Dear Members and Friends of Unit 116,
We are now nearing the end of 2014. November and December bring our annual election and meeting.
should be out within a few days. Four people will be elected (3 people
for full terms of three years and 1 person to fill a partial term). It
is always exciting to welcome a new board. The challenge for unit
members is to be supportive of board members (remember they are
volunteers). Also remember as you give comments, make them POSITIVE as
well as constructive criticism.
Vote, vote, vote
Then join us
for the annual meeting, lunch and game on December 6. Fliers are out at
clubs, in the Buff and on our web site. Board Members have tickets for
Thanks to all for participating in our 2014 Unit Events. A
special thanks to all who helped out – way too many people for me to
Betty Metz, President Unit 116
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Nominations & Elections
are invited to vote for the Unit 116 Board of Directors by ballot.
Balloting will be available at most local clubs in November and will be
closed at 12 noon on Sunday, December 6th prior to the Unit Annual
Meeting at Main-Transit Fire Hall. You are to vote for up to THREE
people for a 3-year term each. The one year term will be filled with
the 4th place finisher.
Statements from the Candidates
am willing to serve on the Board in the event my participation might
help it become more inclusive in its efforts to promote bridge within
Fellow Bridge Players,
am Arthur (Chip) Kean, and I would be privileged to serve on Unit 116's
Board of Directors. For the past four years I have served on the Bridge
Center of Buffalo's Board of Directors holding offices as
Vice-President, Treasurer, and this year as Co-President. I have had an
integral part in negotiating the last building lease and am presently
involved in negotiating a new lease extension. I have worked with other
tenants in our building to work co-operatively to solve common problems
of garbage disposal, common restroom supplies, and common cleaning
I am a firm believer in the idea that people come to
bridge clubs to have an enjoyable game. When the zero tolerance policy
of the American Bridge League is violated at our club, the situations
are referred to me to generate a reasonable and fair resolution.
my tenure on the Bridge Center of Buffalo's Board of Directions, the
club has changed from an investor's club to a membership club. During
that time, I believe that I have been a leader in increasing
membership, keeping fiscal stability, and ensuring a friendly
atmosphere in which to play Bridge.
am Elaine Kurasiewicz and I am running for our Unit Board. Many of you
know me as the Elaine with the very long name which few can pronounce.
I can be as hard working as my name is long! I have been a member of
this unit for around 30 years and have played at every club that our
area has had past and present. Over the years I have taken a few
sojourns from Bridge, but for the past few years, I have refreshed my
love for the game and the Bridge social season. I pride myself on being
fair and creative and I will bring these qualities to the Board. I try
to bring some fun and humor to the games I attend and this is what I
value as much as the competitive nature of the game. I will try my best
to be a positive and supportive member of the Board and add some new
flair to the team. Thanks and be sure to cast your vote in the upcoming
has become very important to me lately but I see increasing conflict
among different factions within the bridge community and the Board. In
my mind the Board should be interested in the welfare of all of the
members not any particular group. If I am elected I will represent the
members since I have no vested interest in promoting one group over
name is Violet Makhija and I live in Lockport. I started playing bridge
4 years ago. I enjoy playing bridge and I just got certified as a
bridge director. I want to be on the board because I love to work with
people and I believe I can help our unit.
name is Joe Miranda, I have been a member of unit 116 for these past
five years. I would be pleased to accept being a member of its board so
that I could help facilitate the boards activities. Of particular
interest to me would be setting out a volunteer program to bring
information and playing principles to the senior population of Orchard
Park, E. Aurora and other Southtown communities. I feel that these
communities have lacked information that would have helped people enjoy
the many local clubs games. I have no restraints that would bind me to
a particular club, thus I would act fairly on all matters and
situations brought before the board.
last three years, as a Unit board member, I had the pleasure to work
for the bridge community of Western New York. There were many
challenges such as organizing unit games, getting volunteers for
various activities, and there is a lot more to do. As treasurer, I
initiated electronic recordkeeping, used free electronic bill paying
and provided timely reports. I was instrumental in bringing the unit to
comply with the IRS rules and obtaining the "not for profit
organization", which will save time and headaches in the years to come.
want to insure that our members have great opportunities to play the
game we all love, in a cordial atmosphere that allows learning and fun
for all levels of competition. I will listen to your suggestions so
that we can continue and improve the unit's support of the players and
all the clubs in the unit.
am running for a position on the Board of Unit 116 because I would like
to see harmony and fairness restored in our Unit. I first started
playing about 20 years ago at the old Bridge Centre in the Northtown
Plaza. Alan Greer and others were so welcoming to me as a newcomer. Of
course there were factions then, but people told me about other games
and places to play. I played regularly for a year and a
half. I returned to bridge nine years ago and found things
had changed significantly. Now it seems, people have to choose where
they play based on whose “side” they are on. I realize that I, as one
person, cannot rectify this situation, but I am confident that my
presence on the Board will start the process.
I also would like to work with other Board members to develop
plans to recruit new players in outreach programs.
years ago, you the members, elected me to serve on the Board of
Directors for Unit 116. In this time, I have been hard-working and
honest. A few of my accomplishments are: chair of successful unit
picnics, chair of several unit sectionals as well as many unit games.
My proudest accomplishment is the introduction of electronic scoring to
our unit. It would be my pleasure to serve the local bridge community
for another term.
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Check the Duplicate Bridge
column in The Buffalo News each Saturday for weekly game results and
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
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 and Alex Kowal) 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.