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. 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.

Randy and Verna Present the Third Installment of 100 Tips for Winning Bridge

Randy Baron and Verna Goldberg will presenting their third installment of their 100 Tips for Winning Bridge starting Nov 13. Click HERE for details

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

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.