Unit 131 Board agenda – Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, 10:30 AM – meet at tables in foyer of bridge area
Let’s always be reminded of our priorities (let’s measure our success in early 2020):
More Swiss teams; and more events for newer players
Pleasant environment at clubs
Engage “old guard” and newer players actively
10:30 AM - Well wishes to unit members who are ill and/or recovering (who has names?).
Remembrances of unit members who have recently passed away.
10:35 AM – Tournaments scheduled through 2021
GNT and NAP 2019 qualifying (Vicki)
Qualifiers for NABC = top 3 "A" pairs and top 4 "B" and "C" pairs; NABC NAP competition is in Columbus: Flight A = March 18-19, flights B and C March 28-29 – good luck!
GNT - Encourage more C teams!
District GNT finals at OKC Regional March 7-8, 2020 (no buy-in)
NABC GNT finals in Montreal, July 16-26, 2020
Future Unit 131 tournaments – Tory, Alan, Richard, Randy, and?
Dec. 26-31, Regional, Sheraton OP - update
April 3 - 5: The J, Overland Park, KS
June 26 - 28: Marriott, Blue Springs, MO
Aug. 28 - 30: Marriott, Blue Springs, MO
Oct. 23 - 25: The J, Overland Park, KS
April 2 - 4: The J, Overland Park, KS
June 11 - 13: Marriott, Blue Springs, MO
Aug. 27 - 29: Marriott, Blue Springs, MO
Oct. 22 - 24: The J, Overland Park, KS
(Note: Depending on the Chiefs schedule, the October dates in 2020 and 2021 could shift. Also, we are in the process of confirming all the locations, so they could possibly shift, too.)
10:50 AM – Recommendation (if any) from Tournament Committee - Tory
10:55 AM - Unit finances - Jim Dorman and Rajeev Bansal
Financial results from Winter Sectional: Jim, Rajeev
Posting meeting summaries and financial statement: our website, bulletin board – when?
11:10 AM - Unfinished Business
Do all Board members have name tags? Let’s wear them.
Contact with local ABA unit – Lee Marks and Ivan Smith; Tom Cranshaw – next steps in 2020?
Visiting other Unit 131 clubs in 2020: Norm, Robert, Bar, Max, Beth, Becky, who else?
Plans for a printed 2020-2021 Unite 131 (and 234) directory…
Aim for April 1, 2020 mailing (done with prep by March 1)
Action Mailing and Printing, Liberty, MO
Include a Declarer in the mailing, a letter from the President, and an absentee election ballot
~$3300 for both
E-mail monthly reminders to people to update their contact info on the ACBL site; announce at all clubs repeatedly, flier on bulletin boards
Each club owner gets a stack for their club
Who can help sell ads (divide up one per board member?), at what price?
Jim Masilamani – Topeka
Liz – Manhattan
Grant – Lawrence
Danny – Conroys – Aline sold them an ad!
Mo-Kan – Kathy Rolfe – Norm sold her a half page ad!
Barb Hicks and Trice Massey
John Knox – Becky is contact
Jack Spear – Max McGinn is contact
Alan Hierseman – Tom Cranshaw is contact
Sheraton – Tory sold them a full page ad!
Other? John Stewart?
Directory committee members: Steve Crutcher, Rajeev Bansal, Nancy Trager, Robert Weaver, Norm Kahn, Jim Dorman, Becky Walker, Alan Hierseman, Kathy Breen, Tom Cranshaw, who else?
All Board members are ex-officio on this committee. We’d like to get everyone to sell one ad.
Eight is Enough tournament in Lawrence, Sunday, March 15, 2020; partnership chairs: Aline Zimmer and Grant Sutton
Mixing A’s and C’s (Malcoms and Muirs have volunteered, others?)
Growing Unit 131 membership – focus groups (A players, C players, Club owners/directors): report from Robert, Bar and Norm
Lessons for new players
Young people, schools, high school and college bridge leagues (like chess leagues), Scout Merit Badge (like chess),
Social and duplicate players at the same time
A and B players mentor C and I/N players, once every other month with mentees? (like Florida)
Opening day of the regional, draw names out of a hat for mentoring games (like CO regional)
or auction opportunity to play with mentors ($ to charity)
“Eight is enough” teams: 0-499 = 1, 500-999 = 2, >1000 = 3, teams may not have more than 8 points
Unit Swiss on Sundays for I/N only
Norm and Robert visited with Kathleen McMahon to discuss how to attract party bridge players to duplicate
she recommends facilitating a duplicate party for party bridge players in many communities in NW MO
going to existing party bridge tournaments in small communities of NW MO to donate prizes, like free plays at local duplicate clubs
how to facilitate the transition of students from our lessons to playing in club games
she recommends arranging partners early during the lessons, so they can play together and plan together to go to club games
another idea was a sign-up sheet on the Unit or Studio bulletin board for people to create partnerships.
she also liked the idea of mentoring games.
Spending the unit treasury on priorities (thank you to Susan Urich, Robert Weaver, Vicki Muir, Bar Kaelter, Rajeev Bansal, Jim Dorman, Steve Crutcher)
~$80,000; must save $26,000 to protect against bad weather at the Holiday Regional; maybe have ~$5500 each year to move toward our priorities?
Attractive amenities at the Holiday Regional – yes, first priority – what are they?
A couple of free plays for graduates of bridge classes, subsidize I/N events – yes, first priority – how to make it happen ASAP?
Update on slate for May 2020 Unit elections – Robert Weaver
11:40 AM - New business
Open letter to Unit and District Presidents
Noon – Adjourn