Newsletter 26 May 2016


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Upcoming Events

Flight Centre Southern Tablelands Teams this Sunday May 29 at 10.00am
Please be at the club early as there are a large number of entries. Drinks, nibbles and prize giving after play should see the day ending at about 5.15pm.

There are Red Master Points on offer on the Saturday afternoon session the day before (28 May).

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.

Anniversary Pairs - Tuesday June 14

There will be afternoon tea to celebrate this very special 41st anniversary.

Social Day at Cooma Bridge Club - Sunday 26 June
CBC members have been invited to an all day pairs event with lunch included. The cost is $25. Please advise CBC if you are interested by Friday 10 June.

Outdoor Working Bee 9.30 this Saturday 28 May

A good back is required along with gardening bits and pieces.

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday June 1 at 9.15 am, with Ian Robinson. The topic is Opening the Bidding – “Rule of 20” and “Rule of 15”. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Bridge For Kids

Tuesday 12 July 2016.
10am finishing at 12 noon with ice cream and pizza. Cost $2.

For children to attend Bridge for Kids it is expected that a parent, grandparent or guardian 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.

Thank you for your donations of cards, but no more please. The response to our request has been fantastic.

Now we need participants. Please register your interest.

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!


Presidents Corner

Bulletin Number 21 – 26th May 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

I have a different twist on things this week as I feature two of our members/players. The first is Ms Alexis Wilsmore, playing with her father at CBC and obtaining a score of 53.3%. What a future this young lady has. Well done Alexis and welcome to our club. The second this week is of our long term member, Margaret Bourke, who earlier this year was presented with her 10,000 master point certificate at the Gold Coast Congress in February. Well done Margaret. Many people know Margaret but few actually see the mountain of work she undertakes for bridge, both at our club and at the ABF and of course Tim Bourke is a dedicated worker at the ABF as well. With Alexis just starting and Margaret having played a few years, we have both ends of the spectrum covered with master points. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Alexis to obtain 10,000 master points and Margaret to obtain another 10,000.

The club has been extremely successful last year and again this year in building numbers. The recently completed U3A classes now held at the club have been part of this along with our regular lessons for new players. Now we have yet another initiative for CBC rolling out and this time, very much directed at young people, eg, players of the future. I think most would agree that new and young players are the lifeblood of the club.

On Tuesday 12th July, CBC will be running a two hour session called “Bridge for Kids” in the Barry Turner Room. The aim is to attract children/youth between the ages of 8 and 16 who are interested in learning to play cards in a fun environment. The session will commence at 10.00 am and conclude at noon, at which time pizzas and ice creams will be provided for all players (and guardian). A “competent” player would supervise each table of four. This could be a grandparent or guardian of an attendee.

There will be a very moderate charge of $2.00 for each junior player to participate, and the aim is to introduce young players to the world of bridge in a safe and friendly environment, and encourage grandparents/guardians to stay and support this initiative.

Games can include any trick taking game such as Old Maid, Hearts and mini-bridge for older kids. Please spread the word amongst family and friends as we are hoping for a big roll up as we blood CBC’s future bridge players. In case you are wondering, this initiative has been extremely, and I mean “extremely” successful at a Qld venue. The costs are covered from grant money.

There is always something happening at the club, always something where you can help out. Another big project just launching is the Canberra Bridge Club “COOK BOOK”. If you can’t cook, then you will both be able to and willing to try when you buy your copy. For those great cooks, it is time to bring out your super recipes. In the next few weeks I will outline how the project will operate. I will be looking for people who can type up recipes, anybody who can produce good graphics and I hope to have it done in time for Nigella to take a copy back to the UK.

A big thank you to the members who are telling me what I should be doing in the club. I find it best to accept their offer and my spin on the comment is, it is the member’s way of saying they wish to take on the task.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles