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Spot on. Nail on the head. The new ACBL website that will be rolled out soon, to its credit, does focus on the enjoyment of the game, the social aspect, that comes from being part of a club. Trouble is, as you've stated, there is little incentive provided to anyone thinking of starting a new club or even taking over one of the many that are on its last legs.
The BoD is comprised, as you rightfully say, of good people one and all, except they are all cut from the same Unit cloth. They are all of one head. And it is buried in tournament sand.

Allan, I know how I would try to change this. How would you?
14 hours ago
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We are hoping to partner with Hex and Company, a NYC based group of “games cafes”. Their model is heavily weighted toward evenings and weekends, ours is to mornings and afternoons. Shared games space. This could work as a business model for bridge clubs everywhere.
Nov. 17
Jeff Bayone edited this comment Nov. 17
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As the song goes:
You can't have one without the other!
Otherwise, I'm with the, “It's just a waste of everyone's time and energy for too little real gain.” 13 might be able to do twice as much damage as 25. If you are not going to change the way Directors get chosen, how about simply having two 25 member BoD meetings a year rather than three. That's a lot less messy.
There's not one full service club owner on the 25 member Board. Unit Boards will never elect one of US to represent THEM. And if we reduce the size to 13…what's 13/25th's of never? Anyone take a serious look at the 60 or so S.F. proposals? See anything there about member creation, player creation, promotion in general? Cheating, plenty. Master Point tweaking, plenty. Proposals for growing our organization, none.
Deck chairs.
Nov. 17
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Cornelia,
Following that logic, why would you ever leave your apartment for any reason? Virtually everything can be done or gotten online.
I've played both bridge and poker online and found both wanting. For me, the fun is in the face to face competing. I love the camaraderie that comes out of it. If you are able to get that from online bridge, so be it. I'm with Ken. We are not all cut from the same cloth. I love the ‘club’ half of bridge club. So do the 37,000 tables of players that choose to leave their apartments every year, year after year, for the shared experience of playing bridge in a social setting in one of my three clubs.
Nov. 12
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To paraphrase Bob Hamman, “43 years ago I may have been one of the youngest club owners in the country. I still may be.”
Nov. 11
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Interesting. Through 2014 evening table count has remained steady if you take into consideration the rise of online evening bridge play. Do we have numbers for the past five years. I would think this could be critical.
Nov. 11
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Glass works best. Sound and sight effective.
Nov. 11
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Interesting. Do the 75% play? Do they play in tournaments or online, or maybe old fashioned rubber bridge? Or do they just enjoy getting the magazine for old times sake?
Nov. 11
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Not only that but people want to be with people. A curtain?
Nov. 11
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Probably? You think?
ACBL are you listening?
Nov. 10
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Alan,
Maybe there are two different levels of players here. If the class is meant to feed the game, then it is perfectly timed. If the same players could attend either, then that would clearly be counterproductive. I choose to believe the former is in play here. Am I correct, Jane?
Nov. 10
Jeff Bayone edited this comment Nov. 10
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Not following. Does this mean that they've decided to schedule lessons at the one time a week that presents a conflict?
Nov. 9
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I'm sure directors work this out quickly enough, but it still is worth mentioning.
Nov. 9
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After they've been warned, in fact, multiple times over many sessions, wait for the appropriate time to take the board away. Best when meeting another slow pair. BTW: Try never to take a board away if the table ahead of them still has more than a couple of minutes left to play themselves.
Nov. 9
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I agree. Take away boards. If you lose a few of them, your game will be the better for it. One bad apple is more than enough. Several threaten your game or club. Get rid of them. All of them if you have to.
Nov. 8
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yes, I'm proposing that their be his counterpart on the BoD
Nov. 5
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Having a liaison on the BoD might help. It should be someone who would be responsible for bringing us in, in a timely manner, on the decision making in all areas that affect clubs and membership. At least we would have someone there that could see to it that our voice is heard.

You know my feeling. There is almost no club and membership BoD members currently sitting on the Board, yet they are the body that has become the de facto voice for these groups rather than us, the Board that was originally established to deal with membership issues. I would propose that BoD be the body that could only vote on membership issues if, and only if, they were first proposed and brought to the BoD for a vote by the BoG.
Nov. 4
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Edward,
Are players with over 2,000 points really still chasing these minor achievement goals? I have been told that maybe 5,000, and of course 10,000 are significant, but even then, no one has mentioned color.
Nov. 4
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Because of space constraints, we only run 0 - 750 sections. I agree, Gold is the reason most play. BTW: Gold is meaningless for LM's so for them I guess the hook would have to be the sheer size of the awards and the Instant Match-Point aspect.
Nov. 3
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What???????
Oct. 31
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