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Seminars and Meetings at the Philadelphia Summer 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 Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. Check out the Philadelphia web site for social activities. For more information, contact education@acbl.org.

Club Directors Course – (July 10, 11, 12)

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 July 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 – July 10, 11, 12
Time: 1-10 p.m. Tuesday with dinner break
      9 am - 10 pm Wednesday with lunch and dinner breaks
      9 am - noon Thursday followed by lunch break and testing

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, July 13)

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, July 13
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The TAP -- Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) – (July 12-13)

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.

Players age 25 and under are eligible to participate in these seminars for free. Classes can be taught in colleges, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, community centers or anywhere that space is available. Younger players will be more encouraged to participate when they see a peer is teaching the class, so if you are age 25 or under, or know someone who is that would be great at teaching the game, we encourage you to reach out to us to attend this seminar.
Use the link at http://www.acbl.org/teachers/upcomingTaps.html to pre-register: Contact education@acbl.org for more information.
Fee - Age 26 and Over: $125 (Previously ACBL Accredited Teachers can take the course for no fee.)
Fee – Age 25 and Under: Free
Date: Thursday, July 12 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Friday, July 13 – 9:00 am to noon

Club Manager and Teacher Q & A (Saturday, July 14)

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 Jim Miller, National Recorder & Director of Elections; Ken Horwedel, Tournament Director and Manager with a special visit by our new CEO, Robert Hartman. We will be there to answer your questions and share thoughts about club games, marketing tools and programs. Special guest, Nicholas Hammond, will be available to answer questions about the new ACBLscore+ that is in development. So bring your best ideas and hear from others about growing the game of bridge.
Free of charge
Date: Saturday, July 14
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Free Bridge Lesson (Saturday, July 14)

Audrey Grant – Saturday, July 14, 10 am – noon

Free Bridge Lesson (Sunday, July 15)

TBD – Sunday, July 15, 10 am – noon

Board of Governors Meeting (Saturday, July 14)
ACBL General Membership Meeting

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.
Free of charge
Date: Saturday, July 14
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Club Director Refresher Course
(Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17 and 18)

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, July 17 and 18
Time: 9:00 am – noon, both days

Celebrity Speakers

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