A Message from Our President

As 2017 winds to a close, so does my term as President of the Louisville Bridge Association Board of Directors. It is bittersweet for me, as I have both loved and hated the job. I have loved all of you and the interaction I have been able to have with you throughout the years. I have come to know many of you so much better than I would have, had I just played bridge. You are a wonderful group and one which I tout, with pride, as the most interesting, diverse and kind group in the city. With all of those accolades, what could I have hated: having to tell you that you couldn't park anywhere you wanted, asking you to keep the refrigerator clean, and telling those of you who were either too hot or too cold, that I was sorry but we had to keep the thermostat in the middle so that no one was happy.

With the election you will have a new set of officers and directors to the board. I know you will help them in any way that you can. Not the least of these is letting them know things that you like and don't like. Remember, though, criticism can lead to chairmanship. You are the eyes and the ears of the club, always strive to make it better. Volunteer whenever you can, as Verna says, "forget to sit on your hands". I know that you will.

I want to make sure and point out how well all of our tournaments have gone this year. Jean Donoho was without peer when it comes to running Sectionals. Beth Dlutowski ran our NLM Tournament with aplomb, and Hannah Davis, as always, did a wonderful job with our Regional tournament at Horseshoe. The numbers were down a bit but was a successful tournament. Thank you one and all for participating in our survey about the times for the Regional tournament next year. The overwhelming result was that the main times will be at 10:00 and 2:30 next year.

Matt Just took on the ACBL Wide Charity game in November, and did a fantastic job. He found prizes, sold raffle tickets, ran the game, drew prizes and donated all the money he made to the charity. The charity that Matt selected was the Opal Foundation, which gives otherwise unattainable items to seniors in nursing homes. As we all age, we can appreciate this far more than most. The total to the charity was $837.10. Congratulations, Matt, job WELL DONE!!

My thanks to all the other officers and board members who served with me throughout the four years. Everyone worked hard and their efforts made this club what it is now. I must, however, single out just a few people who gave above and beyond what was asked of them. First, Chuck Fassler, worked tirelessly and quickly to help us get the very best lease possible on this wonderful space. The build out would not have been possible with John Van Cleve and Norman Smith, who did everything they could, whenever they could to make this space what it is today. John did everything and left his home and time and again to meet with the construction crew. Pat Buckley worked, along with Pat London, Verna Goldberg and Bert Washer, to plan and make come to life, the décor and ambiance that we have in our center. Thank you one and all, we could not have done it with out you.

So, here we are at then end. Have a happy holiday and be kind to those around you, no matter who they are or where you are. Kindness always begins with you.

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

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

Saturday mornings, Kit Overpeck will hold his free class starting at 9:45. Many people had hoped for a slightly later time and here it is.

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

Sundays 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.

ACBL Big Ideas for San Diego

The ACBL's CEO has put together a list of Big Ideas to be discussed by the Board of Directors at the San Diego NABC. Beth Dlutowski has produced a document (31 pages) that describe all these ideas in one place. You can view that document by clicking Here

After looking over these ideas, you can leave feedback for the ACBL by taking a survey that they have on their website. You can reach the survey by clicking Here.

Changes to the ACBL Rules of Bridge

The ACBL made some rule changes at their last Board of Directors meeting. The rule changes will take effect on January 1, 21018. To view a summary of the changes, click HERE.

A Tribute To

Vangie Smith

I have been a member of Unit 117 since 1975. I have seen many presidents come and go, and without exception, all of our very best have been strong women. Names that immediately come to mind are Jane Naiser, Bert Washer, Pat London, Beth Reid, Verna Goldberg and of course Vangie Smith.

Vangie has just completed her second two year term and is now ready for a long rest with the contentment of just playing bridge. She has many legacies to her name including the move to our current bridge center. She also worked tirelessly to address our many LBA member concerns, and no issue was ever too small to get her attention.

My memories of her during this period is one of great fondness and respect. She often sought my opinion on matters great and small, varied and specific. I was always delighted to be of help whenever I could. In addition, she was there for me both as the LBA President and a friend during my trying hearing two years ago.

So, I say this with great fondness, and I believe I speak for many when I say, "Farewell and Godspeed Vangie! Enjoy your return to playing and thanks for all you did for us."

- Ralph Letizia