The Club is the building block for the structure of the ABA. It is the nucleus of the local group. Membership in the ABA is obtained through Clubs. Any individual desiring to affiliate may submit his/her membership through an ABA Club if (s)he resides in the area of jurisdiction (a 35 mile radius). It is the Club's responsibility to inform individuals of dues obligations. Payment to the Club for annual dues should be made in full.
Clubs should participate in recruitment and educational programs. On occasion, they may host Grade A, Sectional or National Tournaments. Most importantly, the Club provides the setting for weekly games. It is the first administrative layer, and the first direct interface with with its members.
The Club President oversees the general operations of the club and presides at business meetings. (S)he ensures that business is conducted in accordance with Unit/Sectional/ National constitutions; participates in membership recruitment.
The Club Secretary is the direct liaison with the Unit. If a Unit does not exist, the Club Secretary is the channel for information to all levels of the ABA. This involves the processing and transmittal of memberships and City Game points. If the Club Secretary serves as Point Coordinator, this also will include the recording of all master points as well.
Club Secretaries will be able to access the ABA database to update membership renewals. Please follow the steps listed below:
If you have not registered on the aba website, you must register in order to access the club roster and dues payment page. If you are already registered, proceed to Register: Click on MYABA on the Menu Bar, you will see the register button on the Login Form. It will prompt you to register. Enter your five digit ABA number and Last Name. Once your ID has been validated, you will see the Registration Form, all fields on the form are required, you need to provide a password, which should be at least seven (7) characters, alpha/numeric, or both. Please pick a password that you will remember. It may be helpful to write in down and put it somewhere that you will remember! Once you are registered on the site, go to the menu bar at the top of the website and select: ABA Adm---select the Club Roster and Dues Payment from the menu and click on it. Your Club Roster should come up with all the names of your current members. Directly below the Club Roster is the Dues Payment Module. On the top of the Dues Payment Module, beside Dues Date is Dues Year. Before you begin to pay dues, make sure Dues Year has the correct year showing.
If you notice an error before you click update, click cancel and start over. If you click update and then notice an error, contact the National Office for the error to be corrected. Remember, you cannot delete anybody from the roster. If a member does not pay dues, the member will not show up as financial for the current year. Please notify the National Office if any member on your roster is deceased.
A check for the appropriate amount of dues payments must be mailed to the National Office. Make checks for National dues and Club Charter fee payable to the American Bridge Association; checks for Section dues should be payable to the Section and checks for Unit dues should be made payable to the Unit. The appropriate charter fees must accompany the initial membership listing each year. (As of this printing, membership dues are $50.00 per member. Club Charter Fees are $30.00 and Unit Charter Fees are $50.00.)