Bon’s Mots

By Bonnie Bagley
National Board Representative

Year 2017 is underway and changes are already occurring. The most significant for ACBL is the resignation of our CEO, Robert Hartman. In January Robert tended his resignation to President Bob Heller, effective July 31. He will be moving to Florida to take over the reins of a family business. I am grateful for his contributions to ACBL and will miss him, but certainly wish him well and much success.
A search committee has been appointed by President Heller and the process for finding a new CEO has begun. Interested? Go to web2.acbl.org/documentLibrary/about/CEO.pdf for the responsibilities of the position, qualifications required, and details on the application process.
January brought us a new marketing director, Dan Storch of Lexington, Kentucky. Dan has more than 20 years of marketing experience, most recently six years as manager of the market and competitive intelligence team at Lexmark International. Learn more about Dan in the February Bridge Bulletin, page 19. Welcome, Dan.
District Changes

The District 17 Board made changes as well, adopting new bylaws, which took effect January 1. One significant change is lengthening the term of office for board members from two years to three years. Implementation will be a three year process, with one third of the positions up for reelection each year, rather than one half, as has been the case. Another significant change is that starting January 1, 2017, no board member may serve more than twelve consecutive years.
Want to read the District 17 bylaws? Go to d17acbl.org/index.php?page=bylaws
There are also personnel changes on the D17 Board: Ed Yosses, Denver representative, and John Van Ness, Colorado at Large representative, are leaving the board this year. Replacing them are Jennifer O’Neill and John Grossmann, respectively. Ed and John will be missed, but we welcome Jennifer and John. The first D17 board meeting of the year will be at the Tucson Regional on March 4.
Good News

I am delighted to report that, effective April 1, the $1.00 club fees imposed on STACs last year have been rescinded. This is great news for our Western Conference STACs, which are: the May Spring Fling, May 8-14; the August Summer Fun, August 21-27; and the December Holiday, December 4-10. Plan now to play at your local club and get those silver points!
The next NABC held in District 17 will be the 2019 Summer NABC in Las Vegas, July 18-28. There will be an NABC Fund Raiser Week March 27-April 2. These are special games which are held at your club, with $1.00 per person going to provide extra hospitality for you at the NABC and extra points when you win. Please ask your director to hold these games.
ACBL 2016 Year End Reports
Club Tables
Face-to-Face Clubs...................... 2,309,096 total tables
(2927 Clubs: 788.9 average tables)
Online Clubs....................................... 1,031,270 total tables  
Bridge Base Online......................... 931,410 total tables
OKbridge Inc. ................................. 94,826 total tables
Swan Game....................................... 5,034 total tables
Grand Total ........................................ 3,340,366 tables
There were 31,753 fewer total tables in 2016 than in 2015 (3,372,119 in 2015). The major loss came from OKbridge, which had 45,932 fewer tables in 2016. Bridge Base Online had about 20,000 more tables, a 2% increase which helped offset some of the losses. Face-to-face clubs had about 4000 fewer tables as compared to 2015, less than a 1% decrease.
Tournament Tables 
Type              Tables           Tournaments    Average Table Counts
NABCs          35,046           3                       11,682
Regionals       164,087 ½     131                   1253
Sectionals      139,337         906                   154
STACs           123,219         88                     1400
Regional attendance was down 8691 tables (a 5% decrease) compared to 2015, with 131 regionals in both years. Sectional table count decreased by 3777 (2.7%), but because there were 18 fewer sectionals in 2016 -- the average table count remained identical to 2015’s. STACs grew by 3000 tables (an increase of 2.6%.)
Membership Numbers
New Members.........................................................11,521
Recovered Members...............................................7,122
Deceased Members ................................................1,585
Lapsed Members.................................................... 17,622
January 1, 2016 Total Members............................ 168,443
December 31, 2016 Total Members ...................... 168,075
There was a total decrease in membership in 2016 of 368
ACBL Board/NABC

The next ACBL board meeting will be held before the March 9-19 Kansas City Spring NABC. I look forward to seeing you there, right after the Tucson Regional, February 27-March 5.
As always, do not hesitate to contact me by phone: 719 593-0205, or email me at bonnie@bonniebagleyd17.com