JIM BARKER DFA
The Dimmie Fleming Award (DFA) is made annually by the EBU to people who have made an outstanding contribution to bridge within their county over an extensive period of time. Among the five winners this year we are so pleased that our own Jim Barker has been recognised for his work for the Cornwall Contract Bridge Association over the last 30 years.
Below is a synopsis of the information sent to the EBU in support of his nomination :
"Jim Barker was a founder member of the CCBA committee when the Devon & Cornwall Bridge Association separated into two bodies in 1984. He became Vice Chairman in 1987, and began his first three-year term as Chairman in 1990. He was continuously either Vice Chairman or Chairman (three times in total) until he stood down from the county committee in 2006.
Jim became a county director in the 1990s, and today he still directs about 50% of county events, as well as jointly running the annual three day Cornwall Congress and the one-day Green-Pointed Swiss Teams.
Because of the remoteness of Cornwall, the EBU approves Jim to deliver club directors’ courses within Cornwall.
Jim continues to chair the CCBA Law & Ethics sub-committee, now renamed the Conduct Committee.
Jim is a full member of EBUTA, and as recently as June this year, ran an EBU Club Teacher Training course in Cornwall.
As you can see, following 22 years at the very heart of the CCBA, even when he retired from committee to let others take over, Jim continues to play a significant role in the running of county bridge through his directing, teaching and general advice.
Away from county bridge, Jim is still secretary and club director at St. Ives BC, a club he founded in the late 1970s. He also runs a beginners’ class every Monday afternoon in nearby Carbis Bay.
This is a man who has dedicated much of his spare time in the last 30 years to the game he loves so much."
And, of course, since this was written, Jim has re-joined the county committee in the capacity of EBU Youth Officer!
Arise Jim Barker DFA