Newsletter - 13 October 2016

Weeding Working Bee – 9.00pm

This Saturday, October 15, the CBC will hold a working bee to clean up the Club gardens. Please bring along weeding implements.
Please put your name on the sheet in the foyer or let the office know if you can attend.

Upcoming Events

Nation Wide Pairs - Friday afternoon 14 October. The Panel discussion at the end of play will be led by Christopher Quail.

The BFACT AGM will be held at about 4:30pm, Sunday 30 October 2016 in the CBC Club Rooms immediately following the BFACT Gala Gold Point Pairs. Contact the club for further details.
BFACT Gala Pairs, 30th October: Novice players
On Sunday 30th October the annual BFACT Gala Pairs will be held at the Canberra Bridge Club. There is a section for Restricted and Novice Players. Novice players are those with fewer than 50 Masterpoints.
We want to encourage all players who have learnt bridge since the start of 2015, to consider playing in the Novice section of this Pairs event. It will be a great experience, and there is an Honour Board at the club where the names of the winners will be engraved.
The entry form for the Gala Pairs is already on the notice board at the club.
If you have any questions, please talk to Barb, Ann or Jeanette.

Tuesday Evenings- Racing Butler Pairs 25 October & 1 November

Thursday Evenings – Danish Teams 27 October, 3 & 10 November

Melbourne Cup 2016
Melbourne Cup day is Tuesday, November 1, and the session will start at 10.00am. Morning tea is at 9.30am.
The cost is $35 for members and $42 for non members. Lunch only is $25.
Payment: This year money will be collected at the table. Any cancellations require two full days notice (ie. 1.00pm Friday 29 October). Cancellations after that date require full payment.
Signup sheet is in the Barry Turner room.

Master the Basics Lessons

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late.
The next lesson is Wednesday October 19 with Barb Toohey at 9.15 am. The topic is Slam Bidding – Roman Key Card Blackwood. Stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

Supervised Sessions

Held on Monday evenings (7pm) and Thursday mornings (9.30am).
Each session begins with a short lesson, followed by duplicate play. There is a set of lessons for these Supervised sessions which run throughout the year.
Monday October 17 – Thursday October 20 No Trump Play
Monday October 24 – Thursday October 27 Trump Play
Monday October 31 – Thursday November 3 Card Play - Finesse

Results Albury Congress

Pairs: K Colbert & A Hewat came third.
Teams: A De Livera, G Kozakos, P Reynolds & D Appleton come second.


‘Summer School’ for Novice Players

Joan Butts, the National Teaching Coordinator for the Australian Bridge Federation (ABF), is providing an online course (with two levels) to help players prepare for the Summer Festival of Bridge. Below is the web site, and further information.

All Supervised and Novice Players are urged to have a look at the site and consider doing the course when it begins in November. Whether or not you intend to participate in the Summer Festival of Bridge in January, you may find the course both interesting and useful.
Barb, Ann & Jeanette

ABF Summer School is a ten-week, free online course to help novice players prepare for the 2017 Summer Festival of Bridge in Canberra. Each week, ABF National Teaching Coordinator Joan Butts will cover a different topic to ensure all players have a good foundation for competing in the tournament.
The course is tailored to two levels - novice players, and teachers. Novice players can undertake the lessons on their own, with help from the Facebook forum.
The ABF Summer School is free, but only available for a limited time.
Anyone can complete the course, not just people attending the Summer Festival of Bridge.

Each week, you'll receive an email from ABF National Teaching Coordinator Joan Butts covering a different topic.
• Video explaining the topic
• Lesson hand to play
• Notes about the topic
• Invitation to an online discussion
• An optional online exam

Novice players who complete and submit all ten online exams will receive a graduation certificate.

Note for teachers: Joan also has a ‘Summer School’ course for teachers, so other players and teachers may be interested in looking at that course.

President's Corner

Week 3 – 13/10/2016
CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

No doubt, some of you noticed the upheaval in the Olive Lott room.

• We have a number of improvements taking place that are part of ensuring that both of our rooms are of somewhat equal standard. As we move into the New Year with Summer Festival of Bridge, Youth Week and other events, we will be able to move our sessions of bridge around between the two rooms to best accommodate the number of players. Additionally, with the recent installation of the two new Split System Air conditioners, it is likely the Olive Loot room is going to be more comfortable. The new units both heat and cool. Let tell me you, they heat, and quickly. Although they cool, I am yet to really test them but no doubt the normal January heat will try that aspect out.

• Although second hand, we picked up 60 padded chairs from the Southern Cross Club. I had hoped that we may have funded nice new chairs for the Olive Lott room but the unplanned plumbing repair ($17k) put an end to that thought bubble. So an interim solution was required.

• Further we are installing a large TV screen to support our various Bridge Activities - Beginners Lessons, Master the Basics, Supervised Play plus scoring and draws for various sessions of bridge. The lack of a screen in the Olive Lott room has been an issue for some time but these days so many of our programs require one. With the new screen we elected to have one wall painted prior to installing the screen to avoid putting it up and taking it down in the near future as we hopefully continue with visual improvements. The painting was not a major cost. Lastly for now with both rooms, we are obtaining quotes for repair/replacement of the Vertical Blinds. Replacement being the most likely due to age and lack of bits for them. John Hempenstall has done a great job for a lengthy period fixing as required.

• With everything completed we can set up 15 tables with comfortable chairs and the air conditioning will keep you comfortable regardless of the outside temperature. I suspect the Olive Lott room is going to be preferred when 15 or fewer tables are required.

Car parking continues to be a problem on various days. If you are attending early sessions at the club, activities commencing before a regular 10.00 am session, you are cordially asked to use the public parking behind the club. This facilitates more effective parking for those attending the 10.00 am sessions where people are trying to leave and enter at the same time.

When parking spaces are fully utilised, double parking will be and is used. Some thought and planning is required when this occurs. If you need to leave immediately after bridge, park near the entrance or again use the public parking behind the club to facilitate a quick departure. I can guarantee, if you park using the club car spaces and furtherest from the entrance, and get double parked, that car owner will be the last to finish their play. It happens each time we need to have double parking. Please work to help each other on this issue. I am hopeful that we will undertake some repairs to the surface of the car park in the near future. That will add extra strain whilst it occurs.

Few members are aware of the work that others are doing at the ABF. CBC were successful at contracting for the dealing of boards for various ABF events. A team is spending many hours out there dealing and raising funds for the club. A very big thank you to those great workers.

I make frequent comment about cleaning up in the kitchens. Many members do wipe up spills etc but many more just add to it and walk away!!!!. Food that is left unsealed in the fridges will be binned. All stored food must be sealed, it is the law.

A number of members have raised the 2017 Ballarat trip with me. Although I have not raised the program with my President brother, the dates are 5th to 9th April. If you are thinking of coming then I suggest you research exhibitions at the Bendigo, Geelong and Ballarat Art Galleries. As we found out this year, lots of things to do and see on the way. The planned date is just post the Begonia Festival, still lots of flowers to see. It is worth making a holiday of the trip and adding in extra days.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles