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The Western Conference (Districts 17, 21, and 22) combine forces to put out a joint newsletter. Each individual District localizes it. It's been on-line only for a little while now. The cost of mailing is really becoming prohibitive.
Oct. 12
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Thank you for the compliment. Which district are you in?
Oct. 6
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How do you disseminate news from your District officers and your District's representative on the Board of Directors?
Oct. 5
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Ours is also on-line only, and has been for years. It's not realistic to expect an editor-in-chief to do all the necessary work for free, each and every month. About two years ago we switched editors specifically to save money (we're paying the current editor about half what we paid the prior editor), but if your District has someone with the necessary skills who's willing to devote 20 hours per month each and every month for free, then I think you're very fortunate.

As of the end of the month, we had 3233 members in District 23. The West Los Angeles Unit is nearly a third of that total.
Oct. 5
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They didn't want to spend the money. They weren't happy with how the paper had been handled under the leadership of the prior administration.

I'm on the West L.A. Board but wasn't able to persuade the Board to defer a decision until I'd had a little time to implement changes. I would really have rather it hadn't come to this, but in fairness to the Units that have contributed, I didn't see that I had a choice.
Oct. 4
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Very happy you enjoy it. Thanks for playing and looking forward to your next visit.
July 9
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Would you expect directors to have the masterpoint awards for an event at their fingertips? Because I can assure you they don't. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to ask directors to correct the masterpoint awards on the initial printout, because unlike most directors, I have learned the formula for calculating the awards in many common formats. In each case it has turned out that the game was incorrectly configured in ACBLScore, usually by not correctly accounting for a 299er game or a Flight B or Gold Rush or other related event.

Get used to the fact that there's no substitute for knowing the rules yourself. An argument can be made that directors should know these things, but you can't safely rely on that being the case. –Bob
June 25
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Same thing happened this year in D23. We were originally awarded 30 points for winning Flight A (which is what the director told us we would win). When I read the national Conditions of Contest, I realized that was the wrong award, and sure enough it was corrected a few days later to the 26.67 points we were actually entitled to.
June 13
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Maybe it's because I'm a lawyer or maybe it's because I'm a cynic, but I learned years ago not to take the director's word for the Conditions of Contest. It's been my experience far too often that they simply don't know. If I expect the Conditions of Contest to be in any way material (and that definitely includes when I play GNT, which I do in District 23), I read them myself. I read them in order to confirm carryover calculations, and I read them to know what IMP scale is being used. (District 23 uses the WBF scale.) I usually read them ahead of time but if not, I insist that the director put a hard copy in front of me.

And I have had the experience, in the past, where I've explained to a director IN TIME TO MATTER how what they plan to do departs from the Conditions of Contest.

So that's the lesson here. Don't rely on the directors to know the Conditions of Contest. You can't count on that. Know them yourself, and know them before the start of the event.
June 11
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It seems to me the fundamental problem here is with Conditions of Contest that make it possible for one team to defeat both of the other finalists, yet still not win the event. I don't understand why a 3-team final was used, but if it is used, I think it's utter insanity to use Victory Points (rather than won-loss with IMP differential as tiebreaker) to score it.
June 7
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As a Unit Board member (though not in any of the Districts with elections this cycle), I can speak to the process. Each member of each Unit Board in the District gets a vote. The votes are weighted (by unit population and number of Unit Board members) so that (in theory) everyone in the district has equal (indirect) representation in the vote.

Here's the important part. The vote is by secret ballot. Our Unit has usually just accepted ACBL's invitation for Board members to cast their votes electronically, but Units also have the option of holding an election meeting (to be followed by a vote by secret ballot). As far as I know, no one has access to the votes of individual Unit Board members, but I believe that ACBL does publish (in at least a limited fashion) the voting totals aggregated by Unit.
June 3
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A memorial game in Andy's honor will be held Saturday, April 13, at the Bridge Academy II. Dinner and tributes at 5:30 p.m., and bridge at 7:00 p.m.
March 14
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It's almost certainly the same person. He was a member of my Unit Board for many years, and served in a variety of positions, including ACBL President.
Oct. 31, 2018
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It looks like they've found an alternative location for Monday.
Aug. 12, 2018
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You're missing my point. Barrington didn't have any night games. So instead of just an open team game Thursday nights, now there's an open team game at one club and a 299er pairs game at the other.
Aug. 12, 2018
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With a weak 6-4, I wouldn't necessarily expect opener to show hearts on the second round.
Aug. 9, 2018
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I'm not sure that's true, at least in my immediate area. Beverly Hills has substituted a Thursday night 299er game for its former open team game. Barrington (largely thanks to the efforts of Jim Perkins) stepped into the gap, holding a relatively regular Thursday night game.
Aug. 8, 2018
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Thanks!
July 3, 2018
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I play it as a limit raise. If I cue bid, we're in a forcing pass auction, so partner's got a clue what to do if the next bid is 4S and he's looking at a minimum with a spade card.
May 2, 2018
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You can find out the Unit Board members from the ACBL's Web site.
May 2, 2018
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