Hi there, Unit 116 is moving along with our events. The recent picnic was a humungous success with 104 players, thank you all. Denise Slatterly and her co-workers, Ed Morgan, Terry Fraas, Barb Libby, Gay Simpson, and Betty Metz did a fantastic job with set-up and food. Did you know that Denise went out early Saturday morning with Paul Zittel to pick the corn and other vegetables that was returned to Linda Z for her to make super fresh corn salsa. ZOWIE.
Next up is the Fall Sectional on September 21 ,22, 23 at the Main-Transit Fire Hall, see flyer for specifics.
Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen’s
work with our free Student Lesson Program is paying dividends. The
participants and parents are very enthusiastic especially after their
successes in the Atlanta Nationals. Jim
even accompanied them. Our teachers and mentors keep them learning. The
mentors are volunteers (called bridge buddies) who come to the BCB on
Sunday morning to play with the students and answer questions and offer
advice. If you can spare a couple of hours on Sunday morning, please
contact Carol Bedell @ 716-633-5690.
‘regular’ Mentoring program continues. Participating players have
advanced in their bridge knowledge and all appreciate the gracious help
they are given. I feel these mentoring programs are a huge plus for our
Unit. Anyone willing to mentor or wish to be mentored please talk to Dian Petrov.
If you have a duo ready to participate that is great, just register
with Dian. Remember, the mentor’s game fee at our clubs is reimbursed
by the Unit for 5 games per ‘semester’.
We will have a Unit board election this year. Please see below for information. Thank you to all those willing to offer to help.
President, Unit 116
There are four slots to be filled due to Gay Simpson’s retirement. John Bava has been filing Gay’s spot since July 16 and is running for election this year. On the ballot are: John Bava, Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo and Betty Metz. The 3 highest winning votes will be for a full 3 year term. The 4th vote receiver will fill the last year of Gay’s term. John
has been filling in since July 16. Although this is the slate offered
by the Unit Board, others may still agree to run or be nominated. Any
member of Unit 116 in good standing may become a nominee by submitting
a petition to the Unit Board, signed by at least 25 members in good
standing along with a biography and statement that the candidate is
willing to serve. Items must be submitted and received by the Unit
Board no later than October 3, 2018. Elections boxes and all voting materials will be made available at all Unit clubs sometime after October 3, 2018. Voting ends at 12:00 noon, December 2.
by-laws: “Members may mail their ballot to the Unit secretary, bring it
to the annual meeting or place said ballot in a ballot receptacle
provided at each club which will then be delivered to the Election
Committee at the annual meeting.”
Biographical summary links bellow are the creation of the candidates.
Click on each link to read the Bio (in alphabetical order):
John Bava - link
Carol Bedell - link
Jim Gullo - link
Betty Metz - link
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Unit 116 Winter Sectional September 21 - 23, 2018Main Transit Fire Hall6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221Friday 9/21 Pairs10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs 10:30 am & 2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs(Food Truck available for lunch purchase)Saturday 9/22 Pairs 10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs2:30 pm Single session stratified A/B/C pairs 10:30 am &2:30pm Double session stratified A/B/C pairs (Food Truck will be available for lunch purchase)Sunday 9/23 Swiss TeamsSwiss Teams10:30 am Stratified A/B/C (with short break) (Subs will be available for purchase)Stratum “A” – 2000 + Stratum "B" - 500 to 2000 Stratum "C" - 0 to 500Pairs and teams stratified by average masterpointsTOURNAMENT INFORMATION:Chair: Sue Neubecker 716-876-2630 firstname.lastname@example.org Co-chair: Jim Gullo 716-348-4132 Partnership : Dian Petrov 716-688-1226 email@example.comFLYER
Food Truck for Sectional is Soupedfoodtruck and menu is:
Sandwiches: all are $7.00 including tax
Philly Cheese Steak,Triple Threat Grilled Cheese, Tuna Cheddar Melt Wrap
Soups: all are $7.00 including tax
French Onion, Creamy Tomato, Chicken
A soup and sandwich comb is $10.00 including tax
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NABC Atlanta 2018
Team Unit 116 in preparation for the event
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what’s new since my last report!!! By now, you probably know that eight
of our students participated in the national bridge tournament held in
Atlanta, Georgia. They are pictured above. The Youth NABC took place
August 2-4. Six of our students received section tops in their
level. Two of our students competed on a higher level and received 2.35
gold points. The students were accompanied by their teacher, Jim Gullo. Teacher, parents and students had a wonderful time and were very pleased with their performance.
summer, they’re off to Las Vegas for the national bridge tournament.
The Youth NABC will be held July 25-27, 2019. We are hoping to
encourage more students to attend a national tournament. As we know, it
is an unforgettable experience!
Our next set of lessons begins
September 16, 2018. We will be offering beginner lessons, intermediate
lessons as well as advanced lessons. Fred will handle the beginners, Sharon Benz the intermediate group and Jim
the advanced group. From now on we will be using Audrey Grant’s series
of books: Bridge Basics 1, 2 and 3 for teaching. We also will encourage
parents to attend our lessons to see their students in action. Our goal
is to review the basics taught, focus on new areas such as defense and
leave as much time as we can for play of the hand.
Las Vegas is
coming up and our students will face challenges in a new, higher level
of competition. We know they have the ability to do well, but they need
to be prepared to do so. We are also encouraging our students to play
as often as they can…at tournaments such as our sectionals as well as
open games Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons.
As our numbers
of students expand, we will need more bridge buddies. The commitment is
not lifelong. Reminder: Our lessons are held on Sundays 11:30 am-1:30
pm. If you have time on certain Sundays, do let me know. Most of our
volunteers enjoy spending time with the children.
Again, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Bridge Coordinator
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to the Western New York Unit 116 website. Our unit of over
dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge
League’s District Five. Geographically, we encompass the
of Erie and Niagara, at the eastern end of Lake Erie and western end of
Lake Ontario, in New York State. We often have players from
across the Canadian border playing at our clubs.
Our goal is to
promote bridge and support local bridge clubs.
We have six open, active clubs. We host three sectionals each year –
April/May, and September – as well as a Non-Life Master sectional in
the summer. The District Five Regional is held at the end of
October and famously titled “Spooktacular”.