President’s Message – March 2020

February 29, 2020 sequoia 2 comments

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                   Jay Nuccio

I want to thank all of you who positively commented on my last President’s Message and I would like to answer the one question I have received a lot. Yes the “SOB” or” Sweet Old Babs” is a real person as are the Bridge Cruise Instructor and his wife. When you are reading this, Pam and I will be in Ft. Worth visiting my daughter and looking up the “SOB.” I’ll let you know how it goes. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about because you didn’t read the President’s Message last month, I suggest you go back and read it so you will understand why it’s OK to be somebody’s ”SOB” today.

There are three items of business that I have to address. Each is of equal importance:


I have to remind everyone that we need to follow the rules and our lease obligations about where to park. We have updated the maps on both sides of the rooms for your reference. We need everyone’s help here. If you see someone parking where they should not, please inform them and then also notify the Director. If you are leaving, then send me an Email about an offender.


I shouldn’t have to remind everyone that we have many people in this club with impaired immune systems. If you don’t think you are contagious anymore then you are probably too sick to come and play. You must be sure you are not contagious anymore.  Taking precautions like carrying around a bottle of Purell does not ease anyone’s fears. I know it’s difficult sometimes as you might play with this person only once a month, but whatever excuse you come up with in your mind, be courteous and respectful to all our members and your partners. I hope this is enough said. Our Directors have the power to ask anyone to leave and have been reminded of this obligation. If the game has already started and someone is asked to leave, the opponents will get a No Play for those boards.

Player Complaints

If you believe that an opponent has acted improperly or rudely to you, and you want to take action, then fill out a player complaint at the Directors Desk. There is a process that is intended to protect the people involved and keep the matter confidential. The first step in the process has nothing to do with the Board or the Director. The board or the Directors are never involved except as possible witnesses. The initial complaint goes to the Club Recorder, Gary Waldron, who discreetly handles the matter. No one else is involved at this time except the people involved in the complaint. This procedure has been implemented to protect the privacy of all the people involved. It is only if this matter warrants further action that the Ethics committee gets involved. The Ethics Committee is headed by Beverly Bain with Bob Levine and Susan Kissinger as members.

Now I would like to close with a little humor. Many of us like to have a glass of wine or a cocktail after a tough day of bridge. Many things come across our computers on a day to day basis and this one caught my eye. It is a comedy skit from “Cheers” about the “Theory of Intelligence” and since we all know that Bridge is a very intellectual game, anything that helps our intelligence must by inference, help our “Bridge Game.” The scene is two people having some beers in ”Cheers”  and the conversation goes like this:

The Theory of Intelligence

“Well you see, Norm, it’s like this . . . A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.”

This, my friends, is the precise reason we must have a glass of wine or a cocktail after a bad day of bridge. It is those old, slow brain cells that caused us to Miss Bid, Miss Play and Miss Defend those hands. They MUST be eliminated before we play again or the same mistakes will surface. If you don’t drink, then I suggest you try an adult dessert like Kahlua, Bailey’s or Crème de Menthe over Vanilla Ice Cream. This should suffice. However, if you want to eliminate the Ice Cream . . . Better Yet. Now, if you had a good day at Bridge, I suggest you have a glass of wine or a cocktail as well because “There is always room for improvement”.  SALUTE!

Annual SOCBC Sectional

I want to thank everyone who participated in making this event so successful. There are too many people to name them all (and I’m sure if I tried I would forget someone and that would not be good) but I have to acknowledge Frances Krause for again doing a masterful job of organizing this event.  For all those who cooked and served it was fantastic.  No other club even attempts to try anything like this. We have a great tradition at SOCBC of putting on the best Sectional and we did it again. THANK YOU ALL.

For those of you that played and received MPs, and I know there are many . . . Congratulations.

Fancy Food Thursdays

Thank you for the positive reviews of our Fancy Food Thursday lunches and we are going to continue into March with a twist. We are going to create a “Fake” competition between the Open and the NLM Sections for the month that will work like this.

-Thursday, March 5th. Frances Krause will get a team of Open players to do Lunch.

-Thursday, March 12th, Anna Kreucher will get a team of NLM players to do lunch.

-Thursday, March 19th, A Mystery Person will get a team of Open players to do lunch.

-Thursday, March 26th, Joyce Potter will get a team of NLM players to do lunch.

For those of you that watch the “Food Network” and know about Guy’s Grocery games then you know we have to have rules. There are only TWO . . .

They only get $75 to spend and they have to be different teams every time. I know we will test their creativity, BUT this should be fun and very social.

Beginning Players & Other Non-Life Masters

Keep taking classes. Play in our morning and afternoon games. Take advantage of half-price afternoon NLM games on days when you have taken a morning class or have played in a morning game.  On this note, I want to remind everyone we have two excellent “Play of the Hand” classes going. Monday mornings with Jane Dober for beginning students.  Tuesday mornings with Gary Waldron for intermediate students. Both are excellent and you will not be disappointed. As noted above, not only will you be fired up about your new techniques but you can try them out in the afternoon for half price. Such a deal!!!!

Receiving Requests From Me

Like Richard before me, I know that many of you are receiving emails purportedly from John Nuccio, the President, asking you to buy something or do something. Rest assured that I will never contact you in this way, especially to purchase something. If there is any doubt in your mind, look at the return email Address. The one I use for the club is Don’t open it if that is not the email address.

Contributing Writers

If you would like to write an article to appear in the President’s Message or elsewhere in the SOCBC Newsletter, please contact the President, Jay Nuccio. We as a club are always interested in fresh ideas, anecdotal experiences and varied perspectives.

Recycling Program

A thank you to Marti Moss for doing the research. The guidelines have been posted in the kitchen. Essentially, except for the plastic utensils and the plastic tops for the coffee cups, everything else can be recycled. Not all waste companies have the ability to recycle Styrofoam cups, but Waste Management does. We will put a recycling container by the kitchen and, if you can, when you are finished with the Styrofoam cup just rinse out at the kitchen sink and it’s recyclable.  If you have a paper plate with a sandwich and there are a few crumbs on it, you can recycle it.  Napkins as well.  Use your judgement. If you have any doubts, you can refer to the guidelines posted in the kitchen.

2 Comments on “President’s Message – March 2020

  1. Good afternoon,

    I would like to participate in the BBO virtual games; however, I am being blocked. I have renewed my ACBL membership. What else would I need to do?

    Please let me know

    1. Please refer to the Home Page about questions regarding BBO. Alternatively, call or text Frank Grossman at (949) 366-5499 or if you are getting a “You are blocked” message.

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