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Nic,

ACBL gains about 10,000 new members every year and loses about 10,000 current members. “Our CEO noted that every year we lose about 10K members and gain about the same number of new members.” http://www.contractbridgeforum.com/15/January/21p15.pdf
Feb. 15, 2015
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District 15 – Phyllis Harlan, DD – has some of her reports on-line, links in the upper left of their homepage http://www.acbl15.org/, “Phyllis Harlan's Corner” – one fron 2012, two from 2013, NONE FROM 2014.
Feb. 15, 2015
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Hi Ellis,

Thank you for prompt and useful answers to my questions!

Kevin
Feb. 15, 2015
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Hi Ellis Feigenbaum,

You say "The regionals need to use the pro teams to better effect“ – do you have specific suggestions on how to do so?

Also, what exactly do you mean by ”graft"?
Feb. 15, 2015
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Not clear that ten do not – just that no Wikipedia contributor has found Internet links to the reports!

Nic added the links others and I reported above in comments; no link for District 8, for example, but Georgia Heth appears to report regularly in D8's “The Advocate.”

And as Nic said, "If you have any additions, or I missed something above, please make it to the Wiki and not contact me."
Feb. 15, 2015
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Ellis Feigenbaum says "Most of what we need to do to improve membership numbers has little to do with the BOD and more to do with the Districts and Units and individual clubs. The league does not run the boondock regional the Districts and Units do.
The league does not run my bridge club I do, and what puts bums on chairs is hard work and graft at the one to one level. Going out to Social Centre's Schools local colleges. Kiwanis clubs and Golf clubs. Regular lessons in the Club.
The regionals need to use the pro teams to better effect and those of us that care need to do more give more care more.
Just sit with a group of C flight players after the game, I normally do this at my local regional, A couple of people I know will come and ask questions before I know it I have a group of 10 or 20 local players.
These people bring friends that is where the expansion is, No one sitting in Horn Lake can bring me one new player to my club, but the local units and Districts can.
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Our ACBL CEO is a publicity guy – that's what he's good at.

Horn Lake can publish effective teaching materials for retiring baby boomers, and different effective teaching materials for school kids and other effective teaching materials for college students.

We have Senior events and Super-Senior events and the Youth NABC, now we need the Units and Districts to put on Scholastic and High School and College competitions at Sectionals and Regionals.

Maybe Horn Lake's new Resource Center can assist with effective publicity tools.

Maybe Horn Lake's Education people can assist in collecting information from AJB, SiVY, Reno Youth Bridge, and the other successful youth bridge programs in ACBL-land, and be a central point for making the best of the tools and techniques used in these programs easily available to the rest of us.

Horn Lake has this Cooperative Advertising Program, but it's up to us – the volunteers and Club Managers and Sectional and Regional Chairs out here in the Boondocks, to use the advertising tools and advertising dollars from Horn Lake, add the personal touch (hard work and graft at the one to one level. Going out to Social Centre's Schools local colleges. Kiwanis clubs and Golf clubs. Regular lessons in the Club . . . Just sit with a group of C flight players after the game).

Horn Lake's advertising dollars and their advertising materials won't put one more fanny in a chair at my club's Monday evening 7 pm game; but my using their materials and money, plus my personal touch as I set up and direct the game, greet the arriving people, chat with the players after the game, give encouragement and instruction where needed, run a pre-game class – that's where the expansion is.

Twenty-five months ago I came to the club to see if it was worth my time and effort (the then-current directors/managers were eager to give it away); eight players showed up. For 2014, the club attendance averaged a little over 24 players. I've learned a lot, so have many of the players. We all have fun; the players pass the word and more players arrive.

Yes, bridge can not just survive but even thrive, and not just in the Netherlands and District Seven.
Feb. 15, 2015
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Is Barry Senensky willing to put in the near-endless hours for the meager rewards of serving his ACBL District as District Representative to the Board of Directors? Is Barry Senensky willing to put in the time and effort to schmooze with Unit Board members (perhaps at tournaments around his District) and seek their votes at his District's next election? If so, and he wins, then he can try to influence the pre-cliff direction of ACBL from the inside.
Feb. 14, 2015
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District 8 District Director reports appear to be posted in their bimonthly newsletter, the Advocate. In a quick look, I failed to find any central list of links to each report.

Each issue seems to have a Table of Contents on the left of the front page, with links to each article. “ACBL Director's Report” links appear for:
Feb 2014 http://home.comcast.net/~dist8adv/index-feb14.htm
Apr 2014 http://home.comcast.net/~dist8adv/index-apr14.htm
Aug 2014 http://home.comcast.net/~dist8adv/index-aug14.htm
Dec 2014 has no link, and there is no report in the current issue, Feb 2015. I didn't look at 2013 and previous.

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District 9 has Jay Whipple's column in each issue of Sunshine Bridge News; presumably three of the six columns each year serve as his report on the Board of Directors meetings at the NABC's.

Links to all of them are on his website at https://sites.google.com/site/district9director/

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District 12 reports are on their website at http://www.district12bridge.org/District_director_news/report_index.html, alas, all I could find was the report from Providence; nothing earlier. They also post a link to the ACBL CEOs' Technology Committee meeting minutes.

Feb. 13, 2015
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Archived reports for Las Vegas and Providence have links at http://wasumi.org/Pages/18Reports2010.htm as well – but a qucik glance revealed no earlier reports (e.g. Dallas, 2013 NABCs, or earlier).
Feb. 13, 2015
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Most ACBL members don't care much about District Directors' reports. Of the few that do, most care only to read their own DD's report when it is current.

For the rest of us, an archive of the District Directors' reports from all districts might be of limited use.

Hey Bridge Winners, if some of us do the work to dig up the Internet addresses of these DD reports, would you be willing to host a page with links to them? Willing to start with an incomplete list?
Feb. 13, 2015
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Hi Peg,

I found “Download Spring2013District14DirectorReportWord2003” on your District website. Has Ms Anderson not reported to the membership since then, or just not given you the documents to post on the website?

The letter from CEO to the board seems to be the same one posted on the ACBL website at http://www.acbl.org/acbl-content/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Attachment-A.pdf – yes?
Feb. 12, 2015
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Marvelous and instructive comment, Kit – I quoted from it in my club e-mail and linked to this BW post “for the rest of the story.”
Feb. 12, 2015
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District 1 http://district1acbl.org/governance/acbl-district-directors-report/

District 2 http://www.acbldistrict2.org/director.aspx (appears to be incomplete)

District 3 – could not find a link on their website http://www.bridge-district3.org/index.htm – can you do better?

District 4 http://www.district4.info/Districtdirector.htm (apparently only the most current report, I found no archive of previous reports – can you do better?)

District 5 – could not find a link on their website http://www.d5bridge.com/ – can you do better?

District 6 http://www.districtsix.org/Business/NABC%20Reports.aspx

District 25 http://www.nebridge.org/ddreport/

Someone else can research the rest, I hope
Feb. 12, 2015
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Dallas is missing from http://d10bridge.org/700/710_RepReport.htm
Feb. 12, 2015
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If not, that is most probably why ACBL canned the ACBLscore+ software and has no intention of resurrecting the corpse.
Feb. 11, 2015
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Nic,

What's your good reason for not responding to Kevin Lane's “Has either the Horn Lake or the BoD Technology committee contacted you?”
Feb. 11, 2015
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Robin,

“IANAL” =“I Am Not A Lawyer”

As far as Open Source, see http://bsp.bridgescoreplus.com/?page_id=51#9
Feb. 11, 2015
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Mario, the ACBL's “decisive executive” is its CEO, who addressed these very real problems by putting together a hand-picked committee last spring to ditch and write off $1.9 million of software, got a budget to re-invent it, squelched (maybe, we don't know how, no one's talking) Mr, DeMartino's motion to stop spending IT resources on re-inventing what was discarded, and is now moving ahead where he chooses to go. Decisive enough for you?
Feb. 10, 2015
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