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District Director's Report
December 2007 ( Rich DeMartino)

San Francisco NABC

The Fall NABC was held at the Marriott in beautiful San Francisco. Attendance was a fantastic 14,859 tables, about 1,500 tables more than pre-tournament estimates. Only Orlando in 1992 (14,980 tables) and Las Vegas in 2001 (16,818 tables) had higher table counts for a Fall NABC.

Two main reasons for the great attendance are that San Francisco is a fantastic city coupled with the fact that the NABC started on Thanksgiving Day instead of the week before. The playing space was all in one hotel, a big plus, and there were plenty of tourist attractions and great places to shop within walking distance of the hotel. Finally, San Francisco is one of the great dining cities in the country and there were many excellent places to eat all types of fine food. A few board members have been advocating that we hold more NABCs in our most popular cities and this NABC certainly supports that view. It also appears to be a widely held opinion that starting the NABC on Thanksgiving Day is clearly best. Boston 2008, unfortunately, will start the week before Thanksgiving but the following four Fall NABCs will start on Thanksgiving Day.

As you can see below, New Englanders did OK in the NABC events but not as well as in recent NABCs. I believe all who were fortunate enough to be in San Francisco had a truly great time.

Top Ten Finishers in NABC Events - District 25

LM WOMEN'S PAIRS

Karen McCallum, Exeter NH
1

WOMEN'S BAM

Phyllis Fireman, Chestnut Hill MA
6

SENIOR KO TEAMS

Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
3/4
Rich DeMartino, Riverside CT
Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA
John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT

BLUE RIBBON PAIRS

Richard Zexkhauser, Cambridge MA
10

MINI - BLUE RIBBON PAIRS

Randolph Johnson, Suffield CT
10

Highlights of ACBL Board Meeting

CEO Report

CEO Jay Baum reported that membership has increased by 992 players since January 1. The new member total for 2007 is 9,694, which is 354 more than last year. Tournament attendance is also generally good, being slightly above 2006. The CEO estimates there will be 325,000 online tables for 2007, a large increase. With this increase plus a small increase in Club tables, Jay reported that we have a very realistic chance to reach 3,000,000 sanctioned tables for the first time in ACBL history.

Financial Status

For calendar year 2007, Management is currently projecting a gain of $1,272,000, which is well above the 2007 budgetted gain of $206,000. There are numerous reasons for this very favorable result, including: higher revenue than anticipated ($400,000); lower salaries due to terminations ($225,000); lower benefits costs than budgeted ($340,000); and, the gain realized on the sale of the Memphis building ($100,000).

For 2008, I am pleased to report that the Finance Committee is projecting a profit in excess of $400,000. What makes this news even better is that there are NO proposed changes in fees for 2008.

International Fund Month

A motion to cancel International Fund month failed 22-3. Obviously, this motion was submitted as a result of the recent incident in the Venice Cup.

Headquarters Location

As announced in the "From the CEO" column in the November ACBL Bulletin, the headquarters building in Memphis was recently sold, as previously planned. The building had been on the market for over a year. A combined BOD/Management Committee has been appointed to select a future home for the ACBL. Initially, about 20 cities were considered; the list was reduced first to 9 cities and then to the following four cities: Atlanta, Dallas, Memphis, and Orlando. The Committee will evaluate these cities based on various criteria and is hoping to have a firm recommendation by the Spring Board Meeting. Presently, the ACBL is in the first of three six-month options to rent space in the current headquarters building. Moving out of the Memphis area could involve significant costs but if sufficient incentives are available from one of the other cities, leaving Memphis is a viable alternative.

As always, the full minues of the Board Meeting will be posted on the ACBL Website within the next 10 days or so. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require additional information.

Top 25 Masterpoint Winners San Francisco NABC

   
Name
Total Points
Points Won in
NABC+ Events
1.
  Karen McCallum, Exeter NH
132.79
126.03
2.
  Rich DeMartino, Riverside CT
88.84
72.65
3.
  Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
77.41
70.00
4.
  Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA
76.95
70.00
5.
  John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
74.66
72.65
6.
  Debbie Benner, Fairfield CT
64.72
  Arthur Crystal, Fairfield CT
64.72
8.
  Nathan Glasser, Somerville MA
63.16
9.
  Barry Margolin, Arlingto MA
62.56
10.
  Lloyd Arvedon, Bedford MA
60.17
51.09
11.
  Richard Zeckhauser, Cambridge MA
60.00
60.00
12.
  John McLaughlin, Melrose MA
55.46
51.09
13.
  Matthew Raider, Portland CT
47.64
14.
  Bud Biswas, Lexington MA
45.98
15.
  Phyllis Fireman, Chestnut Hill MA
44.56
40.00
16.
  Larry Bausher, West Haven CT
40.09
  Steve Becker, Old Greenwich CT
40.09
18.
  Brian Duran, Somerville MA
38.32
19.
  Joseph DeGaetano, Atkinson NH
37.28
1.72
20.
  Mark Aquino, Jamaica Plain MA
35.56
11.90
21.
  Barton Buffington, North Kingstown RI
34.91
22.
  Penny Lane, Williston VT
34.39
23.
  Lea Selig, West Hartford CT
34.08
24.
  Donald Sondergeld, Hubbardton VT
33.25
25.
  Brenda Montague, Swampscott MA
31.78

Top Platinum Masterpoint Winners 2007 NABCs

   
Name
Points Won in
NABC+ Events
1.
  John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
327
2.
  Karen McCallum, Exeter NH
266
3.
  Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
234
4.
  Doug Doub, West Hartford CT
233
5.
  Rich DeMartino, Riverside CT
228

Leading Masterpoint Winners All 2007 NABCs

   
Name
Total
Points
1.
  John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
383
2.
  Rich DeMartino, Riverside CT
369
3.
  Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
312
4.
  Karen McCallum, Exeter NH
297
5.
  Doug Doub, West Hartford CT
233

ACBL Goodwill Committee & ACBL Charity Committee Appointments

It gives me great pleasure to announce the following appointments to the ACBL National Goodwill Committee and the National Charity Committee. These are lifetime appointments honoring players who have contributed substantially to bridge in our District.

National Goodwill Committee
Luke Gillespie, Wayland MA
Joyce Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
Phyllis Bausher, West Haven CT

Members selected to the Goodwill Committee are those who spread goodwill among our players, consistently behave in an exemplaty manner and are highly ethical at the bridge table.

National Charity Committee
Mary Witt, Bloomfield CT
Stuart Whittle, Waltham MA

Both Mary and Stuart are actively involved in promoting bridge. Mary has done much of the administrative work required to run Connecticut Sectionals on a volunteer basis for the past several years. Stuart has been instrumental in promoting I/N participation at sectionals and is also Chair of the I/N Registration/Prizes Committee for the 2008 Boston NABC.


The 2008 Spring NABC will be held in Detroit from March 6 through March 16 at the Marriott in the wonderful Renaissance Center. The Renaissance Center has everything any player might need without ever going outside. The Chairs have worked very hard to make this a great NABC. I urge you to peruse their website for details on this NABC (www.detroit2008nabc.org). Hope to see you there. The Summer NABC is in Las Vegas and, as you all know, the Fall NABC will be in Boston.

Rich DeMartino
District Director