A Message from Our President

Happy New Year! We welcome 2017 with renewed vigor and excitement. The new Board of Directors met Saturday, January 7, 2017, to dole out jobs, renew the Standing Rules, and learn just what it means to help run the ship of "fools" that bridge players can sometimes be.

Your Board of Directors this year are as follows: Vangie Smith, President; Jean Donoho, Vice President; Dotty Losey, Secretary; Freida Trower, Treasurer; Hannah Davis, Historian; John Van Cleve, Maintenance and Supplies; Norman Smith, Concessions; Chuck Fassler, Legal and GNT/NAP Coordinator; Jim Morguelan, Special Games; Janet Vowels, Hospitality; Denise Tonini, Bulletin Board; Rachelle Goodwin, Education; Beth Dlutkowski, Newcomer/Novice Liaison; Darlene Pyles, Downstate Representative; Judy Banks, Downstate Representative. If you have thoughts, suggestions, praise or would like to be involved in the running of the club, please seek out one of us and we will try to help. Verna Goldberg is our Director Representative to the Board, Pam Feldhoff is our Conduct and Ethics Chairperson, and Marianne Cooper takes care of Cards and Condolences. If you know of someone who is ill or has had a death in their family, please make sure that Marianne knows so that she can send a card.

New this year is our Long C.L.U.B. This is an organization of bridge players who will present different ways to help improve our club, both with new knowledge and increased membership. This past Saturday, the Long C.L.U.B. presented a FREE lesson at 9:00, followed by an interactive bridge game, to discuss ways to improve your thinking on bidding and, with a barometer game, allowed players to discuss hands as they played them. There were twenty-six people participating and a good time was had by all. I hope more of you will come and join in. The Long stands for a continuing effort over the course of days, weeks and years. The C.L.U.B. is an acronym for Continuing Learning and Understanding Bridge. As this format will continue every Saturday, do not miss this great opportunity to be part of something new and wonderful! (We would welcome more advanced players at 9:30 to work as mentors during the interactive bridge game.)

We will soon begin our three-month mentoring program, pairing newer players with more advanced players. During a three-month period, March, April and May, players will commit to playing at least six times, to help the less experienced players transition into the Open games. At the end of the three-month period, we will have a free Pizza party and game for only those involved in the Mentoring program to participate and celebrate new friendships and knowledge. Watch for the signup sheets. This will be overseen by Rachelle and Verna.

As always, I have to thank all of you for making my job enjoyable and fulfilling. I hope your bridge this year is all that you want it to be and that each of you will remember that the reason that you are playing is not necessarily the reason that your opponent is playing. Be respectful and kind and treat each player as though they were the reason that you can still play this game that we love because you know what? IT IS!

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.

Bridge Lessons - Winter 2017

Eight-Week Sessions - $80

Beginners

  • Wed, TBA, 7-9 PM Instructor - Mauri Malka 552-4226
  • Thurs, Jan. 30th, 9:30-11:30 AM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - Intermediate

  • Mon, Jan. 23rd, 4-6 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Best Bridge Series - Strategy and Basic Conventions

  • Fri, Jan. 27th, 3:30-5:30 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Inside The Mind

  • Tuesday, Weekly, 3:30-5:30 PM Instructor - Brian Ross 502-876-9531

Additional Information Under Lessons & Seminars Drop Down Menu

All Classes held at LBC, 9870 Linn Station Rd 40223

For more information, call the bridge center at 897-3581

The Long C.L.U.B. on Saturdays

Coming in January "The Long C.L.U.B.". This will be a community of individuals coming together to become better people/players than we are now-- both individually and collectively. As the teacher and moderator for The Long C.L.U.B., I was the one who conceptualized the name and the format. The name of this community has special meaning to me. 'Long' represents the struggles I have had in succeeding within the bridge community and life as a whole. While my situation is moderately unique, we all have had our own individual struggles to feel OK. 'Long' means I am more interested in fostering long-term success, than annihilating myself when I make a mistake. 'Long' means I am willing to persevere through my struggles-- in this effort I seek to become a better player, a better partner, and a better person. 'Long' means I bravely risk growth- -feeling safe in the embrace of the community that will steady me if I falter. 'C.L.U.B.' represents how I seek to become whom I was always meant to be. The acronym 'C.L.U.B.' stands for "Continuing to Learn and Understand Bridge". Everything that is good in or about me has been fostered and nurtured by the LBC.

Now, you may be thinking-- this is all well and good, but what does it all mean? It means that there are going to be a few changes to the Saturday schedule. These changes will commence on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

First, at 9:00 am, The Long C.L.U.B. will host a thirty-minute mini-lesson. This lesson will begin with a five-minute discussion on the ethics, propriety, and/or responsibility of playing under the umbrella of the ACBL. Next, there will be a fifteen-minute presentation on one of three predetermined topics. The make-up of the participants each Saturday will determine which topic is presented. Never fear, even if a topic is not discussed on one Saturday-- it will be discussed on a future Saturday. Finally, there will be a ten-minute question and answer discussion on this topic.

Then, at 930 am, The Long C.L.U.B. will host an informal, mentored game for 90 minutes. For newcomers to duplicate, this will give you an opportunity to learn how duplicate works. For novices and intermediates, this will give you an opportunity to grow in your understanding of what works and what doesn't work. We will start by playing a hand barometer style. You will be free to ask questions, talk across the table, and use other processes to refine your knowledge. We will then have a group discussion about this hand. After the discussion, we will learn how to matchpoint hands by sharing the results we achieved in the play of this hand. After this first board, a move will be called. We will then repeat the process that we followed with the first board. We will play, discuss, and score hands until 11:00 am.

From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, there will be a chance for you to have lunch and make merry; while I set up for the afternoon games.

Starting at 1230 pm, I will run two distinct games; of which you may participate in one. There will be a standard open game. The one special note is that when I am able-- I will stratify pairs by average MP holdings. The standard cost of this game is $7. Occasionally, the cost of this game may be more than $7. There will always be advanced notice when this is true. The second game is a new type of game at the LBC. This game will be a 0-99 short game. Players in this game will play between 18 and 21 hands. There will be a small addition of time to complete each round.

This game is designed to establish and develop the skills and confidence necessary to play in events that have a sterner adherence to accepted protocols. The cost of this game is $6.

Finally, approximately fifteen minutes after the last of the two games finishes, The Long C.L.U.B will host an open-floor panel discussion focusing on the afternoon's deals. There will also be time for more philosophical discussions. The panel will consist of experienced players. These players will answer questions and provide different points of view. I always find it interesting how drastically different means work to achieve exactly the same ends.

Thank You!

A Tribute to Beth Reid

Beth Reid has been a significant force in bridge at all levels (unit, district, national) for many years, and after nine years of continuous service representing District 11, she is stepping down for a well deserved rest.

I have known Beth since she first appeared on the scene in 1990 (more on that later) and was immediately impressed with her strong competitive personality. She learned to play bridge in college (70's) and played daily there. During law school and her career she didn't play. When she took early retirement in 1990, she began playing duplicate at the LBC with Alan Goldberg, husband of a good friend. Since then, she has formed many successful partnerships and continues to play on a regular basis.

She has had many jobs on the Louisville Bridge Association board, far too many to recall them all. When she was Treasurer at one point, she was the first to computerize the book, and also served as Treasurer of several regionals. When she was President of the LBA, the ACBL approached her about having the NABC here in 2011. She worked very hard to make that happen (this was about 5 years out) and then, when elected to the National Board worked closely with Hannah Davis and Wendy Sullivan to make our it a reality. I have been playing since 1975 and this was the realization of a dream I never thought could or would come true, and she made it happen.

But the action she was most determined to accomplish and is still the proudest of was rebuilding the LBA Game. When she became LBA President, the LBA game had been moribund for years, with maybe 3-4 tables. She assigned the LBA Board Members pages in the membership directory and had them call out players urging them to come out and play in our unit championship. She asked all LBA Board members to attend. We began providing great snacks. I am proud to say her efforts were a success and the monthly game continues to be a success.

It was during this period that she began serving on the district board. She was first elected in 2007 to succeed Jim Reiman for a 3-year term 2008-10. She was elected for two more terms, serving a total of nine years. In that time she served on many committees, chairing at various times, Audit, Finance and Governance as well as some smaller committees. At her retirement, she had chaired Finance for the previous 6 years and was serving on the Executive Committee. I am very proud of the part she played in the professionalization of the headquarters finance staff, now headed by our very talented CFO, Joe Jones, and the work she did in bringing out Audit Committee into compliance with nonprofit best practices, drafting both the Audit Charter and the Whistleblower Policy that is still in use. She also served 6 years on the ACBL Educational Foundation Board and provided some similar services to them.

We were very lucky to have had her pulling so hard for all the right things for the right reasons, and especially for her strong representation of our unit and district. She is now looking forward to actually PLAYING more bridge at all levels. Beth, thank you for all you have done for us and the bridge - our organization is all the better as a result of your dedicated service. Enjoy playing and go easy on me...

- Ralph Letizia