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Dismantling a board

So many members wrote about their displeasure with the ACBL board's decision to sack its CEO and lamented the power of the board.  Folks, there are ways to make this board shrink.

In NYC, which has oozes of private clubs, philanthropic societies, religious associations and private schools (parochial and secular) there is a general rule.  On a not for profit board, to get a seat, you need to make a significant financial contribution to the organization.  If you want to be a trustee of the MET Museum or the Opera for example (two of the most prestigious), we are talking of an annual gift in the six figures (forget the initial gift amount!).  

Some would object to this stipulation saying that people who don't make a lot of money should be able to serve and that money shouldn't be the reason that they are on the board.  I contend that many people are on the board today because it is an inexpensive way to travel to tournaments.  For bridge pro's, it is a boon - they are paid to attend their place of work.  For normal bridge players, it is a way to defray cost to vacations. 

As one commenter posted recently, it is shocking that in 2018 the BOD can't organize board meetings remotely via Skype.  Of course they could, but then they wouldn't get to travel to the Nationals.  Please note that the Nationals in Hawaii are particularly expensive.  A motion was brought to the board asking the directors to meet at ACBL headquarters rather then to Honolulu.  The motion didn't pass - anyone surprised?

We should require board members to:

1.  Make a financial contribution of at least $10,000 per anum. 

2. Only allow travel to one national - the summer one.  Other two meetings are remote ones.  

3. Board members must live in the district they represent.

Let's then see how many of them still want to run for the board.

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