President’s Message September 2019

August 31, 2019 sequoia No comments exist

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE                         Richard Picheny


We offer a warm welcome to the growing number of bridge players who have moved recently to Reata Glen. Loli Henderson, Molly Murphy and Carol Pangburn have relocated there in the past couple of months. At first, we were fearful they might become so comfortable in the luxury of their new residence, they might not want to get into their cars and face the long five-minute drive to our Center. Fortunately, that has not been the case, and many other Reata Glen residents have been joining us as well.  Those who have attended our games so far include Kurth and Susan Krause, Linda and Steve Dibble, Marijean Cray, Carol Klahr and Lee Johnson. If I missed any of you, my apologies. Please be sure to find me at the Center so I can welcome you personally. Rolly and Gina Otto also began playing at the Center after recently relocating to Orange County. We’re glad all of you are here, and we hope you will quickly feel right at home at SOCBC. 


I mentioned this last month, but it bears repeating.  New morning classes for Beginners will be offered on Mondays starting September 9th and Tuesdays starting October 8th. Our best source of new players has always been member referrals, so please spread the word to your friends, relatives and neighbors. The first class of each series will be an Introduction to Bridge, where people may come see what the game is all about before signing up for the full series. If you have ideas of where to post flyers in the community and are willing to help, please print and use the flyer available on the website.


Our popular and wonderfully educating Mentoring Program will resume on Thursday, September 26th, with a program by Gary Waldron on Bidding Your Slams – the Basics. It is a terrific program with a lecture followed by supervised play of hands related to the topic presented. SOCBC provides one Mentor for each table of Mentees. The program is targeted at advanced beginners and Intermediate players. The program costs $10 per mentee and begins at 9:00 AM.


We have worked hard on outreach through social media.  Be sure to check out our new and improved Facebook  page, ‘like us’ and share with your friends. The Facebook page is also accessible through our website. All our events are featured on Meetup, another social media avenue which has been successful in attracting new players. Many of our members post periodically on Neighborhood Nextdoor, and we always welcome new posters. If you’d like to join the Nextdoor volunteer posters, contact Janie Matlaf at and she’ll walk you through the steps. We hope many of you saw our ad in the OC Register on Sunday August 4th. Be watching for the next one on Sunday September 8th. Various weekly local papers have already or have promised to include us as well. The Capistrano Dispatch August 23rd edition listed us in their “Getting Out” section. Saddleback Valley News and Coastal Current plan to show us in next week’s “Go Do” column, and other local papers are in the works. Outreach is critical to sharing our favorite hobby with the community, so if you can help, let us know.


We cannot be sure if it was Russian hackers again or belated April Fools, but challenges were in abundance a few Tuesdays ago when the Bridgemates crashed late in the game. Suddenly there was a chorus of “Director” calls as everyone’s machine suddenly reverted to the first round. Unflappable Director Debbie resorted to a Dark Ages technique and handed out pick-up slips. What’s a pick-up slip, you ask? Newer players had not heard of these and long-time players were happy to forget them. Before automation, we used to write the contract and results on slips of paper. The Director would come around and pick them up, then manually enter each into a computer. Many thanks to Director Extraordinaire Debbie Gailfus for keeping her sanity, sifting through all those slips, reentering everything by hand, and salvaging the game results. 


Don’t miss the Tuesday Post Game Hand Analysis presented free by Alan Gailfus. The discussion is geared to all levels and Alan will answer your specific questions.


We averaged eight tables during the first four weeks of August at our Thursday Afternoon Non-Life Masters Game. Non-Life Masters please come play in our Thursday Afternoon Non-Life Master game. If you commit to playing at our club on Thursdays and invite your friends to play, we will be able to sustain the Thursday NLM Game. If you come to play in the Thursday NLM game and we don’t have at least three tables, you can play in the open game for half price.


Please join us and invite your friends to play on September 27th, for our next Friday Night Social and Duplicate Bridge Potluck. Enjoy a great atmosphere, very tasty food, socialize, laugh a lot and manage to play fun bridge. Players in the Social Game play for five dollars.


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 cannot thank Janie Matlaf enough for all she does for SOCBC and again would like to acknowledge her contribution to the President’s Message.                                                                        

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