Some fun at General Convention

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It is not all work and resolutions and parliamentary procedure. Some have developed games to lighten the atmosphere:


Some deputations are playing a General Convention Bingo. When one hears certain common phrases, a square is filled, after a line is filled it’s a BINGO!

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Another game is Bonnie-Ball: Some comments from the umpire of the game:

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Patrick wrote: A friend of mine wanted me to pass this along to you:”I rise/write to speak in defense of Deputy Gray of Massachusetts, whose 15 points earned in Bonnie Ball by his appearance in yesterday’s General Convention seem to have been attributed erroneously to Deputy Gould of Massachusetts. No doubt this makes Deputy Gray feel very good about himself, in that he could be confused for someone much younger and better looking than himself, but it certainly doesn’t help his score in Bonnie Ball, which was, until that time, zero. In fact, such an erroneous attribution by the umpire surely deserves consideration of an extra five points on behalf of Deputy Gray, and two for Deputy Gould …

Posted Jul 11, 2012 8:40 AM by Umpire’s Helper

On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM, Maria wrote: Deputies should get points for bow ties and cool jackets when at the microphone. The Umpire’s response: Good idea. I will expand the understanding of Play #2 to incorporate such a practice.

Posted 48 minutes ago by Umpire’s Helper

On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 9:01 AM, Jean wrote: Yesterday, during the debate on A049, a deputy towards the back of the house sneezed, and both Deputy Ian Hallas of Chicago and Deputy Jean Chapman of Maryland responded with Ubuntu (much to the consternation and confusion of the aforementioned sneezer). As this was not caught on camera or microphone, I understand that it could not be recorded by the umpire. The Umpire’s response: Wonderful – – I will award points for Play #14 to both Deputies!

Posted 51 minutes ago by Umpire’s Helper

On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 10:20 PM, Marie wrote: Exactly.

Posted 12 hours ago by Umpire’s Helper

On Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM, Marie wrote: Dyer – from Connecticut. 🙂 That’s my deputation! The Umpire’s response: I’ve see him walking the aisles like a third base coach, up and down the line.

Posted 12 hours ago by Umpire’s Helper

On Tuesday, July 10, the Umpire wrote: At dinner tonight, the coaching staff made a terrific suggestion – let’s get the fan base to donate to NetsforLife in honor of the game. So, I encourage you to click on the link at the bottom of the Playbook, make a generous donation, and dedicate it to Bonnie-Ball.org. Let’s see how much we can raise for this great cause!

Current leaders are:

Straub, Secretary Total 46

Gray, Massachusetts Total 15

Cole, Colorado Total 15

Gould (Samuel), Massachusetts Total 14

Ota, California Total 12

Brown, Western Michigan Total 12

Werner, Past President Total 10

Te Paa, Chaplain Total 10

Radke, E-RD Total 10

Musser, Louisiana Total 10

House of Deputies Total 10

Bellows, Maryland Total 10

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  1. My first encounter with this form of "bingo" came from office workers who played it at any "meeting." The first one to fill the necessary squares yelled B*** S***

    Happy side effect was that people listened more carefully than usual...

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  2. The most hilarious part of the Bingo card is the J-E-S-U-S at the top, I'm laughing so hard they're shushing me and yelling in the next room OMG LOLOLOL

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