March 2016 Bon’s Mots

By Bonnie Bagley
National Board Representative

By Bonnie Bagley
National Board Representative

Continuing January’s reporting on the Denver ACBL Board of Directors meeting

wo new rank milestones (or should I say gemstones) were approved: Ruby Life Master requires 1500 masterpoints, at least 300 of which are “pigmented” (silver, red, gold, or platinum) and Sapphire Life Master requires 3500 masterpoints, at least 700 of which are pigmented with at least 350 gold or platinum. For those who joined ACBL after January 1, 2010, the rank of Bronze Life Master was modified to require 750 masterpoints; members who joined before that date still require only 500 masterpoints.
The good news is that membership fees are not increasing; the bad news is that just about everything else is:
• The unpopular screen charge for NABC+ events has been eliminated, but entry fees for those events will be increased from $20 to $25, effective with the Summer NABC.
• Entry fees for teams events of two sessions or more will be charged on a per person rather than a per team basis at NABC events.
• Club table fees are increasing from 74 cents to $1.00, but the game fee of $1.25 is eliminated.
• Sanction table fees are increasing: sectional fees to $3.06 from $3.00, regional fees to $4.40 from $4.31, and STACs by 3%. Tournament director session fees are also increasing, by 9%. These increases are effective April 1.
The Young Life Master Pairs (LM-1500 MPs) held at the Summer NABC in conjunction with the Von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs, and the Bruce Life Master Pairs (LM-5000 MPs) is now open to all players with 0-1500 MPs; it will be renamed the Young 0-1500 Pairs. This allows players who do not qualify for the second day of the Flight C GNTs to participate in this event.
Electronic voting will be an option for all ACBL elections, including District Director, First and Second Alternate District Director, and Board of Governors representative.

District 17 Regionals

17’s first regional of 2016, the Albuquerque Navajo Trail Regional, recently ended with a table count of 1587, down 16 tables from 2015 (1603), but good considering that in 2004, the last time that there was a Denver Fall NABC, Albuquerque was down 132 tables. This might seem like deja vu all over again, but we bid farewell to Albuquerque tournament chair Bill Kass who retired last year after chairing 16 Albuquerque tournaments. He was called back due to the illness of the new chair, and graciously agreed to chair his 17th tournament. Bill, we again thank you for all you have done and wish you well in your “retirement;” we hope to see more of you at the bridge table. Best wishes to Jerry Wellman, new Unit 374 (Albuquerque) president.

District Board Meeting

17 had its first board meeting of the year at the Albuquerque Regional. Two new board members were welcomed: Ed Yosses, elected to complete the Denver Representative term of Flo Newlin, and Jeanne Gray, elected as Colorado at Large Representative replacing John Grossmann. The 2016 officers were elected: Jerry Ranney, President; Art McHaffie, Vice President; Bonnie Bagley, Secretary; Ed Yosses, Treasurer; and Darwin Afdahl, Election Secretary.

North American Pairs

he D17 NAP Finals were held in Albuquerque due to the cancellation of the October Phoenix Regional. The winners in Flight A are: 1st JoAnne Lowe, Fountain Hills, Arizona & Phebe Packer, Phoenix, Arizona; 2nd Burke Snowden & Greg Herman, Fort Collins, Colorado; 3rd Robb & Linda Gordon, Sedona, Arizona; and 4th Harvinder Sidhu, Scottsdale Arizona, & Markland Jones, Phoenix, Arizona.
The winners in Flight B are: 1st Burke Snowden & Greg Herman, Fort Collins, Colorado; 2nd Roger Miller, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, & Maya Alela, Teec Nos Pos, Arizona; 3rd Anne Casey & Susan Shaver, Sun Lakes Arizona; 4th Greg Foltz & Dawn Foltz, Fort Collins Colorado (Burke, Greg, and the Foltzs, with Richard Jacobson & Mark Robertson of Phoenix, Arizona, were the 2015 D17 Flight B GNT Team which finished second at the National GNTs).
The winners in Flight C are 1st Tom Estenson, Tijeras, New Mexico, & Ashok Immaneni, Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2nd Patricia Lama & Barbara Crews, El Paso, Texas; 3rd Thomas Bauer & Virginia Ward, Henderson Nevada; 4th Dan Stern, Denver, Colorado, & Philip Debus, Centennial, Colorado. Pictures of all the winners are elsewhere in this issue of ScoreCard.
D17 will be well represented at the National NAP Finals in March at the Reno Spring NABC. Best of luck to all!

Contact Me

appy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Easter, since they both fall in March this year. Please do not hesitate to email me at or at 719 593-0205. See you at the Reno NABC March 10-20, and the Mesa Senior Regional in Chandler, Arizona, March 28-April 3.

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