Newsletter - 8 December 2016

Christmas Party Thanks from the wonderful Adrienne Stephens

Adrienne Stephens would like to thank the following people who helped to make the Christmas parties such an enjoyable day for club members. They all worked extremely hard and need congratulating and without them the lunches would not have been possible.
Ella and Don Beer and Jill Cromer for setting up the upstairs room to make it look so lovely.
Tim Davis and Peter Kahler for cutting up the 4 hams.
Claire Hughes and Catherine Bywater for vegetable peeling and chopping on Sunday.
Jan Appel, Pam MacDonnell, Gan Woo, Justine Beaumont, Mary Weddell, Maureen Copping, Wilma Daenzer and Meg Price for tireless work in the kitchen on Monday.
Ken Anderson and Jim Ascione for a fine job on the bar on Monday.
Perelle Scales and Christine Donovan for vegetable peeling and chopping on Tuesday
Catherine Cregan, Teresa Wise, Lyn Turner, Liz van der Hor, Chris Sheen, Patricia MacDonald, Mary Weddell and Justine Beaumont for wonderful contributions in the kitchen on Wednesday.
Bill Tutty and Andrew Leslie for a great job on the bar on Wednesday.
Rick Nehmy and Bill Tutty for returning the top room to order and resetting it for the Supervised Lesson groups.
Peter Giles for making the delicious strudel desserts.
Pam Crichton for her unflappable help on both days, my co assistant extraordinaire.
Kerry Butcher and Lesley Gunson who always have a smile and nothing is ever too much trouble.
And finally a thank you to the two directors, Ian Robinson and Bruce Crossman for not only directing but running the prizes. It was much appreciated.

Thank you also to the Christmas tree etc decorators last Saturday morning

Chris & Mark Sheen, Janet Kahler, Kerry Butcher, John Hempenstall & Lesley Gunson
Our Giving Christmas Tree requires more unwrapped gifts for Marymead please.

Our Christmas Hamper is now up and running with tickets $2 each or 3 for $5.

First prize is the hamper, followed by Christmas Cake, Bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky, Bottle of De Bortoli 8 year old port and Christmas Crackers.

Membership Payments

When making direct payments for your membership please identify the payment with your ABF number or your name.

Boxing Day

The Club will be open for the 10.00am session on Boxing Day but closed for the evening session.

Upcoming Events

Nationwide Pairs
Friday 16 December alongside the 1.00pm session. A Red Masterpoint event, the fee is normal table money plus $1. At the conclusion of play Richard Hills another who has represented the ACT will lead the panel discussions on some of the hands.

ABF Masterpoint Promotions for November 2016

Graduate: Don Ganlath, Lin Hammett, Stephen Henningham, Mariee Klar, Rajan Richards, Julie Ryan,
Joe Twaithes.
Club: Helen Forbes, Heather Nash, Bruno Rosin.
Local: Barbara Garland, Pamela Rhemrev.
*Local: Wilhelmina Aboud.
**Local: Martin Holmes.
Regional: Anna Ilsley, Jan Munro.
State: Trish Arnold.
Gold Life: Perelle Scales.

Master the Basics Lessons

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late. The next lesson is Wednesday December 14, with Barb Toohey at 9.15am. The topic is Declarer Play – Counting Losers, creating extra winners. 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 December 12 - Thursday December 15. High opening bids.

Arrangements Supervised Sessions over Christmas and January

The last lessons for Supervised for 2016 will be held on Monday 12th and Thursday 15th December. But do not despair - bridge will continue! However, Barb, Ann & Jeanette take a break over the summer period.

The Supervised sessions will continue as usual, but without a lesson preceding play. A volunteer from the club will be in attendance to give advice, answer questions and help you as much as you need, but they will not give a lesson.
In other words, you will be there to play your normal duplicate Supervised session.
For this reason, the Thursday time will change, and you will begin duplicate at 10am, as you do now, but you do not need to come at 9.30 for a lesson. Please bear in mind that it is polite to arrive by 9.45, so the Director can plan the movements for the whole session.

These duplicate play sessions will commence on:
Monday 19th December (7pm) and Thursday 22nd December (10am), and continue thus until…
Monday 6th February and Thursday 9th February 2017.
In that week, normal lessons and duplicate play will resume.

There are two exceptions during this period.
Monday 26th December: The CBC will be closed on Boxing Day during the evening, so there will be no bridge session that night.
Thursday 26th January: As this is a public holiday, we are not asking for a volunteer to come to this session. For this day, we suggest you still come along, and play in one of the other duplicate movements.

We hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to play in these sessions over the summer period. This system was trialled last year and participants found it helpful to continue to play, if commitments allowed them to do so.

Barb, Ann & Jeanette look forward to seeing you in February.
Best wishes from us all.

Bridge Beginner Lessons 2017

These lessons commence on Monday 6 February 2017 at 7.00pm and Thursday 9 February at 10am. The fee is $72 for seven weeks of lessons. You may like to consider getting a voucher for these lessons from the club for someone near and dear as a Christmas present.

Please let likely persons know about our upcoming lessons. We also have small brochures you can letter box drop in your neighbourhood.

Message from, the archivist (David Hoffman)

If you have any material relating to bridge in the ACT (especially old bulletins or newsletters), the club would appreciate the material to augment the records which are stored in the club’s archives.

Goulburn Results

Goulbourn held their Swiss Teams congress over the weekend and Ian Robinson & George Kozakos were in the team that came second.

Correction required for the 2017 U3A Bridge Lessons

Please note that Chris Sheen is not the proposed teacher for these bridge lessons as mentioned on the U3A web page.


The Summer Festival of Bridge is fast approaching. It will be held at the QT Hotel, 1 London Circuit from the 10 – 22 January 2017. There will be no cost (unless you wish to make a small payment) and gold masterpoints to be won.
This year Perelle Scales and Justine Beaumont are managing the partnership desk on behalf of the Canberra Bridge Club (CBC). The CBC will earn money for undertaking this activity. You do not need to commit to an entire event; although you are welcome to do so. If you are free to be on standby for even one session it will appreciated. Players of all levels, including novice are needed.

Please advise Perelle 0450961935, Justine 0414637075 or the managers 62822382 if you can assist.

President's Corner

Week 11 – 8/12/2016
CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

The Christmas Season is very much with us now. Last Saturday we had the decorating of our club including assembly of the Christmas tree. Thank you to the wonderful people who came in and did that.

On Monday and Wednesday we have held our two Christmas party/lunches. Always a good time to sit, eat and have a couple of drinks with our bridge friends. We are fortunate enough to have great facilities so bridge and socialization makes for a great club.

A big thank you to Adrienne Stephens, and her great band of helpers for all their efforts with such fine food on both days of the parties. A thank you also goes to Chris Stephens who was very involved in the shopping.

The numbers for the lunch on both days were down on previous years. It would be helpful if members provided comments in respect of the two functions via the suggestion box in the foyer. Members will recall the days of one day party and being required to bring a plate of eats. After consultation with members the club introduced a fully catered one day party but the following year the numbers required two parties. Now the numbers are reducing and that poses the question about reverting to one party.

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of our very long term Member, Joan Banyard. Additionally, I also inform you of the passing of Joan Kooymans who was a more recent member.

I expect the calendar for 2017 will be available any day now from the printers. The compilation of the calendar is a lengthy, testing and tiresome task involving a number of people. Unfortunately, a number of errors have been detected. Lots of notice will be provided ahead of any event where an error has occurred.

No posting again from me next week, I will be in the Cook Islands.

Lines for this week:

• To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target

• You're never too old to learn something stupid

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles