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Seminars and Meetings at the Washington DC Summer 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 Washington DC at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Check out the Washington DC entertainment section for social activities. For more information, contact

Club Directors Course (July 21 23)

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 Supply.
Pre-register online by July 13 or contact Joyce Stone at 901-332-5586, ext. 1337, or send email to
Fee: $50
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday July 21, 22, 23
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

The New TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) (July 25, 26, 27)

Introduction to the updated ACBL Bridge Series material and other popular teaching products. Learn modern teaching techniques from one of the ACBLs premier teachers, Pat Harrington, 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. Contact Dana Norton at 901-332-5586, ext. 1264 or for more information.
Fee: $125 (ACBL Accredited Teachers can retake for no course fee.)
Date: Saturday, Sunday, Monday mornings (July 25, 26, 27)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day

Reception for Teachers and Club Officials (Friday, July 24)

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, club managers, directors and owners are welcome to attend.
Free of charge.
Date: Friday, July 24
Time: 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Free Bridge Lessons

Bridge University Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jerry Helms Sunday, July 26, 10 a.m.-noon
Amy Nellissen Monday, July 27, 10 a.m.-noon

Coffee with Carol and ACBLscore Q&A (Saturday, July 25)

Club managers meeting come find out whats new, meet and network with other club officials and let us solve your ACBLscore problems. Join the ACBL staff for a lively, informative and entertaining morning.
Free of charge
Date: Saturday July 25
Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon

Workshop for Teachers of Youth Players (Sunday, July 26)

Interested in teaching the game of bridge to young people? Currently teaching young students? Meet officials from The School Bridge League and the ACBL Education Department staff to exchange ideas and find others interested in pursuing youth bridge activities in their areas. Any questions please call Patty Tucker at 404-735-4779, or send email to
Free of charge
Date: Sunday, July 26
Time: 10 a.m. to Noon

Teaching Young People Bridge (Sunday, July 26)

Teaching bridge to young people now or just thinking about it, this seminar will help you focus on goals, format, course materials and successful practices. Join Patty Tucker, ACBLs Youth Coordinator, for an interesting continuing education opportunity. You wont want to miss it.
Free of charge
Date: Sunday, July 26
Time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Board of Governors Meeting (Sunday, July 26)

All members of the ACBL Board of Governors are invited to attend the Summer 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. The annual ACBL membership meeting will be held during this time.
Free of charge
Date: Sunday, July 26
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Get Online with Bridge Base (Monday, July 27)

Dont miss this opportunity to meet with Fred Gitelman, the creator of the ACBLs Learn to Play Bridge program. Get a guided tour of the Bridge Base site and its outstanding teaching features.
Free of charge
Date: Monday, July 27
Time: 11 a.m.-noon

Club Directors Update (July 28 & 29)

An update course for club directors to refresh and renew their skills for directing club and bridge cruise games. Anyone who is a club director or a director aboard a cruise ship is invited to participate.
Pre-register by July 15 or contact Joyce Stone at 901-332-5586, Ext. 1337, or send e-mail to
Fee: $15
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday July 28 & 29
Time: 9 a.m. - noon, both days

Understanding the Changes in the Laws (Saturday, August 1)

An overview of the recent changes in the Laws of Duplicate Contract Bridge, followed by Q & A.
Free of charge
Date: Saturday, August 1
Time: 10:30 a.m.noon

Celebrity Speakers

Daily presentations (except the final Sunday) by some of the best-known players and teachers at 9:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Free.
See Celebrity Speaker site for details