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Happy birthday to you, Steve!
Aug. 23
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There are lots of options besides parking at the Marriott.
You can park across from the Marriott at the 5th & Mission public garage for $34 for the day. There are other parking lots that are reservable and cheaper, although not as close. BART is also a good option for commuters. You can even reserve a parking space at many BART stations.

In San Francisco, with a handicap placard you can park on the streets where there are parking meters and not pay for an unlimited time.

See the ACBL web site: https://nabc.acbl.org/sanfrancisco/plan/#transportation

Incidentally, I am the SF NABC host committee chair for transportation and wrote the material on the ACBL Web site under Public Transportation.
Aug. 23
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Others have said this: I only abstain if I wish to add a comment.
If I have no interest in the poll, I just ignore answering.
Aug. 17
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Yu asked for what is standard. I take that to mean what a C player would lead from this suit. I suspect most would lead the standard 4th best.
Aug. 15
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Steve, thanks for putting this on the BoG Forum. It made for an easy place to review the BoD motions in detail. I had a question about a couple of the motions and the answers were right there.
Aug. 8
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AFter a BOG meeting, and after a BoD meeting, people tend to have a quiet spell and tend to other business. Not all of us are in the bridge business full-time like you. So a lull in posting is expected. But as you note, only about 1/2 of the BoG is on Bridge Winners and of the ones that are, only a handful ever post. Then again, most of the BoG members at the meeting have no intention of ever walking up to the mike with a meaningful comment.

It is unfortunate that Steve's proposal came just before we had to vacate the room for the 1pm game set up. That severly limited discussion. Another problem was that it was a complex motion and certainly not one to be presented just before a forced adjournment. Plus complex motions are rarely passed since they are hard to understand without deeper study.

The Las Vegas BOG meeting did not seem under attended compared to recent other BoG meetings, coffee and bagels nothwithstanding.

Jeff, you appear to be a huge fan of Bahar. He is from NYC so perhaps you are friends or colleagues. In my brief encounter with Bahar, he seemed like a nice guy with an overflowing pot of ideas. I got the impression that he is a workaholic, putting in long hours and dedicted to what he does. Sometimes workaholics running a business expect the same from the staff and that doesn't usually sit well for the non-workaholics.
Aug. 7
Stu Goodgold edited this comment Aug. 7
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Len, I appreciate the work you are putting into this, but right now task force recommendation are in limbo. Any and all details will be ineffective until the BoD gets enough new members or changes of heart to actually consider the task force work as viable.
Aug. 7
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“Another question is how good and how long have you played with partner?”

Decades, solid A player. And the agreement is that Texas is on if it is a jump.
Likewise Exclusion is on when a jump. So I would not take this as exclusion with this partner.
Aug. 7
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East announced 4 as xfer shortly after North passed, about 10-12 seconds elapsed following the 4 bid by West.

E/W do play Texas xfers are on if they are a jump to the 4 level.
Aug. 7
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How about a 2 day “Gold Medal” or “Gold Master” pairs? Gold because B is limited to 2500, so all are striving to reach a Gold LM level. Alternately, you could call it a “Ruby Master” since Ruby LMs are eligible to play in it. Unlike a Red Ribbon pairs you wouldn't need a red qualification to enter.

I'll leave it up to others to determine to MP award for 1st.
Aug. 3
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It could have been worse. The ACBL Articles of Incorporation, created in 1937, say the Board of Directors is to consist of between 15 and 250 members. My last number might be slightly off but is in the vicinity. Imagine what kind of BoD there would be if the actual number was just the average of the high and low!
Aug. 3
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If your policy is to not promote the ACBL, why would expect the ACBL to help promote your clubs?
Aug. 3
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“ACBL President Russ Jones will create a Task Force from the Board of Directors to deliver a plan for the reduction in the size of the Board of Directors. This plan must be delivered to the Board of Directors for a meeting in November 2019.” So, this Task Force will apparently report in San Francisco prior to the rehearing of this motion."

This will not happen as an official motion. It passed the BoG vote, which means it will be a motion at the next BoD meeting, in San Francisco. So there is no way an official motion can make Russ create a task force and have it report in Nov. As President he does have the power to create such a task force on his own though. Even if he does, it is doubtful they can accomplish anything significant in the ensuing months, unless they start with what has already been addressed by other task forces.
Aug. 2
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I talked to Al Levy at the end of the BoG meeting. He explained his position, saying (and I will try to paraphrase as well as I can) that the motion would create a structure of uncertain authority where a subgroup of the BoD could change votes on previous motions, ahd create changes without ever having a majority vote by the full BoD.
Aug. 2
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Given that the membership meeting had only a handful of members show up who were neither BoD or BoG or ACBL officials, it seems silly to have presentation for the members meeting and then summarize them for the BoG meeting that followed.

Perhaps we should start with the BoG meeting at 10am, then break around 11:30am to convene the membership meeting with a quorum check. After failing a quorum check, we could have 1/2 hr of comments without repeating the BoG presentations.

If by some improbable chance there is a ever quorum, if the meeting goes beyond noon, it can be reconvened between the afternoon and evening sessions, or Monday morning.
July 28
Stu Goodgold edited this comment July 28
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The new format will make it extremely unlikely that a quorum is achieved. It takes 250 members present (plus some other, minor requirements).

When it was held during the BoG meeting, there were about 125 members of the BoD and BoG already attending. There was just a head count to determine a quorum, so no one needed to register ahead of time. Even so, I cannot recall a membership meeting every having a quorum. Perhpas the voter suppression will be even more pronounced, but it was already self-limiting.
July 20
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The ACBL bylaws state that the membership meeting must be announced in the ACBL Bulletin 30 days in advance, but not more than 60 days in advance. At least the BoG meeting is still at 10am.
July 20
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The ACBL did have a working arranging with AARP a few years ago, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside. Not sure why.
July 19
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So far, no candidate has said whether he/she would be in favor of the proposed bylaws change to reduce the BoD to 9 members chosen for their business acumen, and have the BoG restructured to 50 members comprising a ‘Senate’ which would construct committees to address all matters related to bridge.
This would be the most immediate and pressing issue facing anyone elected to the Board of Directors.
July 16
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I am quite confident that many if not most of the BoD read Bridge Winners, even if they seldom post on BW.
They do not have access to this BoG forum however. I am not sure if that is good or bad.
It would be much better if this forum had more participation. THere are BoG members that dislike having the forum on BW, but I can't believe that is the majority opinion.
July 10
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