Beyond the games at the NABCs, members can enjoy educational programs. Below is a listing of the seminars being offered in Chicago. For more information, contact

Club and Cruise Directors Course (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 4, 5 and 6)

This comprehensive course prepares candidates for directing club and bridge cruise games. Anyone interested in becoming a club director or a director aboard a cruise ship is invited to participate. Study materials may be purchased through Baron Barclay Bridge Supply (

Online registration is open until July 24. You can also register by contacting Joyce Stone at 662-253-3138 or sending an email to

Fee: $50

Date: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – Aug. 4, 5 and 6.

Time: 1-10 p.m. Tuesday with dinner break

9 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday with lunch and dinner breaks

9 a.m. – noon Thursday followed by lunch break and testing

Management Technology Committee Meeting

Membership is invited to hear updates on ACBL tech projects.
Rules of decorum for public meetings will be enforced to ensure productivity and respect.

Date: August 6
Time: 4 p.m.

Reception for Club Officials and Teachers (Friday, Aug.7)

Enjoy ACBL’s thank you reception for the club officials and teachers who recruit and retain our members. All club managers, teachers and club directors are encouraged to attend.  ACBL staff members will be available to answer your questions about marketing, clubs, ACBLScore®, membership, teacher accreditation, youth bridge programs, disciplinary matters and Ruling the Game.

Free of charge.

Date: Friday, Aug. 7

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Club Director Refresher Course (Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12)

This continuing education course for club directors covers updates to Chapters 4 and 5 of the ACBL handbook. Participants must attend both sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Fee: $15 covers both sessions. Sign up at door.

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12

Time: 9:00 am – noon, both days

The TAP — Teacher Accreditation Program (Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 6, 7 and 8)

Receive an introduction to the ACBL Bridge Series material and other popular teaching products. Learn modern teaching techniques from one of the ACBL’s premier teachers in this 10-hour interactive learning course which includes three hours of hands-on experience. Learn the business side of teaching bridge and be introduced to 64 weeks of class material and more! There are even techniques to move your students into playing duplicate faster.

You can also pre-register by contacting the education department at 662-253-3115 or emailing for more information.

Fee: $125 (Free for previously accredited ACBL teachers and players 25 and younger; if you qualify to take the tap for free, please register at the door instead of registering online)

Date: Thursday, Friday and Saturday – August 6, 7 and 8

Time: 1:00p.m. – 5:00p.m. Thursday, August 6

8:30 a.m. – Noon Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8

Board of Governors and ACBL Annual Membership Meeting (Sunday, August 9)

All members of the ACBL Board of Governors are invited to attend. This meeting is also open to the ACBL General membership. Discussion will include recent actions of the Board of Directors and reports from the CEO and treasurer, as well as new proposals from the Board of Governors.

Date: Sunday, August 9
Time: 10 a.m.

Learn Bridge in A Day? ® (Sunday, August 9)

Move quickly along the initial learning curve. Participants should include true beginners, those returning to bridge after long absences and those wanting to “test the waters” before committing to formal classes. The concentrated course includes both class instruction and coached play. No pre-registration required. For more information contact Patty Tucker at or call 404-735-4779.

To view the Learn Bridge in a Day? flier, click here.

Fee: $15 when you pre-register, $20 at the door. Textbooks and door prizes are included in the fee.

Date: Sunday, Aug. 9

Time: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Learn Bridge in A Day?® Instructor Accreditation (Sunday, August 9)

This program instructs teachers in methods of administering and presenting LBIAD.

Teachers wishing to be accredited must complete the following two requirements:

1) Serve as a Table Mentor at an LBIAD seminar led by either Melissa Bernhardt or Patty Tucker, and

2) Attend a two-hour LBIAD Teacher Training event presented by Whirlwind Bridge.

Teacher Training will include information on organizing and marketing LBIAD as well as maximizing retention rates, writing effective grant requests and the presentation of the seminar.

Date: Sunday, August 9

Time:  Seminar 1-6 p.m. Instructor Accreditation 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. A light meal will be provided 6:00-6:30 p.m.

Fee: $75.  For any teacher wishing to purchase an LBIAD License within 30 days of Accreditation, $50 of the $75 fee will be applied to the first-year License fee.

To register, or if you have questions, please contact Melissa Bernhardt at

Audrey Grant’s Continuing Education for Teachers and Club Managers (Sunday, August 9)

When it comes to bridge, Audrey Grant is a household name. For decades, she has taught students, teachers and club owners across the world. Her hands-on approach and creative use of the table, cards and bid boxes has helped keep students engaged, excited and focused.

Audrey will walk through and explain these teaching techniques in this hour-and-a-half seminar. Following the seminar, you can attend her free two-hour bridge lesson. You’ll observe Audrey’s techniques at work and see how she leaves each student hungering to learn more.

For more information on Audrey Grant, visit

Fee: $20 covers Audrey Grant’s textbook and seminar; free breakfast sponsored by Baron Barclay Bridge Supply

Date: Sunday, Aug. 9

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Free Lesson: 10 a.m. – Noon

Zero Tolerance Workshop (Monday, August 10)

A workshop focused on handling zero tolerance and behavioral issues in club games.

Free of charge.

Date: Monday, Aug. 10

Time: 10 a.m. – noon