August - September Newsletter - Submitted by Melissa Hirsch
SMA STUDIO SUMMER SPRUCE UP
Summer at the Bridge Studio has involved sprucing up the facility to support a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. There has been an outstanding response to the fundraiser for the purchase of new chairs for the studio! Fifty- seven people have donated to the purchase of the new chairs. Not only will these new chairs provide more comfort for regular bridge games but will give the studio a more professional look for any tournaments held at the studio. Woody McHarg is making the arrangements to have the chairs shipped down from the US.
Thanks to the help of Michel Paragot, forty side tables have been ordered to place at each bridge table. Two different types were given an audition and the round ones got the part. These tables can be used to place drinks and food items, and the lower shelf can be used for purses or other personal items. Hopefully having the side tables will cut down on spills.
New inserts for the bidding boxes have also been ordered as the old ones were tired! We welcome all bridge players to come check out the changes at the studio!
Another exciting addition to the bridge game is fresh healthy food. Sherry McHarg as head of the food committee has been providing a wonderful selection of fresh and healthy snacks for each of the bridge games. As soon as the food is set out there is quite a congregation of players, a nice way to start out the game. The Bridge Studio will continue to provide coffee, tea and water for players and the refrigerator may be used if players wish to bring their own drinks.
UPCOMING SECTIONAL TOURNAMENT
San Miguel’s own Bridge Unit will be holding their first Sectional Tournament January 26-28, 2018 at the Bridge Studio. Woody McHarg has been given permission to direct the tournament, saving on expenses usually charged by the traveling directors. There will also be a non-championship game at the Bordello Bridge Club under the direction of Phyllis Culp on January 25th.
Proceeds from past charity games from last season are being donated to the chosen charities. Mujeres en Cambio and Cruz Roja will each receive 7090 pesos.
Don’t worry if you do not have a partner. Christie McGue continues to offer help in locating a partner, but has a new email address. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. We are lucky to have Christie’s help! <<
NEW UPDATED WEB SITE
Ellen Snyder is working on replacing the old web site with a “bridgewebs” site designed especially for bridge clubs. The site is easier for non-web professionals to maintain. Currently only the game results are available. The site can present the results in different ways. Click on your partnership and you will see the results such as your scorecard (makes it easy to check). Like the ACBL site you can look at a hand record with all the scores. There are some other choices, experiment! Don’t try to sign up on the member page – that is still under construction for a future members only area. Ellen is open to suggestions on building the site. Find it at smabridge.com and also at bridgewebs.com. Check it out!
SOME RULES FOR BEING A GOOD PLAYER
Please refrain from snapping cards as it is distracting and irritating to other players and is actually in violation of Laws of Duplicate Bridge.
Players should not touch the bidding box while deciding whether or not to bid until they actually know which call they are going to make. He/she may being unauthorized information to his/her partner.
The director should never be called by name when being summoned. When calling the director, the correct and polite manner is “Director, please.” Leave you hand up when you call so the director can find you.
Players should always be polite to their partners, opponents and the director as outlined in the Zero Tolerance Policy posted at the Club.
As there are players at the Club who have fragrance allergies we want to remind all our players that the Board has adopted a new rule that the Club is a fragrance free zone!! Please be considerate.
We welcome all bridge players. If you have not played in a while we invite you to come check out the changes. We are lucky to have such a pleasant environment in which to play! ♥