Presidents Corner January 2020

I am behind schedule getting my first letter posted, so this is “My State of the Unit” address. Our Unit is in good shape, but we can not let our guard down. I am honored to be your President, and hope I can live up to the people who came before me. John has left a great legacy and big shoes to fill. I want to thank John for all he did during his term, from changing light bulbs to putting the life master plaques on the board. I think John went over and beyond his duties as President to keep our Unit in tip-top shape, and we all owe him our gratitude. Thank you John for all you have done, and all the advice you will give me. John will remain on the board as Past President, Ex-Officio. I hope to make this a permanent position and have entered into the Standing Rules. As Past-President, Ex-Officio, the only voting right is to break a tie. As President, you are only as good as your board, and I have a great board. We are here to serve you, so just ask us, and we will do our best to get your problem resolved.

We would like to start an Outreach Program to get new players into our club. If you know anyone that plays in a duplicate game or party bridge game in the city, you can contact either Carolyn Carpenter, Judy Geralds, Denise Tonini, or myself, and they will go and offer the players a free game pass to one of our games. I hope this will lead to more players filling our tables. Kit has started “The Golden Age Master” Program. This is for people who have not reached Life Master status, but are in their “Golden Years.” If you know of someone that falls into that category, let either Kit, Sue Finnegan, Judy Geralds, or myself know.

I want to thank all of our players that support our games. Without you, we would not have Unit 117! I always want to thank our wonderful directors. Without them we wouldn’t have the games to have the players to have Unit 117. Thank you all for your support for the game we love and our wonderful Unit 117!

Last, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have a problem and I will try and help you. My cell phone is: 502-767-5589 and my email is bama426@aol.com. Yes, I’m still a dinosaur, but AOL STILL WORKS!

- Hannah Davis

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 Toutant or John Van Cleve. This also includes singificant rank accomplishments, obituaries, tournament results, just about anything.

The Club is Closed Due to Coronavirus

All games and classes are suspended until further notice.

Also, the sectional tournament scheduled for April 3-5 has been cancelled

Support Your Club Online Games

The ACBL, BBO and Common Game people have all teamed up to offer online games which will award ACBL black masterpoints and at the same time help your local club.

To play, you and your partner will both have to be registered with BBO. If you are not registered, you can go to this link: Bridge Base Online to register, It is free and easy.

There are games 10:00 am, 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm our time every day. You can register to play in the game starting two hours before game time. Games are currently limited to 400 pairs and have been filling up. To register for the game, log on to BBO and from the home page, under FEATURED AREAS, choose ACBL World. There you will see a list of upcoming games (tournaments). To play in this game, select Support Your Club ACBL Black Point Game (that option will not appear until two hours before game time.)

You will be asked for the BBO username of your partner that you want to invite to play. Your partner will also need to be logged on to BBO and accept the invitation The fee is $5.00 per player. Out of that fee, our local club will receive $4.00 per player. The fee is paid with BB$. You can purchase BB$ by clicking on the BB$ icon near the upper right corner of the BBO home page. You can purchase them using a credit card or Paypal.

If you are not familiar with BBO, this may sound a little confusing. You might want to look around the site and check out the many free opportunities it offers to get aquainted.

Remember, your participation will help our club's financial health while we protect our collective and individual health.

Randy Baron's New Books

If you have not yet seen Randy Baron's new books, now is the time. Theses books have not only been given great reviews but are very popular. They are chock full of excellent advice for all levels of players, and the material is presented in Randy's usual eclectic style.

Both books are available directly from Randy or through Baron Barclay Bridge Supplies.

-- Ralph Letizia