Message from the President
ACBL Bridge Bulletin, May Issue
year a new president takes office and before you know it, itís over, and
another face appears on the cover of the January Bridge Bulletin.
The presidency, albeit short lived, is a demanding position and, as past
presidents will attest to, a rewarding experience.
I view the presidency as a full time effort and have planned an ambitious
year of activities.
me briefly describe the governing and operating bodies within the ACBL.
There are thousands of volunteer organizers who are involved with the 310
Unit organizations and 25 District organizations that run the bridge affairs in
their local areas. Each of the 25 Districts elects a representative to the Board
of Directors. The Board governs
bridge within the ACBL, making the final decision on most aspects of the
ACBLís overall operations, from establishing the yearly budget to the
regulations that govern tournament play and masterpoint awards.
Management, under the able leadership of our CEO, Jay Baum, consists of
over 80 employees operating out of our Memphis office as well as 100+ tournament
Directors scattered over North America. Management handles the monumental task of the day-to-day
operations of the league.
the Board operates continuously through email communications and committee work,
the bulk of its business is conducted at three annual Board meetings held at the
start of each NABC. Every Board
member devotes many hours a week to his or her Board responsibilities and
interactions with their local Units and District. Itís hard to estimate the overall effort of all those that
help make the league run.
president, my duties include residing over the Board meetings and activities,
interacting with management, and acting as a goodwill ambassador in my travels.
I plan to attend 18 Regionals, 2 Sectionals, 3 NABCs, the American Bridge
Associationís spring Nationals, the WBFís world championships and the
European Open Championships where I will be conducting the ACBLís 7th
annual world computer-bridge championship.
I try to promote the game wherever I go.
I encourage newcomers and intermediate players to enjoy the game more by
learning it better. To that end I
am giving away excellent bridge books wherever I go.
I recognize that Clubs are the heart of our organization, touching the
bridge experiences of almost every member, and encourage club managers and
directors to seek expert help from our Club Department.
I recognize the accomplishments of the Unit and District volunteers and
encourage these local organizations to get more involved in local teaching,
especially in the public and private middle schools.
During my tenure I hope to achieve many goals. My aspirations for the year are highlighted in my interview in the January Bridge Bulletin. They also appear on my website, in English and in French, at www.ny-bridge.com/allevy. Some areas that I will concentration on include: bridge in the middle schools; promotion and sponsorship; good world relations; interaction with the Chess Federations; promoting all forms of bridge including online bridge activities, as well as running efficient Board meetings and establishing special committees to brainstorm new ideas.
project that I am currently undertaking is writing to our 300 youngest members,
sending a message of welcome and encouragement along with an appropriate bridge
book to further their bridge experiences.
project is the establishment of a brainstorming session on the promotion of
bridge. Volunteers that will meet
at the summer NABC include Zia Mahmood, Bob Hamman, Jeff Meckstroth, Bob
Blanchard, Jeff Polisner, Jim Allen, Alan Truscott, Larry King, Barbara Seagram
and Val Covolchaic.
my travels and interactions I expect to gain a better understanding of the
current state of bridge affairs. Iím
going to write a column every other month describing my impressions and my
vision of the future of bridge.