Newsletter - 26 January 2017

All sessions resume as normal next week including Friday evening 3 February.


Upcoming Events

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.

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.

Master the Basics Lessons – Starts next Wednesday

These lessons start at 9.15am sharp. Please don’t be late. The next lesson is Wednesday February 1, with Barb Toohey at 9.15am. The topic is Bidding – Responses & Rebids. Stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

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

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

Australia Day Honours

Congratulations go to one of our members Dr Mirza Datoo who was awarded an OAM in today’s Australia Day Awards.

President's Corner

Week 17 – 26/01/2017

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

This week wraps up my time as your president. Most know that I am stepping down from the role to allow me more time to devote to managing my health issues. It has been a great honour to firstly be on the committee, then later to take over from Karen and serve as your president. I will be handing over to Perelle on the 1st February at the committee meeting.

My time on the committee started back in 2008 with Janet and Peter Kahler asking me to stand for the general committee. When Karen was standing down as president it was Jody Tutti who asked me to take over but it was again Janet who gave me a push. The rest is pretty much history. I took over and set about attempting to make a difference. I will leave it to our membership to judge if I achieved that goal.

I would like to thank the committee for their effects and support provided this year and I would especially like to thank our Treasurer Val Carmody, Vice President Rick Nehmy’ and our Secretary Justine Beaumont. All continue to make major contributions to our club. Having a good committee is wonderful, having really great office bearers is even better.

Also in line for huge thanks are our two brave Managers Lesley and Kerry. I can’t express my gratitude to Lesley and Kerry enough. It is never easy working to a committee.

It came to my attention that I also need to thank Janet for helping during Youth Week, I missed her name in the roll call of helpers. Always a risk when there are various people coming and going.

Additionally, I would like to thank the many members that have stepped forward to make such a massive contribution to our club. I know the club is in good hands with Perelle taking over and she has a great committee to work with. You can expect good things to keep happening.

A long term bridge player Mirza Datoo, and somewhat recent member of our club has received the OAM in today’s Australia Day awards. There is a detailed article in today’s Canberra Times about Mirza. Congratulations Mirza, clearly very well deserved.

Trip to Ballarat. It is on again this year from Wednesday 5th April through to Sunday 9th. The date is just after the Begonia Festival. There will still be lots of flowers to be seen at the Botanic Gardens. The plan is to travel down on the Wednesday,

• Bridge sessions Wednesday night, Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.

There is time to see and do things on the mornings and travel home on Sunday.
Some people extended their time away with visits to other places along the way. I am seeking information on what is showing at the Bendigo Gallery and I should have that available shortly. There is a booklet on Ballarat covering points of interest on the table in the club foyer. Last year we had guided tours of the gardens and also the Mechanics Institute. These tours can be arranged again if there is enough interest. Sovereign Hill is a major tourist attraction. One can just undertake a tour or there is a “giddy up” show in the evening. Best to go online and check that out if you are interested. For those not aware of the role of the Mechanics Institute in bygone days would gain a lot from a tour.

Please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone me on 0439469811 if you wish to come along. You are welcome to make your own accommodation arrangements, or I can book you a room at the Lake View Motel. Alternatively if you would like to be billeted with a Ballarat Club member that can likely be arranged as well.

My last “line” for the week:

• “I did it my way”.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles