February 2018 Manager’s Report


At present we have 151 members.


  1. The Monday lessons given by Jo Ann Steigmeyer are ongoing. Bill Searcy was the guest speaker on February 12.
  2. The Newcomer Game resumed February 1 after a month’s break.
  3. The Friday afternoon 149er Game is ongoing.


  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. We had 42.5 tables during StaC week, and Sara Marcus donated $100 towards the table fees.
  3. StaC, Ace of Clubs, and Mini-Kenney results have been posted on the bulletin boards.
  4. There will be a special membership meeting to discuss changes to the by-laws on Monday, February 26 at 3 pm. Notices have been sent out to the membership.
  5. March and April calendars have been distributed.
  6. The Carpet Shop presented 2 estimates: $4897.52 for carpeting and $6989.99 for carpet tiles. Ted Mullett negotiated with John Becker who agreed to add $1000.00 to his original offer if we purchase the carpet tiles. Installation will take 2 days, and we will have to close on a Friday so the work will be done.

Recognition Program and Trophy Wall

  1. Saturday, April 21 is the date for the Recognition Program. Honorees have been notified.
  2. The updated Farner trophy is on the wall, and Elaine DeLaney and Chris Habegger were featured in the February Newsletter. Thank you emails were sent to the Farner children.
  3. The Trophy Wall updates are being made.

Member’s Concerns

  1. Do the 399ers use the refreshment table enough? Should we re-arrange the room so it is easier for them to do so?
  2. Do we wish to publish the members’ names (no phone numbers or email addresses) in the Directory section of the website?
  3. Several members have suggested holding only 1 Tuesday team game each month.


January 2018 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.

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

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 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.

May 2017 Manager’s Report

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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?