During these unprecedented times, the ACBL Board of Directors, committees and task forces continue to meet regularly through conference calls, GoToMeeting and Zoom. In addition to meetings held in July, the ACBL Board of Directors met virtually in August.
The reorganization plan to reduce the size of the ACBL Board of Directors from 25 to 13 by 2024 is now official. After a failed attempt to pass the plan to reorganize in the fall of 2019, the ACBL Board of Governors requested a reconsideration of the vote and the motion. The plan was reworked and presented twice -- once in March of 2020 with a favorable vote of 20/4/1 and again in July 2020 where it passed 18/7. The Board of Governors approved the plan. I voted in favor to reorganize.
It is important to note that all 25 districts will remain intact. District-related functions and events, district treasuries, and NAPs and GNTs will not be affected. However, for the purposes of electing members to the Board of Directors, several districts will be geographically aligned. Of the 25 districts, District 17 along with District 8 and District 6 will stand alone. District 17 will become Region 10. The election for the D17 Regional Director will be held in 2022.
Transition Task Force
Crucial to the reorganization was the creation of a transition task force which has been actively recommending what non-core functions of the ACBL Board of Directors can be moved to other ACBL decision-making bodies. Four motions were presented and were unanimously approved by the board, transferring the following duties to management:
- Approving exceptions to eligibility in GNT and NAP.
- Approving requests for transfers of fewer than 100 members between units and/or districts.
- Responsibility for the honorary member selection process.
- Responsibility for meeting minutes.
A new masterpoint calculation unanimously passed its first reading. This method takes the strength of field into account when determining the number of masterpoints to be awarded. Gold rush events will receive slightly more masterpoints while the difference in points in other events will change only by a small percentage.
Appeals & Charges Committee
The ACBL Board of Directors approved a rewrite of the Code of Disciplinary Regulations that will simplify the code for the use of district disciplinary bodies.