A Message from Our President

The Grand Opening of the Louisville Bridge Association's new home in Plainview Village Shopping Center, was a complete success. Mayor Greg Fischer proclaimed Saturday, May 21, 2016, Louisville Bridge Association Day in the city of Louisville and we celebrated with good friends, good food and good bridge. Our Grand Opening committee, chaired by Dotty Losey, did an incredible job and deserve a big thank you. Committee members included: Verna Goldberg, Candi Conway, Judy Geralds, Janet Vowels, Patricia Lewis, and Erin Kennedy.

The day began on Saturday, at 11:00 with a continental brunch for those attending. Verna Goldberg made two large, delicious, egg soufflé casseroles and egg salad, which was complimented by Candi Conway's wonderful breakfast casserole. Jean Donoho brought three dozen donuts, Janet Vowels had dozens of mini muffins from My Favorite Muffin and I brought three dozen bagels from Panera. Judy Geralds and her many minions cut up so much fruit that we could hardly put it all out. All of this was offered, along with so many good things that many of you brought. I wish I had a list but lacking that, I will just thank you all.

We began at 12:30 with a 38 table game, two groups in the Open Game and one in the 299er game. This was the LBA game for this month, our Unit Championship, so there were extra points for the winners. Results are on the web site, so I will not try to congratulate everyone. We want to particularly thank all of our friends from Lexington and those from our unit who are "downstate" for joining us and making the day so wonderful.

At 4:00 we had "The Taste of Plainview Village". We approached the various food purveyors in our complex and asked if they would like to bring food to show our members what they served. The response was overwhelming with more food that we could use. The five participating vendors were; the Noodle Company, Joe's Okay Bayou, Sichuan Gardens, the Pita Pit and Jimmy Johns. Please show our appreciation by eating at their establishments and thanking them for participating. We also had so many good things that many of you contributed. Kay Omanson brought two cakes, one white and one chocolate, which was partnered with cookies, a pecan pie and other assorted sweets.

Our evening session began at 5:30 and included eighteen tables for a Club Championship. Again, there was an Open section and a 299er section. We finished up around 9:30, which was early for those traveling.

Sunday featured a two session Swiss Game, which was preceded by snacks and coffee. We had twenty-one teams in a stratified game, that allowed a one hour break between sessions to purchase lunch from our various neighbors, and then finished up around 5:30. Thank you to everyone who came to participate.

Our evening session began at 5:30 and included eighteen tables for a Club Championship. Again, there was an Open section and a 299er section. We finished up around 9:30, which was early for those traveling.

We loved having you! I want to offer a special thank you to Joan Lepping, who put together the beautiful pots of plants that sit outside our front door. We have all committed to taking care of them, giving them water and making sure that they are moved into the sun on a regular basis. My other special thank you goes to Patsy Baker, flower arranger extraordinaire. Patsy made our beautiful arrangement that decorated the front desk and one back in the kitchen area. Kudos to Pat Buckley, who once again knows how to decorate and make our playing area beautiful. She picked our colors and arranged our Derby Posters for optimum effect, and that was praised by all!

Our evening session began at 5:30 and included eighteen tables for a Club Championship. Again, there was an Open section and a 299er section. We finished up around 9:30, which was early for those traveling.

Our successful opening was due in part to the publicity we were able to muster. Kudos to Rachelle Goodwin for designing our advertising flyer and to all those who persuaded the restaurants to participate. I can't possibly remember everyone who did something special, but know that each and every one of you who brought something good to eat, said a kind word to a new player, or played in our games on this wonderful day, made our organization proud and proved again, that we are an incredible group of people.

...From the Diary of a Bridge Savant...

I have played in many of the top-level pair events the ACBL has to offer, and I have had my usual mix of successes and failures. I have finished in the top ten of the entire event, and I also have finished last on the first day. Interestingly enough, it was with the same partner. I have many stories of amazing feats and abysmal failures. The greatest of these events-- and the event that holds the most value for me-- is the North American Pairs (NAP).

Most pair events held by the ACBL have only a limited number of participants. Most of these events have about 300 pairs. Compared to the total membership of the ACBL, the number of pairs participating in the event is negligible. The NAP is different. The NAP is a grassroots event with three levels of qualification. The first level is the club level. The second level is the unit level. (ed. note-- D11 does not require unit qualification. This means there are only club and district level qualifications.) The third, and final, level of qualification is the District level. This means that any player that participates in a Club-level qualification game has participated in the entire event. Fundamentally, this participant has had a direct role in determining the winner of the entire NAP event.

The most interesting aspect of the NAP is the removal of wolves and sheep. In many of the other pair events, a participant will play against both the elite of the ACBL and those who just want to say that they participated. In these events, there are no stratifications or differing levels of competition. In the NAP, however, not only are there three different levels-- these levels only compete against themselves. There is the top level which is over 2500 points. There is the middle level which is between 500 and 2500 points. Finally, there is the bottom level which is less than 500 points. In addition, a life-master cannot play in the bottom level.

For these reasons and more-- of all the major pair events-- I find the NAP the most pleasing. It sets something within my soul alight to be able to compete solely against people approximating my own level. This, to me, is the truest test of my ability-- can I successfully compete when there are no wolves and no sheep.

Welcome to Louisville Bridge Association!

The Louisville Bridge Club, Unit 117, offers games every day and night except for Tuesday and Saturday evenings, when there are occasional special events. For more information call the bridge center, or the director for the game you prefer.

Thank you for all of the comments on the new LBA web site. They have been mostly very positive with a sprinkling of suggestions how we can make it better, and a few complaints about "things not quite working right on my system or device". As you will note, not all of the links are currently active but will soon be on a staggered rollout effort. If you click on a link and nothing happens, just assume it is not yet active.

Let me offer some suggestions for making your experience more enjoyable:

  • We expedited getting the new site live to 1) avoid having to maintain two sites and 2) create a better web experience for our users. This neccesitated that we keep the functionality, features and programming as simple as possible to allow the site to easily be maintained and to reduce the possibility of errors. In spite of our strong due care and diligence, some bugs did slip through. So we ask your patience while we sort them out and apply the appropriate fixes.
  • While we implemented as simple as model as possible, we adhered to the 80/20 rule in that the site will work as intended on 80% of the systems out there. We are working on the remaining 20%. We will NOT however, guarantee that the site will work as intended on older systems and browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 or earlier, nor EVERY mobile device out there. We jave a mobile device version in the works but it will be at least six months before it is implemented. So, once again, please be patience while your volunteers work to make this a reality.
  • If you see something that doesn't seem quite right, refreshing your browser will usually fix it. if that does now work, you may need to clear your browsers temporary files by either deleting them or rebooting. We will eventually have a FAQ / Help section that addresses these type of issues but in the interim please contact me or Bill Toutant for further information.

We STILL need volunteers to help out. As of now, Bill Toutant and I are doing everything. Bill is our site administrator is responsible for maintaining our new site while I work on getting new features developed and implemented. I have a fulltime job and career that keeps me occupied a large part of the week, and like most people, would like to have a little bit of a life outside work. If you are not a Luddite and think you have reasonable technical skills, we can teach you to do most routine tasks that occupy are large part of our week. That will free us time for us to do ruther development.

Both short and long term commitment to keeping the site refreshed and up-to-date requires a team collaboration. I can use as many volunteers as available for the team but here are our most pressing needs at the moment:

  • We still need lots of writers, of all kinds. We need writers for news; writers for history page; writers for tournament reports; writers for virtually everything. Where the heck are all of the writers? This is our greatest need at the moment if you want to keep the site updated and fresh. Dot Losey has agreed to be our editor/proofreader so no need to worry about about that function - just need to have a desire to write. The more, the merrier. Any takers?
  • Still need photographers. We need a constant refresh of photos from tournaments, events, new club, etc.
  • We need someone with a flatbed scanner to scan old documents and photos for the history page. I want to get this started by April 30. Please let me know if interested.
  • Testers are our second greatest need. We need people to test the site using all types and versions of various browsers.

Finally, anyone who has news that would be of interest to the unit members please send it along to me, Bill or Vangie. This also includes singificant rank accomplishments, obituaries, tournament results, just about anything. Also, I am once again doing the Midwest Monitor for Unit117 so please send anything to go out there to me as soon as possible.

Tribute to Joe

A very important message from our web site developer and manager:

I hope you like the new LBA web site. I highly welcome suggestions for improvement or change. My primary goal is to make the site easy to access and navigate. Over time, we will be adding many new features including a history page with many old photos and stories, a bridge problem page where anyone can share a story involving a bridge problem, a blog, and much, much more.

I would like to dedicate the new site to Joe Wright. Joe is a long-time LBA member who tirelessly toiled for many years to ensure that members had a way to look up game times and results, as well as receive timely news. This is not an easy job and all of us owe Joe a big THANK YOU for everything he has done over the years. He is now retired and enjoying other facets of life including now finding time to actually play some bridge. Thank you Joe. I could not have gotten this far without you having blazed the trail.

- Ralph Letizia, Web Site Manager