Presidents Corner September 2018

Another 3 months have gone by and we all shake our heads and say where has the time gone. Football season has started and pretty soon autumn will arrive with the crisp mornings. Trees will start turning vibrant colors and our conversations will include UK and Louisville basketball and the new coach.

School has started and with that our bridge teachers are back in the schools introducing the game to a few young students. This is our 5th year at Bates Elementary and we have twelve students still with us. Way to go Norman Smith, Candi Conway, Rachelle Goodwin and Janet Vowels. In June I reported that we would start a new program at Norton Elementary this fall. This program has been pushed out to January 2019. Two of the Bates Elementary students were actually caddy’s at the NLM Sectional, August 19th….see the picture below. Molly Rushing is on the left and Addison Kuehr (Candi Conway’s granddaughter) is on the right.

Matt Just continues his class on Tuesday nights on various topics starting at 6pm. Mauri starts her Beginners class on Wed night Sept 26 from 7-9pm. Verna will start her class later this fall…..stay tune and watch for the flyers. And finally Kit Overpeck has shared with me that he will start up a new class. Timing of the class and subject has not been finalized. Again look for flyers announcing the times and dates or email announcements.

We have put in a new bulletin board to display all the pictures that Judy Gerald’s and other have contributed. If you have a picture you want to add please contact Judy. Way to go Judy for a job well done.

Vangie Smith is a wonder woman. She is a dedicated bridge player and is always working hard to promote our club and the game of Bridge. If she wanted to take a break no one would have complained after finishing four years as our club President. She has now become the Education Chair for District 11. Way to go Vangie and good luck with you new endeavor.

Elections for the Board of Directors are coming up in November It is my hope that you will volunteer you time, talent and experience and become more involved with the club.

Elections for the Board of Directors will be come up this fall. It is my hope that you will volunteer your time, talent, experience and become more involved with the club.

Have a GREAT and SAFE Fall.

- 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.

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.

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.

Fall Bridge Lessons

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

Beginners

  • Wednesday, September 26, 7:00-9:00 PM Instructor Mauri's Malka 502-552-4226.
  • Thursday, October 4, 9:30-11:30 AM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - Intermediate

  • Monday, October 1, 4-6 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

Not long ago I was asked to investigate the Lexington Bridge Club's online discussion forum and see if it would be something we would like to emulate. Actually, over two years ago I set up the same discussion forum, Google Groups on our website. There have only two posts...both of which were mine at the inception. Only a handful of people have joined the group and none of them have posted anything

I asked to join the Lexington group to see how active they are on their forum. They get an average of a couple of posts per day. Maybe I have been remiss in not giving our forum more publicity...or maybe our club does a good enough job with our whte board, bulletin boards and email broadcasts.

If you would like to check out our forum, go to our website's home page and find the button for Forums in the horizontal menu near the top and click on it. You will need to request membership, but that is just a formality.-Bill Toutant

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.

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.