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It is part of the space already being used by the ACBL for bridge play. The use of the space is built into the overall deal the ACBL makes for the NABC.
Dec. 11, 2018
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Just to clarify, the next Board of Governors meeting will serve neither continental breakfast nor coffee. However, every effort will be made to hold the meeting in a location which is near an open concession stand which is selling coffee and other items to players participating in the Sunday morning sessions. This should be easily doable in Memphis, when all play is in a convention center; obviously, this can be reconsidered if it does not work well. The $4000 cost for continental breakfast is per meeting, not per year!
Dec. 11, 2018
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I have found the 2013 change to the Bylaws. It dealt with Election of the ACBL President and Chairman of the ACBL Board. Had nothing at all to do with the Board of Governors.
June 11, 2018
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I am in the process of sending emails to the all of the District Presidents of the Districts with missing candidates informing them of the need to fill the vacancies which will occur beginning January 1, 2019. Each District has or should have a procedure for filling vacancies when this happens.

Hopefully, this will result in the positions being filed by persons who want to participate in the Board of Governors.
June 11, 2018
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Chris

The last change to the ACBL Bylaws was made in March 2013, and the one before that was in 2005. I do not have prior versions of the bylaws available, and I do not recall what the 2013 change was about, but I doubt it was anything to do with the quorum on the BOG. At this point, I do not want to get into an argument about what a quorum should be, but I would be very surprised if it has not been this way for a very long period of time.
June 11, 2018
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Here is the provision from the ACBL Bylaws.
9.8.2 A quorum at a meeting of the Board of Governors shall consist of forty
(40) voting members of the Board of Governors representing a majority of
ACBL Districts either in person or by proxy delegate.

I don't think this was changed recently. I have seen the attendance sheets from the meetings which I have chaired, and also some past attendance sheets. I am confident that the BOG has had a quorum at its recent meetings.
June 11, 2018
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There has been a quorum for every meeting for which I have been chair, and as far as I know there has been a quorum at every BOG meeting for quite a while. This is checked by ACBL Staff at every BOG meeting through the sign in sheets, and I am informed during the meeting that a quorum is present.
June 11, 2018
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I had the privilege of playing with him occasionally while he lived in Delaware. He was a true gentleman, and a great bridge player, and will be missed.
June 1, 2018
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Thank you, Don. Obviously, you are absolutely right; it is a double negative. I will see if the Bylaws committee can improve the grammatical structure of this provision.
Feb. 13, 2018
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Len. Thanks for noticing this error. I will note it to the bylaws committtee so that it is fixed. It is almost certainly supposed to say act otherwise except as prohibited by law.
Feb. 12, 2018
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This document is available on the ACBL website. www.acbl.org/bog-meeting-docs
Dec. 13, 2017
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Len

With regard to “section 5”, I assume that you are referring to Item 173-30, the motion to make changes to STACS in general. Please note that this motion did not pass. It may be back in Philadelphia in a modified form, but for the time being, there is no change to the current regulations on STACs.

Temporary memberships will be available only to new players.
Dec. 13, 2017
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There are two issues here, one of which will be easier to fix than the other. The easy fix is that I think that the ACBL somehow had an out of date printed list at the BOG meeting. The list of BOG members is on the ACBL website. Len, you are listed as First Alternate for District 15, and Gordon, you are listed as a member for District 18. Another member who is listed on the ACBL website was also not on the printed list at the meeting. I am guessing this was just an administrative error in bringing an old printed list, and I will notify the ACBL so that this can be corrected. The other issue is a computer issue with how ACBL sends emails concerning the meeting. It is going to the correct addresses, but the emails are not getting through (including to me!). The next time a general mailing is sent out, I am hopeful it can somehow be done in a different way so that everyone receives it. I may start with a test email and ask everyone to reply to me if they got it. Please know that both ACBL staff and I are aware of the email problem.
Aug. 14, 2017
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I am aware that some members did not receive the email announcing the meeting. I do not know why. It was sent by Kelley Trejo to all members on June 22. The meeting will be held on Sunday at 10 am in a location to be announced in the tournament daily bulletin. Please bring your laptop or tablet so that you can follow the materials. There will be wifi in the meeting room Materials are at www.acbl.org/bog-Toronto-meeting/
July 20, 2017
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Len

What you say is completely correct in principle, but unfortunately not practical if we want the Committee's work to be presented to the Board of Directors without a 4 month delay. Nothing is going to happen between Saturday morning, when the report will be made to the BOD, and Sunday morning, when the report will be made to the BOG. If the BOG has things to say that would modify what was reported to the Board of Directors, then I will make sure the Board of Directors knows of any changes. A large number of the BOD members should be in the BOG meeting, and therefore will hear the comments from the BOG members.

When we get to a final report from the Committee, which results in a motion for the BOG to take specific actions, the process will of course be different.
July 17, 2017
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I am working with Bob Heller to have Steve present during the BOD meeting to discuss the Committee's work. In addition, Steve will of course be able to give a report to the BOG at the BOG meeting. I will report anything relevant said at the BOD meeting about the report, but since there is no BOD motion concerning the report itself, the most that will happen at the BOD meeting is comments or questions from individual board members.
July 11, 2017
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As someone who plays both high level bridge and Scrabble, I would note that in the United States, at the club and tournament level, there is simply no comparison between the popularity of bridge and Scrabble. Bridge does way better.

There is a very short learning curve to learn the basics of Scrabble, and as others have pointed out, a larger learning curve to start playing bridge. However, there is far less learning to become a competent or expert bridge player than to become a competent of expert Scrabble player. Scrabble requires memorization of many thousands of words, and as has been pointed out, at each turn, there are many more options to consider than for each bid or each card played. At the highest levels, bridge and Scrabble are both highly complex games. At the basic level, Scrabble is far simpler.

Words with friends or similar apps are quite popular. A similar simplified bridge app might help with introducing more people to bridge. However, the vast number of people who play Scrabble either in person or using apps does not translate to popularity in Scrabble clubs or tournaments. New players who attend Scrabble clubs, despite the best efforts of club directors, often given up because their lack of word knowledge compared to that of established club players causes them to lose constantly. We are doing a better job in bridge clubs in this regard.
June 3, 2016
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