Presidents Corner January 2019

Happy New Year!!!

We finished 2018 with elections to the Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Jean Donoho, Bruce Ebanks and Teri Chandler. Judy Geralds was re-elected to another two-year term. A big thank you to all Board members for volunteering their services. I look forward to working with all of the Board members this year. A special thanks to the outgoing board members, Beth Dlutowski, Mike Berman and Darlene Pyles. Your support to this organization is appreciated.

The key to the growth of our club is education. Kit Overpeak and Vangie Smith started teaching on Saturday January 5th . Kit is teaching the critical thinking / deductive reasoning class while Vangie, (under the direction of Kit) is teaching a mini-bridge class. It is my understanding from Kit that folks from the mini-bridge group would graduate to taking a beginners class from Verna Goldberg or Mauri Malka. They had 33 students on January 5th and expects to have more in the future classes. Verna Goldberg is starting her Beginners Class on Thursday January 24th and Mauri Malka’s Beginner Class starts Feb 13th . Verna is starting her Advance Beginners / Intermediate class on Monday, January 21st . You can get more detailed information on Verna and Mauri classes near the bottom of this web page or under the Lessons & Seminars drop down tab. These are excellent classes and a great source of information; I encourage you to take advantage of these classes.

The tag team of Norman Smith, Candi Conway, Rachelle Goodwin and Janet Vowels will continue the youth bridge outreach at Bates Elementary in February.

As I mentioned in the Kibitzer we have added another sectional to our schedule in 2019. These tournaments will be held at the Louisville Bridge Club in 2019 so mark your calendars and get your partners.

 Feb 22-24 is our Winter Sectional

 April 5-7 is our Spring Sectional

 June 21-23 is our Summer Section

 August 17-18 is our Non- Life Master Regional

 September 28-29 is our two days of Swiss Team events

Bill Toutant has established an online forum to discuss bridge hands and to allow bridge players to find partners for club games or tournaments. It is easy to use and players are beginning to use it to find partners. Please see the “Bridge Club Online Discussion Forum” box at the bottom of this web page.

Stay warm, I hope 2019 bring good health and happiness.

- Jonh Van Cleve

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. If you have not visited our club, check out the game calendar for times and days. If you have a partner, just show up before game time. The usual fee is $7.50 per person. If you do not have a partner, you can contact the game director and he or she will try to find a partner for you. The names and phone numbers of the game directors can be found at this link. You can also join our forum and use that recourse to look for partners

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.

Welcome New Board of Directors

The election has been held and the new members of our Board of Directors are Pat Barber, Judy Geralds, Jean Donoho and Brude Ebanks. Their terms will begin January 1, 2019. Thanks for your service.

Drivers Wanted for Night Games

As many of you know, our night games have had declining numbers as our membership has aged and many working players have retired. Additionally, many of you would prefer not to drive at night.

Judy Geralds and the Board are going to try something new to help solve this problem. Judy has put a sign up sheet on the Bulletin Board. If you would be willing to pick someone up in the evening and take them home, please add your name.

Judy will then see who needs a ride and pair people up. Please help if you can.

Winter Bridge Lessons

Eight-Week Sessions - $80 (Dates below are for the first lesson)

Beginners

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM Instructor Mauri Malka 502-552-4226.
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 AM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - Intermediate

  • Monday, Januaary 21 2019, from 4:00-6:00 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

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

Bridge Club Online Discussion Forum

We have a Google group that is designed to allow players to search for partners or discuss bridge related topics. You can link to the group from the tab Forums near the top of this page

We recently sent out invitations to join the group and the response has been good. If you did not receive an invitation, or if you ran into any problems accepting your invitation, please contact Bill Toutant or let us know through the Contact Us tab at the top of this page.

Meet Your Webmaster

Bill Toutant

I suspect that most people think that our LBA website just one day appeared by magic, and there is some extremely mysterious person that maintains the site on a regular basis. Well, that is partially correct. Bill Toutant and his faithful sidekick Beth Dlutowski work very hard to ensure that the site stays fresh and that all information is current and relevant. They especially want to have the calendar ready to go by the 1st of every month and have quite a track record of success.

But it doesn't stop there. Notices get posted, messages get updated, letters get replies, corrections get made, game results are posted, and much more. All of this happens due to the dedicated efforts of these two people. So now you know and please take a moment to thank them for their hard work.

Bill also welcomes suggestions for improvement and especially new features you would like to see. Please let him know so that we can add these to our future development efforts. Our #1 priority right now is to develop a mobile user friendly version of the site. While we do not have arelease date, we expect it to be live before the end of year, and hopefully before our Novemeber Regional.

-- Ralph Letizia

P.s. Bill also maintains the computer hardware and software, buys computer related supplies and makes the monthly reports for financials and masterpoints to the ACBL. He also regisgters the STaC games and downloads the hand records for them and reports the STaC results.