District Director's Report
December 2008 ( Rich DeMartino)

Boston NABC

We did it! The reviews are in; the Boston NABC has clearly earned a five-star rating. Players commented that this NABC is one of the best and most enjoyable NABCs they ever attended.

Following are a few of the highlights:

On behalf of the ACBL Board of Directors, the District Board and all the players who enjoyed this wonderful NABC, I want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to NABC Chairs Kathy Benjamin and Frank Lombardo, our excellent Committee Heads and all the volunteers who gave their time so willingly to make this NABC the huge success that it was. There aren't sufficient words to convey what a super job you all did and how proud I am to be your District Director.

Top Ten Finishers in NABC Events - District 25

LM OPEN PAIRS

Phyllis Fireman, Chestnut Hill MA

8

LM WOMEN'S PAIRS

Phyllis Chase, Providence RI
Joyce Regan, E Greenwich RI
6

WOMENS BAM TEAMS

Karen McCallum, Exeter NH
1

Phyllis Fireman, Chestnut Hill MA

7

Phyllis Chase, Providence RI
Joyce Regan, E Greenwich RI
8

SENIOR KO TEAMS

Rich DeMartino, Riverside CT
Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA
John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
2

BLUE RIBBON PAIRS

Douglas Doub, W Hartford CT

3

MINI-BLUE RIBBON PAIRS

Nathan Glasser, Somerville MA
Stephen McDevitt, Medford MA
4

NORTH AMERICAN SWISS TEAMS

John McLaughlin, Melrose MA
Lloyd Arvedon, Bedford MA
Steve Gladyszak, Chelsea MA
Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA
5

Highlights of ACBL Board Meeting

CEO Report

CEO Jay Baum reported that membership has increased by 1,389 members for the first 10 months of 2008. New members continue to average nearly 1,000 per month, a 2% increase over 2007. Tournament attendance is slightly down from 2007 with average tables per Regional down about 5% and average tables per Sectional down about 3%. Club tables are about the same as in 2007, but on-line tables continue to grow, being about 24% ahead of 2007 through September.

The CEO also reported that the November issue of the ACBL Bulletin is online. The plan is to make the magazine available each month for paid-up members who have registered for My ACBL. This is a benefit members have asked for that will allow them to reference articles back to 2005 without having to keep years of Bulletins. Members will also have the ability to print pages.

Financial Results

For calendar year 2008, Management and the Finance Committee are currently projecting a gain of in excess of $600,000, which is approximately $100,000 more favorable than budgeted. For 2009, the BOD approved a budget which projects a deficit of about $195,000. Because of the very large profits we earned in 2007 and 2008, the Finance Committee recommended we budget for a small deficit rather than raising fees.

I am pleased to report that for the third straight year, there will be no changes in Sectional or Regional fees, except for an increase from $135 to $165 in the Sectional surcharge (a one time charge for each Sectional which covers travel for the Head Director). This is great news for the District and our Units but in 2010 it is inevitable that Sectional and Regional fees will be higher.

NABC card fees will increase as follows: NABC+ events from $18.00 to $20.00 per player; NABC limited events from $16.50 to $17.00; Regional two session events from $15.50 to $16.00; and single session and IN events from $14.50 to $15.00.

STACs

STAC charges for 2009 will be computed using the following formula:


      Tables      Factor

    0  -   500    $4.35 x #Tables
  500  -  1000    $4.10 x #Tables over  500 +  2,175
 1000  -  2000    $3.75 x #Tables over 1000 +  4,225
 2000  -  4000    $3.30 x #Tables over 2000 +  7,975
 4000+            $3.00 x #Tables over 4000 + 14,575
    

This formula corrects some minor inconsistencies in the 2008 formula but produces essentially the same results. For the District 25 STAC, total charges can be estimated for a given number of tables by using the above table. For the combined District 3/24/25 STAC, Management has found a way not to charge us for extra sessions, so each Unit's charge will be based on the ratio of the Unit's tables to the total number of tables in the STAC.

The idea proposed by Management last year to have all STACs during a week run by a single tournament director has not worked as smoothly as planned so I believe many of the STACs in 2009 will be run as they were previously. Based on a suggestion I made, the whole issue of STACs will be studied by a committee in 2009 to determine how best to conduct and charge for STACs in the future.

Hand Records at NABCs

A motion was passed that for all games at NABCs, the hands used in NABC+ events shall be different from the hands played in other games (Regional, side games and I/N games). Previously, on the first day of these events, the hands used in the NABC+ events were the same as hands used in the other games.


As usual, the full minutes 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 Boston NABC

   
Name
Total Points
Points Won in
NABC+ Events
1.
  Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA
194.80
173.57
2.
  Rich DeMartino, Riverside CT
167.65
153.00
3.
  John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
164.64
153.00
4.
  Lloyd Arvedon, Bedford MA
145.10
83.82
5.
  Geoffrey Brod, Avon CT
126.23
105.00
6.
  John McLaughlin, Melrose MA
123.80
83.82
7.
  Karen McCallum, Exeter NH
122.88
111.12
8.
  Douglas Doub, W Hartford CT
110.75
107.83
9.
  Simon Kantor, Agawam MA
100.85
65.00
10.
  William Hunter, Reading MA
90.21
27.12
  Shome Mukherjee, Randolph MA
90.21
27.12
12.
  Phyllis Fireman, Chestnut Hill MA
85.99
76.19
13.
  Joyce Regan, E Greenwich RI
82.43
71.80
14.
  Stephen Gladyszak, Chelsea MA
80.02
73.78
15.
  Melvin Marcus, Waltham MA
79.30
51.83
16.
  Alan Applebaum, Brookline MA
78.10
78.10
17.
  Adam Grossack, Newton MA
75.91
18.
  Phyllis Chase, Providence RI
75.35
73.91
19.
  Margie Sullivan, Sagamore Beach MA
74.28
20.
  Stephen Earl, AvonCT
73.49
73.49
  Allan Rothenberg, W Hartford CT
73.49
73.49
22.
  Nathan Glasser, Somerville MA
72.83
23.
  Larry Bausher, West Haven CT
69.84
52.83
24.
  Cynthia Berenson, Boston MA
64.54
25.
  David Becher, Danvers MA
64.15
18.78

Top Five Platinum Masterpoint Winners - 2008 NABCs

   
Name
Platinum Points
1
  Doug Doub, West Hartford CT
454
2
  John Stiefel, Wethersfield CT
361
3
  Pat McDevitt, Brookline MA
300
4
  Rich DeMartino, Riverside CT
282
5
  Karen McCallum, Exeter NH
276

ACBL Goodwill & 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 District 25.

National Goodwill Committee

David Rock, WMBA
Jim Rasmussen, EMBA

Both of these players are most deserving of this appointment because of their exemplary behavior at the bridge table and their significant contributions to New England bridge. Each of them also did an outstanding job as a Committee Chair at the Boston NABC.

National Charity Committee

Peggy Malaspina, EMBA
Judy Biegner, RIBA

Peggy has been a major contributor in promoting bridge both as Publicity & Promotion Chair of the Boston NABC and as Editor of EMBA's Quick Trick. Judy has been doing an outstanding job for the past five years coordinating Rhode Island charity events and providing leadership to the Rhode Island Unit in selecting worthy charities for the unit's annual donations.

The 2009 Spring NABC will be in Houston from March 12 through March 22 at the Hilton Americas. I hope to see you there. The 2009 Summer NABC is in Washington DC and the 2009 Fall NABC is in San Diego.

Rich DeMartino
District Director