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Donald Mamula
Donald Mamula
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Member Since
July 17, 2012
Last Seen
Feb. 27
Member Type
Bridge Official
about me

Trying to do what's best for the game, often by clearing up misconceptions and misinformation.  All opinions are my own and reflect no bridge organization or group.

Past: Served for 9 years on ACBL BoD, 4 years as BoG chairman, lifetime member of BoG, 9 years on D19 board, almost every unit job from grunt labor to unit president.  Proudest bridge admin experience was being "first spouse" to a great BoG chairman.

Current: Retired, but sharing my experience and knowledge.

United States of America

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ACBL director fees increase
It has been a LONG established practice that fees can be changed with an April effective date. That includes membership dues/fees, sanction fees and TD fees. In the past, all of those were established by direct BoD action, so there was a bit of telegraphing as a result of ...
ACBL director fees increase
Remember that the TD fees to organizers is NOT the amount of money paid to the TDs. It's the number that will supposedly balance out the costs of the TD department, including overhead. Even within a particular rank, there is a huge disparity in the amounts paid to individual ...
Open Letter to ACBL Board of Directors -- Housing Bureau, NABC Rooms, Montreal Summer NABC
No special rates. The ACBL gets free rooms for staff, usually at a rate of one free night for every 40 group booked nights. Otherwise, all others buy their rooms at the going rate, and if allowed, expense the cost. ACBL employees who are not working the NABC do not ...
Mass ACBL E-Mails
At the time the Pianola contract was first signed, there was no payment from Pianola to the ACBL. I've not known of any change to that arrangement. Also, the Pianola arrangement was done by the CEO and then reported to the BoD.
Mass ACBL E-Mails
Let's see. The ACBL has a database that contains all the contact information for all ACBL members. ACBL gives full use of that information to Pianola, who then uses that data to generate revenue. And not only that...for three years the ACBL subsidized the company that uses their ...
Viewing Top Pairs' Convention Cards
And if anyone is interested in a big historic leap back in time, you might want to look at a book titled "Play My Card" that Max Hardy published long ago. It is a collection of convention cards from at least 75+ pairs of the day.
Spam or Abuse of BW membership or Legit?
I'll have to download from Gutenberg and give this another read.
Spam or Abuse of BW membership or Legit?
I live near Tucson, but it's not me.
ACBL Live über alles
Curious about the "swamped" part. Was this project something that could have been accomplished with a rolling transition rather than a fixed cutoff? Smaller or larger clubs first, or geographically transitioned over a period to manage the hiccups?
Another reason for why Bridge is viewed as an old people's game
Thought problem...eliminate all "womens" events. Where do you suppose the loudest squeals and complaints will come from? Not from the rank and file of women members, but from the women professional players. That's where the loudest complaints were over killing the Wagar - it was eliminating paychecks. Integrity of ...

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