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A Short History of the DeLand Bridge Club


Groups formed in DeLand and DeBary in the late 1950’s, joining ACBL in ’58 and playing in a lot of venues, some quite imaginative: restaurants, a fire hall, the Elks Club, the Woman’s Club, the Putnam Hotel. In 1962, Pete Besom and Norman Mortimer began looking for property and found the Deerfoot Road site. Permission had to be given by neighbors to have a club in the area, and a small building on the site, a former BOQ hut from the local Navy base, was sold and moved.


The building was designed by Norman Mortimer and built by John Witt, funded by shares in a first mortgage paying the then Pass-Book rate of 5%. The minimum investment was $300, and no one was permitted to put in more than $3000, the theory being that no one should have too great a say in what was done. 32 individuals and families participated. Mike Accardi, Leonard Munson and Norman Mortimer guaranteed the investments for a few who were worried that the Club would not succeed.


Member “sweat equity” got the building ready for opening in October, 1964. Many of the appliances were donated. Members installed them, as well as the kitchen cabinets. Curtain poles with card symbol finials were placed at each window with yards and yards of simple drapes made by a member. There was no carpet, just a bare concrete floor. Members brought carpet samples to put under cold feet, and a yard and plant sale was held on opening day to start a carpet fund.


The 30 year mortgage was paid off in 12 years. The two clubs had consolidated by then, and the Club, a non-profit corporation, is still going strong.

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Birthdays:  4-Molly Baker, Dolly Harper, Marge Wolf; 7-Barbara Rothermel; 8-Don Shreve; 11-Nancy Frame; 21-George Flack; 27-Jim Brown; 30-Susan Steele, George Syme.  Celebrate birthdays on the 7th.

Game time is 1:30 Monday March 2 for the National Seniors Game.  There will be separate sections for 0-199 and 200+ players.  We’ll honor new Golden Age Masters Ann Murray and Annette Smith.  Past GAMs play free that day.

Our Charity for March is the Neighborhood Center.  Bring non-perishables and cleaning and hygiene supplies any time this month for delivery on the 31st.  We’ll also put out a bowl for cash donations. We kick off the charity month on the 5th.  See the calendar for other dates. Also on the 5th, we’ll honor Jerry Meronek at break time with a “retirement party.”  Jerry has had some health problems and has regretfully decided he hasn’t the stamina to play. Make a point of coming on the 5th to greet our old friend.

We’ll have Quarterly Club Championships on the 11th and 13th, as well as an ACBL Membership Game on the 21st

We round out the month with an Open Individual in the 199er game on the 30th—all are invited—and a Grand National Team Qualifier on the 31st ($6 for members of our club, $8 for visitors).

Sharon Lessard continues Supervised Play on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.  Lynn Berg will offer special workshops for 0-299 playerstwo Wednesday mornings each month, beginning with “choosing the opening bid” on March 4. Charge for either of these programs is $5 for members and $8 for non-members of our club.

Our monthly Mentor Game will be held on the 12th, with the Mentor Session on the 19th.  Mentors play free on the 12th.

We can still use help with on-going projects to improve the club.  The ceiling fans need an upgrade as do the blinds(25+years old).  Bidding boxes are being refurbished, cleaned and painted white, while Lefty boxes have been cleaned and painted blue. Work continues on the kitchen as well. 


Florida's Friendliest Bridge Club

Our building is designed for bridge, and is dedicated to the game with sessions every afternoon except for Sundays.  We offer refreshments and social breaks in every game. We recently installed a new Handicap Accessible Bathroom, and invite all to check out our remodel.

Board meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month and members wishing to make comments/suggestions to the board may do so at the beginning of the meeting.  

Need a partner for a club game? Please call the club the day before if possible at 386-734-7170.

Join us for a great game of bridge in a friendly atmosphere.


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Monday 1 p.m. before 0-199 game and 0-1000 game.
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GAMES AT 10:30 AND 2:15

note: There will be no open game on April 2


Mar 28, 2015
Open Game
Director: Lynn Berg
Mar 27, 2015
0-199 game charity
Director: Virginia Winters
Mar 27, 2015
Open Game charity
Director: Barbara Dunn
Mar 26, 2015
Open Game
Director: Virginia WInters
Mar 25, 2015
0-299 Game charity
Director: Lynn Berg
Mar 24, 2015
Open Game
Director: Cozy May
Mar 23, 2015
0-199 Game
Director: Lynn Berg
Mon Mar 30, 2015
open individual
1:30 PM
Tue Mar 31, 2015
GNT team qualifyer $6,8
1 PM
Wed Apr 1, 2015
10:AM AND 2:15 PM
Thu Apr 2, 2015
10:AM AND 2:15 PM
Fri Apr 3, 2015
Open Game
Fri Apr 3, 2015
0-199 game
9 AM
Sat Apr 4, 2015
Open Game birthday
1 PM
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