The American Go Association, our national organization, has a local chapter which is called “Seattle Go Center”. This chapter is organizationally distinct from the nonprofit that manages the Seattle Go Center, but many local go players are members of both groups. Being a member of the AGA has many benefits, including access to an enhanced version of the AGA E-Journal (the best English language source for the latest global go news, reviews and more). Also, our ratings system is maintained by the American Go Association (AGA), and Go players must be members of the AGA if they want to play in our rated tournaments.
In August of 2013, the Seattle Go Center Chapter sponsored the AGA Go Congress at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, which had about 400 attendees. This was a very big deal, and the Chapter provided about 10 hardworking volunteers for the 9 day event.
The AGA Chapter also helps choose the leadership of the American Go Association. The Chapter votes as a group in the elections for the two western regional board members. (There are a total of 7 AGA Board members.) The Chapter also selects a Representative who is consulted year round on AGA matters. The current Chapter Rep is Judy Debel.