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Well, we both did.
July 26
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You understand the issue. Places that had the feature, and turned it off, came to a peaceful place
July 24
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Hi Steve, thanks for your long-time service to Bridge I had asked Jay Whipple for a time certain for the General Membership as you suggest. I got a prompt, but unhelpful reply. Perhaps you could write him and ask also? And, of course your help in assuring the occurrence of a quorum.
July 24
Chris Compton edited this comment July 24
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Jan, that sort of decision is left to the presiding officer or the parliamentarian, most of the time – often following Robert's Rules for guidance. I believe the first motion at the Annual Meeting could be a motion to appoint “person X” as the presiding officer for the meeting, but I doubt that the ACBL agrees with me. I have contacted ACBL President Jay Whipple and started a conversation about the Annual Meeting (General Meeting). While Jay has been responsive despite being busy with the ongoing ACBL Board Meeting, I do not agree with the content of his reply. I would direct you and others to p. 12 of the June ACBL Bulletin for the announcement of the “General Meeting” (annual meeting). You must look carefully on p. 12 of the Bulletin because it is a marketing page for Atlanta, not a business announcement page. I would also refer you to to ACBL ByLaw 4.1 Time Place, etc. regarding Annual Meetings. You will note the failure by the ACBL to publish an agenda for the meeting as promised by its own ByLaw. The announcement calls the meeting the General Membership Meeting, not the Annual Meeting.
July 24
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doubling 2D with the opponents having both majors including 5 hearts and an opening bid, is much different than doubling 2C showing a weak hand and only promising 4-4 in the majors.
July 24
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DBL as a strong NT (the original post suggested defense) is a poor choice.
July 24
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JoAnn, please reread my post. I asked you to submit a motion. I am on the “bandwagon” of improving the League. If you don't want to contribute a motion, fine. I am trying to make the process work better. Certainly, a motion asking/directing/forcing a reduction in number of districts will pass; the problem is getting a quorum. While I am capable of making such a motion, i want others to draft and debate the most important motions. So, yes, get on the bandwagon of improving the League. Any member at the meeting may make a motion.
July 23
Chris Compton edited this comment July 23
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David, thanks, if you are in ATL, please help get a quorum to the meeting?
July 23
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Ray, i LIKE that idea, i have limited time, skills and effort, will you set up the poll?
July 23
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Jan, i agree with you about two or three well thought out motions. We are also collecting ByLaw violations simultaneously. If we can get a quorum to the meeting, i promise an organized meeting. What we need right now is your personal support of getting a quorum to the meeting. You and Chip are very well respected and your support would be invaluable. At some point we have to risk a failed effort — would everyone like it better if i posted proposed Motions for the Annual Meeting (General Membership Meeting? Ii am trying to not to appear “to have everything my way.” the BOD’s attention through the meeting. This post asked for your input on motions? You can email me privately. Thanks for all your work for Brodge!
July 23
Chris Compton edited this comment July 23
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JoAnn, please read ACBL Article 4 ByLaw Annual Meeting NOT By Law 10. 10.3 does not apply to the General Membership Meeting.The best method is to get a quorum in ATL which includes a majority in support of change. At this point, I need your faith that i am aware of the ACBL bylaws. In fact, you have to trust i have read the ByLaws completely - several times. I really need EVERYONE to ask members to come to the meeting. Without a quorum, we are sunk.
July 23
Chris Compton edited this comment July 23
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Thanks Richard! If you are in ATL we need help getting a quorum!
July 23
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No proxy voting allowed.
July 23
Chris Compton edited this comment July 23
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Sorry all, this poet waseant for the Club abd Teacher forum! Ugh!
July 22
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Thanks. We should give thought to motions on reducing board size and changing the ACBL BOD electorate.
July 22
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Then we participate in a business like process and lose.
July 22
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Thanks Kevin. We could use the support of any and all sitting BOD members! The point here is to force the ACBL to act in a business like fashion for a non profit.
July 22
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Hi Richard, I am recruiting a person to gather all the appropriate motions (like yours) and forward them to me in Word Format. Would you like to volunteer?
July 22
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Hi Steve, yes, but I fear the vote of the 125 (will be more like 75) BOG would be slanted in favor of the status quo, I hope that I am proven wrong. To be safe, I would like 300 non members of the BOG present. Again, they have to be committed to attending an adjourned meeting that moves to another time. The alternative is to delay the start of the NABC until the Meeting is finished.

I fear the ACBL BOD, feeling under siege, will attempt to stack the meeting with those favoring the status quo.
I welcome the opportunity to participate in a true Annual Meeting (General Membership Meeting).
Thanks for your service on the BOG.
July 22
Chris Compton edited this comment July 22
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Hi Bud, ACBL ByLaw 4.1 addresses your issue of notice of the Annual Membership Meeting (General Membership Meeting).

4.1 Time and Place. An annual membership meeting shall be held during, and at the location of, the Summer North American Bridge Championships. Notice of the date, time, place, and agenda of the meeting shall be published in the official publication of the ACBL not less than thirty (30) days nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the meeting.

The reason you have missed the notice is because it takes place, completely inappropriately, within a marketing advertisement for Atlanta NABC located on page 12 of the Jumne ACBL Bulletin. There is no agenda in the marketing blurb and the ACBL is violating its own By-Law.

I would love it if you (or anyone) would electronically post the “Notice.” It shows yet again that the ACBL is not run in business like not for profit manner. I have limited time and skills!
July 22
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