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Ray - And following the link you provided, the National CoC state:

“Each district shall determine the nature of the event by which it declares its district champions and file its Conditions of Contest with ACBL Special Events no later than September 1, 2018”

So it seems that 14 districts have chosen to violate the overall CoC.

Including D21. And frequent contender D9.
Jan. 8
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You know, you could always contact ACBL HQ, and get the answer straight from the horse's mouth. Or one of the ACBL TDs that are in D19.

Better than second-hand, possibly incorrect suppositions from BW.
Jan. 8
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As the chairman of Appeals and Charges, she undoubtedly pushed for his readmittance. Other comments about her past actions can wait for another day. But some might find this video from Chennai interesting for what was and wasn't said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jq3ohSo9kQ
Jan. 5
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Jeff - the BoD has had several outside experts give them presentations regarding the legal responsibilities of non-profit board members.

The information given was poo-poohed by the BoD, and was quickly dismissed as irrelevant and unneeded.
Jan. 4
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Sadly, that's probably gist for a future poll.
Jan. 2
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Unfortunately, I'd want to share in Dave Corn's action.
Dec. 29, 2018
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All it would take is one well placed dropping of a dime.

To use an old 70s reference.
Dec. 29, 2018
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“Blubaugh was expelled” is incorrect.

“Lanzarotti was expelled” is correct.

“Blubaugh was suspended” is correct.

But then, any excuse to have a beverage….
Dec. 27, 2018
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Spin management, combined with fiasco damage control??
Dec. 26, 2018
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The nominations are self-made. Anyone could put their name forward to the BoD for election. Membership on the BoD is not a requirement (note Weinstein's prior election), but is often a major “leg up”.

Let me just say that IMO Hartman's qualifications to serve on the WBF board are likely about the same as those for his serving as CEO. (One can draw their own conclusion).

Why the BoD elected him is anyone's guess.

And, FWIW, the five Zone 2 reps sit on the Executive Council of the WBF and are the primary “legislative” arm of the WBF.
Dec. 26, 2018
Donald Mamula edited this comment Dec. 26, 2018
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Maybe the WBF is planning a big tech project, and want to lose $2 million on it.
Dec. 25, 2018
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The five representatives for Zone 2 in 2018 included Georgia Heth, Alvin Levy, Paul Janicki, Merlin Vilhauer and Howie Weinstein.

Following the election just held in Honolulu, Alvin Levy was re-elected to another 3-year term and Robert Hartman (former ACBL CEO) was elected to replace Janicki.
Dec. 25, 2018
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Answered to Ed privately.
Dec. 25, 2018
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The WBF has been know to give members of the Executive Council funds above and beyond that of official reimbursement of expenses and per diem.

All at the discretion of the WBF President.

Who would thus complain about his administration?

(Source - direct testimony from a WBF representative who received the funds)
Dec. 25, 2018
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Amazing how a comment that is referencing nationality somehow becomes “racist”.

Ai-Tai, please keep this up. In doing so, you corrupt a valid term and thus render it meaningless by its overuse.
Dec. 23, 2018
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Michael Hargreaves - I have been in the A&C committee when issues of reinstatement have come up. Given that specifics are officially confidential, let me just say that there while I was on the committee, there was never an rule or procedure that mandated a reinstatement because of certain conditions.

Further, I was the chairman of A&C in 2011 when the requests of both Lanzarotti and Buratti were decided. At no time was there any discussion of a required reinstatement.

In other words, in my opinion, A&C reinstated Lanzarotti because they wanted to, not because they had to.
Dec. 23, 2018
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Thank you Karen - I have long told folks to look back at Bridge America as a great reference source. For what not to do. What's that quote about those who do not learn from the past…
Dec. 23, 2018
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Steve….there is actually a simpler way. Just remove any provision for readmission after expulsion.

Thus, you have two levels of punishment. A suspension for a fixed term and a lifetime expulsion.

The CDR already allows for disciplinary committees to choose between the two for some offenses. Let them draw the line.
Dec. 23, 2018
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"Such refusal, without a medical excuse, shall constitute action or behavior unbecoming a member of the ACBL"

I suspect that the same “doctors” that provide the letters of authorization for all those emotional support animals we find on airplanes nowdays - they will now have a new market for their medical assessments.

“You see, whenever Lanzarotti is at my table, I get this overwhelming feeling of nausea, to where I can't even focus my muscles to pull cards out of the board. And I fear this may become a permanent disability.”

There might become so many medical withdrawals, we'll have to quarantine the place.
Dec. 20, 2018
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Quelle coincidence!!
Dec. 20, 2018
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