The Bahamas Chess Federation hold meetings every Month on the 1st Sundy at 3:00pm sharp at the C. C. Sweeting Senior
High School located on College Avenue
Minutes of Meeting May 4, 2003
Ryan Austin (RA), Thierry Boeuf (TB), Bobby Bower (BB), Ikechi Curry (IC), Leroy Mclean (LM), Warren Seymour (WS), Byron Small
(BS), Clive Stuart (CS).
1)Call To Order
was called to order by President Mr. Thierry Boeuf at .
2)Approval of Agenda
no agenda prepared for this meeting thus there was no approval to be made by attending members.
3)Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Leroy McLean. The minutes were approved by Byron Small, and seconded by Vice-President
4)Matters Arising from Minutes
a)After receiving copies of Vice-President (WS) school training schedule the federation reviewed, as Mr.
Seymour explained what was going on.After which President (TB) stated that the
federation would need 12 eligible Trainers that could consist of Senior and/or Junior players to teach chess at these schools.
(TB) stated that these trainers would follow the course outlined by the BCF board, which would be taken from grandmaster Lev
Alburts Chess Course Volume 1 and 2.
(TB) also noted that the training process is important to implement and that everybody that goes to train, should first be
(WS) stated that once a trainers' list is generated, we should invite these people to the next monthly meeting.
b)President (TB) stated that he has emailed Mr. Paul Wallace-Whitfield for Freeport and is currently pending
(TB) stated that Vincent Wallace Treasurer of the BOA gave him the name of a Mr. Harcourt Rolle, who is the office administrator
of the BOA.
stated that he has to call Mr. Rolle and schedule a meeting, and that all persons interested in attending should contact him.
c)The President (TB) stated that the BCF is still looking for a place to call its headquarters and that
RA is responsible for contacting Nikita Austin at COB to confirm a possibility before a formal approach is made.
d)The President (TB) requested that the Financial Report and 2003 Budget be presented to the board.
(BB) stated that he was unable to produce the report for the current meeting since he just received the documents before the
meeting and will present it at the next monthly meeting.This was accepted by
e)The President (TB) requested that the propositions of Amendment of the Constitution Report be presented
to the Board.
(LM), and Vice-President (WS), who are in charge of the Amendment Committee, reported that they were working on the matter
and will present it at the next monthly meeting.This was accepted by the President.
f)Secretary (LM) noted that a letter be sent to Jamaican Chess Federation President Mr. E. M Wilkinson
to somewhat cement the relationship between the two organizations.
(TB) stated that because it was Vice-President (WS) that had direct contact with Mr. Wilkinson this responsibility would be
(TB) stated that we should email the federations surrounding the Bahamas
to request tournament information.
5)New Business/ Correspondence
a)Secretary (LM) stated that the BCF board should follow the format of the constitution, (Article No. 16)
which outlines meeting format.
(LM) strongly stated that a Meeting Agenda be put together as well as correspondence be read, whether it was sent by email
or P O Box.
b)(RA) stated that for the convenience of previously absent members someone should take the initiative to
bring copies of the minutes of the previous meeting to monthly meetings.
(BB) stated that he would take this responsibility and bring at least 5 copies of previous minutes to monthly meetings.
c)(BS) inquired on whether the Government of The Bahamas still requested a list of officers in the Chess
(TB) stated that they still do, though he received this request in the middle of the chess year, a time when new officers
are unable to be determined.
d)President (TB) stated that he received a mail inviting the Chess Federation to be apart of a exhibition
on Saturday May 10, 2003.
The BCF Board
agreed that the federation is prepared to participate.
(TB) stated that at this exhibition there can be simultaneous games where any member of the federation can play, and also
Mr. Seymour can host his weekly chess training at this venue.
(TB) noted that once confirmed about the event, he will email all chess federation members to inform them of the event.
e)Vice-President (WS) stated that a Mr. Brian Evans at Insurance Management said that he would give the
BCF support in ways that he can, and it would be a good idea to use his office to make the necessary number copies of chess
f)President (TB) stated that RA has to transfer the current website to our new address (www.bahamas-chess-federation.org)
and in the main time work on a more professional website.
(BB) stated that we should get a designer to design the website.Possible suggestions
would be designers in Poland, Russia or even India since they are cheap and really good.
g) (BS) stated that the first impression is very important when visiting a website. All
present Members agreed that we should add colors or even a different
design to attract other people and organizations.
that he has done some work with the logo and the President (TB) asked him to email it to present members to get their input.
h)Treasurer (BB) stated that sponsorship should be a topic at monthly meetings before the BCF runs into
financial problems.There could be a drive or campaign to earn money.
(LM) stated that the BCF could get a good sponsorship from Sun International.To
go about this we would have to contact Mr. Ed. Fields.
(BB) said that he will call Mr. Ed Fields at Sun International
that a major tournament could be hosted at Sun International.
i)Good news in the federation, the President (TB) stated that the BCF got great news coverage on the
Scholastic Tournament in the April 17th issue of the Nassau Tribune.
j)More good news, the President (TB) stated that the BCF received the 1500 dollar cheque from Vitamalt
after 1 year and a half of constant follow up by himself.
the President (TB) on his tireless effort to promote the advancement of the BCF.