The American Go Association, our national organization, has a local chapter which is called the “Seattle AGA Chapter”. 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 AGA (American Go Association), and Go players must be members of the AGA if they want to play in our rated tournaments.
In August of 2013, the Seattle AGA 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. They also provided crucial volunteers for the 2015 Congress in New York City.
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, and who is in charge of the Seattle AGA Chapter budget. The current Chapter Rep is Nick Wilmes. He was elected unanimously at a chapter meeting on June 5, 2018. You may contact him at this email address.