With the new CSCA elections just around the corner, here is some food for thought, and things I have seen other State Chess Organizations do, that I would like to see the CSCA (Colorado State Chess Association) to consider:
- Ability to sign up/renew memberships online:
The Massachusetts Chess Association has a good example of this.
Along the same lines, it would be nice if online registration was available for more tournaments.
- Monthly newsletter – Klaus Johnson was doing this for a while, and would be nice to see this again.
- Updated website:
The CSCA website has looked exactly the same for the past 10+ years. It would be cool to give it a more modern look, possibly with WordPress as a backend. Drag it kicking and screaming into Web 2.0. It still has the “look and feel” of a website written by hand in HTML in the late 1990s.
WordPress also comes with the ability to add users who can make modifications. This would eliminate the “single point of failure” problem that comes from having to have a webmaster do everything. For example recently a TLA had the wrong registrations times listed, and the DCC was unable to get them changed.
I see lots of clubs and organizations that have their own twitter feeds, facebook pages and events, email invitations to tournaments, photo albums and cool websites where you can download large databases of games in PGN format, look at back issues of state magazines, etc. None of this is on the CSCA website.
Take a look at any random 10-15 state websites, and you will have a dozen ideas of how the CSCA website could be modernized and ideas that could be implemented fairly easily (and also will see a fair share of websites that are terrible, and way worse than the CSCA lol).
Also get rid of the krappy Microsoft Paint “State Flag” logo and use Fred Spell’s logo above on the website.
- Don’t change the CO tour
While it has it’s flaws, and is not a perfect system, I don’t recommend trying to fix something that isn’t broken.
Just because one person doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean you have to do anything about it.
- Updated online tour points
Would be nice to be able to see this info online. Also list all of the points, not just the top ten lists.
- CO Chess Informant
It sounds like the costs for printing and mailing the CO Chess Informant are getting too high, and going online makes the most sense. If so, I would like to see the Informant not just be the same creature it is now as a PDF online, but instead take advantage of things that you can only do online – such as click and move boards, articles where people can leave comments, etc.
It might be possible to still have one or two printed magazines per year, which might be nice.
If it goes 100% online, I think that the membership dues should be lowered as well.
All of these ideas I believe to be reasonable, doable, and inexpensive. They are all things I have seen other clubs do, or things that the CSCA has done in the past, but no longer does.
Just like the moves 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7, lets be more “modern”!
And one final note – I know that being a chess officer in the CSCA or any chess club can be a thankless job, so I want to say a warm and sincere Thanks to the current board, and to those who decide to run for office next year. I mean no criticism, but only want to give some of my ideas.