The ACBL Board of Directors held its spring meetings face-to-face from March 8 to 11 in Reno, NV. Find the report on our ACBL Board of Directors page, under Governance.
As he undertakes his new mandate, Region 13 Director Tim White has sent out a letter to all Region 13 members (or at least those who have a valid email address registered with ACBL) explaining how he sees his role and priorities over the next three years.
If you haven’t received it, you can read it here.
On January 1, 2022, Tim White officially became Regional Director for ACBL Region 13, which comprises Districts 18 and 19.
He sends us a very comprehensive report from the National Board Meeting in Austin which you can download as a pdf here
Two items may be of particular interest to clubs and players:
1) Improvements in information technology, including:
- Completing the tournament event pre-registration system.
- Moving Trax application to cloud-based application.
- Moving ACBLScore to a web-based application.
2) A revamped convention card, debuting mid 2022 and featuring these changes:
- Seldom-used conventions have been removed and commonly-used conventions added.
- Recent changes in alerts and announcements are reflected.
- The One Club and One Diamond open bid sections have been expanded, providing more room to address different minor suit openings.
- The right side of the card has been reorganized, with bids shown in ascending order of strain
The new card can be downloaded here.
Tim White, currently a board member of D19, as well as District Director will be assuming new duties on January 1, 2022 as Regional Director for Region 13, which comprises Districts 18 and 19.
Last year, ACBL announced it was revising its governance structure, with the board of directors being downsized to 13 positions from the current 25.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the ACBL, by 2024 consisting of a Regional Director elected from each of 13 regions. During 2020, the 25 districts were reorganized into 13 regions (district boundaries remain unchanged). In 2021, one Regional Director from each of eight regions (one of them being Region 13) was elected for a three-year or four-year term. The Board of Directors holds three regular meetings each year and makes policy decisions for the ACBL. Between meetings, committee activities and constant intercommunication among Board members and ACBL management keep the Board up to date on important matters.
If you’re interested in knowing who’s who in D19, what tournaments are coming up, how our finances are doing, etc, head to the Governance section, where you’ll find the latest minutes, financial statements, District board members and officials (sometimes including their photos), and many other fascinating topics.
Accessing Governance in the top menu will allow you to choose your specific items of interest from a drop-down list.
A new election notice has been posted under governance on June 29, 2021.
This notice is of interest to potential candidates in Eastern and Western Washington, as well as Seattle and Vancouver.
The filing period remains open until July 15, 2021.
The Communications Work Group of the ACBL BOD’s Governance Committee has produced the first edition of the National Director Report which can be downloaded here.
The Work Group comprises Cindy Shoemaker (Chair), D17D; David Johnson, D18D; and Tim White, D19D.
The following District 19 Regional Tournaments have been cancelled for 2021: Victoria (originally scheduled for April), Penticton (June) and Lynwood (August).
Whistler is still in the cards, so to speak, and could be held at the end of October or the beginning of November. A final decision will be made by D19’s Board no later than the end of May.
Any District ACBL member 18 years or older in good standing can make a written declaration of candidacy for the January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023 term.
Declarations must be received by the ACBL Director of Elections, Kelley Trejo, by 31 May 2020.
Declarations may be sent:
1. by mail, addressed to
ACBL Director of Elections
PO Box 289,
Horn Lake, MS 38637-0289
2. hand delivered;
In the past the BOD has met at each NABC and reviews actions taken by the ACBL Board of Directors and makes recommendations to the BOD.
To members of Units 446, 430, 436, 442, 448, 450, 453, 454, 455, 428, 433, 437, 439, 441 443, & 451
Please be advised that new three-year terms are approaching for District Board members to be elected to represent the Seattle Unit, the Vancouver B.C. Unit, the eastern Washington Units at large, and the western Washington Units at large on the District Board for the 2021-2023 term.
Full details on how to declare your candidacy are found in our Governance section. You can also click here for direct access. Note that the deadline is 15 July 2020.