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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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October Newsletter

Birthdays: 4-Judy Bryson; 9-Kathy Harn; 11-Pam Stiff; 17-Connie Howe, Cozy May; 23-Ivey McGrew, Beth Britton; 24-Lynn Sorensen; 26-Barbara Dunn, Susie O’Connor; 27-Karen Muns30-Pat Gregory; 31-Jerry Meronek.  Our birthday game is October 5.


October is Club Appreciation Month, when ACBL awards us with extra points for no extra charge.  We are allowed to have a pair game and a team game for each day.  We’ve scheduled extra team games because of the extra points, some of which are Gold in teams. 


Saturday the 19th will be a draw team—bring your own partner and draw for teammates.  Thursday the 31st will be an Eight is Enough Team.  Sign up on the Board to participate in these events.  All team games are open except the 299er Team on October 30.


Our usual Mentor Session will be held on the 17th at 9:30.  This FREE session is a great opportunity to practice and ask questions.


Lynn Berg will teach a Play of the Hand class on Fridays, starting October 4.  The eight lessons will cost $100, plus $20 for a book if you need one.  Let Lynn know if you plan to attend by e-mailing her at 


Annette Smith is Chairman of the Nominating Committee.  If you are approached to serve one of the three year terms, please step up. We are a member-owned club, and we depend on the efforts of the members for our success.


Marian Watson has had to resign from the Board, for which she was Secretary, because of health.  Mary Bennett will be Secretary for the balance of 2013.  Paul Moniz has been appointed to serve out Marian’s term.  He will continue in 2014 as Treasurer, finishing Fred Atherton’s term.  We’ve been so lucky to have Marian and Fred.  Thanks to both!


Our Club upholds ACBL’s Zero Tolerance policy, but this depends on the cooperation of all players.  If any behavior or speech at the club—even at another table--makes you uncomfortable, you should call immediately. Don’t wait for the end of the session.  Everyone will benefit if we all follow this policy.

Last updated : Oct 16, 2013 08:01 EDT