September 2017 Manager’s Report

1. No changes

1. Elaine DeLaney has increased the amount she is paying SBBC for the 149er game: $10 for 2.5 tables, $20 for 3, $30 for 4, and $40 for 5. While Elaine is away in September, Tom Hebron has been directing the 149er Game.
2. The Monday lessons and the Thursday Newcomer Game continue to do well.

1. John Becker, the manager of Town & Country Shopping Center, has offered to replace
our carpeting if we extend our lease.
2. All the usual duties have been performed: filing the August ACBL report, updating the database, updating the bulletin boards, reporting 70% games, helping members with master point questions etc.
3. The service award trophy was engraved with Lee Boser’s name. He received a pecan pie, and Tim Carl also presented single roses or candy to Ted Mullett, Joan Tobler, Jo Ann Steigmeyer, Mary Adams, Bill Searcy, Bud Hinckley, and Tricia Killeen.
4. The Annual Report was given to the members on September 11.
5. Leslie Garvey, Marty Martin, and Margaret Lewis won election to three year terms to the Board of Directors. Bill Searcy won election for a two year term.
6. We received a check for $4.58 as our share of a class action settlement in Vitale v. US Gas & Electric. We had no idea we were part of this suit!
7. A list of NAP qualifiers has been submitted to Martha Leary, the District 8 NAP coordinator.
8. We have hired Bridge Club Manager, and Manny Rodrigues is our new webmaster. He charges $19.99/month, and we have sent him a year’s payment. He has been updating many areas of our website.
9. There were major problems getting the August monthly report to ACBL done. A corrupted R file problem was never solved by the ACBL IT Department, and the points had to be manually inputted by Dana Murray at ACBL.
10. Will the Board agree to sanction an evening game?
11. We collected 107 signatures at the club for the Unit 154 Petition. Letters went out to people we haven’t seen at the club. Gary Chaney will be submitting the petitions to ACBL by October 1 for consideration.

Our Games
1. The August 19 Pro-Am had 12 tables. We were awarded a special unit level championship game which paid 85% of sectionally-rated black points to use that afternoon.

Member’s Concerns
1. The 399ers prefer Mitchell movements, and they did not like it when a full table of 399ers were moved on 8/23 to the open section.

September 2017 Board Meeting Minutes


Leslie Garvey, Tim Carl, Marty Martin, Joan Tobler, Gini Stipp, Bob Knobloick, Barb Fedder Mary Adams, Ted Mullett, Bill Searcy, Margaret Lewis  and Club Manager Tricia Killeen.

Secretary’s Report

It was moved by Joan Tobler and seconded by Gini Stipp that the minutes be accepted.

Treasurer’s Report – Ted Mullett

A motion was made by Bob Knoblock and seconded by Joan Tobler to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. The complete report is attached and posted.

Manager’s Report – Tricia Killeen

Tricia reported that the manager of Town and Country Shopping Center has offered to replace our carpeting if we extend our lease. Ted Mullett volunteered to meet with John Becker and review the lease.

A special brief board meeting will be held on October 10th at 12:15 to elect officers.

Extensive discussion was held on the possibility of an evening game beginning in January.

Director’s Report – Bob Knoblock

New rules become effective on September 25th. The stop cards will be removed from the bidding boxes. 

There was a discussion of who should have keys to the Bridge Center. Those authorized to have keys are the directors, manager, president, hostesses and teachers.  All other members who may have keys are asked to turn them in.

A list of available substitutes who live close to the center will be prepared. This will be helpful in the event a player’s partner fails to show up.

Bill Searcy, Head Director, made additional comments about the new rulings:

  • When the stop card comes out of the bidding box, the left hand opponent is still required to pause 8-10 seconds before bidding.
  • There are new rules on bidding out of turn and making an insufficient bid.  The director’s ruling must be accepted.  Several of the new laws give the director the option of adjusting a board.

Players are reminded and encouraged to call the director if there is a problem at the table.

In regards to Dupli – Swiss games for Swiss team play, the directors feel it is not appropriate for our club. It would cost the club an additional $600 per year in director’s fees for the boards to be made.

President’s Report – Tim Carl

He welcomed the new board members and spent a few moments reflecting on his years on the board.

Tricia presented thank you gifts to departing board members, Mary Adams and Tim Carl.

New Business

The board met in executive session to discuss disciplinary reports.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30.

The next meeting will be October 17 at 10:00.


Respectfully Submitted,
Margaret Lewis


2017 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting was held on Monday September 11, 2017.

The meeting was called to order by President Tim Carl. A quorum was present.

Club manager, Tricia Killeen, distributed the minutes of the 2016 annual meeting.  It was moved by Jo Ann Steigmeyer and seconded by Dan Groch that the minutes be approved and accepted by the body. The motion passed.

The president read the slate of board members proposed by the Nominating Committee.

Marty Martin, Lesley Garvey and Margaret Lewis were nominated to three year terms. Bill Searcy was nominated to a two year term that will expire in 2019.  There were no nominations from the floor.

The membership unanimously approved the slate and elected the new board members.

President’s awards were presented to the following members:

  • Mary Adams
  • JoAnn Steigmeyer
  • Joan Tobler
  • Tricia Killeen
  • Tom Hebron
  • Bill Searcy
  • Bud Hinckley
  • Ted Mullett

The 2016 service Award was presented to Lee Boser.

President Carl stated that good decisions by the board, ie. Increased table fees and reducing the number of special games, have led to our improved financial status. He thanked the Board Members and the Club Members for their support and all they do to keep the club going.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 pm.

August 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Tim Carl, President; Tricia Killeen, Club Manager; Directors: May Adams, Barbara Fedder, Bob Knoblock, Ted Mullett, Gini Stipp, Joan Tobler.
Also Attending: Vic Papai, Treasurer and Bill Searcy.
Absent: Margaret Lewis.

President, Tim Carl, called the meeting to order at 10:02am.

Gini Stipp moved and Bob Knoblock seconded that the secretary’s report be accepted.

Treasurer’s Report

While the net revenue over expenditures, and table count, continues to be down over 2016, the affect of this is partially offset by the increase in table fees. See full filed report. Move to accept by Gini Stipp and seconded by Joan Tobler.

Club Manager’s Report

Tricia asked, at members’ request, if the board wished to revisit the proposal of dropping the opening lead from the Bridgemate. The board did not.

She also presented a request from Elaine DeLaney for free-play, “Thank you for helping SBBC” vouchers for those who have helped with her 149er game. The board agreed, but limited he number to 12 per year.

The board also discussed the upcoming removal of the Stop card from the bidding boxes. This topic will be discussed at the Annual meeting in September and they will be removed at the time or the first of October. An article on this removal will also be included in September’s newsletter.

Director’s Report

There was no meeting on August 14th. The directors are meeting as time permits to discuss implementation of the new regulations.

Bob Knoblock will organize a committee to clean the bidding boxes.

The directors are enforcing Board-mandated slow play penalties.

President’s Report

Ask for board approval to turn the thermostat up one degree to 75; the board agreed.

Old Business

The Dupli-Swiss option for team games at the Club is being turned over to the directors for thier input and advice to the board.

New Business


The board also met in Executive Session to address a couple of issues.

The meeting adjourned at 11:30am.

Respectfully Submitted,
Gini Stipp
(for the Secretary)

August 2017 Manager’s Report

1. New members Fred Maione, Bob DuComb, and Gerry Wardzinski raise our total to 175.

1. In preparation for the September 12 Annual Meeting, the official notice of the meeting has been e-mailed and paper copies given to members without e-mail addresses.
2. The usual activities of preparing the July report for ACBL, reporting the 70% games, updating bulletin boards, updating the member’s points from the ACBL website, and taking care of member’s points situations have been completed.
3. September and October calendars have been distributed.
4. The Annual Report is being prepared to give to members at the Annual Meeting.
5. ACBL voted in Toronto to discontinue the use of the stop card. What steps will our club take to make the membership aware of the change?

The STOP card will disappear. The Board voted to curtail the use of the red card in all ACBL tournaments. Opponents will still be expected to wait 10 seconds after a skip bid is made, but no skip announcement or card will be used. The rule will go into effect on January 1, 2018. This regulation will not affect club games, but it is highly recommended that clubs stop using the cards as well.

After roughly two decades of use, the oft-controversial Stop card found in most ACBL bidding boxes will soon be missing from ACBL tournaments.
During meetings at this tournament, the ACBL Board of Directors voted 20-5 to eliminate the Stop card for any sanctioned tournament that starts after Jan. 1.
ACBL-affiliated clubs are not required to remove the Stop card from bidding boxes but are ENCOURAGED to do so.

Players, meanwhile, are reminded of the obligation to pause in the direct seat after a skip bid so as to avoid making unauthorized information available to their partners. Fast action any call or bid – is also covered in this admonition. Players should strive to maintain an even tempo during the auction.

The board’s vote came in response to a recommendation from the Competition and Conventions Committee to END THE USE of the Stop card.
The reasoning of the C and C Committee is that more people were using the Stop card for the benefit of their own partnerships than for that of the opponents. Another factor is that many players – particularly the less-experienced don’t understand it.

The bottom line, in the committee’s thinking, is that the pluses of using the Stop card don’t outweigh the minuses of its abuse.

Members’ Concerns
1. Could we take another poll of the membership to see if they still prefer putting the opening lead into the Bridgemate?

Elaine DeLaney would like to reward people who help her with the 149er game. I have asked Jo Ellen to print up 12 free play vouchers that say, “Thank you for helping SBBC.”

June 2017 Manager’s Report


  1. Our membership count is now 171 with Joey and Kurt Stiver joining.


  1. The usual Monday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday sessions are ongoing.


  1. The usual duties of preparing the monthly report, updating the bulletin boards and database in ACBL Score, reporting 70% games, and solving members’ master point issues have been performed. July and August calendars have been circulated.
  2. Chris Barker has notified us that she doesn’t want any more free play vouchers.
  3. We signed up for a new telephone service with Telplex at a monthly cost of $43/month with unlimited local calls, 100 minutes of domestic long distance free, call waiting and three way calling features are included at no cost. This should save approximately $20/month.
  4. Ben Paulson has been updating the website with missing minutes and club manager reports. Those are nearly complete, and other links on the website are in the process of being updated.

Our Games

  1. The May 25 Pro-Am had 12 tables, and a unit level championship game provided great points to the participants. Thanks to Bill Searcy and Joan Tobler for their hard work and to all who contributed food.
  2. A second Pro-Am will be held on Saturday afternoon, August 19.

Members’ Concerns

  1. The 399’ers did not like the 2.5 table game they played on 6/14/17.
  2. Several members on the open side complained about the 2 board movement used on 6/14/17.