There are six members of Unit 360 running for election to the 2022 Board of Directors. Three are present members of the Board running for re-election and there are three newcomers. The incumbents are Bonnie Bagley, Bud Raabe and Robin Spaulding; the newcomers are Kay Brock, Dave Loring and Maureen Tuttle. Biographies of all six candidates appear below. The ballots for this election will be distributed via "Survey Monkey" to all active members with a valid Email address with instructions on completing the ballot and returning it by November 1, 2021. Each voter will be able to vote for up to four (4) candidates. Active members who do not have a valid Email address will be mailed a hard copy of the ballot and will be able to vote by returning their ballot to the election committee by November 1, 2021.
Please address any questions to election committee chairman Howard Donaldson, (719) 594-4184 or email@example.com.
Having joined ACBL and therefore District 17 and therefore Unit 360 in 1994, I am now a veteran. Having served 20 years on the D17 Board, I am now a veteran. Having served previously on the Unit 360 board and ex-officio via being on the district and national boards, I am a veteran.
Why am I running for reelection? I believe I still have a lot to contribute and am willing to do so. I am the Unit Tournament Coordinator and chair of the sectionals. My experience running tournaments is useful and my knowledge of the "workings" of ACBL and District 17 can often help cut through red tape, quickly get to the source and solve problems.
Possible 2022 goals for the Board of Directors:
- Encourage our players to return to the Bridge Center by providing a safe and healthy environment.
- Encourage online play as well as face to face play.
- Recruit new members.
- Welcome the members from Unit 367 who have joined us.
My personal goals are:
- Produce the best sectionals ever - one 299er and two Open, with the possibility of holding one sectional at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo.
- Train a willing volunteer to replace me in two years.
- Retire from governance December 31, 2023.
We have a unique, wonderful, friendly and welcoming environment in which to play bridge and willing volunteers to keep everything running smoothly. I am eager and committed to continue doing my part to ensure our unit remains the best in District 17. I appreciate your vote.
I am an attorney licensed to practice law in Colorado and Texas. I spent my 35-year legal career working for the State of Texas, Travis County and the City of Austin. My legal specialties are business bankruptcy law and local taxation. I retired and moved to Colorado Springs from Austin, Texas with my husband Brad in 20219 to escape the Texas heat, and we love it here. I have three adult children who live in Texas. In addition to playing bridge, I like to play the piano, sing with the Velvet Hills Chorus, read, embroider and travel.
The Bridge Center is facing unprecedented challenges as it expands to encompass the addition of members from outside the immediate Colorado Springs geographic area and seeks to adjust to new community health advisories and standards. I helped edit the Unit's COVID-19 rules and waiver document, and I have agreed to co-chair upcoming Unit 360 sectional tournaments, for which we are considering possible new locations to better serve our expanded membership base. My background makes me well qualified to help overcome the many challenges we face. I am committed to making our Bridge Center of the future even more of what we all hope and expect it to become.
Dave Loring has worked as a leadership coach and consultant focusing on individual, interpersonal, team, and organizational development. He has over thirty years of experience in coaching and in developing and facilitating workshops on strategy implementation, leadership development, team building, and diversity. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America and has developed and delivered programs for clients worldwide. Dave worked for over 15 years for AT&T and Ameritech in the Operations and Organizational Development Departments. Prior to his work with AT&T, Dave was a high school history teacher on the south side of Chicago. In 1972, Dave received his bachelor's degree in History and American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and in 1984 received his master's degree in Organizational Development from Loyola University in Chicago.
OK, that's the formal business part of me. My wife, Ellen, and I have been married for almost 46 years, and we have two children, Brandon and Katie, both of whom are married and living in Chicago. We have one grandson, Jackson, who is pretty amazing. I am happy to show you his most recent pictures.
I started playing bridge in college, and after I graduated, life got in the way. Other than some occasional rubber bridge, I did not play until coming to the Bridge Center in 2017. Here I have made some wonderful new friendships, as well as improving my bridge playing.
So, why am I running for the Board? I think I can help. I've been an effective leader at the various places I've worked over the last 45 years, I have experience in helping teams and organizations become high performing, and I deeply care about the people in our Bridge Center. Especially after Covid. I contacted the virus, gave it to Ellen, and watched as scores of friends got sick, went to the hospital, and some died. Covid has rocked my world, and I'd like to help myself and others to use our Bridge Center, our friends here, and playing safe face-to-face bridge, as a way to help us heal, recover, and grow stronger.
Thanks for considering my candidacy.
I have been on the Unit Board of Directors since January, 2020. I was elected President of the Board of Directors in thespring of 2021. I had three goals for Unit 360 when I was elected President:
1. Reopen the Bridge Center under safe and healthy conditions.
2. Improve communication with Unit 360 member and keep members informed.
3. Help the Club Owners and Directors administer bridge games at the Bridge Center and help other bridge clubs in Southern Colorado.
With the help of the members of the Board of Directors and other members of Unit 360, we have made significant progress toward these goals, but we still have work to do. I would like to be elected to another term on the Board of Directors to help facilitate this progress and make the Unit 360 bridge clubs the best places to play bridge in Southern Colorado..
I am currently the Secretary on the Board.
When I worked, I was a forester for the State of Colorado and the City of Colorado Springs as well as a Conservation Specialist with Colorado Springs Utilities. But now that I am retired, I enjoy filling my days with hiking, paddle boarding and of course, playing bridge.
I appreciate all the members for their patience and concern during the difficult and challenging times we have faced during the pandemic. I am proud of how we have united to face this challenge by taking care of one another and that's also why I am equally proud to be associated with Unit 360 and enthusiastic about continuing to serve. I want to do whatever I can to help our club thrive by increasing membership and continuing to provide a safe and healthy environment in which to play bridge.
I am committed to doing my part by continuing to do a prompt and thorough job as secretary and continue assisting in whatever areas are needed to make our club even more successful.
I have lived in Colorado Springs since 2001. Our daughter was about to graduate from Colorado College that year, and had decided not to move back to the East Coast; so we moved here. It was a great decision as we love Colorado Springs!
I have a Business Administration degree from George Mason University, with a concentration in Marketing and Accounting. I also have a Culinary Degree. I was the Employee Relations Officer at Georgetown University for 4 years. I left this position to start our family. Eventually, I returned to the workforce and was employed as a real estate agent for 18 years in Virginia. I became part owner of Help U Sell Realty here in Colorado Springs. In 2008, I decide to retire from real estate and enjoy the finer things, like bridge and tennis. Both hobbies are part of my life today. My husband and I enjoy life here in The Springs, living near our daughter and her family. Life is good!
I would be glad to serve on the Board of Unit 360 in any capacity in which I could be of service. My area of expertise was Marketing, and I believe my experience in successfully dealing with people has prepared me to help the Board of Directors meet the significant challenges that confront us as we emerge from the pandemic and expand our membership base.