New Announcements for Nov 12:
Hi, all — An early e-mail about club next week. The 12th is our very special event featuring Mr. Robert Katende of the Disney movie Queen of Katwe. This is a normal club night, and attendance is expected the same as any other week.
We realize the night will run late and that not everyone can stay the whole night. For your planning purposes, here is the flow of events.
There will be an attendance sheet for self check-in when you arrive — same place as the check-in desk normally is.
There will be a volunteer taking donations for the Robert Katende Initiative all night.
If you pre-registered using the link on the web page: http://hrchessclub.org/katende/
— and indicated you wanted to be considered for the simul, a random drawing using a computer program will be done at midnight on 11/11 (Monday). If you don’t pre-register thru that link and indicate “yes” to the simul by Monday night, your name will not be in the drawing.
Those who entered early will have their name in the drawing up to 19 times (1 time for each day) — not a guarantee you will be chosen, but it increases your odds. Those chosen will be immediately notified via e-mail, so check your e-mail Tuesday morning when you wake up.
Mr. Katende will take 10 players at a time, and we will keep another 10-15 in a holding room (with boards to play casually while they wait) to roll in as boards free up (in numbered order), until the time is up (about 2 hours total). While this is going on, the movie Queen of Katwe will be playing in the Fellowship Hall, and concessions will be open, with all proceeds benefiting the Robert Katende Initiative, so please plan to eat at the club!
We will also have casual chess going in the Fellowship Hall as long as the kids play quietly, during the movie. You are welcome to observe and photograph the simul, but if it gets too crowded, please take turns.
At 7:30 PM, we will gather in the church sanctuary for Mr. Katende’s inspirational talk. I have requested that he do a short targeted message to the younger members of our club at the beginning of the talk, for about 15 minutes. At that point, if parents need to take young children home, we’ll do a quick pause for you to depart. If you pre-ordered a book or want to order one on site (there will be plenty there) and you want personalization, please make sure you leave that message on the registration form or with the volunteers helping with the book signing, so we can get your book to you the following week, signed by Mr. Katende. I would also suggest if you are able to arrive EARLY, Mr. Katende will be there, and you may be able to grab a quick photo op and shake his hand before everything gets started at 5:30. The talk is not expected to last 90 minutes — we padded the time on the announcement just in case. If you are able to stay until 8:30, we think his talk will be finished by then. That’s a little later than normal, but well worth every minute of your time.
After the talk is over, there will be a book signing and photos in the Fellowship Hall. We will prioritize the younger kids in line so they can get home.
This really is a very rare and amazing opportunity. If you are able to plan to stay for the entire night, you will not be disappointed.
And by all means, bring family and friends!
See you Tuesday!
VOLUNTEER REMINDER: Each family is REQUIRED to volunteer 9 times / 9 hours during the school year. There are 40 families who have not yet volunteered in September. Pay attention to those e-mails that come from Sign-up Genius. There are also links on our Facebook page and website. Sign up for a job, check in for the job, and get credit!
As a gentle reminder…
Room assignments (room number and our descriptive nicknames):
Minnows: 220 Blue Room
Rockfish: 224 Big Room
Swordfish/Dolphins Combined: 223 Corner Room
Sharks: 222 Couch Room
Orcas: 104 Conference Room
Megalodons/Mosasaurus Combined: 221 Fridge Room
Candidate Masters: Downstairs in the choir room
Let me know if you have any questions!
See you Tuesday!
Check out at all of the great opportunities for tournaments coming up!
Inclement Weather Policy
HRSCC follows the guidance of Virginia Beach City Public Schools for cancellations. If school is cancelled or released early, or if after school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, HRSCC will be cancelled that day.
Please continue to sign up to Volunteer (once per month required). Use the link pinned to the top of the Facebook page or from the Volunteer tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu to sign up in advance. Our volunteer coordinator is logging your hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards (adults and kids). If you would like to submit retroactive hours, please see Amy Nichols at club.
It is imperative that you let Coach Tina know in advance if you will NOT be at club. This allows us to enter Byes in advance and know how many board numbers to lay out, saving time and allowing us to run each club meeting smoothly. E-Mail prior to 4 PM on Tuesdays if possible. Last minute absences (e.g. child comes home sick from school, car breaks down, impossible traffic, etc.) should be texted to 757-535-3880 prior to 5:30 PM, as should planned late arrivals. Rounds will start between 6 and 6:15 PM weekly, so if you can guarantee arrival by 6, you will be paired (but you will miss training). If you are a “no show” (absent with no notice), you will receive a zero point bye for that night’s round. If your absence is known in advance, you are entitled to one half point bye per tournament. Subsequent absences will receive a zero point bye for the same tournament. Despite these pleas, we continue to have a few no-shows each week.
Chess Bucks: Chess bucks (which replaced tickets) are awarded at check-in for ChessKid usage, tournament attendance, homework, etc. See the Weekly Homework tab on the HRSCC dropdown menu for your assignments! The chess store will be open each week for you to purchase items with your chess bucks.