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Who headed up the FIGB in the past? Who currently heads the WBF? (Hint - only one name is needed to answer both).
Aug. 10
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Jim P: If you think “rack rates” for sleeping rooms is steep, you don't even want to think about the “rack rate” for ballroom space. At one point, someone at HQ did a calculation if we unbundled playing space from room blocks. The result was about a 250 to 300% increase in the entry fees, depending on venue.
Aug. 10
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Why does this not surprise me.

At least it spares them the trouble of declaring another blanket amnesty.
Aug. 9
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Thanks Craig - as soon as I saw your post, I said “Of course, why didn't I remember him?” Thanks for reassuring that the old brain still can dredge up some stuff from the past.
Aug. 9
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Never gave any kind of prediction. Just brought to attention the current state of regulations regarding hiring BoD members - and how easy it would be to then change them.

A couple years back, there was a move to allow a sitting board member to become legal counsel immediately when that person left the BoD. Luckily, it never came to a vote. Perhaps they learned from some of the backlash even the mere proposal generated.
Aug. 8
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I'll give you one cynical answer, Steve. Because a simple “total membership” number is something that is easy for any BoD member to understand. They say “make that number bigger” and it's easy to see if it is bigger or smaller.

Focusing on the quality of the service to the membership, on the long-term viability of the league and many other issues might just be way too nuanced for those who just want to look at a simple total members number.

Wish it wasn't so, but…
Aug. 8
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The ACBL currently has regulations to restrict a BoD member from jumping from the board to a paid position with the league.

Of course, since it is just a regulation, it can be rescinded by a majority vote of 13. Coincidentally, that's the same number needed to select a new Executive Director.
Aug. 8
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TANSTAAFL
Aug. 8
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The trend is towards “sleek” and “modern” spaces. Many hotels are ditching even a desk in the room, instead moving towards shared “workspaces” in the lobby areas. Perhaps ACBL members aren't as “hip” as the millenials being targeted.
Aug. 8
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This is from the foggy part of my brain, but somehow I have a memory that a major LV casino executive in the 1990s was involved in ACBL tournament play. The name isn't coming to me right now, but someone might be able to fill in the blank.
Aug. 7
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David L: Trust me…they did. Hotel design is subject to tons of surveys and focus groups.

The issue is that they now design to the vast majority of their customers, but not to all of them. The ACBL “stay profile” is vastly different than the usual overnight business stay or a 3-4 day conference/trade show.

They could design around the once every five year customer OR the 95+% customer base they have the rest of the time.
Aug. 7
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You had best be saying “Well spent”…or you'll next be wondering about the cost of the divorce lawyers.


<big grin>
Aug. 7
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Yes, the labor issue is still seriously hanging over the league, in spite of what our Legal Counsel told the membership and BoG.

I was trying to reinforce that there is no direct relationship or coupling between what sponsors pay per session and what the TDs receive.
Aug. 7
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They take unsolicited content. What they do with it is another story. We can start with letters to the editor.

On a bigger philosophical note: What is the ACBL Bulletin? At its heart, it is a house organ, providing information to the membership and promoting the organization and its activities.

It is most assuredly NOT an open forum or generalized bridge publication with an independent voice. One might say the Bridge World is more of that kind of publication, with Bridge Winners being probably the most open “publication” in the bridge arena.
Aug. 7
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And to further on Nicolas' comment - the amount paid by the sponsor for TD session fees is not the amount paid to the TD, nor a straight-line percentage. In some cases, the TD recieves less than the “billable rate” and in other cases more. The design of the different rates has the objectives of providing a rough price/value to the sponsor, and to generate sufficient income OVERALL to cover the expenses of the ACBL in providing tournament directors for the year.
Aug. 7
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I would think it hard to deny a district director either a voice or vote at a general membership meeting. In effect, that means revoking their basic rights as a member. Now, should they be making motions? Different question, and is a practice I would frown on at the least.

There may be specific provisions of NY law that bear on this question, and I neither know nor have any insight.
Aug. 6
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But…how will we know if they covered the spread??

<grin>
Aug. 6
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Peg - the reason for that type of hotel room design is that most all stays are for 1-4 nights, with folks living out of the suitcase. They aren't built for 10 night stays, where drawer and closet space are needed. Remember, the kind of stay where the organization comes in for 10+ days is VERY rare and unusual in the hotel biz.
Aug. 6
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Sarah wrote:

I don't know how I earned the mantle of Mark Horton's official apologist

Perhaps it was your comment on July 31st (posted above) where you wrote:

He will :)

in response to the suggestion:

He should simply admit it apologise and move on.

Perhaps if you declaim that assertion…
Aug. 5
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