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Then let's have the honesty to remove any and all references to cheating or “unethical behavior” from the CDR. Why should the Cars get all the benefit - let's allow the LOLs at the local club to have their own signals and methods. Or are we saying that we'll allow it at the top levels and for professionals, but the rank and file are still subject to discipline?
an hour ago
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The invitation could easily happen. The acceptance is another story.
5 hours ago
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“Like a son”
7 hours ago
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I concur, Larry. I feel that those on BW (and elsewhere) who have opinions should contact their DD and perhaps the new, incoming president.
Dec. 9
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Why not ask the head of Appeals & Charges directly and see what answer comes back?

district8director@acbl.org
Dec. 8
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Larry - Your DD will be the ACBL President next year, and will make the committee assignments, including who will be the chairman of each BoD committee. Including A&C.
Dec. 8
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Definitive answer in terms of who we are currently serving, as opposed to who we should be serving?

The one is clear, the other is to be determined.
Dec. 8
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When you have BoD members who won't make expulsion permanent, you'll have things like this happen. I don't have the minutes handy, but you can see that on several occasions, motions were made to remove any provision for readmittance for those expelled. Every time, board members were persuaded to keep expulsion from being permanent. And that persuasion was from the head of A&C. Which goes completely against the idea of “explulsion”.
Dec. 8
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Just remember folks….the head of Appeals & Charges is the same person who was in charge of WBF discipline back in Chennai. And the same person who led the effort to defeat multiple BoD motions that would make expulsion permanent. And the same person who believes that everyone deserves the right to come back into membership. And the same person who believes that ultimate CAS oversight of bridge discipline is a good thing for financial reasons.

And who keeps being put back into these positions of power.
Dec. 8
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If so, it would have taken an affirmative vote of the entire BoD.

Had this happened, it should have been included in the summary of actions that the Chairman of the BoG presents to the BoG meeting.

Now, I will be the first to confess that my summaries did not include every single item acted upon by the BoD. Some things were purely perfunctory and not worthy of inclusion at that time.

This, however, is big time news. If it did happen, and if the BoG chairman did not include this in the report to the BoG, we have a BIG problem, IMO. And if this was a quiet private affair with no action by the full BoD, we have a different problem.

Or, this is just speculation and rumor without basis. Perhaps the application for readmission has been received and will be voted upon in Memphis.

If so, I would encourage every BW reader to contact their BoD representative and express your opinion. No rubber stamps.
Dec. 7
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First off, there are tournament coordinators for all districts that work to minimize conflicts.

Second, there is only the “Western Conference” anymore, as District 7 is now running its own tournaments. And even the WC is more and more becoming just a shell to run a newspaper, with only districts 21 and 22 as participants.
Dec. 7
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Investments are just that….stocks, bonds, mutual funds etc. The ACBL does not keep all of its funds in “cash”. The ACBL retains investment advisors to manage its portfolio.
Dec. 7
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Already done. Check with Ken Monzingo to see how it went.

Without a clear, agreed upon vison of what an NABC is supposed to be, all you will get will be moving deck chairs around to suit favored constituencies. And that is what happened.
Dec. 7
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Who - well, it could be someone who would want to fight from within for greater transparency and good governance.

Of course, after years of beating your forehead against the wall, you realize that it feels so much better when you stop.
Dec. 6
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Unfortunately, I'll fade the “don't” side of this wage.
Dec. 4
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Many members of the BoD have this view that. because of incorporation and D&O coverage, they have no personal liability for whatever may befall the ACBL.

Until they recognize their legal responsibilities, we will continue to have these problems of governance.

And those who loudest sound the clarion call are the ones who are hounded and browbeat to eventually give up the Sisyphean task of reforming the board.
Dec. 4
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Steve - To paraphrase from the classic The Treasure of the Sierra Madre:

Data? We don't got to show you no stinkin' data!!
Dec. 4
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Buddy - they can't…and they haven't.
Dec. 4
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My information is murky…perhaps someone who was there can confirm/deny.

One thing that often happened was that Robert Hartman just did things and the board often just didn't formally object. This might have been one such.
Dec. 3
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Point of information - the league's counsel formerly was an employee of the BoD and officially reported to the BoD. This was changed with the hiring of the current counsel, who works for and reports to the CEO/ED, not the BoD.
Dec. 3
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