January 2012 Newsletter



December 2011                                              Editor – Liz Saxon

Happy Holidays to one and all as another year draws to a close and we look forward to welcoming in 2012!  Once again, the annual meeting/Christmas party at Eagle Creek was a smashing success with 20 tables of bridge after an elegant lunch.  Thank you Anne O’Connell for all your hard work, it was a truly lovely event. 

Betty Barterand Glenda Armstrong who have been co-presidents the past year reported on various club improvements – the dealing machine, card tables, new boards (donated by Bob Parlin), new cards, a computer (donated by Tom Urso), and cup holders which are in the works.  Much of this was paid for by 50-50 club money donated by members during 2011.  2011 also saw the addition of a new NLM-Srs Sectional in April as well as the regular sectional in June; the addition of a Saturday morning 299er game with lessons by Ron and Joy Schick; chalk talks given by different members on Tuesdays and Thursdays; and a mentor/protégé game on Thursdays to let 299ers play with a more experienced player.  The co-presidents thanked a long list of members for various contributions to the club; the slate of candidates for the 2012 Board of Governors was submitted and unanimously voted upon.  The new Board of Governors includes Ken Dixon, president; Glenda and Betty as co-vice presidents; Ellie Goodrich as treasurer; Jean Jensen as secretary; Janet Dixon partnership with Syd Blum assisting her; Nancy Trice, Tom Urso and Syd Blum as members at large.  Wayne Goodrich continues as Club Manager.


Marcia Reff will finish her Defense lessons on January 9 and start the “new” course of lessons on Monday, January 16 from 9am to 11:30 am.  Call 239-775-8460. The new set will focus on people who currently play social bridge or are new duplicate players and want to learn a modernized version of Standard American using the yellow card as the model. (See lessons section of the website for more info.)  Joanna Sarkisian will begin her set of lessons for beginners on Wednesday, January 18th.  All lessons will cost $12 each.  Bob Parlin is planning a series of chalk talks on Tuesdays in January from 12 noon to 12:30 pm prior to the Tuesday game.  There is no charge for chalk talks. 

Mentor/Protégé Game and Saturday Game

On Thursdays in January, the Mentor/Protégé game will restart – all non-life masters who wish to play with a more experienced mentor should sign up at the club.  Persons who wish to play with their regular partner may do so.  Finally, the Saturday 299er lessons by Joy Schick will resume January 7, followed by a regular game at 11 am.  This year lunch will not be included – participants should bring their own sandwich – the game will end between 2:30 and 3 pm.

MembershipBetty Barter and Ellie Goodrich are currently accepting renewals and new membership applications for 2012.  All applications received prior to January 31st will be in the new Directory to be published in February.  The cost is $25 per person to renew membership and $35 if you are a new member (to pay for the name tag).  The cost of regular daily games is $7 if you are a member and $9 if you are not a member.

Finally, STaC week (Sectional Tournament at Clubs) is upon us beginning December 12 – 18th.  It costs a little extra to participate but you can win silver points playing in your regular club game, and, if you have a great game, perhaps make the unit-wide overall rankings which are worth more silver points.

The Orlando Winter Regional starts January 2-8, 2012 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel (across from downtown Disney).  The Sarasota-Manatee Regional is February 20-26th at the Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto, FL.  These are excellent events to win red and gold points.  Check the convention programs in the Sunshine Bridge News (November/December issue) or go to the ACBL website or District 9 or Unit 128 websites for more information.

Congratulations!  Three members of Bridge Deck Club achieved Gold Life Master Status (2500+ MPs) in 2011.  They are Ed Kemnitzer, Julie Van Stone and Joan Volkheimer.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We now have a data base of e-mail addresses for more than 75% of the membership, plus some additional non-members who play at our club.  We will be delivering the newsletter electronically as well as periodic special announcements.  If you have e-mail and would like to be included in this, please speak to Ellie Goodrich, Liz or Jim Saxon.

PARTNERSHIPS – Please call Janet Dixon at 331-8803 or Syd Blum 450-3246 if you need a partner for a particular day, but be sure to let them know in advance if you find one on your own.  By the same token, if you are available to play and willing to come at the last minute, please tell Janet or Ellie.