Business Meetings and Minutes

2019 Super State Scholastic TCA Meeting Agenda

  1. Reading of the minutes of previous meeting by the Secretary
  2. Financial report by the Treasurer
  3. President’s Semi-Annual Report to the Members
  4. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Updates
  5. New Business

Minutes from December 10 TCA Teleconference


Tom Crane, Chris wood, Norma Guerra, Troy Gillispie, David Harvey, Jim Hollingsworth, Renate Garcia, Anthony Guerra

Opening Remarks

Tom commented on Texas Knights cover page and told Renate the parade picture was great. Rules of the teleconference, use mute if not speaking. Not in the agenda, Jeff French as editor has resigned. If someone knows a good person to be an editor, please reach out to Tom Crane.

Background checks

Tom has not setup this committee to interact. Tom will email them and engage the committee. Needs email addresses. Renate to provide them. Norma Guerra will join the committee. She has experience with background checks through the school system.

Status of By-Laws

Eddie, Luis David, Forest team working the By-Laws. They need to be ready by State, March 2019. Any changes need to be voted on by the committee. We would like to add P&L transparency added to the by-laws. Need to see them by January 31st – be prepared to discuss on February conference call.

How do we count our members

Open discussion followed. Proposed changing how we define TCA membership as anyone with USCF membership. Chris and Jim would like to restructure memberships: tournament memberships and additional level for those who want to participate. Proposed changing who can vote in future elections. You must be have enhanced membership which controls who can vote. Jim stated if he could show more participants, he could get bigger donations. Renate pointed out we already have a tier system in place. Renate would like to see more TCA tournaments to show value to joining TCA. TCA insurance policies – look at risk/benefit. Chris says its easier to get the insurance than to book the hotels. Tom pointed out its getting people to participate. Norma stated most clubs already have the insurance. Nation Wide – go through the USCF. Tom will take the action to see what the TCA insurance covers.

USCF Delegates

Tom is looking for members who will be attending in August 3rd through August 11th.

Financial Report

Tom is looking for a CPA to run an audit. Tom to take an action to get a quote to do the audit from his CPA contact.

TCA- Growing TD Skills

Taking Texas State and Amateur and Southwest Open out of the Metroplex.  The Southwest Open in 2019 will move to South Austin. This will create training opportunities for TD growth. The Texas State and Amateur will get a lot of support. Looking for someone to run it. Looking for people with limited experience to grow their leadership skills. Tom is thinking Houston area and how it will be structured.

Regional Reports

Open Discussion. Region 10 is having a regional event. We have no director in this region. 26th of January Eddie is looking at this date. We do have another booking on this date. Tom is working through the issues and will select a director in the near future.

Tom’s Closing

Tom recapped background checks. We engage the committee to kick off discussion. By-Laws committee to wrapped up by January 31, 2019. Discussion about membership options. Tom will look at getting a quote to do an audit. Bids still open on Tournaments listed on Facebook.


The meeting was adjourned by Tom Crane at 9:15pm.

Minutes submitted by: Lonann French, Secretary, TCA

TCA Teleconference Tenth of December

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Topic: Tom Crane’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Dec 10, 2018 7:55 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Teleconference October 22 Minutes

Below are the non-approved minutes of the TCA teleconference meeting held on October 22, 2018.


The regular meeting of the Texas Chess Association was called to order at 8:00pm on Zoom teleconference by Tom Crane.


Tom Crane, Jeff French, Rob Jones (region 3), Jose Plasencia (region 4), Jim Hollingsworth, Lonann French, Louis Reed, Chris Wood, David Ortez (region 10), Rueben Arzaga (region 4), Troy Gillespie, David Cantu (region 4)

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was unanimously approved as distributed.

Approval of Minutes

Motion to approve former minutes of meetings brought by Lonann French. Motion approved unanimously.

Old Business

Background checks:

Motion passed – but the mechanics of how we do background checks needs to be addressed. Deadline pushed to Jan 1 2020. Open discussion: OPTION: Check the sexual predator website for anyone working around children. Limit this scope to scholastic TCA events. Jim Hollingsworth suggested pointing a committee to work out the details. Tom Crane appointed Region 10 to research and present a process to implement. David Cantu, David Ortez, and Troy Gilllespie shall form the committee.

New Business

Regional Reports:

  • Region 4: Activity discussed: October 26th Regional tournament, El Paseo Open 3rd week of Nov. Nov 10th non- rated tournament.
  • Region 3: Activity discussed: Texas Jr in Southlake. 13th Scott Watkins, North America Telugu. Looking for ways to bring in more schools. Region 3 tournament in the DCC expect close to 300 children.
  • Region 2: Activity discussed: Feb 9th at Kim Wood’s school.
  • Region 10: Activity discussed: two tournaments, hosting weekly meetings. Tournaments every Sat.

Texas Knights

Next Texas Knights to publish around the 25th of November. Deadline to submit material 10th of November. Jeff has some backlog material but is always looking for regional information. Jeff would like results of games and pictures of winners. Jeff only requires rated tournament and would like to see a Texas player.

Status of updating the by-laws:

Luis is working on updating the by-laws.

USCF Delegates

Tom has until November 1st to submit our list. If you are going to the US Open, or know someone that is going, please ask t hem to contact Tom so he can put their name on the list. (Tom Crane, Jeff and Lonann French, Troy Gillespie)

Financial Report

Financial Report: 17K in the accounts. There’s a link on Texas Knights showing detail. There is an intention to audit the books. As a 501C(3) we can get donations after the audit. The audit is key to fund raising per Jim Hollingsworth. Jim has asked adding his name as fund raising person on the website – Chris Wood to adjust website.

Open Discussion:

Jim Hollingsworth would like a Veterans and Women’s Committees in order to keep focus on these two tournaments. Tom to take under advisement.
Tom asked how do we determine membership count? Jeff stated Barb keeps a running list. Jim has analysis on count by membership type.


The meeting was adjourned by Tom Crane at 9:00pm.

Minutes submitted by:
Lonann French, Secretary TCA

October Telecon Meeting

Join President Tom Crane and other officers on a Telecon Meeting on Monday, October 22, 2018.

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Tom Crane is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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  • Opening remarks – Why are we trying this.
  • Background checks – obviously a very contentious issue but the way to do this isn’t quite as obvious.  We need to close on this and decide.  I will offer a couple of suggested paths that we can discuss.
  • Regional Reports – this is each Regional Directors opportunity to discuss things that are happening in their Region, mention large upcoming tournament’s, or bring up any issues important to them that we need t address.
  • Status of updating the by-laws.
  • USCF Delegate’s – I have until November 1st to submit our list.  If you are going to the US Open, or know somebody that is going, please ask them to contact me so I can put them on the list.
  • Financial report
  • Just a mention how much we have in our accounts.
  • Plan to audit and why we’re doing it
  • Other as suggested to me for inclusion, I want this telecon to last no longer than an hour but we can go longer if there are important things that need to be discussed.

TCA October Meeting Agenda 2018