Wonder What You Should Be Doing?

If you are a new volunteer, the ACBL has a series of handbooks available for free download to help you perform the duties of your job. Click here and look under Handbooks to see what’s available. The Handbook for Unit Presidents offers mini-job descriptions for all of the “requested” unit positions. Handbooks can be used as a guide for district positions as well.

Building Better Boards

Today’s world is one that requires adherence with laws pertaining to non-profit boards of directors. Are your board policies up to date? Take advantage of our Board of Directors Documents, including sample bylaws and minutes and the Board Meeting Rescue Kit. Thank you to the efforts Board of Governors Chair Linda Mamula and ACBL administrator Jim Miller in preparing these materials.

Youth Stipend Program for Units and Districts

The Foundation for the Preservation and Advancement of Bridge (FPAB), a non-profit organization established in part to inspire young bridge players and support their participation in bridge through scholarships and grants, has been asked to establish restricted funds for units and districts that are looking for a mechanism to raise charitable donations to support their youth efforts.

Read here about the steps necessary for a unit/district to request the FPAB create a restricted fund on their behalf to hold and disburse the funds they generate and how the fund must be administered by the unit/district to meet federal non-profit regulations. Also included in the document is a suggested method for raising such funds to support your youth efforts.

No unit/district is required to ask that a restricted fund be created. No unit/district is required to start a youth program or support youth efforts. This is simply a vehicle that may be used by units/districts where there is interest in supporting youth bridge through charitable donations.

In several districts, duplicate clubs are running many special games, for the most part charity games, every month. For every charity game run with the proceeds going to the ACBL Charity Foundation or CBF Charitable Fund, a club is allowed to run a second charity game with the proceeds going to a charity of their choosing. If a unit/district chooses to establish a restricted fund with the FPAB, they could suggest their area clubs donate some of the money raised to this fund, with the proceeds supporting local youth programs. In addition, donations from individuals enjoy the tax benefit for charitable donations. For inquiries email: tracey.yarbro@acbl.org.

Help Your Unit Run Smoothly

Houston Unit 174 has generously agreed to share their Unit Procedures manual to assist others in their pursuit to get their units better organized.

The manual was developed over the past four years. Bert Onstott, a unit official, says that it really helps new board members understand how things need to be done. It also helps experienced hands remember all the myriad details that have to get done.

The unit is very proud of this document, as well they should be. The dedication and efficiency of the unit members certainly played a major part in the very successful Houston NABC this spring.

The manual is reviewed regularly and updated as needed. Click here to see how your unit could profit from the experiences of Unit 174. Enjoy!

IRS Filing Requirements

Starting with the tax year 2007, all tax exempt organizations will have to report to the IRS. Please read the Pension Protection Act document to review how it applies to you.


Privacy is becoming an increasingly complex issue. ACBL has recently updated it’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You should be familiar with both of these documents.

Tournament Publicity

All Colors, One Price!

An ad in the Bridge Bulletin magazine remains your best way to advertise tournament information to all members. The ads then are posted automatically to your tournament listing on the ACBL website. All tournament advertising is the same rate regardless of how many colors you use. For example, a half-page ad is only $910 whether it is one, two or four colors. Click here for all publicity guidelines.