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Like the 10K events at NABCs, which didn't increase table counts - just moved them around. (And which gave some BoD members a new event to try to win).
Nov. 26, 2019
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Pray that the areas select folks with excellent health and no other commitments in their life.
Nov. 25, 2019
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Let me present a counter argument to “protect clubs”.

Sure, when a club is doing a fine job serving a community, there can be an argument about “protecting”. But let's turn it around.

There is an existing club that runs on inertia. It's been around, gets steady business, but really isn't interested in teaching programs or maybe even a dealing machine. If you are “protecting” that club, you prevent a real go-getter from establishing a full-service club that would do teaching, outreach and member service. You prevent the kind of positive competition that improves the product.

So remember that “protecting” isn't always a positive.
Nov. 25, 2019
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Remember, it was those very “loopholes” that allowed for the introduction of Gold-Rush pair games.
Nov. 23, 2019
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Marty H wrote: “I'm advocating that the results of a drug test, which never should have been administered to bridge players in the first place”

But that was the price of admission to the big Olympic party. Those drug testing rules are as much a part of the game as the Laws. And I cringe when I hear someone say that some rules are legitimate and others are not. (Who is to be making those ad hoc decisions?)


So let's get to the heart of the issue:

1) Did you support being a part of the IOC/CAS/Olympic scheme?

2) Do you believe that the drug tests have no part in competitive bridge?

3) Are you willing to give up all Olympic association in order to end the need for those tests, and for their applicability to our game?

Unless you say “yes” to number 3, then the status quo will remain. And bridge will be subject to those “rules” that you seem to despise.
Nov. 22, 2019
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I would not put it simply on “the board”. More rightly, it should be put on the individual board members that aided and abetted the coverup and whitewash executed by the CEO. There was a significant portion of the board that wanted full investigation and disclosure, but were unable to get 13 votes for that. And sadly, some of those who were part of the whitewash are still on the BoD. Even sadder, their role in this affair has not tainted their reputations back home.
Nov. 22, 2019
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Curious how you determine a fiduciary duty to the members. The fiduciary duty of the BoD is to the ACBL, as an organization. And since the bylaws and incorporation papers specifically state that the members have no financial interest in the assets of the organization, it seems to be a bit of a leap.

Now, if you want to discuss an ethical or moral responsibility to the members, I'm all for that.
Nov. 22, 2019
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Didn't say I liked it…just providing the backstory.
Nov. 22, 2019
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“2) the BoD is a major supporter of the independence (commercial and legal) of the district, Unit, club and teacher model.”

This was a major emphasis of various League Counsels. I can't speak to before Jeff Pollisner, but he and Peter Rank believed this was the way to insulate the ACBL from legal issues. Rank was an extremely vocal advocate of the need to keep as separate as possible. Since his departure, the in-house counsel has continued with that philosophy. Apparently it is felt by management that the gain from legal insularity is greater than the benefit of better integration.
Nov. 22, 2019
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If the rules are bad, change the rules - don't change the result of those rules.

And if those rules are a result of being affiliated with the CAS and the “Olympic movement”, change that cause.
Nov. 22, 2019
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That “Strategy” can encompass a HUGE swath of potential issues. Ditto with “Finance”.
Nov. 22, 2019
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“Gianarrigo Rona was keen to find a resolution of this issue that would enable Team Zimmerman to have the title restored to them while maintaining the integrity of applying our rules.”

Thought problem of the day: Had it not been Zimmerman, would Rona have been just as keen if a different team was in this situation?
Nov. 21, 2019
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Lots that can be discussed, but let's start with this from page 2:

Also in attendance were invited members of the Committee of Honour, Georgia Heth, Panos Gerontopoulos, John Wignall and Mazhar Jafri. The Committee of Honour recognizes people, generally administrators, who have make a significant contribution to the enhancement and growth of bridge throughout the world.


So, I see we still have the practice of bringing past WBF officials, who no longer have any official administrative duties, to the World Championships on the WBF nickel.
Nov. 21, 2019
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Well, FDR didn't have much say when the 22nd Amendment came up for a vote.
Nov. 20, 2019
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Once any hearing (de novo or appeal) is completed by the A&C committee, the report is generally accepted by the full board within one or two minutes.

The only time A&C business takes up time in the full board is when there are proposed changes to the CDR, which starts in the board committee, are amended and voted in committee, and which then go to the full board for debate and voting.

That said, more time is devoted to BoD committee time than to full BoD time at each meeting. Or at least that was the case when I served - it may have shifted a bit the other way recently.
Nov. 20, 2019
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Appeals and Charges is a committee comprised of BoD members.

You may have been thinking of both the ACBL Disciplinary and Ethical Oversight committees, which are comprised of appointed non-board members.
Nov. 20, 2019
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At one point, the ACBL Ed Foundation was funding bridge teaching programs in prisons.

Not recently though.
Nov. 19, 2019
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Of course not. The goal of the WBF is to provide plenty of junket experiences for its staff, board members, family and other “official” people. The bridge tournaments are just an excuse.

Or so it often seems.
Nov. 19, 2019
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For decades, the ACBL has given free NABC entries to enlisted men in uniform.
Nov. 19, 2019
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Peg – you mean the “two shots at the apple” game? Probably devised by someone with great experience arguing for an appeals committee.
Nov. 17, 2019
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