ICA's 2017 Annual Meeting Scheduled for November 18

 

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Chess Association will be held Saturday, November 18 at Naperville North High School.

Agenda is pending, but the meeting should commence around 7:00 pm.

Earlier in the day, Warren Scholars and ICA Rising Stars will receive training, followed by a blitz tournament and an awards banquet.

The winner of the Natalie Broughton Award will be announced at the banquet. (Cancelled)

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Opportunities Available To Serve as Delegate to US Chess Business Meetings in Wisconsin During Late Summer of '18

 

Late next summer, representatives from most states will convene in Middleton, WI (outside Madison) to discuss updates to the US Chess rulebook and matters of importance in the governance of the nation's primary chess organization.

Based on its membership, Illinois is currently authorized to send five delegates, along with multiple alternates.

Under ICA bylaws, notice is required to be "posted on the ICA website at least 30 days in advance of such selection" and shall ask those interested in serving in these positions "apply in writing and confirm their ability and intent to attend."

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ICA Seeks Downstate Board Member

 

Although the ICA Board is nine members strong -- a step up from where we were in the prior year -- we're still one short according to ICA bylaws. While ICA President Bill Feldman has received several inquiries from individuals within Cook County and its six surrounding "collar" counties, there is a strong hope to find additional representation involving any of the other 95 Illinois counties.

At this point, the board is meeting telephonically on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 so that availability is important, along with a strong interest in expanding chess in Illinois and enhancing ICA services. Finances for the 56-year old 501 (c) (3) are incredibly solid, so we'd like to hear from folks willing to work cooperatively to guide a sea-worthy vessel.

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Volunteeers Sought for ICA Bid Committee

 

Have you been a few tournaments and pondered how all the pieces have come together, from the amount of awards to the size of the playing hall to the availability of places to sit between rounds? The entry fees? The number of tournament directors -- and their experience levels?

No detail goes unexamined!  All these and more are discussed by the ICA's Bid Committee when they are asked to evaluate competitive bids for various ICA events.

Have you attended an ICA K-8 (usually in March) and/or the ICA All-Grade (usually in November)? What about the Illinois Open or Illinois Class?

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Opportunity For ICA Involvement; IL Open & IL Class Staffing

 

The Illinois Chess Association is a statewide non-profit helping to promote chess education and the enjoyment of chess competition. We're an all-volunteer organization, and although financially solid, it takes a lot of human capital for the organization to fulfill its mission.

Effective February 1, 2017, a new Executive Board was installed, and effective this week, three new at-large board members joined the oversight of the organization: Jeff Yasumoto, Eva Harrison and Paul Carey. David Rockwell has agreed to become Treasurer through the 2017-2018 calendar years.

These four are already keeping the President on his toes with insightful email exchanges!

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