Bringing Chess to Visually Impaired People

The Gazette - November 2001

Edited by Peter Price
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

FROM THE SECRETARY

I would like to refer you to my article "Report from the Committee" which appeared in the August issue. I wrote of our need to recruit and keep new members and of the need to bring in more young players. I also asked for volunteers to help in various ways. I have to admit that I have found it very disheartening that only one member responded with some quite stern criticism and some useful suggestions. If you want your committee to maintain enthusiasm you must give it your encouragement and active support. If all we get is, what appears to be, listless apathy how can you expect us to remain enthusiastic? I am asking you to look again at "Report from the Committee" page 3 August issue. See what we are trying to do and see if you can help. Come along to the AGM and share in the discussions. It's your organisation, why not show that you feel yourself part of it by joining us

During the past 40 years I have been a member of several organisations through good and bad times. BCA has enjoyed a pretty good run with a gradual but solid development over the past 20 years. We have now entered a trough. Many of the stalwarts are in their 60's and 70's. We are not getting young enthusiastic members to take over the running of the organisation. Sadly we have lost some of our most loyal supporters and members through illness or death.

I have not consulted the committee before writing this article. I have taken the liberty, after 21 years' service on the committee, to issue this warning:

If we do not succeed in recruiting more active members to revitalise BCA and if more of the existing members do not show more loyalty and give more encouragement and support, BCA is destined, in a relatively short period, to fade into insignificance.

Stan Lovell.