This is the time of the year when the Canadian ASL Association (CASLA) looks for new members and reminds existing members that their membership renewals are due.
The primary mission of the CASLA is to support the Canadian ASL Open (CASLO) each year. We have been doing that for over twenty years.
There are several reasons to join CASLA. First, the CASLA supports an annual, reliable, well run Canadian ASL tournament, that one can plan to attend months ahead of time. Second, being a CASLA member allows one to bring the tournament to your city. Third, all CASLA members have a say in the format of the tournament and in which city the tournament will be held. Lastly, CASLA tries to help the ASL hobby grow in Canada.
The CASLA has 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. The CASLA has a charter that contains the tournament documentation; the charter also describes the Virtual Meeting procedure and members’ privileges.
Our membership drive lasts until August 1. We start the annual virtual meeting (usually by email) immediately after that. People may join after August 1, but they may miss part of the meeting.
All CASLA members are eligible to vote on where the next Canadian ASL Open will be held, and to propose changes to the tournament format. As well, they are eligible to submit a proposal to bring the CASLO to their 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. Foreign players may join the CASLA, but the tournament must be held in a Canadian city.
A proposal to host the Canadian ASL Open must include a hotel meeting room of at least 800 square feet (more is better) on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The hotel should have a restaurant and bar, or be within easy walking distance of restaurants. Usually, the member submitting the successful proposal also becomes the tournament director that year, but that is not a requirement. The tournament director and his staff find the location, make the scenario selections and put together the scenario packages for participants, and a few other things.
To date, this tournament has been held in Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa, Victoria and Winnipeg. Winnipeg is the default location if no member makes a successful proposal to bring the tournament to their city.
The CASLA membership fee is ten dollars per fiscal year, which runs from July 1st to June 30th.
Our membership drive deadline is August 1. Immediately following the membership drive, we will hold our annual virtual meeting by email. People may join after August 1, but the meeting may be already in progress.
To join the Canadian ASL Association, you have two options to make your payment:
Use PayPal to make the payment (preferably as a gift to a friend) to “email@example.com”.
Send a cheque, payable to the Canadian ASL Association, to:
5187 rue Beamish