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There were 33 elections, but only three of them were contested. Turn-over is healthy. How do we get interested players to move into governance roles?
Sept. 18, 2017
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Do we need to pull out the Stop Card before shooting? Does that change in January?
Sept. 15, 2017
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At one club, the Director turns out the lights to get the player's attention, before the start of play (daytime game). This was very effective and much better than a bell or yelling.
I think it might work to quiet the room also. If you try it, let us know how it worked out.
Sept. 14, 2017
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I think the original post by Steve Moese has a lot of merit. I'd like to see it thoughtfully expanded and become an agenda item for the San Diego BoG meeting.

What is the process that needs to occur to facilitate action?
Aug. 14, 2017
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Richard, Based upon my experiences and the post from Gordon Bower (above) a review of the BoG mailing list seems necessary.

When I arrived at the BoG meeting in KC, I had received my proxy email from the ACBL, but I was not on the list of Board members. They had me write my name on the list and gave me a voting paddle.
Aug. 14, 2017
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ROFL
We have a Sectional this weekend. Should I post these?
Aug. 2, 2017
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I send information out to my District to keep them abreast of Governance activities.

I've posted my Toronto email message online at: http://www.lenfettig.com/Dear%20Club%20Managers.pdf

Feel free to copy and use any portion of the document.
Aug. 2, 2017
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Well folks, if there are so many people who feel that simplified teaching is the way to go, then what tools are available on the ACBL website that support this pace of learning?
July 28, 2017
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Having surveyed a lot of bridge players. I feel that you can start with two groups. For those who have not played other card games, teach them Spades. After they have played Spades for 5 hours, then they join the other group.

The second group gets ten minutes of instruction and they start playing bridge. Only point count and some basics about HCPs needed for game bids is given.

They play at that level for another ten hours (over several days). Then start to add a few things: finesse, preempts, slams and Stayman.

Then have them play rubber bridge for another 6 months.

Your job is done. They are playing bridge.
July 27, 2017
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I think they said ‘Armenians’.
July 27, 2017
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Running about 50% higher than the KC NABC.
July 25, 2017
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Tanya,

Thanks for the post. Chicago Unit 123 and the ABA have had a long-term cooperative relationship. I remember Carl Sharp and his efforts to hold joint ACBL/ABA Sectionals.

The Westin Hotel is a great location; so close to the many restaurants around Yorktown shopping center.

I wish you and your tournament staff great success.

Best,
Len
July 24, 2017
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Two bids? I can beat that record. On the third round, we counted our cards and one hand had 14 and another had 12. When the Director took the board to the previous table, they agreed that they played the board that way. The players from the first round also agreed.
Average.
July 24, 2017
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Excellent decision!
Thank you for taking this step.
July 23, 2017
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I haven't received an email from the ACBL about the BoG meeting on Sunday. No form for a substitute, nothing.
July 19, 2017
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Richard,
It seems odd that a BoG Committee makes a presentation to the BoD first and then to the BoG. We all understand the sequence of the meetings and realize that this is a necessary result of the timeline. However, it just seems more right that the BoG would have the first right to comment on the Committee report and after considering those comments, a revised report would then be given to the BoD.
July 17, 2017
Len Fettig edited this comment July 17, 2017
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Steve,

Thanks for posting this presentation. BTW, there is a lot of stuff available on the ACBL web site that can't be located via the menus. Doing a search is the way to find stuff.

I remain positive on the BOD abilities to tackle some of our most important issues. However, I also see that they have kicked-the-can down the road on attrition, age demographics and strategic planning for growth.

Structurally, what I see as a major limitation is that we have 25 people who are charged with solving all of the problems. Are the talents that got them elected the same talents that are needed to solve the major problems?

We need to rebuild our organization (ACBL) in such a way that membership growth will occur. If the 25 members of the BoD have the talents to accomplish that, then why haven't they done it?

I feel strongly that staffing for the major issues must occur based upon talents, not on electability. This means that the tent needs to be enlarged to include appropriate talent to deal with the structural issues that have plagued our organization for decades.

So my optimism about the BoD is limited to their ability to figure out that they are not the cast of characters to find solutions and they must actively seek out persons who do have the necessary insights and talents.
July 14, 2017
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Jeff, We really need to encourage BoG members to attend the BoD meetings.

Here is a clip from the KC BoD minutes:
The meeting was called to order by Bob Heller, on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
Present: Same as Wednesday, March 8
Also Present: Same as Wednesday, March 8 with the additions of Bart Bramley, Jeff Edelstein and Len Fettig.
July 10, 2017
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Randy,

The bids through 4H seem reasonable. Using 5N as Pick a Slam is tricky, since no suit had been agreed upon. However, the clever Bot invented a new convention - now known as Check-Back Pick a Slam.

You wisely selected NT.

I have gotten into trouble opening five-four major hands with 2NT. When partner responds 3C (Puppet Stayman) you have a choice of half-truths.
I now open 1M with those hands and struggle with my re-bids.

Isn't this a fun game?!

GL
July 7, 2017
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Re: Attending BoD meetings

Contact the President and ask to attend. Although the meetings are Open to all members, let them know when you would like to attend.

I tried to attend some committee meetings at the KC NABC. I sent my request directly to the committee chairs. That caused some behind the scenes activity. It turns out that there is no policy on uninvited guests at committee meetings.

When I did show up for the Board meeting, I happened to walk in on an Executive Session. That created quite a stir. Everyone was nice when I came back later to the meeting.

I highly recommend that anyone interested in Governance plan to attend BoD meetings.
July 6, 2017
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