BBO2015 July Bulletin2015 Summer National

Final Grand Slammer

The members of the American Bridge Association (ABA) were greatly saddened to receive the news of the demise of one of our faithful bridge players, in the person of

Geraldine “Jeri” Wilson

Whereas, Mrs. Wilson was the second female President of the ABA from 1986-1987, she also served the organization in many other capacities, namely Eastern Section Vice President, Point Coordinator, Section Tournament Chair and served on many national committees,

Whereas, she was a lady of quiet dignity, she walked tall during her tenure as National President, and independently governed the organization,

Whereas, she was responsible for developing and implementing the Scrip Award Program in lieu of issuance of green stamps,

Whereas, Jeri launched the Pilot Program to train and fund the ABA International Women’s Team, though she encountered numerous roadblocks, she maintained unusual demeanor and charisma under fire and coined the expression “Tough Under Fire.”

Whereas, the Bridge Education Program was conceived by someone in Los Angles, Geri expanded it to include certification and bonuses to participants.

Whereas, we acknowledge that her constant companion and beloved husband, John, could always be found walking with and supporting her,

Be it hereby resolved that we, the members of the American Bridge Association, Inc., acknowledge that although our hearts are saddened, we will remember the joy and brightness of our fellow member—we will never forget the sincerity of her smile, the delight of her charm, the appreciation of her humor, and the honor of our lives being enhanced by the utmost pleasure of having known her.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be given to her family, a copy be sent to the Eastern and Southern Sections, and that a copy be placed in the Archives of the American Bridge Association, Inc. May all find comfort in knowing that we care and share your great loss and will always lovingly remember Geraldine Wilson.

Respectfully submitted by the American Bridge Association on this 15th day of June, 2015..

George Hudson, ABA National President


2015 Election of ABA National Officers



Absentee Ballots must be requested by mail beginning June 1.

Completed Absentee Ballots for voting must be post marked by July 31 2015.  

All financial members as of May 31, 2015 are eligible to vote in the 2015 Election of National Officers. Onsite voting will occur Tuesday, August 4, 2015 in New Orleans. Absentee ballots will be secured and counted after on-site ballots have been counted. Official Election results will be announced at the General Membership meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. If you are unable to attend the 2015 Summer National in New Orleans you may cast your ballot by US Mail. Only official ABA Absentee Ballots will be accepted. You may obtain an Absentee Ballot Request Form online at the website or copy and complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form on this page and mail as directed. You will then receive an Absentee Ballot packet in the mail. Complete and mail your Absentee Ballot as directed in your voting packet. Ballot must be postmarked by July 31. Nominations were finalized at the 2015 Spring National Tournament in Atlantic City. Following is the Official ABA Slate for the Election of National Officers for the 2016-2017 term:

National President

Jewel Chapman

Henry Irwin

National Vice President

Gloria Christler (Incumbent)

Eric Shelton

National Secretary

Willetta Phipps

National Treasurer

Tolliver McKinney

Mary Mason Young

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