|Hell-o to all;
The April 2018 sectional is now over and a successful one it was.
We had a wonderful turnout even with the unbelievable weather on
Sunday. Kudos to Chairs Betty Metz and Terry Fraas and their much appreciated volunteers.
The mentoring program continues and I encourage seasoned players
of 2,500 master points and mentees with less than 300 masterpoints to
commit to 5 games with follow up instruction. We have 2 sessions a
year. One runs from January 1 to June 30 and the second goes from July
1 to December 31. The unit will reimburse the mentor their entry fee at
our local club games. Please contact Dian Petrov of your wish to participate and he will give you the particulars.
I am saddened to mention the deaths of Dick Czarnecki, Ted Kahn and Joan Rose.
They were all very interesting people. Dick and Ted were each a ‘hoot’
to play with and against. Joan was an excellent player and consummate
teacher of 51 years. We are all saddened at their passing.
Please consider signing on to the electronic directory, see the
menu on the left. We are hoping to send out information to email
addresses in the future.
Thank you for your support of Unit 116,
President, Unit 116
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Denise Slattery wins ACBL 2017 Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs masterpoints race (50-100 pcts. category), gives credit to
Unit 116's Mentoring program.
"I have found the intellectual stimulation from playing
bridge almost addictive, and the privilege of playing both with and against
many capable and encouraging members is extremely rewarding and very
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Unit 116 Spring Sectional•
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April 13- 15, 2018Main Transit Fire Hall6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221
ACBL requires all players in sectional or above games to be members of ACBL. There are two categories:
who at one time were members but are not up to date with dues. They
will pay an additional $4 per session and use their original player
Players who have never been members. They can buy a one
month membership for $7.99 and will be issued a player number. In the
future if this player wishes to play they can buy another one month
membership (or full membership) and they will use the original player
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Update on school bridge program
classes have begun for middle school and high school students at The
Bridge Center of Buffalo. The classes are being offered on Sundays from
11:30 am-1:30 pm. Currently, we have seventeen students in attendance.
Fred Yellen is teaching the beginners (9 students); Jim Gullo is
working with 8 advanced students focusing on the play of the hand. The
program will continue until the middle of March and resume once again
in April after spring recess.
As I have mentioned before, the
need for bridge buddies (helpers) is more important than ever. When
students are absent, 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. In addition, it is important to have bridge buddies
available to help students who are having difficulties with bidding,
play of the hand, etc. and need extra assistance. We like to have at
least one buddy at every table. If you are interested in helping,
please email me at email@example.com. The role of the bridge buddy is critical to the success of the 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
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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 350
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”.