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Okay folks, now what is YOUR next step?
Jan. 6, 2018
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I see this concept as a way to create a bridge between the social players and the duplicate players.
Jan. 4, 2018
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In the 1970's, I was very active in an inter-company KO Bridge league (The Chicago Commercial/Industrial Bridge League).
We had 25-30 teams, each representing their company, that played 10 matches between October and April. There was a final for the top teams.
Team Captains scheduled the matches. We played in company cafeterias or office spaces.
It was great fun.
Jan. 3, 2018
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Respond to fewer BW posts. Oh, darn!
Dec. 31, 2017
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Steve, I think that you have made some good points and I will add a few comments.

You are calling on “the ACBL” to do something. My personal view is that I am the ACBL and it us up to people like us to define and map out both the direction and the plans for achieving the goals.
Further, I believe that people who CAN do the job WILL do the job and the level of inaction is mostly about proper skill sets.
And, I have been writing documents for several months and expect to make them available around the end of January. I have sent them to Bahar Gidwani, but need to finish more of them before rolling them out.

I like data. Rather than commenting on your analysis, I'll add a couple of thoughts.

I remain troubled by the 40% drop-out rate for new ACBL members. How are we able to recruit players and yet are unable to meet their needs? Out of every 10,000 new members, 4,000 will not renew their membership; within 2 years of joining.

Is the ACBL membership data accurate? The only place I see my Date Joined information is on MYACBL. I joined the ACBL in 1970, but my date joined is 1/1/1950. I stopped playing for (most of) 16 years, but only had an 8 year lapse of membership.
So how long have I been an ACBL member? 67 years, 47 years or 39 years?

Now to stir things up a bit: The ACBL (me, you, we) is an elitist organization.
There is no room in our tent for Rubber/Social bridge players. We have nothing to offer them. We look down on non-duplicate players.
But, we are also the leaders in teaching Bridge. We must embrace our role as providers of new players for Rubber/Social bridge games.
Dec. 31, 2017
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I'm still working on the assessment of Membership Growth.

Working with the 2015 data, I put this chart together:
http://www.lenfettig.com/ACBL-ranks.pdf

I'd like to do the same with the 2016 and 2017 data and see if there is any trend line.
I included the values for number-of-members and number-of-units, just to see if anything emerged. It did not.
Dec. 15, 2017
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Some of the proposals under consideration will require Clubs to have dealing machines or else not participate in those events.
While the push back is enough to reject those proposals, I think it is important, as Don Mamula has pointed out, that we need ideas that respect the diverse range of clubs in the ACBL.
STaC events are very popular in my Unit. If every club is required to play the same hands, then dealing machines would be needed. The cost and handling for sending out hand records would likely cause my District to not schedule STaC's.
In other Districts, this might not be a problem.
Dec. 15, 2017
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Barbara,
Do most of the clubs in your area own dealing machines?
Dec. 15, 2017
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Steven, the clubs in my District are too poor to afford a fundraiser. They are $3,000 short of enough money to buy a $3,100 dealing machine. lol
Dec. 13, 2017
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Richard, Thank you for the correction. I was flipping pages too quickly.
Dec. 13, 2017
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Steve,

It is important that every organization has clearly stated goals. The Strategic Priorities ACBL-Strategic-Review-3-17.pdf are the closest that the Board of Directors has come to defining Goals. You are right, they really aren’t goals.

I created this thread to challenge and engage the BoG in the goal setting process.

While I feel that I explained that in my initial post, it may not be as clear as I intended.

Now I would like to take your stated goal and encourage BoG members to help flesh it out.
“What would it take to increase membership, tables and students by 10% in one year?”

ACBL membership has stayed level at 165,000 over the last five-years. The number of new members and the member loses have been in an equilibrium, during that period. Currently we are seeing 11,000 gains and losses per year. We know that 40% of our new members do not renew. That means that 60% of the losses come from a variety of reasons. That includes deaths, no longer playing and no longer interested in continuing membership.

Given our record in membership (non) growth, an increase in membership of 16,500 per year sounds rather challenging. If we want to achieve that increase, without improving our New Player Retention rate, then we will need to recruit 38,500 new players per year ((16,500 / .60)+ 11,000). However, improving our new member retention rate by 2% lowers that goal by nearly 900 newbys.

Steve, you and I are taking very different paths and I think that is great. However, the planning process must move forward and having a small number of people engaged in the activity lacks the organizational commitment needed for positive change.

Sadly, I don’t really see the BoD or the BoG engaged in this process.

But let’s work cooperatively to map out a realistic strategy to get us further down that road.
Dec. 7, 2017
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Jeff, I like the approach you are taking here (I'm a data guy). The current data for average age of an ACBL member is between 72.0 and 72.2. That is up 2 years from 2012.

I'm traveling for the next 10 days, so will be limited in my time to respond to posts.

Keep up the good ideas; or are these Better Big Ideas?
Nov. 28, 2017
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A quick clarification: My post only referred to our retention rate for New Members. After joining the ACBL, nearly 40% do not renew their memberships.
In the Unit reports, that is referred to as a weighted, 3-year retention rate of New Members.
Nov. 26, 2017
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Action was deferred. The motion will be considered at the Philadelphia meeting. The effective date (March 7, 2018) was just part of the motion.
Nov. 26, 2017
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found it: http://www.acbl.org/bog-meeting-docs/
Nov. 25, 2017
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Anyone know where the meeting agenda and BoD summary is posted?
Nov. 25, 2017
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Stu,
Jeff provided the site link: sites.google.com/site/racswingforgold/home
It will answer questions about the event.
Nov. 13, 2017
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Jeff. Excellent post!
A healthy discussion should lead to better planning. We are watching the RaC event and looking for insights that will help our organization.
Good luck to you and your players.
Nov. 11, 2017
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Since responder may have no points, for me it takes 17HCP and four trumps for a super accept.
Nov. 11, 2017
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