Farewell to The Buff –
This is the last edition of The Buff. A HUGE thanks to Judie Bailey for the past years as editor and all other editors who have contributed to our unit news.
Unit website will be our primary vehicle for spreading news. Between
now and the first of the year, we will be updating the Unit 116
website. Look here for all information: tournament fliers and results,
board member contacts, board meeting minutes, special events, lessons,
mentoring program, changes and/or additions to unit/district/ACBL
Please check the electronic directory and verify your
information. If you are not listed, please fill out the form and return
to Dian our webmaster.
We welcome suggestions and encourage our membership to participate in sending interesting information to the website.
President, Unit 116
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New York Unit 116
Unit 116 Annual Meeting
Main-Transit Fire Hall – 6777 Main Street,
Williamsville (Buffalo) NY
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Game to follow
Tickets must be purchased from any Board Member by November 28th. Board Members are Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo, Chip Kean, Betty Metz, Sue Neubecker,Tova Reinhorn, Gay Simpson, Denise Slattery and Paul Zittel
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116 is continuing the Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner /
intermediate players willing to enter open competitions and achieve
To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have less than 300 MP.
Mentors are players with 2500+ MP.
pair is required to play 5 times until the end of June 2018, at any of
the Unit sanctioned clubs (see a list of clubs with their playing
schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) or at unit events and
Open Unit 116 Sectionals.
The Mentee pays full fare, and the
unit covers the Mentor's entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games
they play together for Unit reimbursement of Mentor's entry fees). New
this time is that the Mentor can coach a pair of Mentees by
playing in the same field and providing analysis for his pair of
Deadline for Mentee sign-up is December 31, 2017.
Mentees are encouraged to approach Mentors of their choice regarding
the program. The program will run from January 1 to June 30, 2018.
For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov by email or (716) 688-1226
Good luck and have fun!
What is the Unit 116 Mentoring Program?
mentoring program is established to have more experienced players
(Mentors) to help newer /advancing players (Mentees) to improve their
bridge experience and enter Open games at Unit 116 ACBL Sanctioned
Who can participate?
Unit 116 ACBL members
in good standing with masterpoints below 300 willing to enter open club
games, learn, have fun and achieve their bridge goals.
How do I participate?
need to register by email or phone (leaving a message is fine)
before December 31, 2017 with Dian Petrov by email or (716)
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Update on school bridge program
Fred Yellen and Jim Gullo with the Unit 116 students at
2017 Toronto Youth North American Bridge Championship.
players from the summer classes for middle and high school students at
the Bridge Center of Buffalo found success in the Youth North American
Bridge Championship Tournament July 20 to July 30 in Toronto. Tyler Mu,
Daren Liu, Colleen Stewart and Michael Passucci won four times in their
School Bridge Program Report
Currently, we have 16
students participating in the Youth Bridge Program at The Bridge Center of
Buffalo. This year, classes are held on Sundays from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Fred
Yellen is teaching the beginners (8 students) and Jim Gullo is teaching 8
Since this is a large class
and students are absent from time to time, the need for bridge buddies
(helpers) is more important than ever. When students are absent, the bridge
buddies sit in and make it possible to have an even number of tables so all of
the students can participate in the play of the hand. We need at least four
buddies each Sunday.
If you are interested in
helping from time to time, please contact Ruth Nawotniak at (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your schedule. *Please note: Your commitment to
doing this would be very helpful and much appreciated.”
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Check the Duplicate Bridge
column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game
other announcements. Unfortunately, space there is limited,
but additional results, more complete
announcements and other information can be
found in the weekly Internet version of the column at www.buffalonews.com.
For quickest results, search the words "duplicate bridge" and
Saturday's date. For the latest information and detailed game
results directly from the clubs, check the web sites of clubs in Western
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”. Numerous unit
are held throughout the year.
We publish a quarterly newsletter,
for and about its members. It regularly includes extensive
interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and
analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.
The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved
Kathy Pollock, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) starting
with issues back in the past. You can read old and
current issues to see where
were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in
publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was
torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files
and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future
generations will read them.