President’s Letter – July 2018

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SOCBC has successfully added Social Bridge to its numerous Duplicate games and classes. In addition to introducing Social and new players to our Club and giving them the opportunity to play at our venue, we hope that they will be intrigued enough to play duplicate and to take advantage of some of the many classes we offer. Ask your friends, spouse, social players and others to join you at these fun learning experiences. Among the new offerings are:
First & Third Thursday
In the early spring, we added Social Bridge directed by Jane Dober on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Lots of energy on Social Thursday mornings. The participants enjoy the low-key atmosphere, the laughter, and the very interesting hands played. Boards move, but the players stay at their original tables. Jane tries to place players of similar experience together. All levels of players are encouraged to join the growing group, practice with new partners, bring their own table of four, or come alone. There are no sit-outs. Start your weekend on Thursday mornings at SOCBC. Jane offers a mini-lesson and then guides and assists the Social Players in bidding and play of the hand. If you would like to play social bridge on the first and/or third Thursdays of the month, please email Jane at
Second & Fourth Thursday
To make social bridge available more frequently, on Thursday, August 9, Marti Moss and Frances Krause will begin offering Social Bridge with a mini-lesson by a guest teacher on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Please email either Marti at or Frances at if you are interested in learning about this opportunity to play and learn in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
Friday Night Social & Duplicate Bridge
Our initial offering was a Friday Night Social and Duplicate Pot Luck. This event has been well attended and has drawn rave reviews for the gourmet quality of the food served and the friendly, high energy, yet relaxed atmosphere. The participants include singles, couples, friends, social players, newer players who have taken classes at our center, duplicate players, players who have read about us on line in NextDoor, among others. We are exposing social and new players to bidding boxes, pre-dealt hands and BridgeMates. We look forward to seeing you on the fourth Friday of each month, the next of which falls on July 27th. Please email your reservation to Frances Krause at Be sure to reach out to your social and duplicate bridge friends and encourage them to come and join us. Many thanks to Frances Krause, Sunny Foster, Gary Waldron, and Linda & John Jonas, who organized, decorated and set up this “Bridge Party.”
In addition to Social Bridge, our sound-dampening partition is allowing us to offer more classes, supervised play and Barometer Games.
The Board of Directors has appointed a committee to determine whether there is a more attractive, effective and reasonably priced alternative to the existing partition.
The NAP is a one-day event to be held on Saturday, September 8 at the Orange County Regional. Please see John Kissinger’s article on this year’s District 22 North American Pairs qualification and event on page 2 of this Newsletter.
We are pretty much using the vocabulary of bridge that has evolved since the 17th century. But must we use the phrase “Failure to Alert” when partner forgets to alert a bid? is it essential to utter such a harshly critical phrase? It would be so much nicer to hear, “Before you lead, my 3C bid meant….” or “Before you lead, my double meant….”
Loli Henderson was thinking about the diversity of national origins among our membership. She put together a list of where we are from and came up with the following: Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Syria, and USA. Members, did we miss your birthplace? Were any of you born elsewhere?
None of us have reached our maximum caloric intake, therefore we are reinstituting the monthly celebration of members Birthdays by providing a Birthday Cake on the last Friday of the month.
During the week that included June 21st SOCBC celebrated The Longest Day with the ACBL and the Alzheimer’s Association by sponsoring charity games and having informative presentations on Alzheimers. We raised nearly $600 plus the amount generated by the charity games. If you would like to make a contribution, please make your check payable to the Alzheimer’s Association and give it to me.
All Open game players are required by ACBL rules to have matching convention cards with identical information with each of their partners. Adhering to this rule speeds play and helps avoid confusion. In the NLM game, we strongly encourage you to have a matching convention card for each of your partners. Going through the exercise of filling out a card with your partner is a great way to make sure you are in sync. Opponents are entitled to look at your card, but you are not permitted to look at your own card during an auction or play of the hand.If you need assistance completing your convention card, please contact any member of the Education Committee.

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