President's Message



The State of The American Bridge Association is healthy and well in spite of all the campaign rhetoric that you have been hearing. Thanks to your enthusiastic support of the financial changes that you recommended and adopted, WE WILL SURVIVE! Your administration continues its work to reduce cost as we try to motivate you, our members, to increase your participation in sanctioned games. We can do all that we can to reduce cost and have already maximized efforts to increase revenue. The only option left is sanction income. Please continue to support our efforts and have your games, they are important to our financial stability.

As we move into the shadows of our Summer National in Lombard, I am very
pleased to inform you that it appears we will have a very spectacular
tournament. You once again have rallied and presently our room block is
totally sold out. The Host Group is excited about your enthusiastic support
and has a very dynamic cadre of events scheduled for you. If you arrive
early on the first day (Aug 17), you can start your tournament with the Meet
and Greet Reception. See all of your friends that are in attendance.
Emphasis will be on bridge education with World Renowned Players as
presenters and if you are interested in gaming at a table other than bridge,
you may sign up for the run to the casino. There will be Obama Day,
Favorite Team Day, Ethnic/Greek Day plus Summer National T-shirt Day. Sport
your stuff to represent on each of these days with your special attire.
Then if you need the exercise and want to stay on top of the latest dance
steps, Line Dance to the latest moves and strut your stuff. This National
Tournament will not only emphasize the game of bridge, but also to try and
bring back the comradery and fun that we have come accustom to over the
years. Leave your seriousness at the bridge table and have fun between
sessions. Enjoy yourself, Enjoy yourself, Enjoy yourself for me!!!

Teacher and Director Certification continue to be very high on the list of
priorities of this administration. These two areas would certainly rank 2nd
and 3rd with Recruitment being 1st. If we are able to
recruit new members we have to be able to teach them bridge. Newer
techniques along with Mini Bridge can make learning the game much easier and
more fun. We will continue to have the Teacher Certification Work Shop at
one of our National tournaments. This program is accepted by both ABA and
ACBL which allows you to receive a dual certification. It is also a goal to
increase director efficiency and we are in dire need of directors. I would
like to see every club with at least one Level III director, capable of
directing a Grade A, every section with at least one Level IV or higher,
capable of directing their Sectional tournament. As directors we MUST be
supportive and assist one another to help provide the best games possible
for our members. Certified directors must continue their training to
provide an efficiently run game according to accepted policy with correct
results. We will continue to have a Director Training Work Shop at one of
our National Tournaments for your benefit and where warranted we will
organize and hold Director Retreats within an area for a weekend of director
training. We have a number of directors retiring and need new and
enthusiastic replacements for them.

Absentee voting has met its deadline and is no longer available. On site
voting is all that remains and will be available at the tournament in
Lombard. Check the flash for times when the polls will be open. If you
care about the longevity of the American Bridge Association, VOTE!!!


ABA National Office Contact Information

Willetta PhippsBill Turner
ABA National SecretaryWebmaster
2828 Lakewood Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30315