Dear District and Unit Board Members in District Two:
Long Beach had perfect weather, excellent facilities, great hospitality, and an abundance of eating establishments to choose from. Unfortunately, attendance was a disappointing 12,246 tables, which is low for a Summer NABC. On the plus side, the Intermediate/Novice games were very successful and accounted for about 12% of the total attendance.
5,653 players won masterpoints in Long Beach. I have no doubt that they all had an enjoyable time. I've said it before and I'll say it again: for bridge players of any skill level, NABCs are the place to be and I urge all of you to make an effort to attend.
David Lindop, Toronto, 2nd in the NABC Senior Swiss Teams.
George Mittelman, Toronto, 5/8th in the Spingold.
Ron Bishop, Ranald Davidson, Doug Baxter, Toronto, Martin Hunter, Mississauga, Vince Oddy, Aurora, and Paul Janicki, Markham; 5/8th in GNT, Flight "A".
Eric Kokish, Toronto, 7th in the NABC Life Master Pairs.
Gavin Wolpert, Thornhill, 9/16th in the Spingold; 46th in the NABC IMP Pairs.
Joan Eaton, Thornhill, 35th in the NABC IMP Pairs.
Paul Crossland, Shanty Bay, Kimberley Lacy-Young, Barrie, Jack Banks, Bailieboro, and Graham Warren, Markham; 5/8th in GNT, Flight "C"; WON Bracket 9 Ice Dogs KO Teams.
Timothy Capes & Jonathan Steinberg, Toronto, WON Bracket 1 Friday/Saturday Morning Compact KO; WON First Sunday Flight "A" Swiss Teams.
David Grainger, Etobicoke, WON First Sunday Flight "A" Swiss Teams; WON Second Sunday Fast Open Pairs.
Peter Petruzzellis, Toronto, WON Bracket 2 Dodger KO Teams.
Andrew Tylman, Toronto, WON Bracket 4 Ice Dogs KO Teams.
The Top 25 District 2 Masterpoint List can be found at the end of this report.
ACBL's average age is nearing 67. More than 85% of its members are over 55 (so-called "seniors"). ACBL membership has been slowly declining and is currently stagnant. A recent on-line membership survey indicated that our members believe we should be doing more to promote growth, attract new members, and concentrate on youth. Are we?
The reality is that the ACBL Junior Program has been less than successful. We currently have 792 members 25 years of age or younger. This number has not increased in over a decade. The ACBL has a guideline that forbids management from using general fund marketing money for junior programs. This is intolerable! I plan to introduce a motion rescinding that guideline at the Fall meetings.
So where does the money come from and how is it used? The money comes from ACBL Junior Fund games. The money raised has increased every year since its inception in the mid 90's. Unfortunately, the ACBL separates its Junior Fund money by country and has created two classes of ACBL junior members: Americans and Canadians. The manner in which it is spent is disturbing to me.
In the US, the ACBL Junior Fund money only supports two programs: the ACBL Junior Bridge Camp in even numbered years and the twelve US junior players who travel internationally to World Competitions. In 2003, $55,590 is allocated to the USA 1 and 2 junior teams. This not only covers all their expenses to the World Junior Bridge Championships but also their travel and expenses for training sessions, selected international competitions, and free plays at all NABCs!
There are a few minor functions such as the junior newsletter "The Grapevine" and the junior receptions that are funded from junior membership dues. But the bulk of all Junior Fund money goes to the junior elite who are pampered every step of the way. Is this the best use of this money? Will this increase the number of ACBL junior members? So far, it certainly hasn't! I welcome your views.
I believe the ACBL needs new ideas, new programs, and new personnel to implement them. A portion of the almost one million dollars that the ACBL allocates to marketing each year must be available to promote junior bridge and attract new and younger players. For junior players (who unlike adults have no source of revenue except from their families and bridge organizations) ACBL membership must transcend geographical boundaries. All Junior Fund money should go to the ACBL and it must include all ACBL junior players, not just the US players.
The Canadian ACBL junior members pay membership dues to both the ACBL and the CBF. Then, they must stand and watch as the USA Junior Team receives royal treatment while they are reduced to holding fund raising events to cover their expenses for the World Junior Bridge Championships.
I proposed a motion to unite all ACBL juniors under one umbrella, under which they would share equally in Junior Fund money. Unfortunately, only about a third of the ACBL Board supported the motion. I will try again in 2004. Meanwhile, I welcome your comments and suggestions.
The ACBL is in excellent financial shape. For those who want detailed numbers, the ACBL Treasurer's report and yearly financial statements are available to any member upon request.
Preliminary budget assumptions for 2004 (carried, although I was opposed) indicate that the following price increases are being considered:
These are preliminary budget assumptions. The final 2004 budget and price increases will be set in New Orleans at the Board meetings in November. The increases listed here may be reduced but will likely remain as stated. Tournament organizers: please take note and budget accordingly.
As Vice-Chair of the ACBL Appeals & Charges Committee, I took over as Acting Chair due to the illness of the Chairman. While several individual cases were before the committee, I am pleased to report that there were no Canadian players involved.
There were a few minor changes to the ACBL Disciplinary code, defining the roles of an "Advocate" and "Presenter". Disciplinary Chairs and Recorders might want to check the ACBL web site (which should be updated very soon) for all the details.
I would like to remind those of you in the Toronto area that two special junior fund raising events are planned to support the Canadian Junior Team going to the World Junior Bridge Championships in Paris in August. Kate Buckman's Bridge Studio is holding an auction at 6 PM Monday, August 11 – bid on junior team players and bridge pros and then enjoy the bridge game at 7:30 PM. Doubles Duplicate Bridge Club is donating all proceeds from its game on Tuesday, August 12 at 7:30 PM to the Canadian Junior Team. Entry fee is just $5. Donations are welcome.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer be it at the bridge table, the cottage, or the beach. My best wishes to all of you.
The cooperation of all unit Presidents and Secretaries in distributing this report to their members is greatly appreciated. This report may also be viewed on my web site at:
Top 25 Masterpoint Winners From District 2 at the Long Beach NABC
|1||93.91||David Lindop||Toronto ON|
|2||80.00||George Mittelman||Toronto ON|
|3||71.25||Eric Kokish||Toronto ON|
|4||70.85||Timothy Capes||Toronto ON|
|5||69.03||Jonathan Steinberg||Toronto ON|
|6||67.25||Gavin Wolpert||Thornhill ON|
|7||65.81||Peter Petruzzellis||Toronto ON|
|8||56.38||David Grainger||Etobicoke ON|
|9||47.73||Andrew Tylman||Toronto ON|
|10||42.91||Paul Janicki||Markham ON|
|T11||38.71||Paul Crossland||Shanty Bay ON|
|T11||38.71||Graham Warren||Markham ON|
|T13||32.66||Kimberly Lacey-Young||Barrie ON|
|T13||32.66||Jack Banks||Bailieboro ON|
|T15||30.00||Terrance Rego||Brampton ON|
|T15||30.00||Lino D'Souza||Burlington ON|
|T15||30.00||Uday Maitra||Mississauga ON|
|T15||30.00||Junaid Said||Scarborough ON|
|19||28.8||Martin Hunter||Mississauga ON|
|T20||22.88||Doug Baxter||Toronto ON|
|T20||22.88||Ron Bishop||Thornhill ON|
|22||21.55||Patricia Riding||Smith's BERMUDA|
|23||20.78||Melanie Parker||Toronto ON|
|T24||18.43||Ranjan Bhaduri||Dundas ON|
|T24||18.43||Raymond Jung||Hamilton ON|