American Contract Bridge League (ACBL)
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Fall 2004 NABC— Nov. 18-28, 2004 in Orlando, Florida

ORLANDO FALL NABC SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – Nov. 16, 17, 18
CLUB DIRECTORS COURSE – Priscilla Smith

Comprehensive course that prepares candidates for directing club and bridge cruise games. Anyone interested in becoming a club director or a director aboard a cruise ship is invited to participate.
Fee: Registration is $80 in advance until November 8 or $100 at the door. Registration includes instruction, study materials and the exam.

Contact Joyce Stone at 901-332-5586, ext. 1337 or joyce.stone@acbl.org or the Sales Department at 800-264-2743 to pre-register with a credit card.

Time: 1-10 p.m. Tuesday with dinner break
9 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday with lunch and dinner breaks
9 a.m.-noon Thursday followed by lunch break and testing

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Thursday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 19
TEACHER ACCREDITATION PROGRAM (TAP) – Peg Cundiff

The ACBL’s popular 10-hour seminar for people interested in learning how to teach bridge successfully. The course features teaching techniques and course materials developed by Audrey Grant, but the teaching techniques can be used with any materials.

Fee: $125. Pre-register with Dana Norton at 901-332-5586, ext.1264 or dana.norton@acbl.org or click here.

Time: 1-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Thursday
9 a.m.-noon Friday

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Friday, Nov. 19
SCHOOL BRIDGE LESSON PROGRAM

Join Charlotte Blaiss, director of junior activities, Julie Greenberg, director of education and Donna Compton, education field coordinator, for an informative session on teaching in the schools and the school program funded by the ACBL and the ACBL Educational Foundation. Donna will demonstrate one of the lesson plans from Kitty Cooper’s new teacher manual.

Free of charge.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

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Friday, Nov. 19
RECEPTION FOR TEACHERS AND CLUB OFFICIALS

This is the ACBL's "thank you" reception for the teachers and club officials who work so hard to recruit and retain our members. All teachers are welcome, along with club directors, managers and owners.

Free of charge.
Time: 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

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Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday Nov. 20
BETTER BRIDGE ACCREDITED TEACHER COURSE

Audrey Grant will show you a new way to introduce bridge to the absolute beginner and demonstrate modern methods from her new Bridge Basics text. Make your students comfortable at duplicate or Internet games. Earn your Better Bridge Accreditation this summer. Nine-hour course.

Fee: $125 ($25 for TAP-accredited teachers). Pre-register with Dana Norton at 901-332-5586, ext.1264 or dana.norton@acbl.org or online or at the door.

Time: 2-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Friday
9 a.m.-noon Saturday

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Saturday, Nov. 20
BRIDGE TEACHERS AND BRIDGE CRUISES

Peg Cundiff , host of more than 100 bridge cruises, will educate you on the ins and outs of being a successful teacher/game director on a cruise ship. An interesting morning program for current and
prospective teachers and directors.

Fee: $25 at door.
Time: 9 a.m.-noon.

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Saturday, Nov. 20
FREE BRIDGE LESSON WITH AUDREY GRANT

Renowned teacher and author Audrey Grant offers a fun bridge lesson for intermediate and newer players. The Topic: Five Commonly Made Mistakes—and How to Fix Them. Complete with handout.

Time: 10 a.m.-noon

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Saturday, Nov. 20
COFFEE WITH CAROL

Join Carol Robertson, Director of Club and Member Services, and the ACBL staff for an update on what’s new with clubs and marketing programs. Bring your ACBLscore questions and have them answered by Chief TD Rick Beye. Network with other club managers and find out what happened at the Fall ACBL Board of Directors meeting.

Free of charge.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

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Saturday, Nov. 20
TEACHERS NIGHT OUT

Join Julie Greenberg, ACBL’s Director of Education, and Leslie Shafer, President of the American Bridge Teacher Association, for dinner (Dutch Treat) after the afternoon session for some good old-fashioned socializing.

Time: 5 p.m. (details in the Orlando Daily Bulletin)

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Sunday, Nov. 21
FREE LESSON - EASYBRIDGE! WORKSHOP

Easybridge! Program Director and ACBL Bulletin columnist, Marti Ronemus, offers a fabulous, fun, FREE bridge lesson for intermediate and newer players. The Topic: Long Suits - Better Than Money! Complete with handout.

Time: 10 a.m. -noon
Games:
12:30 p.m. : 0-5 masterpoints Easybridge! Game
3 p.m. 0-5 masterpoints Open Game

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Sunday, Nov. 21
GET ONLINE WITH BRIDGE BASE

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with Fred Gitelman, the creator of the ACBL’s Learn to Play Bridge program. Get a guided tour of the Bridge Base site and its outstanding teaching features.

Free of charge.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

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Sunday, Nov. 21
BOARD OF GOVERNORS MEETING

All members of the ACBL Board of Governors are invited to attend their Fall NABC meeting. This meeting is also open to the general membership of the ACBL. Discussion will include recent actions of the Board of Directors, reports from the CEO and treasurer, along with new proposals from the Board of Governors.

Time: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

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Sunday, Nov. 21
ONLINE PLAYER RECEPTION

NotZia might just be there, along with Ocelynx, Wired and Aceum. Here is an opportunity to meet and greet friends and potential partners from the online game sites, including Bridge Base, e-bridge, MSN and Swan Games, the four sites with sanctioned masterpoint games. Site representatives and experienced players will be on hand to answer questions about joining and enjoying your online bridge games. Plenty of refreshments and a cash bar. Space is limited, so please register in advance with a message to marketing@acbl.org. Include your name, player number and user ID if you have one.

Time: 5-7 p.m.

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Monday, November 22
GUARANTEED CLUB GROWTH AND PROSPERITY

Want lots of new players? Excitement? Growth? Prosperity? Is it time to update or reinvent your club? Bring it into the new millennium? Come to our newest seminar conducted by Marti Ronemus and explore four no-fail marketing strategies. Be prepared for a hands-on workshop that will show you the way.

Four-hour course.
Pre-register with Ronemus at 717-699-5222 or by e-mail at mronemus@comcast.net.

Fee: $25
Time: 8:30 a.m -12:30 p.m.

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – Nov. 22, 23, 24
CLUB DIRECTORS UPDATE COURSE

Continuing education for bridge directors to increase their skills with popular tournament director Guillermo Poplawsky. Certificate given for successful completion of all three days.

Monday: Ruling the Game, A Review of Frequent Rulings
Tuesday: The Proprieties, Running a Successful Club, Dealing with Problem People
Wednesday: Advanced ACBLscore

Fee: $20 in advance until November 22 or $25 at the door for all three days. $10 per session for one or two sessions. To pre-register, contact Joyce Stone 901-332-5586, ext. 1337 or joyce.stone@acbl.org or the Sales Department at 800-264-2743.
Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each day.

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Celebrity Speakers daily (except the evening of the first Saturday and the final Sunday) at 9:15 a.m. and 6:45 pm. Click here for schedule.

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