DISTRICT DIRECTOR REPORT FOR APRIL 2014
Jill Meyers Elected to ACBL Hall of Fame
It has been a long time in coming, but finally justice has been served as District 23’s Jill Meyers has been elected to the ACBL Hall of Fame. As stated in the February Bridge Bulletin, Jill has more gold medals (seven) in world championships than any woman in World Bridge Federation history including four Venice Cups and seventeen North American Championships. Many of these NABC wins have been in the open category.
Jill will be inducted into the Hall in Las Vegas this summer at the NABC. I hope many District 23 members will attend the ceremony to honor Jill on this well deserved award.
Grass Roots Fund Results
January was Grass Root Month where each bridge club in the District had an opportunity to hold special masterpoint games to supplement the stipend given to the District teams attending the Grand National Teams competition at the Summer NABC. Below is a summary of the money earned by District.
Funds to be distributed as follows:
1) $3,858.00 2) $2,342.00 3) $6,578.00 4) $4,263.20 5) $934.00 6) $4,362.00 7) $35,074.00 8) $3,268.00 9) $31,528.00 10) $8,749.00 11) $3,224.00 12) $936.00 13) $5,204.48 14) $1,782.96 15) $1,386.00 16) $16,806.00 17) $5,002.00 18) $2,974.00 19) $2,778.00 20) $2,088.00 21) $874.00 22) $7,550.00 23) $1,555.20 24) $662.00 25) $5,062.45
Grand Total $158,841.29 (From January 1, 2013 – January 31, 2014)
Expected Happenings in Dallas
By the time you read this the board meetings will be completed. But here is what I expect to happen. First, I think the board will adopt a new NABC schedule on a trial basis beginning in 2015. The schedule adds some new events and moves some of the NABC events to different days or NABCs. There is also a motion dealing with Psychic bidding, Bidding boxes, Skip Bids, and Alert procedures. Another motion deals with forbidding pairing in Swiss team events for the second round before the results from the first round are known.
I will have a complete report next month on motions that were passed. Until then you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who attended the recent LA Regional in Woodland Hills may have noticed the large print-outs on the wall outside the playing area. Further inspection would have revealed that these contained lots of information related to the history of District 23, some of it going back to 1940. This history is a work in progress and is in need of a favor from some unknown kind bridge player in LA. We need certain issues of the District 23 Bridge News that are, so far, hard to find. The very first issue of the Bridge News was in June 1964. If anyone knows of the existence of any issues from #1 up through December of 1972, we would like to borrow them for a short time as part of our history research.
If you know of anyone who can help on this matter,
please contact Mike Marcucci. 818 903-2471.
Thanks from the ALACBU Board.
Long Beach Unit 557 held a “Learn Bridge in a Day?” seminar organized by unit VP Robert Preece and conducted by Patty Tucker of Atlanta. The event was held Sunday January 26th and lasted 6 hours. ~130 attendees were assisted by 30 or so volunteers to learn bridge. Patty did a great job and ~30 attendees signed up for one of several beginning bridge classes offered at the Long Beach Bridge Center.
For more information contact Kevin Lane at email@example.com.
Mark Teaford passed away this morning.
He was a great person as well as a great bridge player, teacher and director.
Mark won the 2008 David Bruce 0-5000 Life Master Pairs and the 2004 0-1500 Spingold as well as many regional and sectional events.