The CCA Elections for its officers are again in progress. A PokerChipper Poll.

For Vice President of the CCA board Vice President I would vote for:

  • Jerry Vegatos (Past President)

    Votes: 19 61.3%
  • Jim Follis (Incumbent)

    Votes: 12 38.7%

  • Total voters
    31

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    If you voted TODAY who would you cast a vote for.

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    If you voted TODAY who would you cast a vote for.

    All responses will remain anonymous and this is only a poll and has no binding affect on the actual election.

    This Poll is open to all, and is for informative purposes and it's accuracy as to the actual representation of the vote is unknown, it is not only for CCA members. Joining the CCA is encouraged by PokerChipper and important to our hobby, please consider joining. Information can be found at:
     
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    I found many statements by both guys. Here is one from Jerry Vergatos


    Jerry Vergatos
    Candidate for CCA Vice-President

    I have been asked by quite a few Club members to post my campaign Statement here on this site. These club members felt that the current Club website was too cumbersome. I am reluctant to post here as I believe this belongs on the Club site. It is important to me that everyone see what I plan to accomplish firsthand and not have any doubts about my desire to win this election

    Greetings to my fellow CCA members.

    I have decided to run for office as Vice President this election cycle because I am concerned that our Club is not heading in a good direction. There are many issues that need to be dealt with so that our Club will prosper in the future. The many questions that stick in my mind are what does our Club stand for? What is our purpose? Why do people join our Club? Why are they not joining our Club? Why are they not renewing? What do we really have to offer new members? How are we advancing our hobby? As a member for 11+ years, I have participated in many areas of the Club and have achieved many accomplishments and now wish to be part of the solution to advance us to the pinnacle of the hobby. We were at one time the foremost authority on the hobby but because we have become complacent other Clubs and Websites have left us in dust. With your vote, I will strive to be involved in the many facets of our Club and the hobby as I have done for so many years and find Answers and solutions. I have the motivation and drive to get things done.

    Platform

    The following are items I will pursue for the Club to better enhance our presence and increase our place as the top Casino Collectibles Club in the world.

    Exposure We need to get our name out and publicize our Involvement in the Hobby world and the General public. My thoughts are to conduct a Charity event where we co-brand with another High-profile Company to get maximum exposure. I would consider a Poker Tournament, Golf Tournament, and any other activity to get our name out there. Part of the proceeds would be donated to the co-sponsor to entice them to join us. My particular favorite whom I have had a good relationship is with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. I conducted an event in Denver as a Board member of the Denver Chapter of the Mercedes Club. With the Board's approval, I would like to form a small committee to explore this possibility. The Duke of Fremont Street could help us in this endeavor. We also need to form partnerships with like clubs to advance our identity. There are many Clubs local and national that may be in the same boat as us and would be willing to form a Consortium/ Association for mutual benefit.

    State Tax Exempt Status I attempted this during my Presidency and narrowly lost the appeal. It is worth another attempt as the cost to apply is minimal. I spent 5 months on this project but feel I may prevail this time around. The attempt is worth the reward. I will seek out the legal eagles of our club to make a very concentrated effort to get this done. The Club would benefit from this in State Sales Tax savings.

    Website During my tenure as President we came very close to achieving a new website. I have thoughts on how to make it more user-friendly and have the prototype that was designed with my board members at the time. I believe I could make a difference and satisfy some of the concerns I have seen on the boards. Kudos to those who brought it to fruition so far, but we can make it better. We also need to rethink the Website as a viable way of promoting our Club. We need to drive the public and the membership to our site so that we can tell our story.

    Transparency We need more concerning the inner workings of the Club board. More open communication as to what proposals are being discussed and what decisions are being made in a timelier fashion.

    Contact / Communication We should have some online Zoom meetings more frequently as the once-a-year Business meeting held at the Annual Convention does not suffice. Last year the Business meeting was cut too short at approximately one hour + or –

    CCA Magazine Our editors do an excellent job in putting together a First-Class publication. We fall short many times because of a lack of content. We have so many members who have a wealth of knowledge in the history of Gaming. I would give a high priority to seeking out these individuals to share their knowledge before it’s too late. The magazine costs an exorbitant amount of money, we need to get the maximum bang for our buck.

    Knowledge Drain. We have so many Great club members who have a wealth of Knowledge and history that should be shared before their passing. Once they are gone we lose their memories. I would ask the Board to form a committee to come up with ways to archive their history. Possibly to conduct half-hour interviews on selected topics of their choice and place them on the Club website.

    In Closing

    I would like to say that ever since I joined this Club I have been active in almost every aspect of this Club. I know its inner workings and feel I have contributed more than most in terms of time and money. Everything I have done is for the betterment of our organization and the hobby.
    At one time I was President of 3 related clubs. This was not an ego thing but rather I was called upon by members of these organizations. They saw in me a true passion for getting things done to make things better for all. I am not a dealer, nor do I have any vested interest or conflict of interest in personally making money but rather I enjoy doing my best to help the Club succeed in every aspect.
    In retrospect, I regret having put the Club in disarray when I resigned as President. It was a bad time for me with having had a serious case of COVID-19, family pressures, and a slight case of depression. I have overcome all those issues and resolved any hindrance to me getting back to the hobby and Club I love.

    The hobby is alive and doing well, the same needs to be said about us, and with your vote you will empower me again to get involved. We need to start thinking outside the box to get us on a good path.

    Talk is Cheap, action speaks volumes. I have the desire and horsepower to get things done.

    I have my complete Club / Hobby related resume available to anyone that is interested in my involvement with the many facets of the hobby. Please send me an email Vergatos@msn.com and I will forward it to you.

    Jerry Vergatos LM-8093-241 / MoGH-LM-0001 / Silver Striker #1439

    I ask for your vote and if you have any questions please reach out to me at vergatos@msn.com.

    Thank You

    Jerry
     
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    Statement By Jim Follis:

    This message is a repost from the CCA's Message Board...
    CCA Members,
    It occurs to me that by it's very nature, an election is a contest of conflict. A fractionalization of sorts, which hopefully will be short lived and repaired following the election.
    I have noted that my opponent has posted a message on TheChipBoard, stating that I (his opponent) have granted others to attack him by "presenting distorted and one-sided accusations." Nothing could be further from the truth! I have not and will NOT coerce or otherwise try to control anyone into making any kind of statements for me, and more importantly, against my opponent. Apparently, my opponent has no qualms with accusing me of something I have not done. So I ask, who is running a smear campaign?
    And speaking of a "smear" campaign, while conducting one is against my principles, I have NOT been asked, and accordingly, could not have agreed to not conducting a smear campaign. But again, doing so is NOT my way of campaigning. However, to falsely state that I committed to something that I did not, and then accuse me of breaking the agreement for the actions of other's, is a falsehood. I challenge my opponent to prove when and where I "pledged" to such a condition.
    Lastly, I have not refused a debate. I have placed some reasonable requirements on the process, which have been refused by my opponent. Namely, neither he nor I, should have anything to do with contacting anyone to be a moderator, for obvious reasons of our possible bias's, not to mention how honored a selectee might be, to be asked. Yet, my opponent did just that, without even giving me the courtesy of knowing in advance. I told my opponent that I will NOT accept anyone for which he contacted to be a moderator, nor would I seek out anyone to be a moderator.
    In keeping with my many, years-long belief, that Club matters belong on the Club's Message Board, I have posted this message there, where it belongs in it's initial posting. Having done so, I now post this here on TheChipBoard, and will perhaps do so elsewhere.
    I thank you for your time in reading this statement and respectfully request your vote for Vice President.
    Jim Follis
    Vice President
    Casino Collectibles Association.
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    Jerry was previously president of the CCA but he bailed on the club when the going got tough out 2 months before the convention. If it wasn't for a past convention chairman stepping up, we would not have had a convention that year. Jim has his flaws, we all do, but he's always been there. I vote for Jim so Jerry doesn't get close to even sniffing the president's office of the CCA. Hard pass!
     
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    Jerry was previously president of the CCA but he bailed on the club when the going got tough out 2 months before the convention. If it wasn't for a past convention chairman stepping up, we would not have had a convention that year. Jim has his flaws, we all do, but he's always been there. I vote for Jim so Jerry doesn't get close to even sniffing the president's office of the CCA. Hard pass!
    Well, that's one take for sure. Are you stating that Jerry simply quit because club going got tough? Or was it that besides personal reasons at home and with his health and depression at covid time he stepped down as he states in his many campaign statements?

    Did the convention chairman save the day with no help or data from Jerry?? Did Jerry leave him high and dry? I think not. As I remember the convention went just fine. This year they are scrambling for presenters at the convention. Jerry, Not Jerry. Jim Not Jim..... the election isn't the elephant in the room, the clubs direction and leadership is.

    I can say I saved the world, doesn't make it true.
     
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    Well, that's one take for sure. Are you stating that Jerry simply quit because club going got tough? Or was it that besides personal reasons at home and with his health and depression at covid time he stepped down as he states in his many campaign statements?

    Did the convention chairman save the day with no help or data from Jerry?? Did Jerry leave him high and dry? I think not. As I remember the convention went just fine. This year they are scrambling for presenters at the convention. Jerry, Not Jerry. Jim Not Jim..... the election isn't the elephant in the room, the clubs direction and leadership is.

    I can say I saved the world, doesn't make it true.
    The convention went fine because Jim Steffner stepped in and saved it. Jerry had COVID right after the previous years convention, a bad case of it by all accounts but I'm pretty sure he had to be over it by the following March when he resigned.
     
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