President's Message



eptember  Newsletter

      ABAers I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the hard work
and support that you gave to make our Summer National such a success.  Your
attendance and participation surely made the difference. I would also like
to thank the 0-299 players who made an overwhelming appearance at this
tournament. Special thanks go to JoAnn Thompson for her part in encouraging
new player participation.  Special thanks to Lois Frances for the
participation she spearheaded for the Teacher Certification program.  The
Midwest Section’s Vice President, Dorris West-Sides performed above and
beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of this tournament.  Dorris,
we thank you for your devoted efforts to ensure the joy and success of this
national for all our members.  Collectively everyone contributed more than
their part, more than a minimum, to make Lombard such a success. 

          I would also like to thank each and every one of you for your
support in my quest to continue as your president.  You have been very
supportive of me and my efforts to contribute my best to the wellbeing of
the American Bridge Association.  Your continued support is needed and
necessary.  I will do my very best to bring about true transparency so you
will be better informed and I promise not to let you down.  It will take the
collective effort of us all working together to improve our organization. 
Your suggestions to make the ABA more efficient and enjoyable will be
received for consideration.  This is your organization and your desires are
vitally important.  I will listen, as I always have, to any constructive
suggestions and views that are offered for our betterment.  There is no way
for us to know what you want if you don’t share.  Any suggestions or ideas
that you send to me should also be sent to your Sectional Vice President. 
They also need to know what you want if they are going to best represent
you.  Let us hear from you, it’s important, because you can make a

          Now is the time to start planning for next year’s tournaments. 
The Spring National will be held at the Edward’s Convention Center, April
12-19 2019 in Dearborn, Michigan and the Summer National will be held at the
Double Tree Hotel, July 26—August 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas.  The schedules
have been approved and are listed on the website in Flash #9.  Our
Convention Manager had to do quite a bit of work to get accommodations for
many of you who registered late. Make your reservations early and avoid the
rush.  The members of the Great Lakes Section and the Austin Travis County
Duplicate Bridge Club would greatly appreciate your efforts to help them
host these events.  We are trying to include events that allow you to
experience the city where the tournaments are being held.  But this can only
be a success if the host knows you are coming.  They need to know what to
expect and how for many to prepare. Please help them out and perpetuate the
longevity of the American Bridge Association.

Henry “Hank” Irwin,  ABA President