District 5 Goodwill Committee


Membership on the ACBL Goodwill Committee is a lifetime appointment. This committee is composed of all past and present appointees and members at large. Members at large are district directors, chairmen of the Board of Governors, honorary members, and "ACBL Goodwill Members of the Year." The chairman of the ACBL Goodwill Committee is elected by the ACBL Board of Directors for a three-year term. The Goodwill Committee chairperson names seven assistant chairpersons to serve concurrently. The assistant chairpersons represent ACBL's geographic areas, which are: East, South, Midwest, Northwest, Southwest, Eastern Canada, and (with the Manitoba-Ontario border as the dividing point) Western Canada. Every calendar year each member of the ACBL Board of Directors appoints two ACBL members to the Goodwill Committee. Each district director may also make up to two additional appointments to fill district vacancies created by deaths of prior appointees.

The ACBL Goodwill Committee and its individual members work to create goodwill for ACBL. They receive, convey, and act on suggestions for the betterment of ACBL, particularly in the areas of active ethics, conduct, tournament conditions, bridge for Juniors, and bridge for the handicapped. Annually, the Goodwill Committee chairmen recommend to the ACBL Board of Directors their choice for the "ACBL Goodwill Member of the Year" award from among nominations received from ACBL unit organizations. The ACBL Goodwill Committee sponsors the ACBL's Active Ethics program, which educates ACBL members to the highest standards of conduct and propriety.

All members of the ACBL Goodwill Committee receive, and are thereafter entitled to wear, the official Goodwill Committee pin. Replacement pins are available to members at ACBL's cost.

ACBL awards the title "ACBL Goodwill Member of the Year" to an ACBL member who has exhibited unselfish dedication to the causes of good conduct, worthy participation, and ethical behavior. ACBL inscribes the honoree's name on a permanent plaque, which it keeps at its headquarters. ACBL sends a replica of the plaque to the honoree. ACBL also sends a "Proclamation of Goodwill" to each person nominated for the honor.

The ACBL Goodwill Committee slogan is "It is nice to be important but more important to be nice."


The ACBL Goodwill Committee takes an active part in making bridge available to the hearing impaired. A Goodwill Day is held at each NABC. Each player playing that day is given a small gift as a reminder to practice goodwill. The ACBL Goodwill Committee, together with the ACBL Education Department, hosts the Junior Day reception between sessions usually on the first Saturday of each NABC. The ACBL Goodwill Committee chairmen host a between sessions reception for all members of the Committee on Goodwill Day at each NABC. The Goodwill Committee issues proclamations of goodwill at each NABC.

    Complete List of Appointments:

 Year Appointee Home Appointee Home
2016 Elaina Dylewski Erie, PA Elizabeth Goldthwait Youngstown, OH
  Bill Hogsett Cleveland, OH Donna Steffan East Amherst, NY
2015 Hope Ellis Cleveland, OH Saleh Fetouh Buffalo, NY
  Doris Mikstay Canton, OH    
2014 Andy Halpern Chagrin Falls, OH Dale Fishbeck Youngstown, OH
  Michael Stahr Stow, OH Kathleen Dammeyer Erie, PA
2013 Alex Bealles Butler, PA Catherine Majewski W Seneca, NY
  Cathy Marsteller Niles, OH Tom Martin Hudson, OH
2012 Douglas Henderson Rocky River, OH Sally Veauthier Columbiana, OH
  Margaret Robinson Altoona, PA Jane Marshall Pittsburgh, PA
2011 Barb Bergman Wexford, PA Brian Ellis Cleveland, OH
  Shirley Lundstrom Cuyahoga Falls, OH Gladys Martin Hudson, OH
2010 Mary Jo Johnston Latrobe, PA Patricia Rasmus Hamburg, NY
  Charles Smith Erie, PA Marc Sylvester Edinboro, PA
2009 Jay Levy Amherst, NY Jim Overcashier East Canton, OH
  Dale Durbin Stow, OH Susan Stark Cleveland, OH
 2008  Jack Goodykoontz  Morgantown, WV  James Reeve  North Royalton, OH
   Ann Leone  Boardman, OH  John Tscholl  Canton, OH
 2007  Richard Burgess  Chesterland, OH  Kathy Pollock  Tonawanda, NY
   Patricia Kiser  Keyser, WV  Peggy Shivetts  Latrobe, PA
 2006  Conner Boyd  Wheeling, WV  Marcella Retetagos  Pittsburgh, PA
   Barbara Cook  Hollidaysburg, PA  Michael Ryan  Buffalo, NY
 2005  Barbara Bacon  Rocky River, OH  Sharon Rohr  Pittsburgh, PA
   Nada Kohtz  Hudson, OH  Lynn Rafferty  Columbiana, OH
 2004  Mary Lou Campbell  North Canton, OH  Rosemary Kleis  Solon, OH
   Dorothy Hendricks  Sistersville, WV  Elnora Morgan  Derrick City, PA
 2003  Pat Harrison  Brunswick, OH  Barbara Marinak  Bellwood, PA
   Arlene Port  Pittsburgh, PA  Richard Rasmus  Hamburg, NY
 2002  Mary Paulone Carns  Export, PA  Mary Spooner  Medina, OH
   George Cross  New Castle, PA  Jim Sullivan  Richfield, OH
 2001  Peter Halmos  Cumberland, MD  Sandra Schuchert  Pittsburgh, PA
   Paul Neidlinger  Youngstown, OH  Cathy Wolford  Aurora, OH
 2000  Susie Bedall  Akron, OH  Peg Clifford  Canton, OH
   Judie Lamberton  Erie, PA  Dean Parsons  Washington, WV
 Year Appointee Home Appointee Home
 1999  Ann Markunas  Hudson OH  * Patrick Spooner  Strongsville OH
   Ernie Retetagos  Pittsburgh PA  Nancy Welsh  Karns City PA
 1998  Douglas L Bishop  Canton OH  Steven Grzegorzewski  Meadville PA
   August L Costanzo  Pittsburgh PA  George E Kury  Johnstown PA
 1997  Charles E Coleman  Youngstown OH  Donna Largent  Cleveland OH
   Margaret Klamp  Williamsville NY  Robert P Olin  Kenmore NY
 1996  Jane R Crowley  Ellwood City PA  Mary Anne McNeirney  Pittsburgh PA
   Bernardine M Czarnecki  North Tonawanda NY  Sophie T Novak  Solon Ohio
 1995  Jan Assini  Chagrin Falls OH  *Mary Mertz  Cleveland OH
   Dick Early  Cuyahoga Falls OH  Alice Williams  Pittsburgh PA
 1994  Maureen Irwin  Youngstown OH  * Peter Mollemet  Williamsville NY
   * Kaye Lux  Massillon OH    
 1993  * Roni Atkins  Pittsburgh PA  Shirley Irish  Erie PA
   * Phyllis Heller  Pittsburgh PA  Kermit Wolford  Aurora OH
 1992  Sharon Benz  Buffalo NY  Richard Fleischman  University Heights OH
   Sharon Fairchild  Rocky River OH  Linda Mrowca  Westlake OH  
 1991  P Jane Keliher  Meadville PA  Murray Rosenthal  Copley OH
   Mary Anne Laier  Canton OH  William Lindgren  Slippery Rock PA
 1990  Beverly Carter  Brunswick OH  Elsiemae Smith  Cuyahoga Falls OH
   Pat Chisholm  Newbury OH  William Wise  Maple Heights OH
 Year Appointee Home Appointee Home
 1989  Jan George  Pittsburgh PA  * Dr. Bernard Scott  Erie PA
   Betty McGraw  Massillon OH  * Ann Zwack  Allison Park PA
 1988  * Michael F Cassel  Shaker Heights OH  * Robert H Lind  Tonawanda NY
   Jo Hollingsworth  Lakewood OH  * Mrs. W A Rieker  North Tonawanda NY
 1987  Iola Croner  Ambridge PA  * Grace Moore  Pittsburgh PA
   S Graham Kelly  Hudson OH  * Fred Sorensen  Pittsburgh PA
 1986  * Mrs. Arvel Creech  Willoughby OH  * Mrs. Robert Lind  Tonawanda NY
   Joe Dragoun  Steubenville OH  * Marvin Melamed  Cleveland OH
 1985  Lois DiPlacido  Erie PA  Charles Gorham  Wellsville NY
   R W Dunkerley  Industry PA  Marilyn Hutchinson  Titusville PA
 1984  * Charles Deitle  Akron OH  Shirley Svenson  Akron OH
   Mary Lou Harmon  Bethel Park PA  * Wendall Van Court  Youngstown OH
 1983  *Julia Halloran  Wooster OH  * George Lamproplos  Greensburg PA
 1982  * Mrs. Sydney Freedman  Pittsburgh PA  *John Ostergard  Olean NY
 1981  * Nomi Connell  Massillon OH  * Howard Friedman  Massillon OH
 1980  Gail Carns  Export PA  * Margaret Piemme  Beaver PA
 Year Appointee Home Appointee Home
 1979  * T William Babb  Cleveland OH  * Marian Truesdell  Youngstown OH
 1978  * Mrs. William Sable  Pittsburgh PA  John O Toy  Buffalo NY
 1977  * Ernest E Larsen  Brecksville OH  Betty Tatum  North Canton OH
 1976  * Clint C Burns  Latrobe PA  * Mrs. Arthur McCarthy  Buffalo NY
 1975  * Mrs. Joseph Mallinger  Pittsburgh PA  * Frankiin C. Stauffer  Sharpsville PA
 1974  * Arthur Goldsmith  Shaker Heights OH  * Lucille Goldsmith  Shaker Heights OH
 1973  * E.C. Donaghy  Slippery Rock PA  * Fay Landau  Pittsburgh PA
 1972  * Robert A Beighel  Carnegie PA  Edith 0 Weiser  Pittsburgh PA
 1971  * S Freedman  Pittsburgh PA  * Mrs. Clemens E Gunn  Cleveland OH
 1970  * Leslie Dus  Cleveland OH  * Mrs. Calvin Weston  Youngstown OH
 Year Appointee Home Appointee Home
 1969  * Dr. Paul Castelle  Cumberland MD  * Mrs. C McGuckin  Akron OH
 1968  * R T Cook  Cleveland OH  * Mrs. W E Moore  Pittsburgh PA
 1967  * Mrs. Joseph Frank  Pittsburgh PA  * Elmer Schwartz  Cleveland OH
 1966  * Loraine Blackwood  Parkersburg WV  * Beverly Morgan  Corry PA
 1965  * Mrs. Keith Barber  Mount Lebanon PA  * David Tamres  Pittsburgh PA
 1964  * Marion Reich  Charleston WV  * George B Simmonds  Altoona PA
 1963  * Abe Feigus  Cumberland MD  * Helen Plummer  Pittsburgh PA
 1962  * Harry Glick  Pittsburgh PA  * Gertrude Mason  Erie PA
 1961  * Mrs. James Ferguson  Belle Vernon PA  * Fred Kilchenstein  Pittsburgh PA
 1960  * Ted Majeroni  Erie PA  Mrs. William L Miller  Pittsburgh PA
 Year Appointee Home Appointee Home
 1959  * Mrs. C J McGovern  Pittsburgh PA  * Harry 0 Shockey  Uniontown PA
 1958  * Lois Albright  Pittsburgh PA  * James P Ferguson  Belle Vernon PA
 1957  * Dr. Robert Israel    * Mary Tiernan  

* - Deceased

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