New Orleans Report

ACBL Headquarters

I went to Horn Lake Mississippi for the opening of the new Headquarters of the ACBL.  It was a grand affair with many local dignitaries attending.  The Bridge Library and the Museum are  terrific and I recommend any one traveling any where close to  take some time and go tour the wonderful new facilities.

New Orleans NABC

New Orleans was a great place for a tournament with a fine facility and wonderful restaurants within walking distance; however the attendance was down (10,955) from what was expected. One of the reasons was the high cost to park your car ($33.60 per day). Some of the best restaurants in the US helped easy the pain of the parking. The host committee did a great job with the after game food having gumbo and red beans and rice often. The World War II museum was great; in particular the IMAX movie is something everyone should see if they visit New Orleans.

I was honored to be part of the induction of our own Paul Hodge (one of Texas's greatest players from the 50's & 60's) into the Hall of Fame.  It was a much deserved honor for him. His son Hunt Hodge accepted the honor for him and made a very nice acceptance speech.

The Youth NABC was a success with over 80 youngsters taking part.  On Friday Louis Sachar (from Austin) addressed them and talked about his book and did a book signing. On Saturday (Houston area Astronaut) Greg Johnson addressed them about our Space program and answered questions. 

Membership

In the first 6 months of 2010 membership increased by 250 and the June to June increase was 4,957.

Tournaments are doing well with an increase in Regional's of about 3,000 tables so far this year.

Highlights of the Board meeting

Marketing

Other

All the best, see you at the tables.

Dan


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