Minutes for a meeting of Council held at

The Park Royal at Parramatta on Saturday 27th September 2014, commencing at 10.30am.


  1. Attendance. S.Press (Chairman), B.Jones, L.Jones , J.Ramsden, P.Maylott ,C.Parsons, J.Williams.
  2. Apologies. A.Sims, S.Priest.
  3. Previous minutes confirmed. Moved B.Jones. Seconded J.Ramsden.
  4. Addressed General Business from April Council. No further action required.
  5. Correspondence tabled from Dr.C.Barnett and Governor General.
  6. Presidents Report.
  • The Significant undertaking is of course the ICCF Congress.
  • Thanks to Brian Jones and his family who made the Congress happen.
  • Membership has stabilised. While the CCLA is operating steadily.
  • The League is not growing but is sustaining itself. Naturally an expanding organisation is desirable.
  • The big question is what we are to become in the future. Postal chess is being overtaken by technological change. The ICCF congress presents an opportunity to see how other Countries are dealing with this change.
  • I believe we can all work together over the next 12 Months and come up with best way forward. Any change will be driven by technology, but how we will do business.
  1. Treasurer’s Report.
  • Loss for the 2013 year was $ 3,132.92. This was largely due to writing off stationery of $2,669.00
  • With membership stabilising so are the Finances. We’re “keeping our head above water”
  • ICCF fees are minimal. While ACCQ costs are $ 4569.00(2013) compared to $5606.76 in 2009.
  • The question for the treatment of Members’ credits and audit will be shelved for the meeting.
  1. International Secretary’s Report.
  • The 85th Anniversary will be celebrated with two tournaments. The first the Australian Masters and the Reserves. These are open for Australian and International players.
  • Australian players should have the opportunity to gain International awards.
  • 3 Friendly Matches started this week. Matches against Russia and Germany will commence shortly. Both teams are very strong.

9 General Business.

The Following was decided.

  • Approve expenditure of $ 6,250.00. Authority to reinvest.
  • Query from L.Kempen as per eligibility for Senior’s Championship . Decided that age at January 1st is the compliant date. Decided not allowed to compete.
  • All major events are now yearly including State Championships
  • All events are now webserver except for Parker Sendak and Laughton
  • Seniors will be played on the most requested platform (webserver or Post) or both if demand warrants. For members aged 60 or above at January 1st.
  • Australian Women’s Championship annual and on webserver
  • Australian Junior Championships for members aged 20 years or below as at January 1st
  • ICCF Tie break system to be employed
  • Where format of an event is not specified (postal or webserver) Council liaising with participants shall determine format.


10 . Other Business

  • Congress will vote on 17 proposals
  • Customise website
  • Bicycle events to be rated.
  • Val Oliver’s concerns addressed as follows. Starting rating. Disparity between OTB, Online and CCLA ratings. The nominal 1400 rating, have some players horribly overrated for people are beginners, who become discouraged after losing and then resign. Proposed Beginners 800, 1 years experience 1050, regular social player 1180
  • S.Press New set of rules for new members.

11. Next Meeting. Canberra 24th January 2015.

CCLA Council Meeting Minutes – April 2014

Minutes of Council held on Saturday 26th  April 2014 at Parramatta Town Hall at 11.00am.

1) Attendance. S.Press (chair), B.Jones, A.Sims, J.Ramsden, P.Maylott, J.Williams.

2) Apologies.C.Parsons, S.Priest.

3) Confirmation of previous minutes, moved S.Press seconded P.Maylott.

4) Business arising from previous meeting, noted, no further action.

5) Nothing significant.

6) Presidents Report. Usual challenges of Correspondence Chess in the 21st providing valuable services to our members, whilst adapting new technologies. Hosting of the ICCF Congress, planning and finances are solid. International friendlies and NAPZ are going well. While Webserver of domestic events has proven successful. CCLA rating systems on website, is progressing guided by S.Press, C.Murden and M.Finch. Noted was the passing of John Kable and Malcolm Broun. John was a hard worker for the League over many years, while Malcolm recently rejoined after an absence of a number of years. Ken Allan has resigned as stationery officer and Shaun Press has taken this role while Paul Dunn is the archivist . Rex Burgess has resigned as Vice President, a role assumed by Stephen Priest.

7) International Secretary’s Report. Major Australian events started at the end of March. 2014 Webserver with Australian Championship and Reserves and the NSW and Victorian Titles. There were 30 entries in 2014 Postal events. Since March 2013 fourteen Bicycle events were started. International matters. ICCF rebates 104.25 euro and 158.60 green back. New friendly Matches started are as follows. Canada (30), Romania (35), Cuba (20), Finland (20), Czech Republic (40). ICCF Congress planning is going well, re Budgets, time table, Congress schedule, banquets, entertainments etc. Other matters included the ACCQ magazine and suspension of one of our member.

8) Master Point Coordinator’s Report. Few members entitled to Master Points from overseas events actually were awarded. With the advent of the ICCF webserver these events became readily accessible. As such there is a back log of Master Points that needed to be awarded. This in turn has resulted in four new Masters, Gross, Kershaw, Sutton and Tanti. In addition subject to confirmation, four Candidate Masters. Broun (RIP), Jones, Lawrence and McIntyre.

9) General Business. ACCQ overseas distribution cancelled. Matthew Clarke’s suspension over for ICCF events. Banned for future events, leave to B.Jones judgement. 85th tournament, B.Jones delegate for CCLA with authority to vote. Vice President to be Stephen Priest. Moved S.Press seconded B.Jones. Carried unanimously .

10) Next Meeting re Congress to be held on 27th September 2014