Louisville Bridge Association
9870 Linn Station Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40223-3807
A Message from Our President
Ahhhhh, April is here and it brings such warmth and hope for the new year. The sun shines more, the flowers bloom, we have so many Derby activities that bring smiles to our faces. We will enjoy Easter and Passover with its delectable treats and fun traditions. ENJOY!!!!
Now that I have been uplifting, I must address our ongoing parking problem. Does it seem fair, no, but it is a fact of our lives and our lease. We are required to park in the spaces designated by the LBC signs and the red lines on the road. It isnít really that far and if I with my four inhaler and three pill a day habit to curb my COPD can do it, I think the majority of you can do it, too. Many of you walk for exercise and then lament that you have to park a little farther away. That makes no sense to me. Please cooperate, otherwise I get texts and phone calls and it upsets my day. We have been utilizing some parking at Holiday Inn, but the legality of that is in question. Stay tuned for more information. Work with me, folks.
How many of you realized that if you plan to play in Lexington, in their spring Sectional, you must register ahead of time. Please don't be caught off guard by this. I would hate to have any of our members travel to Lexington and be turned away. I have emailed my plans to attend and have not received anything back confirming that they received it so don't be forlorn if you don't either.
We will have STaC games the first full week of APRIL. This is a great time to earn silver points while staying at your own club. It is a little bit more expensive, but well worth the effort. Check the calendar for the days they are available and remember, they are never available on Wednesdays, afternoon or evening.
We have a new dealing machine, honoring the sixtieth wedding anniversary of Bush and Nancy Abrams. Their children donated the machine in their honor and we are so grateful. We were eying one to alleviate some of the wear and tear on the only one we have. Hopefully, this will allow each to be used off and on and be cleaned a serviced more regularly. Congratulations to Bush and Nancy, sixty years is quite an accomplishment. And, thanks to their children for being so kind.
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.
Congratulations to Ralph and Ellen
Our own Ralph Letizia teamed up with former Louisvillian Ellen Kozlove to take second place in the prestigious 10K Swiss Teams at the recent NABC Spring Nationals in Kansas City. Their teammates were Lee Bukstel and Michael Wolf. Ralph and Ellen were on the winning team for the inaugural of this event in St. Louis a few years ago. They were leading with one round to go, but were passed by the team headed by Bill Gates.
Triple Point NABC Fundraiser Games
During the week of May 8-14, we will have games at our club that award 3 times the usual number of masterpoints. These games will cost $1.00 extra per person with that money going to help fund the Spring NABC in Columbus, OH. This will be the first national tournament in our district since Louisville in 2011. Click HERE for more information.
A Very Important Message
Our President, Vangie Smith and many volunteer LBA members have worked very hard to ensure that we have a top-notch, clean and maintained facility for our enjoyment. There have been, however, a few serious incidents that have the propensity to ruin this experience for most. The subject I am addressing will be uncomfortable for some (as in we don't talk about these things in public), but it needs to be said, and being a brash, blunt, forceful individual, I have chosen to publicize this concern.
We have been through the parking and chewing issues so I won't expound on them at this time. Do, however, pay attention to Vangie's warnings. If you choose not to listen and your car gets towed, that is on you. If you chew gum and do not dispose of it properly, and get barred from playing while chewing gum, then that is also on you. Of a much more serious nature is the fecal residue that was recently left on the floor and commodes in BOTH RESTROOMS ON THE SAME DAY!
This is very serious. Not only was this an issue for the cleaning crew, who are not contracted to deal with such matters, but it is a very real health hazard. If someone would walk away from such a situation without cleaning up after themselves or at least notifying (discretely of course) a director, then what other health hazards are they spreading? This is not a good reflection or publicity for us. Vangie and the board along with numerous volunteers have worked hard to create the best playing environment possible and we want to be proud to invite anyone to come play at our club.
So please, while we all understand accidents happen, at least try to clean up after yourself or notify the director - don't just walk away and leave this for someone else. And while we are on the subject of general hygiene, PLEASE wash your hands or use the waterless disinfectant EVERY TIME YOU USE THE RESTROOM. We all have to touch those cards. Many of our bridge population are getting up in years and don't have the immune systems they had when younger. This make them much more susceptible to highly communicable diseases such as stomach viruses, colds, or even the flu. If you have a respiratory-borne illness, please stay home until it is gone.
Thank you, both for understanding and helping us maintain a healthy bridge playing environment for all to enjoy.
- Ralph Letizia on behalf of all LBA Members