Palm Springs Non Life Masters

The NLM will be held January 18-21

Riverside Regional

The Riverside Regional will be held January 29-Febrauary 4, 2018.

2017 Palm Springs Regional Update

Congratulations to Ken Monzingo, Chairman and Lamya Agelides, co-chairman, for an outstanding, well run tournament.

As expected the Palm Springs Regional saw a drop in its table count from 3930.5 to 3386 tables due to its proximity with the San Diego NABC Tournament. Even with fewer attendees, The Palm Springs Regional remains the 2nd largest Regional in ACBL! First is Gatlinburg and 3rd is Penticton with 3234. There was plenty of free coffee each morning and a $2 coupon each day to purchase more coffee or some lunch.

Kudos go out to Director-in-charge-Gary Zeiger and his staff, Caddie Master-Murphy Zeiger and her team and Speakers & I/N Program Chair, Maritha Pottenger who delivered an informative interactive 2 hour presentation and provided a well-received stable of afternoon speakers. Maritha's Free Boot Camp for new and intermediate players is always a must attend event for intermediate and novice attendees.

Volunteers were everywhere on the resort, ready to answer any questions players had. A special thanks to Nancy Erickson. There was plenty of free coffee each morning and prior to the evening games, a $2 coupon each day to purchase another cup of coffee or to help with the cost of lunch. If you won an event, successful pairs and teams took home a prize and a framed photo, a special Palm Springs Regional thank you. This is a nice touch, thanks to Midori Saito!

Outgoing D-22 National Representative Ken Monzingo was recognized for his service to District 22 and at the national level.

Bill Grant Presents Plaque to Ken Monzingo

District 22 salutes ACBL Goodwill nominees - Ron Erickson, Diane Gunther, Bev Hartin and Arleen Harvey and D22 Goodwill nominees - Ida Burcham, Alan Curtis, Hans Giroux, Janet Gleason, Loli Henderson, Gayle Lapins, Jane Patchett, Mick Riccio and David Walters.

Congratulations to ALL!

Our next D22 Regional will be the Palm Springs Pavilion, a 0-750 NLM Regional January 18-21, 2018 at the Palm Springs Pavilion followed by the Riverside Regional held at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, Jan 29-Feb 4, 2018 at the Riverside Convention Center. Make your hotel room reservations soon. See you all there!

Results - All the results of the game were posted on FastResults or ACBL Live, shortly after the conclusion of the game. You can access the results and Daily Bulletin at the D22 website and going to "Regional Results" tab on the left. For the first time, Daily Bulletins were only available on-line and seemed to go well.

Happy New Year to ALL!

San Diego NABC Recap for D22

Tournament Chair Ken Monzingo and Co-Chair Bonnie Bagley welcomed everyone to the San Diego NABC! The city of San Diego offered a delight of beauty, cultures and history from the hotel windows at the magnificent Grand Hyatt. The Opening Reception was held on Friday, Nov. 24. A total of 11,747.5 tables were played by the end of Sun Dec 3.

An army of District 22's volunteers was second to none. Their contribution was significant and their support of the tournament was critical to its success. Thank you ALL very much! You can go to the ACBL website and view all the Daily Bulletins and results of the San Diego NABC. A summary of D22 players who placed in the NABC+ events (only up to about 20th place) are shown below. Congratulations to ALL!

A very special Congratulations to our own D22 members for WINNING 2 NABC+ events:the 0-10K Swiss (Martha Woodworth & Team) and the 0-10K IMP Pairs (Bill Grant and Ron Kay). Bill is our current President of D22.

D22 Overall Finishers of NABC Events

  • 0-10K Swiss
    • 1 Martha Woodworth and her Team, San Diego CA.
    • 7 Maritha Pottenger - Kent Hartman, San Diego CA; Norman Schwartz, Carlsbad CA; Henri Farhi, Chula Vista CA
  • Super Senior Pairs
    • 2 V.Jay Tipton - Linda Tipton, Irvine CA
    • 13 Lynne Feldman, San Diego CA; Chris Benson, Leroy IL
    • 26 Roger Doughman - Suzanne Lebendig, San Diego CA
  • Sternberg Women's BAM
    • 5 Phyllis Yates and her Team, San Diego CA
  • 0-10K IMP Pairs
    • 1 Ronald Kay - William Grant, San Diego CA
    • 4 Paul Foster, Oceanside CA; Sara Rothmuller, Occidental CA
    • 15 Joe Houde, Vista CA; Andrew Loh, Solana Beach CA
    • 17 Jim Johnsen, San Diego CA; Harvinder Sidhu, Scottsdale AZ
    • 19 Roger Zellmer, San Diego CA; Murray Warmath, La Jolla CA
    • 21 William Hall, Thousand Oaks CA; Jon Wright, San Diego CA
    • 22 Norman Schwartz, Carlsbad CA; Henri Farhi, Chula Vista CA
    • 23 David Oakley, San Diego CA; Gregory Chaffee, La Jolla CA
  • Whitehead Womens Pairs
    • 8 Jackie Hess, Rancho Palo Verdes CA; Shirley Carroll, Newport Beach CA
  • 0-5K Blue Ribbon Pairs
    • 3 Neil Stern, Indio CA; James Weeks, Palm Desert CA
    • 5 Larry Wagner, Cupertino CA; Brian Gilbert, Irvine CA
    • 10 Aaron Jones, Oceanside CA; Arti Bhargava, Mill Valley CA
    • 18 Om Chokriwala, Sherman Oaks CA; Jayendu Patel, Vista CA
  • Senior Mixed Pairs
    • 4 Audrey Rennels, Laguna Woods CA; Norman Schwartz, Carlsbad CA
    • 19 John Strauch - Bette Strauch, San Diego CA
    • 20 Fran White - Wicker Gamble, Fallbrook CA
    • 23 Steven Cooper - Kitty Cooper, Lakeside CA
    • 24 Stephen Goldstein, Anaheim CA; Bonnie Macbride, Lafayette CA
  • North Am Swiss
    • 12 Iftikhar Baqai and his Team, Irvine CA
    • 15 Jason Feldman and his Team, San Diego CA;
    • 24 Michael Crawford - Dorn Bishop, San Diego CA; David Abelow, La Jolla CA; David Ruderman, Burtonsville MD
  • NABC Mixed Swiss
    • 10 Patricia Herrera, Mexico Mexico; Rebecca Rogers, Henderson NV; Paul Darin - Jim Johnsen, San Diego CA
    • 20 V Jay Tipton - Linda Tipton, Irvine CA; Rhoda Walsh - Debbie Gailfus - Alan Gailfus, Carlsbad CA; Stephen Goldstein, Anaheim CA
    • 23 Kitty Cooper - Steven Cooper, Lakeside CA; Lynne Feldman, San Diego CA; Rick Roeder, La Mesa CA

Western Conference Update

Background Information

Prepared by David Lodge, D22 Treasurer and Ron Lien D22 representative to the Western Conference.

The Western Conference (WC) has for the last several years been composed of Districts 17, 21 and 22. The primary function of the WC is to publish the Forum. In 2016 the WC created a Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) to look into the WC finances and make recommendations that might result in stemming this continuing tide of losses. The BRC concluded that the most optimum way to reduce losses was to focus on the cost structure of the Forum. They informally surveyed 500 to 700 players of all levels in all three districts.

In June, representatives of the BRC met with the WC and presented the findings of the BRC which basically called for the Forum to continue, but with significant quantities of printed issues eliminated and delivered via email to an online version. No action was taken by the WC at that point. In July, District 17 (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, etc.) voted to leave the WC. There was no response by the WC to D17's letter of withdrawal. Bylaws of the WC require a nine-month notice, so D17's final withdrawal will not be effective until April 2018.

Bill Grant, president of D22 received a copy of D17's decision, and being concerned about how that decision would affect us, sent an inquiry to the WC requesting feedback. That communication received no response. At the D22 Board of Directors meeting on September 8, a vigorous conversation about this issue took place. Given the urgency of the matter, knowing that with the withdrawal of D17, D22's costs could only go up and given the lack of any information from the WC about any alternative steps, it was decided that we would be withdrawing effective as of the end of the nine-month waiting period. It was also decided that swift action by the WC to rectify the financial situation would go a long way toward a reconsideration vote.

On September 13, Grant emailed Warren Cederborg, president of the WC, stating that the D22 board is strongly desirous of the continuation of the WC and the Forum, but that the fiduciary responsibility of the D22 board to its 7,000+ members is to ensure that D22 funds are not unwisely spent. To date, there has been no response to that email.

Letter from Bill Grant, District 22 President to WC

September 13, 2017

Dear Western Conference and District 17 and 21 leaders:

In our September 8 meeting in Costa Mesa, the District 22 Board of Directors passed a motion to withdraw from the Western Conference, effective per contract in 9 months. The passage was hotly contested and not unanimous (6-3), but three factors weighed heavily in the decision:

  1. We as a District have to watch carefully our financial position. In 2014 we began operating in the red. At the end of 2016 we began to reverse that position with a hike in regional entry fees, but the contracts with our host hotels in the next few years look troublesome.
  2. Still financial--we are concerned that despite requests, we have been given no guidance from the WC as to the impact D17's withdrawal in June will have on us.
  3. We and our members value the monthly Forum very, very highly, but--again--we need facts and guidance as to the possible financial reprieve of the 50% or 75% Hybrid Delivery options recommended by your own Blue Ribbon Committee, or even other approaches such as enclosing the Forum in the Bulletin, delivery of papers at clubs, mailing only to members who opt in for extra charges, total digitality, etc.

None of our board members were happy about our withdrawal action, and we truly hope some agreement can be reached allowing the three WC districts to continue our Forum and STAC activities successfully.


Bill Grant

President D22 ACBL