Here’s to the Lazy Days of Summer,
Spring is behind us with the successful completion of the April Sectional (thanks Denise Slattery for the food preparation) and the Non Life Master Sectional (thanks Denise Slattery and Chip Kean co-chairs).
student lesson program continues with participation in the NLM
sectional. Student players in all pairs games and one team in Swiss.
Many of these students succeeded in picking up their first master
points. This summer many of the students will participate in the Youth
Program at the Toronto Nationals.
As you look around the clubs,
you see mentoring pairs hard at work. This is a popular program for all
involved. Thank you Dian for carrying this forward.
Our picnic is the next big event, see full information on this web site. Note: new location but the same delicious menu.
Enjoy the summer
President, Unit 116
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We need caddies at the Regional -October 18-23, 2017
Pay per session $37.00
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am and 3:00pm, Wednesday 7:30pm
Reply to Betty – email@example.com
Select day and time you are available.
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Unit 116 is continuing the Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner / intermediate
players willing to enter open
competitions and achieve their goals.
To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have less than 300 MP.
Mentors are players with 2500+
The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of 2017, at any of the Unit sanctioned clubs
(see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com) or at unit events and Open Unit 116 Sectionals.
The Mentee pays full fare, and the unit covers the Mentor's
entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games they play together for Unit reimbursement
of Mentor's entry fees). New this time is that the 5 games must be completed, unless circumstances
beyond pairs control prevents that.
Deadline for Mentee sign-up
is June 30, 2017. Mentees are encouraged
to approach Mentors of their choice regarding the program. Unit 116 will solicit Mentors for the applicants
and the program will run from July 1 to
December 31, 2017.
For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov by email or (716)
Good luck and have fun!
What is the Unit 116 Mentoring Program?
The mentoring program is established to have more experienced
players (Mentors) to help newer /advancing players (Mentees) to improve their
bridge experience and enter Open games at Unit 116 ACBL Sanctioned clubs.
Who can participate?
Unit 116 ACBL members in good standing with masterpoints below 300 willing
to enter open club games, learn, have fun and achieve their bridge goals.
How do I participate?
Mentees need to register by email or phone (leaving a message
is fine) before June 30, 2017 with Dian
Petrov by email or (716)
688-1226• • •
New York Unit 116
American Picnic and 2 sessions of bridge
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Starting at 11 AM
at Rescue Fire Hall, North Tonawanda NY
1241 Strad Ave, North Tonawanda, NY 1412
Purchase your tickets from any Board Member by August 15 and thanks!
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Update on school bridge program
School Bridge Program Report
Finishing up at Transit Middle School (Williamsville School District)
class began Thursday, October 6, 2016 and will run until March 16, 2017.
It is an extra-curricular activity. Extra-curricular activities at
Transit Middle School take place from 3:45-4:45 PM. There are 10
students currently on the roster. After much thought, we have come to
the conclusion that in order to have a meaningful bridge class, you
need more than one hour of instruction. Therefore, we will not be
pursuing any other bridge programs in the public schools. Contrary to
the Toronto school system as well as other states, the NYS Education
Department does not allow bridge to be part of the school day.
Second Follow-up Class at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
class is currently underway and is held Sunday mornings from
9:30-11:30AM. There are nine students on the roster. All of these
students took the previous follow-up class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen are the instructors. The class began January 15 and continues until March 12, 2017.
Summer School Bridge Program at The Bridge Center of Buffalo
Bridge Class – This class will be held on Thursday mornings from 9-11
AM beginning July 6 and running till August 21, 2017. Sharon Benz
will be the instructor. Students in grades 5-10 will be eligible for
this class. I will begin recruiting students next week. Time
permitting, I would appreciate your input re: recruitment (brain
storming session). As always, we will need bridge buddies to help out
at this class.
Follow-Up Class – This class is open to students who
have completed a beginner class who are motivated and interested in
learning more. Students from Transit Middle School and students who
have completed other follow-up classes are invited to attend this
class. Jim Gullo and Fred Yellen
will be the instructors. The class will be held on Tuesdays June 27
Thru August 29, 2017 from 9-11 AM. As always, we will need bridge
buddies to assist students in this class.
*If you are interested in being a bridge buddy, contact Ruth Nawotniak (firstname.lastname@example.org).*
2017 Youth NABC – Toronto ON – July 27-29 2017
year we have a unique opportunity for students participating in our
school bridge program. Students 19 years and under are eligible to
participate in this program. Because Toronto is driving distance, the
cost will be minimum. A room at the hotels cost $149 Canadian dollars
plus taxes. There is no charge for students to play. Free lunches will
be served. Participating students must join ACBL—a $5
Investment. What a wonderful opportunity for students to feel the excitement of a national tournament!
Speaking to Stephanie Threlkeld
(Education Manager for ACBL), I found out that in addition to the more
advanced games, they offer games at the YNABC called Cardrook
Pairs. These are for rookies. There is a bridge mentor assigned
to each table in case participants have questions during the game. In
other words, they are encouraging students who have completed a
beginner bridge class on up to more sophisticated players to
participate in the youth games. Yes, you can get master points.
Stephanie suggests that I be in touch with Barbara Clark from NJ who brings a group of kids to the YNABC every year. Will do!
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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”. Numerous unit
are held throughout the year.
We publish a quarterly newsletter,
for and about its members. It regularly includes extensive
interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and
analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.
The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved
Kathy Pollock, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) starting
with issues back in the past. You can read old and
current issues to see where
were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in
publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was
torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files
and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future
generations will read them.