Newsletter - 27 October 2016

Dear Members,

Calendar 2017

The Annual Calendar is being prepared to go to print. If any members have changes or additions, please contact the office ASAP!


Tuesday Evenings Spring GNOT Qualifying
1st Margaret Bourke and George Kozakas
2nd Stephen Mendick and Bernie Waters

Thursday Evenings October Butler Pairs
1st Ann Pettigrew and Adrienne Stephens
2nd Chris Stead and John Brockwell

Upcoming Events

BFACT AGM – This Sunday!
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. This event commences at 9.30. Please have your entries in by noon tomorrow Friday 18 October.

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.
Please have your entries in by noon tomorrow Friday 18 October.

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.

Flowers Please - To brighten our club rooms for this event could members please bring flowers to the club on Monday 31 October.
Master the Basics Lessons
These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late.
The next lesson is Wednesday November 2, with Barb Toohey at 9.15 am. The topic is Bidding Conventions-Negative Double-now what? 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 31 – Thursday November 3 Card Play – Finesse
Monday November 7- Thursday November 10 Better Minor- Rebids
Monday November 14- Thursday November 17 Leads & Signals (simplified)

‘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 will 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 5 – 27/10/2016
CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

There is some good news regarding Sean. He continues with his recovery and is now at home. This is really great news and we all wish him and his family well.

Next week we have a major function in the form of Melbourne Cup Day. This is always a great day in the club. You have until tomorrow to put your names on the sign up list. Assistance on Tuesday with cleaning up would be greatly appreciated.

Our “Flight Centre Trailing Commission”. At the recent AGM, there was some discussion about the actual process and where bookings can be made. The general consensus was that members wanted to deal with their local outlet. Unfortunately from January, Flight Centre is insisting on some changes to the process. Importantly, they will continue to provide the 1% Trailing Commission.

• The changes result from some members not mentioning at the time of booking that it is due to the CBC connection. Worse, some members only tell managers after the booking has been made and frequently after the travel has occurred. It has taken a huge amount of effort to agree on the last two reconciliation periods as to what is owed to the club. Fortunately the amounts have now been agreed. It was not difficult to see what was going to happen.

• The consequence of the above is that Flight Centre has retained their advertisement in our calendar for 2017 and will continue with the 1% Trailing Commission. However, from 1st January all travel bookings MUST be made via the Dickson Flight Centre. Clearly some members may find this inconvenient. However, you will be able to deal via phone or email. I am hoping that this process continues to work as the commission is worth $3 to $4k per year. This is easy money for the club.

I need to reinforce the car parking situation. Car parking continues to be a problem on various days. If you are attending early sessions at the club or 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.

Members are welcome to make suggestions about the running of the club, speak with a member of committee, the managers or use the suggestion box.

The Christmas period is fast approaching. Again we will have a Monday 5th Dec and a Wednesday 7th Dec day party. The signup sheets will go up nearer the time. Please let the office know early if you can assist on either day. We cannot expect the same people to continue to do all the heavy lifting with these functions that we hold. There is a range of tasks from setting up, cleaning up, kitchen work, setting tables etc. Some tasks can be undertaken sitting down. Please, we need to spread the work load.

Lines for this week:
• At an Optometrist's Office, if you don't see what you're looking for, you have come to the right place.

• On a Plumber's truck, “We repair what your husband fixed!”

• On another Plumber's truck. “Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber”

Happy Bridging
Peter Giles