A Message from Our President

Louisville Bridge Club welcomed Fall with their Autumn Swiss Team Sectional. Jean Donoho chaired this two-day event and Marianne Thomas was the partnership chair. As always, Jean worked with efficiency and with a committee, and the generosity of the membership, had a great spread of goodies for us to enjoy as well as a 'do-it-yourself' sandwich bar for lunch. Saturday featured thirty-four teams in two sections, an open section and a 299er section. The same format was used Sunday with twenty-nine teams participating. We enjoyed players from downstate Kentucky, Lexington, Owensboro, Evansville and Henderson. Thank you all for coming and for making our event so successful.

Saturday Open Swiss

  • 1st Place A&B: William Toutant-Steven Blank; John Bowen-Frank Bowen
  • 2nd Place A: Susan Bullard-Harry Gordon; Dorsey Brown-Bruce Neikirk
  • 3rd Place A: Dennis Hesthaven-Jeanne James; Terry Maguire-Thomas Lepping
  • 2/3 Place B: John Van Cleve-Norman Smith; Shirley Mueller-Carolyn Carpenter
  • 2/3 Place B: Stuart Ray-Beth Englehart; Patsy Baker-Dorothy Witten
  • 1st Place C: Ellen Thomas-Mary Jennings; Barbara Buttorac-Carol Armstrong
  • 2nd Place C: Phyllis Beamer-Gary Davenport-Bob Lehmann, Louisville, KY; Diane Dehli
  • 3rd Place C: Charles Fassler-Rex Swauger; Ronald Straub-David Toth

Saturday 299er Swiss

  • 1st Place D: Jane Alexander-Patty Williamson; Jeanne Blackburn-Betsy Chandler
  • 2nd Place D: Ross Fleming-Philip Wysong; Norma Hampton-Barbara Slade
  • 2nd Place E: Candace Conway-Mary Gataky; Deann Kurtz-David Kurtz
  • 1st Place F: Robin Baldock-John Monge; Shelly Satton-Mary Givan

Sunday Open Swiss

  • 1st Place A: Dennis Hesthaven-Jeanne James; Susan Bullard-Harry Gordon
  • 2nd Place A: A. Beth Reid-Marsha Kyle; Dallas Moore-Brian Ross
  • 3rd Place A: Mike Marlin-Sandra Marlin; Terrell Holt-Sondra Holt
  • 1st Place B: Helen Walz-Garry Dye; Matthew Just-Marilyn Riese
  • 2nd Place B: Sandy Spears-Katherine Zimmerman; Sue LaSalle-Gail Slater
  • 3rd Place B: Margaret Robbins-Phyllis Costello; Madeline Pfeiffer-Jean Donoho
  • 1st Place C: Marianne Thomas-Tom Kempf; Carlene Bottorff-Harriett Hughes
  • 2nd Place C: Diane Dehli-Bob Lehmann; Ann Zimmerman-Vivienne Moorin

Sunday 299er Swiss

  • 1st Place D: Ross Fleming-Barbara Slade;Norma Hampton-Philip Wysong
  • 2nd Place D: Mary Thorp-Joseph Thorp; Barbara McDermott-Freida Trower
  • 3rd Place D: Dennis Hesthaven-Jeanne James; Terry Maguire-Thomas Lepping

Board of Directors Nominations

The nominating committee has begun working on a slate of nominees to the Louisville Bridge Associatin Board of Directors. We will be electing 5 new board members for two year terms, 2017 and 2018.

If you would like to nominate someone or if you would like to nominate yourself, there is a list on the white board at the bridge center. Just put the name you want to nominate on it. Remember, if you are nominating someone other than yourself, you must have his or her permission to do so.

Thanks for your help,


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.

Bridge Lessons - Fall 2016

Eight-Week Sessions - $80


  • Wed, Oct 19th, 7-9 PM Instructor - Mauri Malka 552-4226
  • Thurs, Sept 29th, 9:30-11:30 AM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - Intermediate

  • Mon, Sept 26th, 4-6 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - 4 Week Mini Series ($40)

  • Wed, Sept 14th, 7-9 PM Instructor - Mauri Malka 552-4226

Best Bridge Series - Strategy and Basic Conventions

  • Fri, Sept 30th, 3:30-5:30 PM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Inside The Mind

  • Tuesday, Weekly, 3:30-5:30 PM Instructor - Brian Ross 502-876-9531

All Classes held at LBC, 9870 Linn Station Rd 40223

For more information, call the bridge center at 897-3581

In Memory Of

Farewell to a Real Gentleman

On October 10, 2016, one of the LBA's most popular players and a true gentleman, David Fleischaker, was killed in an automobile accident. His sudden unexpected departure left a huge hole in the hearts of all who knew him.

I first met David several years ago at a club game and was left with the best first impression I've ever had of a person, much less a bridge player. Here sits this truly affable guy, dressed straight out of GQ, with this big friendly smile. I immediately liked him and actually felt bad playing against him as I had no desire to beat him. Little did I know that behind that glowing personality was a fierce, competitive spirit. I cannot remember the results but I do know I left wondering what just hit me. I looked back and there he was again greeting his new opponents in the same gregarious, lovable manner.

David recently married Pat Buckley approximately five weeks before his death and never had I seen two people so genuinely in love with each other. Those who know me are well aware that I do not believe conjugal bridge partnerships encourage a healthy relationship. Yet, over and over Pat and David proved me wrong. They never had a cross word for each other in both winning and losing times, and were most respectful of each other. They were the perfect example of how a husband/wife bridge relationship should work. They truly loved each other.

David was not only my friend, he was an excellent role model on how a true gentleman acts and behaves both in life and at the bridge table. I, along with hundreds of others, miss him dearly and know that some part of our life will never quite be the same. So, with tears in our eyes and love in our hearts, we say farewell dear David, and rest in peace with the assurance we will never forget you

- Ralph Letizia