Newsletter #1, June 25, 2017

Post date: Jun 25, 2017 6:03:41 PM

Dear Prairie Chess Camp Families,

I hope your summer is off to a great start. It won’t be long before the Prairie Chess Camp begins (four weeks to be exact). In the days leading up to the camp I will share with you information on food, transportation, registration, and instruction. Once we start, I will provide daily updates and pictures of our chess camp activities

The chess camp is nearly sold out, only one opening remains. So, if you have a sibling or friend thinking about the chess camp, register now! I will start a wait list once the final spot is filled. The refund policy for canceling has been posted with the registration information. A couple of these dates have passed but for your information they are 100% by June 17, 75% by June 24, 50% by June 30, 25% by July 7, & 10% by July 14.

Our great crew of instructors returns to teach our chess students: Senior Chess Masters Alex Betaneli, Erik Santarius, and US Master and Iowa State Champion Dan Brashaw. I am also pleased to announce that in response to the to our positive camp registration, we have added another great instructor this year, US Chess Master James Neal. Assisting our professional staff are two of our top junior players, US Chess Master Joseph Wang and US Chess Expert Gokul Thangavel. Moreso, we have six (6) high school chess players helping out with food, recess, bus transportation, and classroom activities: Regan Hodina, Crissy Vigil, Trevor Ciha, Andre Vongpanya, Morgan Lu, Teresa Knecht, and Sanmati Thangavel.

I will send out my next email in about two weeks. In that email, we will have a sign up for food from Subway, Taco Bell, Fazoli’s, Culver’s, and Dominoes (one each day). These have proven to be good options as they are well liked and offer options that meet the varying dietary needs of our campers. On the subject of food, we will also have healthy morning and afternoon snacks. We will avoid nuts and peanuts as a few of our students have nut allergies. If there are other allergies or dietary restrictions that I need to be aware of, please send me an email. I will also have more details on the logistics of transportation, drop-off, and pick-up.

In the meantime, feel free to check out our camp website and camp roster online at

Take care,

Jim Hodina

Ph: 319-432-1459