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One point of discussion is how the Nominating Comm. would select candidates. One concept is that the NC would be formed by Senate members, and others outside the Senate and BoD, with some skill and interest in choosing candidates who know about running a non-profit organization. Even an outside professional consultant might be used.

Candidates interested in running for the BoD position would submit resumes and have interviews before the NC makes a choice or choices. If more than the requisite number of candidates are nominated or if someone runs from the floor, the senate would decide which are elected.

Jeff, right now it appears that unit boards would vote for 2 senate members, in the same manner in which the District Director is elected today. Keep in mind, the senate might be meeting just once per year to carry out their business of managing bridge details. How long they meet hasn't been decided but it might be for as little as 2 hrs. That would mean almost all bridge business would be delegated to committees working outside of the regular meeting. The senate would not be handling any actual business decisions; that would be the purview of the new BoD of 9 members.

The senate members might get some minimal compensation for serving on the senate; this is a detail yet to be worked out.
20 hours ago
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Yes, JoAnn, you are right about the various ways the Bylaws can be changed. But if the BoG proposes a change, it still requires approval by the BoD. If a bylaws changed is proposed at the membership meeting, it would take 2+ years and requires a quorum at each membership meeting. Such a quorum hasn't been achieved in many decades, if ever.

The purpose of the survey is to determine if there is enough support on the BoD to change the bylaws, and if not what changes to the proposal would garner enough support.
April 20
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That's a great idea. Now we just need an incentive! But if they all quit, then all the 1st and 2nd alternates will also have to be persuaded to quit. Finally, if that is achieved there will be no one to revise the bylaws, and the ACBL will have to hold elections for new BoD members and alternates once more.
April 19
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On the more serioous side, the term Senate is not a fixed notion. The current proposal is that the Senate (or whatever you want to call it), would be comprised of 2 elected members from each of the 25 districts. They would have autonomy to make decisions regarding all matters related to bridge, with the new BoD dealing with business, finance, and strategy details.

The senate would create committees that would deal with bridge matters. Whether the committees decisions would be final, or be voted on by the whole senate is still up for debate. It is envisioned that the senate would meet in person once per year, instead of 3 times per year, as the current BoG does.

The senate might easily be called the Board of Bridge or BoB, but Heinlein fans like Ed might take exception.
April 19
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I do believe Mike meant surveys of the existing BoD members. For this concept to be implemented requires bylaws changes that can only be changed effectively by the current BoD. If we can't muster enough vote from the 25 BoD members, the work is all for naught.
April 19
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The ACBL is required by NY law to have a Board of Directors. Any elected member of the BoD cannot be terminated before their term is up, also by NY law.

The current proposal is to provide a transition from 25 BoD members down to 9 over a 3 year period. To do so requires a bylaws change and also a Articles of Incorporation change.

It takes 2 readings of any bylaws change to take effect. In the meantime, the current bylaws specify elections to the BoD must be held. So now your transition is 4-5 years, depending on when during the year the bylaws are changed.

I would appreciate any advice you have on shortening this process and still abide by NY law.
April 19
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To answer your 3rd question: while 2N is normally not alertable if it asks opener for more information, I do think this should be alerted if there can be hands that do not intend to raise to 4 regardless of North's reponse.

Separate question: does this pair do this only after a 2 opener?
Because after 2-2N;3 showing a good hand, good suit, it would seem you are committed to game.
April 18
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The OP, Mike Ash, has not filled in his profile, so it would normally be hard to determine where the deal took place. However, one of Mike Ash's secondary posts states:

“Are others saying that South should not announce before the lead that he now realised that his bid is wrong?”

The spelling of “realised” would certainly support the claim that he is from England, or at least not an ACBL member (unless he lives in Bermuda).
April 18
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“The question in law is simply whether or not the South hand is more likely to produce game opposite a hand which would decline an invitation with spade values than opposite a hand which would decline a general invitation. I'd say no, and therefore allow the result to stand.”

I do agree with the first sentence 100%, but not the second.
If North would not accept game opposite an invite with spades, then it is considerably more likely that he has values in the other suits. Also, it is fairly likely he has more than a minimum opener, just with spade losers.

If either or both of the above are true, it is more likely game is on with South's hand, given that he actually holds Ax.
April 16
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Not too many 14 yr olds are these days!
April 14
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Looks like most are voting for 1. Perhaps that's because you biased the voters into voting against you and for your wife. You should know not to open 1NT if your wife, or any other partner, would get upset about it.
April 13
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Let's not forget the cost of the printing. Paper is about $.01 per page, and the ink can run from $.01 to $.03 a page depending on the type of printer,the cost of ink for that printer brand, and finally whether you print in color or B/W.
April 11
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At the last NABC in our area, the I/N players were handed a bridge book as part of their registration package at the I/N desk. I would expect every one of them knew enough not to use the book while playing, even though they were supplied by tournament organizers.
April 9
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Jim, your convention card is supposed to be on the table too. That doesn't mean you can look at it during the bidding, or look on the other side of itr for some previous scores, or notes that you wrote there.
April 8
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Amy asked: “Can you think of another game where you are provided with an object that you are prohibited from using in a certain way while you are using it?”

There are a large number of such games:

Baseball: the pitcher can't throw intentionally at a batter. He can't spit on the ball, or even on his hand unless off the mound.
The batter can't swing in such a way as to interfer with the catcher. You can't read catchers signs from the stands and relay them to the opposing team, but you can if you are on base.

Boxing: You can't hit below the belt. In Olympic boxing, you must hit only with the front of the glove. (other boxing orgs do not have this rule.)

Hockey: No high sticking, no icing the puck.

Sailing: you can't sail close enough to another boat to cause its sails to luff.

Soccer: you can't use your hands on the ball (unless you are a goalie or Maradona).

Basketball: you can't intentionally kick the ball (and there is no goalie).
April 8
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Back in the earlier days of bridge there were devices called trump indicators. They were fanciful objects that had a pointer which you would set to point to the suit that was trump, or to No Trump.
ACBL Headquarters at Horn Lake has a collection of these antique devices on display.

Just the same, they are technically not allowed since they are memory aids.

Would any bridge player think that since the ACBL puts these trump indicators out you could use one at the table in a tournament?
April 8
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Officially, the director should not aid players in their bidding or play. Even pointing out that the back of the 6 card shows the value for making is not to be done. AFAIK, no one is allowed to look at the information on the back of the bidding cards while the hand is in play. That is extraneous information.

Having said all that, if he is a beginner I would bend over backwards to provide him some help. In our club we have a couple of I/N games where the director allows 1 ‘lifeline’ per player during the session. That seems quite beneficial for those in the I/N game.
April 6
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But that doesn't explain why there are more members in the 75 year pool, which were war-time babies. Surely that group is considerably smaller than the 72 yr old group.
April 4
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The Jockey Club must be one of the very few places to stay that does not charge a resort fee. Perhaps because they are a time share instead of a casino.

Most hotels charge $30 to $40 additional per night for that resort fee, which is quite annoying since the advertised prices don't make mention of it. Additionalluy, hotel rates are always higher on the weekends than the weekdays.
April 3
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Just read the material. This is outstanding work; keep going!

Back in 2014 I analyzed the membership population by age, and noticed the same curious dip for the now 72 year bracket. Is there any rational reason that you can attribute to this anomoly?

Also, it would be helpful if you could provide a list of the regionals you used for your analysis.
April 3
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