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John Altman and Rob Lail Featured in
the January 2023 ACBL Bulletin ►Article
the Front Lines Are F2F Clubs at war with the ACBL? by Amy
Rob Lail of Beckett Ridge OH directs one game per week, on
Thursday’s. It’s a big game, 18-20 tables on average. He starts to
prepare several days beforehand.
“I start on Sunday individually
texting, emailing, and calling over 100 people to try to get them to my
game on Thursday. I am trying to keep people relevant, with something to
do that makes them happy and bridge them together. We serve huge amounts
of food. It takes a lot of work."
“To be honest, the ACBL is the
enemy of the Clubs. One-third of my calls say, ‘Your game is $8, we can
play online for $2.25.’ That’s no support from the ACBL. It’s too bad
because, when you get old, you relly want to stay personally relevant.”
John Altman of Cincinnati OH runs a night game. He grew up at
the bridge center in Cincinnati, learning with his dad when he was 11 at
the behest of his grandmother. He directed all through high school and
college and still runs a weekly game. “I do one of the one-and-a-half
night games we have. I run a ‘four-is-enough game every week, and we
have one other night game every other week. They average 7-10 tables.
“I don’t want to say I’m the opposite of Rob, but I spend
significantly less time on my game simply because I don’t have the time.
Half the reason I direct the game is because it’s the only game I can
play in. Normally I wouldn’t do that as a director if I was making a
sit-out or something, but this is ideal if we are to have a special
night pairs game, because otherwise I wouldn’t get to play any bridge.”
… Both Altman and Lail believe masterpoints and winning are
secondary. “Its not the reason they’re coming out,” said Lail. “They
just want some interaction”. … An interesting feature of
Cincinnati Bridge Center is the arrangement with local Unit 124. All
games are individually run and sanctioned: directors "lease" the space
from the Unit, paying $15 per table for their club games. They can use
the duplicating machine, boards, print hand records, and use the
facility. The Unit also hosts sectional tournaments at the facility.
READ THE ARTICLE Welcome
Andrea Dubroff, Cathy Higgins, Louise Kent,
William Oliver (Unit 164 - Lexington)
NEW DIAMOND LIFE MASTER:
LARRY KLEIN New Ruby Life Master: Arun Gupta
New Silver Life Master: Nalin Mehta, Barry Wauligman New Bronze Life Master: Erin Oblinger New Life Masters: Jonathan Burns, Mercer
Chloe Altman, Ed Sawyer, Esther Zimmerman.
Promotions updated through January 1, 2023. See Milestones - Members
on the Move Congratulations to the 2022 Unit 124 Award Winners - Presented at the
Annual Holiday Party
Stephani - The Patty Eber Award The Patty Eber Award is given to the individual demonstrating
extraordinary service to the Unit and to Duplicate Bridge. This award
recognized AJ's contributions to the Unit over the past 14 years at all
levels in the ACBL. AJ Stephani has served the Unit and the District
with distinction. He is a past president of Unit 124, Tournament Chair
of the successful Flying Pig Regional for 8 years, Tournament
Coordinator for District 11 for more than 10 years, D11 Board Member,
ACBL Board Member (6 years) and is a principle in the development of
EDGAR, an online bridge cheating detection software, and the Institute
for Bridge Arbitration - the court of last resort for all ethics
complaints. AJ also promoted Youth Bridge at Walnut Hills High School.
AJ was recently appointed to the World Bridge Federation Executive
Council representing North America. It is not an understatement that no
one has ever done more for bridge from Unit 124 than AJ Stephani.
Pam Campbell - The Jerry Steuernagel Award The Jerry Steuernagel Award is presented annually to the
duplicate bridge player best exemplifying the principles of ethics,
kindness, and high character in bridge. The award is based on 4
Factors: 1) Contribution to the promotion of Duplicate Bridge, 2) Action
in setting high ethical standards, 3) Compassion, sportsmanship and
sense of humor, 4) willingness to hep less experienced players.Pam was recognized by her peers (current Jerry Steuernagel
Award holders) for her contributions to Bridge and for her dedication to
sportsmanship, for creating friendly club games, and for her efforts to
engage new players.
Pam Campbell - The
President's Award This newly established award by the Board of Directors
recognizes outstanding contrbutions by a unit volunteer. For
extraordinary contributions to ACBL Unit 124 and District 11. We thank
you for your innumerable contributions as club manager, Treasurer of the
Cincinnati Bridge Association, leader in virtual club bridge during the
Covid 19 epidemic, leader in championing the return of in-person bridge
to the Cincinnati Bridge Center, and Unit 124 representative on the
District 11 Board of Directors. You led many Unit celebrations and
special events, and coordinated many services that kept the Cincinnati
Bridge Center running smoothly. For many you are the voice of bridge in
the Cincinnati Bridge Association.
2022 Winter STaC is a ROYAL STaC (Gold/Silver/Red/Black
Points 25% each) at Participating Clubs. Dec 26 2022 - Jan 1, 2023.
Membership Meeting Thursday November 17, 2022 -
President's Report to the Membership October
2022 Financial Report
Meeting Notes The Unit 124 Board of Directors
Raised the rent for games held at the CBC by $4 per table beginning
January 1, 2023. The
club owners decide what the table fees will be for their games.
This increase is the first in 5 years and is a small step toward
minimizing financial losses. Please see the Presidents Report for
is your October 2022 ALERT
This issue of the ALERT is electronic only - no print copies.
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CBC: Monday Evening Game
7PM John Altman directing. 11:00 AM WED U1500 Game -
RESESERVATION REQ'D* Contact Terry Barrett
email@example.com. 4 Tables required. Open games on both days get
credit for all tables (except STaC).
8 is Enough Swiss Thursday Evening 6:30 PM
1st/3rd/5th To register your team contact John
to play duplicate bridge, perhaps for the first time, but don’t
know where to start? Why not give the friendly social
Friday Duplicate Bridge Game run by Bob Letourneau at
the Cincinnati Bridge Center. While there are no masterpoints,
the game is about fun, fun, and more fun. It’s like a weekly
bridge party. $5 per person comes with a free snack. Contact
Bob Letourneau at
firstname.lastname@example.org for details. This game is not sanctioned
by the ACBL.
when? We've resurrected and repackaged photo memories from the
past. Hope you enjoy the CBA
ACBL CONVENTION CARDThe use of the
card in tournaments will take place sometime this year. Look for Bulletin
articles that explain the changes and the proper way to fill out the
card. Download this.pdf ELECTRONIC
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how they bid 6 hands each week. For Non-Life-Masters and
advancing players. See the Quiz Page.
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