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I write this just after the annual picnic at the Main-Transit Fire Hall. The event is generally a success and this year was exceptional, I think. We had 94 attendees. Not bad out of a total of 414 members, many of whom don’t get to events and others with summer commitments. As Chairs of the event with Jim Gullo, we are grateful for the extra effort by some of our members, especially Mary Ball, John Bava, Elaine Kurasiewicz, Ed Morgan and Chip Kean.  A special thanks to Paul Zittel who delivered the chicken all the way from Eden even though he was unable to play.
It was super to have the Sunday students at the game after their success at the Las Vegas National tournament. Jim Gullo told us how well each did and they seemed deservedly very proud of themselves.
Judie Bailey brought new directories hot off the presses. They are available from Betty Metz and Judie for $2.00. They really are very well done. Thank you Judie.
Looking forward to the next event, we have our Fall Sectional on Sept 20-22 again at the Main-Transit Fire Hall. See flyer on this web site.
The Board has approved the purchase of a license for up to 5 instructors for the Learn Bridge in a Day Program. Currently we have Kathy Pollock and are discussing options with 2 others. If you want to know about this program call me. We really want to spread the word about the world of bridge to as many western New Yorkers as possible. It is a 6 hour program and  supplies and teaching book are provided.
Also, if you know of any elementary or high school students looking to learn to play, contact Carol Bedell for information. New classes will begin again in the fall.

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 Fall Sectional

September  20- 22, 2019
Main Transit Fire Hall
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY 14221

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 Youth Bridge

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

 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!

October 15-20, 2019
Buffalo Grand hotel
Annual Meeting and game
December 7, 2019
M-T Firehall, 6667 Main Str,
Williamsville, NY
January 24-26, 2020
Main-Transit Firehall
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221


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