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Seminars and Meetings at the New Orleans LA 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 New Orleans at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Check out the New Orleans LA entertainment section for social activities. For more information, contact

Club Directors Course – (July 20 – 22)

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 at or contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138, or send e-mail to
Fee: $50
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – July 20, 21, 22
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
Room: Studio 4 (Marriott)

Bridge Teachers and Bridge Cruises (Friday, July 23)

Join Peg Cundiff, host of more than 100 bridge cruises, for an informative session about what you need to know to be a successful teacher and bridge host on a cruise ship.
Fee: $25 at door or sign up at
Date: Friday, July 23
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Room: Bonaparte (Marriott)

Reception for Teachers and Club Officials (Friday, July 23)

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 23
Time: 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Room: Riverview (Marriott)

The "New" TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) – (July 24, 25, 26)

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, Betty Starzec, 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.

Use the link at to pre-register: Contact Dana Norton at 662-253-3161, or for more information.
Fee: $125 (ACBL Accredited Teachers can retake for no course fee.)
Date: Saturday, Sunday, Monday mornings (July 24, 25, 26)
Time: 8:30 a.m. to noon each day
Room: St. Charles (Marriott)

Free Bridge Lessons

Jerry Helms – Saturday, July 24, 9:45 a.m.-noon
Barbara Seagram – Sunday, July 25, 10 a.m.-noon
Room: Mardi Gras EH (Marriott)

Teaching Young People Bridge Sunday, July 25)

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 Julie Greenberg, ACBL’s Director of Education, and Dana Norton, ACBL’s School Programs Coordinator, for an interesting continuing education opportunity. You won’t want to miss it.
Free of charge
Date: Sunday, July 25
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Room: Bonaparte (Marriott)

Board of Governors Meeting (Sunday, July 25)

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 25
Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Room: Acadia (Marriott)

Get Online with Bridge Base (Monday, July 26)

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, July 26
Time: 11 a.m.-noon
Room: Lafayette (Marriott)

Coffee with Carol and ACBLscore (Monday, July 26)

Club officials meeting – come find out what’s new, meet and network with other club officials. Join Carol for an informative and entertaining morning.
Free of charge
Date: Monday, July 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Room: Bonaparte (Marriott)

Marketing Matters – Live! (Monday, July 26)

ACBL’s Marketing Director, Vicki Campbell, will host a program for anyone interested in marketing their clubs, bridge lessons, tournaments, etc. Don’t miss this chance to meet Vicki and explore your options.
Free of charge.
Date: Monday, July 26
Time: 11 a.m.-noon
Room: Bonaparte (Marriott)

Club Directors Update – (July 27 & 28)

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 online by July 16 at or contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138, or send e-mail to
Fee: $15
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday – July 27 & 28
Time: 9 a.m. – noon, both days
Room: Bonaparte (Marriott)

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