October 2017 Manager’s Report

Our Membership

  1. Two new members: Raji Sundararajan & Donna Tieman bring us to 177.
  2. We will run our membership drive from November 1-30, 2017.

Our Games

  1. We collected $31 on October 16 to support the District 8 Youth Bridge Camp.

Education

  1. The Monday lessons, Thursday Newcomer, and Friday 149er games are doing well.

Advertising

  1. The South Bend Tribune has contacted us to see if we wish to place additional advertising in the newspaper.

Administration

  1. The usual duties of filing the monthly report with ACBL, updating the bulletin boards and database, and settling members’ master point issues have been done.
  2. We are registered for StaC week October 30-November 5. An anonymous benefactor contributed $150 to help with the $7/table ACBL fee.
  3. Our game sanctions for 2017 are up for renewal. Are any changes needed?
  4. Terminix wants $300 for an extermination procedure. Town & Country recommended Leonard’s Pest Control, but they are too busy to schedule us. Termishield is coming on Tuesday, October 17 to give us an estimate. A call to Aardvark has not been returned.
  5. A new inventory of keys has been prepared. Several have been turned in from people who no longer need one.
  6. We collected 155 signatures for the Unit 154 petition requesting a transfer from District 8 to District 12.
  7. Free Plays: The Policy Book states that the club manager, president, and building & grounds chairperson get free plays. The purchasing agent – 10 + $100 for gas, 33% of pop profits, 100% of water profits. Communications Manager – 8 + ink and paper; special events chairperson – 4; open games partnership chairperson – 4; limited games chairperson – 4; daily hostesses get free plays voucher chairperson – 2; greeting card chairperson – 2; legal adviser – 4

September 2017 Manager’s Report

Membership
1. No changes

Education
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.

Administration
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.

August 2017 Manager’s Report

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

Administration
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?

http://www.district4.info/Districtdirector-August%202017-Toronto.htm

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.

http://www.bridgewebs.com/thunderbaydbc/

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?

Education
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

Membership

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

Education

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

Administration

  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.

May 2017 Manager’s Report

Membership
1. We have 166 members. Dan Barnhart and Penny Krug are the newest to join.

Education
1. The Newcomer Game offered by Tricia Killeen is ongoing and is attracting 3-4 tables/week. A new set of beginning lessons with 4 students started on 5/11/17.
2. Jo Ann Steigmeyer and Joan Tobler continue to provide lessons on Monday mornings
3. Elaine DeLaney changed the format of her Wednesday lessons so that they will be geared to newer players.
4. The Friday 149er game has been drawing 2-3 tables/week.

Administration
1. The July and August calendars are ready for publication.
2. 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.
3. Monday, September 11, 2017 will be date of the Annual Meeting.
4. A list of registered voters from SBBC has been posted on the bulletin board and submitted to Unit 154. Since no one was willing to run for election to the Unit 154 Board, we will not hold an election in June. Kim Grant informed us that Lynn Miller will be appointed to serve a one year term on the board.
5. Our new insurance policy is with Auto-Owners and includes glass coverage.
6. John Becker, the manager (owner) of Town & Country, stopped by to see our carpeting situation. He spoke to Tom Hebron and offered to pay for half the cost of re-carpeting. He brought someone in the carpeting business to give an estimate which came in at $4,897.52

Our Games
1.We honored Joan Fahey and Connie Hebron as Golden Age Masters on May 1, 2017.
2. Rich Mao has offered to pay the table fees for the World Wide Pairs Game in June. There are 2 games this year – Friday evening, June 2 and Saturday afternoon, June 3. The table fee is $13.00/table. Rich has also offered to pick up the table fees for the Instant Matchpoint game in October, and possibly other special ACBL – wide games.

Members’ Concerns
1. I spoke to Patty Taylor at ACBL to verify that our procedure of handling zero tolerance complaints fit their guidelines. I was assured our policy of a private
conversation with the person on the first occasion, a letter of warning from the Disciplinary Committee, and a request by that Committee for disciplinary action to be taken by the Board was suitable procedure to follow.
2. I spoke to Joyce Stone in the Rulings Department at ACBL about the problem that occurred when someone mis-sorted another player’s cards. No rule was broken, and no action to rectify this needed to happen. While the bad result on the board was unfortunate, there was no need to do anything about it.

April 2017 Manager’s Report

Membership
1. We have 1 new member for a total of 166.

Education
1. Jo Ann Steigmeyer is mentoring David Barkmeier, and Elaine DeLaney is finishing up her mentorship of Julie Nelson.
2. The Monday lessons by Jo Ann Steigmeyer and Joan Tobler, Wednesday lessons by Elaine DeLaney, Thursday Newcomer Game by Tricia and John Killeen, Joan Tobler, Tom and Connie Hebron, and Tom Hallum, and Friday 149er game by Elaine DeLaney are ongoing.

Administration
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.
2. The May and June calendars have been posted.
3. Joan Tobler, Linda Podlin, and Ted Mullett have transferred from Unit 195 to Unit 154.
4. Complaints about poor hygiene are coming up on a regular basis about a number of players. How does the Board want this handled?
5. We have switched from Acuity to Auto Owners Insurance because Acuity wasn’t willing to cover us because of our lease with Town & Country. The cost is $765
(if paid in full) plus a $50 waiver because of the terms of our lease. Acuity charged $500, but most of the difference is because we have added glass coverage (which our lease requires) in the amount of $5100. John Becker at Town & Country has lowered the $150,000 requirement for mechanicals etc. to $50,000. I am awaiting a copy of an addendum to our lease from Mr. Becker.

Website
1. Ben Paulson has been updating the website. He wants feedback on what features of the website we like or don’t like. Are there other websites with features
we would like to add? How often do we go to the website?

Advertising
1. We need someone to handle advertising. We should consider setting up a Facebook page.

Our Games
1. The April 8 Fundraiser Game raised $1577.94. It drew 12 tables was a very successful event.
2. Unit 154 has granted us a unit championship game for the Pro-Am.

Unit 154
1. Registration for the upcoming June election is open until May 15. We will choose a representative in an election in June.

Members’ Concerns
1. Too much information is being overheard when players at other tables are discussing the hands they just played.
2. Would the Board consider creating a 699er game?
3. Could there be a link on the website with the directors’ names and e-mail addresses so that scoring errors can be reported directly to them?

March 2017 Manager’s Report

Membership
At present we have 165 members.

Education
1. The Thursday morning Newcomer Game continues to draw 3 tables/week.
2. Jo Ann Steigmeyer and Joan Tobler resumed their Monday morning lessons on 3/13.
3. Elaine DeLaney’s Friday afternoon 149er game has 3-4 tables/week.

Administration
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.
2. The front door glass broke on 3/8/17, and was replaced the same day. The cost of the repair is still unknown. Our lease requires us to pay for glass damage; our present insurance covers only our contents. Ray Barson, our agent at Holland Insurance, has read our lease to make sure we have adequate coverage in the future for things we are responsible for such as heating, cooling, mechanical issues, plumbing, etc. Our lease requires us to have $150,000 coverage for these items. Ray
wants us to check with John Becker at Town & Country to see if he will grant a waiver for the $150,000 and accept a lower figure.
3. Keys to the indoor foyer door and the back door have been made. To re-key the front door lock and make 25 new keys would cost $150. The last inventory of keys issued was done in 2009.
4. Unit 154 will hold an election in June. SBBC and Warsaw are eligible to fill 1 seat. We are in the process of registering members until May 15.
5. Do we want terrorism coverage on our insurance policy?
6. StaC Week in November, 2016 drew 72 tables; in February, 2017 – 61. ACBL has informed us that as of 4/1/17 StaC fees will be reduced by $1/table.
7. A new cordless vacuum is needed. Tom Hebron has repaired the present one numerous times and recommends a new one. The top rated is a Hoover Linx at $119 with a lithium ion battery.

Members’ Concerns
1. Why are directors playing and directing on the same day? Do we have a shortage of directors?
2. Should we add to the Policy Book that discussions of politics and religion are not appropriate at the Bridge Center?
3. Would the club provide a guaranteed partner as a way to encourage walk-in players?
4. Will we remain at Town & Country past the current lease (we are in year 3 of 5) to justify new carpeting?

February 2017 Manager’s Report

Membership
At present we have 163 members.

Education
1. The 149er game has been drawing 3.5-4 tables each week. Elaine DeLaney will pay the club $20 for a 4 table game, $15 for 3.5, and $10 for a 3 table game.
2. The Thursday Newcomer Game is drawing 3-4 tables/week. This game contributed $909 to SBBC in table fees in 2016. The Newcomer Game incurred $88 in ACBL fees.
3. Jo Ann Steigmeyer and Joan Tobler plan to resume their Monday lessons in March.

Administration
1. The usual duties of preparing the monthly report, updating the bulletin boards and database in ACBL Score, and solving members’ masterpoint issues have been performed.
2. Tony Greene has been advising us on various policy issues. He is the ACBL’s Tournament Operations Specialist, has been a director for 5 years and at ACBL headquarters for 4 years. Tony says the club has full discretion to deal with slow play and extremely light pre-empts.
3. StaC, Ace of Clubs, and Mini-Kenney results have been posted on the bulletin boards.
4. Ben Paulson is taking over as Webmaster. He and John Nichols are in the midst of the transition. A thank you gift card to Amazon for $100 has been sent to John. Vic Papai has been instructed to pay Ben $50/month as of 2/1/17.
5. We need someone to coordinate setting up a Facebook Business page. The ACBL CAP advertising will subsidize this project. Materials have come from ACBL on how to design the ad.

Recognition Program and Trophy Wall
1. Saturday, June 24 is the date for the Recognition Program. Honorees and the Board have been notified.
2. The updated Farner trophy is on the wall, and Elaine DeLaney and Dick Hastings will be featured in the March Newsletter.
3. We have 4 new Golden Age Masters (over age 70 and over 300 master points’ over age 80 with over 100 master points) to honor. Do we wish to honor them at
the Recognition Program or designate a Wednesday in May with an upgraded club championship (as we did last year?

Member’s Concerns
1. Chayem Ben Moshe would like to donate his library of 1000 books to the club. He proposes having a book sale with the proceeds benefiting the club.
2. Chayem Ben Moshe would like to present a free seminar on a Saturday at the club. His topic would be “Opening and Responding to a 2 Club Bid.”
3. Several possible alternative formats to the Sunday Swiss Team game were proposed on February 5. The suggestions included a Pro-Am, handicapped, bracketed, or “8 is Enough” style of game.
4. Numerous complaints were received about the game format used on 2/13/17 which involved a final round arrow switch. 6 N/S pairs wound up scratching and only 2 E/W did. Since it was a regular game, why was it necessary to have a 1 winner movement.

January 2017 Manager’s Report

Membership
At present we have 158 members (16 fewer than last year).

Administration
1. We have sanctioned a 149er game on Friday afternoons from 2-5 pm. Elaine DeLaney and I suggest an entry fee of $7/player.
2. The usual duties of preparing the monthly report, updating the bulletin boards and database in ACBL Score have been performed. Non-renewed members have been purged from the database.
3. The annual updating of the membership in ACBLScore has been done.
4. The 2017 phone and e-mail directories are ready for publication.
5. I have registered for the February, 2017 StaC games and posted Conditions of Contest on the Director’s bulletin board. Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin boards.
6. The Farner trophy is being engraved with Elaine DeLaney’s and Dick Hastings’ names.
7. Many thanks are due to Joan Tobler and Elaine DeLaney for filling in for me in December and January.
8. John Nichols has asked to be replaced as our webmaster. Ben Paulson will work with John to take over by the end of January.
9. The Special Games At The Bridge Center in 2017 Handout has been revised and distributed.
10. We had to cancel the 1/10/17 game because the boards from 1/3/17 were used. Refunds have been issued to all the players involved.

Recognition Program and Trophy Wall
1. We have 10 honorees: Elaine DeLaney (diamond), Sara Marcus (sapphire), John Bodish (gold), Shirley Soucek (silver), Vic Papai and Richard Scheibelhut (ruby),Leslie Garvey and Gail Wells (bronze), Bob Knoblock and Lynn Miller (life). Since Lynn and Shirley won’t be here until May, I propose holding the Recognition Program in June.
2. Work on the trophy Wall has begun.

Members’ Concerns
1. Unprofessional behavior of directors
2. Directors allowing extremely weak pre-empting with no penalties
3. Number of free plays
4. Pay scale for directors
5. Directors tolerating slow play