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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The District 12 Director is the representative of District 12 on the
National Board of Directors of the ACBL. The business of the
national Board is ACBL business. As with any corporation, the
Board of Directors sets policy for the entire organization. One
member of the Board of Directors is elected
President of the organization on an annual basis. The CEO is
staff and is a paid position at Headquarters;
that tenure may span many years. The ACBL pays for the first week
(roughly). Because I am involved in numerous committees, and
because I think it is important for the District Director to be present
throughout the entire NABC to represent the District and become
well-known, I choose to stay for the entire time (the last week at
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2007 Attendance at NABCs
2006 Attendance at NABCs
2005 Attendance at NABCs
Thus, I have attended all NABCs in 2005, 2004, and all but one in 2003. This pattern has given me a fine advantage because as a new National Board member in 2005, I already knew all the National Board members from having attended half of the National Board meetings of the previous two years and having been at other Nationals that enabled me to get to know Board members.
Contract Bridge League (ACBL) is a non-profit 501(c)4 tax-exempt
in the entertainment sector of the business world. Its
are housed in Horn Lake, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis, TN. A
large staff, headed by a CEO, oversees the
functioning of the business (and includes a full-time professional
planner who oversees the running of all NABC tournaments).
staff makes most of the decisions about implementing policy that is set
by a 25 member National Board of Directors. Each of these 25
represents one geographic "district" of the ACBL. To see how North
has been split into 25 districts, follow the "Atlas" link on this
website. Thus, the District 12 Director is the member of
National Board of Directors of the ACBL from Michigan/Northern
It is the mission of District Directors to help to set policy for the
ACBL and to do so in a manner that is consistent with the best
of bridge players at large. The President of the ACBL is one of
25 members of the Board of Directors and is elected by that
Unlike the CEO, the President is not involved in the daily functioning
of the ACBL of Memphis. That
description, in a nutshell, gives a brief idea of what a District
does: he or she functions as a member of a National Board of
of a large corporation involved in the setting of policy for the entire
Beyond that nutshell, however, there is good reason also to look at how the corporate structure and associated policy translates to the local bridge-playing environment. The geographical arrangement of the ACBL is hierarchical in nature. There is the national organization at the top of the hierarchy. Directly under that, there are 25 mutually exclusive Districts that cover the entire ACBL. Within each District, there is some number of units that also are supposedly mutually exclusive and that cover the entire district. While the ACBL and its Board of Directors set policy at the national level, that action certainly has impact upon individual districts and units although the national organization does not typically insert itself into local matters.
Generally, any single district will have a district board of directors, including a President and other officers to oversee the internal, local affairs of the district. Also, each unit will have a unit board of directors, including a President and other officers to oversee the internal, local affairs of the unit. Members of these boards elect some member of the district to serve on the National Board of the Directors holding the position called "District Director." The functional organizational structure within districts varies by district and seems to follow, nationally, one of two models.
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