District 12, Arlinghaus

Bill Arlinghaus

District 12 Director,
American Contract Bridge League
Board of Directors

District Directors set policy for the entire organization at the North American level.  Individual districts have their own government for more local self-governance.  Some function in a "central" manner in which the District controls funding of tournaments and such; others function in a "distributed" manner in which units within the district control funding of tournaments and such. 

District 12 is organized as a "distributed" network with a "central" website.
Many thanks to Alan Bau for his outstanding D12 webwork!  Please see that site for local or regional bridge matters.  This site is devoted to displaying national-level activities of this Board member.

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Quotation from material given to new District Directors:

ACBL Board of Directors

The following material outlines the duties and responsibilities of a District Director.
  • The Board of Directors shall be composed of one (1) member from each District of the ACBL.  There shall be only one (1) vote per District which shall be cast by the District Director, or in his/her absence by the First Alternate Director, and in his/her absence, by the Second Alternate Director.

  • Directors shall be elected for a term of three (3) years or until their successors are elected.

  • The term of office shall commence January 1 of the year following the election.


  • The Board of Directors shall hold regular meetings each year.

  • Special meetings may be called by the President of the Board of Directors and must be called upon the written request of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.


  • The general duties of the Board of Directors shall be to manage, conduct, supervise and control the business and activities of the ACBL.

  • Specific duties shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Sanction all ACBL sponsored bridge events;
  • Select tournament sites for the Spring, Summer and Fall North American Bridge Championships;
  • Approve budgets for the Spring, Summer and Fall North American Bridge Championships;
  • Determine masterpoint requirements for ranking of players;
  • Provide a mechanism for the awarding of masterpoints to members;
  • Establish life master requirements;
  • Provide for an annual audit of all funds of the ACBL;
  • Provide written reports to the Board of Governors;
  • Employ personnel as necessary to carry out the programs of the ACBL;
  • Adopt regulations establishing binding and compulsory arbitration to settle disputes between the ACBL and its members;
  • Initiate and/or consider Bylaw amendments;
  • Designate those individuals who shall sign all checks or demands for money and notes of the ACBL;
  • Designate funds of the ACBL;
  • Acquire, hold, administer, maintain and dispose of all property of the ACBL;
  • Establish regulations for the chartering of Units;
  • Establish regulations for the payment of annual dues for members and annual service charges for life members;
  • Establish regulations for the selection of Honorary Members;
  • Establish guidelines for Units and Districts;
  • Adopt an annual budget;
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned in the Bylaws, in the Articles of Incorporation, or as are prescribed in the parliamentary authority.

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