member with an electronic transmission containing the closed session and e-mail a complete copy of the transcript minus "closed session" to each Board member. Electors shall be provided with a copy of the minutes in an "Executive Board Newsletter" distributed by the USCF office eight weeks after each regular meeting of the Executive Board. Electors who wish to receive the transcript (minus closed session material) should advise the office of their e-mail address. Electors who agree to pay the cost of postage can get a hard copy of the open session transcript on request. PASSED AS AMENDED.
TOURNAMENT LIFE ANNOUNCEMENTS - Fred Townsend requested that his motion on TLA restrictions be heard on Saturday. His motion, NDM 01-118, was considered next. Note: He had actually submitted three motions but withdrew two of them prior to bringing them to the floor. As they were not on the advance agenda they were not part of the meeting and are not documented here. The same is true of any other motions that that were not published and were withdrawn before they were considered.
DM01-20 NDM01-118 - Fred Townsend (CT) - If a TLA is submitted on time for insertion in two issues of Chess Life, and the organizer has not specified the number of issues to print the TLA, the USCF shall assume the TLA is to appear in two issues. FAILED
Myron Lieberman introduced ADM01-20; however, before it was considered, discussion on ADMs 20 through 27 (all but one of those motions involved TLAs) was postponed until 9:00AM Sunday on a motion by Howard Cohen. This action postponed further TLA discussion until that time. ADM01-20 would be on the floor when discussion resumed.
Motions submitted by the Vice President of Finance were next to be considered. Jim Pechac introduced ADM01-28 on debt repayment. He accepted a friendly amendment from Tony Cottell to replace "endorse" with "accept." After a brief comment by Sam Sloan the motion passed. Jim Pechac next introduced ADM01-29 on building repair and modernization. Al Lawrence spoke for the motion, after which it was referred to the LMA Committee for immediate action on a motion by Harold Winston. ADM01-30 on the building mortgage was withdrawn.
DM01-21 ADM01-28 - Jim Pechac (OH) - The Delegates accept the $665,000 seven-year debt repayment plan developed by the CFO and VP of Finance and approved by the VP and LMA committee. PASSED AS AMENDED
DM01-22 ADM01-29 - Jim Pechac (OH) - BUILDING REPAIR AND MODERNIZATION: The delegates support a building repair and modernization plan for the New Windsor facility as the most practical means of maintaining the value of this LMA asset. The LMA management committee should actively work with Operations to have this work completed during fiscal 2002. At a minimum the following should be addressed: • Parking Lot • Pointing •Ceiling tiles • Carpeting • Painting • Lighting. REFERRED TO THE LMA COMMITTEE FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION
The meeting recessed at 5:26PM
The meeting resumed on Sunday, August 12, 2001, at 9:00 AM. The Delegates went into a Quasi Committee of the Whole so that anyone could address the entire issue of TLA policy including any relevant motion or amendment without the need to have one motion on the floor at a time. The motions under consideration were ADMs 01-20, 21, and 23 through 27. The motions are listed below along with any accompanying rationale. Bruce Draney spoke to ADM01-21. Steve Doyle then moved to refer all of the applicable motions to the Executive Board for the Board to develop a new TLA policy for implementation. The chair ruled that a motion to refer was not in order while in Quasi Committee of the Whole mode. Steve Doyle then moved to come out of Quasi Committee of the Whole. After a comment by Todd Lunna the motion passed. The meeting was back in session as a Board of Delegates and Steve Doyle re-stated his referral motion. Bill Goichberg moved to amend it to endorse in principle the ideas behind ADM01-24 and 01-25 and refer all TLA proposals to the Executive Board for immediate implementation. Steve Doyle did not accept the amendment. Larry Cohen, Bruce Draney, Bill Goichberg, Guy Hoffman, George John, Bill Kelleher, Harry Sabine, and Sam Sloan discussed the amendment after which the amendment failed. George John then moved an amendment to the referral motion to add a deadline date of October 1, 2001, for Board action. Steve Doyle accepted the amendment and the referral motion passed.
DM01-23 (re: ADMs 01-20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27) Steve Doyle (NJ) Refer all TLA motions to the Executive Board to develop a new TLA policy to be implemented not later than October 1, 2001. PASSED
ADM 01-20 Myron Lieberman (AZ) TLA Fees and Rating Fees. The minimum rating fee for a tournament advertised in a TLA is the cost of the TLA (up to 6 lines) or the minimum rating fee for the same tournament without a TLA, whichever is higher.
Payment of the minimum rating fee as defined above is due with the placement of the TLA. If the TLA contains more than 6 lines, the entire TLA fee, regardless of the number of lines, is due with the placement of the TLA.
If the total rating fee for a tournament exceeds the minimum rating fee as defined above, the difference is due with the rating report for the tournament. If not, no additional payment is due with the rating report. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
ADM 01-21 Bruce Draney (NE / CA/N), Eric Johnson (PA) - The Delegates, as the official governing body of USCF, reclaim all powers of price setting, dues, fees and rates for Chess Life advertising and TLAs. The only exception to this is that the ED or the Board may, at their discretion, institute special promotional memberships, incentives or rates so long as they are not substantially (ie. more than five percent) different than those rates set by the Delegates. Promotional rates may not run longer than one year in any case, unless such promotions have been approved at the annual meeting of the Delegates. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
ADM 01-23 Eric Johnson (PA) - The delegates hereby affirm the principle that TLAs comprise a vital and intrinsic part of the content of the printed version of Chess Life. The office is hereby instructed to take active measures to solicit and print as many TLAs as possible in each issue, after first establishing sustainable price levels for this service by working through appropriate governance channels. The delegates explicitly renounce and forbid any announced office strategy or plan that would include the diminution, elimination or discouragement of paid TLAs in printed form, including but not limited to proposals based on the aesthetics of Chess Life or its attractiveness to unnamed sponsors or advertisers. The delegates hereby affirm that Chess Life's priority mission is to communicate organizational news to all USCF members, including news about upcoming local USCF-rated events. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
ADM 01-24 - Tom Martinak (PA), the Affiliate and Membership Growth Committees - The following is accepted as the new USCF policy on TLAs:
I have two goals in this proposal: 1) To make it financially feasible to run small to medium size chess tournaments; 2) To minimize the workload for the organizer/affiliate and the USCF office. Since most organizers of these small tournaments are volunteers (or at best receiving less than minimum wage) we must not give them reasons to quit organizing events, as that will inevitably lead to reduced USCF membership. The basic idea is to return to something like the pre-Cavallo structure, where TLA fees were collected as part of the rating fee.This reduces the typical number of communications between the organizer and the USCF by 33% and the number of checks to be written (and processed) by 50%. This makes things simpler for the organizer and reduces USCF staff workload without reducing the number of tournaments. After this was originally changed, the deadlines for TLAs had to be increased by 5 days due to this increase in workload/communication.
I give an example of the necessary rating report form below. I am basically trying to make it as simple and fair as possible. For that reason, I have eliminated the differences for quick/regular and open/scholastic pricing and have used as a base rate the current lower figure of .10/game. Since the cost of rating the event does not differ for these options, there seems to be no reason to have different prices (and the resulting confusion for inexperienced organizers). The TLA fee will then be based upon a multiple of the base bill. So, in essence, the TLA fee is proportional to the size of the event - which correlates well with the benefits provided by the USCF in supplying interested viewers of the TLA. In addition, the size of the TLA will set minimum prices for rating the event, so as to encourage organizers to produce the minimal length TLA appropriate to their event. After a TLA is processed by the USCF office, they would fill in lines 2 and 7 on the form sent to the organizer with his proof TLA.
I would also recommend eliminating the $2 crosstable fee and only send receipt/return requested for those enclosing a SASP, so these lines would be unnecessary on the rating report form. There is also the Professional Players Health and Benefit Fund (as far as I know the USCF Tour has never actually existed other than a brief promotion). If the Grand Prix is continuing, then the Enhanced Grand Prix mandatory contribution is also needed in this form. In that case I would suggest changing it to be a multiple of three times the Base Bill rather than basing it on the number of players. Games rather than number of players is simpler and also probably fairer as you don't have questions about counting house players, cross-section players, etc.
The middle billing part of the rating report form would be changed to this:
1. Number of rated games played (minimum 60) Subtotal
2. TLA minimum number of games (10/line + 5/line for each additional appearance in CL/SM) Subtotal
3. Billable games - enter the greater of lines 1 and 2 above Total
4. Base Bill (multiply line 3 by .10) Total Due $
5. TLA charge (if TLA submitted, multiply line 4 by 2) Total Due $
6. Manual Rating Report submission charge Total Due
(if Rating Report is not submitted electronically, then enter amount from line 4) Total Due
7. Manual TLA submission charge (if TLA is not submitted electronically, then add $1/line)
8. Professional Players Health and Benefit Fund Enhanced Grand Prix fee
(multiply line 4 by 3) Total Due
9. Grand Total (sum of lines 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 above) $
Comments on changes/numbers:
1. Elimination of $2 crosstable fee - this is built into the price of rating the event. It is in the interest of the USCF office for all organizers to receive the crosstable for their events. The organizer is in the best position to catch and correct mistakes and it will be simpler for the USCF staff to deal with the organizer (who has event codes, etc.) rather than concerned players. It also allows the USCF to recommend that concerned players first contact the organizer rather than the USCF.
2. I have tried to design the system so that the net income to the USCF will be roughly equivalent to the current system. In addition, I have specifically tried to avoid including hidden raising of fees. For scholastic events without TLAs, scholastic organizers sending in on disk will still see .10/game rating fee and those submitting by hand will still see a .20/game fee. In order to merge scholastic and open pricing schedules, open events without TLAs will see fees decrease from .30 to .20 per game and those submitting on disk will see a drop from .15 to .10 per game. However, the TLA fees will often balance this effect. Without complete data about tournaments, I can only summarize my rough view on the costs. For tournaments with less than 300 entries, it should be roughly equivalent to the pre-October TLA prices. For events of 300-500, it should be roughly equivalent to the current prices. For events with over 500 entries, it will be more expensive, but those are largely "professional" events and the increased costs should be balanced somewhat by the increase in use/size of TLAs. And it should be roughly equivalent to an inflation-adjusted pre-Cavallo system. Basically for open tournaments sent in on disk we have the equivalent of a .30/game rating fee - a 25% raise from the earlier .25/game rate. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
ADM 01-25 The Affiliate Committee and the Membership Growth Committees - The following are added to the new USCF policy on TLAs (defined by ADM01-24).
Each affiliate is entitled to 4 free TLA insertions of up to 5 lines each, if submitted electronically in composed form. This means 2 TLAs with 2 insertions each, 4 TLAs of 1 insertion each, or one TLA of 2 insertions and 2 of one insertion each.
Any affiliate which agrees not to receive Chess Life is entitled to one additional TLA insertion of up to 5 lines instead.
For TLAs of over 20 lines, there is a surcharge of $5 per line for each line over 20 (half price for additional insertions), which must be paid regardless of what the rating fee is.
TLAs of over 60 lines are considered display ads.
Affiliates may choose either Chess Life, School Mates, or both for their free TLAs. However, placing the same TLA in both magazines counts as two insertions.
If the USCF office feels that it is more efficient, then they have the option of requiring that the minimum TLA payment be made with the TLA and any balance due be paid later with the rating report.
It is recommended that USCF offer online TLA submission via its website, using a program that will track usage by each affiliate. This should avoid the problems of having to count free TLAs and of matching rating reports to TLAs. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
ADM 01-26 - Affiliate and Membership Growth Committees - If the USCF office and or Executive Board finds that it makes software implementation easier (by removing TLA formatting for the billing process), or allows organizers to more easily calculate their bill, the USCF office can change calculations for TLA charges from "lines" to either "words" or "characters (with spaces)". Values should be replaced at the rates of "12 words/1line" or 72 characters (with spaces)/1 line". For the convenience of organizers, values equivalent to those that can be calculated by Microsoft Word or other suitable word processing program should be used. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
ADM 01-27 - Harold Winston (IL) - Tournament life announcement fees shall not be increased except by a vote of the Executive Board. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
Discussion of ADM01-22 (re: promotional memberships) was postponed until later in the meeting when the Executive Director could present a status report on a suggestion by Steve Doyle.
LMA - Discussion of motions by the Vice President of Finance was resumed. As ADMs 01-37 through 47 (to create a separate LMA Corporation) could completely change the LMA structure if passed, Jim Pechac asked that ADMs 01-30 through 34 be considered after ADMs 01-37 through 47. ADMs 01-35 and 36 were withdrawn.
Tony Cottell then introduced ADM01-37 and gave a history of the evolution of the LMA. He noted that the entire Policy Board in place at the 1986 Delegates' Meeting where DM86-6 (LMA accounting procedures) passed was present at this meeting (Tony Cottell, Steve Doyle, Jerry Hanken, Woody Harris, Myron Lieberman, Harry Sabine, and Helen Warren). Note: DM86-6 was sponsored by all five USCF Treasurers to have served as of that meeting (Tony Cottell, Fred Cramer, George Cunningham, Myron Lieberman, and Norman Peacor). After Stan Booz and Tony Cottell spoke, Jerry Hanken moved to refer the motion to the new LMA Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Executive Board. Frank Camaratta, Tony Cottell, Arnold Denker, Steve Doyle, Jerry Hanken, Rich Jackson, Al Lawrence, and Todd Lunna participated in discussion of referral. Helen Hinshaw called the question and referral failed by a count of 39 to 40. A recount was requested and the new count showed referral failing 38-39. Tony Cottell then offered a substitute to ADM01-37, which was co-sponsored by Denis Barry.
"There shall be no further borrowing from the LMA assets, nor encumbering of the land and building, without specific approval of the Delegates at an annual or special meeting called for that purpose." is substituted for ADM O1-37 - Anthony Cottell (NJ) - There shall be formed a new New York state non-profit corporation to hold the all assets of the LMA (Life Members' Assets).
After comments by Stan Booz, Steve Doyle, Jerry Hanken, Woody Harris, Tim Just, Al Lawrence, Jeff Loomis, and Don Schultz, Jerry Hanken moved that the subsititute (and all contingency motions) be referred to the Executive Board, LMA Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Bylaws Committee.
After Howard Cohen and Ernie Schlich commented, Al Lawrence offered the following as a substitute to the motion to refer "
"The LMA Committee for 2001-2002 shall consist of all past Presidents and Treasurers who will consider and recommend to the Delegates on ADMs 01-37 through 47."
Tony Cottell did not accept the Lawrence substitute and no vote was taken. James Mennella commented on referral after which Hal Terrie called the question and the Hanken motion to refer passed.
DM01-24 NDM01-119 - Anthony Cottell (NJ), Denis Barry (AZ) - There shall be no further borrowing from the LMA assets, nor encumbering of the land and building, without specific approval of the Delegates at an annual or special meeting called for that purpose." REFERRED TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD, THE LMA COMMITTEE, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, AND THE BYLAWS COMMITTEE.
As ADM01-37 did not pass, ADMs 01-38 through 47, dealing with specifics of the LMA corporation that was not created, were not considered individually. Note: Please refer to the 2001 Delegates' Call for the original wording of ADM01-37.
Jim Pechac withdrew ADM01-30 re: the building mortgage and amended the original wording of ADM 01-31 to eliminate the reference to a $50K maximum. Jeff Loomis answered a number of questions, after which Stan Booz offered an amendment, which was accepted, to expand "inventory" to "all book and equipment business assets". Ron Pasik offered an amendment to put a maximum of $100K. That was not accepted and the amendment failed. The motion was referred to the Executive Board on a motion by Harold Winston. ADMs 01-32, 33, and 34 then passed without debate.
DM01-25 ADM 01-31 Jim Pechac (OH) - LINE OF CREDIT: The delegates authorize Operations to shop for a line of credit loan for inventory management purposes. Collateral for the line of credit contract is restricted to all book and equipment business assets. The contract must be reviewed and approved by the CFO prior to being signed by the ED. Use of the credit line requires justification by the ED, approval by the CFO, and approval by he EB. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
DM01-26 ADM 01-32 - Jim Pechac (OH) - QUARTERLY FINANCIAL REPORTING: Summary USCF Financial reports will be placed on the USCF Website on at least a quarterly basis. Reports will be prepared by the CFO and approved by the ED and the VP Finance. PASSED
DM01-27 ADM 01-33 - Jim Pechac (OH) - LMA INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO: The LMA Investment statement as a pdf file, provided by Investment Custodian, will be placed on the USCF website at least quarterly. PASSED
DM01-28 ADM 01-34 - Jim Pechac (OH) - EIGHTEEN MONTH INVITATIONAL EVENT BUDGET: An eighteen (18) month (June, 20xx - November 20x1) budget planning process will be used to authorize funding for invitational events. The budget will be developed annually by the Office and approved by the ED, EB and Delegates. The last six months of the budget will be reevaluated and adjusted by the ED with CFO and EB approval at the Spring EB meeting based on financial and other considerations. The purpose of the six month budget extension is to provide the office with authority to make timely financial commitments to invitational participants during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year. PASSED
BINFO DISTRIBUTION - Myron Lieberman introduced ADM01-48, which would make non-confidential BINFOs available to all in electronic form at no cost. The motion originally specified an e-mail mailing list. The sponsor accepted an amendment by George John to also allow access to non-confidential BINFOs on the web after which the motion passed.
DM01-29 ADM 01-48 - Myron Lieberman (AZ) - Non-confidential BINFOs are to be made available electronically without cost to any Delegate or Alternate that asks to receive them. This is to be done by making them available on the USCF website in a public area and / or setting up a read-only mailing list and adding to the list anyone who wants to receive the BINFOs via e-mail. PASSED AS AMENDED.
LMA COMMITTEE - Don Schultz and Steve Doyle introduced a motion to expand the size of the LMA Committee from six to seven members. It required a Bylaw change, so a 2/3 majority was needed. It passed 53-25. ADM01-86, which names the LMA Committee, was then considered. Don Schultz and Steve Doyle presented a proposed list of LMA Committee members. Myron Lieberman offered a substitute that would name all past President and Treasurers as LMA Committee members. It would have needed another Bylaw change to implement and it failed, after which the Schultz / Doyle list was approved.
DM01-30 NDM01-120 - Don Schultz (FL), Steve Doyle (NJ) - Amend the Bylaws to expand the LMA Committee to seven members. PASSED 53-25.
DM01-31 ADM01-86 - Don Schultz (FL), Steve Doyle (NJ) - The following are elected to the LMA Committee: Stan Booz, Mike Cavallo, Tony Cottell, Steve Doyle, Dave Knudson, Al Lawrence, and Fred Townsend. PASSED
Harold Winston announced that Steve Doyle contributed $2000 to the US Chess Trust and matching funds were solicited.
SCHOLASTIC DUES - Sam Sloan then introduced ADM01-49, which would raise scholastic dues to $15. It failed.
DM01-32 ADM 01-49 - Sam Sloan (NY) Eric C. Johnson (PA) - Article III, Section 3 of the USCF Bylaws are hereby amended to state: Any person under 15 years of age and a resident of the United States (or if he or she submits his or her membership through a USCF affiliate) may become a Scholastic Member of the Federation upon payment of $15 for one year, $25 for two years or $35 for three years. FAILED
AFFILIATE COMMISSIONS - Sam Sloan introduced ADM01-50 (Sponsored by Mike Goodall and Sam Sloan), which would implement affiliate commissions of 10%. Bruce Draney offered an amendment which substituted the following wording for ADM01-50: "The Delegates grant the new Executive Board authority to develop some form of affiliate commission, if warranted, that takes into consideration the costs to the federation, while at the same time recognizing the need to encourage local tournament activity." It was not accepted as a friendly amendment. A vote to substitute passed after which the substituted motion passed. ADM01-51, which would have implemented a $3 affiliate commission on a $40 membership was then withdrawn. ADM01-52, which would have implemented the $3 commission and discontinued the Affiliate Incentive Program was referred to the Executive Board at the request of Bill Goichberg, who introduced the motion.
DM01-33 NDM01-121 (Substitute for ADM01-50) - Bruce Draney (NE / CA/N) - The Delegates grant the new Executive Board authority to develop some form of affiliate commission, if warranted, that takes into consideration the costs to the federation, while at the same time recognizing the need to encourage local tournament activity. SUBSTITUTE PASSED. Note: Please refer to the 2001 Delegates' Call for the original wording.
DM01-34 ADM 01-52 (the Affiliate Committee and the Membership Growth Committee) - The USCF Affiliate Incentive Program is discontinued, and there shall be a $3 affiliate commission on each adult membership instead, effective January 1, 2002. REFERRED TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD.
BORROWING RESTRICTIONS John McCrary presented a substitute for ADM01-53. (Tom Dorsch (CA/ N), Steve Doyle (NJ) - Any and all loan or credit agreements of any kind must be signed by the Executive Director AND the USCF President.). The substitute was drafted by Steve Doyle, John McCrary, and Woody Harris and was worded as indicated below. The substitute passed. ADM01-54 was withdrawn.
DM01-35 NDM01-122 (Substitute for ADM01-53) - Steve Doyle (NJ), John McCrary (SC), Woody Harris (VA) The Delegates authorize the Executive Board, with the approval of the LMA Committee, to encumber the building and land if necessary, in accordance with Article IX, Section 9, Item B of the USCF Bylaws. PASSED
FINANCIAL REPORTS - ADM01-55 was withdrawn and Harold Winston presented ADM01-56, a very similar motion, which passed. ADM01-57 was withdrawn and Harold Winston presented ADM01-58, a very similar motion, which passed.
DM01-36 ADM 01-56 - Harold Winston (IL) and the Bylaws Committee - Add to Article IX the following: The Federation will publish an annual report within four months of the end of the fiscal year. The report will contain, among other things, a complete presentation of the audited financial statements. PASSED
DM01-37 ADM 01-58 - Harold Winston (IL) and the Bylaws Committee) - Add to Article VI, sec. 8 VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE: The Vice President for Finance shall review and have the right to comment on all financial reports, including all financial information presented in interim and annual reports, prior to publication and release. PASSED
DM01-38 ADM01-59 - Jim Pechac (OH) The Executive Board is authorized by the Delegates to hire an accounting firm. PASSED
BUDGET - At this point the Delegates had arrived at the end of the section with motions having significant financial impact. Tim Redman asked Jeff Loomis to tally up the changes and give the total impact. Jeff Loomis reported that the changes still left the planning budget with a $17,100 surplus. President Redman commended the Delegates for exercising financial prudence.
DM01-39 ADM01-60 (Jim Pechac,OH) The 2001-2002 budget as presented by the Vice President of Finance and as modified by any of the motions above is adopted, with a projected surplus of $17,100. PASSED
FIDE REPORT, CONTINUED - FIDE Delegate Bill Kelleher was then recognized to continue with the FIDE Report. The new FIDE time controls and the new World Championship cycle were discussed. Steve Doyle, John McCrary, James Mennella, Don Schultz, and Sam Sloan participated in the discussion. Steve Doyle called for a round of applause for Bill Kelleher for the job he did as FIDE Delegate. Tim Redman praised the entire FIDE Delegation. Harold Winston presented ADM01-65 (re: FIDE time controls and USCF rules) with wording that was modified to remove the word "actively" and to add the word "appropriate" after "all" on both parts. A typo was also corrected. Phyllis Benjamin, Arnold Denker, Steve Doyle, Bill Goichberg, Bill Kelleher, and Sam Sloan discussed the new FIDE time controls. Helen Hinshaw called the question and the motion passed as amended. Bill Goichberg presented ADM01-66 (re: time control for the US Championship). George John, Bill Kelleher, Myron Lieberman, Beatriz Marinello, and James Mennella participated in the discussion. Bill Goichberg accepted a friendly amendment by George John to add "strongly recommend" to ADM01-66. The motion passed as amended.
DM01-40 ADM01-65 - Bill Goichberg (NY) and Harold Winston (IL) - (1) USCF's FIDE representatives are instructed to campaign at all appropriate FIDE meetings against any efforts by FIDE to require a time control faster than 3 hours per player for the World Championship cycle, the Olympiad, or any privately held tournaments. (2) USCF's FIDE representatives are instructed to campaign at all appropriate FIDE meetings against any efforts by FIDE to outlaw the use of USCF rules or USCF pairing procedures in FIDE rated tournaments in the United States, or to require organizers to turn over prize money to FIDE for the purpose of having FIDE award prizes PASSED AS AMENDED
DM01-41 ADM01-66 - Bill Goichberg (NY) - The Delegates strongly recommend that the U.S. Championship shall continue to have a time control no faster than 3 hours per player- for example, 40/2, SD/1. The Delegates also strongly recommend that it shall be USCF policy not to use the "New FIDE Time Control" of 40/75, SD/15 with a 30 second increment for the U.S. Championship, even if this is required by FIDE. PASSED AS AMENDED
RATIFICATION - As ADM01-07 could affect ratification it was considered before ADM01-06. ADM01-07, Sponsored by Bill Goichberg (NY), was "The Delegates refuse to ratify EB01-69, which authorized the signing of the Games Parlor contract by a 5-2 vote (Smith and McCrary opposed), and require that copies of this contract be distributed to all Delegates present at the Delegates' Meeting for review." Harold Winston presented the following substitute for ADM01-07, which was sponsored by Jim Eade, Bill Goichberg, Jerry Hanken, Woody Harris, Don Schultz, and Harold Winston. "The Delegates direct renegotiation of the Games Parlor contract, recognizing that the current contract may provide revenue to Games Parlor disproportionate to Games Parlor's actions in generating USCF revenue and improperly allows Games Parlor approval over competitors' advertising." Discussion ensued. Doris Barry, Joel Berez, George DeFeis, Jerry Hanken, James Mennella, Tim Redman, Luis Salinas, Don Schultz, Sam Sloan, and Harold Winston participated in the discussion. It was made clear during the discussion that ratification involves whether the Board had the authority to make a decision and not with whether or not the Delegates agree with the substance of the decision. Steve Doyle called the question but discussion continued without a vote. After more discussion Larry Cohen called the question. Arnold Denker objected. The vote was 34-49 against calling the question. Discussion continued. Helen Hinshaw called the question. Myron Lieberman objected. The question was called on a vote of 53-25 and the substitute passed. Harold Winston then presented ADM01-06, the motion to ratify Executive Board actions. After a speech against ratification by Sam Sloan and brief discussion, the motion passed.
DM01-42 NDM01-123 (Substitute for ADM01-07) - Jim Eade (CA/N), Bill Goichberg (NY), Jerry Hanken (CA/S), Woody Harris (VA), Don Schultz (FL), and Harold Winston (NY) - The Delegates direct renegotiation of the Games Parlor contract, recognizing that the current contract may provide revenue to Games Parlor disproportionate to Games Parlor's actions in generating USCF revenue and improperly allows Games Parlor approval over competitors' advertising. PASSED.
DM01-43 ADM01-06 - Harold Winston (IL) - The Delegates ratify all actions of the Executive Board appearing in Minutes published in Executive Board Newsletters and the Delegates' Call / Annual Report between the 2000 and 2001 Delegates' Meetings. PASSED.
COMMITTEE REPORTS -The meeting recessed for lunch at 11:56AM and resumed at 1:15PM when committee reports were presented. Delegate appointed committees were recognized first.
Bylaws Committee - Harold Winston presented the Bylaws Committee report, which included the following motions:
DM01-44 ADM 01-67 - Harold Winston (IL) and the Bylaws Committee - Add to Article VI, section 4: "In contested elections for the Executive Board, a campaign statement of up to 110 words for each candidate will appear in the Chess Life issue published not later than June 15. (Amends part of DM 00-34) PASSED without discussion.
DM01-45 ADM 01-68 - Harold Winston (IL) and the Bylaws Committee - Amend Article V, section 4 as follows: States Chapters shall submit an ordered list of nominees and the ballots shall list the State Chapter nominees in that order; State Chapter nominees shall have a special symbol on the ballot and shall appear ahead of other nominees. PASSED after a brief comment by Sam Sloan
DM01-46 ADM 01-69 - Harold Winston (IL) and the Bylaws Committee - Amend Article V, section 5 as follows: Candidates who receive no votes are not elected Delegates or Alternate Delegates. PASSED without discussion.
DM01-47 ADM 01-70 (Harold Winston, IL and the Bylaws Committee) Amend Article V section 6 as follows: If no one is elected by a State, vacancies exist which can be filled by the State Chapter. PASSED without discussion.
ADM01-71 was considered next. The instructions on the ballot in the first SOMOV election were to vote for as many candidates as there were positions available. ADM01-71 clarifies this by making sure voters realize they can cast fewer votes than the number of positions available. Myron Lieberman offered an amendment that would ask that voters cast as many votes as there are Delegate positions (as opposed to total Delegate and Alternate positions). The amendment failed. George John proposed an amendment that the number of Delegate positions would be specified on the ballot for each state. Harold Winston accepted the amendment, after which the amended motion passed.
DM01-48 ADM 01-71 - Harold Winston (IL) and the Bylaws Committee - Add to Delegates' Actions of Continuing Interest: - STATE ELECTION PROCEDURES - Ballots should indicate that voters may vote for up to as many persons as there are positions to fill. To minimize ties, State Chapters are encouraged to nominate more persons than there are positions to be filled. Each ballot will specify the number of Delegate positions for each state. PASSED AS AMENDED.
George DeFeis presented an update on promotional memberships offered. . Promotional memberships included those bundled with Chess Mates software, Excalibur products, Interplay software, Sterling publishers, Food for Thought software, and Chessmaster software. ADM01-22 was then considered and passed without discussion.
DM01-49 ADM 01-22 - Harold Winston (IL) - Pursuant to Article III, Section 9 of the Bylaws, the Delegates have reviewed the promotional memberships offered by the Executive Board for 2000-2001 and authorize their continuation. PASSED.
The Bylaws Committee then presented old business motions that were referred to them. The first was ADM01-72 re: financial accountability. Rachel Lieberman explained the motion and offered revised wording that included only the first sentence since. neither the Bylaws Committee nor the Ethics Committee submitted specific wording for consideration. The motion failed. Next was ADM01-73 re: pay for committee work. After Harold Winston introduced the motion, sponsor Jerry Hanken spoke to it. After George John spoke to it and comments were made from Delegates who did not approach the microphone or get recognized by the chair, Harold Winston clarified the point that it did not affect any committees currently in place with an agreement that involves pay. The motion then passed.
DM01-50 ADM 01-72, DM00-25/NDM 00-19/ADM00-14 - Rachel Lieberman (AZ) - The Delegates endorse in principle the concept of financial accountability for all EB candidates. FAILED
DM01-51 ADM 01-73, DM-00-47/ADM-00-64 - Jerry Hanken (CA/S) - Members of USCF Committees shall not be paid for committee work without the authorization of the Delegates. They may continue to receive reimbursement for expenses. PASSED.
Harold Winston then introduced a new motion, which he co-sponsored with Mike Nolan, to require current membership for service as a Delegate and to require Voting Members to be members as of March 1. This was considered as two new motions as the membership requirement for Delegates passed but the membership requirement for Voting Members was withdrawn after discussion. Bill Goichberg, George John, Mike Nolan, and Harold Winston participated in the discussion.
DM01-52 NDM 01-124 - Harold Winston (IL); Mike Nolan (NE) - Amend Article V, Section 6 (Delegate Vacancies) to add: To serve as a Delegate, an individual must have a current USCF membership as of the first day of the Delegates' Meeting. PASSED
DM01-53 NDM 01-125 - Harold Winston (IL); Mike Nolan (NE) - A Voting Member must have a current USCF membership as of March first in an Executive Board election year. WITHDRAWN AFTER DISCUSSION
ETHICS COMMITTEE - Hal Terrie was then recognized for the Ethics Committee report. He referred the Delegates to the published report. He also pointed out that ADM01-83 could change the way in which Delegate appointed committees are chosen and was still unresolved. Discussion of ADM01-83 was deferred until later.
LMA MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE - Frank Camaratta was recognized for an LMA Management Committee report. He addressed the chair and pointed out that some committee members did not see the report before it was published and that the published report contained inaccuracies. Tim Redman indicated that since the report was published all that can be done is note for the record that it was not submitted to the committee members for review and that it contained factual inaccuracies.
Next to be considered were the reports from Board appointed committees that had submitted written reports.
AFFILIATE COMMITTEE - Chairman Bruce Draney was recognized for the Affiliate Committee. He noted the committee's involvement in such affiliate related issues as TLAs and affiliate commissions as well as the Alaska affiliate dispute.
ARNOLD DENKER CHAMPIONSHIPS - Chairman Jack Mallory was recognized for the Arnold Denker Championships Committee. He indicated that 40 people played in the Denker this year and that it was won by Thomas J. Bartell of NJ with 5.5 points. Please note: Eugene Yanayt of MA was 2nd with 5 points and Daniel Rensch of AZ was third with 4.5. Congratulations.
CHESS IN EDUCATION - Tim Redman spoke for the Chess in Education Committee and announced the Koltanowski Conference to be held at the University of Texas at Dallas. He acknowledged the support of the US Chess Trust.
CLUB DEVELOPMENT - Bruce Draney spoke for the Club Development Committee and referred the Delegates to the published report in the 2001 Delegates' Call.
COLLEGE CHESS Tim Redman spoke briefly for the College Chess Committee
CORRESPONDENCE CHESS - Chairman Harold Stenzel reported on the Correspondence Chess workshop, where the main topic of discussion was the possibility of outsourcing or eliminating Correspondence Chess. The workshop was opposed.
Tim Redman noted the very high proportion of committees that had submitted written reports in time for publication and thanked Barb Vandermark for her help in this achievement.
FIDE ADVISORY - There is a published report. There was no oral report presented.
HALL OF FAME - There is a published report. There was no oral report presented. ADM01-74, dealing with a suggestion to induct Anthony Santasiere into the Hall of Fame was moved to the end of the agenda due to the absence of its sponsor.
INTERNET / COMPUTER - Chairman George John was recognized for the Internet / Computer Committee report. He called the Delegates' attention to the reports of the Internet Committee and the USCL Subcommittee that are published in the 2001 Delegates' Call, and to the "computer overhaul" recommendations for the office computer system upgrade. ADM01-75 regarding "spyware" on US Chess Live was withdrawn.
MASTER AFFAIRS AND DEVELOPMENT - Board liaison Helen Warren gave a brief report. She announced that the US Masters' tournament will be completely funded by a bequest from the late Dr. Gene Martinowsky. Tim Redman expressed appreciation.
MEMBERSHIP GROWTH - Chairman Bill Goichberg mentioned that the Membership Growth Committee submitted three reports. Two appear in the committee report section of the 2001 Delegates' Call. The third report appears as ADMs 01-24 and 25, which were discussed earlier. Mike Nolan then described his membership data reports.
MILITARY CHESS - There is a published report. There was no oral report presented.
OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION TASK FORCE - There is a published report. There was no oral report presented.
ORGANIZERS - There is a published report. There was no oral report presented.
OUTREACH - Chairman Myron Lieberman referred the Delegates to the report published in the 2001 Delegates' Call and reported on a new development. USCF has been invited to become a national partner of "Connect America", a project of the Points of Light Foundation. This was discussed and enthusiastically received at the Outreach Committee workshop. He thanked all committee members for their work. Note: The Outreach Committee workshop unanimously requested space on the USCF website for Outreach news and information, especially to be focused on the projects of the Chess as a Positive Alternative (CAPA) subcommittee.
Tim Redman attended a meeting with the Supervisor of Area 2 of the Dallas Independent School District, the Educational Coordinator of the Foundation for Community Empowerment, the Chairman of Trammel Crow, Inc., the Executive Director of the Todd Wagner Foundation, and Todd Wagner (a former partner of Mark Cuban). The Todd Wagner Foundation is interested in bridging the technology gap that is developing in the inner city. He also is a member of the Board of Inner City Games, a national organization of which Arnold Schwarzenegger is Chairman of the Board. Inner City Games sponsors athletic competitions in 15 inner city areas across the country. The one held in Dallas last summer at the Bronco Bowl included a chess tournament run by Louis Salinas and John Jacobs for the Dallas Area Chess In Schools Foundation. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a chessplayer, and he awarded the chess trophies.
PRISON CHESS - There is a published report. There was no oral report presented.
PUBLICATIONS - There is a published report. There was no oral report presented.
RATINGS Mark Glickman gave the report. ADM01-79 was considered first. It passed without debate. ADM01-76 was then deemed moot. A motion to not consider ADM01-77 failed. Frank Camaratta, Mike Nolan, Ron Pasik, and Don Schultz then spoke, after which ADM01-77 failed. ADM01-78 was introduced by Mike Goodall and then withdrawn. ADM 01-80 was deferred until later due to the sponsor's absence, and ADM01-81 was referred to the Executive Board without discussion.
DM01-54 ADM 01-79 - Bill Goichberg (NY) and Frank Camaratta (AL) - Major changes in the USCF rating system shall require approval by the Board of Delegates. Minor adjustments of a technical nature may be made without Delegate approval, if endorsed by both the Executive Board and the Ratings Committee. Some examples of major changes: institution of activity points, abolition of or large increase or decrease in bonus points, abolition of or large increase or decrease in the use of rating floors. PASSED
DM01-55 ADM 01-76 - Mike Goodall (CA/N) - Move that all changes in the rating system be voted by the Delegates. MOOT
DM01-56 ADM 01-77 - Mike Goodall (CA/N) - Move that rating floors be abolished. FAILED
DM01-57 ADM 01-78 - Mike Goodall (CA/N) - Move that bonus points, feedback points, activity points and all other types of "fiddle points" be abolished. WITHDRAWN
DM01-58 ADM 01-80 - Robert Karch (WA) - Move that the USCF Rating classes below expert be re-named "Amateur" and the letter "A" be used following the numbered level for each class. For example, "class A" changes to "1A", "class D" changes to "4A" etc. CONSIDERATION DEFERRED UNTIL END OF MEETING
DM01-59 ADM 01-81 - Harold Winston (IL) - Prompt processing of USCF memberships and rating reports by the USCF office is essential. In support of that goal, for the next two years every Executive Board Newsletter, Delegate Call, and Binfo mailing to Delegates shall include the current processing time of USCF memberships, disk rating reports, and paper rating reports. (For example: memberships are being processed within 3 days of receipt, disk reports within 4 days, paper reports within 7 days) REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BAORD
RULES - Dave Kuhns spoke for the Rules Committee and referred to the published report. He mentioned that there were no appeals in the last year and a round of applause was given. Tim Just then gave a status report on the publication of the rulebook. Steve Doyle suggested legal action against Eric Schiller and Richard Peterson for their publication of The Official Rules of Chess.
SCHOLASTIC COMMITTEE AND COUNCIL Co-chairman Steve Shutt gave the report. He referred to the published report and to the scholastic area on the USCF website. He mentioned the two scholastic workshops that were held. He was positive toward the SuperNationals, which were held this year in Kansas City and praised the organizers. He expressed concern that the Scholastic Director now shares his time with other functions. He also expressed concern about the escalating costs of the National Scholastics. He also touched on the chess coach certification program and thanked the US Chess Trust for their support of scholastic programs. He announced that Hikaru Nakamura, at age 13, has become the youngest International Master ever. A round of applause was given for Hikaru Nakamura. At the conclusion of his report Steve Shutt thanked the Executive Board.
SENIOR - Jerry Hanken mentioned that there are alternatives that are being explored for the 2002 US Senior Open, which was originally to be held in Seattle in conjunction with the US Championship. The Seattle Chess Foundation preferred to focus strictly on the US Championship.
STATES - Chairman Guy Hoffman presented a brief report.
TD CERTIFICATION - Chairman Tim Just presented some minor revisions to the new Tournament Director Certification Rules that were published in the Committee Report section of the 2001 Delegates' Call. The revised rules were approved upon passage of DM01-60 and will be effective as of September 1, 2001.
DM01-60 NDM01-126 - Move that the new Tournament Director Certification Rules will go into effect on September 1, 2001. These rules replace Chapter 9 in the current rulebook. PASSED Note: The final wording of the rules can be found as an Appendix at the end of these minutes.
WOMEN'S CHESS - Harold Winston referred the Delegates to the report published on page 65 of the 2001 Delegates' Call.
Executive Board appointed Committees that did not present written reports were then called.
CRAMER AWARDS/CJA - Don Schultz mentioned that Chess in the Schools is no longer providing funds for the Cramer Awards from the Fred Cramer bequest. He also announced that Hanon Russell won the Cramer Award for Best Journalist of the Year (for the Chess Café website). Hanon Russell received a round of applause.
FAST CHESS - No report was given.
GRANDMASTER AFFAIRS - No report was given
U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS - Sophia Rohde gave a brief report.
OLD BUSINESS - ADM01-82 was withdrawn.
DELEGATE COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS - Doris Barry introduced ADM01-83, which required individual election of each member to Delegate appointed committees. Harold Winston indicated that the Bylaws Committee voted against this proposal, but the Bylaws workshop was in favor of the concept of individual voting. ADM01-83 failed, after which the Delegates named the Bylaws and Ethics Committees. The LMA management Committee has been named previously by DM01-31.
DM01-61 ADM 01-83 - Doris Barry (NJ/AZ) Each member of a Delegate-appointed committee shall be voted on individually. FAILED
DM01-62 ADM 01-84 - Harold Winston (IL) - The Delegates appoint the following people to the USCF Bylaws Committee: Richard Costigan (PA), Wick Deer (IN), Steve Doyle (NJ), Bill Goichberg (NY), Guy Hoffman(WI), Randy HoughCA/S), Gary Kitts (MI), Richard Koepcke (CA/S), Myron Lieberman (AZ), David Mehler (MD), Mike Nolan (NE)Robert Persante (FL), Don Randolph (OH), Ernie Schlich (VA) and Harold Winston (IL). Note: The Bylaws Committee named Mike Nolan and Harold Winston co-chairs. PASSED
DM01-63 ADM 01-85 - Hal Terrie (NH) -The Delegates appoint the following people to the Ethics Committee: Richard Buchanan (CO), Michael Carr (CA/S), Wick Deer (IN), Joe Ippolito (NJ), Alan Losoff (IL), Kenneth Sloan (AL), Bill Smythe (IL), Hal Terrie (NH), and Andrew Thall (TX). PASSED
NOMINATIONS FOR EXECUTIVE BOARD - ADM01-87, which makes part time employees of USCF ineligible for Executive Board positions and describes the requirements for nomination, was considered next. Harold Winston indicated the Bylaws Workshop was in favor and offered an amendment, which was accepted to change "elected member on the Executive Board" to "elected member of the Executive Board". Rich Jackson offered an amendment, which was accepted, to change "30 or more" to "100 or more". Tim Just called the question and the motion passed.
DM01-64 ADM 01-87 - Doris Barry (NJ/AZ) - Article VI Section 4 Replace language with the following: A USCF member shall be eligible for nomination to an elected office of the Executive Board upon submitting to the secretary by April 1, of an election year, his or her own valid petition containing the signatures of 100 or more voting members. Each candidate will submit his or her petition with no more than one candidate per petition. Candidates are required to make a statement of intent to serve, if elected by, signing their own petition or submitting a statement of intent and willingness to serve if elected. No employee of the USCF is eligible to serve on the Executive Board. (Eliminate "full- time") PASSED AS AMENDED
LIFE ALTERNATE DELEGATE ELECTION
DM01-65 ADM 01-88 - Denis Barry (NJ/AZ) Glenn Petersen is named a Life Alternate Delegate. PASSED by the required 3/4 margin, with applause. Note: This motion must be on the advance agenda next year and pass by a 3/4 vote again in order to take effect.
U.S. OPEN AND OTHER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - ADM01-89 to avoid conflicts between US Open rounds and the Delegates' Meeting passed without discussion. ADM01-90 to require all US Open bids to include a one round per day option passed after a couple of questions. ADM01-91 to recommend at least one 12 round US Open every three years passed after comments by Michael Gosselin, Jerry Hanken, Russell Miller, and Hal Terrie. ADM01-92 regarding publicizing performance in tournament categories was then introduced by Myron Lieberman. The motion was the result of a team that had won an under 1300 section of a National tournament calling itself the National Champion for the under 1300 section of that tournament, then being told to demand a retraction from the newspaper that had correctly printed the story. Rich Jackson, Myron Lieberman, Steve Shutt and Robert Tanner discussed the motion. Steve Shutt pointed out that in another event the correct information was given to the media but the story did not list the category due to reporter error and therefore minimized the value of publicity to the team that won the top section. Myron Lieberman pointed out that it is difficult enough to get press coverage, but when we get coverage, especially if it is correct, and a retraction is demanded, we can expect no further coverage from that source. Steve Shutt moved to refer to the Scholastic Council. Myron Lieberman objected because the motion applied to all National tournaments, not just Scholastic tournaments. Mike Nolan amended the referral motion to refer to the Executive Board with instructions to refer to all appropriate committees. The referral passed. A new motion by Larry Cohen to have the LMA fund contribute $500 to the US Senor Open was referred to the LMA Management Committee and the Senior Committee without discussion.
DM01-66 ADM 01-89 - Hal Terrie (NH) - No round of the U.S. Open may be scheduled to conflict with the Delegates Meeting. PASSED
DM01-67 ADM 01-90 - Hal Terrie (NH) - All bids for the U.S. Open must include the so-called "traditional" schedule as an option (under which only one game per day is played). Other schedules are permitted but no bid may be considered which entirely eliminates the one game per day option. PASSED
DM01-68 ADM 01-91 - Hal Terrie (NH) The Delegates strongly recommend (but do not require) that the USCF seek to organize the U.S. Open under the 12 round format at least one year in every three. PASSED
DM01-69 ADM 01-92 (Myron Lieberman, AZ) National Championship Teams and Individuals who finish first in any section of any USCF National Championship tournament are entitled to be considered as national champions for the category of the section in which they competed. Although only the winner of the Open or Championship section is to be recognized as the national champion for the tournament, winners of all sections can legitimately claim the national championship for their section. Example: The winners of age, grade, or rating categories in national championship tournaments are to be considered national champions for their age, grade or rating for that event. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD.
DM01-70 NDM 01-127 - Lawrence Cohen (IL) - As Article II Section 1 of the USCF's bylaws states: "The Federation shall cooperate with schools, colleges, hospitals, military bases, community centers, recreation departments, and other groups and institutions, in teaching chess, conducting tournaments, and other activities." It is proposed that the LMA (starting 01/01/02) contribute $500.00 to the running of the US Senior Open. REFERRED TO THE LMA AND SENIOR COMMITTEES.
MEMBERSHIP RECEIPTS AT TOURNAMENTS - ADMs 01-93 and 94 were withdrawn. Sophia Rohde suggested that ADM01-95, which she sponsored, be submitted to the Executive Board.
DM01-71 ADM 01-95 - Sophia Rohde (NY) - Proof of USCF Membership Submitted By Tournament Directors Tournament Directors shall require players who are not listed in the Rating Supplement as having current USCF memberships, but who attest that they have previously paid their USCF dues, to provide the Tournament Director with the specific dates, payment amount and individuals to whom the player paid their membership dues. The USCF Office shall accept this information from the Tournament Director as proof that the Tournament Director has complied with the USCF's membership requirements for those players. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD
EXECUTIVE BOARD - Myron and Rachel Lieberman both introduced ADM01-96, which requested voluntary disclosure of potential conflict of interest situations. Harold Winston mentioned that the Bylaws Committee was split and the Bylaws Workshop was in favor. Elie Hsiao proposed an amendment, which eventually failed, to include part time as well as full time employment. Stan Booz offered an amendment, which failed, to define full time as 500 hours or more. ADM01-96 then passed. An objection was raised (away from the microphone) to the consideration of ADM01-97. The objection vote failed and Bill Goichberg introduced the motion. Harold Winston gave the Bylaws Committee and Workshop results on each part of the motion. Frank Camaratta, Bruce Draney, Don Schultz, and Woody Harris commented, after which it was referred to the Bylaws Committee for further study on a motion by Bruce Draney. An objection was raised (away from the microphone) to the consideration of ADM01-98. The objection vote failed and Jerry Hanken introduced the motion, which asks the office to avoid the appearance of bias regarding candidates. He asked that it be referred to the Executive Board, which it was. ADM01-99 was then withdrawn. ADM01-100, regarding awards normally given by the Executive Board was referred to the Executive Board at the sponsor's request. Bill Goichberg then presented ADM01-101 to rescind the Board censure of Bob Smith. After a brief comment by Jerry Hanken the motion passed. ADMs 01-102 and 103 were withdrawn. Harold Winston mentioned that the Bylaws Workshop was in favor by a 17-1 vote. An unidentified voice suggested the word "full" be removed from "full report" in ADM01-104, which then passed with that change without further discussion. Bill Goichberg suggested that ADM01-105, re: expressing dismay over past Executive Board decisions be referred to the Executive Board. The motion was considered moot and no action was taken.
DM01-72 ADM 01-96 - Rachel and Myron Lieberman (AZ) - Executive Board candidates are asked to disclose if they are employed full time or are a candidate for full time employment with any organization that is a vendor for USCF, a competitor to USCF in any area, or has any significant other business interest (including substantial ownership of a business) that could be affected by decisions made by USCF. Failure to disclose these interests would not disqualify a candidate from running, but could affect the voter's evaluation of the candidate. PASSED
DM01-73 ADM 01-97 Bill Goichberg (NY), Myron Lieberman (AZ) The Bylaws are amended as follows:
ARTICLE VI, EXECUTIVE BOARD - Section 1. Composition. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Members at Large, all elected for staggered terms of three years. Remainder of Section 1 is unchanged. Section 4. Nomination. After "thirty or more voting members," insert: "However, no incumbent member of the Executive Board who has served at least half of a three year term shall be eligible to succeed himself or herself, with the exceptions of the offices of Secretary and Treasurer, whose occupants are eligible to serve one additional succeeding three-year term. The retiring President may not be elected to any office in the three years following his or her term as President, and no person may serve on the Executive Board more than nine consecutive years." Remainder of Section 4 remains unchanged.
Section 5. Election of Executive Board members. Replace "Each elector may vote for as many persons as there are Executive Board positions to be filled. The persons receiving the largest vote totals shall be elected to the available Executive Board positions." with "Elections will be held on a three year cycle: Year 1, President and Vice President. Year 2, Secretary and Treasurer. Year 3, three Members at Large. Each elector may cast one vote for each office, except that in the At- Large election, each elector may cast up to three votes, and the three persons receiving the largest vote totals shall be elected."
Replace "The election of Executive Board members shall take place in odd numbered years starting in 1999" with "The election of Executive Board members shall take place in 2003, and annually beginning in 2005."
Section 6. Deleted.
Section 7. Terms of Office. The terms of office of the Executive Board members shall commence at their first meeting, which shall immediately follow the Annual Meeting, and shall continue for three years except as provided in Section 10 of this article.
Section 8. Duties. Replace "Vice President of Finance" with "Treasurer" in two places.
Section 9. Vacancies. If a vacancy shall occur on the Executive Board, it shall be filled by special election as described in Section 5 of this Article, except that a vacancy occurring less than five months before the next regular Annual Meeting shall be filled by a vote of the Board of Delegates at the next regular Annual Meeting. If the position of President becomes vacant, the Vice President shall become President. If the positions of President and Vice President both become vacant, the Board shall elect the President from among its members.
ARTICLE X: TRANSITION FROM BYLAWS IN EFFECT PRIOR TO AUGUST 13, 2001
The Executive Board as described in the Bylaws in effect prior to August 13, 2001 shall continue to exist and function until the end of the Delegates Meeting in 2003. In 2003, the President shall be elected for a two year term, and the Secretary and Treasurer for three year terms. The Vice President shall be elected by the Board from among its members for a two year term. In 2005, the President shall be elected for a three year term and the three Members at large for two year terms. In 2006, a regular cycle of elections for three year terms shall begin: 2006 Secretary and Treasurer, 2007 Members at Large, 2008 President and Vice President, etc. REFERRED TO BYLAWS COMMITTEE
DM01-74 ADM 01-98 - Jerry Hanken, (CA/S) - In the July 2001, issue of Chess Life, which includes Executive Board candidate statements, one candidate (Jim Pechac) is allowed almost as much space as all the other candidates combined. The Delegates object to the timing of the Pechac "Across the Board" column, and ask the office to avoid the appearance of bias for or against candidates in the future. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD
DM01-75 ADM 01-100 - Jerry Hanken (CA/S) - The board of Delegates expresses its disappointment that the Executive Board did not grant the Distinguished Service Award to Rachel Lieberman and Randall Hough and urges the new Executive Board to give them the award they richly deserve. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD
DM01-76 ADM 01-101 - Arnold Denker (FL) and Bill Goichberg (NY). - The censure of Bob Smith, voted by Executive Board members Redman, Pechac, Warren, and Barry, is rescinded. Bob did nothing to warrant censure, and was given no chance to defend himself. We thank Bob Smith for his many years of fine volunteer service to the USCF. PASSED
DM01-77 ADM 01-104 Tom Dorsch (CA/N), Steve Doyle (NJ) - A report on compliance or noncompliance with the previous year's Delegate Motions will be provided in the Delegates' Call each year. PASSED AS AMENDED
DM01-78 ADM 01-105 Bill Goichberg (NY) - The Board of Delegates, which according to our Bylaws "is responsible for the management of the USCF," expresses dismay at not being consulted about a number of fundamental policy decisions made during the past year. MOOT Note: See P.27 of the 2001 Delegates' Call for examples.
DELEGATES - Mike Nolan introduced ADM01-108 regarding who may submit ADMs. After Harold Winston presented the Bylaws Committee (10-3 in favor) and Workshop (unanimous in favor) votes, the motion passed with no further discussion and ADM01-109 was withdrawn. Mike Nolan presented ADM01-110, which would revise the selection of Delegates and Alternates to give a higher rank to candidates who were willing to attend the Annual Meeting than to those who only wanted to be Alternates. Harold Winston indicated that both the Bylaws Committee (6-4) and Workshop (8-4-1) were in favor, although he was opposed. Tim Just, David Kuhns and Russell Miller spoke. Mike Nolan pointed out that under OMOV the role of the Alternate Delegate is just that, since they are no longer going to have additional voting privileges. The motion then passed. Mike Nolan introduced ADM01-111 to eliminate the requirement for signatures on ballots. Harold Winston pointed out that the Bylaws Committee voted 8-3-2 in favor and the Bylaws Workshop voted 10-1 in favor. ADM01-111 then passed with no further discussion. Mike Nolan introduced ADM01-112 (to clean up existing wording in the Bylaws). It passed without discussion. Next was ADM01-113, to clarify wording on voting for Delegates at Large. It passed without discussion. ADM01-114 was withdrawn. Harold Winston presented ADM01-115 re: the President's vote. The Bylaws Committee favored the motion and the workshop opposed it. Woody Harris spoke against the motion. It was referred to the Bylaws Committee on a motion by Bruce Draney. ADM01-116 was withdrawn.
DM01-79 ADM 01-108 - Mike Nolan (NE) - Add to Article V, Section 7 of the Bylaws: Only those certified as Delegates, including any Alternates who have been elevated to Delegate through the death or resignation of a Delegate, may submit motions for the advance agenda. Motions not having a Delegate present as a sponsor or co-sponsor when reached in the meeting shall be deferred to the end of the meeting. Chairs of Delegate or Executive Board appointed committees may submit motions on behalf of their committees. PASSED
DM01-80 ADM 01-110 - Mike Nolan (NE) - Part 1: In Article V, Section 5 of the Bylaws, delete the 4th and 5th sentences (dealing with the election and selection through an ordered list of Delegates and Alternates), and replace them with the following: Candidates shall be listed on the ballot with an indication of their willingness to serve as a Delegate if so elected, except that those elected as Delegates in either of the previous two election cycles but who were unable to serve at any of the regular Delegates meetings for which they were elected may not be so indicated. Candidates nominated by their state chapter shall be designated as such on the ballot.
Each State shall elect the designated number of Delegates and Alternates. An ordered list shall be created listing candidates in the order of votes received, highest first. From this ordered list a second list shall be made, consisting of a number of candidates equal to the total designated number of Delegates and Alternates, selected in order of the number of votes received, highest first, and ordered with those candidates who were indicated on the ballot as willing to serve as a Delegate ahead of those who were not so indicated, and then in order of votes received, highest first.
From this second ordered list, the designated number of Delegates shall be elected from the top of the list with the remaining candidates elected as Alternates. Once the list of Delegates and Alternates has been certified by the Board of Delegates (pending the breaking of any ties by the State Chapter as described below), any vacancies resulting from the death or resignation of an elected Delegate or Alternate shall be filled by the State Chapter as specified in Article V, Section 6 of the Bylaws.
The ordered list of elected Delegates and Alternates will also serve as the initial ordered list for filling vacancies at the Delegates Meeting as specified in Article V, Section 6 of these Bylaws.
Part 2: In Article V, Section 4 of the Bylaws, add the following: A candidate petition may nominate only one candidate, who must consent to nomination by either signing the petition or by notifying the Secretary. State Chapters shall obtain the consent of all candidates they nominate. PASSED
DM01-81 ADM 01-111 - Mike Nolan (NE) - Amend the Bylaws as follows: In Article IV, Section 2, delete the last sentence dealing with requiring the signature of the voter on the ballot. PASSED
DM01-82 ADM 01-112 - Mike Nolan (NE) - Amend the Bylaws as follows:
1. In Article V, Section 1, delete the final [word missing] referring to Regional Vice Presidents. Members.
2. Revise Article V, Section 9, to read: The Electors consist of the Delegates, Alternate Delegates, Delegates at Large, and the elected Executive Board Members. The Electors are responsible for electing the Executive Board and for the removal and recall of the Executive Board members as specified in Article VI, Section 10
3. Delete Article X dealing with transition from the Bylaws in effect prior to August 8th, 1998.
4. Amend the beginning of Article VI, Section 10 to read "Elected members of the Executive Board are subject to removal through recall by Petition for Recall."
5. In Article V, Section 6, modify the 7th sentence to read in part: "Any Executive Board member who completes his or her term..."
6. In Article V, Section 10, modify the 2nd sentence to read in part:"...shall have no less than thirty days to communicate his or her views to the electors."
7. consistently non-sexist. PASSED
DM01-83 ADM 01-113 - Mike Nolan (NE) Amend Article V, Section 8B of the Bylaws by adding "for both meetings" to the end of the first sentence. PASSED
DM01-84 ADM 01-115 - Harold Winston (IL) - Amend Article VI, section 8 (President) effective the end of the Delegates meeting to read; "In case of a tie vote, the President, if he had already cast his or her vote, may cast an additional tie-breaking vote. REFERRED TO BYLAWS COMMITTEE.
MOTIONS DEFERRED UNTIL THE SPONSOR WAS PRESENT. The sponsor of ADM01-74 re: suggesting Anthony Santasiere for the Hall of Fame was not present. Sam Sloan spoke on the motion. Jerry Hanken moved that the motion be referred to the Hall of Fame Committee with the idea that it could be considered a nomination. The referral motion passed. The sponsor of ADM01-80 (re: re-naming rating classes) was not present. Russell Miller suggested that the motion be referred to the Executive Board. The referral motion passed.
DM01-85 ADM 01-74 - Jerry Hanken (CA/S) - Refer the motion ADM01-74, which was submitted by Eric Johnson (PA) and reads "The Delegates endorse the nomination and induction of Anthony E. Santasiere into the US Chess Hall of Fame, citing his accomplishments as a player, writer, and overall chess celebrity during the founding years of the US Chess Federation." to the Hall of Fame Committee. PASSED (ADM01-74 REFERRED TO THE HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE).
DM01-86 ADM 01-80 - Russell Miller (WA) - Refer the motion ADM01-80, which was submitted by Robert Karch (WA) and reads " Move that the USCF Rating classes below expert be re-named "Amateur" and the letter "A" be used following the numbered level for each class. For example, "class A" changes to "1A", "class D" changes to "4A" etc. " to the Executive Board. PASSED (ADM01-80 REFERRED TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD)
MOTIONS THAT DID NOT APPEAR IN THE PUBLISHED AGENDA AND WERE NOT DISCUSSED EARLIER. - Larry Cohen submitted a motion to make the Executive Director and CFO non-voting members of the Executive Board. It was referred to the Bylaws Committee by a Harold Winston motion. Jerry Hanken moved that it be referred to the Legal Task Force. The referral passed. Harold Winston circulated four motions for consideration. Two involved Tournament Life Announcements and were referred to the Executive Board in keeping with the earlier TLA related motions that were referred. The other two, dealing with election procedures, were withdrawn before getting to the floor.
DM01-87 NDM 01-128 - Lawrence Cohen (IL) - Change the second line of Article VI Section 1 of the Bylaws to read: The Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer shall serve as non-voting members of the Executive Board with the right to debate and make motions, but without the right to vote. REFERRED TO BYLAWS COMMITTEE.
Tim Redman then read a motion by Myron Lieberman and George John designed to not accept advertising for products or services that are considered illegal in any state unless such ads are approved by both the Board and the office and have been cleared by legal counsel. Myron Lieberman spoke to the motion, which was brought about by advertising for what was apparently a chess site, but was in fact a site where people place bets on chess games and contained appropriate warnings about legality in various states and age limitations.
DM01-88 NDM 01-129 - George John (TX), Myron Lieberman (AZ) - Advertisements for any organization, event, or activity that can be viewed as illegal in one or more states in the US can be accepted only upon receipt of a legal opinion as to the liability of the USCF for accepting and distributing that advertisement, approval by the Marketing Manager, the Executive Director, and the Executive Board. REFERRED TO LEGAL TASK FORCE
DM01-89 NDM 01-130 Harold Winston (IL) - TLA fees shall immediately return to their June, 2000, levels. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD
DM01-90 NDM 01-131 Harold Winston (IL) - All USCF Affiliates shall received up to five free Tournament Life Announcements per year of up to five lines each. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD
Tim Just then presented a motion, co-sponsored with Myron Lieberman, to make rating lists available electronically or in hard copy at no extra cost. The original wording was " Rating lists (annual lists and supplements) can be received in hard copy, disk, or e-mailed file at the discretion of the affiliate or subscriber at no additional cost." Ernie Schlich proposed a friendly amendment, which was accepted, to change "disk or e-mailed file" to electronic media. Mike Gosselin proposed an amendment, which was accepted, to make hard copy the default. The motion passed as amended.
DM01-91 NDM01-132 Tim Just (IL), Myron Lieberman (AZ) - Rating lists (annual lists and supplements) can be received via hard copy or electronic media at the discretion of the affiliate or subscriber at no additional cost. The default shall be hard copy. PASSED AS AMENDED
Tim Redman read a motion distributed by Larry Cohen, which would censure the Executive Board for failure to have the USCF be able to receive rating reports via e-mail. Sam Sloan spoke for the motion. Steve Doyle, Bruce Draney, Jerry Hanken, Rich Jackson, and Mike Gosselin commented, after which the motion failed with 3 votes in favor and the balance of those voting opposed.
DM01-92 NDM 01-133 - Larry Cohen (IL) The Board of Delegates censures the Executive Board for the failure to have the USCF be able to receive rating reports via e-mail by August 1, 2000 as was passed by ADM 99-53 in Reno. FAILED
Todd Lunna presented a motion to regionalize TLAs. Harold Stenzel commented, after which it was referred to the Executive Board on a motion by Mike Nolan.
DM01-93 NDM 01-134 - Todd Lunna (NJ) I make a motion to regionalize the local TLAs in which the regions would only receive coverage of their region to save the USCF pages in Chess Life and reduce costs if the printing costs would be less. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD
Tim Redman read a motion circulated by Larry Cohen to implement and publicize a system for receiving rating reports and sending crosstables electronically. The original wording called for e-mail distribution, but a friendly amendment to change "e-mail" to "electronic media" was accepted. The motion was referred to the Internet Committee.
DM01-94 NDM01-135 - Larry Cohen (IL) - The Executive Board shall make certain that a system for electronic media submission of rating reports is available and publicized by February 01,2002. All effort is to be made to have this system in place as soon as possible. Furthermore, the Executive Board (along with the ED and Ratings Manager) should study the concept of sending crosstables back to affiliates, TDs, and organizers via electronic media, and is given power to enact such a crosstable electronic media system if feasible. REFERRED TO INTERNET COMMITTEE.
Tim Redman read a motion by Larry Cohen to encourage sponsors to add rationales to ADMs. After a few brief comments the motion passed. A related motion by Larry Cohen to exclude extraneous comment from ADMs was referred to the Bylaws Committee.
DM01-95 NDM 01-136 - Larry Cohen (IL) - Amend Article V Section 7 of the Bylaws to add the following: Sponsors are encouraged to add their rationale to Alternate Delegate Motions. PASSED
DM01-96 NDM 01-137 - Larry Cohen (IL) - Amend Article V Section 7 of the Bylaws to add the following: Except for the sponsor's rationale, request for clarification, or statement of exact wording, no comments and/or notations are to be added to any ADM. REFERRED TO BYLAWS COMMITTEE.
Frank Camaratta introduced the following Bylaws referral motion, which passed without discussion.
DM01-97 NDM01-138 - Frank Camaratta (AL) - Refer the following NDM to Bylaws: Amend Article VI Section 5 to add: In addition, an alternate will be elected. The alternate will be the person with the highest vote count of the non-successful candidate(s). The sole function of the alternate shall be to fill any Executive Board vacancy caused by death, resignation, or refusal to serve of an incumbent or newly elected Executive Board member. The term of the alternate will expire on June 1 of the following election year. REFERRED TO BYLAWS
Enrique Rios offered the following motion re: Youth Memberships. Mike Nolan moved to refer it to the Executive Board for speedy consideration. The motion was referred to the Executive Board.
DM01-98 NDM01-139 - Enrique Rios (TX) - Whereas the USCF definition of a Youth member is age nineteen or under, and whereas the 2001 National Youth Action Championship to be held in Illinois DOES NOT allow all Youth members to participate for their own National Championship; therefore be it resolved that the appropriate guidelines be changed so that all Youth members of the USCF be allowed to participate in the 2001 National Youth Action Championship. REFERRED TO EXECUTIVE BOARD for speedy consideration.
Tim Redman read a motion by Arnold Denker, which suggests that future US Opens should be sponsored. It passed without further discussion.
DM01-99 NDM 01-140 - Arnold Denker (FL) I should like to make a motion regarding future US OPENS to be sponsored, which I feel would bring back at least 1000 participants. PASSED
MOTIONS OF APPRECIATION - Harold Winston offered three motions of appreciation, which passed by acclamation.
DM 01-100 NDM 01-141 - Harold Winston (IL) - The Delegates give Mike Nolan a vote of thanks for his services as Parliamentarian. PASSED BY ACCLAMATION
DM01-101 NDM 01-142 - Harold Winston (IL) - The Delegates give a vote of thanks to Tim Redman for his able Chairing of the meeting. PASSED BY ACCLAMATION
DM01-102 NDM 01-143 - Harold Winston (IL) - The Delegates give a vote of thanks to USCF Secretary Doris Barry, Chief Teller Jack Mallory, and the other Tellers: Mike Nietman, Mike Gosselin, Jim Warren, Walter Brown, Walter Buehl, Myron Lieberman, and Grant Perks for their excellent handling of the vote count. PASSED BY ACCLAMATION
CERTIFICATES OF GOVERNANCE were presented to outgoing Board Member at Large Joe Ippolito, Vice President of Finance Jim Pechac, and President Tim Redman. Former President Bob Smith and President Tim Redman were also presented with plaques for their service as President. Each certificate and plaque was accompanied by a round of applause.
INSTALLATION OF NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS - John McCrary called forward newly elected Executive Board members Frank Brady, Frank Camaratta, and Steve Shutt. He introduced the entire new Executive Board and announced the officers that were elected by the new Executive Board (listed previously with the election results).
ADJOURNMENT - DM01-103 NDM01-144 - Steve Doyle (NJ), Tim Redman (TX), Don Schultz (FL), Harold Winston (IL) - The Delegates adjourn in memory of long time Delegate Alan Benjamin.
The wording of the new Tournament Director Certification rules that go into effect September 1, 2001 per DM01-60 is:
Tournament Director Certification
The USCF certifies tournament directors in order to standardize procedures and ensure a competent tournament director (TD) for each level of USCF-rated tournament.
1. USCF Membership.
All certified TDs must be current members of USCF. If a TD allows his or her membership to lapse, his or her TD certification is canceled and is not automatically restored upon payment of membership dues.
2. Established Rating.
Except at the club level, all certified TDs must have an established USCF rating as an over-the-board player. TDs are encouraged to remain active as players to maintain proper perspective when directing.
All TDs are encouraged to work with and assist other directors with greater experience and expertise to increase directing knowledge and understanding. All TDs are likewise encouraged to provide opportunities for less experienced directors to share in their philosophical understanding of tournament direction.
Every TD should own a copy of USCF's Official Rules of Chess. TDs should become thoroughly familiar with these rules, and any rules changes or rulings by the Rules Committee effectively changing these rules, and administrative procedures regarding the sale of memberships, reporting formats and deadlines, basic rating formulas, and a variety of other subjects.
TD Testing Procedures
Tests are written by the Tournament Director Certification Committee (TDCC) and administered by the USCF business office. These tests are generally mailed to qualified applicants to be completed with the assistance of any printed matter, but applicants are bound by honor not to discuss specific questions with other persons. Applicants must return all testing materials within two months. An applicant must first satisfy all experience requirements for the TD certification for which they are applying before taking an exam for that level of certification. The applicant may apply to the TDCC for a variance on this procedure.
Applicants for promotion of TD certification level shall provide the technical director with the names, dates, and number of entrants of the tournaments that satisfy the experience requirements. Upon request, applicants will present written verification of their claimed experience requirements.
7. Unsuccessful Senior And Local Applicants.
Applicants who fail the test for local or senior level of TD certification must wait two months before taking the test a second time. Applicants who fail the second attempt must wait six months before taking the test a third or subsequent time. The same form of the same examination may not be taken more than once by any applicant.
8. Unsuccessful ANTD And NTD Applicants.
Applicants who fail the test for associate national or national level of TD certification must wait three months before taking the test a second time. Applicants who do not pass the second attempt must wait one year before taking the test a third or subsequent time. The same form of the same examination may not be taken more than once by any applicant.
9. Documents And Tests.
All documents, including completed tests, shall be submitted to:
U.S. Chess Federation, 3054 US Route 9W, New Windsor, NY 12553-7624, www.uschess.org
Chief TDs, Assistant TDs, and Tournament Aides
10. Chief TD.
The chief TD has the ultimate authority and responsibility for the tournament. In general, the chief TD must be physically present during play and should not himself be a player in a tournament he or she directs.
11. Co-Chief TD.
In unusual circumstances two directors may jointly function as co-chief TDs. Each co-chief receives USCF credit for one tournament with one-half the total number of entries.
12. Assistant TD.
An assistant TD serves under the chief TD performing assigned tasks relevant to tournament direction. Assistant TDs gain USCF credit for their experience when their duties include pairings and rules enforcement. Such credit is limited to 1 assistant per 50 players or fraction thereof. Assistant TDs must be certified TDs. A chief assistant TD is distinguished from a regular assistant TD by added duties and responsibilities as assigned by the chief TD.
13. Tournament Aides.
Tournament aides serve under the chief TD performing primarily clerical tasks, such as entering results on pairing cards and wall charts. Aides do not possess the authority to make pairings or enforce rules, and they do not need to be certified TDs.
14. Category I.
An international tournament recognized by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) held in the United States. An international arbiter who also holds the rank of national TD or associate national or senior TD should direct such tournaments.
15. Category N.
A tournament that awards a national title. It is strongly recommended that for these types of tournaments, TDs have experience with computer pairing programs, back room pairing procedures, and on site player contact, or "floor," problem solving procedures.
Subcategory N1: A national tournament open to a large group of players. Examples: U.S. Open, U.S. Junior Open, U.S. Senior Open, National Open, U.S. Class, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Amateur Team, U.S. Masters, U.S. Action, U.S. Game/60, Pan-American Intercollegiate Team, National High School, National Junior High School, National School Grade, and National Elementary School Championships. Such tournaments must be directed by national TDs.
Subcategory N2: A national tournament restricted to a small group of players. Examples: U.S. Championship, U.S. Women's Championship, U.S. Junior Championship, U.S. Cadet, U.S. Blind, U.S. Computer, U.S. Armed Forces Championships, and the Arnold Denker National Tournament of High School Champions. Such tournaments may be directed by associate national TDs.
Subcategory N3: One section of a N1 tournament where the TD is limited to solving problems and making rulings on the floor only (floor TD). Examples: The K-3 section of the National Elementary Championship or the Reserve section of the National Open.
Subcategory N4: One section of a N1 tournament where the TD is limited to the duties of pairings in a backroom capacity using a pairings program (backroom TD). Examples: The K-3 section of the National Elementary Championship or the Reserve section of the National Open.
16. Category A.
A USCF-rated Swiss system tournament or section of a tournament, except Category I or N, that regularly draws more than 300 entrants and awards $5,000+ in prizes. Examples: World Open, New York Open, American Open, and Memorial Day Classic. Such tournaments may be directed by associate national TDs. It is strongly recommended that for these types of tournaments, TDs have experience with computer pairing programs, back room pairing procedures, and on site player contact, or "floor," problem solving procedures.
Subcategory A1: One section of a Category A tournament where the TD is limited to solving problems and making rulings on the floor only (floor TD).
Subcategory A2: One section of a Category A tournament where the TD is limited to the duties of pairings in a backroom capacity using a pairings program (backroom TD).
17. Category B.
A USCF-rated Swiss system tournament, except Category I, N, or A, drawing 100 or more entrants. Such tournaments or sections of tournaments may be directed by senior TDs. For more information see 32, "Limitations". It is strongly recommended that for these types of tournaments, TDs have experience with computer pairing programs, back room pairing procedures, and on site player contact, or "floor," problem solving procedures.
Subcategory B1: One section of a Category B tournament where the TD is limited to solving problems and making rulings on the floor only (floor TD).
Subcategory B2: One section of a Category B tournament where the TD is limited to the duties of pairings in a backroom capacity (backroom TD).
18. Category C.
A USCF-rated Swiss system tournament or section of a tournament, except Category I or N, drawing 50 to 99 entrants. Such tournaments or sections of tournaments may be directed by local TDs. For more information 28, "Limitations". It is strongly recommended that for these types of tournaments, TDs have experience with computer pairing programs, back room pairing procedures, and on site player contact, or "floor," problem solving procedures.
Subcategory C1: One section of a Category C tournament where the TD is limited to solving problems and making rulings on the floor only (floor TD).
Subcategory C2: One section of a Category C tournament where the TD is limited to the duties of pairings in a backroom capacity (backroom TD).
19. Category D.
Any USCF-rated Swiss system tournament or section of a tournament, except Category I or N, drawing fewer than 50 entrants. Club TDs may direct such tournaments or sections of tournaments. For more information see 24, "Limitations".
Subcategory D1: One section of a Category D tournament where the TD is limited to solving problems and making rulings on the floor only (floor TD).
Subcategory D2: One section of a Category D tournament where the TD is limited to the duties of pairings in a backroom capacity (backroom TD).
20. Category R.
A USCF-rated round robin tournament of eight or more rated entrants with a mean rating of at least 1800.
21. Category T.
A USCF-rated team-vs.-team Swiss system tournament involving at least twelve teams of four or more players. It is strongly recommended that for these types of tournaments, TDs have experience with computer pairing programs, back room pairing procedures, and on site player contact, or "floor," problem solving procedures.
The Club Director
22. Experience Requirement.
An applicant for club TD accreditation must sign a statement indicating that he or she has read, has access to, and will abide by the rules contained in USCF's Official Rules of Chess.
23. Testing Requirement.
Self correcting practice tournament worksheets designed to orient new tournament directors with the fundamental procedures required to conduct a rated USCF tournament.
A club TD may not be the chief TD for USCF Grand Prix or Category N tournaments and should not be the chief TD of Category A, B, or C tournaments, which includes any tournament, or section of a tournament, expected to draw more than 50 players. Computer assisted club TDs can be the chief TD of any tournament, or section of a tournament, expected to draw up to 60 players with the aid of one assistant TD.
Three-year nonrenewable term. After three years, the club TD must apply for local TD status. The Tournament Director Certification Committee (TDCC) may, at its discretion, reinstate club TD certification for a TD who fails all of the local TD tests after three full years of experience.
The Local Director
26. Experience Requirements.
a. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of one Category D tournament and chief TD or assistant TD of two additional Category D tournaments of at least three rounds which total 50 or more entrants, or
b. Satisfactory performance as the chief TD at either a Category D1 or D2 tournament can be used as a replacement for one of the two additional Category D tournaments in section (a), or
c. Attendance at a problem solving and discussion workshop (not a business meeting workshop) offered by the TDCC at a U.S. Open Championship can be used as a replacement for one of the two additional Category D tournaments in section (a), or
d. Satisfactory performance for three years as a club TD, but
e. For any applicant who takes and passes the local TD test (closed book) under supervision at a Category N tournament, the sole experience requirement is satisfactory performance as a chief TD at one category D tournament of at least three rounds. Applicants must contact the USCF two weeks in advance of the tournament to request this option.
27. Testing Requirements.
Objective test of moderate difficulty designed to measure the applicant's knowledge of basic rules.
A local TD may not be the chief TD for Category N tournaments and should not be the chief TD of Category A, or B, tournaments, which includes any tournament, or section of a tournament, expected to draw more than 100 players. Computer assisted local TDs can be the chief TD of any tournament, or section of a tournament, expected to draw up to 120 players with the aid of one assistant TD.
Four-year renewable term: The testing requirement for re-certification is waived for a local TD with satisfactory performance as the chief or assistant TD of four tournaments or sections of tournaments during the four-year term.
The Senior Director
30. Experience Requirements.
a. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of five Category C tournaments of at least four rounds (The following may be substituted for a Category C tournament with a limit of two substitutions: Satisfactory performance at a Category C1 or C2 tournament.), and
b. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of five or more additional Swiss system tournaments of at least four rounds, such that the 10 or more tournaments total at least 400 entrants, but
c. Any of the following may be substituted for one of the tournaments in Requirement b (limit, two substitutions):
c1. Attendance at a problem solving and discussion workshop (not a business meeting workshop) offered by the TDCC at a U.S. Open Championship;
c2.Satisfactory performance as assistant TD to a national TD or associate national TD at one Category A, A1, A2, B, B1, or B2 tournament;
c3. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of a Category R tournament;
c4. Double credit is given to a local TD if he or she trains a club TD as his or her assistant at any tournament. "Double credit'' refers to two tournaments, not double the number of entrants;
c5. Double credit, as defined above, is given to the TD of an official state or region open championship; but
d. For any applicant who takes and passes the Senior TD test (closed book) under supervision at a category N tournament, experience requirements are reduced to satisfactory performance as a chief TD at three category C tournaments of at least four rounds (either a category C1 or C2 tournament may be substituted for one of the three Category C tournaments) and three additional Swiss system tournaments of at least four rounds. Applicants must contact the USCF two weeks in advance of the tournament to request this option.
31. Testing Requirement.
Difficult objective examination designed to evaluate the applicant's knowledge and judgment in situations not clearly addressed by the rules.
A senior TD may not be the chief TD for Category N tournaments and should not be the chief TD of Category A tournaments, which includes any tournament, or section of a tournament, expected to draw more than 300 players. Computer assisted senior TDs can be the chief TD of any tournament, or section of a tournament, expected to draw up to 360 players with the aid of one assistant TD.
Five-year renewable term. The testing requirement for re-certification is waived for a senior TD with satisfactory performance as a chief or assistant TD of five tournaments during the five-year term.
The Associate National Director (ANTD)
34. Experience Requirements.
a. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of ten Category B tournaments of which three awarded $1,000+ in prizes (The following may be substituted for a Category B tournament with a limit of 3 substitutions: Satisfactory performance at either a Category B1 or B2 tournament.), and
b. Satisfactory performance as chief TD or Chief Assistant to a national TD at a Category N, N1, N2, N3, N4, A, A1, or A2 tournament, and
c. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of a Category R tournament, but
Allowable substitution for Requirement (a) is a satisfactory performance as chief TD of six Category B tournaments (The following may be substituted for a Category B tournament with a limit of 2 substitutions: Satisfactory performance at a Category B1 or B2 tournament) and an additional 16 Category C tournaments (The following may be substituted for a Category C tournament with a limit of 5 substitutions: Satisfactory performance at a Category C1 or C2 tournament), three of which awarded $1,000+ in prizes.
35. Testing Requirement.
Essay examination of substantial difficulty designed to measure the applicant's understanding of the rules as they relate to complex problems. An experienced national TD grades the examination. If the NTD gives the exam a failing grade, the applicant may request that the exam be regraded by two additional experienced NTDs. A regrade will automatically occur if the applicant scored between 70%-79%. The final result of the grading process will then be the result given by at least two of the three graders. The same form of the same examination may not be taken more than once by any applicant.
An associate national TD may not be the chief TD of Category N1 tournaments.
Six-year renewable terms. The testing requirement for re-certification is waived for an associate national TD with satisfactory performances as the chief or assistant TD of six tournaments during the six-year term.
The National Director (NTD)
38. Experience Requirements.
a. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of 15 Category B tournaments, three of which awarded $1,000+ in prizes (The following may be substituted for a Category B tournament with a limit of 5 substitutions: Satisfactory performance at a Category B1 or B2 tournament.), and
b. Satisfactory performance as chief TD of a Category R tournament, and
c. Satisfactory performance as chief TD or Chief Assistant to a national or associate national TD at a Category T tournament of at least four rounds, and
d. Satisfactory performance as Chief Assistant to a national TD at a Category N1 tournament (The following may be substituted for one Category N1 tournament: Both a Category N3 AND a Category N4 tournament), and
e. Satisfactory performance as chief TD or Chief Assistant to a national TD at an additional Category N1, N2, N3, N4, A, A1, or A2 tournament, but
f. Allowable substitution for Requirement A is a satisfactory performance as chief TD of ten Category B tournaments (The following may be substituted for a Category B tournament with a limit of 3 substitutions: Satisfactory performance at a Category B1 or B2 tournament and an additional 20 Category C tournaments (The following may be substituted for a Category C tournament with a limit of 6 substitutions: Satisfactory performance at a Category C1 or C2 tournament), three of which awarded $1,000+ in prizes.
39. Testing Requirement.
A rigorous essay examination designed to measure the applicant's understanding of the philosophies behind the rules. An experienced national TD grades the examination. The same form of the same examination may not be taken more than once by any applicant. If the NTD gives the exam a failing grade, the applicant may request that the exam be regraded by two additional experienced NTDs. A regrade will automatically occur if the applicant scored between 70%-79%. The final result of the grading process will then be the result given by at least two of the three graders. The same form of the same examination may not be taken more than once by any applicant.
The International Arbiter (IA)
The title of international arbiter is awarded by the World Chess Federation (FIDE).
The USCF will sponsor the international arbiter applications for current USCF members who are certified at the senior, ANTD, and NTD level and meet all the following requirements:
a. Thorough knowledge of the Laws of Chess and the FIDE Regulations for chess competitions;
b. Absolute objectivity, demonstrated at all times during his or her activity as an arbiter;
c. Sufficient knowledge of at least one official FIDE language;
d. Experience as chief or deputy arbiter in at least four category I events governed by the FIDE Laws of Chess and Rules of Play such as the following:
d1. The final of the National Adult Championship (not more than two);
d2. All official FIDE tournaments and matches;
d3. International title tournaments and matches;
d4. International chess festivals with at least 100 contestants.
44. Testing Requirement.
An essay examination designed to measure the applicant's understanding of the philosophies behind FIDE rules. An IA designated by the TDCC grades the examination.
International Arbiters may direct all Category I tournaments. In order to submit the tournament as a USCF rated tournament, the IA must also have a level of USCF TD certification appropriate to the USCF Category into which the tournament fits.
The expiration of IA certification is determined by FIDE. Currently (as of the adoption of these standards), international arbiters are certified for life.
47. Special Consideration.
The TDCC reserves the right to give special consideration to applicants in extraordinary situations. Requests detailing the extraordinary circumstances must be submitted in writing to the TDCC chairperson through the technical director.
The USCF may impose restrictions on a TD's certification upon documentation of technical incompetence, partiality, professional misconduct, or inefficiency.
49. Due Process.
Allegations of these offenses will be investigated by the TDCC or the executive director. The accused will be afforded due process. In every investigation the TDCC or executive director will consider the past accomplishments of the TD in service to chess, and other substantiated complaints against the TD.
Imposed restrictions may include warnings, probations, requirements of additional experience or testing to maintain or advance level, demotions of level, limitations on the types of tournaments that may be directed, temporary suspensions of directing certification, or permanent decertifications.
Any imposition of TD restrictions made by the executive director may be appealed to the TDCC. Any decision made by the TDCC may be appealed to the Policy Board. Any decision made by the Policy Board may be appealed to the Board of Delegates. All appeals should be filed within 30 days of notice of action taken. Restrictions will generally remain in effect during the appeals process.
Uniform Code of Discipline
52. Technical Incompetence.
In cases in which technical incompetence on the part of the TD has been demonstrated, the TDCC will normally impose additional testing requirements for the TD to maintain his or her level of certification. In extreme cases the TDCC may demote the TD's level of certification or suspend his or her certification until greater competence is demonstrated. Technical incompetence is typically demonstrated by gross misapplication of USCF's Official Rules of Chess.
In cases in which partiality on the part of the TD has been demonstrated, the TDCC will normally impose a suspension of directing privileges for a period not less than three months and not greater than three years. In extreme cases the TDCC may recommend permanent decertification to the Policy Board. Bribery, fraudulent reports, deliberately unfair pairing or scoring practices, deliberately inconsistent rules enforcement, and even minor irregularities that benefit the TD as a player in an event in which he or she is eligible for a prize typically demonstrates partiality.
54. Professional Misconduct.
In cases in which professional misconduct on the part of the TD has been demonstrated and reconciliation between the complainant and the TD cannot be achieved, the TDCC will normally issue a warning to the TD. Extreme cases of professional misconduct, especially when representing the USCF at a national tournament, may warrant certification demotion or suspension. Professional misconduct is typically demonstrated by denigration of a player, arrogance, rude behavior, and failure to respond to official inquiries by the executive director, his or her designee, or the TDCC.
In cases in which inefficiency has been demonstrated as the cause of a poorly directed tournament, the TDCC will normally issue a warning to the TD. In extreme cases certification may be suspended until the TD demonstrates improved procedural techniques. Inefficiency is typically demonstrated by lack of adherence to an announced tournament schedule, untimely or inaccurate posting of pairings and results, and untimely or inaccurate calculation of tournament-prize distributions.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MOTIONS THAT WERE PUBLISHED IN THE 2001 DELEGATES' CALL?
Please note: The original wording of all published motions can be found in the 2001 Delegates' Call, which is available online at www.uschess.org. The DM with the final wording (if any) and the disposition can be found in the table below.
Published ADM #
Disposition and Subject
PASSED - Re-election of Delegates-At-Large
Withdrawn - Alaska State Affiliate
PASSED - Approval of Agenda
PASSED - Approval of Standing Rules
PASSED - Appoint Mike Nolan Parliamentarian
PASSED - Ratification
SUBSTITUTE PASSED (NDM01-123) - Games Parlor Contract
Withdrawn - Games Parlor Contract
PASSED - Acceptance of 2000 Minutes
PASSED -Certification of Executive Board Election
Failed - Restore Rating List to Chess Life
PASSED AS AMENDED - Restore Yearbook to Chess Life
Withdrawn - Restore Rating List and Yearbook to Chess Life
PASSED AS AMENDED - Restore Delegates' contact info to Chess Life
PASSED - Volunteer Lists
Referred to Executive Board and Marketing Department - Volunteer Lists
PASSED - Stenographer
Published ADM #
PASSED AS AMENDED - Stenographer
Failed - Stenographer
Referred to Executive Board with ADM21, 23 through 27 - TLAs
Referred to Executive Board with ADM20, 23 through 27 - TLAs
PASSED - Promotional Memberships
Referred to Executive Board with ADM20, 21, 24 through 27 - TLAs
Referred to Executive Board with ADM20, 21, 23, 25 through 27 - TLAs
Referred to Executive Board with ADM20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27 - TLAs
Referred to Executive Board with ADM20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27 - TLAs
Referred to Executive Board with ADM20, 21, 23 through 26 - TLAs
PASSED AS AMENDED - Debt Repayment
Referred to LMA Management Committee - Building Repair and Maintenance
Referred to Executive Board - Line of Credit
PASSED - Financial Reporting
PASSED - LMA Investments
PASSED - Invitational Event Budget
SUBSTITUTE (NDM01-119) Referred to LMA, Finance, Bylaws, and Executive Board - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
Not considered individually - LMA
PASSED AS AMENDED - BINFO Distribution
Failed - Scholastic Dues Increase
SUBSTITUTE PASSED (NDM01-121) - Affiliate Commission
Withdrawn - Affiliate Commission
Referred to Executive Board - Affiliate Commission
SUBSTITUTE PASSED (NDM01-122) - Encumbrance of Building and Land
Withdrawn - LMA Borrowing
Withdrawn - Financial Reports
PASSED - Financial Reports
Withdrawn - Financial Reports
PASSED - Financial Reports
PASSED - Hire an Accounting Firm
PASSED - Budget
SUBSTITUTE (NDM01-117) PASSED - Drug Testing
Failed - Drug Testing
Failed - Drug Testing
PASSED - Drug Testing
PASSED AS AMENDED - FIDE Time Control
PASSED AS AMENDED - US Championship Time Control
PASSED - Campaign Statements for Executive Board Elections
Published ADM #
PASSED - Nominees for Delegate Elections
PASSED - Candidates who Receive No Votes in Delegate Elections
PASSED - State Appointment of Delegates When None are Elected
PASSED AS AMENDED - State Election Procedures
Failed - Financial Accountability
PASSED - Compensation for Committee Work
Referred to the Hall of Fame Comm. - Endorse Anthony Santasiere for the Chess Hall of Fame
Withdrawn - "Spyware" on USCL
MOOT - Rating System
Failed - Abolish Rating Floors
Withdrawn after introduction - Abolish Bonus and Feedback Points
PASSED - Changes in Rating System
Referred to Executive Board - Rename Rating Classes
Referred to Executive Board - Publish Processing Time for Memberships and Rating Reports
Withdrawn - Unpaid Rulebook Committee
Failed - Name Each Member of a Delegate Appointed Committee Individually
PASSED - Name Bylaws Committee
PASSED - Name Ethics Committee
PASSED - Name LMA Committee
PASSED AS AMENDED - Requirements for Nomination to Elected Office
PASSED by 3/4 Margin with Applause - Name Glenn Peterson a Life Alternate Delegate
PASSED - No Round of the US Open may Conflict with Delegates' Meeting
PASSED - US Open bids must Include Traditional Schedule
PASSED - 12 Round US Open Format
Referred to Executive Board - Winners of Sections in a National Championship
Withdrawn - USCF Membership Receipts
Withdrawn - USCF Membership Forms and Receipts
Referred to Executive Board - USCF Membership Documentation at Tournaments
PASSED - Candidate Disclosure of Potential Conflict of Interest
Referred to the Bylaws Committee - Restructuring of Executive Board
Referred to Executive Board - Office to Avoid Appearance of Bias in Elections
Withdrawn - Political Mailing from Office
Referred to Executive Board - Suggestions for Distinguished Service Awards
PASSED - Rescind Executive Board Censure of Bob Smith
Withdrawn - Move USCF Headquarters to Hall of Fame Building in Miami
Withdrawn - Elect Officers Annually
PASSED AS AMENDED - Compliance Report
Moot - 2000-2001 Executive Board Decisions
PASSED AS AMENDED - OMOV
Withdrawn - OMOV
PASSED - Who may Submit ADMs for Publication
Withdrawn - Who may Submit ADMs for Publication
PASSED - Include Willingness to Serve as a Factor in Listing Delegate Candidates
PASSED - Eliminate Signature Requirement for Delegate Election Ballots
PASSED - Clean up Existing Bylaw Wording
PASSED - Bylaw Wording Clarification re: Delegate At Large Election
Withdrawn - Encumbrance on Building
Referred to the Bylaws Committee - Tiebreaker Vote for President
Withdrawn - Many Subjects
WHAT NEW MOTIONS, NOT IN THE PUBLISHED AGENDA, WERE CONSIDERED?
Reference NDM #
Disposition and Description
PASSED - Substitute for ADM01-61 - Drug Testing
Failed - TLA
Referred to EB, LMA, Finance, Bylaws - Substitute for ADM 01-37 - Borrowing from LMA
PASSED - Expand LMA Committee to 7 members
PASSED - Substitute for ADM01-50 - Affiliate Commission
PASSED - Substitute for ADM01-53 - Encumbrance of Building and Land
PASSED - Substitute for ADM01-07
PASSED - USCF Membership Requirement for Delegates
Withdrawn after discussion - USCF Membership Requirement for Voters
PASSED AS AMENDED - New TD Certification Rules
Referred to LMA and Senior Committees - LMA to contribute to Senior Open
Referred to the Bylaws Committee - ED and CFO to be Non-voting Members of Board
Referred to Legal Task Force - Ads for Products or Services Illegal in Some States
Referred to Executive Board - TLA Fees
Referred to Executive Board - Five Free TLAs for Affiliates
PASSED AS AMENDED - Distribution of Rating Lists
Failed - Censure the Executive Board
Referred to Executive Board - Regionalize TLAs
Referred to Internet Committee - Electronic Submission of Rating Reports
PASSED - Rationales Encouraged for ADMs
Referred to Bylaws Committee - Comments with ADMs
Referred to Bylaws Committee - Alternate Executive Board Member
Referred to Executive Board - Redefine age for Scholastic Membership
PASSED - Seek sponsorship for US Opens
ACCLAMATION - Thank Parliamentarian
ACCLAMATION - Thank Chairman
ACCLAMATION - Thank Secretary and Tellers
PASSED - Adjourn in Memory of Alan Benjamin
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