District 7 is committed to have the best organization and tournaments in the country. In pursuit of that, the district supports the principles of goodwill, including Zero Tolerance, active ethics, full disclosure and other concepts designed to make bridge more pleasant for everyone.
Some of the components of goodwill include:
- Observes both the laws and ethics of the game
- Plays competitively and is always fair
- Is gracious in victory as well as defeat
- Is pleasant as both a partner and an opponent
- Exhibits good manners at the table and helps others enjoy the experience
- Graciously abides by rulings of the director
- Does not give unsolicited bridge lessons at the table
- Avoids discussion of boards in the presence of new opponents
- Gives due consideration to personal appearance and conduct
- Does not become quarrelsome or angry during the game
- Genuinely promotes bridge and upholds its reputation
- Gives back to the game through mentoring newer players
- Volunteers in administration of the game
- Promotes the game by example
The ACBL Goodwill Committee was formed in 1955, and the District 7 Goodwill Committee was formed in 2005. In 2010, the ACBL Goodwill Committee was renamed the Aileen Osofsky ACBL Goodwill Committee.
Membership in the District 7 Goodwill Committee includes individuals who are selected in any of the following categories:
- Annual nomination from their Unit,
- Appointment to the ACBL Goodwill Committee by the District 7 Director,
- Appointment as an honorary member by the committee of someone who is not a
member of a District 7 Unit, or
- Posthumous appointment of a deceased individual by the committee.
Membership in the District 7 Goodwill Committee is for life.