Hell-o Bridge Players,
Election time. I know the biggie is over, but Unit 116 still needs to
vote for our new Board members. There are 4 names on the ballot. The
three receiving the most votes will serve a three (3) year term and the
fourth will serve out the retired member’s one (1) year term. You
should be able to find voting boxes at your club or from a current
The election results will be announced at the
Annual Meeting on Sunday, December 2nd at the North Tonawanda Fire
Hall. Please see flyer for specifics. It is usually at the end of the
ACBL Nationals but not because we prefer that date. The 2nd full week
in December is set aside for STaC week and we CANNOT do anything that
week. Later in December gets us much too close to holidays. This is an
example of scheduling, which gets amazingly difficult.
Are $15.00 for Unit members and $20.00 for non-members. They are
available from any Board member. Current Board members are: John Bava, Carol Bedell, Terry Fraas, Jim Gullo, Barb Libby, Betty Metz, Ed Morgan, Sue Neubecker and Denise Slattery. If you have any problems getting tickets call me at 716-876-2630.
President, Unit 116
Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo and Betty Metz will serve three (3) year term,
John Bava will serve one (1) year term.
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Unit 116 Winter Sectional January 25- 27, 2019Main Transit Fire Hall6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221Friday 1/25 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 pairs(Food Truck available for lunch purchase)Saturday 1/26 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 pairs (Food Truck will be available for lunch purchase)Sunday 1/27 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: Betty Metz 716-773-7398 firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-chair: Ed Morgan 716-633-4309 email@example.com
Partnership: Betty Metz 716-773-7398 firstname.lastname@example.org
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NABC Atlanta 2018
Team Unit 116 in preparation for the event
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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.
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.
Update November 2018:
have 24 students, but I do have something to tell you which we are very
proud about. We received a student new to the country. This young boy
came to the US from China about a month ago and right away, the parents
registered him for our youth class. (The Chinese have their values
right.) He is very bright, but speaks very little English. Sharon Benz took him under her wing...Ethan Y is his name. He speaks Mandarin Chinese...so Larry Soong who also speaks Mandarin Chinese came to the rescue. About a week ago, Ethan Xie asked me if he could volunteer to help us on Sundays. Of course we said yes and he speaks Mandarin Chinese. Ethan Y attends the same school (Transit Middle) that Ethan Xie does. Once he catches up a little more, Ethan Y can play with Ethan X, sit with the other kids and keep on learning.
Again, my email is email@example.com.
Youth Bridge Coordinator
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Congratulations to members moving up the Masterpoint "ladder"...
Junior Masters: Maria Amlani, Daren Liu, Tyler Mu, Willard Pottle, and Ying Wang
Master: Rajarshi Roy
Sectional Masters: Joan Ciszak. Bram Hamovitch, Terry Hamovitch, Carol Neuhaus, Rajarshi Roy, and Lynn Witmer
Regional Master: Judith Babat
Life Masters: Mary Ball, Bob Sommerstein and Marilyn Wortzman
Bronze Life Master: Linda Zittel
Silver Life Masters: Ron Henrikson, Joyce Greenspan, Roger Lehman, Penny Shui, John Marvin, and Nancy Wolstoncroft
Gold Life Masters: Art Morth, Bill Rushmore, and Mike Silverman
Sapphire Life Masters: Liz Clark and John Ziemer
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DO YOU WANT TO CHALLENGE YOUR CHIILD??
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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”.