Newsletter - 21 April 2016

Dear Members,


Recent Results

Congratulations to Niek Van Vucht & Patricia McDonald on winning the Senior’s Pairs.

Congratulations to Ella Beer & Jill Cromer who won the Restricted Interstate Selection, winning a trip to Brisbane. Congratulations also to Annabelle Boag & Jeanette McCorriston on winning the Novice Selection.

Upcoming Events

Nation Wide Pairs

This Friday April 22nd at 1.00pm. At the conclusion of play there will be a Panel Pairs discussion of some of the more interesting and instructive hands.  This month the panel will be hosted by Sheila Bird.  Sheila has won many national women’s titles including the National Women’s Teams and the Interstate Women’s Teams. Her teaching style has a relaxed and friendly manner, but she delivers explanations in a clear and concise manner.

Please note: The normal Friday afternoon duplicate is unaffected by the Nation Wide Pairs.

April Teams
Thursday Evenings 28 April and 5 & 12 May.  Please get your entries in by 2.00pm Wednesday 27 April.

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. Normal table money fees apply, but players are encouraged to make a donation on the day, no matter how small, to this worthy cause.

Bill Gray Red Point Pairs
Wednesday daytime. May 4, 11, 18 & 25.

This four week event is a Red Point event which will be run over all sections. There is no need to enter and regular table money applies.

Flight Centre Southern Tablelands Teams
Save the date: Coming up on Sunday May 29.

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday April 27 at 9.15 am.  It will focus on Overcalls. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

 MAY is Mentoring Month:

The club is holding its mentoring program again during May.  The program partners improving players with an advanced player for a couple of games.  The emphasis is to help the improving player but it is designed to be for both players.

Players wanting to participate either as a mentor or a mentee should fill out a form available in the Barry Turner room under the TV.

The mentor will play the mentee’s “bridge system” and generally the mentee pays the mentor’s table money.

Please return your completed form to the box under the TV.  Please note the closing date for entries is Friday 22 April.  Players will be contacted with their individual arrangements.

If you have any questions please contact Janet Kahler on 6239 7268 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Intermediate Lessons with Ian Robinson

The Club is conducting intermediate lessons on Saturday May 7, 14 & 21 at 10.15am.

The lessons are designed to initially strengthen basic knowledge about the game and then to move on to more advanced techniques. The lessons are suitable for players with over one year’s experience with the game up to those regular long term players who need to consolidate and expand their skills.

Cost is $20.00 per lesson or $50 for all three.

Please put your name on the ‘improve your bridge’ board in the Barry Turner room.

Players to play at short notice

We would like a few people who could put their names down to play at short notice, as we often have players passing through Canberra, who are looking for a game. Also, with winter coming on it would be handy to have a few players who are willing to fill in. Please let the office know if you would like to assist.

Late Exit from the Club

Please read the notice located near the pin pad.

First ensure that everyone else has vacated the premises. Set the exit the code which is ‘9000’ and you must turn the alarm ‘ON’.  If there has been unexpected movement picked up by the alarm sensors the monitor will ask if everything is OK.  You must then press OK as well.


Lesley and Kerry


President's Corner

Bulletin Number 16 – 21st April 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

This week my newsletter is somewhat different, moving from featuring two members to looking at issues that affect our overall membership.

In my time as President a number of members have made complaints to me about all sorts of matters.  Some are of little concern and are more an indication that the member just wants a chat.  However, others are more serious and need to be treated as such.

First on the list is personal presentation and this takes a number of forms.  The main thrust of complaints is the standard of dress or presentation.  This draft is presented for comment; although I must say, it looks very good to me.  The code would become part of the club’s by-laws.

 6.         DRESS CODE

6.1       The dress code required by the Canberra Bridge Club is essentially a matter of common sense.  Members and staff shall be conscious that they should not dress in any way that might reasonably give offence to another member.  Except for more formal occasions, e.g. Christmas parties, Melbourne Cup day, Seniors day, daytime dress may be more casual than night-time wear.  Likewise, summertime dress may be more casual than wintertime wear.  Notwithstanding, dress should be neat, tidy and clean at all times.

6.2       Dress restrictions at the Canberra Bridge Club include but are not limited to:   

No hats (males only)

No brief shorts

No bare shoulders (males only); i.e., for instance, no singlets, no tank tops

No sportswear, e.g. no swimwear, no lycra cycle wear, no sports shorts

No bare feet, no rubber thongs, no dirty shoes or boots, no soiled sneakers.

6.3       The President of the Canberra Bridge Club is the sole judge of inappropriate dress.  An alleged violation of the dress code may be drawn to his attention by any member of the club or any member of staff, or he may act on his own initiative.  A first-time violation of the code is not regarded as a serious matter and should be dealt with in an informal conversation between the club President and the member concerned.  Repeated violations of the code may be regarded as misconduct and shall be dealt with as provided for by these By-Laws, clause 5.

The next point for today is the matter of Table Money for Sessions.

Members are aware that the club provides different levels of membership, at various rates depending on people working, a rate for Seniors and a rate for those receiving income support from the Commonwealth of Australia and holding a Pensioner Concession Card.

From time to time we conduct an audit to match table money against the respective membership category including checking our membership database against those who renewed their annual membership.  It will save embarrassment to the individual(s) if the correct table money is paid.  If you are unsure please check the TABLE below, ask the director or check the TV screen that is usually on prior to a session.

The categories for members are as follows:

Full Member/Seniors pay                                                       $ 9.

Concession (blue government issue pension only)                $ 8.

Students                                                                                  $ 5.

Non Members                                                                         $12.

Competition sessions have higher fees

Individuals who did not renew their annual membership are now deemed visitors.  Members are also reminded that Seniors membership provides for a reduced cost of annual membership fee, not a reduced cost at table money.

A pensioner entitled to reduced table money for CBC purposes is somebody receiving a Commonwealth of Australia income support and who holds a Pensioner Concession Card.

Members, who are Commonwealth superannuation recipients, self-funded retirees, recipients of income from their own private superannuation fund and such forth, are not deemed to be pensioners for the purposes of receiving reduced table fees.

To make life extremely easy for everybody, if you hold a Commonwealth of Australia Pensioner Concession Card, you are encouraged to provide detail to our managers.  As the audit is undertaken, where necessary, I will take direct responsibility for querying the matter with members.  The audit will commence with data compiled from this Friday, 22nd April.

Third point for today is Securing the Club Premises at Night.

There have been instances where members stay on late in the club and then do not set the alarm when leaving.  Unfortunately, last week we had a yet another 1.30 am call out as it was not set correctly.  This is just not acceptable.  We have changed the security pad so please ensure you are familiar with the operation of the new one.

Please ensure you are conversant with the operation of the new security pad if you are likely to be the one to set the alarm ensure you are the last person to leave the club.  The system is now different with two clear steps required.  Enter 9000 then press ON.


Lastly but extremely important is the issue of behaviour.  Those that attended the last AGM will recall that the subject was discussed in some depth.  Although there is the frequent issue reaching my ears, it appears that we are going backwards on this subject and clearly some members simply don’t get it.  The club is not about any single person, consequently behaviour that accords with normal social standards is required, not just some of the time, ALL THE TIME.  Over the last two weeks I have been asked to implement a zero tolerance policy.  It sounds a great idea.

Members are just sick of hearing and seeing the behaviour of some (fortunately a limited number).  Frankly, they may be happier at another club, clearly they are not happy at CBC.  I am happy to provide a list of clubs for their consideration.

The following text copied from the American Contract Bridge League, makes interesting reading about Zero Tolerance.  The bolded and underlined text kind of hits the point extremely well.

The web link will give you access to the complete article,

The ACBL Board of Directors and Management are committed to improving acceptable player behavior at all times. In accordance with Laws 74, 80B2(f), 81C4, 90A, 91, and 92A (Laws of Duplicate Bridge) the following policy outlines what is expected of all players during NABCs and other ACBL sponsored events, as well as in the playing area before and after each session.

The ultimate purpose of the Z-T policy is to create a much more pleasant atmosphere in our NABCs. We are attempting to eradicate unacceptable behaviour in order to make the game of bridge more enjoyable for all. Below are some examples of commendable behaviour, which, while not required, will significantly contribute to the improved atmosphere:

  • Being a good ‘host’ or ‘guest’ at the table.
  • Greeting others in a friendly manner.
  • Praising the bidding and/or play of the opponents
  • Having two clearly completed convention cards readily available to the opponents

The following are some examples of behaviour which will not be tolerated:

  • Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats, or violence.
  • Negative comments concerning opponents’ or partner’s play or bidding.
  • Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
  • Loud and disruptive arguing with a director’s ruling.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles