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STAC COMING UP

We are pleased to announce a Section Tournament at Clubs event at the Bridge Studio. This is an in-house tournament where you can earn the silver masterpoints you need to get to the next level. Our regular games the Week of Dec. 11-17 will all be extra points and they will be silver! Extra fee of 20 pesos charged. 

 
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This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".
Welcome to the new web site
Welcome to the new web site

We are now using a specially designed web server which host a number of bridge club sites. It is easy for us to manage without a web developer. Hopefully we will be able to keep members and players up to date.

What we really like about the site is how it presents the game results. You may look at your results in many ways - the familiar list of winners, or a traveler of a particular board with hand record, or your partnership's personal record with color codes as to how well you did on each board (green = great, red = disaster, and other colors inbetween). Take a look and experiment on clicking on different parts.

Please send comments and suggestions to ellensnyder@hotmail.com. News items that you would like posted would be welcome.

Ellen

 

 

Last updated : 25th Aug 2017 01:48 BST
September Newsletter
September Newsletter
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.  
 
PARTNERSHIP UPDATE
 
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 christiemcgue@yahoo.com 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
  1. Please refrain from snapping cards as it is distracting and irritating to other players and is actually in violation of Laws of Duplicate Bridge. 
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.
  1. Players should always be polite to their partners, opponents and the director as outlined in the Zero Tolerance Policy posted at the Club.   
FRAGRANCE FREE!
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!  
 
Last updated : 13th Sep 2017 21:45 BST
Upcoming Events

Sectional Tournament January 26-28 at the Bridge Studio in San Miguel sponsored by Unit 254

Regional Tournament February 27 - April 4 At the La Casona Convention Center, San Miguel Sponsored by Unit 173

Last updated : 13th Sep 2017 22:16 BST
October Board Minutes

The Bridge Studio of San Miguel Board Meeting Minutes 10/23/17 at The Bridge Studio

 

Present Mary Katherine Wainwright, Woody McHarg, Tom Chambers, and Ellen Snyder by Skype, Colleen Berk was absent.

 

The motion was made seconded to approve the minutes from the September Board meeting.

 

Tom gave the treasurer’s report. Sixty-three members contributed to the chair fundraiser. The total amount raised was $6083. Total cost for chairs and shipping was $6935. The Club chipped in $850 to cover the balance. The financial position of the Club is still strong. The BOA account opened for the chair fundraiser will be closed.

 

Ellen gave the Club Manager’s Report. Ellen has registered the Club for the Stac’s the week of December 11th-17th. The usual December sectional will not be in SMA this year. The Club needs to decide about sanctioned games for 2018, this will need to be decided by January. People are starting to use the contact form on the website. Ellen will return November 18.

 

The Facility Manager’s Report was given by Mary Katherine. Mary Katherine suggested the Club have a sale to dispose of chairs and items the Club is not using. A discussion was had as to ways to make the club more eco friendly focusing on cups used during the games. We welcome members to place their ideas in the suggestion box.

 

The Game Director’s Report was given by Woody. A discussion was had as to a proposal to be made to membership concerning playing directors. During certain times of the year there is a risk of games being cancelled for lack of directors.

 

The Unit Sectional is January 25-28. The game on January 25th will be at The Bordello and the rest of the Sectional will be held at the Club. The Thursday game at the Bordello will be for non Life Masters.

 

New Business was discussed. The Board decided not to allow the renting of the Club facility to Narcotics Anonymous. One-time rentals

may be considered in the future if there is no conflict with Club activities.

 

Woody, Ellen and Colleen will meet to discuss possible additional bridge games, lessons, and other bridge activities to allow for more effective use of the Club. A suggestion was made to start using forms to keep records of visitors and new players and interest in lessons.

 

The meeting was adjourned and the next meeting is scheduled December 11.

Last updated : 4th Nov 2017 20:26 GMT