Newsletter - 24 March 2016

Recent Results

Well done to the below-
ACT Women’s Trials
1st Margaret Bourke & Jodi Tutty
2nd Julia Hoffman & Judith Tobin
3rd Elainne Leach & Leone Moffat

Novice Pairs
1st Sue Manion & Trish Lentfer
2nd Prue Clarke & Dorothy Holt

Upcoming Events

Thursday Evenings – Barry Turner Teams 31 March and 7, 14 & 21 April. Red Points. Pre-entry essential before 1.00pm Wednesday 30 March. This is an Honour Board Event and is one of the main Teams Event on the CBC Calendar. (NB time change in April is 7.00pm)

Canberra Bridge Club Daytime Seniors Pairs
Monday April 4 & 11.
The Seniors Pairs will be incorporated into the Red Section of the Monday daytime duplicate. Entry is for those pairs where both players are over 60 years old. The pair with the highest percentage over the two weeks will be declared the winner. No substitutes allowed. There is no need to enter and normal table money applies. Red Masterpoints are awarded.

Seniors Day 10.00am Tuesday 5 April
Bridge & Lunch $27. For catering purposes please put your names on the notice board in the Barry Turner Room. Everybody is welcome. Come along and support this event.
Flowers for Seniors Day. We would like donations of flowers for Seniors Day. If members have fresh picked flowers could you bring them in by 1.30pm on April 4.

Bridge for Brains - Friday 6th May 1.00pm -

Once again the Canberra Bridge Club is supporting the Bridge for Brains Research Challenge for Neurological Research. The session will be the Normal Friday afternoon session and RED Masterpoints will be on offer as well as the usual CBC green points. Each player will also receive a hand commentary prepared by Ron Klinger. Normal table money fees apply, but players are encouraged to make a donation on the day, no matter how small, to this worthy cause.

New security alarm system

Please note that on late exit the code is now 9000. You have to turn the alarm on and if asked press OK.

World Wide Sim Pairs

For those interested in these events please let CBC know so the club can decide if it will participate. They are club level events run worldwide, similar to Nation Wide Pairs. Follow the web link above for more information.

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday 30th March at 9.15am. It focuses on Defending – To Cover or Not to Cover. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

2016 Membership Subscriptions now OVERDUE

For ABF inclusion they must be paid before 30 March!
Payment not paid will result in member being made INACTIVE with the ABF. Subs are now overdue and notices have been sent out to those with email addresses. If you have not received one via email please advise the managers. Those without email addresses there are notices in the office. Bank details for direct credit: BSB 062 919 A/C 00920020. Please put your name or ABF number for reference.

Happy Easter

President's Corner

Dear Members

Bulletin Number 12 – 24 March 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

This week continuing the theme of know your members of the club, we have two very dedicated contributors to everything that makes our club great. Cooking, cleaning, picking up, organizing, watering, setting up, convening, packing up, the list goes on and off course playing lots of bridge, Colleen Hassal and Jenny Brogan are there doing it. We thank them both for their time and commitment to CBC. Jenny very recently convened a weekend event with great success. She planned and managed the various volunteers, the catering etc. Without these types of efforts our functions would not work nearly as well. So again, a great effort by Jenny to tackle that task.

Most are aware of my weekly coverage of either your committee or members. Please let me know if you have a member in mind who should be featured. Please provide name and a photo if possible.

The managers who have covered Senior’s Day on Tuesday 5th April. Please help the convener, by putting your name on the list early, not at the last moment. This does help greatly with the planning. I am looking for lots of goodies for our Produce Stall on the day. Fruit/Veg, cakes, biscuits etc will sell well that day. Please consider baking something special for the stall. All money raised will be directed at the Library Project.

Many people have commented to me about the Library Project. Amazing, some did not know we had fiction books in the old library room. Well they are out there to be seen and used now. We have imposed a “small” cost to borrow the fiction books. The money raised will go towards maintaining our Library of Bridge Books with the intent of buying a number of bridge books each year.

Most members are aware that there is much activity associated with our day sessions and the various classes for beginners, improving players etc. Our Managers are extremely busy all the time. They need your assistance. Please be mindful of your need to be in the office with them, a queue of people means they are dealing with other members. The managers are very generous with their hours but we need to do our part to ensure they can start and finish their day in a planned and expected way.

To assist with the managers I would like to put in place some voluntary assistance on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. I am seeking volunteer(s) for Wednesday and Thursday morning at this point. I will undertake the task myself on the Monday. It is a simple task of setting up the kitchen, emptying the dishwasher, ensuring there is enough tea, coffee, sugar etc and handle any simple queries that members have. As I am indicating, I think even I can manage it. The time required is barely ¾ hour, so ideally somebody who plays on the subject day would fit the bill well. Hopefully this will enable the managers to be focused on the higher level tasks associated with the office and club. It does not have to be the same person each week, a buddy system would work well sharing with your partner and taking turns. Start the tasks just after 9.00 am and go to your table to start the bridge session at 10.00 am.

Clearly it was a mistake on my part last week to mention the “Gate Post” and how it would be best left alone. It has come under frequent attack since I mentioned it. There is much less paint on it now. As I stated last week, we need the post to enable the gate to be locked. Please, please leave it alone.

Regarding cleaning up in the club, we seem to go hot and cold on this issue. There is a high expectation that you each do your own part to assist before, during and after sessions with cleaning up. Of course we could play the cleaners to do more, tipping the club from a surplus back into a deficit.

Happy Easter and for those travelling, travel well and travel safe.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles