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I don't feel qualified to offer an opinion one way or the other – even if I had one. But I cannot help but note that the new rule also risks eliminating a team that won an event. That BW headline on the 25th – IVATURY IS MIXED USA1 – should more properly read: MAYBE IVATURY IS MIXED USA 1.

The Ivatury team won the Mixed USA1 berth playing with Steve Garner and Howie Weinstein. Let's say that WOLFSON and HAMMAN take the Senior USA1 and USA2 spots. According to the new rules, the IVATURY team is no longer eligible – and there's no augmenting that can change that fact, unless some rule-bending happens behind the scenes. I couldn't understand the rules clearly enough to figure out what team would step up to claim the unfilled USA1 slot – the team that IVATURY beat in the USA1 final or the team ROSENTHAL beat in the USA2 final?

While it's great that Jill Meyers and Steve and Cheri Bjerkan and Howie and Uday and Christal Henner had fun playing together, I hope the memories are enough when Jill, Cheri, Uday and Christal are sitting stateside watching the championships on vugraph in September. It's possible that one or more of these individuals might be invited to augment another team – that might alleviate some of the sting.

Edited to correct misspelling of Christal's name.
May 31
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True, Finn. But the Vanderbilt and/orSpingold COC might have been revised to accommodate such a format (and also make for a more interesting day 1 of each event) without driving a wrecking ball through the Fall NABC schedule.
April 19
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Hi Bo,

Apparently something about your email header was causing the block. One of our IT managers has whitelisted your email address, which should hopefully fix the problem.
April 5
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Thinking of you, Frank, and wishing you and your family well.
March 23
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Instead of free trolley rides, a shuttle bus service is being offered between the convention center and Beale Street and the hotels. The schedule will be publicized in the Daily Bulletin. I apologize for the inconvenience my post caused.
March 21
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I'm sorry. Our meeting services planner is working with the Visitors and Convention Bureau to try to straighten this out. I'm not sure what the outcome will be, but I plan to have a dollar ready just in case.
March 21
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Trolley rides downtown free by showing your convention card. Kudos to the local committee for arranging this!
March 19
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John: Email me at sue.munday@acbl.org. I'll scan and send back to you as a PDF.
April 10, 2017
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Enough, Gary. I have flagged your comment as being inappropriate, offensive, irresponsible, slimy and libelous. If you have a problem with board policy, take it up with your district director. But don't continue to trash a good man who has worked his ass off and who has always had nothing but the ACBL's best interests at heart.
Feb. 3, 2017
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The agenda for each Board of Directors meeting is posted on the ACBL website prior to every NABC. From acbl.org, go to About – the tab located second from the right.

On the left-side menu, expand Administration, and click on Minutes and Motions under Board of Directors (http://www.acbl.org/about-acbl/administration/board-of-directors/meeting-motions-and-minutes/).

At the top of the page, you'll find two click boxes. The first is Board Journal. That's the agenda for the next BOD meeting, accessible to all members once it has been finalized. Prior to the NABC meetings, comment on the agenda items would most constructively be directed to your district director. You can see that the agenda for the Washington DC meeting is still posted.

A number of BW members have also asked about ACBL Board committees and composition. Here's where you can see the committees established at the beginning of the year by ACBL President Monzingo and the assignments he made.
Aug. 25, 2016
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May I suggest not talking to Nicolas – he hasn't worked for the ACBL for some time. Start with Mitch Hodus at headquarters. He's in charge of IT.
Aug. 14, 2016
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If you want to put a byline on that article, Nat, Brent Manley wrote it. Juanita was so exuberant and thrilled to be back at a national and Brent was so excited for her – their happiness was contagious and their energy sucked in everyone within a 1/2-block radius of the Bulletin office. I'll miss her positive spirit.
July 30, 2016
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David, stop. The only one calling you a low caliber player is you. I realize that your run-of-the-mill ACBL hater is going to misread and blast every valid attempt to communicate, but good God!
July 28, 2016
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The way this decision is written, F/N are forfeiting all their titles (and ACBL masterpoints, status ranks and privileges).

The four-year forfeiture of titles, ranks, MPs etc. applies only to partners and teammates of F/N.
July 26, 2016
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I was sorta hoping he'd take me under his wing.
July 20, 2016
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Want a job, Greg?
July 20, 2016
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Would you ever say “top male player Jeff Meckstroth”? I don't mean to single anyone out, but it is something I try to be mindful of when writing.
June 30, 2016
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Adam,
“Top female player like Debbie Rosenberg” vs “top player like Debbie Rosenberg” – when we can conquer that, we're on our way.
June 30, 2016
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Really Steve? That's where you want to go? Hey, Liz!
April 12, 2016
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As an ACBL employee who cares deeply about the organization and bridge, I have to speak out. Please know up front that I am not writing in any official capacity and my opinions are mine and mine alone.

I’m angry. I strongly resent the implication that this heinous, unsigned letter speaks for me.

To describe Headquarters staff as “marking time” and “doing the minimum to get by” is an outright lie. Those words may well describe the perpetrators of whatever scheme this letter is trying to set in motion, but let me assure you that Headquarters employees – at least the ones who actually work in Horn Lake – are dedicated to our jobs and devoted to serving ACBL members. We give more than just our time; we are passionate and concerned and involved and we bend over backwards to meet our members’ needs.

That spirit of service comes from the top – from Robert Hartman.

Robert relies on us to work together as a team, not a bunch of isolated departments. It sounds like the writer of this malicious diatribe isn’t enjoying the team aspect of the ACBL employee family (Field Operations as well as Headquarters). That assumes, of course, this letter even came from an employee. We don’t really know, do we?

The proposed solution is a joke. And that’s enough said on that subject.

Bridge Winners is to be applauded for refusing to further propagate this … well … this crap. Even dressed up in dozens of pretty little disclaimers, this anonymous letter is not a “conversation starter.” It’s destructive and yet another distraction that has us chasing our tails when we should be moving forward.

What is certain is that whoever is skulking in the shadows masterminding this little mutiny does not have the best interests of the ACBL at heart, nor does (s)he care a whit about what’s good for bridge.

In fact, I'm not so sure it's an employee at all. We don’t know because (s)he was too cowardly to take ownership of these words – to be accountable for the sentiments and ideas expressed in this letter.

It isn’t a whistle-blower action because, as David Hemmer noted above, it has nothing to do with criminal actions or safety issues. No. This is an employee (or is it?) taking advantage of social media and people who’ll believe anything they read to bitch about their boss. While it saddens me that someone I work with (allegedly) would stoop to these depths, I hope they are chased out of hiding and fired, because the ACBL doesn’t need this kind of cancer.

Robert’s door is open – it’s always been open – to employees who have something to discuss.

That’s my informed take from inside the building, and I’ll gladly sign my name.

Sue Munday
March 19, 2016
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