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Jeff Bayone
Jeff Bayone
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 2, 2017
Last Seen
29 minutes ago
Member Type
Bridge Club
about me

Since 1976 I've owned and operated bridge clubs in New York City. For the past four plus years that club has been Honors. We currently run 19,000 duplicate tables a year, but we are most proud of the dozens of classes, the now ten rubber bridge sessions, and the five games for players with fewer than 50 master points, that we offer every week. I'm 1st Alternate on the BoG representing Unit 155 and a member of Steve Moese's BOG Teacher and Club Manager Committee. My second beginner book "A Taste of Bridge" was just published by Master Point Press.

For forty years I tried in vain to find ways for our member clubs to work hand in hand with our local Unit board. Being so totally ineffective on a local level naturally discouraged me from seeking any political involvement on a national level till last year.  Our Unit is but a microcosm of what's happening throughout the country. The time is ripe for people with experience and ideas to step up. 

I'm encouraged by the feeling of a perfect storm on the horizon. Everyone seems to be buying into the need to find new ways to grow our organization. With so much talent and energy behind us, good things will happen.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Every hand where I get the better of it, or they do, through guile, stealth, or rarely in my case, brilliance.
Bridge Accomplishments
Forty unbroken years running a club in NYC and being directly responsible for bringing a large portion of those playing bridge today in NYC (and Florida) into the fold.
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
Ed, What would the rather clear two-tier structure look like?
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
Good. The devil is always in the details isn't it? Let's get working on it. No time to lose.
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
Mr Lehman (from 9 hours ago), The Honors canoe I'm in works just fine. Everyone paddles in the same direction. We don't have people within the club pulling against us. Outside forces, yes. Internal ones, no. Teachers, tutors, supervised play instructors, special event managers, volunteers, and novice directors ...
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
Back in the 1970's, when I started my first club, weekends were very popular times for club play. We had huge Friday evening sessions. Saturday and Sunday evenings actually supported modest sessions of their own. Since then, tournaments have proliferated and weekend play is down to where few clubs ...
One Glaring Example of ACBL's Bloated Bureaucracy
As has been pointed out on these very pages, yes BoD may be bloated, but what really bothers so many of us, is that so many of them seem to be cut from the same volunteering, Unit or District cloth. Teachers, club managers and owners, people in marketing and promotion ...
World-wide Pairs popularity
The reasons given are spot on. The WWP is no longer an event type of event. The fun was seeing how you did against lots of other players. The booklet appealed to developing players. As mentioned, we now get that every day from the Common Game. The event that is ...
How to Attract Youth Players?
We are 165,000 strong. If every one of us, just once a day, makes it our business to be sure to say to someone, "I bet you'd like bridge," this would come to over 6,00,000 connections a year. If just one of these connections out of ...
ACBL CEO: Post-Mortem
In NYC if you are a membership club they tax your card fees. We are a simple mama/papa open club. If you have $33, can play bridge, wear little fragrance, and observe our ZT policy, you're welcome.
ACBL CEO: Post-Mortem
Somehow I sense that the only way we are going to get enough traction, on a national level, is by empowering our members. Get them not just to spread the word, but to actually introduce the game by giving a first lesson to three or four people. Honors first bridge ...
ACBL CEO: Post-Mortem
Yikes. My club couldn't handle that many new students. So actually all we need is about 15,000 of the 165,00 to spread the word. This looks easier and more doable my the minute.

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