Unit 131 Board Meeting Agenda - March 9th

March 3, 2019

ACBL Unit 131

Unit 131 Board agenda – Saturday, March 9, 3:45 PM, the Studio

Let’s always be reminded of our priorities:

  • Tournaments

  • More Swiss teams; more events for newer players

  • Pleasant environment at clubs

  • Grow unit

  • Focus on events for newer players

  • Engage “old guard” and newer players actively


  • 3:35 PM - Well wishes to unit members who are ill and/or recovering (who has names?)

  • 3:40 PM – Tournaments scheduled through 2021

    • GNT and NAP 2019 qualifying dates? Encourage more C teams? – Vicki Muir

    • Future Unit 131 sectional tournaments (can we get a flier with these dates for our clubs, and an eblast with these dates, and a poster on the bulleting board at the studio, or…?) - Tory Billard


May 31 - June 2: Marriott, Blue Springs, MO

Aug. 30 - Sept. 1: The J, Overland Park, KS

Nov. 1 - 3: The J, Overland Park, KS



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.)


  • 3:45 PM – Recommendation (if any) from Tournament Committee (Purple Pass? I/N Regional at a Sectional?) - Tory

  • 3:50 PM – Policies and Procedures – changes - Wynne

  • 4:05 PM - Report of the Nominating Committee – Robert Weaver
    Finding candidates for Unit 131 Board for election May 31

  • 4:15 PM - Unit finances - Jim Dorman and Rajeev Bansal
    Communication with ACBL and B of A re: phishing scams

  • 4:20 PM - Unfinished Business

  • 4:25 PM - New business

    Robert Weaver:

A Club recently closed in Columbia, owned by Mark deGarcia and the one game per week that was offered was an evening game, populated mainly by the area’s best players. It kept getting smaller and smaller and evidently there was little or no effort to work on finding more players. The game reached the point where it got so small that Mark closed it down.


It’s a familiar story across the country, including other geographical areas in our Unit.  There may be something that our Board could do to address this issue. How about a dinner Meeting for Club owners and interested Board members to both get their input on this issue and to offer them some concrete Board support.  Perhaps financial aid for some targeted marketing for each Club: special Event Games for social players that includes snacks/food, lessons, drawings for door prizes, etc.  Providing this type of support certainly honors our Mission, and we have the funds in our Treasury.  There are some people in the Unit that have experience or interest in this type of activity.


Waiting for the ACBL organization to provide a program or strategy to address declining player numbers is futile.  Homegrown efforts that are skillfully designed, funded and supported by the Unit Board and implemented by dedicated Unit members has a chance for a successful outcome. ACBL might have Grant money available for this kind of effort.



  1. 4:45 PM – Adjourn – next meeting:  Saturday, May 11 at 3:35 PM at the Studio?










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