AILEEN OSOFSKY ACBL GOODWILL COMMITTEE (edited and reprinted from the ACBL Website)


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, chairperson of the Board of Governors, honorary members, and “ACBL Goodwill Members of the Year.”

The chairperson 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 the 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 chairperson recommends 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.

  • Greet and Welcome Opponents
  • Always Say, “Director, please”
  • Lead or Place Dummy before You Write
  • Mentor a New Player
  • Say, “Thank You, Partner”
  • Compliment Opponent’s Play
  • Discuss Hands after the Game
  • Accept Defeat and Victory with Grace
  • Leave a Tidy Table
  • Smile Often!

For District 9, nominations for appointment to this prestigious committee are solicited every year by the district’s Goodwill Chairperson. ​The individuals who have been appointed to District 9’s Goodwill Committee are shown in the D9 Goodwill Committee Appointees list.