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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.

The ‘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.

Sue Neubecker
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.
Per 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, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 9/21 Pairs
10:30 am Single session stratified A/B/C pairs
2:30 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 pairs
2:30 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 Teams
Swiss Teams
10:30 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 500
Pairs and teams stratified by average masterpoints

Chair: Sue Neubecker 716-876-2630   suebobneu@roadrunner.com
 Co-chair: Jim Gullo 716-348-4132   
 Partnership : Dian Petrov 716-688-1226   dpetrov@roadrunner.com


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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So, 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.
Next 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 lorac5@roadrunner.com.

Carol Bedell
Youth Bridge Coordinator

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Check the Duplicate Bridge column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game results and 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 New York.


Welcome 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 counties 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 – January, 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!

BUFFALO FALL SECTIONAL  September 21-23, 2018
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221
November 12-18, 2018  - Unit Games week at participating clubs
December 2, 2018 - Annual Meeting  - Rescue  Fire Hall in North Tonawanda:


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