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I invite anyone who may be interested in the job to be my guest for the weekend or more. It would be my pleasure to tout the virtues of Memphis and show you around.
Jan. 22, 2017
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Well, if the CEO is to be the boss of the headquarters staff perhaps they should live in Memphis. There was a time that the BOD expected the CEO not to do a lot of bridge playing travel.
Jan. 21, 2017
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Mr. Hartman does not live in Horn Lake, MS. He lives in an upscale neighborhood called Harbour Town located across a short bridge joining the Downtown Memphis area to Mud Island. I would love to hear some comments from some folks who attended our Spring 2012 NABC held in downtown Memphis.

Memphis is a beautiful small city with enough perks to satisfy any reasonable person.

Perhaps some positive comments here on Bridgewinners about Memphis would help in recruitment of a new CEO.
Jan. 21, 2017
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The only relevant fact is that the director was not called. If claiming ignorance is “bliss” then it would be folly to be wise. Just another sad tale among the many in the history of our game. Meanwhile I will go to the local dupe today and play this grand game with a person who is suffering from dementia but still can follow along in the bidding and play. Such a blessing.

No lawyer could compose a statement that would forgive the failure to get the director immediately involved.
Jan. 19, 2017
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There is a digital record.
Dec. 19, 2016
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Let the battle begin. Good luck to all. Make us proud with good bridge and good behavior.
Nov. 29, 2016
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Congratulations to the winners I know and to the ones I don't know.
Nov. 29, 2016
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HI Jan. Your best guess will be the best best guess. :))
Nov. 27, 2016
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“Do we really want to be a caretaker for a dumbed-down game of essentially ”War“ (no offense intended, but needed to be considered), leading to eventual (probably less than 20 years), total lack of interest.” (Quote from Bobby Wolff post above.)

Yes, we want to be caretakers of the game. The game can't be dumbed down. The art and beauty of communicating with your partner in the bidding and defense and of solo declarer play will never diminish. Add in the spice of being good at reading the opponents and the lure of legal risky hoodwinking,

There will always be those who will seek mastery of the game and recognition on a world stage (with a small audience) not to mention those who master the game and make it their career.

Then, there are rest of us. How to serve all is the dilemma of present day management.
Nov. 27, 2016
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Jim, I think of it as politely and firmly stating a point of view. :)
Nov. 23, 2016
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“Dear” Bobby, I believe you love the game. I love the game too. I stand by my post. The joy I feel when I pull the first hand out of box is at least equal to yours. I wish I could say the same for my bidding and play! Best regards, Rena
Nov. 23, 2016
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To say that leading players of old serving as board members had less self-interest than present day board members is impossible to prove or disprove. Having witnessed remnants of the old guard as well as more current board members during my tenure as staff attending committee and board meetings, I would say that you have it backwards.
Nov. 23, 2016
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If what I am reading means the gold medals are on the way to New Zeland and they will be in the possession of the winners (based on the presently known scores), that personal choice by Roy and Sabine is to be admired no matter what the officials may do or the record books may reflect.
Sept. 24, 2016
Rena Hetzer edited this comment Sept. 25, 2016
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Perhaps friends line up against each other due to opposing positions regarding the “sorry episode”. The frustrated authorities are bound by rules and regulation. The first duty lies with the event participants to maintain a respect and love for the beautiful game of bridge and to participate with honor.
Aug. 21, 2016
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Thank you guys for the kind words. And, I am privy to nothing.
Aug. 19, 2016
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However Mark came to the decision to withdraw it is a good thing he will not be on the team in Poland. Whether he came to the decision on his own or not I guess we will never know. Regardless of what may happen at a future disciplinary hearing and whatever judgment may come down, Mark will have to find a way to heal his self-inflicted wound. He and all the others involved.
Aug. 18, 2016
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What about the others Peg that you did not single out? Tracey Greenberg grew up at bridge tournaments. Her grandparents ran a bridge club in New Orleans, her mother was a TD and is also an ACBL retiree, her father Steve Greenberg (deceased) was well-known regionally and nationally and respected for his bridge play. Tracey has been a caddy at nationals and a player. If you were ever to visit the museum st headquarters you might understand her respect for the game.

As you surely know and can agree with, the membership of ACBL is varied and multi-cultured.

I think I am embarrassed now as bridgewinners is not the place for a 1 on 1 friendly debate.
Aug. 16, 2016
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Let me name names. I have been gone 6 years now so perhaps there are a few I don't know about. Paul Linxwiler, editor of the Bulletin. Sue Munday, bulletin associate editor or whatever, Tracey Greenberg, museum curator and something to do with web site I think. Robert Hartman, CEO, Richard Oshlag, IT somehow…..maybe AS400. Joe Jones and Debbie Vicknair, part of the newcomer culture of club bridge and adventures at sectionals and regionals. Joe is CFO and Debbie works in the Tournament department with years of experience dealing with the sanctioning and staffing of tournaments, Keith Wells. Carol Robertson, although not a bridge player, as director of club and member services and years of responding to concerns of club managers and players alike certainly knows the culture.
Aug. 16, 2016
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In my 24 years at ACBL there were always several bridge players on staff who could express player desires as well as anyone else. I am thinking too that I would prefer Mitch speak his own words. However, I do not call upon him to monitor this site and be continually responsive to what is said on Bridgewinners. It seems he has a mighty task before him with support from good folks. Thank you Mitch and thank you also to all staff at ACBL serving the members daily.
Aug. 16, 2016
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Thank you Greg. I have long felt Mr. Hammond's presentations of his side of things were extreme beyond belief and always self-serving.
Aug. 16, 2016
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