Today we set up a business bank account at BB&T. This means we will now begin collecting membership dues.
- Adult dues are $25/year
- Student dues are $10/year
- Senior dues are $10/year.
What do you get for your dues?
Your dues, first and foremost, will go towards setting up an annual Tallahassee Open. We will need to be able to guarantee a prize fund to draw in players from outside Tallahassee. Also, we will need to rent somewhere to hold the tournament. Your dues will help to that end. Holding a tournament here in Tallahassee means you don’t have to pay the travel expenses (hotel, gas, dining out, etc.) that is required when you travel to play in a chess tournament. This will save you $200 or more!
Our monthly “First Wednesday” tournament will be $5 for members and $7 for non-members. If you play every month that will be worth $24 by itself. Any additional local tournaments, like the Capital City Chess Championship we held on October 23rd, will similarly have a lower rate for member vs. non-members.
Tallahassee Open Planning Committee
Speaking of the Tallahassee Open, our Vice-president Colin Dougherty, is heading up the planning committee for this. Please speak with him about helping out. Even if all you can do is make a few calls to see how much meeting facilities will be. Also, as a bonus, you can earn 25 TIPP’s for serving on the Tallahassee Open Planning Committee.
Club Tournament Director
I received my Club Level Tournament Director Certification from the United States Chess Federation. This is good for 3 years and is renewable. We will now be able have USCF rated tournaments with up to 50 players. I can also submit matches for rating by the USCF. If there is anyone that wishes to have a rated match or even a small tournament such as a quad, please let me know and we’ll make it happen.