by Christine Frumen
UNIT website: www.acblunit557.org
NEW CLUB website: www.LongBeachBridge.com
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 1pm (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 twenty-one 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!
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 first 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
CONDOLENCES & GET
WELL: Jan Mann and
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. (Editor’s note: Carol has been enormous help to this reporter for column news and we 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.
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
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