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40 HCP, 13 tricks…Each trick is 3 points. Most bids that have ranges are 3-pts.
There is one bidding axiom, the 3-point range required for an opening 1NT bid.
Now go out and build a bidding system using only that info.
That's how Honors teaches bidding to our beginners. Doesn't everyone? Memorization is needed for people who can not think logically.There are beginner bridge students who need to memorize the tables. We must also provide a structure for them to learn. But our emphasis, both in teaching bidding and card play, is heavily weighted toward the beautiful, always amazing, logic of the game.
June 16, 2018
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I just remember seeing commercials for video games and thinking, the video gaming industry can spend this kind of money on advertising and we, a National Organization, the biggest user of convention space in the country, with 3,000 outlets, 165.000 committed members, and 75 years of history, can't.
What conclusions can be drawn from this? I don't know. Just sad.
June 16, 2018
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That's a buck and change per ACBL member. If we put up about ten bucks each, you think we can get a 20 second Super Bowl slot?
June 15, 2018
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Add my 2 cents.
Honors has co-presidents. Scott Levine, my co-president, plays bad cop to my good cop. And it works.
As to Question #2…I can not stress Mr. Powell's point enough.
June 15, 2018
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Note: No political connotation is attached to this:
Trump and Kim.
Adversaries trying to negotiate.
This is polling at a 71% approval rating.
BoD and Club Owners.
Take a poll.
June 15, 2018
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Not so much chaotic as frustrating is what it is like. Knowing how utterly pointless our motions are if the Board of Directors has already made up its mind. I've been serving through about half a dozen BoG meetings and I can't recall a single instance where the BoD reversed itself on petition from the BoG.

BOD…BOG…BOCO….Board of Club Owners…Not a committee of, but a true BOARD OF CLUB OWNERS.
Let the 25 have their perks. They actually work for it.
Let the BoG have their coffee and cake.
Let the League have a Board that actually knows something about the “Life Blood of the Organization”.
June 15, 2018
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Ray, you have it backwards. I'm ready to have the Unit move to my club.
June 15, 2018
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I'm forwarding this to David Moss our NYC Unit's president.
Every club owner, in every unit that doesn't work like this, should do the same. What a wonderful model.
June 15, 2018
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Can you have Donna post a little (or a lot) here?
June 15, 2018
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Have you tried smaller classes to start?
We never do more than 3 to 4 at most for beginners.
Also, we put cart before the horse…the first six sessions are mostly play. Two 1/2 lessons on bidding is all we give them.

After six weeks we have them play in a social practice session with set up hands. (Free to students).

BesteBridge.com, an online teaching site, we give free with the beginner's course. We MAKE them practice between sessions.
You can look at it free for two days and get back to me if you like what you see.

Very interested in FB and what a pop up is. The video sounds intriguing. Tell us more.
June 15, 2018
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Advertising on FB?
June 14, 2018
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Do you have the actual mailing? Maybe we can learn more about exactly what doesn't work. This is valuable. And thank you for sharing.
June 14, 2018
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I'll pass this on to Barbara McLendon who helps run our youth program here in Manhattan. I remember cream cheese pie fondly.
June 14, 2018
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They are still very popular at Honors.
Amy idea why they aren't there?
June 14, 2018
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Chris…I guess my poor attempt at sarcasm was missed.
June 14, 2018
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Agreed. Regional and National tournaments are what gets players juices going. Honors celebrates our players achievements. And there are many. And good stories and remembrances to share.

But what does that have to do with the fact that there is no good business model out there that will sustain our clubs? $2 card fees? Renting back rooms in senior centers? This is what happens when there is no sustainable business model.
Come on folks. Big picture please. Enough with the stupid 11%. The clubs need thousands of percents.
Another 150 clubs died in the past year. Look it up. Go to “Club table counts” on the ACBL.org web site. Just look at the last 8 - 10 years. See a trend?
Are we really spending this much time and energy discussing 11% or STaC fees or the stupidest of all, $5 kick back for creating a new member. $5,000 is closer to what it should be.
Get real.
Starbucks. They took a product no one wanted, hell, I remember at the time we suspected coffee might have carcinogenic properties.
How'd they do it?
Image and business model.

Bridge.
Image: An LOL game that's really hard.
Business model: Rearrange 25 BoD deck chairs.

Get real.
June 14, 2018
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Will bridge die on its own or will global warming beat us to it. Both are chickens running around…..
June 14, 2018
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It is only in the last year or so that the New York Unit has stopped working at odds with the clubs. And I've owned a NYC bridge club continuously since the mid-seventies when Edgar Kaplan himself was Unit President.
Even he did not see the big picture. At least he was entertaining.
June 14, 2018
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The old timers are usually still the weakest of the group whether they've taken it twice, three times or more.
June 14, 2018
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Strength in numbers. I'll go along with that. Let's get a few dozen major clubs to come on board. Then come up with one or two key “requests” and see how receptive the Board is. No threats. Nice and businesslike.

I can't see a more important “request” then one having to do with club representation on the BoD. I suggest that a minimum of 1/4 of all BoD members be for profit club owners. There are enough Unit volunteers already serving to eliminate not for profit clubs from the equation. Besides, they don't have owners. I'd prefer the percentage be 1/3, but they probably won't go for that.

Taxation without representation has gone on long enough.
June 13, 2018
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