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


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.

June 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Board Members in Attendance

Mary Adams, Bob Knoblock, Barbara Fedder, Tim Carl, Joan Tobler, Gini Stipp, Ted Mullett, and  Margaret Lewis. Club Manager, Tricia Killeen and Head Director Bill Searcy.

The meeting was called to order at 10:00 by President Tim Carl.


Secretary’s Report – Margaret Lewis

Motion to approve – Gini Stipp, Second by Joan Tobler, Motion Passed


Treasurer’s Report – Ted Mullett

Recent special events and additional $1 for table fees have helped us stay afloat as ABCL fees and facility expenses continue to rise. Thanks to the anonymous donors who put $20 in the donation basket. Currently the checking account total is $6,725 and the club has $10,587 in CD’s.

The complete report is attached and posted.

A motion was made by Joan Tobler and seconded by Barb Fedder  to accept the Treasurer’s report. Motion passed.


Manager’s Report – Tricia Killeen

Tricia commended JoAnn and Joan for their Monday lessons which are currently drawing large numbers of students.

It was suggested that a column be placed in the newsletter about the one winner movement. It will not be used unless it is a special game with seven+  tables.

Time limits are to be enforced at the end of team games. The directors will be instructed to deduct 3 IMP’s for slow play.

A motion to this effect was made by Joan Tobler and seconded by Gini Stipp. Motion passed

In an effort to reduce the noise level, Directors will try to spread out the players on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday thereby utilizing the whole room whenever possible. Bill will try this on June 22nd to see how it works.


Director’s Report – Bill Searcy

Bill and Bud will submit an article to the Newsletter explaining how the directors select movements.

Bill emphasized that the directors work hard to giver players the best game possible based on the number of tables and the number of players with mobility issues.

Directors should recuse themselves from making rulings where there may be personal issues –or relationships involved.

Bud is giving a series of lessons on the new ABCL laws. This will be a change from current laws and may take some time for players to adjust. The directors will have more responsibility in assigning adjusted scores.

The Board has directed the Directors to enforce time limits during the game.


President’s Report – Tim Carl

Players are still complaining about the noise level and slow play.

The nominating committee will be John Killeen, Joan Tobler and Lee Boser.

The purpose of adding additional team games is to increase the table count and in turn the revenue,


Old Business



New Business

  1. The idea of changing the board to five members was discussed but no change will be made at this time.
  2. Ideas from a Florida Bridge Club were discussed but deemed not appropriate for our club.


The meeting was adjourned at 11:30.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 18th at 10:00.


Respectfully Submitted,
Margaret Lewis

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.