The Board has voted to bring our card fees in line with other area clubs; starting April 1, regular games will cost $6 and $8, special games $8 and $10. We’ve held the line longer than any other club around here but must reflect increasing costs for ACBL participation and for utilities. The annual fee for dues remains $25.
Our Quarterly Saturday party game will be held on February 4 as we participate in the International Fund Game ($7, $9) being played all over North America. We’ll have special refreshments, so plan on coming.
Silver Point week starts on the 6th and continues through the 11th: Silver points in the club as if you were playing in a sectional. This applies to all games except the Lesson Game on the morning of the 8th and the Mentor Session on the morning of the 9th.
Other special games this month are Junior Fund games on the 16th, 25th and 27th to benefit Youth Bridge & Education as well as two Club Championships on the 18th and 21st. Donations to the Junior Fund are at your discretion: no extra game fees.
Slam Bidding is the topic of the new class starting on February 7 from 6-8 pm. This five week course covers big hands for opener and responder, ace-asking bids, Jacoby 2NT, Cue Bids and Slow Arrival in 2/1. Please sign up if you plan to attend so there will be enough handouts. The charge is $10 per session.
The Wednesday morning lessons now include a Masterpoint Game for 0-50 players. Classes run every Wednesday from nine am till about noon. The usual card fee is the only charge.
There have been several problems recently with allergic reactions to perfumes and other scented products. Please refrain from wearing them to the Bridge Club. We don’t want anyone having to stay away because of this “scent-sitivity.”
In case you didn’t know: All games are stratified by the average of the two players in the pair. ACBL requires five C pairs in a Mitchell Game, three in a Howell. Directors may have to adjust the strats to meet this requirement.
A matter of bridge etiquette we should all remember: no talking once we are holding cards! Save comments and questions until the hand is complete.
Please check your listing on the club website to make sure we have address and phone number correct.
Parking is at a premium this time of year. Help make the lot available to everyone by parking with care. If you can arrive no later than five minutes before game time, it’s a big help to the Director trying to set up the game. Last minute arrivals can sure make life difficult.
Birthdays: 3-Linda Rivest; 9-Jill Croom; 10-Greg Moniz; 15-Martha Easter; 19-Janet Krohn; 23-Paul Moniz; 24-Pam Thompson; 27-Ann Magaha.