Deschapelles Bridge Club
Founded April 14th, 1947
was described by his
contemporaries as the finest whist player the world had ever seen.
He invented the coup that
bears his name.
A Deschapelles Coup is the
sacrifice of an unnecessarily high honor in order to force an entry into
Attached are Deschapelles
Revised By-Laws Oct. 2014
Play shall begin
promptly at 11:00 A.M.
playing policy is Zero Tolerance.
“It strives to promote a
the table, while eliminating unacceptable behavior, including
gloating, profanity, and a variety of other offenses. Automatic
part of the
program. If you feel an infraction of Zero Tolerance has occurred at
call the director.” ACBL By-laws
members give voluntarily of their time to assure that Deschapelles is
well run and the most
prestigious women’s club. You, as members, are asked to do your
introduce yourselves and be courteous
There will be no
guests at the Birthday Party in April, Holiday Party and Club
games. “Open” Games are at the Director’s discretion with
President of Deschapelles’ Board approval, and within the ACBL
players may reserve special tables.
Championship games are established at the beginning of the year and
Guests must sign
in at the front desk before play begins. Guests must play a total of
four times to be considered for membership. The four times need not
in the same
calendar year. Should a guest play fewer than four times in one year,
she may play four times the following year until her application is
It is the
responsibility of the sponsoring member or members to submit an
application to the Secretary of the Board as soon as the guest has
played the required number of times.
guests should introduce them to the Director and the President of
Deschapelles. Candidates for membership are voted on at the first
Board meeting following receipt of application. (Board members may be
polled for their vote privately by the President or Membership
Chair.) An acceptance letter is then sent to the applicant informing
her that she will become a member with payment of current dues.
The Board has the right to allow new
non-members pairs that attend CBA student classes to play with
permission of the director and/or The President of the Board.. They
must make reservations with the Director. This addendum is to be
reviewed every year beginning January 2016 and may be rescinded at
any time the Board deems necessary. This addendum's purpose is to
bring new members to our club when membership totals are down.
are to be settled by the Director.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
DESCHAPELLES BRIDGE CLUB
The name of this
organization shall be Deschapelles Bridge Club.
The Object of
this organization shall be to promote meetings of the members in the
play of duplicate bridge games under the sanction and rules of the
American Contract Bridge League.
consist of Charter members and those duly elected by the Board of
The Board of
Directors shall consist of a minimum of nine (9) and a maximum of
fifteen (15) voting members – President, Vice-President,
Treasurer,Secretary, Membership- chairperson, and ten (10) Directors.
Board Members are to serve two-year terms.
shall meet each Monday of the year. On special holidays, the game
will be held at the Director’s discretion.
All funds of
Deschapelles Bridge Club – a not for profit organization paying
rent to the Cincinnati Bridge Association, shall be provided as set
forth in the by-laws.
constitution can be changed only by a majority two-thirds (2/3) vote
of the Board of Directors. Last amended Nov. 2014.
ARTICLE B I:
NAME Deschapelles Bridge Club
ARTICLE B II:
Section 1. The object of Deschapelles Bridge Club is to have fun,
play bridge, socialize, and meet other bridge players.
Section 2. Deschapelles has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy at all times.
A. “It strives to promote a friendly atmosphere at the
table, while eliminating unacceptable behavior, including
rudeness, intimidation, gloating, profanity, and a variety of
other offenses. Automatic penalties are part of the program. If
you feel an infraction of Zero Tolerance has occurred at your
table, please call the director.”
Duties of the game Director –
A. Call game promptly.
B. Arrive one hour before play begins.
C. Collect monies:
1. When the Director asks for volunteer assistance,
Director is still responsible for the monies.
2. Volunteer assistance should be a Board member
3. Maintain discipline and insure orderly
progression of the game.
D. The Director shall be the Club Manager:
1. Handle all business correspondence with the
Contract Bridge League.
2. Handle all business correspondence with the
Cincinnati Bridge Association.
1. Should the Director be on vacation, the
responsible for trying to find a replacement
first, and then ask the President to assist.
F. Directing the game:
1. Responsible for duplimating the Boards before
2. Responsible for Hand Records and Printouts.
3. Responsible for posting scores on the Internet.
G. Responsible for all scoring disputes and ruling
H. The Director is responsible for reporting any of
his/her income from the games to the IRS for taxes.
I. Chapter 4 of the ACBL by-laws defines the Director’s
Section 4. In the event of two (2) sections or more, we may
have an assistant
to the Director. Duties of the assistant shall be
determined by the
Director. The Director is to have total responsibility
for rulings in
all sections as well as her regular duties.
A. The Director may request additional Director(s) and
for the Holiday Party.
Section 1. The membership shall be limited to women.
Section 2. An applicant’s name may be submitted to the
consideration after she has played four (4) games as a
guest of any
member in good standing.
Section 3. There shall be no guests, other than houseguests,
at the Birthday
party, Holiday party, and Club Championship games. Dates
such to be posted at all times and in the printed
Section 4. An open discussion shall precede the election of a
This election shall be conducted by a vote of the Board
A. Any Board member may request a closed vote at any
Section 5. A quorum (2/3) two-thirds of the Board of
Directors is required to
elect a new member.
A. Board members may be individually polled for their
the President or the Membership Chair should there
not be a
convenient meeting scheduled.
Section 6. An applicant refused membership may, after one (1)
for membership by attending four (4) more meetings as a
Section 7. Former members who wish to be reinstated and resigned
in good standing will be treated as new members with payment
of current dues.
ARTICLE B IV:
A. A Nominating Committee of three (3) Board members will
submit a slate of officers (from the Board), on which
members must vote.
1. The slate of Board members should be ready for
at the October Board meeting.
2. The Nominating Committee is selected by the
B. There will be a special Board meeting prior to the
Party to elect officers for the coming year. Results
announced at the Holiday Party.
C. The President will request a willing member to fill
D. A two-thirds (2/3) vote (quorum) is required for
action by the
Board of Directors.
E. Board Members are elected for two-year terms.
F. The President may not serve more than two consecutive
G. Board Members may serve three (3) consecutive terms,
then must take one year off the Board.
A. The President
shall preside at all meetings,
keep order, and be
responsible that proper order of business is
President shall make announcements at all games and
the membership of the actions of the Board. She has
to appoint special committees and call special
meetings of the
Board of Directors.
1. In the absence of the President, the Vice-President
shall perform all the duties of the President.
B. The Treasurer
shall receive all monies paid
organization, make distribution of funds, and
adequate records of all receipts and disbursements.
Treasurer shall also prepare a condensed report,
on hand, to be presented at Board meetings.
C. The Secretary
shall keep and preserve records
of all meetings,
and shall – in conjunction with the President- take
care of all
correspondence for the Club concerning Deschapelles
D. The Membership Chair:
1. Responsible for posting the membership
applications on the
2. Responsible for collecting Membership
submitting them to the Board of Directors.
3. Maintaining the Deschapelles database in
4. Posting all new members on the bulletin Board.
5. Responsible for the bi annual calendar and
printing in conjunction with the Treasurer.
G. The Board of Directors may perform all lawful acts
proper and efficient management of the
ARTICLE B V:
Section 1. Play shall begin promptly at designated time.
A. Players who show up after play has started are
penalty points determined by the director.
B. Chronic late players are to be brought to the
C. Players may reserve tables only if they are
ARTICLE B VI:
Section 1. Annual club dues are payable September 1 through
Section 2. All new members accepted through November 1 will
be assessed annual dues.
Section 3. Guest entry fees shall be the same as that of
Require 2/3 (two-thirds) vote or quorum of the Board of Directors.
Revised October 1988, 2003, 2007,2014