DISTRICT 11 – ACBL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

August 7, 2010 Dayton, Ohio

Attendance - 19

Unit 117: Vangie Smith, Christopher Overpeck Unit 136: Jan Gembrone Georgia Banziger

Unit 122: Cheryl Schneider, Anita Torrence Unit 164: Susan Bullard, Terrell Holt

Unit 124: John Stopiello, Nancy Sachs Unit 130: Joyce Brandt, Maribeth Ransel

Unit 227: Bill Sentman Unit 193:

Also present: Bob Sulgrove, President; Beth Reid, ACBL District Representative; Bob Lyon, Tournament Coordinator; Bill Higgins, NAP/GNT Chairman; Brad Bartol, Midwest Monitor Editor; Rob Weidenfeld, Education Chairman

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President Bob Sulgrove.

SECRETARY’S REPORT The minutes of the last meeting are posted on the District 11 Web site. (Copy attached) Joyce Brandt moved and Georgia Banziger seconded that the minutes be approved. Passed unanimously

TREASURER’S REPORT. The Treasurer’s Report was distributed. (Copy attached).There is a balance of $4,076.99 in the account; there was a loss of $9,918.79; $8,352.55 was transferred to the Monitor account. Anita Torrence moved and Nancy Sachs seconded that the report be approved. Passed unanimously.

ISTRICT DIRECTOR’S REPORT Beth Reid posted her report from the n NABC on the District Web site. She sent her report to the unit presidents, who should be responsible for getting this report to their Boards.

(Copy attached) She stated “District 11 dominated GNT’S! ”She congratulated the winners and discussed some of the matters before the board. The Marketing Committee has made radio ads available and ads have been placed in some publications. She also discussed Regionals at sea. Membership has increased.

MIDWEST MONITOR Brad Bartol, Editor, distributed his reports (Copies attached). There is a deficit of $3050.97; the Net Income is $1,710.99; the Open Invoices total is $1,803.50. The printer went out of business and a new printer was located. The mailing fees are much higher now. The July Monitor turned a profit of $711.00. He has been receiving the columns and ads before the deadlines, and has received many compliments on the new format. It was requested that the District waive the $300.00 fee for the Louisville NABC sponsorship ad in the Monitor. Nancy Sachs moved Cheryl Schneider seconded that we grant this request. Passed unanimously. The January 2011 issue will be devoted entirely to the Louisville NABC.

TOURNAMENT REPORT Bob Lyon, Tournament Coordinator, distributed, 2010-2015 Schedules. (Copies attached) The dates were reviewed and changes and conflicts discussed. Bob reported that sanctions are being received on time, and reminded the Units to send him the sanctions and contact him with any conflicts and/or changes.

NABC – LOUISVILLE 2011 Vangie Smith distributed flyers for Event Sponsorship and Promotional Games. She also distributed the general flyer which includes the events and reservation information. (Copies attached) She urged everyone to pass these on to their Units and participate in the Promotional Game Week August 31-September 6. . Ads totaling $3,175.00 have been purchased. Total cash received is $107,897; cash disbursed is $12,191.40; cash on hand is $95,705.71. Several members asked for clarification regarding the number of volunteers needed and the days on which they will be working. Vangie will contact the Volunteer Chairman about this and have her contact the Unit Volunteer Chairmen.

NAP/GNT Bill Higgins, District Chairman, reported on the success of the GNT’s and asked that everyone encourage their players to participate next year. It will be held on January 30 at Dayton’s Bridge Center. He reminded everyone of the upcoming NAP competition. No qualifying is necessary. The district competition will be held on October 30 at the Cincinnati Sectional, and the finals at the Louisville NABC. There is an ad for this in the Monitor. There are monetary rewards: first place - $700.00, second place - $500, third place - $100 for each pair competing in the national competition. He asked that every unit promote this competition.

EDUCATION Rob Weidenfeld, Chairman, sent a questionnaire to each unit about education promotions. He received replies from four units describing their activities, reviewed them, and will send these ideas to each unit. Beth Reid reminded everyone that Educational Grants are available through the ACBL Educational Foundation. Information can be found on their web site.

CHARITY Susan Bullard, Chairman, stated that because we are trying to raise funds for the NABC in Louisville, she decided to defer other fund raising activities until after that event. Please send her any ideas.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS Cheryl Schneider, Nominating Committee Chairman, presented a slate of: President – Jim Batchelder; Vice President – Georgia Banziger. Bill Sentman was also nominated for President. A secret ballot for president occurred and Bill Sentman was elected President. Georgia Banziger ran unopposed.

NEW BUSINESS Bob Sulgrove thanked everyone for their contributions to the District during his terms as President. During this time the membership has increased from 4450 to 4704. Membership in the Units from Central Indiana, Louisville, Lexington, and Cincinnati has increased significantly. We have made great strides in many areas. The Board thanked Bob for his hard work and dedication during his terms.

OLD BUSINESS Bill Higgins contacted the ACBL about the use of Mid-Chart Conventions in our District Regionals. They may only be used in team games where matches are six boards or longer (never in pair games). There should be a District policy on the use of Mid-Chart Conventions, and the allowing of these must be noted in the ad (flyer) that goes to the ACBL for scheduling and promotional purposes. After a discussion of the issues involved, John Stoppiello moved and Bill Sentman seconded a motion that District 11 encourages the allowance of the use of Mid-Chart Conventions in District 11 Regionals and recommends to the Unit(s) sponsoring the Regionals to also approve their use and include a notice in the ad/flyer. However, the sponsoring Unit(s) have the ultimate authority over the use of Mid-Chart Conventions at their own Regional. In all cases of the use of Mid-Chart Conventions at any District 11 regional, the DIC of the Regional will apply all rules promulgated by the ACBL in the use of these conventions (masterpoint restrictions, etc.). Passed unanimously. Bob Sulgrove asked Bill Higgins to coordinate this issue with the sponsoring Unit(s).

The Dayton and Columbus Units were thanked for hosting this tournament. The next meeting will be on November 6, 2010 at the Louisville/Lexington Regional.

Anita Torrence moved and Georgia Banziger seconded that the meeting be adjourned at 7:15 PM. Passed unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,


Nancy Z. Sachs

Recording Secretary