Our Unit Sectionals have been great successes in the
past few years. We thank you the players for supporting these
events. Because of the record attendance, our bank account is in great
shape. The board has received many suggestions on the best way to use
some of the extra dollars. We are very excited to share our
decision with you.
TWO NEW PROGRAMS
School Youth Bridge starts this summer and continues in the
Fall. Free lessons for students (middle school – we are flexible
about age and grade level) Thursday mornings at BCB – July and
August. In early October, we have two after school programs. One
at Tapestry Charter Middle School in Buffalo and one at Transit Middle
School, Williamsville. We are also working on after school
or weekend Fall activities for other students. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Volunteer your time – lots of possibilities. Enroll your
grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbors for this great opportunity.
Funding will be provided by ACBL, District 5 and Unit 116. ( Full
details available from Carol Bedell, chair.)
Bridge Mentoring Program is beginning right now. Mentees are matched
with Mentors. The Mentor’s entry fees are reimbursed by Unit 116.
We hope this program encourages newer players to improve their game and
to expand their experience to open games and tournaments. HOW CAN YOU
HELP? Sign up for either category and participate. (Full details
from Dian Petrov, chair.)
A THANK YOU TO OUR MEMBERS
We reduced the cost of the annual picnic for unit members. The ticket
price of $10.00 will cover the cost of the food. The unit will cover
the other expenses: rent, director, printing, dealing etc. So come July
24 and play two sessions of bridge and enjoy a feast of barbeque
chicken, Zittel Corn and homemade bake goods (complete info is posted).
Enjoy bridge - enjoy bridge even more when you help others.
President, Unit 116
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project is underway!
Christy Kellogg will be teaching a bridge class for middle school
students at the Bridge Center of Buffalo this summer.. The class will
be held on Thursday mornings from July 7-August 25…There will be no
charge for the class. Refreshments will be served.
We are looking
for students for this class and need your help…neighbors, grand
children, kids of friends….Students who will be attending or have
recently completed middle school will be considered for the class..
Elaine Kurasiewicz and Carol Bedell will be teaching bridge as an
extra-curricular activity at the Tapestry Middle School in Buffalo. The
class will begin in the fall.
Donna Steffan will be teaching bridge to middle school students as an
extra-curricular activity at Transit Middle School which is part of the
Williamsville school system. This class will begin in the fall.
4) If you are interested in
participating in this project, do let us hear from you. Most of you would have loved a chance to learn this
game when you were in middle school so we are
offering this opportunity to our young people now.
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Questions??? Contact Carol Bedell (email@example.com / phone: 633-5680)
Unit 116 is establishing a Bridge Mentoring Program for beginner / intermediate
players willing to enter open
competitions and achieve their goals.
To be eligible, the “mentee” has to have at least 5 MP and not more than 300 MP.
This is intended to select players with basics and demonstrated
After signing up with the program a Mentor will be found for
you. (Unit 116 will solicit players with 2000+
The pair is required to play 5 times until the end of 2016, at any of the Unit sanctioned clubs
(see a list of clubs with their playing schedules at the unit web site www.unit116.com).
The Mentee pays full fare, and the unit covers the Mentor's
entry fees. (Pair needs to keep track of games they play together for Unit reimbursement
of Mentor's entry fees).
Deadline for Mentee sign-up
is June 15, 2016. After that the Unit will find Mentors for the applicants
and the program will run from July 1 to
December 31, 2016.
For sign-up, details and questions please contact Dian Petrov by email or (716)
Good luck and have fun!
What is the Unit 116 Mentoring Program?
The mentoring program is established to have more experienced
players (Mentors) to help newer /advancing players (Mentees) to improve their
bridge experience and enter Open games at Unit 116 ACBL Sanctioned clubs.
Who can participate?
Unit 116 ACBL members with masterpoints between 5 and 300 willing
to enter open club games, learn, have fun and achieve their bridge goals.
How do I participate?
Mentees need to register by email or phone (leaving a message
is fine) before June 15, 2016 with Dian
Petrov by email or (716)
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New York Unit 116
Non-Life Master (0-500) Sectional
July 8-9, 2016
at Bridge Center of Buffalo
Friday, July 8:
10:30 AM Pair Game Results: NS EW
3:00 PM Pair Game Results
Saturday, July 9:
10:30 AM Pair Game Results
3:00 PM Pair Game Results
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New York Unit 116
American Picnic and 2 sessions of bridge
July 24, 2016
Starting at 11 AM
Grand Stand Casino Room
Erie County Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY
Championship Pairs Games
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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”. Numerous unit
are held throughout the year.
We publish a quarterly newsletter,
for and about its members. It regularly includes extensive
interviews with several members, an interesting bridge hands and
analysis, and perhaps a good recipe enjoyed at a Unit game.
The "Bridge Buff" issues were retrieved
Kathy Pollock, Alex Kowal and Mark Pascale) starting
with issues back in the past. You can read old and
current issues to see where
were and where we are going as a bridge community. There was a gap in
publishing from March to October 2007, when the bridge community was
torn apart by controversy and the Buff was on hold.
Help preserve the bridge history of Unit 116 by downloading the files
and saving them - you will never know when and who from the future
generations will read them.