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Dear Members,
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.
There 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.
Annual Meeting
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.

Sue Neubecker
President, Unit 116
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2019 Unit 116 Election

Every 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.

Any 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 date.

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, 2020
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

Friday 1/24 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

Saturday 1/25 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

Sunday 1/26 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: John Bava 908-256-6466 jbava@roadrunner.com
Co-chair: Teresa Fraas 716-998-4808 tmfraas@gmail.com
Partnership: Dian Petrov 716-688-1226 dpetrov@roadrunner.com


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 Youth Bridge

—What’s New?

Our fall program of bridge lessons began September 8, 2019 and concluded November 24,2019 with a mini-tournament followed by a pizza party. Students and parents were invited to attend. We had 36 students signed up on the roster. Do check out the photos on the link…It was a very lovely day…A good time was held by all. Our next set of lessons begin after the holidays in January.

Wishing you all good tidings and a happy, healthy New Year!

Carol Bedell - Youth Bridge Coordinator

Slideshows from Kid's Tournament on November 24, 2019:
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A Word from Ethan Xie

 eth 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.

This 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.
Thank you.
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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!

Annual Meeting and game
December 7, 2019
M-T Firehall, 6667 Main Str,
Williamsville, NY
District 5 STaC at participating clubs -
December 9-15, 2019
January 24-26, 2020
Main-Transit Firehall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221


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