Newsletter 19 May 2016

Upcoming Events

Nation-wide Pairs Friday 20. TOMORROW!
At the 1.00pm session Margaret Bourke is going to discuss the hands at the end of the session. Regular duplicate will also be on as usual.

The Last Intermediate Lesson with Ian Robinson
this coming Saturday! 21 at 10.15am. The subject is “Sensible Signalling”
The lesson is designed to strengthen basic knowledge about the game and then to move on to more advanced techniques. This lesson is 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.

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 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

Tuesday Evenings State Open Pairs (Butler); 7, 14, & 21 June
Red Master Points are on offer. This is a BFACT Honour Board Event. Please enter on the signup sheet.

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday May 25 at 9.15 am. The topic is “Signals” yet again!. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Working Bee Saturday 28 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. NB This has been changed from this Saturday.

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!


President's Corner

Bulletin Number 20 – 19th May 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

This week I am back to my regular format of featuring members of our club with two great workers in the club, Claire Hughes and Catherine Bywater. No doubt daytime players have seen both ladies with their trolley, moving books from the old library out into the new bookcases in the corners of the Barry Turner room. The project is now very well advanced due to the time and effort of both ladies. The revised library arrangements will serve the club for years to come, so a very big thank you from all our members.

If you are thinking of contributing to our Produce Table with Jams, Chutney, Cakes fresh produce, then our Southern Tablelands Teams Day on 29th May is a perfect opportunity to bring along some items for sale. All money raised will be directed to refurbishment of our Bridge Library collection. Likewise, money raised from utilising the fiction library will be utilised on the bridge collection. The cost of utilising the fiction library is “clearly displayed”. That is, a fee is always payable, regardless of how many books you bring in and take away. If it is one for one, then 50 cents will suffice but a dollar is also ok. With the Produce Table, sometimes it takes a few minutes to get items priced, that does not make the items free. Dare I say it, common sense should prevail? All money raised helps our club.

We need to support our advertisers. It is critical that we not only support our advertisers, we must let them know that you are using their services due to their advertisement. That not only encourages the business to recommit for the next year, it also makes renewing the advertisement easier and success spreads to other businesses. For your interest, commission from Flight Centre for the first quarter of this year provided $350. I know already it will be much bigger for the next quarter with travel booked by some friends and my own spend.

I am hopeful that Edwina from Flight Centre will be in attendance to do the presentation of prizes for the Southern Tablelands Teams. (Subject to her health she is expecting her first child shortly).

Today we have a special invitation from one of our new advertisers: Alive! Health & Fitness.

Alive! Health & Fitness will be running a one hour exercise program for all

To Canberra Bridge Club Members.
A class focused on stretching movements with the aim to increase flexibility, core strength, balance and stability.
Tea & coffee will be provided for afternoon tea for everyone.
Where: Alive Health and Fitness
When: Wednesday 25th May 2016
Bookings essential, please contact via Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or Phone: 6295 9500. Brochures and Business cards located on our advertiser’s table.
Address: Corner Jerrabomberra Ave & Hindmarsh Drive Narrabundah ACT 2604, (note located on the left hand side of Jerrabomberra coming out from the city). If you have been thinking of a gym or starting a program, this is the place to go.
A number of members have commented to me about the success of the recent trip to Ballarat and some have even said, if they had only known!!. Perhaps I should write a newsletter.

The 2017 Ballarat Festival of Bridge will be held from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th April. The club has good facilities but their capacity is 25 tables. Please let me know early if you are interested in coming along next year. The festival is an opportunity for bridge, tourism and socialisation. Some that attended this year made a grand tour out of it.

With the success of the Ballarat visit behind us, the next outing is a day trip to Cooma. The date is Sunday 26th June. The programme is morning bridge, lunch and afternoon bridge for an all inclusive cost of $25 per person. Our Managers will place a list on the notice board but names are needed by 9th June.

A new member has very kindly stepped forward to assist the managers on Monday mornings prior to the session. We still need volunteers on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. The tasks will take about an hour or less and are ideally suitable for a person that plays that day. Managers have the detail on the tasks.

My borrowed lines this week are:

• I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

• In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify... " I answered " a doctor."

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles