The annual meeting of the Chess Journalists of America was held in Los Angeles, California during the U. S. Open Championship. Following are the minutes of that meeting, held on August 6, 2003.

Minutes of 2003 Annual Meeting of CJA
August 6, 2003

Meeting Called to order at 10:10 am August 6. Present were Secretary/Treasurer Randy Hough, Editor John Hillery, Jami Anson, Frank Berry, Herman Chiu, Arnold Denker, Daren Dillinger, Mike Goodall, Roger Gotschall, Jerry Hanken, Elie Hsiao, Peter Kurzdorfer, Myron and Rachel Lieberman, Tim Redman, and Paul Truong.

Hough presided in the absence of the President and Vice President. The list of award winners (since posted on the website and published in the Journalist) was announced and the several winners who were present were acknowledged. Hough reported a balance of approximately $4850, with $700 owing from Chess Life for its many contest entries.

There was discussion of the tradition of awarding a life membership to the Chess Journalist of the Year. This has been observed only sporadically and officially requires a unanimous vote of the officers.

The issue of whether there should be an award for best state magazine of less than 500 circulation was raised.

Hough reported that promotional efforts such as sending sample copies to state federation magazine editors have had limited success but will be continued.

Hillery reported on the difficulties of securing articles for publication, and among those present, Hough and Hanken confessed to broken promises for articles.

Hillery reported on several recent mainstream articles (e.g., Atlantic Monthly and Wall Street Journal). There was discussion of linking to such articles, which in many cases is impossible because of either copyright restrictions or short-lived links.

The following were nominated for two-year terms and elected unanimously:

  • President Daniel Lucas
  • Vice President Daren Dillinger
  • Secretary/Treasurer Randy Hough

Meeting adjourned at 10:45.

  Respectfuly submitted,
Randy Hough
Secretary-Treasurer

Posted 16-September-2003

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