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Jeff Johnston - 1955-2014


 Jeff Johnston Jeff Johnston, ppk


We have just learned of Jeff Johnston's untimely death on Dec. 29th of an apparent heart attack. As you all know, Jeff has been ACBL Director of Bridge Operations for many years. In that position, he has been the heart and soul of NABCs - searching for sites, as well as managing just about everything at NABCs. He also supervised much of the operation of ACBL headquarters and was always there to answer questions or refer them to the right person. It's hard to imagine ACBL without Jeff.

Jeff also helped USBF over the years in innumerable ways. When the USBCs were held in Memphis, he was our "behind the scenes" support, and when we first moved away from Memphis, he continued in that role, coming to the first several travelling USBCs as our logistics manager and then training first Ken Horwedel and then McKenzie Meyers to take over that role. Whenever we needed help with anything, from directors to screens, Jeff was there. We will miss him enormously in the coming years.

Memorial services for Jeff will be held Monday, Jan. 5 at:
Memorial Park Funeral Home
5668 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee  38119
Visitation will be from 10–11:30 a.m.; the memorial service begins at 11:30 a.m. 

It's Time to Pay 2015 dues

It's that time again Smile. Those of you who pay dues year by year need to pay your 2015 dues soon. This year, as we have for the last few years, we have a special deal to encourage you to pay three years in advance and to do so before March. If you pay your dues from now until the end of February, you can pay $130 for three years. Otherwise, dues are still $50 per year ($25 for Juniors) and are due January 1st, although there's no penalty for late payment. If you're hoping to earn Positioning Points in the Vanderbilt or Women's Swiss in New Orleans, you need to pay your dues before those events start, or pay dues at the rate of $150 per year within 2 weeks of earning Positioning Points.

You can pay your dues online using a credit card as well as by mail with a check or (not encouraged) at the Spring NABC in cash, with a credit card, or with a check. You cannot pay for 3 years at the reduced rate of $130 at the Spring NABC. To pay by check, mail a check for $50 for one year or $130 for three years to Stan Subeck, 106 Penn Court, Glenview IL 60026.

To pay your dues online:
Log onto USBF website
1. Go to
2. Click on the “LOG IN” button at the top right of the page (it’s in the blue margin).
3. Type your username in the box labeled (surprise) Username. Your username was originally your first initial followed by your last name, all in lower case letters. You may have changed it, or if you registered since the site was originally set up your username is whatever name you chose. If you can’t remember your username, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and I’ll tell you what it is.
4. Type your password in the box labeled Password. Your password was originally your ACBL number, with the letter capitalized. If you have changed it, I cannot find out what it is, but if you have forgotten I can reset it to your ACBL number.

Pay Dues
After you have logged on, click on “Pay Dues” which is the first item under the User Menu in the left hand margin. That will take you to a page where you may choose whether to pay for 1 year ($50) or for 3 years ($130) using a credit card. When you click on the 1 year or 3 year button you will be taken to Paypal, where they will try very hard to get you to use a Paypal account to pay, but there is a section called "Don't have a Paypal Account" where you can enter your information and credit card number to pay without a Paypal account. 

If you have any questions, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and I'll try to answer them. 

Thanks for paying early. 

Jan Martel



Tor Helness won the Open Individual, followed by Ilan Herbst and Geir Helgemo. Justin Lall finished seventh. In the Women's, Nicola Smith won, followed by Marion Michelsen and Catherine Draper. Irina Levitina, who finished 5th was the top US player.


Helgemo-Helness & Herbst-Herbst tied for first in the Open Pairs. Justin Lall & Roger Lee finished third, Vince Demuy and John Kranyak fourth. In the Women's, Michielsen-Wortel won, Ran-Wang were second, Wang-Lu third, Lynn Deas-Disa Eythosdottir finished fourth and Cheri Bjerkan-Pam Wittes fifth.


Curtis Cheek-Huub Bertens, Vince Demuy-John Kranyak and Justin Lall - Roger Lee lost an exciting and high-scoring finals to Israel, 97-142 to finish with the silver medal in the 2014 SportAccord Open Team event. Monaco defeated China for the bronze.

In the Women's event, the USBF team (Cheri Bjerkan-Pam Wittes, Lynn Deas-Disa Eythorsdottir and Irina Levitina-Kerri Sanborn finished third in the Round Robin and defeated China in a close match, 85-78 to win the Bronze. England defeated Netherlands in the finals match.

The SportAccord event continues with pairs competition on Saturday and Sunday and Individual on Monday & Tuesday.

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