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New Mentoring Program
Welcome to Unit 116, District
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Unit 116 Members,
Unit Board hopes to find you well and are sorry that we felt the need
to cancel the September 2021 Sectional. The last thing we would
want to do is to lose any of you from an illness caught at a tournament
where, at other tournaments, there have been multiple instances
of COVID spread. We know that the health and safety of bridge players
is also of paramount importance to the Clubs and know that they will
reopen at the appropriate time.
our recent President, has chosen to step down and as Unit
Vice-President, I am now President. Many of you know me, but for those
who do not, I am a recent Silver Life master and have been playing
competitively for 6 years. I do love this game and have played at most
of the local clubs and online. I am also a member of Bridge Club of
Niagara, and have played in Erie, Hamilton, Toronto and Niagara on the
Lake. I want you to feel comfortable contacting me with your issues and
concerns. Your Board of Directors is here to help.
Our next event is our Annual Meeting on December 4th, which Barb Libby has agreed to chair, followed by our January Sectional on January 21-23. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Keep well all of you!
Western New York Unit 116 of the ACBL
Below is a list of currently available ACBL sanctioned online and F2F games for Unit 116 players.
For information and details,
contact the owner/ manager/contact person.
Alliance Bridge Club
Finkelstein 716-836-7016 email@example.com
Web site: https://www.alliancebridgeclub.com
Buffalo Bridge Center/
Kathy Pollock 716-310-4199 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Harman 716-480-1666 email@example.com
Web site: http://www.bridgecenterofbuffalo.com
Bridge Club of East Aurora
Duplicate Face2Face Live bridge (Saturdays at 1 pm)/
Rust Belt Bridge Group
Web sites: https://tinyurl.com/2fj2hama
Face2Face Live bridge (Wednesdays at 10 am)
David Larcom 716-649-9354 firstname.lastname@example.org
In the recent past, Unit 116
has sponsored a very successful mentoring program. We anticipate that
we will continue our program in manner similar to what we have done
previously. The only question involves timing. Stay tuned for updates.
116 is pleased to announce the continuation of our Bridge Mentoring
Program. In the January to June period of 2020, we had 12 mentoring
To participate, Mentees should have at least 5
Master Points, but no more than 300 Master Points. This is intended to
include players with Bridge basics and those who have a commitment to
improving their skills.
You can participate in one of two
ways. First, approach potential Mentors with whom you already have a
relationship, with the view of forming a Mentee/Mentor relationship.
Then, inform me. If you have previously participated in the program,
you should select a new Mentor.
Second, if you would like
Unit 116 to assign a Mentor, reach out directly to me. Also, anyone
interested in being a Mentor should also reach out to me.
Mentee/Mentor pair is required to play 5 times between the
establishment of your partnership and December 31st of 2020. In the
current environment, all games will have to be played online at Bridge
Base. There are many games that are available to the Mentee/Mentor
pair, including virtual club games conducted by our clubs in Western
New York, and Support Your Club games where the majority of your entry
fee goes back to our local clubs.
Mentees and Mentors pay
their own entry fees, and the Unit subsequently reimburses the Mentor
for entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games played for Mentor to
submit a reimbursement request).
For questions or additional details, please contact me.
Good luck and have fun.
Youth Bridge Update
Unit 116 in cooperation with the Buffalo Bridge Center was able to provide a weekly novice game over the summer of 2020.
the fall, winter and spring, Kathy Pollock and Ruth Nawotniak taught
three sets of 8-9 week sessions with each session capped by a youth
tournament on Bridge base for masterpoints. A total of twenty youth
students participated in a small beginner class and a larger
intermediate class. The lessons and the tournaments were held online.
Kathy and Ruth were ably assisted by John Bava, Bert Feasley, Mike Ryan
and Denise Slattery. Thank you all for your help.
The Summer 2021 Youth NABC was postponed until Summer 2022. There will be an online Youth NABC:
2021 Virtual Youth NABC, Saturday, July 17
Pair Event (one event, two sessions): 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Cardrook Games (two events, single sessions): Noon and 3:30 p.m. Eastern
area summer plans for youth are for an online Novice game on Monday
evenings at 7 PM hosted by the Buffalo Bridge Center until school
resumes in the fall.
At this time there are no plans for the Youth for fall of 2021.
Slideshows from Kid's Tournament
on November 24, 2019:
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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”.
Coming to Unit 116!
District 5 NAP finals ONLINE ONLY on BBO, Flight A(unlm), B(0-2500), C (0-500NLM), October 2-3, 2021
Unit 116 Annual Meeting F2F,
December 4, 2021
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221
BUFFALO WINTER SECTIONAL F2F,
January 21-23, 2022
6777 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221