We are pleased to announce that Derek McGuire will be our new Operations Manager. He is in training now, and will fully take over Brian’s job by the end of this year. Derek will usually be at the Go Center on Tuesday nights, so feel free to introduce yourself to him if you are around.
Derek was born in the California Central Valley before serving in the USAF as a mechanic and an administrator. When stationed in England, he often played games with co-workers during lunch, and it was while searching for something new that he discovered Go. Fascinated by the simplicity of its
The Seattle Go Center is looking to hire a part time Operations Manager who can work 50 hours a month. Their current Operations Manager, Brian Allen, is planning to retire and concentrate on documentary photography. Brian will train the new manager in the fall.
The Operations Manager position includes paying bills, doing payroll, filling out tax forms, doing maintenance, supervising maintenance contracts, and meeting and coordinating with the Board. The Operations Manager should be familiar with the game of go, and passionate about sharing it, but they do not have to be a strong player. This is a paid position.
If you would like to help our unique institution in this important role, please contact Bill Chiles, Board President, for more information.
Next week on June 26 at 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM PDT, the Seattle Go Center will be presenting a remote seminar called “How to play Go” for the Japan Fair. We will be teaching attendants the game of Go and about the Seattle Go Center. We will be using zoom and OGS to host this event. To Register for this event please visit: https://jf2021_seattlegocenter.eventbrite.com
We are still closed to the public due COVID-19 precautions. However, we have several online opportunities for you. Our Tuesday evening meetup on Zoom is a good place to find a game, no matter what your level. And on Saturdays, a group meets on Discord. We can also arrange lessons with private instructors, for a fee. Here, Cullen Mott teaches a student remotely in March of 2019. For more information about our Paid Private Instruction, contact our Program Manager Kyle .
We are pleased to announce that Kyle Burg is our new Program Manager. Kyle has been our lead volunteer at Uwajimaya (taking over from Dennis Wheeler) until COVID precautions shut that down. He has been an enthusiastic teacher at many outreach events, including Cherry Blossom, Sakura Con, U District Street Fair, and Bon Odori. He also has an extensive background in software engineering. Kyle will have responsibility for outreach events and school Go clubs when they become possible again, and for classes, lessons and tournaments at the Go Center, when we reopen. In the meantime, he will be helping with our online events, website, and social media. Welcome Kyle!
The Seattle Go Center is looking for a part time Program Manager, who can work up to 50 hours a month. If you are interested in the position, we would be glad to send you more info. Sadly, SGC is shuttered now due to COVID, so this role is limited to on-line events until the SGC and Seattle return to some sort of normalcy with an open Go Center and visits to school clubs, community centers, street fairs, and ethnic festivals.
The Program Manager will have use of a desk and computer in the Go Center office, but almost all the work can be done remotely while we are under COVID restrictions. For more detail on the position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take applications at least until March 1, 2021.
Plans are proceeding for the development of the Seattle Go Center property. The project has passed the “Early Design Guidance” phase, so now many of the parameters of the building have been established. The building will be 23 stories high! We will have the 2nd floor space marked “office” on the plans. The rest of the building will be apartments. The big cork tree next to our entrance will be protected. We will have some parking on the basement levels, accessed from the alleyway, also know as Roethke Mews.
The Go Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 precautions, while our tenant, Caring Pet Clinic, is open with social distancing guidelines. If the development plan goes ahead, the Go Center will be able to occupy the current building at least until the end of 2021, once the pandemic is under control. Then we move to a temporary location while the new building is being constructed.
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