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New Mentoring Program
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Hell-o to all,
The Unit has a number of events coming up. First however, May 18 and 19 was the Non-Life Master Sectional. Thank you Carol Bedell and Betty Metz
for your efforts for our 0-500 master-point players; we are considering
changing it to a 0-750 for next year. If you have an opinion about this
talk to a Board member. Reminder: August 4th is the Annual Picnic at the Main-Transit Fire Hall in Williamsville, September 20-22 is the Fall Sectional also at the M-T Fire Hall.
are very happy to have a growing class of students, 27 in this spring’s
class. These are world class learners whom you may encounter at one of
the Unit events and see for yourself. The class has teachers and
“buddies”. If you could help out on a Sunday morning, please contact Carol Bedell.
We will be applying for a license for up to 5 teachers to teach Learn Bridge in a Day
program. It is a 6 hour course that includes lunch. Books and
instructional materials are bought for each student. The instructor
makes all site arrangements and sets the fee. Anyone interested should
contact me and I will send information. Kathy Pollock has taught the programs a number of times and has brought some new players to the Unit.
If you were curious about the ACBL’s Ace of Clubs awards they are posted in the new file Under AWARDS on the left.
Unit 116 Mentoring Program
The Unit is sponsoring a Mentoring Program that accommodates many levels of players.
we are utilizing ‘experienced’ players who are willing to work with our
newest players. This means someone who has a small number of Master
Points might play with someone who has a greater number of points. The
purpose of the program is to ease the less experienced players into
other games and facilitate learning, development and enhanced enjoyment
of the game. We are looking for helpful and patient individuals to work
with the mostly 0-50 mp players. The program originally was working
with the above 2500 mps players as Mentors. The current program is more
liberal on the upper end of mps. The partnership may play at any unit
club but needs to agree to certain terms such as playing a minimum
number of times in a 6-month interval.
John Bava has all the information you would need. You may contact him at: 908-256-6466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, see the New Mentor Flyer to the left.
Learn Bridge in a Day (LBIAD)
This is a program for which Unit 116 has paid the Licensor (Whirlwind Bridge LLC) to allow 5 instructors to teach its program and receive materials to do so.
We have one instructor so far. Kathy Pollock has been teaching this for 2 years. We are asking if any of our owner/managers or players are interested in an agreement with Unit 116 to be included under our license.
teach at their own designated site and charge what they feel is
adequate. Because the program is 5-6 hours, Kathy has provided a lunch
which would be paid with the fee.
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming part of this, please let me know. Our license will be activated on August 1, 2019.
I can forward a copy of the Authorized Instructor agreement so you may
read about the legalities of using the program. There is an agreement
which would need to be signed by the instructor.
If you are
interested, we would ask you to provide your plan, location, probable
time of each class, expected fee to be charged (whatever you deem
necessary) and other pertinent information.
The Unit is actively seeking ways to increase the number of players in the area.
Please contact me if you are interested,
President, Unit 116
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Celebration of Summer Picnic
Main-Transit Fire Hall, 6667 Main St., Williamsville. NY
August 4, 2019
Purchase tickets from Board members by July 31, please.
$15 members----$20 non-Unit members
Lunch: 12 noon
Bridge: 1:00 pm
For information contact:
Chair: Sue Neubecker 716-876-2630 email@example.com Chair: Jim Gullo 716-348-4132Partnership: Betty Metz 716-773-7398 firstname.lastname@example.org
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BUFFALO NON-LIFE MASTER (0-500 MP) “SILVER POINT” SECTIONAL
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UPDATE -May 19, 2019
At the present time, we have 31 students participating in our Youth Bridge program.
Our new set of lessons began on May 5, 2019. Currently, we have 10
beginner students, 9 intermediate students and 12 advanced students
taught by three teachers. What’s interesting is that this year three of
our beginner students were promoted to the intermediate group and two
of the beginner students were actually promoted to the advanced group.
As of May 6, Kathy Pollock is directing a game for beginner players who have 0-20 master points. It is held on Monday nights from 7 pm-9:30 pm.
and will continue all summer. A few of our students have attended
Kathy’s class already. I feel confident that in the weeks ahead a
number of our students will be taking advantage of this game. It is
such a great opportunity to practice what they have learned in class.
Also, at this time, eight of our students have registered for the Youth NABC to be held July 25-27 in Las Vegas. Others are still contemplating whether to go or not. As of June 30, Jim Gullo will be teaching a class entitled “Preparing students for Las Vegas”. It is open to other students as well.
we all know, Jim accompanies the students to the Youth NABC each year
to give our students support. He works with them before the games and
he goes over each hand after the games. Thus, he teaches as well and
hopefully the students learn from their mistakes.
thanks for those of you have participated in the program. Click on this LINK to see a slideshow and check the Buffalo News article HERE
Carol Bedell -
Youth Bridge Coordinator
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A Word from Ethan Xie
During this year’s annual meeting, Carol
has asked me to talk a little bit about my experience in the youth
bridge program... I first got involved with bridge 3 years ago when I
was about nine years old. I was taught by my father and I started going
to the club about half a year later. I met Jay Levy who became
my first mentor. Besides Jay, I have also learned from Davis Heussler, Chong Min, Linda
Burroughsford, David Hemmer, Glenn Milgrim, Penny and Peter Shui,
and many others. I would like to thank this club for the help
they gave me all these years.
year, I decided to use my free time to go and give back to my
community. The youth bridge program offers kids an opportunity to learn
how to play bridge. The flow of this game is very interesting, because
it combines a little bit of luck with skill, and that is what entices
children. Many children think chess is boring because of how much work
it takes to calculate all the possibilities. That is where bridge
shines. It combines Yahtzee and chess, forming a game that keeps one in
the action with its unpredictability and challenging skill. The youth
bridge program excels at teaching kids this mechanic. The teachers
always tell them that sometimes times get rough, in, for example, a 5-0
break in trump. However, if one can overcome this hurdle with skill,
the payoff is tremendous. They relish in the satisfaction and play more
and more, causing them to get better and better, which not only helps
them, but also helps keep this game alive.
I have attended 3 or 4 youth bridge lessons. The students seem to like
the bridge and it is obvious they are having a good time.
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DO YOU WANT TO CHALLENGE
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
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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”.
Coming to Unit 116!
District 5 Summer STaC - at participating Clubs
June 10-16, 2019
Unit 116 Summer Picnic
M-T Firehall, 6667 Main Str,
August 4, 2019 starting at noon