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Steve and Nicolas - isn't that the same Georgia Heth who felt that the ACBL had to readmit Lanzarotti? Who has taken some “interesting” views on laws and regulations over the years?
Feb. 12
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David - it is highly advantageous to the membership. New York is probably the state that gives the greatest protections to the membership, both collectively and individually.

I didn't find it a coincidence when the WBF decided that it would reincorporate in Switzerland after having been a New York corporation for years. Members have about zero rights under Swiss law.
Feb. 12
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There you go again, Richard. Trying to have masterpoints reflect actual bridge performance. :)
Feb. 8
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Each issue of The Bulletin posts a notice of the obituary policy.
Feb. 7
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Big thing to keep in mind.

So many of these “special games” came about as funding mechanisms for distinct programs and activities.

Had the ACBL merely funded the items directly, there would have been no need for these special funding mechanisms. But once the camel's nose got under the tent, it became a matter of each “constituency” saying “Hey, you have a special game funding you, I want it too.”

Charity, Education, International, Juniors begat more and more.
Feb. 7
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Keith Wells - I believe (and correct me if I am wrong, Stacy) that the concern is that the deals for the special games are not separate and distinct, aka “special” vis a vis the regular CG deals.

Not that they are to be “cooked” or arranged - just why are the same ones used for both events at the same time?
Feb. 6
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Steve wrote: "Team game table counts at her sectionals decreased significantly until she felt that she could not afford to run them anymore. She is willing to run the sectionals and do all the associated work with that, which means the Unit does not have to find volunteers to do these jobs, so why not let her run the games? If anyone wants to move to MN (we would be delighted to have you) and help run sectionals let us know."


Well, there you have it. IMO, and just that, you have a unit board that has decided, in the interests of not having to do work, to abdicate their responsibilities to their members.

It's easier…maybe. But the unit has consciously decided that they should just give their sanction away, so someone else makes those decisions rather than those elected by the membership.
Feb. 5
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Len wrote: “I think we always need to go back to the most basic topics. In this case, what is it that we as ACBL members want to accomplish with GNT's?”

All too often, we have proposed solutions galore, leading to debates about what might result. Len puts it in the correct order - let's decide what is is that we want to accomplish, and THEN look for what is the best mechanism to obtain that.

Until we have a defined agreement on our goal, we're just shotgunning and hoping that something sticks.
Feb. 3
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D3 has no club or unit qualifying.
Feb. 2
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Peg wrote: “Units cannot force club owners to run specific games (can they?)”

Not regular club games. However, talking about sectionals is another matter.

As I see it, the unit has ultimate control over their sectionals, if they choose to wield it. The sanction is initially the property of the unit. And it is theirs to use to serve the members.

If the unit just “gives” the sanction to the club (either for free or for a cut), and allows the club to then set up and run the sectional as they see fit, they are failing their membership.

I would highly suggest that the unit/club relationship for sectionals be in terms of renting space. And if that is the case, then the club should have ZERO input into events and scheduling.

In the final analysis, it all comes down to the unit board. They are allowing these schedules to be run, through one mechanism or another.
Feb. 1
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Follow the money. The GNTs are not subsidized by the ACBL because the ACBL doesn't receive any money in from the events other than standard sanction fees. And there can be no grand promotion because of the decentralized and variable nature of the event from district to district. Each one runs the GNT in their own fashion, on their own timetables.

Contrast with NAP, where the structure is completely top-down from HQ.
Jan. 31
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Peg wrote: "Ray, our primary club in our largest city runs no team games. None at their club; none at their open sectionals."

Hmmm…the use of “their” makes me wonder. Has your unit subcontracted out sectionals to this particular club?

If so, then shame on your unit for not retaining some degree of control. And if not, then shame on the unit for their scheduling decisions.
Jan. 31
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Perhaps the determination of “no conflict of interest” morphed into a green light for any and every thing.
Jan. 25
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Whether new or not, is this a policy that the ACBL should follow? That's the crux of the matter.
Jan. 25
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There has always been an Executive Committee, with the three zonal reps, the president and the immediate past president being the five voting members.
Jan. 24
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Apple's HQ address used to be “1 Infinite Loop”.
Jan. 24
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If they were regular, repeated and observed actions (as was the case for a certain Canadian professional), the premeditation doesn't seem to be a stretch.
Jan. 23
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Laws schmaws….
Jan. 23
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Barry - by and large, you are correct. But there are some that have mastered the art of saccharine disdain - it's just a front to conceal their displeasure. And a few that don't even bother with that.
Jan. 23
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I've always wondered how this all fits in with the ACBL's data privacy/protection policies.
Jan. 23
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