American Contract Bridge League (ACBL)
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Spring 2007 NABC—March 8-18 in St. Louis MO

Seminars and Meetings at the St. Louis Spring NABC

There is more to the game at NABCs, when members have an opportunity to take advantage of numerous educational and social activities. Here is a listing of the seminars being offered in St. Louis. For more information, contact education@acbl.org.

Club Directors Course

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. Study materials may be purchased through Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies.
Pre-register until February 28: $50
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, March 6, 7, 8
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
Site:  Westmoreland (Renaissance Grand)
Pre-register Online or call Joyce Stone at 901-332-5586, ext. 1337 or email joyce.stone@acbl.org.

The "New" TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP)

Introduction to the updated ACBL Bridge Series material and other popular teaching products. Learn modern teaching techniques from one of the ACBL's premier teachers in this 10-hour interactive learning course which includes three hours of hands-on experience. Learn the business side of teaching bridge and be introduced to 64 weeks of class material and more! There are even techniques to move your students into duplicate faster. Leave with the tools needed to develop a successful teaching career.
Click here to pre-register. You can also contact Dana Norton at 901-332-5586, ext. 1264 or send email to dana.norton@acbl.org
Fee: $125 (ACBL Accredited Teachers can retake for no course fee.)
Date: Thursday, March 8 and Friday, March 9
Time: 1-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Friday
Site: Pershing (Renaissance Grand)

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
Date: Friday, March 9
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Site:  America’s Center, Room 240

Free Bridge Lessons

Jerry Helms - Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-noon
- "Taking Your Tricks - The Art of Making Your Partner's Bids Look Good"
Marti Ronemus - Sunday, March 11, 10 a.m.-noon
- "Communicating with Aliens!"
Both sessions held in the America’s Center, Room 230

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. This is an interesting morning program for current and prospective teachers and directors.
Click here to pre-register. You can also contact Dana Norton at 901-332-5586, ext. 1264 or send email to dana.norton@acbl.org
Fee: $25 at door
Date: Sunday, March 11
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Site:  Pershing (Renaissance Grand)

Board of Governors Meeting

All members of the ACBL Board of Governors are invited to attend the Spring 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 and new proposals from the Board of Governors.
Free of charge
Date: Sunday, March 11
Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Site:  Majestic (Renaissance Grand)

Building Better Unit Boards

A seminar to answer your questions about: Governance, Risk management, Volunteering, Board development and education, Fiscal management, Strategic thinking.
Pre-registration required. Contact Jim Miller.
Fee: $25
Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Site:  Portland (Renaissance Grand)

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
Date: Monday, March 12
Time: 11 a.m.-noon
Site:  Pershing (Renaissance Grand)

Celebrity Speakers

Daily presentations (except the final Sunday) by some of the best-known players and teachers at 12:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Free. All speakers at America’s Center.