ACBL Board of
NOVEMBER 13-16, 2006
Report from Bill Cook, Jr.
District 10 Representative
to extend the employment contract of ACBL CEO Jay Baum for one year until
June 30, 2008
a contract to sell the Memphis Headquarters for $1,000,000.00 with an
obligation to lease back our office space for 20 months from the
Buyer. Sale may not close as
Buyer has a 60 day inspection period and could walk. I am on the real estate committee
that will make recommendations to the Board about a replacement site.
action until the Spring Board meeting on whether to have a month
designated as Educational Foundation month with the proceeds going to the
a motion to issue ACBL Masterpoints to ACBL players attending a European
Open Bridge Championship.
a motion by a vote of 13-12 to form a new 501(c) 3 Non Profit entity
called ACBL Foundation. This
entity would have made it possible to have a way to make tax deductible
contributions for a broader range of activities not currently allowed by
the Charter of either the ACBL Charity Foundation or the ACBL Educational
Foundation. I supported this
motion but it was defeated because of the fear that this would ultimately
lead to the elimination of the Charity Foundation and the Educational
Foundation and how the funds were allocated. Since the members of these Foundation Boards are also
ACBL Board Members, the ACBL Board in reality, actually controls the way
funds are disbursed from the Foundations and the Foundations couldn’t be
merged or dissolved without the ACBL Board voting to do so.
to eliminate the requirement that a club hold an annual sanctioned charity
game to benefit the ACBL Charity Foundation. However, if the club elected to hold Charity games the
first and every other one would be run for the benefit of the ACBL Charity
to limit the ACBL President’s expense budget to $51,800 annually plus
Consumer Price Index (CPI) increases. In addition, the President would be reimbursed from
this expense allowance for travel to only one bridge event outside Zone 2
a balanced budget for 2007.
most tournament sanction fees by $0.18 per table with regionals being
reduced by $0.26 per table.
fees charged for various classes of tournament directors.
a motion to permit part-time ACBL tournament directors to serve as an
elected or appointed member of a unit, District or Conference Board. Management has an employment
policy that states an employee cannot serve in this way and still work for
the formation of a Board Oversight Committee consisting of the three
immediate past ACBL Presidents not serving as officers. The purpose being to hear
complaints brought against Board Members and to take appropriate action to
a special committee to review and make recommendations regarding the
relationship between the ACBL and the NBO’s i.e. United States Bridge
Federation, Canadian Bridge Federation, Mexican Bridge Federation,
etc. This action was brought
on by the World Bridge Federation (WBF) voting to increase its dues over
the objections of most of ACBL’s WBF delegates, from $0.50/member/year to
$1.00/member/per year over a 2 year period beginning 1/1/08.
- A motion to register all US School
Players for ACBL Membership was withdrawn. WBF had requested statistics from ACBL on the number of
young people learning to play bridge. ACBL will supply the requested information based on the
Bridge in School Program participants.
a full one day program of education for the ACBL Board conducted by Board
Source, a consulting organization, to be held in conjunction with the
spring board meeting in St. Louis.
The topics to be determined by the President and Management.
Jay Baum, ACBL CEO’s report included the following:
in 2008, IRS will require ALL non-profits to file an annual report. The $25,000 gross income
receipt threshold has been eliminated.
should end the year with a net membership increase of 1,000-1,200. The number of new members is up by
227 over 2005, a good trend.
Total paid membership at end of October was 151,579.
for the eight months ending August 31st was $343,000 compared
to a loss of $257,000 for the same period in 2005. Management expects to end the year
at a break even.
average number of tables per regional tournament in 2006 is up over the
average number of tables per sectional tournament in 2006 is about what it
was in 2005.
in the bridge tournament at the AARP annual convention in October was
disappointing. However great
interest in bridge was indicated by the number of people who visited the
ACBL booth. AARP leadership
seems to be very committed to continuing to work with ACBL to promote
bridge within its membership.
TAP program has been updated and will be tested at the Houston Regional in
February. Plans are to train
the TAP trainers at the St. Louis NABC in March with the goal for 2007 to
get as many teachers updated as possible.
in the 21st Century” and “Play of the Hand in the 21st
Century” along with the teacher manuals are now available through Baron
Grady has joined the staff as our new Webmaster. New features include a searchable news archive. A new home page to reflect members
interest based on search terms and page visits, is under development.
Wisdom and Bidding Toolbox are just part of the Bridge Bulletin now
available on the website through the Member portal. It is anticipated that the
complete Bridge Bulletin will be available online sometime during 2007.
is underway on a tournament ranking system based on tournament
masterpoints won per tournament session played. Several models are being tested and management expects
to bring options to the Board of Directors in 2007 with a 2008 completion
for the option selected.