By Bonnie Bagley
National Board Representative
arewell 2015, and Happy 2016. A somewhat sad farewell for me, as the 2015 Fall Denver NABC, which I co-chaired with Roy Weinstein, just ended. We were a “Dynamic Duo” ... Roy’s strengths were my weaknesses and vice-versa, a good team, complemented by the hardiest, most capable volunteers. After three years of planning and preparation there is now a void, but it will be filled with tackling the upcoming challenges facing ACBL.
rior to the start of the Nationals, the ACBL Board of Directors (BOD) had its third meeting of the year.
• Ken Monzingo, D22 (our ScoreCard publisher) was elected 2016 ACBL President. By acclamation, Georgia Heth, D8 (St. Louis, Northern Indiana, Central and Southern Illinois, and Paducah) was appointed as ACBL treasurer as of January 1, 2016 to finish Ken’s term (he had been elected ACBL Treasurer for the term April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016.).
• We bid farewell to three veteran BOD members: Don Mamula, D19 (Alaska, Washington State, and British Columbia), Rand Pinsky, D23 (Los Angeles County), and Rich DeMartino, D25 (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts).
Their knowledge and expertise will be missed, but we look forward to the contributions of their elected replacements: Marv Norden, D19, Kevin Lane, D23, and Mark Aquino, D25.
• Incumbent BOD members Paul Janicki, D2 (Ontario, Manitoba, and Bermuda) and Al Levy, D24 (New York City & Long Island) were reelected to three year terms as Zone 2 (that’s us) representatives to the World Bridge Federation (WBF).
• BOD member Russ Jones, D10 (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Western Tennessee, and Eastern Arkansas), as well as Rod Bias, D17 representative from Phoenix, and Betty Starzec, from D16 (Texas) were elected trustees of the Educational Foundation for three year terms. Jay Winter, from D14 (Iowa, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska) was appointed to fulfill the remaining term of Michael Bandler, from D21 (Northern California and part of Northern Nevada), which ends December 31, 2016.
• Elected as trustees of the Charity Foundation for four year terms were BOD members Georgia Heth, D8 (St. Louis, Northern Indiana, Central and Southern Illinois, and Paducah) and Russ Jones, D10. I was elected as president of the Charity Foundation for a one year term.
• Congratulations to Linda Gordon, Sedona, Arizona, who was reelected to a three year term and to JoAnn Sprung, Las Vegas, and Jim Calhoun, Denver, who were elected to three year terms on the Board of Governors (BOG) representing D17. Many thanks go to Frank Queen, Denver, and Dan Williams, Henderson, Nevada, for their many years of representing D17 on the BOG. Your service is much appreciated.
Sandy DeMartino, Riverside, Connecticut, by acclamation, was appointed to a three year term as the Aileen Osofsky ACBL Goodwill Committee Chairman.
• Debbie Rosenberg, Cupertino, California, was selected as the 2015 Nadine Wood Volunteer of the Year by ACBL President Suzi Subeck.
• Patty Tucker, Atlanta, Georgia, was selected by the BOD Honorary Member Committee as the 2016 Honorary Member of the Year, and ratified by the BOD.
• Flora Pettit, Austin, Texas, was selected by Sandy DeMartino and her Goodwill Co-Chairs as the 2016 Aileen Osofsky ACBL Goodwill Member of the Year.
motion passed that the 2016 President of the ACBL appoint a Board Composition Advisory Committee of nine members, consisting of three BOD members, one of whom would serve as chair of the committee, two members from management, two BOG members, and two members at large. This is a serious attempt to decrease the size of the twenty-five member BOD, which many believe to be too large and unwieldy. This committee will submit a status report at each BOD meeting, with the final report due no later than the Spring 2017 BOD meeting.
• A motion submitted by the BOG that nominations for Second BOD Alternate not close for at least one week after the election for First BOD Alternate is resolved failed, but an action item was created to have the First and Second BOD Alternate elections at separate times, thus allowing a candidate for First Alternate who was not elected to run for Second Alternate.
• The 2016 operating budget which shows a deficit of $61,534 passed; however, cost cutting measures are being explored.
• A motion passed which favorably affects D17 – the percentage of gold points awarded at Non-Life Master Regionals is increased from 10% to 25%. The players attending the Tucson NLM Regional, September 22-25 will be happy.
More on the Denver BOD meeting in the March ScoreCard.
lease do not hesitate to contact me at 719 593-0205 or email at email@example.com See you at the Albuquerque Regional, January 18-24.