Long Beach

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by Christine Frumen

UNIT GAME – Sunday, February 10 - potluck

Lunch at 12:30 pm – Game at 1:00 pm - new time

UNIT GAME: This month’s Unit Game features a

Potluck luncheon, catered by YOU! Bring your favorite

potluck to share – and your appetite. Always fun and with

all our talented “cooks” there is never a shortage of chow.

Oh, and don’t forget your partner. Game is at 1 pm (our

new Sunday afternoon time) so plan on being there with

your contribution to the potluck by 12:15 so the “groaning

table” can be full for the 12:30 lunch.

DECEMBER UNIT GAME RESULTS: Two

sections of 21 tables vied for top scores in December’s

Unit Game. Overall winners were: 1st, Betty Barton &

Fran Israel; 2nd, Sue & Keith Hafen; 3rd, Jan Wagner &

Marcie Evans; 4th, Irma Johnson & Cory Hand; 5th, Janet

Ju & & George Wang. Flight C honors went to 1st, Sue &

Keith Hafen; 2nd, Jean Eiber & Oliver Yildiz and 3rd, Eva

Mroz & Penny Wentworth. Remember that Unit Games

are worth more in MPs and the top winners in this game

scored 2.98 MPs. Lots of points for one game.

NEW STATUS & NEW MEMBERS: We are happy

to welcome one new member into our unit this month,

Richard Dial.

Status changes this reporting period have Doreen

Maes and Nancy Shook as our new Junior Masters. Sy

Alban is a new Regional Master. Betty Houts is a new

NABC Master. And we proudly introduce our newest Life

Master, Barbara Frischkorn. Congratulations to each of

you!!

70+% GAMES through 1/13: Three pairs hit that

magical 70% or more score this past reporting period.

Loren Hilf & Larry Slutsky had a 70.14% game. John Farr

& Mark Itabashi scored 73.38% and the big score was by

John Hand & Gary Paugh when they brought in a 75.16%

game. Wow! As you see month after month, these big

games are scarcer than hen’s teeth so you players that hit

that big score deserve to revel in the satisfaction of the

planets aligned, your partner understanding all your bids

and superior play. Well done!

THIS MONTH AT THE CLUB: There are lots of

special” games this month and many of them are going

to cost you an extra buck. On February 2 at 12:30, the

International Fund Game will be the fi rst of them. The

week of February 3 through February 9 is a week of Junior

Fund Games – card fees are an extra dollar. The Unit Game

on February 10 won’t cost extra but it is a Potluck so don’t

forget your favorite dish to share. Starting on February 18

and ending on February 24 is a Sectional Tournament at

Clubs – again the games will be an extra dollar. Included

in that week is the monthly Team Game on February 18.

And the month will end with the ACBL-Wide Senior Pairs

at the 9:00 a.m. game on February 25 (an extra dollar for

that one as well). Also make a note that the scheduled

Monday and Friday morning games are now at an earlier

time, 9:00 a.m. The Monday Bridge Plus game will remain

at its usual 9:30 a.m. time.

CONDOLENCES & GET WELL: Carol Hall, Jan

Mann and Barbara Dicker’s mother both passed away after

long illnesses. Barbara is a past board president. We extend

our sympathies to all their families. Get well wishes go out

to all of you who have caught the cold, fl u or whatever

seems to be going around. As another reminder, if you are

sick, don’t come to the club and “share” it.

UNIT BOARD: We want to acknowledge the

retiring” members (from the board, not bridge) for all

their hard work. Merlin Hansen, Carol Murakoshi and Jan

Wagner have completed their terms and are not retuning to

the board in 2008. Carol has been enormous help to this

reporter for column news and I thank her and will miss

her input. We have four new board members on the Unit

Board this year, Sharon Beran, Linda Carder, Fern Dunbar,

Bernard Mann and Louise Sperr. Welcome and thank you

in advance for your volunteer commitment to keep our

unit strong.

NLM’s PLAY BRIDGE FOR FREE at UNIT

GAMES: Beginning in March, the Unit Board is going to

have a “special” 13-table NLM Section at each Unit Game.

The section will be limited to 13 tables. Each of those

NLM players in that “special” section will get to play for

FREE! It will be on a fi rst-come, fi rst-served basis – you

must show up at the desk to get the free play, no call-in or

pre-reservations. Once the 13 tables are fi lled, latecomers

will have be assigned to tables in the Open Game and pay

regular card fees. What this means to all players – both

Open and NLM’s – is more points for scratching. If we

end up with a 40-table Unit Game, a fi rst place fi nish OA,

could win around 8 MP’s.

THIS AND THAT: The past year has seen a number

of changes in our club - new owners, bidding boxes,

etc. Most players are extremely pleased with them. This

reporter frequently hears players commenting on the

changes. From her perspective, we should not forget that

the club was already a great club when Irma Johnson and

George Welsh owned it. The new owners, Baum Harris

and Loren Hilf made some changes – bidding boxes, new

appliances, etc. but from our point of view the thing they

most did “right” was hire Donna Wenberg as the Manager.

Had they hired a manager that was not familiar with our

club, it would not have continued as it was (something our

players were very concerned about when the club was for

sale). Donna does so much more than just direct (where

she is most visible). The behind the scenes is a lot of hard

work. And modest as she is, she will tell you that without

the help of the players, it wouldn’t run as smoothly as

it does. We have a wonderful club and we love that the

changes have not compromised the place we love to play

and acknowledge all that went before as the groundwork

for where we are now and where we continue to improve

and grow. And never forget all the unsung “helpers”

that make us what we are - one of the best clubs in the

country!

For any news items you would like in the column,

my email is golfgal@charter.net and my phone number is

562-434-8993. Thanks again for all the reporters out there

that give me bridge news.