January 2013 Bon’s Mots

By Bonnie Bagley
District Director

Thank you, Sharon Anderson, our 2012 ACBL President. You have been a gracious, loving, hard-working president. You have provided valued guidance and direction to the ACBL Board and Robert Hartman, our new CEO.
ACBL is now well positioned to meet the future. We love you!

National Elections

Before the fun began, the ACBL Board completed the third board meeting of the year, perhaps the most interesting one because of elections. Don Mamula, D19 (Alaska, Washington State and British Columbia), was elected 2013 ACBL president by a vote of (yes) 13-12. I received many comments about my November column asking how could it be there are so many 13-12 votes. In this case, the explanation is simple: both candidates were well qualified and would make good presidents. It was not an easy decision to make, and I wanted to vote for both.

Another close vote was for the chairman of the Board of Governors. District Directors do not vote, nor are they even allowed to speak in the Board of Governors’ meeting. The final vote was 54-53 in favor of Dick Anderson, D18 which is Western Canada, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming (but not Laramie or Cheyenne!).

Barry Harper, also D18, was elected BoG Vice Chairman, but by more than  one vote. The BoG terms are two years.

Management Report

Robert Hartmen reported membership is 166,491, a 1,000+ member increase over 2011. Total regional, sectional and STAC table count is up approximately 1%. Club game table counts remain steady, but online table count has shown a 10% increase. Phase 2 of the ACBLscore+ project (basic infrastructure) is complete. Phase 3 (basic scoring) is in progress and thus far the project is on-time and on-budget. Website for stakeholder involvement is set up, and ideas and feedback are encouraged (www.acblscoreplus.com &www.ideas.acblscoreplus.com).

ACBL will host three Regionals at Sea in 2013, each complete with celebrity host; a July Alaskan Cruise with Billy Miller, a September Fall Foliage Cruise with George Jacobs and a November Caribbean Cruise with Mike Lawrence. Reservations for these cruises must be made through Cruise Planners at 866 500-9900, or www.coolcruiseplanners.com
The success of the Western Conference Regional at Sea and enthusiasm of the attendees in September was a contributing factor to ACBL’s decision to handle the Regionals at Sea inhouse.

Board Meeting Highlights

The board continued with codification updates. Watkins Uiberall Certified Public Accountants were approved as the audit firm for 2103. The motions passed were: a new seeding formula for the Baze Senior Knockouts was adopted; allowing a club to hold a mentor-novice game as an open game even if the club stipulates that one member has fewer than a certain number of masterpoints passed; the Grass Roots Fund Month from December to January passed. This will take effect January, 2014. There will not be a 2013 December Grass Roots Fund Month; anyone who is a current club manager for a club running ACBL sanctioned games must be an ACBL member in good standing with all service fees and dues paid. This includes any club or higher-rated director; there will be a six month amnesty program for 2013 offering to credit, free of charge, any masterpoints won by a lapsed member while they were a non-member when they renew their membership; Regionals at Sea will pay 100% of the standard land-based regional masterpoint award. They previously paid 80%. A motion of interest to D17 members passed. There will be a 2014 Summer Youth NABC in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the 2014 Las Vegas NABC. The most exciting motion passed was to establish a two day 10K Swiss Teams event to be held the first Friday and Saturday at the Spring NABCs. This would be for players with 0-10,000 masterpoints, and would pay the overall event winners 10% platinum points, with a maximum of 10 platinum points; all other masterpoints will be gold. A motion to require ACBL membership of all participants of ACBL tournaments was deferred to the 2013 Spring meeting in St. Louis. There was much discussion about this motion, currently an extra charge of $1.00 per event for a sectional and $2.00 for a regional allows non-ACBL members to play in ACBL tournaments.

All in all the meeting was very productive.

Happy Holidays!

Best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
See you at the Albuquerque Regional January 21-27, 2013.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at 719 593-0205, or email at bonnie@bonniebagleyd17.com