76th Oklahoma Open State Championship
OCA annual business meeting & elections
Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Broken Arrow
Sunday, June 27, 2021 The meeting convened at 8:00 a.m.
In attendance: Chris Amburgy 2020-21 at-large Tom Braunlich Harold Brown Steve Byas Jerry Casteel Paul Covington Chris Dooley Stephen Gehly 2020-21 at-large Shaun Graham-Bowcaster James Gray 2020-21 treasurer Rebecca Rutledge Bruce Wells Rubin Wells Chuck Unruh 2020-21 president Joe Veal 2020-21 vice president
not present: Charles Unruh 2020-21 secretary James Bedenbaugh 2020-21 at-large New business
Motion from Chuck Unruh to hold election of new board members was approved.
Chris Amburgy was elected to the office of president.
Harold Brown was elected to the office of vice president.
Jerry Casteel was elected to the office of treasurer.
Rebecca Rutledge was elected to the office of secretary.
Paul Covington was elected to an at-large position.
Steven Gehly was elected to an at-large position.
Joe Veal was elected to an at-large position.
Chuck Unruh will serve in an advisory capacity in his position as past president.
Joe Veal was elected USCF delegate for Oklahoma. Paul Covington is the alternate.
ochess.org has been updated to reflect the new and re-elected board members.*
A motion to plan a Seniors tournament* in early 2022 was approved.
Harold Brown volunteered to organize the event.
Jerry Casteel volunteered to TD.
In addition to a seniors tournament, Harold Brown suggested a broader initiative to encourage greater participation among Oklahoma’s senior players.
The need for new venues was discussed, particularly for the 77th Oklahoma Open.
Tom Braunlich said the Holiday Inn Tulsa is a possibility.
Rubin Wells and Rebecca Rutledge (and possibly Josie Braddy) will investigate possible venues in the Oklahoma City area.
Jerry Casteel told us about the South Dakota Governor’s Cup, for which corporate donations are solicited for prize funds and IMs/GMs are brought in for side events (simuls, lectures etc.) The possibility of holding a similar event in Oklahoma was discussed.
Such an event would need to be planned six months to one year in advance.
A senior TD would be required.
Paul Covington suggested that obtaining at 501(c)3 designation would strengthen the organization’s ability to attract donations (for a Governor’s Cup-type event or for other purposes).
Harold Brown and Rebecca Rutledge agreed that this could be worth looking into.
Jim Gray disagreed, saying a 501(c)3 was unnecessary and that the requirements were too onerous to merit such a move.
It was pointed out that since Oklahoma Scholastic Chess Organization is a 501(c)3, donations for a tournament with a scholastic side event could be solicited through OSCO.
Tom Braunlich suggested that Oklahoma Chess Monthly might serve as the state’s official USCF affililate publication as required by OCA bylaws.
Chris Amburgy plans to discuss this with Tom and report to the board.
Tom Braunlich told members and the board about a new chess club to be held Saturday afternoons (1:30—) upstairs at Harvard Avenue Baptist Church in Tulsa. The first meeting is planned for July 11.
Also in Tulsa, the Friday-night group that meets at Panera Bread is still active, and the “Chess Fools” Zoom group still meets on Saturday mornings.
Steve Byas presented information about a new weekly chess club in Norman.
ochess.org* has been updated with listings for these clubs.
Oklahoma Scholastic Chess update
OSCO president Chris Amburgy said board elections for that organization will be held soon.
2019-2020 OCA treasurer Jim Gray presented the financial report through 2020.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 a.m.