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Notice of 2014 USBF Board Election
ATTENTION ALL USBF MEMBERS

This Fall the USBF will conduct an election to fill 2 seats on its Board of Directors.   The seats are for a three-year term commencing January 1, 2015. 

USBF Board members must be currently active USBF members, having paid the  2014 annual active or resident member dues of $50.

The USBF Nominating Committee will meet soon to nominate candidates for the two positions.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THE USBF BOARD OF DIRECTORS, PLEASE EMAIL THE CHAIR OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) WITH YOUR NAME AND A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF WHY YOU WANT TO SERVE ON THE BOARD BY AUGUST 6TH.

In addition to those candidates nominated by the nominating committee, candidates may be nominated by petition. Twenty-five or more Active of Resident Members of USBF may nominate an Active or Resident Member for a Board position. To file a petition nominating a candidate, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the name of the candidate and the names and email addresses of the people making the nomination on or before October 3, 2014. If there are no petition candidates, the candidates nominated by the Nominating Committee will either be elected without the need for an election (if there are only two nominees), or will be the entire slate of nominees for the election.

See the election timeline for when things happen. Download the Election Procedures for more complete information about the election

 
Buffett Cup Statement

Statement from USBF President re Buffett Cup

 

This statement is in response to recent correspondence about the role of the USBF in the 2014 Buffett Cup. Bob Hamman has been the US organizer of the Buffett Cup since its inception. Last year, Bob asked the USBF Board to take over organizing the Buffett Cup, including funding and team selection. The Board indicated it would seriously consider this, and George Jacobs, then USBF President, asked non-Board members Jill Levin and Warren Spector to investigate what would be involved and report back to the Board.

This March, Bob, Jill & Warren asked the USBF Board to fund the US team’s business class air travel to the 2014 Buffett Cup. On March 13th the Board agreed to fund these expenses only if we had material input on team selection. George Jacobs appointed two Board member representatives to meet with Jill and Warren to discuss team selection.  Despite Bob, Jill, and Warren's considerable efforts, it quickly became clear there had been a major communications disconnect between them and the USBF Board when, at a telephone meeting on March 16, our Board representatives were told the team had already been chosen with no Board input. On March 18, a second telephone meeting was held but the original committee and the USBF Board representatives could not reach agreement.

The Board’s issues were with the process of team selection. Attempts to find a solution amenable to all parties, including the top pairs, failed, and on April 10th, the USBF Board rescinded its March 13th resolution to provide funding to the Buffett Cup team. The Board’s April 10th resolution has been posted on our website for the last two months.

Less than one month passed from the time we voted to fund business class airfare until the time we formally rescinded that funding. The potential for funding withdrawal was communicated to Bob within a week after initial funding was approved, and well before the formal rescission of funding.

 

Howard Weinstein

President, USBF

 

Note:  In his e-mail response to Paul Hackett, Jean-Charles Allavena made reference to (Monaco) being victimized yet once again by the USBF. It is unclear what he is referencing, but it may include the Vanderbilt ruling from a couple of years ago and/or the issue with entry deadlines from last summer's Spingold. The USBF had absolutely nothing to do with these perceived affronts to Monaco. Also, any Buffett Cup issues from two years ago had nothing to do with the USBF, which had no role in the event. If there is another affront which may actually be attributable to the USBF, hopefully Jean-Charles will enlighten the USBF.

 
NICKELL WINS 2014 USBC

Congratulations to the Nick Nickell team on winning the 2014 USBC in a dramatic come-from-behind final set! Nick Nickell, Ralph Katz, Bobby Levin, Steve Weinstein, Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell will be USA1 for the 2015 Bermuda Bowl. The Diamond team have now finished second in too many USBCs to count.

Nickell team

Steve Weinstein, Eric Rodwell, Jeff Meckstroth, Ralph Katz, Bobby Levin, Nick Nickell & "Koach" Eric Kokish

 
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