By Carolyn Newcomb, District 17 President

The holiday season is upon us. As you are reading this, the Seattle NABC will just be concluding. These events require lots of planning and hard work on the part of a lot of volunteers, and provides plenty of fun for everyone. Volunteers are beginning the planning in District 17 for three upcoming NABCs: Phoenix in November 2013, Las Vegas in July 2014, and Denver in 2015. These will have some impact on our five year regional tournament schedule. Be sure to check our web site at at http://www.d17acbl.org for details.

Grand National Team (GNT) Qualifiers

GNT qualifying games are being held at clubs. The District 17 finals have been moved to Denver and will be held May 28-30, 2012. Participants in the District finals will receive a generous travel allowance when they come to play in Denver. The winners in each flight will be awarded a $1,600 travel allowance per team to attend the national finals in Philadelphia in mid-July. This is a grass-roots event that is an excellent opportunity to compete at a national level. Make plans to attend. We would love to hear what you think we should do to increase participation in the GNTs. Please contact me or Darryl Helton - marshahelt@aol.com - GNT Chairman for District 17 with your suggestions.

Phoenix Desert Empire Regional

The Phoenix Regional at the Talking Stick Resort was an overwhelming success, with a 50% increase in table count over the prior year. Naturally, there were some growing pains when the tournament swelled to 2,499 tables, but the tournament staff handled them with great finesse.


The tournament was kicked off with a Pro-Am event that had over 50 tables in play. This was followed by a lovely reception where everyone had a good time. I played in this event this year for the first time, and my hat is off to the organizers of this event, including Rod Bias, who set the tone of fun for all. The event started in 2006 with 15 tables and has grown each year.  My partner, Judy Brown, played like a pro and we came in fourth. She had planned to stay at the tournament through Thursday, but when I saw her on Saturday, she was still playing. I love to see us encourage our newer players. Good job, Phoenix.

District 17 Meeting

The Board met at Phoenix on Saturday. The Baldwin Plan committee presented a major revision to the plan, which should be approved in Tucson in February. The purpose of the revision was to clarify the role of District 17 and the host units for our regional tournaments. We also wanted to change the tone of the Baldwin Plan to reflect the spirit of cooperation between the District and the Units.


District 17 is in a very healthy financial position with over $150,000 in our treasury. We are considering a program of grants to units who don’t hold regionals. A committee of the Board is studying the best way to implement such a program. The purpose of these grants would be to help our Units remain financially viable and able to hold sectional tournaments. I would enjoy hearing your ideas about this proposal.

Contact me

I love hearing from you. Send me your opinions and perspective. You may contact me at 303.979.9409, through the District website at http://www.d17acbl.org, or by emailing me at carolynnewcomb@yahoo.com


Carolyn’s Comments
By Carolyn Newcomb
District 17 President
The holiday season is upon us. As you are reading this, the Seattle NABC will just be concluding. These events require lots of planning and hard work on the part of a lot of volunteers, and provides plenty of fun for everyone. Volunteers are beginning the planning in District 17 for three upcoming NABCs: Phoenix in November 2013, Las Vegas in July 2014, and Denver in 2015. These will have some impact on our five year regional tournament schedule. Be sure to check our web site at at http://www.d17acbl.org for details.
Grand National Team (GNT) Qualifiers
GNT qualifying games are being held at clubs. The District 17 finals have been moved to Denver and will be held May 28-30, 2012. Participants in the District finals will receive a generous travel allowance when they come to play in Denver. The winners in each flight will be awarded a $1,600 travel allowance per team to attend the national finals in Philadelphia in mid-July. This is a grass-roots event that is an excellent opportunity to compete at a national level. Make plans to attend. We would love to hear what you think we should do to increase participation in the GNTs. Please contact me or Darryl Helton - marshahelt@aol.com - GNT Chairman for District 17 with your suggestions.
Phoenix Desert Empire Regional
The Phoenix Regional at the Talking Stick Resort was an overwhelming success, with a 50% increase in table count over the prior year. Naturally, there were some growing pains when the tournament swelled to 2,499 tables, but the tournament staff handled them with great finesse.
The tournament was kicked off with a Pro-Am event that had over 50 tables in play. This was followed by a lovely reception where everyone had a good time. I played in this event this year for the first time, and my hat is off to the organizers of this event, including Rod Bias, who set the tone of fun for all. The event started in 2006 with 15 tables and has grown each year.  My partner, Judy Brown, played like a pro and we came in fourth. She had planned to stay at the tournament through Thursday, but when I saw her on Saturday, she was still playing. I love to see us encourage our newer players. Good job, Phoenix.
District 17 Meeting
The Board met at Phoenix on Saturday. The Baldwin Plan committee presented a major revision to the plan, which should be approved in Tucson in February. The purpose of the revision was to clarify the role of District 17 and the host units for our regional tournaments. We also wanted to change the tone of the Baldwin Plan to reflect the spirit of cooperation between the District and the Units.
District 17 is in a very healthy financial position with over $150,000 in our treasury. We are considering a program of grants to units who don’t hold regionals. A committee of the Board is studying the best way to implement such a program. The purpose of these grants would be to help our Units remain financially viable and able to hold sectional tournaments. I would enjoy hearing your ideas about this proposal.
Contact me
I love hearing from you. Send me your opinions and perspective. You may contact me at 303.979.9409, through the District website at http://www.d17acbl.org, or by emailing me at carolynnewcomb@yahoo.com



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