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.

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.”

May 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Attendance: Mary Adams, Bob Knoblock, Ted Mullett, Barb Fedder, Tim Carl, Gini Stipp, and Margaret Lewis, Board Members

Club Manager Tricia Killeen, Treasuer Vic Papai and Head Director Bill Searcy.

President, Tim Carl, called the meeting to order at 10:00.

Secretary’s Report: A motion made by Ted Mullett and seconded by Gini Stipp that the secretary’s report be accepted. Motion Passed.

Treasurer’s Report – Vic Papai: Vic expressed his thanks to Ted Mullett for all his extra hours and help.

Kudos were given to Bob Knoblock for voluntarily not taking the director’s fee at a recent game.

Vic reported that we finished in the black ($524) in April. This is good news since the table count continues to decline while the expenses go up.

The full report is attached and posted.

A motion was made by Gini Stipp and seconded by Bob Knoblock to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion Passed.

Manager’s Report – Tricia Killeen: The annual meeting will be September 11th. The election timetable calls for Tim to appoint a Nominating Committee in June. Coverage of the slate will appear in the August newsletter, and the election will be held on September 11th at the annual meeting.

Members are reminded that all zero tolerance complaints must be in writing.

The complete Manager’s report is attached and posted.

Director’s Report – Bob Knoblock: Bill Searcy suggested that a way to address the concerns of those players with 400 – 699 points would be to run a stratified game as part of the open game. In this design, players play among themselves in their own rank.

A motion was made by Bob Knoblock and seconded by Mary Adams that starting in September the number of Swiss team games be increased. The Swiss
Team games will be the first and third Tuesdays and the second and fourth Sundays. Motion Passed.

Accommodating those players with special needs will take priority over balancing the field.

President’s Report – Tim Carl: Tim encouraged everyone who is able to support the Fort Wayne Sectional.

The board Policy states that board members may not miss more than three connective meetings or more than four meetings in one year. A board member
missing four meetings is officially off the board. It was decided that the board would adhere to this policy.

Therefore, regretfully, Lena Howard is no longer eligible to serve as a board member.

An advertising person is still needed. It would be advantageous if someone would be willing to set up a Facebook page for the club.

Information about schedules and invitations to come and play at the South Bend Bridge club will be sent to area clubs.

Old Business: Bob Knoblock reported on the results of his survey to see if there was any interest in playing in the B if the upper limits were increased. From the 57 surveys he received responses from 10 individuals. Six respondents were in favor of changing the limit to 499, two in favor of having a 699 game on a Tuesday
or a Thursday once a month and two against any change.

Margaret Lewis presented the results of an informal oral survey of the current players on the limited side regarding a change of the limit along with the players’ comments and reasons for their opinions. Of the twenty two respondents, 18 voted no to changing the limit, 2 voted yes and 2 voted that they didn’t care.

The board recommended that no change be made to the current Monday and Wednesday “B” section games. There was a discussion of continued complaints
about the temperature.

New Business – None:

The meeting was adjoined at 11:45.

The next board meeting will be June 20th at 10:00.