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 12:45
Club number: 239-262-5334 Partnerships: Janet at 937-361-1225
Hooray! Hooray! Our new Members’ Directory is hot off the press.
48 new members have joined since the March 2016 directory was printed!
Maureen Baker Don Baumbach Nancy Bullough Dick Burns
Gail Cizek Janet Connell Leslie Connell Alan Coupland
Marlaine Cote Christy Coupland Charles Curley Gail DeGreeff
Gayle Despard Michael Donnell Patricia Filippo Virginia Ginsberg
Heather Harrington Rebecca Herman Jim Hudson Pauline Hudson
Brian Jenner Kathleen Kennedy Jo Ann Kriger Lucie Labonte +
Cathy Lederhaas Rosemarie Lenninger Marge Lewis David Lipke
Gwen Morgan Jo Ann Murch Debbie Nisius Elliot Newman
Joyce Perl Lincoln Pinsky Mary Anne Pickett Bobbi Robertson
Joan Rogan Joyce Rolland + Carol Rosen Emma Senter
Beverly Sheets Sandy Soss Michelle Stafford Pat Stephens
Terry Stephens Gary Thomas Gwen Wiekes David Wilson
+ indicates returning member
Please add to directory our newest member Margorie Lewis email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please add Lincoln Pinsky email: Lincoln.email@example.com
Please check the directory for any errors and report them to Chuck Young & George Bernstein.
Is your name missing from the 2017 Members Directory?
You missed the deadline, but please rejoin the club in March.
SHARKS AND MINNOWS GAME WILL BE MARCH 17
Are you a SHARK or a minnow? A shark is someone who has achieved the rank of Life Master, while a minnow is still in the process of acquiring the necessary masterpoints. The purpose of this game is to give more of our “C” players a chance to play with a “B” or an “A” player and for the more advanced player to perhaps give some kindly and helpful pointers to their partner.
So please no one should be playing with their regular partner or a partner that they have played with many times before. All “A” and “B” players should play with someone new and at the end of the game perhaps suggest what the minnow should study in order to improve. Think of yourself as one of the professionals that people hire to help them at tournaments. Remember winning isn’t everything.
Joan Volkheimer is again the Chairman of the Sharks and Minnows game. There will be a sign-up poster. Please write in pencil.
IF YOU ARE A MINNOW HOW DO FIND A SHARK?
There are over 80 Life Masters listed in our new roster book. Look for the star next to their name and call or email one. If you are too shy, then post an index card on the bulletin board saying you are seeking a partner for the game. Sharks could also post an index card saying that they are available.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY LUNCHEON: Plans are afoot for our annual St. Paddy’s Day Luncheon before the Sharks and Minnows game. Help will be needed.
MARCH 27, 2017 ACBL-WIDE SENIOR PAIRS GAMES
Our club will be participating in this years ACBL Senior Pairs game in the comfort of our own club. The club winners receive 72% of the masterpoints awarded in a sectional game plus the opportunity to increase the size of their winning points when our winning scores are compared to all the other winning District 9 players. Hand records and analyses provided. This game is restricted to players born prior to January 1, 1959. Game cost is increased only one dollar.
Our very popular 299’er games will continue on all the Fridays of the month of March except on March 17 when we have the Sharks and Minnows Game.
Lessons for new players are continuing on Wednesday mornings and for intermediate level players on Monday mornings.
DUTIES OF THE HEAD DIRECTOR
There are visible duties and invisible duties that the Head Director performs. Each week Ellie and Wayne come to the Parish Hall and spend the morning first with the computer and then with the Dealing Machine preparing a week’s worth of Bridge Boards. Using the Bridge Composer computer program the week’s hands are created and a master copy for each day is printed. Next the computer is hookup to the Dealing Machine. Each of the sets of boards that have been used in the previous week have to be opened, the Bridge cards are removed and one pack at a time they are placed in the machine. An opened board is placed in the correct place to catch the cards. On Mondays and Wednesdays when they expect to have two sections, they have to tell the machine to duplicate two identical sets of hands. On Fridays when there is a 299’er game, they duplicate three identical sets of hands. After all the preparatory work is finished, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make each set of 36 boards. The Club owns 11 sets of the new opening plastic boards and during the high season we use nine a week. The extra sets are used when we have sectionals. For the April 2017 Summer Sectional the Board authorized the purchase of all new playing cards at $22 a dozen. The club will purchase 3-dozen for each set of 36 boards for a total of $726 plus shipping and taxes.
The same people have been making the coffee, filling the ice bucket, and putting out snacks for more than 6 months. If you are physically able, this group of volunteers need a break. Please volunteer for at least one month but if you can’t the club members do appreciate all the snacks that our members contribute. THANK YOU
No leads out of turn, no bids out of turn, no revokes, and no arguments about petty things; the clock is ticking and you have 7 minutes to play each hand. If the Dummy is not on the table when the 2-minute bell sounds, you are not allowed to play the hand. Each pair gets an average score. Please don’t argue with the Director. The Director tries to be fair to all players. Yes, others may still be playing, but they have played at least half the cards and will be finished by the time the second bell sounds.