Peter Rank - 1938 - 2017
Peter Rank, 2015 photo courtesy of ACBL
We heard with sadness of Peter Rank's death. He was a part of USBF from its founding in 2000 until he resigned as USBF counsel in December, 2007 because of possible conflicts of interest between USBF and ACBL.
Peter drafted all of USBF's corporate documents, saw us through initial corporate filings and IRS tax exemption, as well as handling many other legal issue for USBF. He will be missed by all of us, as by so many other bridge players.
Michael Seamon - 1960-2017
The bridge world has lost a talented, charming, wonderful person.
Michael, you will be sorely missed.
Michael most recently represented the USBF in the World Mixed Team Championship in Wroclaw, Poland in 2016, and was a frequent participant in Open United States Bridge Championships.
A brilliant player and a wonderful human being.
USBF Board Actions - January, 2017 meeting
At its first meeting of 2017, the USBF Board:
Elected the following officers:
President: Marty Fleisher
Vice President: Josh Parker
Treasurer & CFO: Stan Subeck
Secretary & COO: Jan Martel
Recorder: Jack Oest
Decided to give each member of the Savchenko team a $60 credit to be used for entry fees in any future USBC, because of an incident that occurred at the Mixed USBC for which the Board thought USBF should take some responsibility.
Approved Eldad Ginossar's application for Resident Membership in USBF.
Decided that even though the 2017 Open USBC will be selecting 2 teams for the 2017 Bermuda Bowl, and therefore will have 2 more matches than Open USBCs that select only 1 team, the USBF should continue its commitment to have 120 board matches throughout the Open USBC. Therefore this year's Open USBC will be 14 days long.