February 2012 Newsletter



February 2012                                                                        Editor – Liz Saxon

There is so much great news to share it’s hard to know where to begin!  Our new Board, headed by President Ken Dixon, is in place; our hospitality chairman, Syd Blum is hard at work, as is Janet Dixon, our Partnership Chairman; our 299er Saturday lesson and game is a smash hit, our membership drive includes lots of new members, the education program is going very well AND we are starting a mentor/mentee game as part of our regular open game on Thursdays in February (sign up at the club). We have our second Senior/299er Sectional scheduled for mid-April!   Betty McKenzie is our new Good Will person, please let her know if someone is in the hospital and a card needs to be sent.

Valentine’s Day Party -- Valentine’s Day falls on Tuesday this year and Bridge Deck will have a party prior to the Tuesday game.  If you would like to bring a “special Valentine’s Day treat”, please let Syd Blum, our hospitality chairman know about it.  Luncheon starts at 12 noon.

President’s News –President Ken Dixon would like all of you to know that an internal audit of our finances was completed by three members with accounting backgrounds.  Thank you to Paul Goldman, Brian Jenner and Dick Willson for your efforts.  The internal “Club Points Program” initiated by Marketing Director Tom Urso is successfully moving forward.  You earn internal club points for attending, winning your section, prevailing over A players (B and C players only) and more.  A total of 100 points earns a free game. Ken would also like to thank all of the volunteers who took care of hospitality, while Syd was away for two weeks and to encourage volunteers to help out with the Saturday game as well as participate in the Mentor/Mentee program on Thursdays. Special thanks to Angie Maranger who provided a special birthday luncheon honoring Ellie Goodrich during that time.  Finally, our STaC (Sectional Tournament at Clubs) is coming up Feb. 13th-18th and members will be able to earn silver masterpoints as part of their regular club game.  The next Board meeting is Monday, Feb. 13th, after the game.

Membership-- Membership drive for 2012 is winding down.  While new members are accepted at any time during the year, you must sign up or renew prior to Jan. 31st to be included in the 2012 Directory expected to be available in late February.

Education-- Our education programs are progressing nicely.  Marcia Reff is teaching intermediate-level bridge on Mondays and Joanna Sarkisian is teaching beginner bridge on Wednesdays.   Both days are drawing lots of attendees.  Joy Schick is continuing her lessons on Saturdays at 9:45 am prior to the 11 am Saturday game, including a 299er section.  Bob Parlin’s chalk talks have been a popular precursor to the Tuesday games in January.

April 299er/Senior Sectional – Bridge Deck Club will hold its second Senior/Non Life Master (NLM) Sectional April 18th-20th  in St. Peter’s Parish Hall.  Yes, if you check your calendar it’s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday rather than the weekend.  We will still have our regular June Sectional June 7th-9th  with a 299er game as part of that program.  Check out our flyer on the website or pick one up at the Club.

PS – Sadly we lost longtime club member Rosemary Weber Jan. 15th at the age of 93.  (Rosemary and other nonagenarians were honored last Feb. at the 2011 Valentine’s Day Party).  She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick, and three sisters.  She is survived by three children, a number of grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  This editor, for one, will miss Rosemary’s twinkling eyes and smile as she looked at you across the bridge table before making her bid or playing a card.  Funeral services were in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she was born and lived until moving to Naples in 2004.  We were also saddened by the loss of William “Mickey” McDowell, 90, January 7th.  Mickey (a World War II veteran) owned a Pepsi Cola bottling plant in Parkersburg, WV and was known as Mr. Pepsi. He was the beloved husband of Evelyn McDowell (Bridge Deck member) for 48 years. Between them, there are six children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A contribution to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105 would be appreciated.


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 Glenda, Liz or Jim Saxon.

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

EDUCATION – Marcia Reff  is teaching intermediate bridge Monday mornings at 9 am.  Joanna Sarkisian is teaching beginning and continuing beginner bridge on Wednesdays at 9:30 am.  Joy Schick provides a lesson on Saturdays at 9:45 am before the 11 am 299er and regular open game. 


Unit 128 STaC Week, Feb 13th – 18th

Sarasota-Manatee Regional, Feb. 20th - 26th

Fort Myers Sectional – March 8th-11th