January 2017 Newsletter

The BDC is a member-owned and managed ACBL Bridge Club

Parish Hall of St. Peter the Apostle Church                                  5130 Rattlesnake Hammock Rd.

Games start promptly at 1:00.                                                                       Please arrive by 12:50

Club number: 239-262-5334                                                  Partnerships: Janet at 937-361-1225

 

A WARM NAPLES WELCOME TO ALL OUR NORTHERN FRIENDS

GLAD TO SEE YOU BACK

 

2017 Board of Governors Elected

The BDC General Meeting was held in December prior to our annual Holiday party.  The following people (in alphabetical order) were elected to serve on the Board of Governors:

Joan Coval, Janet Dixon, Ken Dixon, Ellie Goodrich, Bob Hudson, Joan Marion, Elliott Myers, Marcia Reff, Staci Solomon, and Chuck Young.

 

CLUB OFFICERS ELECTED FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2017

On December 9, 2016 the Board held a brief meeting for the purpose of electing the 2017 club officers.  Since some board members are full time and some are half time residents of Naples it was decided to elect co-presidents rather than a president and vice president.  This arrangement will serve our needs well and, at the same time, indicate the responsibilities our co-presidents shoulder. Ken Dixon and Joan Marion were elected co-presidents, Joan Coval will continue as Treasurer, Marcia Reff will become the Board Secretary. Ellie Goodrich will continue as our Head Director, and Janet Dixon will continue as Partnership Chair.

 

Joan Marion is taking on a new responsibility as a member of our Education Committee. Joan is going to teach the Beginning Bridge class on Wednesday mornings.  We will need someone to handle Hospitality on Wednesdays. Please volunteer for at least one month.

 

Future Plans

As you have probably heard, the church is planning on razing the Parish Hall and then building a larger structure connected to the church.  This will be the church’s Community Hall and there will be space for the Bridge Club in this Hall.  There has been an ongoing search for a space for the BDC to occupy during construction. Eventually space was found at the Elk’s Lodge on I-41 about a mile and a half from our present location. The Board is in the process of negotiating the terms of the lease.

 

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO AROUND

but please don’t bring so many twenty dollar bills to the Bridge Deck Club.  ATM machines are very convenient, but they only give out twenties.  How are your directors going to make change for so many twenty-dollar bills?   Please go into the bank once a month and get a stack of fives and ones.

 

MEMBERSHIPS: Don’t forget to renew your yearly membership in the Bridge Deck Club.

 

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES EARN THE WINNERS EXTRA MASTER-POINTS

This month’s games are on Thursday, January 19, 2017 and Tuesday, January 31, 2017

           

EDUCATION NEWS

Many thanks to Joan Coval for her efforts with the Beginning Bridge Class these last three years. In December she unexpectedly lost the sight in one of her eyes. She is soldiering on as Treasurer training her sighted eye to read all those little numbers, but she will relinquish the teaching position to Joan Marion.               

 

BEGINNING BRIDGE CLASSES

Wednesdays  9:00 to 11:30 starting January 4, 2017

A course introducing the basic concepts of Bridge and preparing students to enjoy the game.

Bridge Deck Club lessons are still only $12.00

LEADER: JOAN MARION                                                       JANUARY 4TH CLASS IS FREE

 

 

STANDARD AMERICAN YELLOW CARD BIDDING CONVENTIONS

Mondays 9:00 to 11:30 starting January 9, 2017

A Brush-Up course for players who want to improve their bidding.  The first two months will review numerous bidding situations including Jacoby Transfer Bids, Limit Raises, Jacoby 2NT Convention, defense to overcalls using preemptive weak raises while using a Cuebid as a Limit Plus Raise, and defense to take out doubles using preemptive weak raises while using 2NT as a Limit Plus Raise. 

 

Classes will continue in March and April and will cover Balancing bids, Michaels, Unusual NT, 1430 Keycard Blackwood, Negative Doubles, Lead Directing Doubles and Penalty Doubles

Class cost for BDC members: $10.00                                                           Non-members: $12.00

LEADER: MARCIA REFF                                                      JANUARY 9TH CLASS IS FREE

 

LET’S GROW THE CLUB

One of the ways our club grows is through our education program.  We need your help to publicize our education programs. There are fliers on the shelf where you pick up pencils and convention cards.  Please take one of the fliers and post it in your community or at your golf course or at your tennis court area or wherever you are able.

 

FREE TUESDAY CHALK TALKS

Bob Parlin will continue his 12:00 Tuesday morning talks about the Convention Card.  The January 3rd talk will be on Systems such as Standard American and Two Over One. It will also be about the conventions mentioned at the bottom of the convention card: New Minor Forcing, Weak Jump shifts, and 4th Suit Forcing.  The January 10th Chalk Talk will be a review of the Opening Bid sections on the front of the Convention Card.  If you missed Bob’s Talks in December try not to miss this one.

 

FRIDAY 299’ER GAMES IN JANUARY

We plan to have 2 sections on Fridays starting Jan. 6th. Our regular Open Game where any one can play whether they have zero or 20,000 masterpoints, plus we plan to have a separate game that will be limited to people with fewer than 299 masterpoints. Both sections will be stratified in 2 or 3 “strats” depending on the number of players.  As an added bonus, Bob Parlin will offer free chalk talks at 12:00 on Friday mornings.  He is calling these talks “Bid, Play, Score.” 

 

 

FREE LESSON ON DUPLICATE STRATEGY

Ellie Goodrich will be teaching a one-session class on Friday, January 27 from 11 to noon on the differences between a regular duplicate game and a team game. Pair games are scored by matchpoints while team games are scored by IMPs (International Match-Points). In February we will have our annual “8 is Enough” team game. There are successful bidding and playing strategies that we use in a pair game, that might not work in a team game.  Those of us who usually only play in regular club games will find this lesson very helpful.

 

 

MEET BOARD MEMBER AND HEAD DIRECTOR, ELLIE GOODRICH

I began playing bridge in the 50's while at college. Didn't everyone? Took a hiatus from the game as I started my teaching career in Connecticut.  After moving to Maine (I married a "Maniac") I discovered that my new circle of friends didn't play Bridge so I convinced them to take lessons. Our teacher kept talking about a different way to play Bridge called Duplicate. We decided to try it and I was hooked. I began to really learn more about the game by playing with a very knowledgeable mentor at the local club games. I will be eternally grateful to him for all that he taught me: mainly to be "a humble winner and a gracious loser".

 

The first tournament I played in was at a Regional in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Not only did I win my first "gold points", I also met a guy they called "Wayne from Maine". We not only became bridge partners but we also became very involved with Bridge at the Unit level as well as the District level. I was Secretary/Treasurer of the Maine Unit for over 20 years. We played many tournaments throughout the U.S. and Canada. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play against some of the top- rated players in the game. What other sport allows you to do that!!!

 

 I started teaching Bridge in the late seventies in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Started my first duplicate game in 1980 in Cape Elizabeth. Called "the Firehouse Gang", because our playing site was the fire department meeting room.  When an emergency was called the firemen rushed in to alert us to cover our ears because the alarm was about to go off. It consisted mainly of all those who took lessons from me. Still going strong today, and they have added another game which is called "Ellie's Graduates". Wayne had a duplicate game in Kennebunk, Maine. When we retired we were operating 4 games in southern Maine.

 

We became "snow birds" and came to Naples in the early nineties. Didn't take us long to find a home at the Bridge Club of Southwest Florida which later became the Bridge Deck Club of Naples. By far one of the nicest group of people I have ever met. As one of our players said - "we are family".

 

Retired to Naples in 2008 with the intention of "just playing Bridge and doing some bird watching". Why are you laughing??