Horn Lake MS – The ACBL Board of Directors – a twenty-five member group consisting of a representative from each of the organization’s districts – elects the following year’s president at every Fall North American Bridge Championship. Keeping with the ACBL tradition, the annual Passing of the Gavel was held at the Palm Springs Regional on December 16, 2011. Current ACBL President, Craig Robinson, ceremoniously passed the gavel to newly elected board president, Sharon Anderson.

Anderson was elected on the eve of completing her first term as District 14’s board representative. Looking forward to the next year, she says one of her focuses will be honoring the thousands of ACBL volunteers who she considers collectively to be “our largest asset.”

After graduating from St. Olaf College where she studied math and sociology, Anderson ran an inner city program for the Minneapolis council of the Girl Scouts of America for five years. After a brief “retirement,” Anderson spent 25 years running a leadership center and working at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Throughout her working life, she has held more than 100 board assignments, many of them for non-profit organizations.

Above all, Anderson says during her leadership she will always follow her motto: “All of us are smarter than one of us.”

About the ACBL
Indisputably the most challenging card game ever invented, bridge attracts players of all ages and walks of life — from Microsoft founder Bill Gates to tennis star Martina Navratilova. Founded in 1937, the ACBL is the largest bridge organization in the world, serving 165,000 members, 3,200 bridge clubs and sanctioning 1,100 sectional and regional tournaments annually. The ACBL’s three North American Bridge Championships each attract up to 5,000 players representing every state in the United States, Canada and about 20 other foreign countries. For more information about the ACBL, visit www.acbl.org.