ACBL Board of Directors’ Meeting
NOVEMBER 17-20, 2008
Report from BILL
Board decisions were as
are only permitted to hold regularly scheduled club master point games (no
special games) when a sectional (excluding STaCs) or higher rated event is
being conducted within 25 miles of a club games playing site.
ACBL Youth Program has been redefined and separated into a Youth Division
for kids under 20 years of age who are ACBL members in good standing and a
Junior Division for those under 26 years of age who are ACBL members in
good standing. Special Benefits and Events are being designed for each
youth NABC is approved for the summer of 2010 at a site and date to be
and Charges committee’s review of the ACBL Ethical Oversight Committee’s
charges brought by ACBL against Ken Gee resulted in the following
the finding that Mr. Gee violated CDR Section 3.1, 3.2 and 3.7 is affirmed.
the discipline imposed is modified as follows:
Mr. Gee is suspended from the ACBL for the period from and including November
22, 2007 through May 31, 2009.
Mr. Gee serve a lifetime probation under ACBL rules commencing June 1, 2009.
all ACBL master points earned by Mr. Gee for the period July 31, 2006 through
December 31, 2007 be removed from his ACBL master point record. He shall
forfeit any titles or awards won during the same time period.
a motion brought by the Board of Governors that no person may be prevented
from active, in hearing, representation at any hearing held by an ACBL
disciplinary body merely because they hold a law degree and/or are or were
licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction.
that for all games at NABCs, the hands used in NABC and events shall be
different from the hands played in other games (Regional, Side, I/N).
as Director of Appeals does not disqualify a member of the Board of
Directors from serving on the Appeals and Charges Committee.
bridge clubs may run club championships under similar conditions as
face-to-face clubs. All master point awards will be non-pigmented. In an
online club championship each pair must play 18 boards in length. One open
club championship may be awarded per quarter for sessions 1 - 12 (Monday
– Thursday) with a maximum first place overall award of 3.90.
charges for 2009 will computed using the following formula:
0 - 500
500 – 1000
1000 - 2000
2000 - 4000
$4.35 x # of Tables
$4.10 x # of Tables over
500 + $2175
$3.75 x # of Tables over
1000 + $4225
$3.30 x # of Tables over
2000 + $7975
$3.00 x # of Tables over
4000 + $14,575
to a second reading at the Houston 2009 Spring NABC, approved the
establishment of the Platinum Pairs as an annual event to be held on the first
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Spring NABC beginning in 2010. This
will be a six-session qualification pair event open to members that have
won 50 or more platinum points in the three years prior to the event or a
total of 200 platinum points lifetime.
strat levels for teams in a stratified Board-a-Match team event can
optionally be determined by the average master point holding of all the
2009 budget was approved with a projected deficit of $195,475.00 and
increase in NABC card fees per player per session as follows:
+ events $18.00 to $20.00
limited events $16.50 to $17.00
two session events $15.50 to $16.00
session and I/N events $14.50 to $15.00
surcharge increase from $135.00 to $165.00
Quorum Requirements from Election Regulations.
following sections are eliminated:
4.1.4 A majority of Unit Board of
Directors in the unit must vote in order for the units voting power t o be
included in the election results.
majority of the Unit Board members must vote in order for the unit’s ballots to
be included in the results.
executive session, the Real Estate Committee reported the following:
is authorized to negotiate the purchase of a parcel of land and proceed with
the development of an ACBL headquarter building pursuant to the terms and
conditions of the proposal provided in executive session.
JAY BAUM, ACBL CEO
from January 1, 2008 through the first ten months has increased by 1,389.
New members continue to average nearly 1,000 per month, a 2% increase over
table averages dipped slightly in September and October. Average tables
per regional stayed above 1,400 but trails 2007 by 5% and total tables lag
tables are running flat with 2007, however average tables per sectional
has dipped 3.5%.
tables per tournament continue at a good pace with a 10% increase over
2007. Total tables, while 3,400 less than 2007, are expected to surpass
2007 totals due to additional STaCs in November and December.
games continue to do well and total tables are expected to surpass 2007.
tables continue their upward trend. Through the first nine months, we are
24% ahead of 2007.
November issue of the Bridge Bulletin is online. We plan to make the
magazine available each month for paid up members who have registered for MyACBL.
We eventually plan to have archives of the Bulletin in the new format
going back to 2005.
Campbell was hired in September as our new Director of Marketing.
Campbell, a graduate of the University of Memphis, has worked as a direct
marketing specialist in a local marketing consulting firm and in
relationship marketing for Harrah’s Entertainment.
was an exhibitor at the Life at 50+ AARP National Event and Expo in
Washington DC September 4 – 6. The convention was a success with
28,000 in attendance. Bob Levey, an ACBL member and former Washington Post
columnist, gave a stage presentation entitled “Why Bridge is a Game for
Learn to Play Bridge postcard has been completed. This card has some of
the same graphics and information that the Learn to Play Bridge CD jacket
contains. The postcard directs people to the ACBL website to download the
Learn to Play Bridge software. This will net large savings over the
production of the Learn to Play Bridge CD and jacket.
electronic survey was sent during the month of October to the Youth ACBL
members and attendees of the Youth NABC in Atlanta (over 1,200
individuals) to get their feedback in helping guide the development of the
youth website and youth bridge programs.
Advertising Program reimbursements through September 2008 and compared to
Bridge Mate and Bridge Pad, the manufactures of the electronic scoring
devices, are working on upgrades to their current products. We will
continue to monitor the progress of these units as well as other new
products that can help us modernize the tournament experience. Another
innovation is expected to be unveiled in Houston that could revolutionize
how we are able to run tournaments.
income for 2008 is expected to exceed expenses by approximately $700,000.
PETER RANK, LEAGUE
lawsuit filed by Peter Marcus and Susan Petricelli, ACBL tournament
directors, against ACBL for failure to pay overtime as required by Federal
Wage and Hour law is in the discovery stage after the Federal Court in
Connecticut denied the League’s Motions to Dismiss and Transfer Venue.
lawsuit filed by Ms. Maloney-Rafaie against Bridge at Schools, Inc., ACBL,
ACBL Educational Foundation, Barbara Heller, Nadine Wood, Charity Sack and
Joan Gerard for breach of her employment agreement by her employer, Bridge
at Schools, has been dismissed with prejudice by plaintiff as to all