It has been a great honour and privilege to be the President of Unit 390 and to share the responsibility with such a great Board of Directors. We have had a very busy but incredibly rewarding year and this is recognized with the support we have received from you, our membership.
The first Unit-sponsored Boot Camp, hosted by Nancy Klym and Bev Mason, was so successful it prompted a second Boot Camp (to be held April 23rd and 24th). The second Boot Camp sold out in a week.
Our sponsored Directors Course hosted by Doug and Crystal Mann saw 12 participants (7 from Calgary), all of whom passed to become certified Club Directors. Thank you to the various clubs who have since allowed some of these new directors to gain much needed hands-on experience.
The annual Rookie Master Team Game was once again a huge success with 28 tables in attendance. Thank you to the Masters for providing the incredible feast and, of course, for helping to grow the game we love by encouraging the 56 Rookies in attendance.
And didn’t we pull off a great surprise tribute to our long-serving Director Steve Bates. (See write up on page 19 in the April edition of the kibitzer)
I would like to take this opportunity to promote Unit 390's four Sectional Tournaments. These tournaments are our primary source of revenue which, in turn, allows us to host and to sponsor special events like the ones mentioned above. The purchase and maintenance of assets (trailer and bridge supplies) and initiatives such as the New Member Packages, the Mentorship Program, the Telephone Directories, the Unit 390 notices, the GNT District Final, the District and National NAP’s, GNT’s and CNTC travel subsidies, the 90’s Club, the Trophy updates ... are costs incurred on a yearly basis and funded in large part with Sectional revenue.
Attendance at the Sectionals is diminishing, and we ask for your support. Most noticeable is the drop in attendance on the part of Flight B players who, for some reason feel they get “beaten up” by the A players at tournaments. I’ve never been able to understand this. On any given day at any open club game in the city, everybody plays against players in all flights ... A, B, C and D! So what makes a tournament different?
Maybe two-session events are too tiring for some players but there are separate morning and afternoon side games on Saturday of each tournament. Why not come and play one session. We’d love to see you.
I am thrilled to announce that Emelie Quennell has agreed to serve as the Chairperson for the 2018 Calgary Regional. It took just one little email request met with an immediate “I would love to” response to set the ball in motion. I realize April 2016 seems a long way away from July 2018 but behind the scenes preparation starts now. I can guarantee an incredible Regional with Emelie at the helm and I know Emelie can count on your support.
The Unit 390 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for May 14th at the Kerby Centre. Light lunch will be served at 11 a.m., and the AGM starts at noon with bridge to follow. Hope to see you there.
Calgary ACBL Unit 390