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Even from the grave.
Aug. 20
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The MABC is, for all intents, defunct. I believe it still remains officially, to be there for the execution of some contracts signed before the split between D6 and D7. Nic may have some more details.

I'd look at the D6 managment.
Aug. 18
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Frances - please tell me that NONE of your discards ever convey a message to partner - then we can agree that your signals do not include discards.

And to follow along, what do you call what your discards mean? Or does your convention card say “When discarding, all cards are random”?

Your common language cousins across the pond are dying to know.
Aug. 18
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The BoD lodging is not comped by the hotel, aside from the president. It is at standard ACBL rate, with the district directors paying for the rooms and then being reimbursed on their travel expense report.

The comped lodging rooms are used for TDs and other staff from HQ. The usual ratio is 40:1 (paid and the comp)

The suites are (to my best recollection):

1 for the ACBL president (largest and multi-room)
1 for the ACBL CEO (smaller, and more like a mini suite)
1 for the district director of the host district (ditto)
1 for the tournament chairman (ditto)
1 for the use of the local committee (larger, and often used as a gathering/refreshment spot for local volunteers)

The ACBL also was comping some lodging nights for local volunteers that needed to be on-site, such as hospitality and partnership chairmen. I can't say whether that is still going on. Usually, that was coordinated through the tournament chairman.
Aug. 16
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That comment by Robert is in regard to any financial or management contributions to the ACBL. Ditto on publicity.
Aug. 14
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The ACBL contributes X dollars per estimated table towards the hospitality. It was recently $11 per table, but that number could easily be out of date.

Some districts choose to augment that money with funds they raise through activities such as Larry describes. However, there is no requirement for districts to do so. One particular midwestern district contributes zero dollars towards their NABC hospitality, spending the ACBL money and nothing more.
Aug. 14
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Who headed up the FIGB in the past? Who currently heads the WBF? (Hint - only one name is needed to answer both).
Aug. 10
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Jim P: If you think “rack rates” for sleeping rooms is steep, you don't even want to think about the “rack rate” for ballroom space. At one point, someone at HQ did a calculation if we unbundled playing space from room blocks. The result was about a 250 to 300% increase in the entry fees, depending on venue.
Aug. 10
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Why does this not surprise me.

At least it spares them the trouble of declaring another blanket amnesty.
Aug. 9
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Thanks Craig - as soon as I saw your post, I said “Of course, why didn't I remember him?” Thanks for reassuring that the old brain still can dredge up some stuff from the past.
Aug. 9
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Never gave any kind of prediction. Just brought to attention the current state of regulations regarding hiring BoD members - and how easy it would be to then change them.

A couple years back, there was a move to allow a sitting board member to become legal counsel immediately when that person left the BoD. Luckily, it never came to a vote. Perhaps they learned from some of the backlash even the mere proposal generated.
Aug. 8
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I'll give you one cynical answer, Steve. Because a simple “total membership” number is something that is easy for any BoD member to understand. They say “make that number bigger” and it's easy to see if it is bigger or smaller.

Focusing on the quality of the service to the membership, on the long-term viability of the league and many other issues might just be way too nuanced for those who just want to look at a simple total members number.

Wish it wasn't so, but…
Aug. 8
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The ACBL currently has regulations to restrict a BoD member from jumping from the board to a paid position with the league.

Of course, since it is just a regulation, it can be rescinded by a majority vote of 13. Coincidentally, that's the same number needed to select a new Executive Director.
Aug. 8
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TANSTAAFL
Aug. 8
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The trend is towards “sleek” and “modern” spaces. Many hotels are ditching even a desk in the room, instead moving towards shared “workspaces” in the lobby areas. Perhaps ACBL members aren't as “hip” as the millenials being targeted.
Aug. 8
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This is from the foggy part of my brain, but somehow I have a memory that a major LV casino executive in the 1990s was involved in ACBL tournament play. The name isn't coming to me right now, but someone might be able to fill in the blank.
Aug. 7
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David L: Trust me…they did. Hotel design is subject to tons of surveys and focus groups.

The issue is that they now design to the vast majority of their customers, but not to all of them. The ACBL “stay profile” is vastly different than the usual overnight business stay or a 3-4 day conference/trade show.

They could design around the once every five year customer OR the 95+% customer base they have the rest of the time.
Aug. 7
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You had best be saying “Well spent”…or you'll next be wondering about the cost of the divorce lawyers.


<big grin>
Aug. 7
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Yes, the labor issue is still seriously hanging over the league, in spite of what our Legal Counsel told the membership and BoG.

I was trying to reinforce that there is no direct relationship or coupling between what sponsors pay per session and what the TDs receive.
Aug. 7
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