ACBL District 21 From the Golden Gate
to the Silver City
District Director Report

ATLANTA ACBL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING — SUMMER 2018

By Jackie Zayac

Atlanta

I was delighted to visit Atlanta, Georgia and represent District 21 on the ACBL Board of Directors in July for the first time. I had never been to Atlanta and I found it a charming city with great Southern food and hospitality. I am now a fan of collard greens! Here is a view of the city at sunset:

The big news for District 21 is that we have been awarded the 2022 Spring NABC in Reno, Nevada from March 10 – 20, 2022. It will be held at the ROW which is the former Circus Circus, El Dorado and Silver Legacy. A $50,000,000 renovation will begin in 2019 and be complete before our arrival in 2022. With the San Francisco NABC scheduled for November 28 – December 8, 2019, we can look forward to two NABCs in District 21 in the next 3+ years! The vote was 22–2–1. I voted YES!

When I took office in January, 2018, I asked the District 21 Board of Directors for their opinion on whether or not there should be term limits for the District 21 Director position. The D21 Board of Directors indicated their support for term limits for this position. A motion to limit District Directors to four (4) three-year terms was introduced in Philadelphia. The second reading and vote was taken in Atlanta. The vote was 20 – 5. I voted yes and it is effective January 1, 2019.

In May, I was contacted by Alan Cummings of the Palo Alto Unit to submit a motion asking for an increase in the number of one day NLM Sectionals above the three (3) currently allowed per year. One of my Canadian counterparts also wanted more than three (3) one day NLM Sectionals per year. Along with the Bridge Committee Chair and one other District Director, we submitted a motion to increase the number of one day NLM Sectionals from three (3) to six (6) per year. Our motion was passed on the consent calendar. There were several other motions that passed on the consent calendar also.

For the first time, the ACBL Board of Directors voted electronically at the meetings. It went well with only a few glitches which were fixed quickly. These are the motions the ACBL Board voted on at the meeting:

Updated Whistleblower Policy – The policy was updated to fill gaps to become compliant with New York Non-Profit Corporation Law. Our previous policy did not (1) cover volunteers, (2) define violations with enough specificity, (3) specifically provide for directors, officers and volunteers to report directly to the Compliance Officer and (4) provide that accused persons do not participate in any hearing on the matter. The vote was 25–0. It became effective immediately.

Masterpoint awards at Sectionals with Concurrent NLM Regionals – An open sectional held concurrently at the same location with a masterpoint restricted regional shall receive credit for simultaneous tables in the NLM Regional. The unrestricted event shall be credited with 65% of any pair or Swiss tables in the NLM Regional held during the same session for the purpose of calculating overall awards. This was the second reading and it became effective immediately. The vote was 23–2. I voted yes.

Increase awards NAP/GNT – A motion was submitted to increase the District Stage Awards for NAP and GNT.

The change in the District Stage Awards for the NAP are:

Flight A:2 sessions – 24.00 32.00 masterpoints
3 sessions – 30.50 40.00 masterpoints
4 sessions – 36.00 48.00 masterpoints
(Overalls 100% Gold, Section tops Gold, session awards Red at 100% of regional rating)
Flight B:2 sessions – 16.00 22.50 masterpoints
3 sessions – 20.00 28.00 masterpoints
4 sessions – 24.00 33.50 masterpoints
(Overalls 100% Gold, Section tops Gold, session awards Red at 70% of regional rating)
Flight C:2 sessions – 10.00 15.00 masterpoints
3 sessions – 12.50 17.50 masterpoints
4 sessions – 15.00 20.00 masterpoints
(Overall awards and Section Tops 50% Gold, 50% Red, Session awards Red, 50% of regional rating)

The change in the District Stage Awards for GNT are:

Championship Flight:2 sessions – 24.00 32.00 masterpoints
3 sessions – 30.00 40.00 masterpoints
4 session or longer event – 36.00 48.00 masterpoints
(Overall awards are Gold. Match awards are 100% regional rated Red)
Flight A:2 sessions – 20.00 27.00 masterpoints
3 sessions – 25.00 33.00 masterpoints
4 sessions or longer event – 30.00 40.00 masterpoints
(Overall awards are Gold. Match awards are Red and 90% of regional rating)
Flight B:2 sessions – 18.00 22.50 masterpoints
3 sessions – 22.00 28.00 masterpoints
4 sessions or longer event – 26.00 33.50 masterpoints
(Overall awards are Gold. Match awards are Red and 70% of regional rating)
Flight C:2 sessions – 10.00 15.00 masterpoints
3 sessions – 12.50 17.50 masterpoints
4 sessions or longer event – 15.00 20.00 masterpoints
(Overall awards are 50% Gold and 50% Red. Match awards are Red and 50% of regional rating)

The vote was 23 – 2. I voted yes and it became effective on August 6, 2018.

U26 Teams Qualified for International Competition – Solely for purposes of bracketing in KO's, Compact KO's and Bracketed Swiss Teams, a player who has qualified to represent Zone 2 in the U26 bracket will be deemed to have an additional 5,000 temporary eligibility points from the date of the player's qualification through the commencement of the junior championships for which such player has qualified. A U26 team was recently not allowed to play in a top bracket in a knockout event where they would have been competitive because of their masterpoint holdings. The vote was 18 – 7. I voted yes. It was effective immediately.

Spring 0 – 10,000 KO – This event will become a fixed 3-day event. Half-day 28 board matches will be played in place of the current full-day 56 board matches until such time as the field can play 56-board matches and complete the event in 3 days. ┬áThe vote was 25 – 0 and it becomes effective January 1, 2019.

Expand Zero Tolerance Policy – The Zero Tolerance Policy is expanded to include any event at which an ACBL Tournament Director is required to officiate onsite. This will include sectionals and regionals where ACBL Tournament Directors officiate. The vote was 25 – 0. The effective date is October 1, 2018.

Inter-club championship games – ACBL management is authorized to sanction and conduct or sublet the administration of inter-club championships, which are administered online but played live. Overall awards will be based on the entire field and the same hands are to be used by participating clubs. In addition to a club's regular club championships, the club may participate in inter-club championships administered online during a time it has a sanctioned game. The vote was 25 – 0.

Daylong Robot Tournaments – Two sanctioned daylong online robot games (1 IMP and 1 match point) may be held daily per approved online club. The sanction fees will be reduced from $2.00 per table to $1.00 per table for 18 boards and from $1.00 per table to $.55 per table for 12 boards. The vote was 20 – 5. I voted yes.

Regional Charity Games – All single-session events, except Side Series Pairs, Pro-Am Events or any event restricted to Non-Life Masters on the first day of a full seven-day regional, must be charity games. The first session must benefit the ACBL Charity Foundation, ACBL Educational Foundation, ACBL Junior Fund, ACBL International Fund or the Grass Roots Fund or equivalent of these charities. Subsequent single-session events on the first day may be run for the benefit of one of the above charities or an approved charity selected by the sponsor.

If a regional tournament runs two-session gold point events on the first day of a full seven-day regional tournament or schedules the first two sessions of a KO event on the first day, the first session of all these two-session, gold point events must be run for the benefit of the ACBL Charity Foundation, the ACBL Educational Foundation, the ACBL Junior Fund, the International Fund, the Grass Roots Fund or equivalent of these charities. The second session may be run for the benefit of one of the above listed funds or an approved charity selected by the sponsor.

For all regionals other than full seven-day tournaments, the sponsor may choose to hold a Charity Game on any day. The first game held for charity must be run for the benefit of the ACBL Charity Foundation, the ACBL Educational Foundation, the ACBL Junior Fund, the International Fund, the Grass Roots Fund or the Canadian equivalent of these. Any subsequent Charity Games may be run for the benefit of one of the above listed funds or an approved charity selected by the sponsor.

The vote was 23-2. I voted yes. It is effective immediately for all tournaments whose schedules have not already been approved.

GNT Special Conditions of Contest – If there are at least eight (8) teams competing in the B or C Flight in the District Final, a second team would be considered eligible to compete in the National Final of their respective category. The vote was 12-13. I voted yes because 94% of our District 21 ACBL Members have less than 2500 masterpoints and I would like to see a second team competing for District 21 in Flight B and Flight C!

Simplify Handicap Game – Clubs may establish handicaps by considering the player's masterpoint holdings. The vote was 22–2–1. I voted yes. It will be effective January 1, 2019.

Depth of Awards of the Masterpoint – For more than ten (10) tables, the depth of the award will be 25% of the number of pairs in the field. Similar references for teams and individual games will be amended to 25% of the field. The vote was 25 – 0. It will be effective January 1, 2020.

ACBL Bylaws – There was a second reading of the amendments to the ACBL Bylaws. The vote was 25 – 0 to amend the ACBL Bylaws. The effective date was July 30, 2018.

ACBL Temporary Membership – The Board of Governors submitted a motion to change the temporary membership from one month to three months for $7.99. The vote was 3 – 22. I voted no in support of the Finance Committee recommendation that we examine this issue after it has been implemented for one year. The Finance Committee also recommended that changes in membership fees should not be made more frequently than one a year. I concurred.

ACBL Tournament Directors – The Board of Governors submitted a motion to have Management ensure that all charges to tournament sponsors, including but not limited to director's fees, equipment charges and supply fees shall reflect the actual services and supplies provided to the sponsor and be used specifically for the benefit of the sponsor's tournament. When there is time, work is done on upcoming tournaments and the motion would have required time and materials charges be separated for future tournaments and billed to them. The vote was 1 – 23 – 0 – 1. I voted no because it would be difficult to keep accurate records and this practice occurs at all tournaments. All tournaments have a small amount of work done on future tournaments if there is time available.

Fees and Changes – Sectional tournaments are charged a surcharge in lieu of the transportation cost of the nearest director of highest rank. The sanction fee for sectional tournaments will be the same for an open sectional and a NLM Sectional. The vote was 24 – 0 – 0 – 1. I voted yes. The effective date was August 1, 2018.

Chapter IV – Board Procedures, B. Expenses, Section 5 – Other Expense Reimbursement – A motion was introduced to delete Section 5 – Other Expense Reimbursement which states that first-term members of the Board of Directors will be invited to the meeting prior to joining the Board. ┬áThe vote was 21 – 3 – 1. I voted yes. It is effective immediately. New District Directors will attend their first meeting after their term begins.

NABC Allowable Expense – The following services and materials will be provided by the ACBL:

The local committee is responsible for any other expenditure such as bands or other entertainment, additional player hospitality or gifts. The vote was 25 – 0. It will be effective January 1, 2019.

Executive Director Title – Replace all references to CEO or Chief Executive Officer in the Codification with Executive Director. The vote was 25 – 0. It was effective immediately.

Executive Director Candidates – Have the Search Committee present at least two candidates to the Board of Directors along with its recommendation(s). The vote was 13 – 12. I voted yes. It was effective immediately.

Executive Director Contractual Arrangements – The Board of Directors shall approve the terms of employment, including the final terms of any employment contract. The vote was 11 – 14. I voted yes, but the motion was defeated.

Revise Conflict of Interest Policy – No member of the Board of Directors may participate in the selection, award or administration of a contract or other transaction in which he or his immediate family has a direct or indirect financial interest or with whom he is negotiating or has any arrangement concerning prospective employment. Immediate family was expanded to include family members by marriage. The vote was 25 – 0. It was effective immediately.

Board cost savings – Board members will be reimbursed at the ACBL host hotel negotiated room rate incurred beginning with the night before their first officially scheduled meeting and continuing through the night the board meetings conclude rather than the first Saturday night of the NABC. Per diem will be paid beginning with the day before the first officially scheduled meeting through the travel day after the board meetings conclude rather than either the day of departure or the Sunday of the Board of Governors meeting, whichever is earlier. The vote was 11 – 14. I voted no because there are discussions underway to reduce the number of board members, have the board members elected at large and/or give the Board of Governors a greater role in governance of the ACBL. I want to see a complete, big picture proposal and not approve pieces of various parts of proposals which may not be in the best interests of the ACBL or District 21 with a final reorganization plan.

Fragrance Policy – The Board of Governors submitted a motion to have the ACBL implement an ACBL-wide fragrance-free policy. It would include scented soaps, shampoo, conditioner, and lotions as well as perfume. The Board of Directors sent this motion as an action item to ACBL Management to develop a fragrance policy that will encourage/require members to be sensitive (medically or by preference) to strong scents.

Women's BAM Teams – Remove the Marsha May Sternberg Women's BAM Teams from the Fall NABC schedule because the event has not met the attendance goals over the past five years. The vote was 23 – 2. I voted yes. It is effective January 1, 2019.

Baze Senior KO – Remove the Baze Senior KO from the Fall NABC schedule because the event has not met attendance goals over the past five years. The vote was 19 – 6. It is effective January 1, 2019.

Limited and Individual Games at STaCs – Change the effective date of the following three paragraphs from January 1, 2019 to January 1, 2021:

The vote was 13 – 9 – 2. I voted yes.

If you have any comments or questions, please email me at jackiezayac@gmail.com. I hope to see you at a bridge event soon.