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Assume you are a newly elected member of the Board of Governors.

How do you become:

* knowledgeable on the policies and procedures of the BoG

* Understand the issues for topics that reach the floor

* Become a valued contributor

… all without becoming jaded by the overly-critical segment of our bridge players?

In short, how does one get up to speed so that they can fulfill their commitment to their District?
June 30, 2017
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Stu,

You have some excellent points; just the kind of issues that a reasonably well crafted motion should resolve.

The bar needs to be raised on ‘work product’. We can't implement a Concept. Ugh!
June 29, 2017
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Bob,
Great comments. Thanks for sharing.

Is it pretty easy to upload contacts from ACBLScore into MailChimp?
Some Units are also using ConstantContact. I'd like to see a comparison of Pianola, MailChimp and ConstantContact.

I feel that we should try to make Pianola the preferred tool, however, I also like to have a Plan B ready to use.
June 29, 2017
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I've been playing at BBO since 2004. After Mike's post, I had to locate Bridge 4 - I was not familiar with it. I did not find it interesting. However, I really enjoy the Robot ACBL events.
I am looking forward to the NABC-linked competition.
June 29, 2017
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Don,

The BoG is the best forum for my intentions.

I'm pointing out that motions for BoD consideration need to be more fully-formed. If the proposal is still in the ‘concept’ stage when brought up for consideration, then the 20+ problem solvers at the meeting will compete to see who can identify more of the issues.

After the KC NABC, I forwarded the BoD minutes to the Unit Boards in my district. It included this commentary:

Item 171-36 – Relocation of Fall NABC’s BoD meetings to the Horn Lake area

The BoG urged the BoD to hold their Fall board meetings in the Horn Lake area.
The advocates felt that there would be savings on travel and related expenses and that the BoD could work effectively at that location.
After this item was rejected by the BoD in a previous meeting, the BoG requested reconsideration. At the KC NABC, the BoD again rejected this item.

My comments: The BoD meets three times each year; in the days just prior to the start of our three NABC tournaments. The BoD activities, as well as the BoG governance sessions are integrated into the NABC schedule
The proposal from the BoG had inadequately defined how things might work if the BoD activities were detached from the current processes and procedures.

If the proposed change to Fall NABC’s has merit, then more thought and analysis would be appropriate.
Further, there was too much emphasis on the potential cost savings for the Fall 2018 NABC; which will be held in Hawaii. Indeed, the only cost saving cited was for the Fall 2018 NABC.

Singling out one NABC seemed to taint the motives that prompted the proposal.
Sadly, the comments about the BoD ‘vacationing’ in Hawaii, work to trivialize the many hours those folks spend in meetings and their willingness to forgo family time and spend Thanksgiving working.
Those are my comments.


I also reiterated my view in reply to a post by Steve Moese:

http://bridgewinners.com/forums/read/board-of-governors/improving-deliberations-on-opportunities-and-issues/

I attended a portion of the BoD meeting in KC and witnessed the situation described. I feel strongly that the efficiency of BoD meetings would be enhanced if the motions were documented in a way that covers the objections and issues. BoD meetings should not be problem solving sessions. That should have occurred in committee.

If you have read this far, thanks for hearing me out.
June 27, 2017
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Steve, I like the idea of two F2F meetings per year. While the proposal would change the BoD meetings, it does not touch on the topic of BoD's current travel expenses to all three NABC's. There would be a reduction in the number of hotel nights, per diem, etc.

I'm sure this will be expounded upon in Toronto.
June 26, 2017
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The Flux Capacitor Defense. It prevents brain #%&@s.
June 17, 2017
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What time on July 9 does registration begin?

What are the minimum and maximum number of players?
June 14, 2017
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Established partnerships have their CC. They only need to record results. My club uses these: https://www.baronbarclay.com/product/1056/convention-cards

They are cheap and meet the needs of many players.
June 13, 2017
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Steve,

Great idea and outstanding execution. Please keep us informed on your progress.

I've forwarded your post to our (D15) Educational Liaison.
June 13, 2017
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Linda,

I did a spot check (10%) and found that most of those BW members have not visited this site (BW) in over a year.

While I agree with the objectives, lack of participation may not equate to lack of interest. Instead, it might be a lack of ‘eyeballs’ at this forum.
June 12, 2017
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The Creamy Garlic Dressing defense

If you don't place in the afternoon session of a two session event, you order creamy garlic dressing for your dinner salad. Also known as ‘leveling the field’.
June 10, 2017
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When teaching bridge, prepare the students to play in social bridge games.
Help the students to transition into rubber bridge circles.

This helps the social bridge players to see the teaching programs as a source of new players.
Out of that, some of the players may seek to improve their game or to try more competitive play.

We need to stop thinking of bridge instruction as developing players for duplicate.

When we survey duplicate bridge players, most learned to play bridge in minutes - not in hours, days, weeks or months.

IMO, we need to create a fun learning environment with emphasis on FUN. Duplicate bridge play should never be an objective of bridge classes.

Duplicate isn't for everyone, let's teach them to play good social bridge.
May 23, 2017
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Steve,

You have explained the problem well and defined a good pathway to follow. Your concept is the topic, not the form or format.

Providing a list of the Pros and Cons for any motion will make it much easier for the BoG and BoD to assess the merits of the proposal.

It also forces the drafters to define solutions for the relevant issues.

Absent the list of Pros and Cons, the BoD members will take time to identify those issues, so it will be much more efficient if the Motion is fully explored; prior to the BoD meetings.
April 19, 2017
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Looks like a pretty normal Bar Bid. Shows longer clubs, less than 10 points and is for play. (4-1-2-6)
April 10, 2017
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Steve,

Great Job! Thanks for getting this information out.

BTW, where can I find these emails?
 “BoG e-mails published on ACBL website complete.”
March 25, 2017
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The ACBL surveyed the Club Managers in 2015. It might be helpful to this committee to roll those survey results into the fact-finding process.

I've stored a copy of the survey results here:
http://www.lenfettig.com/ACBL%20Survey.pdf

Good Luck.
March 24, 2017
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Gavin,

These comments are pretty easy to implement and do not conflict.
The posts can be organized by Forum; with the option of viewing all posts by day/time posted. Tags are searchable items.

You already have most of this in place.

Gluck
March 6, 2017
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The attendance at the 2001 KC NABC was 9,370.5 tables. I think a 9,500 table estimate is a bit high.

Each additional person who attends a NABC, translates into 2.3 tables in play. It doesn't take much to swing the attendance numbers in either direction.

Hopefully, the pre-tournament projection will be achieved.
March 5, 2017
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