To the Members of the CJA:
It is time for me to say goodbye as CJA president. I can look back with some satisfaction that we have seen several important accomplishments as an organization.
- Establishment of an excellent website that has communicated with
its membership in a timely manner and that helped the CJA awards process
in ways not seen before. We owe a great deal to our webmaster, J.
- The "reuniting" of the CJA and Cramer Awards as one process. Fred
Cramer always meant it to be that way, and a good group of people
demonstrated that you can put politics aside and get something done
that's just good for chess. My only regret is that Don Schultz's efforts
to pry the money that was intended for the award from the greedy little
group that's keeping it have not yet succeeded.
- We have brought the internet into the CJA awards. There is a lot
of great stuff out there, and new formats such as a chess.fm or chess
cafe, among others, are challenging us to rethink what an "article"
or an "interview" is or, indeed, what reporting is.
- We have a a regularly issued magazine with an editor ,John Hillary,
who is conscientious, alert to what's going on in the chess world,
These are all good things about our organization that have changed
for the better in recent years. I am personally pleased that I helped
in this process. My one real regret is that I did not get all the awards
certificates to the people that earned them. It is entirely my fault
and I apologize to those deserving people. If anyone has not received
an awards certificate (from any year) please contact me (PTamburro@aol.com)
and I will immediately send it to you.
Six years ago I accepted this position (and even VP before that) because nobody else wanted to do it. Today, my professional and personal obligations and circumstances simply do not leave room for volunteer activities, and haven't for several years. At the US Open you need to select someone else.
There are many talented people out there in our membership. The remaining
officers, Selby and Randy, are such people. There are others among you,
if not all of you. We need more than a few, because there is a great
deal to be done:
- We really need a person, even if not the president, to aggressively
pursue the state website webmasters, state magazines and their contributors
to get them to join the CJA.
- We need to have a better content in our journal. It's not the editor's
fault. We scarcely get any articles on how to do journalism better
or critical reviews or anything. You can't edit what you don't get.
The membership needs to contribute to make it a useful, professional
journal. As an example, the Massachusetts site had an explanation
on how to get USCF tournament crosstables for your state on disk and
then put them into your magazine. That should be in our journal. Technical
stuff is especially welcome.
- We need to think about expanding our borders--maybe starting with
English language countries and invite Britain, Canada, Australia and
anyone else publishing in print or on the net in English. It may seem
radical to some, but we really ought to try it. Chess is transforming
into a dynamic world wide community. Chess players from 56 nations
have listened to my lectures on chess.fm. I get mail from England
and Thailand and Eastern Europe. It has been eye-opening. It is an
opportunity for us to come up with dynamic ideas and experiments to
be on the cutting edge of this.
I hope that more than a few of you, my colleagues, are up to it.