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The Gazette - May 2012

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

Membership Secretary’s Report

As you will have noticed by now, there has been a bit of a reshuffle of the cabinet, I have thus swapped hats with David Hodgkins, who has faithfully held this post since 1995. I am sure you will all share my sentiments in thanking David for the excellent job he has done over the past 17 years. Wow, doesn’t that make ONE feel old? Especially given the fact that David is younger than me!

At the time of writing this report, I am afraid I’m still finding my feet, so I trust all the Gazettes have all found the right addresses and gone out in the right formats etc. If you have any problems in this regard, or if you have any changes to your address or choice of medium, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Since the last Gazette, to my knowledge we have had three new members join the BCA.

I would therefore like to extend a warm welcome to Paul Brookes, who has joined us as a life member and is a very welcome addition to the surprisingly small number of members who live in Birmingham. I hesitate to say Brummy, as Paul has only just moved to the area. Paul is a Braille user but prefers to be contacted by email.

Possibly even more surprising than the low representation from Birmingham is the even smaller number of Indian BCA members. If I am not mistaken, I believe that India was the birth place of this great game. It gives me great pleasure therefore to offer a warm welcome to Malolaprasath Thittanimutt (who thankfully is also simply known as Malola). Malola has joined as a life associate member, and moved to the UK all the way from Chennai, which as you know is the city that will be hosting the IBCA World Cup in August.

Finally, may I extend a warm welcome to June Warren, who has joined us as an associate member? June’s husband, Denis, joined us last year and has proven to be one of our keen correspondence players. I met June and Denis briefly at the AGM and am delighted to hear that they are both planning to come to the Chairman’s Cup at Bournemouth which is held ironically in June.

I am afraid I close my report on a more sombre note. Many of you will now be aware of the sad premature death of Shane Hall, who died on 14 March 2012. Despite suffering with poor health, Shane was a faithful attendee of many of our events, flying all the way from Dublin. Shane combined his passion for chess with his love of singing, though not at the same time I hasten to add! Shane, may you rest in peace, you will be sadly missed.

Gary Wickett