Weekly Newsletter - 23 June 2016

The CBC wishes all players heading to Brisbane for the ANC the best of Bridging Luck.


State Open Butler Pairs 
Winners - Ian Robinson & George Kozakos

Upcoming Events

Griffin Trophy is on next Tuesday June 28 and Thursday June 30
This is an Honour Board event and Red Points apply. It is butler pairs (team style scoring) with only one winner. As it is being held during the Australian National Championships, it would be a good chance for up and coming competitive players to experience Tuesday & Thursday night competition.
Walk-in pairs are welcome. To be eligible to win, the individual winner must play with a different partner each session. Table money is $10 for the first session and free for the second if playing both nights.

Ted Crichton Matchpoint Pairs Championships – Tuesday Evenings 5 and 12 July.
This is a Red Point Honour board event and will feature longer rounds (between 6 and 8 boards) and will be Barometer scored after each round. Cost is $12 per session.

Winter Teams – Thursday evenings 7, 14 & 21 July

Bridge For Kids
Tuesday 12 July 2016 – start at 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.

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. They 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!

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday June 29 at 9.15 am, with Barb Toohey. The topic is Bidding – The Reverse Bid. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

President's Corner

Bulletin Number 25 – 23rd June 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

A Member’s Club, the club for everybody.

Dear Members

The good news for this week is I am about to depart for a trip to Morocco and other places. After a lot of planning, the time has come to go travel. However, before I go just a few issues to tackle.

Some weeks ago I mentioned that our manager's would be undertaking an audit of Table Money. This audit is still in progress and needs to continue until we have captured the Pension Number for those claiming the reduced table money. The only card that we recognise for reduced Table Money is a "Pensioner Concession Card" issued by Dept. of Human Services. Various other cards such as a Health card are not applicable. Your assistance with this audit is appreciated.

Please show your card to the Office Managers if you claim the concession amount of $8.00 and they will record your number in the Pianola Database. If you have already shown them the card, you do not need to do it again. A Commonwealth Health card is not the same as a Commonwealth Pension Card and does NOT entitle you to a reduced table fee nor does arriving at the last minute for a session.

Full Member/Seniors pay $ 9.
Concession (blue government issue pension only) $ 8.
Students $ 5.
Non Members $12.
Competition sessions have higher fees

From time to time members utilise our fridge or freezer space for their own needs. Please be aware that the freezer space is very limited. If you place something in it whilst playing a session, it is your responsibility to remember to remove it and take it home and preferably, the same day. Various members shop at Costco on behalf of the club and frequently the freezer is at capacity with food for the club's needs. By its very nature, Costco is buying up big at lower price.

I have noticed from time to time frozen food in broken packaging being left in the freezer. I wear a number of hats in this club, Food Safety Officer is but one of them. Broken packaging means that the food will be binned immediately by either the managers or me. Please speak to me directly if you have an issue with this. If you wish to bring your lunch or snacks, by all means use the fridges.

Some members may notice from time to time that the Vertical Blinds in the BT room are missing the odd one or two slats. Please be aware that the blinds are nearly as old as me. They are best just left alone and hopefully they will last a little longer whilst we research how best to maintain or replace them. For now, please don't be opening or closing them.

With the onset of winter fully upon us I would like to remind people again, that it is OK to miss a session of bridge if you have any semblance of a cold with coughing, sneezing and such forth. Additionally please use tissues and discard properly and make use of the hand sanitiser that is provided to aid the reduction and spread of gems.

A few lines this week to cover when I am away:

• I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.

• Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud.

• I don't need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off.

• My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance of idiots that needs work.

• The biggest lie I tell myself is "I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it”.

• When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's like a mini vacation.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles