It is the time of year to think about indoor activities. Bridge being our 1st choice.
The September Sectional was
somewhat of a disappointment as the number of tables decreased from
previous years, and September has always been our best turnout. However
we all know player numbers are also declining dramatically and trying
to bring those numbers up is a work in progress. Thank you so much to
all our volunteers, Mary Ball, Terry Camp, Joyce Frayer, Joyce Greenspan, Pat Haynes, and Audrey Ray.
The Youth group on Sunday mornings is doing extremely well, having about 34 teens involved this period. (See the Youth information below.)
Another attempt to increase our membership is the Learn Bridge in a Day program. Kathy Pollock has already had 4 sessions, Mike Ryan will do a course at the College Club of Buffalo on November 16. The fee is $30.00, which includes lunch. The College Club is located at 264 Summer St off Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. All are welcome. You may contact Betty Kulpa at 716-837-2504. Sandy English is working on presenting the program in East Aurora soon.
If you or a friend/relative would like to attend. It will be from 10:00am to 3:30 pm. Tell your friends.
IT IS ELECTION TIME AGAIN
will be an election of representatives to the Unit 116 Board of
Directors at the Annual Meeting. As there were no petitions for
additional candidates received by the Board, the slate of John Bava, Terry Camp and Barbara Landree will be submitted.
Please join us at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, December 7 at the Main-Transit Fire Hall.
Meeting begins at 12 noon, lunch at 1:00 pm followed by game. Cost is
$15.00 for Unit 116 members and $20.00 for non-members. Tickets will be
available from Board members.
Ace of Clubs
Congratulations to the newest Ace of Club winners. See Awards to the left.
President, Unit 116
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2019 Unit 116 ElectionEvery year the Unit has 3 vacancies for the Board of Directors. This year’s slate for election to the 2020 Board are:
John Bava, Terry Camp and Barbara Landry.
unit ACBL member in good standing may become a nominee by submitting a
petition signed by at least 25 members in good standing. The deadline
for the petition is October 9, 2019. The nomination petition needs to
be sent to Unit 116 of the ACBL, PO Box 119, Amherst NY 14226 by that
Biographical information will be published on this website.
Election will be held on December 7, 2019 at the Annual Meeting at the Main-Transit Fire Hall 6667 Main St, Williamsville, NY.
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Unit 116 Annual Meeting
Main-Transit Fire Hall – 6777 Main Street, Williamsville (Buffalo) NY
Saturday December 7, 2019
Game to follow
Tickets available from any Board member: please purchase by 11/27/19
Board Members are: John Bava, Carol Bedell, Terry Fraas, Jim Gullo, Barb Libby, Betty Metz, Ed Morgan, Sue Neubecker
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Unit 116 Winter Sectional January 24 - 26, 2020Main Transit Fire Hall6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221Friday 1/24 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 pairsSaturday 1/25 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 pairsSunday 1/26 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: John Bava 908-256-6466 firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-chair: Teresa Fraas 716-998-4808 email@example.com
Partnership: Dian Petrov 716-688-1226 firstname.lastname@example.orgFLYER
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Eight students from our Youth Bridge Program participated in the Youth NABC in Las Vegas, July 25-27. They are pictured below. All students received section tops in their level.
Here are the final results:
Colleen Stewart and Michael Passucci—11.75 master points
Daren Liu and Tyler Mu—9.21 master points
Leondina Passucci and Luna Liu—2.01 master points
Tiger Li and Andrew Jiang—1.85 master points
Our students are very excited and are already planning their trip to Montreal where the nationals and Youth NABC will be held in 2020.
I want to recognize our wonderful youth bridge teachers; they are Sharon Benz, Jim Gullo, Elaine K and Fred Yellen. I also want to thank our bridge buddies who volunteer on Sundays; their presence makes everything run smoothly.
Finally, I want to send special kudos to Jim Gullo. This year he taught a new class which was well received called “Preparation for Las Vegas”.
He attended the Youth NABC and worked with the students. He met with
them before each game and went over the hands after each game. I know
his presence made a big difference! Thank you, Jim.
Slideshows from Las Vegas Youth Nationals 2019:
Link1 and Link2
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
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”.