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Doing the same as Monty – actually acquired some boatd sets with 29-36 labels; when I peeled them off I found 13-16 and `1-4. Serendipity!
July 12, 2018
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probably just for District 16
July 11, 2018
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Coffee consumption is an occasional investment of a few bucks for a cup, with the free fellowship of other aficionados and the free atmosphere of the coffee-dispensing location.

Bridge consumption requires a significant fixed time commitment and a significant up-front cost for lessons.

There are more differences as well, all that I can think of are in coffee's favor.

Just because I am a Bridge player (or was until I found myself directing instead), and not a coffee drinker, doesn't mean I made the obviously correct choice.
July 9, 2018
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Rhetorical question? The answer of course is “It Depends.” Different for each player, usually gradual over time, and I doubt any player could name a specific date when the “crossed the line.”
July 9, 2018
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“Blessed are they who expect little, for they shall not be disappointed.” Yes, expect more! :)
July 9, 2018
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Hi Jeff,

Wasn't it YOU who posted a link to the BoD Atlanta agenda in this forum? How much of that needs to be done NOW?

Come back after Atlanta and let us know how much of what needs to be done NOW was actually approved. Look back over the last 40 years (since you managed your first NYC club) and tell us how much of what's needed to be done in those 40 years has actually been done.

We want an organization with a much smaller Board of Directors that can rapidly reach consensus, make important decisions, and have them acted on. We don't have one.

We want an organization with a Board of Directors that can let Management manage. We don't have one, instead we have an organization with a Board of Directors that micro-manages.

Isn't it insane to keep trying to work through ACBL for decades, get the same results every time, and then say “Let's keep working through ACBL?”

For some reason, your mileage varies. At least you and I hope to end with thriving clubs and teachers, and increased interest and participation in Bridge at all levels and in all forms.
July 8, 2018
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All new organization wants from ACBL is the NABCs and the Treasury. If there are to be no Districts and Units, someone has to be responsible for the Sectio9nals and Regionals for which contracts are already signed. New organization will need TDs, existing Horn Lake property and staff can be used as well – or sold with new HQ somewhere else. As you pointed out, staff can do
STaCs – and Customer Service for clubs, tournaments, and members (not in order of priority). ACBL Bridge Bulletin can become Association of North American Bridge Clubs Bulletin, or the latter can swallow what's good of the former if ANABCs is established before ACBL finally dies.

I run six games a week, own 5 sanctions where I am responsible for the location and everything else – the sixth is the 0-20 Section of my Unit Game.

Unit Board is usually happy to go along with what's been done in the past – putting in something new (as I did with 0-20 section almost two years ago) requires a budget and commitment to do most if not all of the work for the new thing.

What ACBL commitments would you DROP for a new organization? Having space and time for the NABCs does NOT require following the same schedules, or even holding the same events!

I'm a small fish in a small pond, but I'd rather have fresh water – instead of used bathwater – in which to swim, Much healthier1
July 8, 2018
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ACBL –
+ die quickly and as gracefully as possible,
+ pass future NABC contracts,
+ the Horn Lake HQ building,
+ whoever among employees (including TDs) who want to go,
+ and what's in the treasury
to a replacement organization that's less bloated (lean) and more concentrated on supporting increased Bridge of all kinds. Education Foundation and Charity Foundation to appropriately disengage from ACBL and affiliate with the replacement organization as well. In short, throw out the bathwater and not the baby!

DISTRICT and UNIT –
+ die quickly and as gracefully as possible,
+ pass future tournament contracts to the new, lean, ACBL replacement organization
+ spin off all local real estate and equipment and supplies owned or leased to a new, lean, organization with appropriate tax status that will affiliate in some way with the new ACBL replacement organization – if appropriate, BECOME that new, lean organization with appropriate tax status.
+ dispose of Treasury by transferring it – in appropriate amounts – to the ACBL replacement organization or the new, lean local organization

CLUB –
As soon as the replacement organization for ACBL shows its head, disaffiliate from ACBL and affiliate with the new organization.

STOP WAITING FOR ACBL TO CHANGE – THAT IS NOT HAPPENING ANY TIME SOON
July 8, 2018
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their agenda is rearranging the deck chairs …
July 5, 2018
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“Nothing about online teaching. Impatient”
Must not have extrapolated from your earlier
"There should be more discussion of small club concerns in the future. But the Forum's members have to be the ones to get the discussion going."
July 5, 2018
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Lost at least One
down to 83 members – quit or evicted?
July 4, 2018
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You're going to throw people out if they don't answer your poll? IMHO, that's drastic. Only you and Moese have that power, right?

And after only 11 hours … yes, drastic!
July 3, 2018
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Hardly any time to play unless I'm filling in with a single in a game I'm directing.

And then the game isn't directed as well as I'd like, and I'm not as good a partner as I'd like to be.
July 3, 2018
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WE had LBIAD? presented by Patty at our 2015 Regional and the 2016 NABC. Follow-up in 2015 consisted of a post-LBIAD? reception for the students – as a table helper I attended, and ended up with six students. Two are still active in local clubs. LBIAD? students got lists ovf local clubs and teachers, but the local clubs and teachers got no contact information from the local LBIAD? organizer about the students – as I remember, the reason was was “privacy concerns.”

We also got no information about the 2016 LBIAD? students at the NABC; they all had the flier for the new 0-20 game though – and that flier was at enough other locations for newbies that our 0-20 game got a good start (see above).

I thought it was time for another LBIAD? this year, but it'd not happening – in part because I'm too overworked, in part because I'm not a star recruiter of unpaid volunteer help.

If we ever run another LBIAD? and I'm involved in any way, the student sign-up process will include their giving permission by default for teachers and clubs to receive their contact information – they will have to opt out to prevent this happening.
July 2, 2018
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Jeff,

Offering something for $FREE may have the recipient valuing it as worth $FREE. Have you considered putting a minimum $5 price tag on everything? A drop in the bucket compared to your normal table fee, but at least the recipient has to place a non-zero value ont what's received.

I know, you have the 40 years experience in your market and I don't – maybe I will learn something fornm your reply.
July 2, 2018
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My club, as most in our area, tacks on the “extra dollar” (or two) for the “special games” entry fees. Players who don't read (or forget what they read) in the e-mail or on the schedule posted at ACBL Club Results are used to coming in just before game time and asking “How much this week?” Special games don't seem to have much effect on attendance (if anything, the STaC and GNT seem to have more tales than average) and for most they are a wash income-wise as the “extra dollar” is just passed through to ACBL. Different for STaC, and GNT, as the per-player markup gives a small extra margin to the clubs.

The week before the local Regional attendance is up, the week of the Regional the clubs are closed, the first few days after the Regional the attendance is down (players “bridged out”), but picks up later in that week.
July 2, 2018
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the three-quarter (reduced) Howell movements work for 24-board games and are built-in to the movement files that come with ACBLscore. Some have more than one table with a resident pair, all but one such table have the resident pair swapping fom N-S to E-w and vice versa.

The 3/4 Howell for four tables has pair 8 stationary at Table 1, Pair 7 plays 3 rounds N-S and the final three rounds E-W at table 2. Warning: these two tables relay boards with each other every round.
July 2, 2018
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“Sounds like a job for the Unit Membership Committee” – if it exists. Even the Unit Membership Secretary (a required position?) is still an unpaid volunteer.
July 2, 2018
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The Common Game won't include results from them in its winners lists. But they provide more Masterpoint-winning opportunities for players in Alzheimer Fund games, and my players want more Masterpoint-winning opportunities. So, in an effort to be a better business-person, I offer the players what they want!
July 2, 2018
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