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.

March 2017 Manager’s Report

At present we have 165 members.

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.

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

At present we have 163 members.

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.

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

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

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