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Debbie - I concur that good CoC take work to create. However, one key element is for the drafters to try to come up with just about every odd possible situation and see how the CoC addresses the issue. Sit around for a while and ask the “what if”s.

Then make it crystal clear just what you intend to happen, even if it takes paragraphs of prose to make it crystal clear.

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but it's the death of CoCs.
June 4
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Ozzie Jacoby won the Reisinger in 1983. He was born in 1902. Looks like 81 is probably the number for “eldest”.
June 4
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How about turning “The Longest Day” around? Instead of raising money for an outside charity that had 2017 revenues of over 345 MILLION (and which doesn't receive Charity Navigator's four star rating), how about we use it to bring new people into our bridge clubs? They can come in any time of the day, see folks playing and get an introduction to the game.

And since we no longer need to cater to anyone's vanity project….
June 4
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Note the two items always front and center in any CEO report. Overall membership number and recent table counts.

The analysis stops there. CEO gets those numbers higher = good. CEO gets those numbers lower = bad.

Simple metrics.

And wrong.
June 3
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Doing my part to cover the “over”.
June 3
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And no one from D2 filed to serve on the BoG. So the choice of who those three will be will be done by the D2 district board. Jonathan, you should have filed, if only to get floor privileges at the BoG meetings.
June 3
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Which led to the humorous result when a lady came up to me and congratulated me on my victory for the BoD. Told me she was a big supporter and voted for me.

Only thing was that her unit voted 5-0 against me.

Ooops.
June 3
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Mike C - I believe that an invalid result should be overruled. And further, that a valid result, no matter how distasteful, should be upheld.

The question becomes: Is the result valid?

And only investigation and comparing to regulations will answer that definitively.
June 3
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I know it becomes painful to remember, but the Hartman administration had several outside marketing agencies. He felt that we needed to go top-rank and hired GolinHarris out of Dallas (at a cost that started at 10k per month and zoomed upward). Then the Director of Marketing decided to move the business to an agency in Memphis where a few friends worked.

In both cases, there was no one at the agency who actually played bridge. They approached this with canned “solutions” without understanding the nature of duplicate bridge.

I'm not even counting the other outsourcing experiments, including direct mail postcards.
June 2
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Why do I suspect that the proposed plan will be a long, multi-year affair. With a contract clause that if the client bails on the relationship before the end of that period, the guarantee is null and void.
June 2
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OMG…we already have FIVE free online teaching apps on the ACBL website. And a dedicated “landing page”.

https://www.acbl.org/learn_page/

I guess that RR is planning to drive huge numbers of people to those apps. But I'm waiting to see how they are going to convert those people into actual ACBL members. The current online LTPB has a direct link to sign up for a new membership. What magical new secret sauce will get people to plunk down actual cash for a membership?
June 2
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“If an aggrieved team appeals the district's attempts and gets the ACBL involved that will be unfortunate imo.
Aside from some necessary education/re-education for the DIC I think the league should let the sponsoring organization work on a solution first.”


And if the “solution” is in contravention of the ACBL's regulations, then the aggrieved team most assuredly should appeal those “attempts” to ACBL HQ.
June 2
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Mike C - by your logic, any sponsoring organization could run an event contrary to ACBL regulations. If brought to the ACBL's attention after the fact, it would be too late to do anything about those violations.

So, in effect, you are establishing a defacto means to circumvent regulations at will.

The ACBL must have the ability to investigate and act regarding all events that they sanction. Otherwise, anarchy can result.
June 1
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David wrote: “I think that the Open, Women, Senior and Mixed world championships should take place at different times”

Thus providing the opportunity for three more junkets for WBF officials.

Mr Rona thanks you for the suggestion.
June 1
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Mike - so, if a district chooses to do something in direct violation of ACBL regulations, the ACBL is not in a position to investigate?

Or if an ACBL employee violates regulations, the ACBL is not in a position to investigate?

And the ACBL can't announce findings?

Really?
June 1
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About the right ACBL timeline….maybe there's some stuff still floating around with David Silber's name on it.
June 1
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Districts can have their own CoC, as long as it does not violate specific ACBL regulations, many of which are in legislation separate to, and thus incorporated into, overall ACBL CoC.
May 31
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Mike - that may be, as an effort to implement a very new and different policy of multiple teams from a district.
May 31
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The issue is not about making a profit….that comes AFTER the determination. It's about the special c3 status that allows for deduction of donations, like traditional charities. That was granted when the USBF applied for c3 status as an amateur sports federation. And if catering to the professional desires of its members is within your view of how an amateur sports federation should be run, then I know you are an attorney who could argue anything for your client.
May 31
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I believe (and correct me if I am wrong) but the USBF has its IRS 501c3 designation because it is an AMATEUR sports federation. How that amateur status jibes with “pros want as many paychecks as they can get” is beyond me.

But at least you are honest enough to admit that paychecks play a part in the rules for the trials.
May 31
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