Hell-o Bridge Players,
have just finished our September Sectional. It was reasonably
successful. What was notably missing was our Canadian friends. However,
our Rochester friends were there as usual. We do appreciate their
support as well each of you who attended.
Jim Gullo and I want to thank all our bakers and helpers who put in the effort to make this sectional a lovely and tasteful event.
we need to think about the Annual Meeting and election on Sunday,
December 2. There are four people on the ballot. They are: John Bava, Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo and Betty Metz.
There are three positions for a three year term and one to replace a
resignation. The three highest vote recipients will serve for a full
three year term and fourth will serve out the one year remainder of the
resigning person. Each one is well qualified and all have been
tremendous assets to the current Board of Directors. We also were open
to petitions from others to be included.
I look forward to seeing
y’all at the Annual meeting at the North Tonawanda Rescue Hall in North
Tonawanda, NY. Please see flyer for information and directions. All
Board members have tickets.
Also check out the flyer for the District 5 Regional, October 16-21 @ Adam’s Mark (Buffalo Grand Hotel).
Good luck and happy playing,
President, Unit 116
There are four slots to be filled due to Gay Simpson’s retirement. John Bava has been filing Gay’s spot since July 16 and is running for election this year. On the ballot are: John Bava, Carol Bedell, Jim Gullo and Betty Metz. The 3 highest winning votes will be for a full 3 year term. The 4th vote receiver will fill the last year of Gay’s term. John
has been filling in since July 16. Although this is the slate offered
by the Unit Board, others may still agree to run or be nominated. Any
member of Unit 116 in good standing may become a nominee by submitting
a petition to the Unit Board, signed by at least 25 members in good
standing along with a biography and statement that the candidate is
willing to serve. Items must be submitted and received by the Unit
Board no later than October 3, 2018. Elections boxes and all voting materials will be made available at all Unit clubs sometime after October 3, 2018. Voting ends at 12:00 noon, December 2.
by-laws: “Members may mail their ballot to the Unit secretary, bring it
to the annual meeting or place said ballot in a ballot receptacle
provided at each club which will then be delivered to the Election
Committee at the annual meeting.”
Biographical summary links bellow are the creation of the candidates.
Click on each link to read the Bio (in alphabetical order):
John Bava - link
Carol Bedell - link
Jim Gullo - link
Betty Metz - link
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Unit 116 Annual Meeting
Rescue Fire Hall – 1241 Srad Avenue North Tonawanda NY 14120
Sunday December 2, 2018
Game to follow
Tickets available from any Board member: please purchase by 11/28/18
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NABC Atlanta 2018
Team Unit 116 in preparation for the event
• • •So,
what’s new since my last report!!! By now, you probably know that eight
of our students participated in the national bridge tournament held in
Atlanta, Georgia. They are pictured above. The Youth NABC took place
August 2-4. Six of our students received section tops in their
level. Two of our students competed on a higher level and received 2.35
gold points. The students were accompanied by their teacher, Jim Gullo. Teacher, parents and students had a wonderful time and were very pleased with their performance.
summer, they’re off to Las Vegas for the national bridge tournament.
The Youth NABC will be held July 25-27, 2019. We are hoping to
encourage more students to attend a national tournament. As we know, it
is an unforgettable experience!
Our next set of lessons begins
September 16, 2018. We will be offering beginner lessons, intermediate
lessons as well as advanced lessons. Fred will handle the beginners, Sharon Benz the intermediate group and Jim
the advanced group. From now on we will be using Audrey Grant’s series
of books: Bridge Basics 1, 2 and 3 for teaching. We also will encourage
parents to attend our lessons to see their students in action. Our goal
is to review the basics taught, focus on new areas such as defense and
leave as much time as we can for play of the hand.
Las Vegas is
coming up and our students will face challenges in a new, higher level
of competition. We know they have the ability to do well, but they need
to be prepared to do so. We are also encouraging our students to play
as often as they can…at tournaments such as our sectionals as well as
open games Thursday nights and Saturday afternoons.
As our numbers
of students expand, we will need more bridge buddies. The commitment is
not lifelong. Reminder: Our lessons are held on Sundays 11:30 am-1:30
pm. If you have time on certain Sundays, do let me know. Most of our
volunteers enjoy spending time with the children.
Again, my email is email@example.com.
Youth Bridge Coordinator
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other announcements. Unfortunately, space there is limited,
but additional results, more complete
announcements and other information can be
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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”.