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“We are wiling to give you entry fee dollars, but not in your current game. Give us something more comfortable for us at the same time and place, and our dollars are yours.”

Maybe looking at your dilemma from that viewpoint will help you come up with the answer you want to give them.

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And you continue to get their Bridge Education dollars now; how important is it to keep that income stream?

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“The customer is always right. Give them what they want and they will be happy customers.” Does that viewpoint help you figure your dilemma's solution?

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They play at bridge for fun. They want the fun, not the intensity. Can you meet that need, and do you want to do so?

Your call!

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One possibility is EasyBridge – a 35-week program with income in weeks 5-35; continue the group beyond Week 35 – just a 15-20 minute mini-lesson, good snacks, and all the bridge at their level that they want. Any who really want to improve will move on to your current game; the others will call themselves “Bridge Players,” continue with the EasyBridge program, continue having fun with their friends at the tables and cards in their hands, and giving you a continuing income stream.
March 11
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More than 2 million $USD for ACBLscore replacement software which we will throw away? No problem!

Some six-figure $USD amount for a Customer Relations Management software package which we will quietly shelve because it doesn't meet our needs? No problem!

Several (did I read eight?) hundreds of thousands of $USD to the Fall 2018 NABC host hotel because we can't meet the room nights we contracted to fill , our President begging our members to change their hotel reservations to help us out, no one in the ACBL who knows how to market the rooms to non-members? Oh well, just pay it all and move along, no problem. We'll soak the NABC-attending members with higher entry fees to recover some of it.

Quiet settlement of a lawsuit at an undisclosed but estimated half-million $USD cost? No problem!

Fire a CEO, settle the remaining term of his contract for a rumored three-quarter million $USD? No problem! Oh, and let's eliminate the position and have an Executive Director instead.

“Free” trip for the BoD member (and significant other?), “free” hotel room, “free” entry to the playing events? What!? Don't touch that!

Free to Mr/Ms BoD member, and no way will that person agree to moving the meeting from Hawaii to Memphis or Horn Lake instead! ACBL promised each BoD member all of this, and I'm not giving it up! “Après nous le déluge!”

We need members? Okay, then – let's reward recruiters!

Let's propose to reward 20 new-member-recruiters, not with $USD cash, but with NABC Free Plays, grand total of fourteen thousand $USD worth (at the just-increased NABC Entry Fee rates) – good, no money directly out of ACBL resources! And let's make sure it's difficult to collect the reward, and not allow the reward to be shared among members of a recruiting team.

… but wait, if it costs too much, let's reward fewer of them!

ACBL BoD certainly has its priorities straight!

“Potentially objectionable content has been detected. Do you really want to continue?” Sure, why not?
March 8
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post-tournament summary is where?
March 4
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Triply Good – Peg appears to be back being Webmaster for the site!
March 4
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I'm “in the door” at one local retirement community; a once-a-week evening game with only one regular resident player. A few other residents play bridge, or used to, but all of them stay away in droves because most of my players are outsiders who are seen at the main entrance, walking through the lobby, in the elevator, disappear into the playing space, and by the time the Duplicate ends and players are on their way out, the residents are fast asleep.

Facility posts the daily schedule of events in the elevator, but it's changed to the next day while residents are at 5:30 pm dinner. Evening activities have no resident “critical mass.”

From what I hear from our resident Duplicate player, she can't even get a four-person social game among the residents, and has to settle for “Shanghai Rummy” as the local card game of choice.

As a one-person operation, I can't direct the small duplicate game and handle another simultaneous activity; and have not yet drummed up enough interest in daylight Bridge lessons among the residents.

I spend the rest of my week running five other Duplicate games including a 0-20 evening “Newcomer” game (with 25-minute pre-game lecture) as part our Unit Game, and a Saturday morning beginners game elsewhere – and looking for a good time to run classes for the advancers from 0-20. Moving the Saturday morning game won't work as I run the open Saturday afternoon game at the same location.

Suggestions for making progress (getting more resident involvement) with the evening game at the retirement location, please!
Feb. 4
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http://bridgecomposer.com/

most useful Bridge software. 30 days free, $20 for lifetime license incl all updates!
Jan. 13
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So many Cones of Silence – not just Management, and Board of Directors, but even some to exclude some BoD members and include only selected others!

If the choices for us are only Culture Change or Regime Change, and the Culture Change is NOT happening, well then, … about that Regime Change … we have to get down on our knees and pray … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrHUD2XmLN4
Dec. 11, 2018
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Memphis could be eminently accessible by air. Try the ACBL FedEx Spring North American Bridge Championships; just add some temporary, removable passenger seating to their air fleet for a two-week run each Spring. And snag a corporate sponsor with deep pockets!
Nov. 28, 2018
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“This comment has been hidden” – by whom? Why? Is this reason to believe the “Cone of Silence” persists? Let's hope the hider of this comment is not Hung!
Nov. 28, 2018
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maybe that's why nineteen voted against the motion … or at least why some of them will say they did so …
Nov. 28, 2018
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The easiest introduction to team games for your players can use electronic scoring devices (Bridgemates) and pre-dealt boards and postgame hand records. For small numbers of teams (nine down to three), you can have each team play every other team. All you need is to run a Board-a-Match event. Best to start out with two identical sets of pre-made boards in case you have an even number of teams; but one set can work if you use a Thurner movement (ACBLscore provides this as an external B-A-M movement; hint:print out the guide cards and provide them to each pair!).

You want an event where the scoring is not point-a-board, but rather IMPs? Simple, set up the B-A-M in ACBLscore, then use <f9> and change scoring method to IMPs.

You want to run the event and have match awards, so each team that wins even one match earns some number of Masterpoints? That's a little more difficult, and takes you some manual work outside of ACBLscore. My players go home with hand records and private scores, but know the Match awards/Overall places/Masterpoints won't appear until the next day.

ACBLscore won't convert the B-A-M results (in IMPs) to IMP-scored matches with VPs and match awards, but that's not difficult – just set up a separate event and key in the IMP results of the B-A-M as if they were head-to-head teams matches.

edit: add last paragraph
Nov. 27, 2018
Kevin O'Brien edited this comment Nov. 28, 2018
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But the point of my comment is the reaction of the littles and bigs among the cards to the questionable ethics of the player.
Nov. 5, 2018
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Right Through the Pack – Club Deuce.
Nov. 4, 2018
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The opponents should have been playing in your “relaxed rules” section and not in the “serious competitors” section where you were sitting! – or were you in the wrong section?

Oh – we don't have those separate sections. Another of your “brilliant ideas (heh heh heh), it seems to fall on deaf ears.”

And of course there is no “Liars Section” for your opponents – that's self-evident!
Nov. 4, 2018
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Do they know how Honors does this on a relatively micro-level?

Do you think the success you experience in Manhattan scales up to all of North America?
Nov. 4, 2018
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ACBL's attitude toward you has taken a major change in the time since the end of the Hartman reign as CEO. Is it still too dangerous to comment on how and why this change on their part? If not, I expect you'll have enough to say for a separate article?
Aug. 12, 2018
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Link posted on Facebook and shared with my Unit and th Clubs where I direct – “another good reason to teach Bridge to youngsters”
Aug. 8, 2018
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