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Seminars and Meetings at the Seattle Fall NABC

There is more to the game at the 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 Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center. Check out the Seattle web site for social activities. For more information, contact

Club Directors Course (November 21, 22, 23)

Sheraton Hotel - Greenwood Room
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 (
Contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138, or send an e-mail to
Fee: $50
Date: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday November 21, 22, 23
Time: 1-10 p.m. Monday with dinner break
9 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday with lunch and dinner breaks
9 a.m.-noon Wednesday followed by lunch break and testing

Better Bridge Teacher Training Program (Friday, November 25)

Issaquah AB, Third Level of the Sheraton
Learn Audrey Grant's powerful up-to-date teaching strategies that assure successful lessons. An ACBL approved teacher accreditation program. Continues Saturday, November 26, 9 a.m. Noon.
Fee: $125 (Includes Bridge Basics 1 CD, Bridge Basics 1 and 2 texts, corresponding coded cards, Bridge At a Glance and a Better Bridge magazine)
Date: Friday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. noon

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, November 25)

Convention Center - Room 619
This is the ACBL's "thank you" reception for the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. Club managers, teachers and club directors are invited to attend.
Free of charge.
Date: Friday, November 25
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) (Nov. 26, 27, 28)

Convention Center - Room 401-C
Introduction to the ACBL Bridge Series material and other popular teaching products. Learn modern teaching techniques from one of the ACBLs 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.
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 Nov. 26, 27, 28 8:30 am to noon

Marketing Matters -- Live! (Saturday, November 26)

Sheraton Hotel - Issaquah A & B
ACBLs Marketing Director, Vicki Campbell, will host a program for anyone interested in marketing their clubs, bridge lessons, tournaments, etc. Dont miss this chance to meet Vicki and explore your options.
Free of charge.
Date: Saturday, November 26
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Free Bridge Lesson (Saturday, November 26)

Convention Center - Room 609-C
Audrey Grant Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m.-noon

Be Inspired Bridge Teacher Continuing Education Seminar (Sunday, November 27)

Issaquah AB, Third Level of the Sheraton
For bridge teachers who want to improve their skills and increase their success. The American Bridge Teachers Association presents Audrey Grant with an international reputation in bridge education.
Fee: FREE.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m.

Free Bridge Lesson (Sunday, November 27)

Convention Center - Room 609-C
Jerry Helms Sunday, November 27, 10 a.m. - noon

Board of Governors Meeting (Sunday, November 27)

Convention Center - Room 6C
All members of the ACBL Board of Governors are invited to attend the 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 and new proposals from the Board of Governors.
Free of charge
Date: Sunday, November 27
Time: 10 a.m.-noon

Workshop for Teachers of Youth Players (Sunday, November 27)

Sheraton Hotel - Greenwood Room
Informal meeting for anyone currently teaching young students or considering a youth program.
Free of charge
Date: Sunday, November 27
Time: 11 a.m. to noon

Get Online with Bridge Base (Monday, November 28)

Sheraton Hotel - Issaquah A & B
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, November 28
Time: 11 a.m. noon

Club Director Refresher Course (Monday and Tuesday, November 28 and 29)

Sheraton Hotel - Medina Room
Continuing education for bridge directors to increase their skills. Must attend both sessions (Monday and Tuesday).
Fee: $15 covers both sessions. Sign up at door.
Date: Monday and Tuesday, November 28 and 29
Time: 9:00 a.m. noon, both days

Bridge Teachers and Bridge Cruises (Tuesday, November 29)

Sheraton Hotel - Kirkland Room
Join Marilyn Kalbfleisch, experienced bridge cruise host, for an informative session about what you need to know to be a successful teacher and bridge host on a cruise ship. Contact Dana Norton at 662-253-3161 or for more information.
Fee: $25 at door
Date: Tuesday, November 29
Time: 9:00 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