Duplicate bridge players in the Naples area are members of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), Unit 128, District 9, and when asked who is the CEO of the ACBL or the president of District 9 or the head of Unit 128, names do not come to mind. Who are the people running the show and how long have they been on the job?
The CEO of the American Contract Bridge League is Jay Baum. He will step down on Nov. 7 and Robert Hartman will be the new chief executive officer. Hartman is currently vice president and general manager of Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.
Craig Robinson is the new president of the ACBL for 2011 and he has stated he will visit 100 clubs in 100 days. Robinson is from the Philadelphia area and his tour started in North Penn Duplicate Bridge Club on April 17 and the tour will end at Sandpoint Duplicate Bridge Club in Sandpoint, Ind., in late September. He may come to the Southwest Regional Tournament in Naples in October.
Bill Rauld is the newest president of District 9 and he is actively working to gain feedback from the District 9 membership to improve the various tournaments which are held in the district.
Marshall Hall of Boca Raton is the president of Unit 128 and has been for many years.
Shirley Seals, who writes for the Sunshine Bridge News, is tournament committee chair, secretary, treasurer and a District 9 director.
Muriel Altus, the vice president of Unit 128, is also the communications chair of the unit. Shannon Cappelletti is the new tournament director for all Unit 128 tournaments.
Now that you understand the leaders and leadership roles of District 9 and Unit 128, we come to our present dilemma. There were 13 Board of Directors for Unit 128. There has been discussion of a new unit being formed to include Venice, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Naples and Marco Island (14 cities in all), as some believe it is time for Southwest Florida to stand on its own. The new unit’s suggested name is “Shell Coast Bridge Unit” and this new unit would belong to District 9 and provide better service to our local players.
If you agree with this idea there are petitions to be signed and presented. So, if you are in favor of Southwest Florida becoming a new unit please pick up a form from one of the local clubs or download a petition from NaplesBridge.com or the Bridge Deck Club of Naples or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Lizsaxon@yahoo.com. Only members of the ACBL living in District 9, Unit 128 are eligible to present a signed petition.