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Seminars and Meetings at the Memphis Spring 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 Memphis at the Cook Convention Center. Check out the Memphis web site for social activities. For more information, contact education@acbl.org.

Club Directors Course – (March 13, 14, 15)

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 (www.baronbarclay.com).
Pre-register online by March 2 at https://web.acbl.org/Education/CDC/index.do, or contact Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138, or send an e-mail to directorcourses@acbl.org.
Fee: $50
Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – March 13, 14, 15
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

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, March 16)

This is the ACBL's "thank you" reception for the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. All club managers, teachers and club directors are encouraged to attend.
Free of charge.
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) – (March 17, 18, 19)

Introduction to the 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.
Use the link at http://www.acbl.org/teachers/upcomingTaps.html to pre-register: Contact Dana Norton at 662-253-3161 or education@acbl.org for more information.
Fee: $125 (Previously ACBL Accredited Teachers and ABTA members can take the course for no fee.)
Date: Saturday, Sunday, Monday – March 17, 18, 19 – 8:30 am to noon

Club Manager and Teacher Q & A (Saturday, March 17)

Come by for coffee and meet with members of the ACBL staff. This interactive information session will be hosted by Carol Robertson, Director of Club and Member Services. She will be joined by Vicki Campbell, ACBL Marketing Director; Jim Miller, National Recorder & Director of Elections with a special visit by our new CEO, Robert Hartman. We will be there to answer your questions and share thoughts about clubs games, marketing tools and programs. So bring your best ideas and hear from others about growing the game of bridge.
Free of charge
Date: Saturday, March 17
Time: 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Free Bridge Lesson (Saturday, March 17)

Audrey Grant – Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. – noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Sunday, March 18)

Jerry Helms – Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. – noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Monday, March 19)

Barbara Seagram – Monday, March 19, 10 a.m. – noon

Board of Governors Meeting (Sunday, March 18)
ACBL General Membership 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 18
Time: 10 a.m. – noon

Get Online with Bridge Base (Monday, March 19)

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 19
Time: 11 a.m. – noon

Club Director Refresher Course
(Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21)

Continuing education for bridge directors to increase their skills. Must attend both sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday).
Fee: $15 covers both sessions. Sign up at door.
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21
Time: 9:00 a.m. – noon, both days

Celebrity Speakers

Daily presentations (except the final Sunday) by some of the best-known players and teachers at 9:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. Free.
See Celebrity Speaker site for details.