Newsletter - 12 January 2017

Club closures over the next few weeks for the open sections

 All Friday nights until February 3

Tuesday evening 17 January
Wednesday evening 18 January
Thursday evenings 12 and 19 January
Please note that daytime sessions are not affected.

Table money is now an extra $1

Upcoming Events
Egon Larson Pairs: Tuesday evenings January 24 & 31, February 7 & 14.
This is a major Butler Pairs event on the Canberra Bridge Club calendar and an Honour Board Event. It is a Red Point event and the cost is $13.00. The entry form is up in the Barry Turner Room.

ACT Matchpoint Pairs- Thursday evenings January 26, February 2, 9, 16.
One of the rare Matchpoint Pairs events run at the club on competition nights.
Red Point event and the cost is $13.00. The entry form is up in the Barry Turner Room.

Valentines Teams- Sunday February 12, 2017 at 9.30am.
This is a Swiss Teams congress event with 6 matches of 9 boards. There is open, restricted & novice teams.
The cost is $36.00 per player which includes lunch and nibbles after play. Youth players (under 25) pay half price. The entry form is up in the Barry Turner Room.

Results- Summer Butler Pairs:
John Brockwell & Chris Stead

Promotions for December-
Graduate: Andrea Twell, Ian Vickers
Club: Glenda Sullivan, Peter Wardrop
Local: Colin Davidson
Regional: Judy Netting
State: Malcolm Wood

Produce Table
If you have any produce that we sell please bring it in. Fresh vegetables & fruit go well.

Membership Payments – Are now overdue!
When making direct bank payments please identify the payment with your ABF number or your name.
We have a couple of payments without ID. Please check on Pianola and if you think it is you please contact the office Monday – Wednesday and we will check against banking dates.

Master the Basics Lessons - Resumes February 1, 2017.

Bridge Beginner Lessons 2017 – members please promote
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.
Please let likely persons know about our upcoming lessons. We also have small brochures you can letter box drop in your neighbourhood.

Supervised Sessions
Arrangements Supervised Sessions in January
The Supervised sessions 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. 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. It is polite to arrive by 9.45, so the Director can plan the movements for the whole session.

The duplicate/play and lesson sessions will commence on Monday 6th February and Thursday 9th February 2017.

An exception is Thursday 26th January: As this is a public holiday. 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.

Barb, Ann & Jeanette look forward to seeing you in February.

President's Corner

Week 15 – 12/01/2017
CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

I start my contribution this week with some well earned recognition of many of our members and it really does show that CBC is in fact the “Centre of Bridge in Canberra”.

The ABF Master Point Centre has released the McCutcheon standings for the most Master Points won Australia-wide in 2016.

Twelve members of our club were placed in the top hundred positions:

• George Kozakos (11th with 395.11 Master Points for the year),
• Arjuna De Livera (24th),
• Margaret Bourke (27th),
• Ian Robinson (37th),
• Jodi Tutty (54th),
• David Appleton (64th),
• Chris Stead (70th),
• Elizabeth Havas (71st),
• David Hoffman (74th),
• Stephen Mendick (87th),
• Richard Brightling 89th) and
• Marianne Bookallil (100th).

It says a good deal about the strength of play at CBC, that a club with barely 2% of Australia’s total playing membership should have 12% of the top positions in the McCutcheon. A very big congratulations to them all.

Perhaps the most outstanding performance was that of Chris Stead. Starting the year with just 249 Master Points, he collected another 215 in 2016. That is an extraordinary effort from someone who is still not a Silver Life Master. Well done Chris.

The above results combined with our growing membership shows that we are a club for all levels of bridge.

Last week I mentioned some activity that will be taking place over the next few days and into the weekend. Just in case you have forgotten!!

• On Friday the 13th there may well be some minor disruption whilst equipment is unloaded to support the finals that will be played at CBC on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th. My plan is to have everything out of the way before our regular session on Friday. The finals will be played in the Barry Turner room on Saturday and Sunday.

• The normal Friday (13th) afternoon bridge will be played in the Barry Turner room and the normal Saturday afternoon session will be played in the Olive Lott room. Please don’t think that playing in the Olive Lott room is a second prize, we now have new to us, “padded chairs” and very effective a/c installed. You may well find the Olive Lott room more comfortable on very hot days.

This week CBC has hosted the Youth Week. Many of our members have provided time to come and assist with this event. Elainne Leach has convened with Kerry Butcher and Lesley Gunson giving up their weekend, Paul Haley and his children, Patricia McDonald, Margaret Hampton, Jan Davis and Sue Le Peyre will by Friday have managed the catering for them from last Saturday to Friday 13th. A lot of food has been consumed by the youth and I thank these members for their great contributions.

There were a number of aims associated with hosting the Youth Week, primarily to ensure our great game continues on with the next generation. I was also keen to show the ABF that CBC has great facilities that can be hired and that an event like Youth Week convened well, can benefit everybody. In my view, all these aims will have been met by the weekend.

Lines for this week:

• I hate it when people use big words just to make themselves sound perspicacious

• War does not determine who is right, only who is left

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles