A Message from Our President

As we enter this joyous Holiday season, I would like to reflect on some of the events of this past year and the new year going forward. Bridge has given all of us a chance to come together and enjoy each other and a sport that we love. As I look back over the past year, I think of the good things that have taken place and the successes we have enjoyed.

Our new facility has been wonderful for all of us. It gives us a wonderful place to play, a facility that we can use for tournaments, and the opportunity to expand our membership and increase our profits. Not only are we showing new people how wonderful bridge is, but we are able to make our environment even more wonderful with the funds we are raising. To all of you who have mentored, taught, promoted or helped the group as a whole enjoy bridge, thank you so much.

We have just elected a new group for our Unit/Club Board and I look forward to working with the "old" members and the "new". Please feel free to let board members know of concerns that you might have or joys that you have experienced. I am hoping that we can come up with some innovative projects to help all of us enjoy the game more, or have more games to be enjoyed.

Remember that we will have our "Holiday Party", hosted by the Directors on December 10, 2016. The first game will begin at 1:00, with dinner between sessions and the second game beginning at 6:00. You must pay for the games but the food is free. The afternoon session will be our December LBA game and the evening game will be a Club Championship, so each will offer extra points. I hope you will come and join us.

Along with the happy times at the club, have been the sad times, the loss of members that we knew and loved. I cannot list everyone nor eulogize them, although they deserve every accolade I could bestow upon them. I am, however, going to take just a moment and let you know about my loss of Nancy Anderson, my friend. I met Nancy forty-three years ago. Her daughter and mine were twelve and best friends. As the years went by, Nancy and I hunted for wildflowers together, played party bridge and lamented the troubles we had in raising teenage girls. During this time, I skirted the duplicate bridge scene but never really got into it. I am intensely introverted and couldn't bring myself to go to a place where I knew no one and begin playing. Twenty years later, when Nancy lost her first husband, she and I came to the Louisville Bridge Club and began playing on Tuesday night, the hardest night of the week at that time. We had mixed success but enjoyed the challenge and traveled some to tournaments. Without Nancy's friendship and consideration, cooking dinner for us, setting up dates, I would not have had all the fun and excitement that this wonderful sport and group of friends have afforded me. When I attended her funeral, with all of her children, grandchildren and her wonderful second husband, E.J., my life flashed before my eyes and I both rejoiced and lamented our lost youth, the fun that we had and the times we didn't play when we could have. Nancy was an extremely intelligent, witty, driven person who left us way to quickly and way to soon. I shall miss her and I know that those of you who knew her will miss her as well.

As we go forward, please remember that everyone at the table is doing his/her best. These games may seem important and we do want decorum and rules followed but these are not the "Blue Ribbon Pairs". Try to keep things in perspective and be kind, always be kind. Treat everyone with whom you come in contact with the respect that you would like to have shown to you.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Directors' Christmas Party

This Saturday, December 10 is the annual directors' Christmas party. Festivities will begin with an LBA Game starting at 1:00, followed by a dinner at 4:30. This is a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and ham along with potatoes, stuffing, cranberry relish and many more side dishes. A wide variety of desserts will also be offered.

Following dinner, at 6:00 will be a Club Championship game. This will be our first Christmas party at the new club and we will have the space to have a good time witihout being crowded. Bring your favorite partner or find a new one and join the merriment.

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". For example, one problem seems to be with the dropdown menu on android phones. If that happens, try clicking here to get our Site Map. This will 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.

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.

In Memory Of

Farewell to Betty Mattison

Although not many people were aware of it, Betty Mattison had a huge role in the success of Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies. She was my trusted typesetter, publishing assistant, confidant, bookseller and friend for over 20 years. Whatever strides my company made over the years could never have been done without her expertise and hard work. Betty was miserable in the last years of her life when physical limitations completely frustrated her, but there were many much happier days we shared that bring a smile to my face.

We started working together so long ago that she would set the type letter by letter. It took extraordinary concentration and effort; Betty was simply great at her job and she really enjoyed working with me as Baron Barclay and Devyn Press (our publishing division named after my daughter) grew from a part time business in my garage to a multi-million dollar company. She not only designed our 64 page catalog for many years, but she was the person who worked with me on every cover and word in over 200 books that we published starting in the 1970s. Betty worked incredibly long hours to help make us successful and I will always be indebted to her for the countless contributions she made.

Although she didn't have too many happy days in her last years, Betty enjoyed many more positive times at the bridge table, as my trusted bookseller and as a talented and irreplaceable part of my company. I will miss her greatly.

- With great affection, Randy Baron