The Canadian ASL Association - membership drive

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The Canadian ASL Association (CASLA) is looking for new members.


The primary mission of the CASLA is to run the Canadian ASL Open (CASLO) each year. We have been doing that for sixteen years. We have a secondary mission to connect Canadian ASL players to each other.


There are several reasons that you should consider for joining the CASLA. First, you think that an annual, reliable, well run Canadian ASL tournament, that you can plan to attend months ahead of time, is a good thing. Second, you would like that tournament to sometimes be in your city. Third, you would like a vote in choosing the location of the CASLO.


Our tournament is sort of a “plug ‘n play” tournament. We have a documented and well established tournament format that makes every round important and gives all participants a final ranking of their performance in relation to other participants.


When you pay the membership fee to join the CASLA, you are eligible to vote on where the next Canadian ASL Open will be held, and to propose changes to the tournament format. As well, you are eligible to submit a proposal to bring the CASLO to your Canadian city. Running the CASLO sometimes takes more money than we can obtain through tournament registration fees; the CASLA membership fees exist to have a cash reserve to pay for excess tournament expenses when the registration fees do not cover all the expenses. Being a paid member also entitles one to a five dollar discount on registration for the Canadian ASL Open. Americans may join the CASLA, but the tournament must be held in a Canadian city.


To submit a proposal to host the Canadian ASL Open, you need to be able to reserve a hotel meeting room of at least 700 square feet (bigger is better) for a maximum of three hundred dollars per day on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The hotel should have a restaurant and bar, or be within easy walking distance of restaurants and bars. Usually, the member submitting the successful proposal also becomes the tournament director that year, but that is not a requirement. The tournament director, and two other CASLA members, make up the tournament staff. They are responsible for arranging the location, making the tournament scenario lists, arranging for plaques and prizes and printing up the scenario packages.


To date, this tournament has been held in Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Winnipeg is the default location if no member makes a successful proposal to bring the tournament to another city.


Our membership drive usually lasts until November 1 each year, but because the 2012 CASLO was held in May for the first time ever, this deadline has been changed to August 1 this year. Immediately following the membership drive, we will hold our annual virtual meeting by email.


The CASLA membership fee is ten dollars per fiscal year, which normally runs from October 1st to September 30th. This year is an exception; new registrations and renewals received after October 1, 2011 will confer membership in CASLA until September 30, 2013.


To join the Canadian ASL Association, you have two options to pay the membership fee. Send ten dollars by PayPal to casla@videotron.ca (send it as a gift) or send a cheque for ten dollars, payable to the Canadian ASL Association, to:


Michael Rodgers
5187 Beamish
Pierrefonds, QC
H8Z 3G4


Below is a list of the current members.


Blair Bellamy
Michael Bourgeault
Chris Doary
Andre Escobedo
Josh Gilbert
Dave Hall
Keith Hill
Steffen Knippel
Bradley Knoll
Darren Kovacs
Eric Laimer
Ron Levreault
Erik Lindblad
Rob MacDonald
Reg Plummer
Michael Rodgers
Steve Slunt
Jim Suderman
Mike Suderman
Paul Suderman
Jeff Wasserman
Liam Whalen
Russel Williams
Ken Young
 

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Cool. Four more people have joined the CASLA.
JP Hoekstra
Nick Hoekstra
Martin Hicks
William Crowe
 
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