Presidents Corner January 2019

Happy New Year!!!

We finished 2018 with elections to the Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Jean Donoho, Bruce Ebanks and Teri Chandler. Judy Geralds was re-elected to another two-year term. A big thank you to all Board members for volunteering their services. I look forward to working with all of the Board members this year. A special thanks to the outgoing board members, Beth Dlutowski, Mike Berman and Darlene Pyles. Your support to this organization is appreciated.

The key to the growth of our club is education. Kit Overpeak and Vangie Smith started teaching on Saturday January 5th . Kit is teaching the critical thinking / deductive reasoning class while Vangie, (under the direction of Kit) is teaching a mini-bridge class. It is my understanding from Kit that folks from the mini-bridge group would graduate to taking a beginners class from Verna Goldberg or Mauri Malka. They had 33 students on January 5th and expects to have more in the future classes. Verna Goldberg is starting her Beginners Class on Thursday January 24th and Mauri Malka’s Beginner Class starts Feb 13th . Verna is starting her Advance Beginners / Intermediate class on Monday, January 21st . You can get more detailed information on Verna and Mauri classes near the bottom of this web page or under the Lessons & Seminars drop down tab. These are excellent classes and a great source of information; I encourage you to take advantage of these classes.

The tag team of Norman Smith, Candi Conway, Rachelle Goodwin and Janet Vowels will continue the youth bridge outreach at Bates Elementary in February.

As I mentioned in the Kibitzer we have added another sectional to our schedule in 2019. These tournaments will be held at the Louisville Bridge Club in 2019 so mark your calendars and get your partners.

 Feb 22-24 is our Winter Sectional

 April 5-7 is our Spring Sectional

 June 21-23 is our Summer Section

 August 17-18 is our Non- Life Master Regional

 September 28-29 is our two days of Swiss Team events

Bill Toutant has established an online forum to discuss bridge hands and to allow bridge players to find partners for club games or tournaments. It is easy to use and players are beginning to use it to find partners. Please see the “Bridge Club Online Discussion Forum” box at the bottom of this web page.

Stay warm, I hope 2019 bring good health and happiness.

- 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.

Verna Goldberg and Randy Baron proudly announce their 4th series of “100 Tips to Improve Your Game” lessons

This is a series of 4 lessons from 3-5PM on consecutive Tuesdays, following Verna’s games on: March 5, 12, 19 and 26. Lesson 1 Judgment at Bridge, When You Should & When You Shouldn’t Draw Trump, Jacoby 2NT Lesson 2 Counting, Finding the Queen, Percentages Lesson 3 Reverses, Lebensohl after a Reverse, 4th Suit Forcing Lesson 4 Visualization, Reopening Doubles, The Spiral Convention There will be other topics covered, time to answer questions and hands to play to cover the week’s lesson. Each week there will be handouts to take home to ensure you have plenty of helpful educational material. Randy will have his two new books available to sign, “Almost the Only Bridge Book You Will Ever Need,” Volumes 1 and 2.


Winter Bridge Lessons

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


  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM Instructor Mauri Malka 502-552-4226.
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 9:30-11:30 AM Instructor - Verna Goldberg 459-3848

Advanced Beginners - Intermediate

  • Monday, January 21 2019, from 4:00-6:00 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.

In Loving Memory Of

Jane Naiser

I am very sad to report the passing of Jane Naiser. Jane Naiser was truly an old school lady and the grande dame of Louisville Bridge, and a true friend of mine.

I met Jane back in the days when I first started learning bridge (circa 1975). I would schedule my lunch hour to be able to stop by the bridge center and kibitz a few hands. The first time I showed up, I asked who was the best player there and was immediately directed to Jane's table. I sat down and introduced myself and asked if I could watch. Jane, ever the gracious lady said sure. Well next thing I know, I am bombarding her with questions about why she did this or that, or even telling her what she should have done this or that (obviously not knowing what I was talking about). I can only imagine the thoughts going through her head as she looked over at this bespeckled dude with 16 inches of hair and probably at the time, reeking of reefer jabbering along. I guess she must have see something she liked because not only was she as patient as a saint, but also invited me to come kibitz her anytime.

Jump ahead a few years... After pestering her every time I saw her, she finally relented and agreed to play bridge with me. At the time, she did not play bridge with men out of respect for her husband but I suspect she showed him a picture and he probably thought I was a woman with that hair. Anyway, we had a monsterous 85% game (yes, you read that right) and both of us had a really great time. Alas, that was the one and only time we played but what a memory. I loved seeing and talking to her, not just about bridge, but anything that came to mind. I have to say I learned from her as much about life as bridge.

So, here is with great grief, but many also much love and many happy memories, that I say goodbye to a very special person. Enjoy the great game in the sky and say hello to all my old friends.

With Love -- Ralph Letizia

Brian Ross Hits the Magic 7500 MP Level

A special congratulations to Brian Ross for reaching the 7500MP plateau. Well done and well earned.

Brian is one of the LBA's top players and mostly plays professional these days. Please take a moment to congratulate him on this remarkable achievement that very few in the LBA have accomplished. Even more remarkable is the fact that so many of these points have come from palying with clients. Next step, Platinum or Grand Life Master, and I hope it is Grand. Good luck guy!

-- Ralph Letizia