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Good…I need this and more feedback. It took a while but now we are starting to scratch the surface.
I knew there would be an initial mutiny on the bounty. And if my idea of expanding the bounty almost exponentially is to take hold, the nuts and bolts of the program certainly need to be worked through. I've spent a lot of time talking and thinking about how to implement such a program. I believe it can be done.

Suppose the BoD comes to the realization that the only way to keep bridge from the inevitable, is to empower its 165,000 members, its 2,800 bridge clubs, and the hundreds of independent instructors. What will it take to get these people motivated, to get them out there to do the work necessary to bring in new members? $30 paid out over three years? For most of us, that's the equivalent of about an hour's wages for what will often be umpteen hours of work.

A disclaimer: This is not about me personally or my clubs. Honors, Cavendish, and Aces together will gross close to $4,000,000 this year. Whatever the bounty, it will have little impact on our bottom line, nor will it alter the lifestyles of any of my partners.
But it could have a dramatic impact.
This is about the hundreds of break even bridge teaching centers. It is about changing the thinking of non-teaching clubs. It is about giving independent teachers a reason for not warehousing their clients or worse, actively trying to turn them off to duplicate bridge. And, most important, it is about creating a bridge club business model that makes sound economic sense. What would it take to convince Larry Cohen, or Joe Grue, or Zack Grossack, or just about anyone else now standing on the sidelines, to open a club?
I'll tell you what won't…$30 spread over three years.
Nov. 25
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Good! Let's stay with this for a while.
Nov. 25
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Good.
Now we are getting some where.
Nov. 25
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I am intending on expanding my explanation. But I need people to understand first what the problem is.
It is that there is no incentive for anyone out there to open a new full service bridge center. That is, one that focuses much of their attention and energies on creating future duplicate players.
$30 to create a player, and that over a three year period, is not going to move the needle one iota.
Prospective entrepreneurs need to see a business model that makes good investment sense. Our present model does anything but.
Nov. 25
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Finally someone else commenting on the core issues.
Nov. 25
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Finally someone commenting on the core issues.
Nov. 25
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Randy. I have noticed a serious uptick in new business recently.
Not just in bridge, but in canasta, Mah Jongg, and European style board games. Gaming is on the rise.
Nov. 24
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It's not being on the Unit Board. I've been on mine for much of my 43 years as a club owner going back to Edgar Kaplan days. I've never been considered for the BoD from my District. Nor has any other club owner during that time. Jimmy Becker, Bjorn Fallenius, and Aaron Silverstein, club owners all, weren't ever considered either.
Nov. 22
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Oh JoAnn…..
Nov. 21
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Got it.
Nov. 21
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Are you familiar with Best e-Bridge?
Nov. 21
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You really need a plan for that?
Nov. 20
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No Joe. The worst case scenario is that it will accomplish little more than waste time by kicking the main can down the road, or worse, continuing to ignore the heart of the League's problems. The more important issue here is that after all the time spent on restructuring, the Board will be made of 13 people with no experience in so many vital areas necessary to sustain our organization, rather than the 25 we have now.
Whoopie.
As several BoD members have pointed out to me, if cost savings is what it is about, reduce the number of meetings to two a year. It's simple and almost as effective.
25 may even be better than 13. There's then twice the chance that someone will know something about something other than dealing with endless discussions of cheating at the highest levels and about tournament minutia. What about the other 160,000 members, the other 2,800 clubs, and the thousands of dedicated teachers? Who is there out there addressing our concerns?
So fine, go ahead and play your endless political games. Frankly my dear, the rest of us don't give a damn.
Nov. 19
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The tutorials are no where near as good as those of Best e-Bridge, the online learning and practice site that Honors uses along with our beginner and advanced beginner courses.
Nov. 19
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Spot on. Nail on the head. The new ACBL website that will be rolled out soon, to its credit, does focus on the enjoyment of the game, the social aspect, that comes from being part of a club. Trouble is, as you've stated, there is little incentive provided to anyone thinking of starting a new club or even taking over one of the many that are on its last legs.
The BoD is comprised, as you rightfully say, of good people one and all, except they are all cut from the same Unit cloth. They are all of one head. And it is buried in tournament sand.

Allan, I know how I would try to change this. How would you?
Nov. 18
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We are hoping to partner with Hex and Company, a NYC based group of “games cafes”. Their model is heavily weighted toward evenings and weekends, ours is to mornings and afternoons. Shared games space. This could work as a business model for bridge clubs everywhere.
Nov. 17
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As the song goes:
You can't have one without the other!
Otherwise, I'm with the, “It's just a waste of everyone's time and energy for too little real gain.” 13 might be able to do twice as much damage as 25. If you are not going to change the way Directors get chosen, how about simply having two 25 member BoD meetings a year rather than three. That's a lot less messy.
There's not one full service club owner on the 25 member Board. Unit Boards will never elect one of US to represent THEM. And if we reduce the size to 13…what's 13/25th's of never? Anyone take a serious look at the 60 or so S.F. proposals? See anything there about member creation, player creation, promotion in general? Cheating, plenty. Master Point tweaking, plenty. Proposals for growing our organization, none.
Deck chairs.
Nov. 17
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Cornelia,
Following that logic, why would you ever leave your apartment for any reason? Virtually everything can be done or gotten online.
I've played both bridge and poker online and found both wanting. For me, the fun is in the face to face competing. I love the camaraderie that comes out of it. If you are able to get that from online bridge, so be it. I'm with Ken. We are not all cut from the same cloth. I love the ‘club’ half of bridge club. So do the 37,000 tables of players that choose to leave their apartments every year, year after year, for the shared experience of playing bridge in a social setting in one of my three clubs.
Nov. 12
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To paraphrase Bob Hamman, “43 years ago I may have been one of the youngest club owners in the country. I still may be.”
Nov. 11
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Interesting. Through 2014 evening table count has remained steady if you take into consideration the rise of online evening bridge play. Do we have numbers for the past five years. I would think this could be critical.
Nov. 11
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