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THE EBU & EBU News

MERCIAN A MESSAGE

FROM THE CHAIRMAN

DUBROVNIK On June 4th, at an Extra-

CONGRESS ordinary General Meeting, the

Shareholders of the EBU

voted, by a majority of almost

two to one, to embrace

9th -14th October 2008 universal membership through Peter Stocken

Pay to Play, starting in April

Hotel Excelsior, Dubrovnik, 2010. It was an historic majority of our members play:

Croatia decision and the culmination

of two and half years of very

our clubs.

Working away in the

hard work by a group of background there will also be

dedicated people determined a Business Planning Group,

to change the course of the which will be reviewing all the

English Bridge Union so that it operations of the EBU in the

can develop the game of light of the new and

Duplicate Bridge and serve challenging direction the

every one of its members at organisation has taken.

whatever level they may play. Much is going to change

The Board moved fast to set over the next few years and

the implementation process in some hard decisions will have

motion. At its meeting of June to be taken. But with the help

11th, it set up a Project Board, and cooperation of all

chaired by Sally Bugden, which concerned, and with

will be responsible for the continued and even greater

overall control of the project. consultation of the kind we

♦ Pre-congress Pairs It further established a Club launched in June 2007 in the

♦ Open Pairs Committee as a permanent preparation for Pay to Play, I

♦ Pivot Teams sub-committee of the Board. am certain we shall succeed.

This will be chaired by Finally, on a personal note, I

♦ Men’s, Ladies’ and Mixed Pairs Graham Jepson and will be regard this momentous step

♦ Swiss Pairs and Swiss Teams vital in delivering a wide range that the EBU has taken as the

of services to all our clubs. catalyst for reconstruction that

(both Green-pointed) The creation of this I have been waiting for from

Committee, and the the day I first joined the Board

importance the Board attaches in October 1988. Indeed, I am

Bridge Fees: £104 to it, signals the shift of the so convinced of its merit that I

Entries to EBU Competitions Department centre of gravity of the EBU believe that in a few years’

Broadfields, Bicester Road, Aylesbury, away from its tournament time people will look back and

Bucks HP19 8AZ players – important though wonder why on earth didn’t

they are – towards where the someone think of it before.

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For travel and accommodation FREE COPY OF THE LAW BOOK

please contact THE Board of the English Bridge Union will provide one copy of

the new law book free of charge to every affiliated EBU club

Mercian Travel Centre Limited which has paid its current affiliation fee, and one free copy to

each County. This has been made possible by the generosity of

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FREEPHONE 0800 036 8372 Arrangements have been made for bulk delivery to the

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