New York Unit 116
Unit 116 Annual Meeting
Rescue Fire Hall
1241 Strad Avenue
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Sunday December 6, 2015
Tickets available from any Board member: please purchase by 12/1
Ballots for election to Board will be accepted until 11:30am
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A TRIBUTE TO THE BRIDGE GREATS OF BUFFALO
Sunday November 22, 2015
Starting at 1 PM
At Bridge Center of Buffalo
Championship Pairs Games
TREATS: Appetizers and Punch COST: US$8 Members $10 NM
CHAIR: Elaine Kurasiewicz
695-9828 or 622-8159 (cell)
Tom Donnelly, Mary Dowd,
Gerry Fried, Nat Gerstman,
John Kilmer, Jim Mathis,
Mary McKenna, Margaret McCarthy,
Peter Mollemet, Roselle Selikoff,
Tom Wolstoncroft and Agnes GordonResults
Elaine's story for the Tribute game
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Elections for the Unit 116 Board of Directors
are three board members to be elected for a three-year period each. You
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 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 6th prior to the Unit’s Annual
Meeting at Rescue Fire Hall in No. Tonawanda.
Statements from the Candidates
name is Carol Bedell and I am running for our Unit Board. As a
beginning bridge player, I was fortunate to learn from generous
volunteers. These experienced bridge players donated their knowledge
and time to rookies so we could grow and enjoy the game of bridge. It
is high time that I give back.
As a school counselor at Lancaster
High School, I donated my own time/efforts to implementing important
programs. Some examples: chairperson district drug and alcohol
prevention/intervention program, co-founder/ad-visor of LHS chapter of
SADD (Students against Driving Drunk), district coordinator of
students-at-risk programs, promoter/coordinator of the “guidance plan”
to educate students, staff, community as to the role/job of the school
My motivation to run for the board is based on my love
for the game of bridge. I feel that I have the ability to do the job
and be an effective team player who is sensitive to the needs of
others. It would be my pleasure to serve the local bridge community.
came to Duplicate Bridge through my friendships with Judie Bailey and
Carolyn Siracuse. When I retired from my school nurse position 3 years
ago they invited me to play with them at various social games and a few
club games. A few months later Judie introduced me to my regular
partner, Mary Ball who was taking lessons at the Bridge Center. Thus
began my entry into what I call "competitive bridge".
I have found
all my classes to be so helpful, with such patient and well-prepared
teachers. The Directors at the various clubs I've attended are all very
professional and respectful. I have appreciated all the opportunities
bridge has afforded me with sectionals, regionals, and district games,
as well as the various special event games. The Bridge community is a
very caring group where people exhibit concern for one another. I feel
I have received much from this community and now I would like to help
by giving back wherever and whenever I am needed.
am James Gullo, better known as just Jim, and I am running for our Unit
Board. I have been a member of this unit for around 15 years and have
been active in our unit since I discovered Bridge. I have served on the
board for the Bridge Center of Buffalo as well as serving one term on
the Unit Board.
I have taught Bridge to beginners as well as
intermediate players and am always seeking new players who could become
active in out unit. I feel it is important to seek out new players, as
our Unit is losing members as we age out. I also understand that Bridge
is a most competitive game that can be threatening to new players. I
feel it is important to remember that Bridge is a game of fun and
friendship. I will work to support new members and help them improve
their game and stay active in our Bridge community.
I will try my
best to be a positive and supportive member of the Board and add some
spice to our Bridge life! Thanks and be sure to cast your vote in the
came back to the Buffalo area five years ago; joined the ACBL four
years ago. I now play bridge most days. It is an important part of my
If elected to the unit board I’ll always keep in mind that
this is the “unit board” and I will be a representative of the whole
unit and all its members.
I feel this is my time to help the bridge community. I have the time – have the energy – and am willing to work.
was elected to the Unit Board in 2009 and re-elected in 2012. During
this time, the Unit had great energy, held many Unit sponsored games
and the attendance at our Sectionals grew each year. The unit moved
ahead with a new table project headed by Frank Kidd and a Bridgemate
project headed by Paul Zittel.
After a year off the board, I have
decided to run once again. I like what is happening in our bridge
community and would like the opportunity to “keep the energy going.”
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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.