2018 January Manager’s Report


At present we have 138 members (176 was the 2017 total).


  1. 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.
  2. The annual updating of the membership in ACBLScore will be done in February.
  3. The 2018 phone and e-mail directories will be ready for publication in February or March.
  4. The February, 2018 StaC games will be held from February 5-11. Tuesday and Sunday (the 6th and 11th will be team games, not Stac games).
  5. The Farner trophy will be engraved with the appropriate names and thanks sent to the Farner family.
  6. The Special Games At The Bridge Center in 2018 Handout has been revised and distributed.
  7. The St. Joe Club uses their Holiday Party to raise funds for the Salvation Army. They raised $7,700 from members’ contributions which were matched by another member.
  8. It will not be possible to start a Tuesday evening game in 2018 as previously hoped. We were unable get commitments from enough people.

Recognition Program and Trophy Wall

  1. We have 8 honorees: Marian David, Lee Boser, and Tricia Killeen: sapphire life masters’ Tim Carl: silver; Ruth Minish and Chris Habegger: ruby; Bob Knoblock and Jill Culby: bronze
  2. Work on the trophy Wall has begun.

Our Games

  1. The Holiday Party had 15 tables: 10 in the open section and 5 in the 399er. Net income was $382.37.This figure reflects $44 paid entry fees, 52 paid lunches, $89.00 raffle proceeds, $378.63 food expenses. It does not include director fee, ACBL table fee, utilities etc.


  1. Jo Ann Steigmeyer has completed her mentorship of Dave Barkmeier and received her 8 free plays.
  2. The Newcomer Game will resume in February, 2018.
  3. Jo Ann Steigmeyer’s Monday lessons and Elaine DeLaney’s Friday 149er game resume on 1/8 and 1/5 respectively.
  4. The Newcomer Game met 46 times in 2017 and had 182 tables. 59 Beginning Lessons were given in 14 sessions. $1650 was donated to the club. A total of 14 evening lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays were given to a group of ND professors as well. Special thanks go to Joan Tobler, Tom Hallum, Connie & Tom Hebron. Honorable mention goes to Bill Searcy, Bob Knoblock, and Bud Hinckley.

December 2017 Manager’s Report


1. At present we have 117 members (last year’s max was 176). Letters and e-mails went out to members who had not renewed. An updated phone and email directory will be published in February.


  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 performed.
  2. We will give Chris Papai a Christmas bonus of $75.
  3. While I am gone 1/3-1/23/18, Joan Tobler will take over the club manager duties.
  4. Greenway Heating made a service call to replace a blown fuse which was causing the thermostat to malfunction. We signed up for them to provide filter changing twice a year, and they provided a supply of filters for us. Three more service calls were needed to fix the problem.
  5. A handout of Special Games in 2018 is being prepared to hand out to the membership in early 2018.
  6. Special ACBL-wide games for 2018 have been sanctioned. The extra sanction fees for these games are being generously picked up by some of our members.
  7. We had 71 tables for StaC week in November, and we sent $497 to District 8 to cover the table fees.
  8. Tom Hebron installed a new faucet in the kitchenette area.
  9. The lease extension is in the process of being signed, and John Becker, the manager of Town & Country Shopping Center authorized the purchase of the carpeting. Gini Stipp, John Killeen, and Tom Hebron are working out the details.

Members’ Concerns

  1. One member asked that the Board and Directors consider using the Eight is Enough format for some or all of our team games.
  2. Law 40B addresses the ACBL policy of whether or not the players must keep their matching convention cards on the table. While it does not require this, our Policy Book does.
  3. A question came up concerning the type of movement in which the table card is rotated during the match (the pseudo-stationary pairs movement). Does the ACBL require the players to get up and physically move or can the card be turned instead? Bud Hinckley looked into this and could not find any requirement for the players to move.

December 2017 Board Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 am by Vice President Barbara Fedder.



Board Members: Gini Stipp, Bob Knoblock, Barb Fedder, Leslie Garvey, Bill Searcy, Ted Mullett, Marty Martin, Margaret Lewis and Club Manager Tricia Killeen.


Secretary’s Report

The minutes were corrected to state that Bob Knoblock will be compensated $30 a week for making all of the game boards.

A motion to approve the minutes with the necessary correction was made by Gini Stipp and seconded by Marty Martin. Motion passed.


Treasurer’s Report – Ted Mullett

Account balance $9,548  – cash $10,000 CD

It was moved by Bob Knoblock and seconded by Gini Stipp that the report be accepted. Motion passed.


Manager’s Report – Tricia Killeen

Current membership is 109. Forty five letters were mailed to members who have not renewed.

The board voted to give Chris Papai a $75 bonus.

The cracked heat exchanger will require major work.

 STAC week will be the week of February 5-11. Team games will not be a part of STAC.

January 3 through January 23 the manager will be out of town and Joan Tobler will substitute for Tricia.


Old Business

There will be a vote during the January board meeting on the proposed changes to the bylaws. If the board votes to reduce the number of board members by 2, (5.1) a process will need to be in place on how to cycle members off the board.

After reviewing the free play policy, a motion was made by Marty Martin and seconded by Leslie Garvey that the President will get unlimited free plays.


New Business – None


Directors’ Report – Bill Searcy

  1. Convention Card – Each partnership must have identical convention cards. There is no procedural penalty. The partnership will have until the end of the round to correct the problem.
  2. Slow play – directors will continue to monitor this concern.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:00.

The next meeting will be January 16th at 10AM.


Respectfully Submitted,
Margaret Lewis

November 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

The meeting was called to order at 10:30 by President Joan Tobler.


Board Members Marty Martin, Barb Fedder, Ted Mullett, Bob Knoblock, Bill Searcy, Gini Stipp, Leslie Garvey, Margaret Lewis and Club Manager, Tricia Killeen.

Secretary’s Report

There were two corrections. The special meeting on October 10th began at 12:00 rather than 10. The spelling of Leslie Garvey’s name was corrected. It was moved by Bill Searcy and seconded by Marty Martin that the October  17th minutes be accepted with the necessary corrections. The motion passed. The Board also approved the minutes of the special meeting on October 10. Motion  to accept  – Gini Stipp , seconded by Barb Fedder, Motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report – Ted Mullett

The treasurer reported October was a good month for club finances due to good table count, contributions for STAC week, and special games. The balance in the checking account is $11,401 and the balance in the savings account is $10,601. It was moved by Bob Knoblock and seconded by Barb Fedder that the treasurer’s report be accepted. Motion passed.

Manager’s Report – Tricia Killeen

The board discussed the additional cost of the 2018  ACBL- wide special games and which games the club should register for or eliminate. During the discussion several members volunteered to contribute the extra table fees associated with these special games.

  • Tuesday, January 23: ABL – wide Junior Fund ($7.35/table) – Barb Fedder
  • Wednesday, February 21: ACBL-wide Charity Game ($7.35/table) Barb Fedder
  • Friday & Saturday June 1-2 World Wide Pairs ( $13 per table) will be eliminated.
  • Monday July 9:and Wednesday October 31st – Instant Match point game ($12/table) Richard Mao
  • Thursday, September 13: International Fund ($7.35/table) Marty Martin

A Sponsor is needed for the following game: Monday, December 17, International Fund ($7.35/table)

By Laws

The Bylaws will be discussed at the December board meeting. The Board will vote in January. A special membership meeting will be called in February, 15-30 days after the vote for approval of the bylaws.

The Board went into executive session.

Directors’ Report – Bill Searcy

  • The directors will continue to monitor slow play.
  • At the last Board meeting Bob Knoblock volunteered to make the boards for all the games. Bill Searcy made a motion, seconded by Gini Stipp, that the stipend for this be raised to $25 a week. The motion was passed.
  • The board members were invited to attend Directors meeting. They are held immediately following the Monday game preceding the Board meeting.
  • Bill explained the difficulty of balancing the field.
  • At the direction of the board, the Director may play when someone doesn’t have a partner if it doesn’t compromise the movement . The directors must be careful that this is not abused.

Old Business

Lease Renewal – There will be a $20 increase to $1571.81 beginning in June 2019. It was  moved by Bill Searcy and seconded by Bob Knoblock that we approve and sign the new lease. Motion Passed. John Killeen, Gini Stipp and Ted Mullett will decide on appropriate carpet within the budget set.

Discussion of Free plays will be tabled until December.

Due the lateness of the hour, the President suggested we move the meeting time back to 10:00.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 19 at 10:AM


Respectfully Submitted,

Margaret Lewis


November 2017 Manager’s Report

Our Games

  1. We collected $320 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on November 13. (the club contributed $64 for a total of $414.00)


  1. The membership drive will run through December. We have registered several snowbirds ahead of time.
  2. SBBC is delighted to acknowledge the generosity of several of our members: An anonymous donor contributed $150 toward the extra table cost of StaC week, another contributed a new director’s chair and several chairs. Karen Nagy donated 3 book cases for our library. Rich Mao contributed $140 toward the extra table cost of the Instant Matchpoint Game.


  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 performed.
  2. An updated key inventory is available.
  3. Our 2018 games sanctions have been filed.
  4. Information regarding the District NAP Tournament has been posted on the bulletin board.
  5. Which ACBL-wide special games does the Board wish to register for?
  • Tuesday, January 23: ACBL-wide Junior Fund ($7.35/table)
  • Wednesday, February 21: ACBL-wide Charity Game ($7.35 table)
  • Monday, March 19: Senior Pairs ($5/table)
  • Friday & Saturday, June 1-2: World Wide Pairs (Friday evening, Saturday afternoon) ($13/table)
  • June 17-24: The Longest Day
  • Monday July 9: Instant Matchpoint Game ($12/table)
  • Thursday, September 13: International Fund ($7.35/table)
  • Friday, October 5: Senior Pairs ($5/table)
  • Wednesday, October 31: Instant Matchpoint Game ($12/table)
  • Monday, December 17: International Fund ($7.35/table)
  1. A job description of the Club Manager has been prepared and posted on the bulletin boards.
  2. The Bylaws have been re-typed to reflect special membership meeting changes in the past. A separate handout of proposed bylaws changes is accompanying this report. The Bylaws Committee (John Killeen, Tim Carl, Gini Stipp, Bruce BonDurant) met to discuss proposed changes.

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.


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


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


  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