ACBL Board of Directors

Royal York

Toronto, ON

July 16-19,2001

The meeting was called to order by President Jim Kirkham on Monday July 16, 2001 at 8:00 am.

Present: George Retek #1, Jonathan Steinberg #2, Joan Levy Gerard #3, Don Swan #4 Alternate, Sharon Fairchild #5, Nadine K. Wood #6, Bruce Reeve #7, Glenn Smith #8, Phil Altus #9, Charles D. Wilkinson #10, Jim Reiman #11, Wayne Hascall #12, Harriette Buckman #13, Sue Himel #14, Virgil V. Anderson #15, Dan E. Morse #16, Jerry Fleming #17, Richard G. Anderson #18, Barbara Nist #19, Robert E. Lix #20, Roger Smith #21, James H. Kirkham #22, Alan LeBendig #23, Alvin Levy #24, Richard DeMartino #25.


Present: Don Mamula, Chairman Board of Governors; Peter Rank, League Counsel; David O. Silber, Chief Executive Officer; Jack Zdancewicz, Chief Financial Officer; Michael Calhoun, Chief Marketing Officer; Gary Blaiss, Chief Tournament Director; and ACBL Headquarters Staff Nancy Foy, Jim Miller, Julie Greenberg, Carol Robertson, Jean Patterson, and Rena Hetzer.

Approval of Kansas City Minutes

The Kansas City Minutes are approved.


012-260: Ratification of Executive Committee Minutes

The minutes of the Executive Committee meeting are ratified.

Carried. (Minutes of meeting follow)

SUBJECT: Minutes of the Exeuctive Committee Meeting convened via conference call, Wednesday, June 13, 2001 @ 11:00am CT

PRESENT: President Jim Kirkham, Glenn Smith, Nadine Wood, Dan Morse and Roger Smith


PRESENT: Harriette Buckman, Don Mamula, Nancy Foy and David Silber

OBJECTIVE: The Hyatt Regency Chicago, Illinois has offered incentives to sign a contract by June 15, 2001 to host the 2006 Summer NABC.

On the Board's behalf, does the Committee accept Management's recommendation of Chicago, IL as the site of the Summer 2006 NABC?

By a vote of 5-0, the Committee unanimously accepted the recommendation of Chicago, IL as the site of the Summer 2006 NABC.

Meeting adjourned at 11:23 am CDT.

012-261: Election of ACBL President

George Retek is elected unanimously to the office of ACBL President for a one-year term beginning January 1, 2002 and ending December 31, 2002.

Carried without dissent.

Request for Consideration of Non-Agenda Items

  • Toronto NABC Regional Entry Fees: Referred to Finance as Item 012-18.

2. Tournament Sanctions to Online Services: Referred to Tournament Regulations as Item 012-155.

  • Board Per Diem: Referred to Finance as Item 012-19.
  • Internet Bridge Education: Referred to Marketing - Education as Item 012-217.

Reconsideration of Item 011-48: ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations

Request for reconsideration of above item.


CEO Report

The report of ACBL CEO David Silber is received. (Exhibit 1)

ACBL Treasurer's Report

The report of ACBL Treasurer Bob Lix is received. (Exhibit 2)

League Counsel Report

Peter Rank, League Counsel, reported on the status of litigation. (Exhibit 3)

Consultant Report

The report of Linda Bryant was received in executive session of the ACBL Board.

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The meeting was called to order by President Jim Kirkham on Wednesday July 18 at 8:30 am.

PRESENT: Same as Monday July 16

ALSO PRESENT: Same as Monday July 16


Reeve, Chairman Morse, Vice Chairman

Buckman Fairchild Levy Smith, R.


Committee Report by Chairman

012-01: Disciplinary Cases

1. In the matter of Dan Requard's (ACBL number prior to resignation L712249) request for readmission: the request is denied; future request for readmission may be heard at or after the summer 2002 meeting of the ACBL Board of Directors.

2. In the matter of Howard Piltch's (ACBL number N966671) appeal of the decision of District 25 Disciplinary and Appellate Committee's decisions, the committee affirms the factual findings of the committees, but finds that the previous discipline is excessive under ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations (CDP) guidelines. Therefore, the discipline shall be reduced to a public reprimand and 30 days probation. Mr. Piltch is deemed to have already served 30 days probation in this matter.

3. In the matter of Unit 192 appeal of the finding of the District 1 Disciplinary Committee with respect to a claim on behalf of Jonathan Ferguson and Jeff Smith, the committee affirms the District 1 Disciplinary Committee decision. The GNT subsidy payments/repayments required by the District 1 Disciplinary Committee, including Ian Nicholson, must be paid by September 1, 2001. In the matter of the trophies and prizes withheld from Ferguson and Smith, above, each party shall produce, at the time of submission of the GNT payments/repayments , a list of prizes and trophies which they believe to have been withheld. If the two lists are different, the District 1 ACBL Board of Directors member (or his designee -- such designee may be a committee) will mediate the matter and make a final and binding decision as to what prizes and trophies are due Ferguson and Smith, above, from Unit 192. The final decision and issuance of the prizes and trophies must be completed by September 15, 2001.

Received by the Board.

Item 012-03: Equitable Division of Assets: Units 128 to Unit 102

In the matter of equitable division of Unit 128, funds stemming from the division of Unit 128 to form Unit 102, the committee finds as follows:

    • That Regulation number 983-50 is applicable to this dispute;
    • Based on evidence presented by Units 128 and 102, an equitable division of Unit 128 assets is $12,250.00 in cash to Unit 102 with the remainder of the assets to be retained by Unit 128.
    • That Unit 128 produce a $12,250 check from Unit 128 payable to the

ACBL. The check must be received at ACBL Headquarters in Memphis no later than August 10, 2001. ACBL management is instructed to send an ACBL check in the amount of $12,250 to the Unit 102 Treasurer within 5 business days of receipt of the check from Unit 128.

Received by the Board. Nay: 3, 15 Abstain: 4, 9

Item 012-04: District 9 Election Protest

In the matter of the investigation of the protest of Bernice DeYoung in filing her declaration of candidacy for District 9 ACBL Board of Directors' Representative, this committee finds that her written declaration of candidacy was not received prior to June 1, 2001 as required by regulation and finds that Ms. DeYoung did not meet the standards of a timely finding for candidacy.

The findings of the Appeals and Charges Committee is upheld by the ACBL Board.

Carried. Abstain: 1, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13,15, 18, 23, 25


Lix, Chairman Retek, Vice Chairman

DeMartino Fleming Gerard Nist

Reiman Wilkinson

Committee Report by Chairman

012-15: 2002 Budget Preliminary Assumptions

Management's preliminary budget assumptions for 2002 are approved.

  • Financial Guideline Requirements

While management plans to present a break-even budget for 2002, the guidelines established by the Finance Committee would allow the following 2002 results:

If 2001 results are = Break-even, then maximum 2002 Loss = $192,000.

If 2001 results are = $200,000 Profit, maximum 2002 Loss = $392,000.

Proposed Guideline Items

Marketing 13.5% of Expenses

Governance limit 3.3% of Expenses *

Total Tournament (fully-allocated) Loss 8.4% of Expenses

Product Sales (fully-allocated) profitability Break-even - Profitable

* - Includes WBF dues of $75,000.

Carried. Nay: 6, 9, 12, 16, 17 Abstain: 8, 15

B, Inflation

CPI Jan 1999 to Jan 2000 2.7%

CPI Jan 2000 to Jan 2001 3.7%

CPI Jan 2001 to May 2001 (4 mos) 1.5%, (4.6 % annualized)

Projected 2002 General Inflation 3.7%

Projected 2002 Salary Inflation 3.5% + $35,000

Carried without dissent.

  • Price Increases

Regional Sanction Fees

$ 4.45 to $ 4.60, effective 4/1/02, (last increase 4/1/01)

Sectional Sanction Fees

$ 3.11 to $ 3.22, effective 4/1/02 (last increase 4/1/01)

StaC Sanction Fees

$ 2.38 to $ 2.46, effective 4/1/02 (last increase 4/1/01)

NABC Entry Fees

$1 per session per player (last increase 3/1/00)

11 to 12,12 to 13 & 13 to 14, effective 1/1/02 including I/N

Membership Dues

to remain same at $32.00, (last 1/1/01)

TD Session Fees

6.5% (3.5% salary + 3.0% catch-up), effective 1/1/02

(last increase 1/1/01 of 6.5%)

Carried. Nay: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 16, 17, 24

  • Projected NABC Attendance

Spring Houston, TX 9,500 Tables

Summer Washington, DC 15,000

Fall Phoenix, AZ 12,000

Total - All Locations 36,500 Tables

Carried without dissent.

  • Special Situations or Program Updates

Legal expenses are expected to return to a more normal $60,000 range from the projected $100,000+ expense expected during 2001.

On-line Bridge expected to operate at break-even on a fully allocated cost basis.

WBF dues will be paid when due based on $0.50 per member or approximately $75,000, which is a $60,000 increase over current dues ($15,000).

Capital expenditure budget 2002 is projected to remain at the $225,000 ($100,000 system automation, $100,000 operating expenses and $25,000 building renovation) level used in 2001 plus any development costs for ACBLscore. Development costs for the conversion of the ACBLscore program from DOS to Windows is anticipated to be part of the 2002 Capital Budget at an estimated cost of $75,000. Management will develop a marketing plan for ACBLscore update.

Carried. Nay: 17

012-17: USBF Dues and Subsidy

A. The ACBL authorizes the inclusion of a $1.95 USBF donation line (clearly labeled optional) on member renewal bills for ACBL members in the US.

B. The ACBL authorizes a loan to the USBF of up to an amount of $50,000 to be disbursed no later than December 31, 2002. Any expense already paid by the ACBL for the benefit of the USBF will be considered as part of this loan. This loan shall be interest free and is repayable no later than December 31, 2005.

Effective dates: A. As soon as can be incorporated on the next renewal billing forms

        • Immediately

Effective cost: The lack of interest on the loan could be viewed as an opportunity cost. Since the original plan clearly envisaged some level of outright subsidy for the USBF, this could also be viewed as a cost saving for the ACBL.

Carried. Nay: 12 Abstain: 1, 2, 7, 18

Item 012-18: Toronto NABC Regional Entry Fees

Regional entry fees at the Toronto NABC will be $18.00 Canadian.

Not Carried: Aye: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 16, 17, 18, 23 Abstain: 1

Item 012-19: ACBL Board of Directors' Per Diem

Per Diem for ACBL Board of Directors will follow the same guidelines as those for ACBL employees including tournament directors.

Effective Date: 7/1/2001

Carried. Nay: 4, 6, 8, 9, 18, 21, 23 Abstain: 25


Anderson R., Chairman Altus, Vice Chairman

Anderson, V. Hascall Himel LeBendig

Swan Wood

Committee Report by Chairman

012-40: International Fund

All NABC+ event entry fees will be the same and will include a $1.50 surcharge per player per session for the International Fund.

Effective date: 01/01/02

Carried. Nay: 2, 3, 5, 7, 12, 13, 22

012-41: NABC Housing Bureau Contract

The ACBL Board of Directors will review the housing contract with Mega Housing with a recommendation from the Board of Governors that the contract should not be renewed.

NOTE: The Board requests that the Meeting Planner provide a report to the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Board of Governors on NABC housing options by the end of September 2001.

Deferred to Fall 2001 Las Vegas NABC.

Carried without dissent.

012-42: Masterpoint Recording Errors

As soon as an error in crediting masterpoints (too many or too few) has been discovered and/or brought to management's attention ( the error must have occurred within 36 months of notification), corrections shall be made as soon as possible. A letter to the player(s) involved shall accompany the change if the adjustment is greater than ten masterpoints.

Deferred to Fall 2001 Las Vegas NABC.

Carried. Nay: 1, 2, 3, 7, 17, 22, 24, 25

012-43: NABC Site Selection Guidelines

Chapter 8, Appendix 6 (titled NABC Site Selection Guidelines), Section 2, Article C will be as follows:

    • Restaurants - There should be a variety of restaurants in the area around the playing site. These should range from fast food, inexpensive restaurants to full service fine dining, and there should be an ample selection of dining facilities within immediate proximity of the playing site. Since restaurant availability is critical to the success of an NABC, this guideline should rarely, if ever, be compromised. (words added to the guideline are in italics)

Not Carried. Aye: 2, 5, 6, 7, 17, 21, 23, 25 Abstain: 10

012-44: Civil Actions vs. ACBL by Members

Commencing August 1, 2001, any ACBL member who files a civil action for damages (the "action") against the ACBL shall be automatically suspended from the ACBL upon the occurrence of any of the following (this does not apply to civil actions brought by ACBL employees for anything concerning their ACBL employment):

(a) a judgment in the action which is favorable to the ACBL;

(b) a dismissal of the action by the court with or without prejudice;

(c) failure by the ACBL member to prosecute the action for any consecutive six month period after filing of the action; or

(d) a settlement of the action which does not specifically waive the provisions of this paragraph.

Such suspension shall be lifted only upon the occurrence of one of the following:

(a) payment by the ACBL member of costs incurred in the action by the ACBL, its officers, agents, representatives and insurers; or

(b) resolution by the ACBL Board of Directors absolving the ACBL member of payment of such costs. "Costs incurred in the action" shall mean all lawyers fees and expenses, witness fees and expenses, court costs and other costs related to the defense of the action. The ACBL Board of Directors or its designee, the Appeals and Charges Committee, shall make all determinations and decisions relating to the case by case implementation of this paragraph.

Effective Date: 8/1/2001

Carried. Nay: 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 24 Abstain: 16, 25

012-45: Elections of ACBL Director, Alternates & Representatives

The following is to clarify some Election procedures:

Declaration of Candidacy

Present regulation reads:

"The declaration must be received by the Director of Elections (D.E.) Prior to June 1st of the year in which such Director or Representative will be elected".

For this purpose "received" will be defined as: received at ACBL Headquarters no later than 5 p.m. CDT on May 31st. Should May 31 be a Saturday or Sunday, then it will be the first business day following May 31. Receipt can be by mail, fax, delivery, e-mail (postmarked prior to June 1st, but received after May 31 will not be considered as received on time).

In the physical absence of the D.E., the CEO of the ACBL (or his nominee) will act as D.E. on the last day designated to receive declarations. Candidates should request written confirmation from the Director of Elections that their declaration had been received by the ACBL. In the absence of such confirmation the onus of proof of timely filing rests with the candidate.

Carried. Nay: 8

012-46: Removal of Masterpoints and Titles

Items 872-2, 001-49 and 003-47 are rescinded and replaced by the following:

  • The ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations shall be revised as appropriate to indicate the following:
    • Any participant(s) in an ACBL sanctioned event convicted of premeditated or collusive cheating or any participant who admits to such action or actions shall forfeit all masterpoints and titles theretofore earned by said participants.
    • Any participant(s) in an ACBL sanctioned event suspended for one year or longer as a result of ethical transgressions, other than those set forth in paragraph A.1 above, shall forfeit any masterpoints and titles won in the event in which the offense(s) occurred. Further, the committee shall remove, as a minimum, all masterpoints won within the 12 calendar months preceding the date of the offense to a maximum of all masterpoints won within the 36 calendar months preceding the date of the offense(s).
    • Teammates and partners of a participant(s) who suffers penalties as provided in paragraph 1 and 2 above shall forfeit any title(s) and masterpoints won in events in which the offense or offenses occured.
  • Titles forfeited in paragraph A. above shall remain vacant and there shall be no change in rankings or awarding of masterpoints for other contestants.

Carried. Nay: 5, 10, 15

Item 012-47: ABA/ACBL Joint Discipline Recognition Agreement

The ACBL Board of Directors ratifies and accepts the attached agreement between the American Bridge Association and the ACBL. (Exhibit 4)

Effective Date: Upon ratification by the ABA

Carried without dissent

Item 012-48: NABC Surcharges

All surcharges on NABC+ events to benefit the International Fund are eliminated.

Not Carried. Aye: 7, 12, 22 Abstain: 9

Item 012-49: ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations

Item 011-48: ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations part C is rescinded.

011-48: ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations

The ACBL Code of Disciplinary Regulations is amended as follows:

A. . . . . .

B. . . . . .

C. 3.3.3 and 6.5(b) Be represented by counsel, who need at the hearing by a person who shall not be an attorney. An attorney is defined as a person who is a member in good standing of a bar association licensed or has been licensed to practice law in any State, the District of Columbia, a United States Territory, Canada, Bermuda or Mexico. The person charged may be represented by an attorney in regards to other matters concerning the Hearing.

8.3 Parties to appeals shall not be represented by an attorney at appeals hearings under Section 8.

12. 3 Each party to the proceeding may be represented by counsel, who need not at the hearing by a person who shall not be an attorney, at any time or during any part of the proceeding. Either party to a hearing may be represented by an attorney in regards to other matters concerning the hearing. A failure to exercise this right at one part of the hearing is not a waiver of such right at any other part.

  • . . . . .


Carried. Nay: 2, 7, 11, 12, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23 Abstain: 16

Item 012-50: ACBL Board Reorganization Report

The report on geographical reorganization is received.

Carried without dissent.

BRIDGE - Conditions of Contest

LeBendig, Chairman

Hascall Levy DeMartino Wood

Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-90: Conditions of Contest

The 2001 and 2001/2002 conditions of contest are reaffirmed/approved for 2002 and 2002/2003 with the amendment to the GNT Conditions of such that a District may elect not to name a district champion in Flight A (0-5000).

This amendment to be effective for the 2001/2002 GNT COCs. Management may and should make non-substantive changes such as date and masterpoint cycle changes as appropriate.

Carried. Nay: 5, 7, 10, 11, 17, 19

BRIDGE - International

Morse, Chairman

Anderson, R. Anderson, V. Levy Retek


Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-115: Bermuda Bridge Federation WBF Zonal Affiliation

A. Subject to the following, ACBL approves BBF's request to compete internationally as a member of WBF's Zone 5:

1. Approval by the WBF;

2. Approval by Zone 5;

    • An agreement among WBF, Zone 2 and Zone 5 as to the responsibility for payment of the Bermuda Bridge Federation (BBF) WBF dues.

  • For all other bridge competitive purposes, by virtue of being Unit 198 in District 2, Bermuda will continue to be a part of ACBL.

Effective 1/1/2002

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-116: USA Representation in International Competition

A. The authority for selecting and subsidizing athletes who represent the United States in international bridge competition rests with the USBF.

B. The following Board resolutions are rescinded: 951-66, 961-85 and 963-125. Other Board resolutions may also need to be rescinded or amended.

C. The Committees previously established by the ACBL Board to handle the ITT and the WITT will cease to be official ACBL bodies and no longer report to the ACBL Board.

D. 1. All US international fund monies collected by ACBL for the specific purpose of subsidizing US athletes in international bridge competition will be held by the ACBL and disbursed by ACBL directly to the athletes as directed and requested by the USBF.

  • Any portion of the junior fund monies collected by the ACBL determined to be for the purpose of subsidy or training of the US junior athletes representing the United States in international bridge competition will be held by ACBL and disbursed by ACBL as directed and requested by the USBF.

Effective date: December 31, 2001 as it relates to any matters from or related to International Competition in 2001.

Immediately as it relates to International Competition in 2002 and beyond.

Carried. Nay: 10 Abstain: 1, 2, 18

Item 012-117: 2001 USA Bermuda Bowl & Venice Cup Teams

The following teams are approved to represent the United States in the 2001 Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup:

Bermuda Bowl

USA I - NICKELL Nick Nickell, Dick Freeman, Bob Hamman, Paul Soloway, Jeff Meckstroth, Eric Rodwell, Sidney Lazard-NPC

USA II - MELTZER Rose Meltzer, Kyle Larsen, Alan Sontag, Peter Weichsel, Chip Martel, Lew Stansby, Jan Martel NPC

Venice Cup

USA I - BAKER Lynn Baker, Irina Levitina, Karen McCallum, Kerri Sanborn, Jill Meyers, Randi Montin, John Mohan-NPC

USA II - HAMMAN Petra Hamman, Joan Jackson, Robin Klar, Kay Schulle, Mildred Breed, Shawn Quinn, Nell Cahn-NPC

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-118: Zone Two 2003 Bermuda Bowl & Venice Cup Team Selection

Due to the establishment of the US Bridge Federation and the existence of the Bermuda, Canada & Mexico Bridge Federations, there is a need to redefine the zonal qualification rules for the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup. Specifically , it is recommended to propose to the WBF they amend paragraph 5 of WBF regulations as follows:

  • A Zone may send only one (1) team from an individual NCBO, except that up to two (2) teams may be sent from an NCBO whose membership exceeds 140,000.

Additionally, to amend paragraph 9 as follows:

In the case of Zone 2, 3 above notwithstanding, the following rules shall apply:

    • ACBL can send one team from either Canada or Mexico provided that NCBO had participated in the previous World Olympiad.


    • ACBL can send one team from the USA provided that USA participated in the immediately previous World Olympiad. Additionally, ACBL can send a second team from the USA provided USA's membership remains above 140,000.

Effective Date: 2003 Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup

Carried without dissent.

B. ACBL, acting as the Zonal Federation, will adopt the following regulations for Zone II:

1. There will be a Zonal Qualifying Tournament (ZQT) where each NCBO will be represented by one team.

2. Whenever Zone II is entitled to send one team: The winner of the ZQT will represent Zone II.

3. Whenever Zone II is entitled to send two teams: The winner of the ZQT plus one additional US Team (as long as requirements of WBF regulations paragraph 5 are met as amended) will represent Zone II.

4. Whenever Zone II is entitled to send three teams: The first two top finishers of the ZQT plus one additional US Team (as long as requirement of WBF regulations paragraph 5 are met as amended) will represent Zone II.

Deferred to Fall 2001 Las Vegas

Carried without dissent.

BRIDGE - Special Events

Anderson, V., Chairman

Hascall Levy Morse Retek

Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-131: Club Appreciation Game

The Club Appreciation game will be scheduled in any month at the discretion of the District so long as it does not conflict with their schedule for the GNT.

Not Carried. Aye: 8, 14

Item 012-132: WBF Simultaneous Pairs

1. The WWP Simultaneous Pairs may be held at clubs, Sectionals or Regionals.

2. In all cases, half /red, half /black points will be awarded or whatever is approved by the ACBL Board of Directors.

3. When this event is held as part of a 2 session event, the sponsoring organization pays the sanction fee for the WWP for those players entered in both the tournament event and the WWP. One sanction fee only is paid. The event is scored twice - once as the WWP and once as the tournament event. Participants entered in both are eligible only for the higher masterpoint award.

Note: Points remain half /red, half black for the WWP either red/gold or silver as is appropriate for the tournament event.

4. When the WWP is held at a sectional or regional, it should have its own separate section except that the organization may offer this event, in addition, to those playing in a two session event one session of which is concurrent with the WWP. (see 3 above)

  • A one (1) session event may not be played as a WWP and a Tournament Event....i.e. - the event awards only WWP masterpoints. In a one session event a player is only eligible for masterpoints from one event.
  • Items 853-78 and 863-67 are rescinded.

Effective date: 2002 Worldwide Pairs

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-133: Unit Special Games

Each ACBL-sanctioned Unit will be allowed during Junior Month in February to hold one Sectional-rated game to benefit the Junior Fund, and a Unit will be allowed to hold one Sectional-rated Charity/International Fund game during each ACBL Charity/International Fund week, provided either that the Unit is sanctioned to hold a game on the date and session requested, or that there are no clubs within a 25 mile radius of the Unit game site that regularly hold a game on the date and session requested.

Effective Date: 1/1/2002

Carried without dissent.

BRIDGE - Tournament Regulations

Wood, Chairman

Anderson, R. DeMartino LeBendig Reeve

Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-145: Intermediate/Newcomer Report

Management's Intermediate/Newcomer Status Report is received.

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-146: 3-Session Regional KOs

Regional Knockouts of three sessions in length may be scheduled. The overall masterpoints will be reduced by a factor of 30%.

Effective Date: 1/1/2002

Carried. Nay: 2, 3, 11, 15, 25 Abstain: 9

Item 012-147: NABC KO Entry Fees

A. Team entry fees shall be calculated based upon the total number of team members in any event in which an eligible member of a multi-person team receives the entire overall award independent of the percentage of matches or boards played.

Note: Presently, this motion will affect the entry fee charged for all team events in excess of two sessions in length at an NABC -- for example, all NABC+ team events.

Example: If the entry fee per player is $10/session, the fee for a four person knockout team is $40/session, for a six person knockout team the entry fee is $60/session.

B. Effective November 1, 2001 (with Fall 2001, NABC)

Not Carried. Aye: 1, 4, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24

Item 012-149: NABC Trophies and Awards

Trophies and titles for individual races at NABCs shall be awarded to only ACBL members in good standing. Additionally, certificates for event winners shall be awarded only to ACBL members in good standing.

Effective Immediately.

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-150: NABC Starting Times - Las Vegas

The Board of Directors will change the starting times in Las Vegas for the first Sunday to 3:00 p. m. for the afternoon session and an appropriate evening session start time.

Not Carried.

Comment: Because this motion could not wait until Toronto for resolution - printed information with starting times for Las Vegas is needed in Toronto - the Executive Committee addressed this subject and voted unanimously not to change the starting times.

Item 012-151: General Convention Chart

The following changes to the ACBL General Convention Chart are approved:




  • OPENING SUIT BID AT THE TWO LEVEL OR HIGHER indicating two known suits, a minimum of 10 HCP and at least 5-4 distribution in the suits.




  • a) JUMP OVERCALLS INTO A SUIT to indicate at least 5-4 distribution in two known suits and responses thereto.

b) SIMPLE OVERCALLS INTO A SUIT to indicate a minimum of 10 HCP, at least 5-4 distribution in two known suits and responses thereto.

Effective Date: 1/1/2002

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-152: Additional NABC+ Events

A. A Life Master's Women's and a Life Masters Men's Pairs are added to the Summer NABC Schedule

B. These events will be run on the first weekend and will start on Saturday. Each event is 4 sessions - 2 qualifying and 2 final sessions.

C. The events will be run on an experimental basis for 2 years.

  • Assigned Masterpoint award for first place for each event is 100 masterpoints. The remaining places and session awards by ACBL regulation.

Not Carried. Aye: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 13, 15,19, 23, 24

Item 012-154: ACBL Alert Procedure

  • Leading low from a doubleton by agreement is a pre-alert and will be indicated as such by adding a number 5 to Pre-alerts beforehand on the Alert Chart.
  • The ACBL Alert Procedure is approved as amended and noted by the attached Alert Chart and as amended in paragraph A above. (Exhibit 5)
  • Management is authorized to make changes to the convention card to maintain agreement with the alert procedure.
  • It is expected that there will be no further changes to this alert procedure prior to January 1, 2005.

Effective Date: 1/1/2002

Deferred to Fall 2001 Las Vegas NABC.

Carried. Nay: 3, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25

Item 012-155: Online Tournament Sanctions

Management has the authority to test and develop a sanction category and implement a process whereby an online bridge playing service may apply for and be issued a tournament sanction. The following restrictions apply:

1. The points will have no greater rating than 65% of sectional.

2. The points are unpigmented.

3. The tournaments may only be scheduled on non-holiday weekdays (Monday through Thursday).

4. An online service may be awarded a tournament sanction no more often than once a month.

Not Carried. Aye: 4, 8, 12, 18, 19 Abstain: 3

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The meeting was called to order by President Jim Kirkham on Thursday July 19 at 8:30 am.

PRESENT: Same as Wednesday July 18

ALSO PRESENT: Same as Wednesday July 18


Buckman, Chairman Steinberg, Vice-Chairman

Altus Fairchild Fleming Himel

Lix Nist Swan Smith, R.


Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-185: Marketing and Publicity Report

Management's Marketing and Publicity Report is received.

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-186: Easybridge! Report

Management's Easybridge! report is received.

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-187: Bridge Bulletin Online

Management will go online with the Bridge Bulletin and give membership the option of having it online or a hard copy mailed.

Not Carried. Aye: 24 Abstain: 15 Absent: 10, 11

Item 012-188: Group Club Game Sanctions

Management's group club game sanction report is received.

Carried without dissent.

Item012-189: ACBL Online Status Report

Management's ACBL Online status report is received.

Carried without dissent.

MARKETING - Education

Smith, R., Chairman

Altus Fairchild Himel Lix

Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-215: Bridge Education Status Report

Management's Education Status Report is received.

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-216: Nationwide After-school Program

The Board of Directors will actively pursue the development of a nationwide, educationally-sound after-school bridge program. Funding will be sought from outside sources. The components of this program would include the hiring of a professional educator to examine existing programs and write teaching objectives, to develop a website to distribute the program, to secure funding, and to market and implement the program nationwide.

Carried without dissent.

Item 012-217: Internet Bridge Education Program

Management is authorized to establish a bridge education program on the internet. Any agreement with companies providing educational software for this purpose shall be non-exclusive and contain the right for ACBL to terminate the agreement at any time. Such programs shall be established as not-for-profit activities.

Carried without dissent.


Fleming, Chairman

Lix Nist Swan Smith, R.

Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-201: Bridge Club Location 800 Number

An 800 number facility will be established for callers to request information on local bridge clubs.

Not Carried. Aye: 7, 16, 21, 22, 23 Abstain: 10

Item012-202: Club Special Game Allocation

The allocation of all special games will be based on sessions sanctioned rather than the number of sanctions held.

Carried without dissent.


Wilkinson, Chairman

Altus Fleming Nist Swan

Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-230: 2002 Junior Camp

Approval is given to hold a Junior Camp in the Washington, DC area July 29 through August 4, 2002 immediately following the Summer 2002 NABC. Management, in conjunction with League Counsel, will develop a Code of Conduct.

Carried. Nay: 1, 7, 8, 17, 22

Item 012-231: Junior Subsidies

In order for a Federation in Zone Two to receive funds from ACBL or the ACBL Educational Foundation for subsidy to Juniors they must meet the following minimum criteria:

1. Any junior receiving subsidy must be a high school graduate, have received a high school equivalency certificate or be a student attending school and making orderly progress toward graduation.

2. Additionally, all such juniors will be held to the Code of Conduct as developed by ACBL Management and League Counsel. (See Item 012-230: 2002 Junior Camp.)

Effective Date: 11/1/2002

Carried. Nay: 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 12, 18

MARKETING - Member Services

Fairchild, Chairman

Wilkinson Himel Nist Smith, R.

Committee Report by Chairman

Item 012-245: Member Address Change

A player who submits a change of address to ACBL will be automatically transferred to the Unit in which the new address is located, except under the following circumstances.

1. The member submits, with the change of address form, a statement or document reflecting his/her desire to remain a member of the original Unit.

2. The member checks a box that will be included on the change of address form that indicates he/she has a dual residence, and that the new address is temporary for the summer/winter (snowbird).

Please note that nothing here changes the present policies regarding individuals who wish to change Unit affiliations without moving from one Unit to another.

Deferred to Fall 2001 Las Vegas NABC

Carried. Nay: 1, 2, 6, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 21

Closing Remarks

It was moved by Retek and carried unanimously that the Board expresses its thanks to District 02 including District Director Jonathan Steinberg, Tournament Chairman Penny Augustine as well as all the other chair persons and numerous volunteers, plus a thanks to the Royal York and Renaissance Hotels for their fine cooperation.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the Board adjourned sine die at 4:30 p.m.