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I asked for a breakdown and got a TBD answer. The districts may get a bone from this but compared to being financially unable to pay for function rental to hold a regional it pales. I worked hard for the last 2 years and am happy to say that our D25 events were up at every tournament year over year, and we have a 300% increase in KO’s. I am not encouraging players to get Gold/ Red at Clubs to see the live attendance drop.This is not “failing to be forward thinking” it is forward thinking to where the LA is that we can afford 1 or 2 live regionals only.
Nov. 17, 2017
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Don you are spot on this issue. This will hurt sponsors ability to survive long term. It is a transfer bid…transferring district funds directly to the ACBL….it is well disguised and people who find it expensive or difficult to attend regionals will be the pawns. Just think of the desocialization aspect long term.
Nov. 17, 2017
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Actually 18 Boards is the Minimum:D. NUMBER OF BOARDS
Handbook Section I.D

An open pair game must have a minimum of two-and-one-half tables. A two-table individual with a one-winner movement or a two-table team game (match awards only) is allowed. In any open club game every contestant must be scheduled to play a minimum of 18 boards to receive full masterpoint awards. Sanctioned clubs may hold shortened regular open games with a minimum number of boards played of 12-17. Masterpoints are awarded at 60% of the award for open games. Sanction fees are reduced for games of 12-17 boards. See Appendix
Aug. 27, 2017
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Pass is not a LA to me. I bid 3D and wish partner passed in tempo and since that is the client in this scenario it is a learning experience for them.
Aug. 10, 2017
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Kudos to Adam then - thanks for clarification
July 31, 2017
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Congrats to this District 25 team, Well Done
The Smiths also were on the winning GNT Flight A team in Toronto!

As a side note while waiting for ACBL Live results to post this result last night I found this post on BW. You would hope that ACBL could get this up first.
July 31, 2017
Bob Bertoni edited this comment July 31, 2017
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I have to say that to host a forum with 150 users does not use any significant bandwidth so that can not be the reason. ( I own a private rack of web hosting and Saas/Daas services) also discussion boards are basically a few clicks to install and maybe 10 hours of work to theme out completely.) with that said I still think why reinvent the wheel? we should use this forum.
July 25, 2017
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There are times when this is really tough, we recently had 17 want the top bracket and when a grand life master with 3 good upcoming players landed in B2 there was an uproar, however with 11 and 10 making it 12 and 9 seems an easy solution I can't understand why this wasn't accommodated.
July 3, 2017
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The rules for 501(C4) are that compensation can reach reasonable market standards for medium and large non profits. Since market is 232K per year and the 6K of total benefits all of which is far offset in expenses should not meet the criteria of adding quotation marks to suggest it is not such, like it lessens the fact that it is not a salary. If you dislike your District Director or feel they are not doing the job them run against him or her.
Nothing we give them is even close to a reasonable compensation.Since some clearly begrudge the BOD getting perks, do you feel that they should be donating their own money to attend? Are you ok with being billed for time and expenses all year with their assignments? Do you just think we should limit the job to the very wealthy that can afford not to be compensated completely, regardless of ability? “only the rich club”? These are the logical extensions the argument.

As for the tax attorney tell him to see :
National Council of Non Profits:
The IRS allows tax-exempt organizations to pay executives “reasonable” compensation.
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There is no universal standard defining reasonable, however; what’s reasonable at one
nonprofit may be a gross under- or overpayment at another. The organizations must
determine appropriate salary and benefits packages based on the following considerations:
• They can pay their executives market rate.
• Market rate is determined by researching what someone in a similar position would
earn at an organization that is of the same size and has a similar mission or field of
activity.*
• They can look at for-profit compensation when determining market rate, as long as
the job, organization size, and organization mission/purpose are comparable.
• The IRS has no standard formula, such as percentage of total revenues or expenses,
for determining compensation, nor are there any tables or schedules that define
reasonable compensation.

*232K for executive board members is the national average per year (added asterisk)

Beyond compensation, this proposal is the first step to take power from the BOD and transfer it to management as they do the day to day decisions, less input from the directors, more decisions made by management, and to this extent they need more oversight not less.

To Steve's comment they do not receive compensation, they receive reimbursement and perks.The total is so very far from compensation that is makes no sense to try apply this standard. If they received what meets the bar for compensation then your RHIP thought and having a committee to set that compensation would be prudent.
July 1, 2017
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I would say because the function of the BOG is “to ratify decisions of the BOD” and/or send them back to the BOD for reconsideration.
The BOG function is to serve as a public forum and liaison between the BOD and the Players.
The BOG can make a motion for bylaw changes via, 2 consecutive 2/3 votes and then it still has to go to BOD to become adopted.
The BOG can pass motions to change process. They are non binding.
Also have you noticed that several motions that were passed by the BOG were “tabled” and not brought to the BOD?
So committees to facilitate a forum discussion would carry no weight.
This forum, is where we can gain consensus but as others point out it is badly under utilized. This is basically our committee.
June 30, 2017
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Yes it is easy, you can even upload the master point fields and use them to sort.
It does require changing the top header field- it prompts you through. If you ever uploaded events from a spreadsheet to google calendar the process is the same.
As I commented I use both, but many changes would have to happen to have Pianola come close.
June 29, 2017
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Item 172-18
This is a great way to show your District Director that you hate him (or her). If that's the goal then great; vote yes.
If you are really trying to save $50,000 I suggest that you look to ACBLScore+ 1.65M wastage, Online Partnership Desk (hundreds of thousands for non user friendly software when Jay Whipple had a better program that he basically donated), $600,000 over budget for Tourney Trax, and aiming to take the money off the backs of your District Director (basically a volunteer) is not a way I can support looking at these glaring errors. No one mentioned any of that wastage in Orlando or KC by the way.
The ACBL CEO gets paid as a corporate CEO 300K at last known, a normal corporate board members average US salary is $232K per year. Our Board is a basically volunteer board that gets a stipend and perquisites like travel to NABC games, a room etc.
They all play bridge so to tell me it makes sense to send them to Horn Lake area in January rather than a NABC is just.. well like I started if you hate your DD this is the way to say so.
So if you begrudge the maybe 6K in total perks per year keep it in perspective. If you couple this with a BOD salary request and then ask to minimize costs then its different.

The job is a lot of time, lots of emails, & online meetings. To suggest that online meetings can replace live is a bit skewed, and I can tell you that I probably spend more time in online meetings than most of you, and while great for some things, it is very bad for others like actually making a rapport with your committee members, making a personal appeal, trying to get other members to see your point quickly and privately. There is little substitution for camaraderie among board members if you want to get things done. Online is great for giving instructions and fielding questions. It can not substitute for live meetings when they are as infrequent as ours are to accomplish workflow, however it can augment nicely. This item is setting them up for failure or more failure depending on where your at.
This proposal just puts more power in upper management and takes it away from your BOD. The first step to strip power from the individual districts. If that is your goal then when someone 1000 miles away from you makes decisions affecting your district you may wonder how this happened.
Lets focus on upper management spending money better please.
Lets not make try make budgets balance on the backs of our volunteers. So we remove 2K from each in perks, tripling your DD personal cost to attend 3 NABC's to see what is going on and talk to management.

To answer the original thread it changes 3 live meetings to two. Paying for BOD members to attend 1 NABC rather than 3.Paying for the to attend a January meeting in Mississippi.
Note: There is 0 chance that the ACBL will pay for their travel to NABC if there is no meeting, this is just using us to help upper management balance their financial errors on the backs of our BOD volunteers.
June 29, 2017
Bob Bertoni edited this comment June 29, 2017
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The main issues with Pianola are no reporting- no click count no read count its just blind, if someone clicks an email as spam because we used say a 500 mile radius then the local unit will not be able to email them either.
Pianola email is a “two year trial” while I use it to send some email like generic tournament blasts with flyer. We get far better response upwards to 66% open rate/ 10% click rate with targeted email lists. The cost of pianola is only free for now -there is an associated cost.
MailChimp (I do not work there or own stock) is free if your list is under 2000. We have more and use it as a paid service $2500 one time for 2 Million emails. A blast for our entire district (filtered to 1+MP in last 12mo) is around 5000 of our 8400 or $6.25.
In the last 12 months we send 125000 targeted emails and our attendance is up -Take Nashua NH:since we started targeted marketing:
2015=1012 Tables
2016=1125
2017=1267
June 29, 2017
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Try MailChimp Steve 100% of the above and more.
June 28, 2017
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I could not agree more Jim. The way it was being done was failing badly. Most of our members do not even know what a KO is, they only knew it “wasn't for their level” of course that is far from the truth in a Bracket KO, but New England did not run it this way. So we are trying to make the difference noticed with this promotion. (FREE 4 Sessions) KO was the “Gold Rush” before the Gold Rush :)
June 12, 2017
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Thanks for that Tim. We are just considering District Regionals when thinking total tables.
The 70 or so number is what I keep hearing for all time at a regional here. Be interesting to see if anyone has other data. I stated in 2004 so I have a “young memory” in an older model frame.
June 12, 2017
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The largest that anyone has suggested was about 75 tables “years and years ago”
The largest in the last 15 years was 47 tables.
We topped this in the first KO in Cromwell (50) with using a more “normalized KO structure.” (2 days, not seeded, bracketed–opposed to prior 3 days, seeded and flighted.)

To say we expect this to truly be a “Monster KO ” is an understatement.

To Daniel Miles comment I personally am so opposed to the 5th and 6th persons paying full price change I prefer to make the entire event free for everyone :), but for this event sure they do have to pay 50% more than free..it takes 50% longer to register!
June 12, 2017
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They play Weak NT 11-14 white. So 1NT opener is out of the grid. 2 to me showed better than 11-14 opener and not enough to cue bid (18-20 tell me more)
May 7, 2017
Bob Bertoni edited this comment May 7, 2017
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Hi Uday
In our District we use MailChimp as a mail program to make emails CAN-SPAM compliant, and we scrape email addresses from registration cards, clubs, web forms, units and just about everywhere we can. We have 8384 members and we have 6800 good emails, this may sound like we are missing a lot but in our demographic it is an accomplishment. This also allows us to make sub lists and targeted emails to groups of players based on specific criteria. As District President I use this to communicate with membership about changes and upcoming events, we promote tournaments using it, and as First Alternate I use the lists of members with 2+ MP Points this year to see if they have concerns to bring to the BOG.
We also use the Pianola email that the ACBL has a free trial with your DD and President has access to this. The lack of tracking opens, clicks and engagement, and replication makes it far inferior.
March 30, 2017
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I am not thrilled with drop-ins but see the point, at a minimum they should start with 0 carry-over, handing them some carry over just seems wrong to me also.
July 13, 2016
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