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DeLand Bridge Club 2018 Board 

Nancy Zook, President

Paul Moniz, Vice-President

Gaynelle Johnston, Secretary

Gene Rizzo, Treasurer

Ken Cappy Liaison to Directors

Diane Falla, Membership

Marianne Hansen, Supplies

Russ Lilliston, House & Grounds

Joanne Thomas, Sunshine

Our Club

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.


The DeLand Bridge club Board meets on the third Tuesday each month.  We encourage members to attend board meetings and if they have an item either present in person or by letter to the President

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".
November Newsletter

 Power is back and club is fine.  Games as usual starting 10/10.

November Newsletter


Birthdays:  4-Lynn Berg, Jeannie Braswell; 6-Claes Lindh; 7-Rita Whalen; 10-Virginia Pellett; 18-Fran Strawn; 23-Jim Farrell; 23-Bud Randolph; 28-Carol McCarthy; 30-John Moschella.  Celebrate birthdays on Saturday, November 7.


We will be open the week of November 2 during the Daytona Regional.  There will be no Open Game on November 14 because of our 299er Sectional that weekend.  Want to play on Thanksgiving afternoon?  Sign up if you’re interested.


299ers—plan on playing in our Sectional November 14-15.  There will be pair games at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, as well as 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.  Sunday afternoon at 2:15 there will be a team game.  If you need a partner or teammates, let Lynn know. Too many points to play?  You are still needed to help with food, donate goodies, etc.  Sign up to help, please.  If you know someone who has a budget problem with participating, our club has a fund to help members:  talk to Lynn or any other game director.


Take advantage of Supervised Play on Tuesday mornings (9:30-11:30), a chance to ask questions during bidding and play.  Easybridge continues on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 11.  Topics in November are Take-out Doubles, Responding to NT Openers, Invitational and Forcing Bids and Preempts.


Our monthly Mentor Game will be held on the 12th at 9 a.m.  Mentors play FREE.  Need a mentor?  Ask any game director for help.


Leaving the Bridge Club Board in November are Mary Bennett, George Flack and Burt Rosenberg. George is head of the Nominating Committee.  If you are asked to run, please consider doing so:  it’s not onerous and it’s so important for our incorporated non-profit to have a complete Board.  Nominations will be taken from the floor the week of November 16, with the election to follow the next week if there are more than three nominees.


As we have for several years now, we’ll have a Food Drive to benefit the Neighborhood Center the week of November 16.  Extra points all week for our charity.  Bring non-perishables  and cleaning supplies.


Quarterly Club Championships this month on the 10th and 13th. Does that make Friday the 13th a lucky day?


Finish the month with a 199er team game on the 30th.


Don’t forget:  our parking lot gets full as snow birds return.  Please don’t block the exit lane or the egress to the grass lot at the back. 


If you have a cold, don’t share it!  Stay home if you’re sneezing and have a runny nose, please.  And speaking of noses, be considerate of the perfume-phobic, please.



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