If you’ve ever wondered how the ACBL bridge administration world is put together, here’s an attempt to satisfy your curiosity.
Individual people are members of the ACBL.
At the local level, ACBL members play in clubs. Clubs are sanctioned by the ACBL. In most cases, they are privately owned and operated.
Many clubs are open to the public – you don’t have to be a member of the club or of the ACBL to play. If you are in doubt, contact the club owner.
Clubs are organized into Units.
The job of the Denver Unit is to promote the game of bridge, to support local clubs, educators and members and to organize tournaments.
The Denver Unit hosts four open sectionals, two Intermediate/Novice (I/N) sectionals, and one regional a year. Other events may be added, such as the Front Range Challenge. Some units offer fewer events, some offer more — this is related to the number of members in the unit. Each tournament is sanctioned by the ACBL. The Denver unit also publishes Table Talk.
Units are governed by the Unit Board of Directors (BoD), who perform their duties in accordance with the unit bylaws. The Denver unit is Unit 361. Our unit bylaws are available on the unit website (click here).
The Denver Unit BoD is elected by the members of the unit at the November sectional. There are ten board members. Each board member is elected for a two-year term. There are five openings every year, and 11 board meetings.
If you want to be on the Denver unit board, just talk to a current board member and express your interest. Click here for the current board.
Units are organized into districts. Denver Unit 361 is a member of District 17. The job of District 17 is to organize regional tournaments in cooperation with local units. District 17 offers seven or eight regional tournaments a year. All regionals are sanctioned by the ACBL.
Districts are governed by the District BoD. In D17, there are 14 directors plus the representative to the National (ACBL) Board. Directors are elected by the unit boards for three-year terms. The Denver unit elects two directors, and the other Colorado units elect two directors jointly. There is a formula in the bylaws that controls this: if the distribution of bridge players in the state changes significantly, the directors will be allocated differently. (Note: As of June 2017, the number of directors and their allocation is expected to change.)
District 17 sends one representative to the ACBL Board of Directors.
The District 17 board holds three meetings a year, typically at district regionals.
The District 17 publication is the Scorecard. Currently, the Scorecard is incorporated into the Forum, published by the Western Conference (see below).
If you are interested in being the District 17 representative from the Denver unit, read the District 17 bylaws on the District 17 website, then express your interest to the Denver Unit President by August for the term that starts the following year.
For the latest District 17 news, and current incumbents, click here.
The Western Conference includes D17, D21, and D22. Its chief function is to help coordinate the functions of the member districts and to publish the Contract Bridge Forum. The Western Conference BoD includes six members. The BoD of each district elects one member, and the other three members are the three representatives to the ACBL Board of Directors (one from each district).
The Western Conference board holds one meeting a year.
If you are interested in being a member of the Western Conference board, express your interest to one of the District 17 representatives from the Denver unit.
For the latest Western Conference news, and current incumbents, click here.
Note: As of June 2017, District 17 is planning to withdraw from the Western Conference, but the decision is not final.
ACBL Board of Directors
The ACBL BoD elects the ACBL President and is responsible, in general, for the activities of the ACBL to promote and maintain bridge. The ACBL BoD consists of one representative from each District. Each district also has a first alternate director and a second alternate director. These representatives are elected by the BoDs of the member Units of the District, for a three-year term.
The ACBL BoD holds one meeting a year, and may hold special meetings.
If you are interested in being a national representative from District 17, read the ACBL bylaws and submit a written declaration of intent to the ACBL Director of Elections.
Board of Governors
The purpose of the Board of Governors (BoG) is to act as a liaison between the ACBL BoD and the membership, to serve as a forum for the expression of opinions, to facilitate communication among the various organizations, and to comment upon actions of the ACBL BoD.
Each District elects three members of the BoG. In addition, the first and second alternates from each District are members of the BoG, as are all past presidents of the ACBL and all past chairs of the BoG, as long as they are not concurrently serving on the ACBL BoD.
If you want to be on the BoG, read the ACBL bylaws and submit a written declaration of intent to the ACBL Director of Elections.