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And try to understand it.
Does one part actually say money will be diverted to nonprofit clubs? Personally, I think that won't hurt our clubs in New York City. There are no nonprofits. But what about in places where nonprofits and for profits coexist. Is ACBL picking sides?
I must have this wrong. Musn't I?
June 22
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192-18…club incentive.
This is a tiny step in the right direction.

192-39. Education Funds. Educational Funds vs. Education Foundation Funds.
Anyone care to try to untangle this for me?

As far as I can see, that's it this time around for clubs and membership growth. Maybe that's more than enough to turn things around. Only time will tell. Oh, forgot, that's a rare commodity these days.

As far as rare commodities go, didn't Bahar state in his post that he had 100 irons in the fire? What happened to them? Bahar had some really good ideas. OK, he didn't return to his room in Horn Lake 24/7. Who does? But does that mean that when he's let go, all those ideas, many already in the works, needed to disappear with him? Or was that the reason he was let go?

I've seen nothing innovative since his dismissal. If I'm missing something, correct me. Looks like a return to those oh so quiet, status quo, Hartman years.

I guess the BoD had their fill of what change was going to look like.

Where have you gone Mrs. Robertson? A nation of lonely bridge club sanction holders turns its lonely eyes to you. Barbara Seagram asked, “Why is she gone? Are we not entitled to an answer?”
Barbara, can it be that Carol also refused to stay in her room?
June 22
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I'm going to repost this on the club and teacher forum and see what that brings.
June 22
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And no comments? Who are these people? What will it take for them to get their juices going?
June 22
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Len,
Your post is 19 hours old. Would you mind telling me how many views you've had?
4 or 5 are mine.
June 22
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192-18…club incentive.
A step in the right direction.

192-39. Education Funds. Educational Funds vs. Education Foundation Funds.
Anyone care to try to untangle this for me?

As far as I can see, that's it this time around for clubs and membership growth. Maybe that's more than enough to turn things around. Only time will tell. Oh, forgot, that's a rare commodity these days.

As far as rare commodities go, didn't Bahar state in his post that he had 100 irons in the fire? What happened to them? Bahar had some really good ideas. OK, he didn't return to his room in Horn Lake 24/7. Who does? But does that mean that when he's let go, all those ideas, many already in the works, needed to disappear with him? Or was that the reason he was let go?

I've seen nothing innovative since his dismissal. If I'm missing something, correct me. Looks like a return to those oh so quiet, status quo, Hartman years.

I guess the BoD had their fill of what change was going to look like.

Where have you gone Mrs. Robertson? A nation of lonely bridge club sanction holders turns its lonely eyes to you. Barbara Seagram asked, “Why is she gone? Are we not entitled to an answer?”
Barbara, can it be that Carol also refused to stay in her room?
June 21
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sorry, good catch. 4441
June 18
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Funny.
Is it me who is clueless or is this just another example of political correctness gone amuck? If your brain can't process bits of this kind of information, it can't. Nothing more to it.
June 18
Jeff Bayone edited this comment June 22
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And boy is that cynical. However there might be some truth there.
I prefer to think of this 25 member body as a dedicated, selfless, grown up version of a Unit Board. Grown up, but still focused on dealing with issues pertaining to the health of their tournaments. Now on a much bigger scale. They still have little knowledge of any other area of the ecosystem. Nor are their hearts in it.
Unit boards, not all, as I have been happy to learn, do a good job when it comes to the tournament bridge player. Where they come up short, or worse, ignore, is with most other aspects of bridge in their community. But now their community is all of bridge.
When they graduate to the big boy Unit, this is who they still are. They don't suddenly begin thinking differently. Why would we expect, why should we even ask for, anything else from them? They were good, and dedicated Unit officers. Good at their job of running local tournaments and dedicated to seeing it through. The BoD has a rightful place in our organization. It should be charged with seeing to it that the tournament end of the business is taken care of. The rest, all the rest, should be left to professionals with professional knowledge, or at least experience, in all those other areas that, for now, are being left unattended and in need of support and guidance.
June 18
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Exactly. Well said. Patterns. I have my students memorize this chart by saying it over and over till the sound of these nine patterns are drilled into them.
4-3-3-3
4-4-3-2
4-4-4-1
5-3-3-2
5-4-2-2
5-4-3-1
6-3-2-2
6-3-3-1
6-4-2-1
These are the most common ways the 4's, 5's, and 6's divide and account for over 85% of all distributions.
When they go to sleep I tell them to count shape, not sheep.
June 18
Jeff Bayone edited this comment June 18
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It is easier to count to three or four than nine or ten. I'll grant you that.
Does the fact that every one of our respondents thinks in terms of winners carry any weight? When it comes to teaching beginners why are we not teaching them the PROPER way to think out a hand.
If experts think in terms of winners, at what point do we stop teaching our charges to focus on losers? How about when we get to teaching dummy reversals. Try finding a way to make ten tricks there by focusing on losers. Good luck.
How many of you count like this? “Four on the first, three on the second…?” None of you. Yet how many instructors teach their students to count that way? Does that make it right? Of course not. At what point will they stop doing that and start teaching, “four triple three, 4-4-3-2, 4-4-4-1…?”
Every year the ABTA has what they call an “Apple Barrel” contest. They give an award for the best teaching tool or idea submitted that year. I think this year mine will be, Count winners!
That's so anti-establishment I wonder if I'll even get honorable mention.
June 17
Jeff Bayone edited this comment June 17
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My point was, it is not for the perks that people volunteer their time and effort. The perks are way too meager for that to be the case. But bridge players can only see what they want to see.
Financial gain? You mean making a decent living? Outside of bridge, tell me where else in America is being successful viewed with such absolute disdain?
The answer to that question may go a long way to helping us understand the situation we find ourselves in today.
Honors depends on more that a dozen volunteers….as support for its professional staff of more than forty…not as the professional staff.
June 17
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Understood. We are on the same page. Can you state, in as few words as possible why you feel so strongly about counting winners in all situations and not the “prefered” method of winners in NT and losers in trump?
June 17
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John,
Spot on. Now all we need are twenty-four more like you.
June 17
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Maybe the “perks”, as everyone likes to refer to them as, are not as attractive as one might be led to believe. Having sat in on a full BoD meeting a year back, I don't think they come close. A week away from my club, three days spent 9-5, and because this was a last minute thing, I didn't even have any long term responsibilities, I didn't sit on any committees, did not have to participate in developing anything for the meeting, and had had no late night phone conferences either. I spent five days in Atlanta before the tournament began. No knock on Atlanta, but what was second prize? 10 days?
June 17
Jeff Bayone edited this comment June 17
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What's on the BoD and BoG agendas for July?
I truly haven't looked.
More tournament tweaks I'll bet. More Master Point adjustments.
Maybe something about raising the “awards” to clubs for creating new members from $5 to $15. That will do it. I might be able to spend the extra $300 on a 1/100 of a page ad somewhere or a few shots on Facebook. Maybe someone in the mid-West will see $15 a player and decide to sink one hundred and fifty grand into opening a club.
Or not.
June 17
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It is now over a week and this (Cindy) is it.
Did BW inform the candidates about this forum?
June 17
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Totally different. I too use both of these and still think they are among the best. I put them under the intermediate category even though they are at best advanced beginner books.
June 17
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Richard.
From 2010 figures: It looks like about 4000 77 year olds and
just over 2000 84 year olds. About 1/2 left.
June 16
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John,
David's and Daniel's chart of members' age is startling. I have seen it before. The greatest number of members in 2010, by year, was at 68 years of age. There were about 5,500 of them. In 2017 that age was 76 and there were 7,000 of them. So in that eight year period, the age of the greatest single year player has gone up eight years. This, by itself is scary. The fact that these players, in eight years, will be 84 years old and will number just over 3,000 shows how close we are to the edge.
June 16
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