THURSDAY AFTERNOON NON-LIFE MASTER GAME
Through the efforts of Jay Nuccio our Thursday Afternoon Non-Life Master game is continuing to build, reaching ten tables on a few occasions. I believe we have achieved the critical mass necessary to ensure a weekly NLM game on Thursday afternoons and feel confident that this game is sustainable and will continue to grow. Having the knowledge that there will be enough tables to hold a game will bring out more and more players.
Marshall Pearlman once again came up with and implemented a plan to enhance our surroundings. He suggested that he design and construct an oak border-top for the Directors’ desk. The resulting border top is extremely warm and attractive and a great improvement over its chipped and dingy predecessor.
HONORARY LIFE MASTER & GOOD WISHES
We lost Carol Hood on December 29, 2018. Carol was a warm and friendly person. She passed just two points shy of achieving Life Master status. By Presidential Fiat, I am declaring Carol an SOCBC Honorary Life Master.
Please join me in extending good wishes to Loli Henderson, Elaine Bezar and Emily Ospenson. We hope to see all of you playing at the Bridge Center soon.
DISASTER AVOIDANCE & NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM
Thanks to the efforts of Bill Thorpe and Gail Schneider, we have apparently avoided a serious interruption of our bridge games. After many years of using the same computer, we had a hard drive failure, which at a minimum would have delayed set-up, scoring and reporting of our games and might have led to cancellation of some games. Bill, with assistance from Gail, took steps to keep us up and running – using our back-up computer with software patches and other fixes while Bill designed a fully redundant system with automatic back up. While the new system has not yet been fully implemented, we hope we are to the point of eliminating minor glitches and bugs.
ACE OF CLUBS & MINI MCKENNEY AWARDS CEREMONY
Please join us during the afternoon game on March 13th for the presentation of the Mini McKenney and Ace of Clubs awards, recognizing the outstanding performances of our players in many categories.
The Ace of Clubs award recognizes members at all levels who scored the highest number of Masterpoints at SOCBC club events in 2018. The Mini-McKenney award recognizes members at all levels who scored the highest number of Masterpoints at all sanctioned games, at SOCBC and elsewhere in 2018.
I have not mentioned parking in a while and it’s beginning to show, with more and more of our members parking in unauthorized parking places. It is important that we park only in authorized spaces during morning classes and games as well as during afternoon games. Please see the parking maps posted in the Bridge Center and on the website to determine where parking is allowed, and Teachers and Game Directors, please remind students and players of the parking restrictions.
ZERO TOLERANCE & PLAYERS MOVING UP
Please treat all players nicely, especially newer players who are moving up. For the first six months to a year most newer players are nervous and somewhat intimidated when they move up to the Open Game. To continue Bridge as a viable game, we need to have players develop from beginners to Open Players and therefor it is important that they transition to our Open Game. Please encourage that development by treating them warmly and in a friendly manner, rather than intimidating them with brusque behavior. An article on this topic by Gary Waldron, entitled “Courtesy Counts,” starts on page 4.
FRIDAY NIGHT SOCIAL & DUPLICATE BRIDGE.
Friday Night Social and Duplicate Bridge and Pot Luck continues to draw large numbers and rave reviews. The January and February Friday Night Games drew an average of 63 players including first timers for both the duplicate and social games. Please join us on March 22nd for great food and a delightful bridge atmosphere. Please invite your friends and bridge partners and email your reservation to Frances Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to write an article to appear in the President’s Message or elsewhere in the SOCBC Newsletter, please contact me. I am interested in including fresh ideas, anecdotal experiences and varied perspectives. I would like to acknowledge this month’s contributors Gary Waldron and Janie Matlaf.