March 13-16, 2014
April 4-6, 2014
Flight A and C
April 4-6, 2014
On-line Voting now active
The on-line polls are now open. To vote on-line, put your mouse over "MyUnit174" to the right of the menu above, mouse down to "BOD Election", and click. You will be directed to the log in page; log in and you will be taken back to the on-line voting page.
If you have never registered on this site, you will have to do that first.
Sixteen new members joined ACBL Unit 174 in February. Please make these new players welcome:
Gregory Andrews, Paul Andrews, Ann Fleming, John Hensley, Vorgomoa Hensley, Eugene Hult, Steven Huttenbach, Barbara Lellis, Carol McCaffrey, Leslee Minahan, Jan Pasternak, Sheri Savoy, Wanda Stanzel, Michael Story, Lynda Underwood, and Shengliang Zhu.
Many of our members advanced a rank in February:
- New Junior Masters: Barbara Brown, Susan Domsalla, Tamara Dyer, Bettie Hanse, Holli Mast, Stephen Mast, and Gary Priddy.
- New Club Masters: Susan Banks, Joan Davis, Annette Ehrhardt, Carol Eichhorn, George Feng, Elizabeth Giroir, Constance Grant, Sheila Odell, Millie Perner, Jacqueline Pogonec, David Rhodes, Nancy Shomette, Scherry Sprague, and Harry Trainer.
- New Sectional Masters: Mary Cris Emmons, Richard Labouliere, Tonya McNabb, Stephen Page, Mary Perry, and Harry Price.
- New Regional Masters: Joe Boutros, Helen Hollis, Molly Ann Kaplan, Linda McReynolds, Ann Pare, Ronald Pare, Janet Pickell, Lorita Tipton, Gail Waldo, Gail Wood, and Laura Wrenn.
- New NABC Masters: Nancy Beard, Judith Busby, Margot Cater, David Durand, Diane Kaminsky, Jim McCormick, Yvonne Serbin, M G Smith, and Lisa Zummo.
- New Advanced NABC Masters: Mark Nemitz and John Petersen.
- New Life Masters: Jean Foltz, Mack Guderian, Alan Holzberg, Patricia Leavitt, Marilyn Leiman, David Lueders, Vicky Martinez, Katherine McClure, Mary McDonald, David Mitchell, Anita Rothfuss, Cheryl Smith, Anik Waters, and Joyce Wormser.
- New Bronze Life Masters: Beverly Fanarof, Mike Floyd, Diane Jobin, Sandra Pollard, and Joyce Wormser.
- New Silver Life Masters: William Brending, Linda Coapland, David Crooks, David Goldfarb, William Kibikas, and Mary Russell.
- New Gold Life Masters: Bill Gervais and Donald White.
Congratulations to all!
Grand National Teams
The District Level Qualifying for GNT Flights A and C will be held during the the Houston Election Sectional, April 4--6. For the details see the flyer to the right.
Election Procedures Review
Each year three seats on the Unit Board are up for election by the membership. The Unit 174 bylaws require a vote for 3 candidates for the ballot to be accepted in these elections. The Board has been asked to present a Bylaw change to the membership to remove this requirement. The Board has considered this matter in depth and feels the existing method, which has served Unit 174 well for 50 years, should remain as is for the following reasons:
- Our elections are collegial unlike most elections for government offices. Usually Candidates and their supporters are seen with multiple candidates’ stickers. The tenor of supporters is to speak well of their preferred candidate, but without acrimony or disparaging remarks about other candidates.
- The current requirement asks members to become familiar with the candidates and to vote for the 3 they feel will be the best Board members. We believe this encourages candidates to campaign at tournaments and to visit clubs and let the members get to know them.
- If individual voters do not want to vote for 3 candidates who have been nominated, they are free to write-in other names.
- The number of rejected ballots in recent years has been low; usually around 1% and none of these if counted would have changed the election outcome.
- Unit 174 is relatively unique and visitors to our Regional always comment that they are surprised that we have contested elections where candidates actually campaign to be elected to serve. Many ACBL units struggle to find people willing to serve.
- Our Nominating Committees are approved by the Board but function independently and have done a great job of finding very well qualified candidates who volunteer to serve the bridge community.
- If the requirement is dropped, the Board feels that a candidate could skew the election by asking their supporters to “just vote for me and no one else”. We’ve analyzed recent election results and believe this is a real possibility. And it has the potential to change the collegial nature of our elections.