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Clubs that teach beginners, offer supervised, social, practice sessions that allow them to mature, then follow up with entry level duplicate games, are clubs I wish to designate as ‘Bridge Centers’.

If this is a description of your club, I'd like to invite you to join me and other Bridge Centers in trying to establish the first ever bridge club organization.


Hi Mark,

* teach beginners . . . . . . . . check
* offer … practice sessions
Play & Learn Friday mornings 9:30 a.m. to Noon at the Hartland Community Center. Fridays Dec. 6th to Dec. 20th (No class Nov. 29th) and then again March 13th to May 29th, 2020. Mini lesson, play and have teacher(s) available to help. Hartland Recreation Department (same parking lot as Hartland Library).

Play & Learn Wednesdays 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Jan 8th to March 25th, 2020 Oconomowoc Recreation Department at the Oconomowoc Community Center 220 W Wisconsin Ave
. . . . . . . . check
* offer beginner games . . . . . one

owning/renting a single site is not listed in the requirements

sounds a lot what I'm doing/trying to do in Northern Virginia. I couldn't find a link to your web site from Unit 222's, but you are more active on Facebook than I. Maybe I'll get more active by sharing some of your posts!

Good luck, I wish you success! –and I wish your students much fun!
Dec. 5
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Hi Grant,

Your BW profile tells us “Avid player, accredited teacher, club owner, manager and director in the Tri-Valley (Walnut Creek CA).”

So I looked, and found http://diablovalleybridge.com/ccbc/

Like Jeff, you seem to be at least surviving in what you might term a “hostile environment.” It will be interesting to see how much the Bridge Centers can agree on when we first begin to gather.

Thanks for what you do to promote our great game!
Dec. 4
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ACBL can be so much better than it is! Too, too, true!
Dec. 4
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and when the midget fortune-teller escaped from custody, the headline in the Grumpy Times read, of course, "Small Medium at Large"
Dec. 4
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Don't tell us that "the mainstream media is intentionally misleading the public, publishing fake news,“ Jack – that sounds too much like stuff we hear in non-Bridge places! The ACBL's ”House Organ" must be far above dealing in Alternative Facts!

Surely the consistent year-over-year loss in number of clubs, number of tables at face-to-face club play, number of tables at tournament play – and our consistent increase in average age – all of that cannot and must not be ignored!
Dec. 4
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IF ACBL is to survive, it will be a lot different than what you see and suffer through today.

There will be a CEO. The governing body will be much smaller, and NOT geographically based. Major stakeholders will be represented in the governing body.

Bridge teachers? They have the ABTA which could select a representative.

Club owners? We have no organization … yet.

If ACBL is to survive, it has to change. Else it will fail – and we will need a replacement organization, which will have a CEO and a governing body which is NOT geographically based, and includes representation for major stakeholders.

Club owners? We have no organization … yet.
Dec. 3
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“Market segmentation and target marketing only works when you know how to segment and have experienced marketers doing the work.”

It may not look like a “massive effort,” but several more precisely tailored approaches to the carefully chosen segments (“narrowcasting”) should yield many more members than a “go recruit a new member” broadcast to all.

It's no longer 1942, “buy war bonds” is no longer effective marketing.
Dec. 3
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Dr Jones,
Thanks for helping to inform the Bridge Winners masses even though I'm sure that there are many other demands on your time.
Dec. 2
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Hi Jeff,

Yes it does sound unrealistic. How many of our 162K members have played in a F2F Cub game in the past year? Maybe asking them to each recruit a new member might have a better chance of working once every four years.

Identifying the members who play in F2F club games now is one part of the data crunching that will work once we have enough sanctioned F2F Club game gamefiles in the available data.
Market segmentation and target marketing only works when you know how to segment and have experienced marketers doing the work.

If we want to influence ACBL's Twenty-Five Powers That Be, having proof in the numbers is a more powerful tool that what we've failed with so far.
Dec. 2
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One poster's “malice” is another poster's “based on previous experience” – see Barry Senensky's attempts to get this type of thing done a few years ago.

You and I both want someone competent with appropriate tools to get the data appropriately crunched, Richard. I hope we can at least be mutually supportive, perhaps even cordial!
Dec. 2
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If the BoD is not interested in crunching this data ("Why do that? We might not like what we see; worse, we might have to do something unpleasant, something that upsets our peaceful existence!") –

I say, if the BoD is not interested in crunching this data, we need to be very careful to be sure the ACBL BoD at least release this data to the membership so someone competent – hopefully as competent as Mr. Willey – is able to crunch it appropriately.

And if the BoD is not willing to figure out what the data-crunching results show us and develop a plan of action for the future based on the trends that are discernible, then we certainly need to gather the experts and the other stakeholders in the future of competitive Contract Bridge in North America that are able to work together to formulate appropriate plans for that future – before it's too late!
Dec. 2
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Do any issues remain where it's other than “where the BoD decides and the ED just plays the tune?”

If so, the BoD probably has more work to do in this particular area. :(
Dec. 2
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Not Ready for Prime Time with only two months until required use by all clubs.

Busy two months for the programming team at Horn Lake.

Larry, I had my first 5-person team in almost seven years of being a Club Director; at least ACBL Live for Clubs did handle that one.
Dec. 2
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not sure exactly what you mean, if an independent volunteer were to do this for clubs in Manhattan and clubs in eastern Montana it would be an informative eye-opener.
Dec. 1
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should be top 32 from swiss at bottom of http://bridgefinesse.com/ACBLLive/NABC193SWAY4Swiss.htm
Dec. 1
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David,

Repeating from above:
I have no desire to “form a new organization that is directly competing with the ACBL,”


I can't tell what will happen next year.
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I don't have 2020 vision.
Nov. 30
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lots of hot air from bridge politicians, perhaps?
Nov. 30
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Any “similar motion” dealing with number of Directors and not with Board composition and method of electing/selecting its members will be no better than the motions that have failed every attempt in recent years, Gordon.
Nov. 29
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Peg,

Very close. That game was dying; my predecessor was a caretaker who was so eager to get rid of that game that he gave me a 32-board set of old aluminum boards and volunteered to stay on and work with me for a few weeks while I “got my feet wet.” Besides co-directing, this included bringing refreshments the first week, making boards and bringing hand records for the first several weeks, and walking me through submitting monthly reports to ACBL (after weeks 2 and 7). After that, I was on my own.

Jeff,

I didn't announce I was directing! Later in that first week I told some friends that I was now directing that game; next week attendance was 8 pairs; and by year's end 16 pairs played.

Next year, I was asked to serve on the Unit Board because I had “turned around the club.”
Nov. 29
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Not exactly, Ed. I just want to contrast ACBL's largest “bricks-and-mortar” club's future outlook/planning with the future outlook of what Jeff describes as "A huge number of clubs are about to go under. … way too many clubs are run by, and populated with, players who will not be able to carry on much longer. Without a viable plan in place for how to make our ecosystem function properly, there will no no one wanting to take their place. Nor will there be a need."

I myself got started when Directors got fed up with running a dying club and gave it to me, almost seven years ago. The first game I directed there had only four pairs playing.
Nov. 29
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