District 11 – ACBL


                             Dayton, Ohio              Saturday, August 4, 2007

Attendance - 19

Unit 117 (2):  Betty Mattison, Beth Reid                              Unit 136 (2): Georgia Banziger,         

Unit 122 (2)                                                                                                Wayne O’Connor

Unit 130 (2):  Jim Cunningham, Bob Lyon                            Unit 164 (2): Matt Heuser, Jill Ohlson

Unit 124 (2):  Patti English, Nancy Sachs                         Unit 227 (1): Bill Sentman

Unit 193 (2):  Richard Cornett                                     


Also present:  Bob Sulgrove, President;  Jim Reiman, District Director; Annease Comer, ABA;  John Hinton, Treasurer;  Pamela Feldhoff,  Tiberiu Univeran,  Serran Agarwal

The meeting began at 6:00 PM with President Bob Sulgrove presiding.  He asked that everyone introduce themselves.

SECRETARY’S REPORT    The minutes of the May 5, 2007,  meeting  were mailed to the representatives.  (Copy attached)   Beth Reid moved and Jim Olson seconded that the minutes be approved as corrected.  Passed  unanimously.  Nancy Sachs asked each person to fill out a form with your name, address, Unit number, telephone number, and  e-mail address.


TREASURER’S  REPORT.  Treasurer John Hinton, distributed the Treasurer’s Report, which included the current financial statement and the current Midwest Monitor financial report   (Copies attached)   The balance as of 8/4/2007 is $20,343.00, showing a profit of $247.69.  The Monitor continues to make a small profit each quarter.   Beginning today each Unit Treasurer will receive all the bills and distribute them to the proper person in his Unit for payment. Richard Cornett moved and Georgia Banziger seconded that the reports be approved as written.  Passed unanimously.


DISTRICT  DIRECTOR’S  REPORT.  Jim Reiman reported on the meeting at the NABC in St. Louis. A Report is attached. The IRS has changed the rules for non-profit organizations exemption.  Each Unit should check on this. Masterpoint awards at clubs will change to a maximum of 2.5 by offering an overall award if there are more than 16 tables in play.  Special foundation or fund games held at clubs (the $1.00 extra per player games) will have a cap of 6.0 masterpoints.  The awards for KO events at tournament will be based upon the strength of the field within each bracket instead of the number of tables in the event.  Overall awards for 2-session events will be increased to more places by a change in the formula.  The format of the GNT Finals at the NABC’s will be changed to a swiss quuualification on Wednesday to qualify 16 teams in each flight for KO finals starting on Thursday.  Because of small participation, the 49er team competition will be eliminated.


MIDWEST MONITOR.    Betty Mattison reported that the publication is running smoothly.  The next deadline is August 29 and she reminded all units to send in their articles and ads before the deadline.


AMERICAN BRIDGE ASSOCIATION.    Annease Comer   encouraged our District and every Unit to hold combined ABA/ACBL events. 


TOURNAMENT REPORT.   Bob Lyon, Tournament Coordinator, distributed the 2007, 2008, and 2009  Schedules. (Copies attached)  He thanked everyone who sent in their sanctions early.  Indianapolis and Dayton have not finished with their 2008 schedules.  Regional sanctions for 2010 should be submitted now.  Cincinnati will wait until after this year’s NAP District Final to decide about the date and location for 2008. There are some questions about the Indianapolis-Evansville Split Regional in 2009. Owensboro will not be having their sectional two weeks before that.  Louisville would like that date for their sectional. Bob Lyon suggested that we reconsider restrictions about overlapping sectional dates when the tournaments are in opposite ends of the District.  There was a discussion concerning the 10:00 AM & 2:30 PM starting times.  Some people prefer the traditional times and others do not.  For this reason it is practical for us to have different starting times at different tournaments. Patti English, Cincinnati, reported that the schedule for the 2008 Regional will be similar to last year.  Jim Reiman moved and Betty Mattison seconded that Bob Lyon be authorized to approve the schedule   Passed unanimously.


NABC LOUISVILLE 2011   Beth Reid asked about the surcharge to raise money for this event.  Jim Cunningham moved and Betty Mattison seconded that the surcharge begin January 1, 2008.  Passed unanimously.   Previously we collected $.25 per player, or $1.00 per table at sectionals.  There is $10,000 from the NABC in Cincinnati 2000 in our General Fund.  Beth Reid feels we   need $25,000.  The Tournament Treasurer will be at our next meeting and we will decide  how to raise this money.


NAP/GNT   There is a problem with the format of the GNT if there are only three teams in a flight.  Betty Mattison will discuss this at the next meeting.  The reimbursement for players in the nationals finals of the NAP from the ACBL  is as follows:  Flights  A, B and C – 1st place $700 per person;  2nd place $300 per person All entrants receive  free entries.  Betty Mattison proposed that District 11 compensates the players as follows:  Flights A, B, C – 3rd place winners  received !00 per person.  Jim Cunningham moved and John Hinton seconded that we reimburse the players in this way.  Passed unanimously.


WEB SITE  Someone from each unit should be appointed to contact Potter Orr with information about their clubs.  His e-mail address is pottero@fuse.net.  The Club Link needs work.



District Director Elections.  Jim Reiman reminded each unit to follow the voting instructions carefully and check the ballots to be sent to the ACBL.  Questions about the election should be addressed to Jim Miller at the ACBL.



 Nancy Sachs sent the proposed amendment to the District 11 Bylaws to all members. “Be it resolved that ARTICLE IV< Section B (1) of the District 11 Bylaws be amended to read as follows effective 1/1/2008:


   Section A.

   The Board of Directors shall be the governing body

   Section B.

Each Unit shall appoint or elect two persons to be members of the District Board.


Nancy Sachs moved and Patti English seconded that we approve this amendment.  Passed unanimously.  Please send a current list of the representatives to Nancy.


Rob Weidenfeld, Education Chairman, is requesting information from each unit about their education program.


Jill Ohlson, reporting for Susan Bullard, suggested that we have the International Fund Games and  ACBL Charity Games.  A discussion followed and the money from these games is earmarked for the specific charities.  Susan would like to have a District Charity Game with monetary prizes. 


Betty Mattison reported that she has a source where we can buy quantities of bidding boxes and cards for very reasonable prices.  If one unit would take over the responsibility of ordering for all the units, there would be a considerable savings.


Our next meeting will be November 4, 2007, at the Louisville/Lexington Regional.


Betty Mattison moved and Jill Ohlson seconded that the meeting be adjourned at 7:20 PM. Passed unanimously.



                                                          Respectfully submitted,



                                                                    Nancy Sachs, Secretary