Weekly Newsletter - 12 May 2016

ABF Masterpoints Promotions for April

Graduate Master - Colin Davidson
Club Master - Marce Biggs, Phil Young
Local Master - Nimi Amin, Christine Donovan
*Regional Master - Richard Johnston

Upcoming Events

Swiss Butler Pairs - May 19, 26, June 2, 9.
This is on Thursday evenings, it is a Butler Pairs scored event which will feature a Swiss format with matches of 14 boards.

Flight Centre Southern Tablelands Teams Sunday May 29. 10am
$35 per player for members and $38 per player for non members. Youth players are half price. This includes lunch and nibbles after play. Gold Masterpoints are on offer.
This is a Swiss Team congress event with 6 matches of 9 boards. For 2016 the winning Open and Restricted teams gain entry to the ACT Grand National Open Teams final on Sunday 30 October. There are prizes for the overall winners and the category B winners.
Please enter your team on the entry list in the Barry Turner room.

Bridge Beginner lessons are about to commence at CBC

Monday- evening 16 May and Thursday mornings 19 May. They run for 7 weeks.

Intermediate Lessons with Ian Robinson

Second lesson this coming Saturday!
The Club is conducting intermediate lessons on Saturday May 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.

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

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday May 18 at 9.15 am. It will focus on Signals and signals again. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Working Bee Saturday 21 at 9.30am

The outdoor area of the club needs a tidy up. There is a signup sheet in the foyer for those who are able to assist.

Bridge For Kids

CBC is aware that bridge is a game not being taken up in large numbers by the younger generation. For our game to survive and thrive we must encourage our youth to play.

As a result we have been given BFACT funding to trial “Bridge for Kids” which is a Queensland Bridge Association initiative.

The intention is to hold a two hour session at the CBC premises on the first or second Tuesday of each public school holiday period. Our proposed first session is 12 July 2016.

The session would start at 10am finishing at 12 noon with ice cream and pizza. Cost $2.

It is expected that a parent, grandparent or guardian would accompany each minor and assist if needed. The convenors will have “Working with Vulnerable Youth” registrations.

The target age is ten to twelve but younger ie eight, and older, to sixteen would be acceptable.

Card games include any trick taking game such as Old Maid, Hearts and mini bridge for older children. A competent player would supervise each table of four. This person could be an accompanying adult. As participants progress they may consider further lessons or participate in an accommodating bridge session.

We are asking the club membership to embrace this initiative by considering and volunteering to assist where possible.

Donations of packs of playing cards, and other card games would be welcomed.

Names of possible participants and helpers can be given to the office for the attention of Elainne Leach or Chris Sheen. We can be contacted by email. Elainne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Chris This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please help make this a success!

Lost Property (last chance to collect!)

There is a lot of lost property building up behind the library door. It will be on display next week and whatever remains will be taken to St Vincent’s charity store tomorrow.

Clean Hands

To prevent winter ailments spreading please ensure that you hands are kept as clean as possible. The hand sanitizer outside the Barry Turner room will assist you with this.

President's Corner

Bulletin Number 19 – 12th May 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

Things seem to be rocketing along at the club, no doubt this weather is helping with our day time table numbers as it is better to be in a warm room playing bridge, than out in the cold with these winds. I think everybody knows Adrienne Stephens, one of our club saints and are aware of all the work she does for the club. Not sure why she made a special pilgrimage to St Giles Church in Oxford (named after one of my ancestors) but I guess we will find out on her return. There has to be something special in it though as Justine Beaumont our Secretary went along for the occasion as well.

I have been talking with a number of members about a director’s workshop. The club will hold a workshop on Sunday 19th June for our directors with some attending from other clubs. Getting directors together in a workshop provides an opportunity to discuss issues and build on their already existing skills. The aim is to conduct these types of workshops on a somewhat regular basis.

As everybody knows, we have various arrangements in place due to Sean’s ongoing absence. All our directors are undertaking a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure the club continues to operate and are doing so very effectively. Gordon, Ian, Rick, Max and Bruce have been leading this work however, Bruce Crossman deserves special mention as the time, effort and guts that he has been putting in is indeed special. The club thanks all our directors, and in particular Bruce.

I made mention in previous weeks about our Produce Table. At present we have clothing belonging to many semi-naked members spread out. Please check the table to see if something is yours, it’s always best to wear home what you wear in. The table looks like we are doing Trash and Treasure again, NO, NO, NO!

What is much better on our Produce Table is jams, chutney, fresh fruit or vegetables. jams are top sellers, barely hitting the table before being sold out.

The draft dress code that was circulated in the newsletter recently has been adopted by the committee and will be added to our By-Laws shortly. I thank the various members who took the time to speak to me about both our lack of a dress code and on the draft.

A major issue at the club during day sessions is Car Parking. It is in fact a great problem to have so many cars and members attending sessions. Double parking is now becoming a frequent occurrence. If you wish to leave straight after a session, then parking down the entrance end will work best for you. If you are able to wait a short period until the congestion clears, parking up the top end of the club park will work for you. Arriving late and expecting a choice of parks won’t work well for you. Additionally, please respect the fact that we are all getting older, some of us take just a little while to back up, turn and depart. What we don’t want is cars getting rear ended and potential injuries occurring. Some car pooling might be effective if you can arrange that with others and take turns in bringing a car.

The club is extremely limited in what else can be done about parking. On various days we have a Gate Keeper and that has worked extremely well at reducing others using our car park.

We still need volunteers on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the club to assist get things underway before the sessions. The tasks will take about an hour or less and ideally suitable for a person that plays that day. Managers have the detail on the tasks.

My borrowed lines this week are:

• Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

• The last thing I want to do is hurt you ... but it's still on my list.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles