A Message from Our President

Happy March! I am afraid that March is going to come in like a "lion", which means it should go out as a "lamb". I am ready for Spring.

Now that 2016 is history, we know the winners of the Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs certificates and the Mini-McKenney medals. What is involved in the Ace of Clubs? These are the points that you have won in play at the bridge center. The Mini- McKenney award is based on all the points you have won during the year, both club and tournament play. The 2017 master point races are updated monthly and you can follow them on myacbl at acbl.org.

2016 Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs Winners

  • 0 - 5 points David Van Zant 15.87
  • 5 - 20 points Kimberly Maxey 35.37
  • 20-50 points Marilyn Frankenberger 34.81
  • 50-100 points Denise Tonini 43.24
  • 100-200 points Stuart Ray 68.35
  • 200-300 points John Stone 77.76
  • 300-500 points Lois Shapero 55.46
  • 500-1000 points Bill Cook 107.99
  • 1000-1500 points Steven Blank 115.84
  • 1500-2500 points Frank Collecchia 145.12
  • 2500-3500 points Cynthia Hall 154.34
  • 3500-5000 points Brian Ross 140.92
  • 5000-7500 points Dorsey Brown 227.65
  • Over 10,000 points Dennis Hesthaven 72.16

2016 Mini-McKenney Awards

  • 0 - 5 points Robin Baldock 23.68
  • 5 - 20 points Kimberly Maxey 52.92
  • 20-50 points Beverly Hopkins 48.72
  • 50-100 points Louise Hilton 63.68
  • 100-200 points Stuart Ray 111.03
  • 200-300 points Terri Chandler 115.69
  • 300-500 points Kay Omanson 108.57
  • 500-1000 points Bill Cook 387.01
  • 1000-1500 points William Toutant 222.34
  • 1500-2500 points Nancy Abrams 281.10
  • 2500-3500 points Patricia Buckley 251.79
  • 3500-5000 points Brian Ross 611.22
  • 5000-7500 points Dorsey Brown 395.93
  • Over 10,000 points Dennis Hesthaven 194.31

Congratulations to all the winners. We will be handing out these awards at the March LBA Game, which will be on Thursday, March 23, 201

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.

Updates From Our President

Thursday night Kit Overpeck will be directing and we are hoping to revitalize this game. Hope you will join us.

The monthly LBA game will be on Thursday, March 23, rather than on Tuesday.

Saturday morning, Kit Overpeck will hold his free class starting at 9:45. Many people had hoped for a slightly later time and here it is. He will discuss how to evaluate the bidding to plan your defense.

Saturday afternoon, Bill McAvinue will be directing the game. There will only be one game as the limited point game has not drawn enough players.

Sunday at 5:30, Erin will be directing an Open game which will get out early.

Hope to have you enjoy all our games and lessons.

Congratulations to Ralph and Ellen

Our own Ralph Letizia teamed up with former Louisvillian Ellen Kozlove to take second place in the prestigious 10K Swiss Teams at the recent NABC Spring Nationals in Kansas City. Their teammates were Lee Bukstel and Michael Wolf. Ralph and Ellen were on the winning team for the inaugural of this event in St. Louis a few years ago. They were leading with one round to go, but were passed by the team headed by Bill Gates.

Triple Point NABC Fundraiser Games

During the week of May 8-14, we will have games at our club that award 3 times the usual number of masterpoints. These games will cost $1.00 extra per person with that money going to help fund the Spring NABC in Columbus, OH. This will be the first national tournament in our district since Louisville in 2011. Click HERE for more information.

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A Very Important Message

Our President, Vangie Smith and many volunteer LBA members have worked very hard to ensure that we have a top-notch, clean and maintained facility for our enjoyment. There have been, however, a few serious incidents that have the propensity to ruin this experience for most. The subject I am addressing will be uncomfortable for some (as in we don't talk about these things in public), but it needs to be said, and being a brash, blunt, forceful individual, I have chosen to publicize this concern.

We have been through the parking and chewing issues so I won't expound on them at this time. Do, however, pay attention to Vangie's warnings. If you choose not to listen and your car gets towed, that is on you. If you chew gum and do not dispose of it properly, and get barred from playing while chewing gum, then that is also on you. Of a much more serious nature is the fecal residue that was recently left on the floor and commodes in BOTH RESTROOMS ON THE SAME DAY!

This is very serious. Not only was this an issue for the cleaning crew, who are not contracted to deal with such matters, but it is a very real health hazard. If someone would walk away from such a situation without cleaning up after themselves or at least notifying (discretely of course) a director, then what other health hazards are they spreading? This is not a good reflection or publicity for us. Vangie and the board along with numerous volunteers have worked hard to create the best playing environment possible and we want to be proud to invite anyone to come play at our club.

So please, while we all understand accidents happen, at least try to clean up after yourself or notify the director - don't just walk away and leave this for someone else. And while we are on the subject of general hygiene, PLEASE wash your hands or use the waterless disinfectant EVERY TIME YOU USE THE RESTROOM. We all have to touch those cards. Many of our bridge population are getting up in years and don't have the immune systems they had when younger. This make them much more susceptible to highly communicable diseases such as stomach viruses, colds, or even the flu. If you have a respiratory-borne illness, please stay home until it is gone.

Thank you, both for understanding and helping us maintain a healthy bridge playing environment for all to enjoy.

- Ralph Letizia on behalf of all LBA Members