Passing of the Gavel
Last week, at the Palm Springs Regional, ACBL celebrated its annual "Passing of the Gavel" from current ACBL president, Jerry Fleming, to incoming president, Rich DeMartino. The event has become a tradition we choose to continue. The Westin Mission Hills Resort is a fabulous property, the locale is beautiful and the temperature is wonderful this time of year. It is a fitting, festive atmospheric end to the current president's rein, and new beginnings for the successor.
Attending the regional were also past presidents Jim Kirkham, Bobby Wolff, and Cecil Cook. In addition to the passing of the gavel, Bonnie Bagley was announced as ACBL's 2009 Volunteer of the Year. Total attendance was over 3000 tables in spite of being only one week removed from the 13,000 table Fall NABC in San Diego, and the day following the 8000 table Western Conference Holiday STAC. Quite a feat.