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Dear Members and Friends of Unit 116,

We are now nearing the end of 2014. November and December bring our annual election and meeting.
Ballots 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 sale.
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 mention.

Betty Metz, President Unit 116

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Nominations & Elections

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 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

I 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 the Unit.


Fellow Bridge Players,
I 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 problems.
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.
During 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.


I 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 elections!


Bridge 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 another.


My 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.


My 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.


The 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.
I 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.


I 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.


Three 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 New York.


Welcome to the Western New York Unit 116 website.  Our unit of over 450 dedicated bridge players is part of the American Contract Bridge League’s District Five.  Geographically, we encompass the counties 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 – January, 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 games are held throughout the year.

We publish a bi-monthly newsletter, Bridge Buff, 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 (thank you  Kathy Pollock  and Alex Kowal) starting with  issues back in the past. You can read old and current issues to see where we 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.



Coming to Unit 116!

DISTRICT 5 REGIONAL  October 21-26, 2014 
Erie County Fairgrounds

Results and Bulletins

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Club run Unit-rated game -
November 8, 2014 noon
at Bridge Center of Buffalo

3362 Sheridan Dr
Amherst NY  14226

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"Eight is Enough"  Unit 116 Team Game
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 1 pm
at Airport Bridge Club

247 Cayuga Rd
Buffalo NY  14225


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Annual meeting and game
Saturday, December 6, 2014 Main-Transit Fire Hall,
6777 Main St. Williamsville, NY



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