The general meeting of Unit 228 was held Tuesday October 23 , 2018 at West Thunder Community Centre.

The meeting was called to order at 6:20 pm by president Denis Parsons.

A moment of silence was held for members who passed away in 2018 .

The minutes of 2017 were read and moved by Darlene Milkovich and seconded by Gloria Bortolussi to be accepted as read. Carried.


John Barber presented the treasurer report showing a surplus of $7,336.00.

Moved by Liz Landry and seconded by Shirley Bent and accepted. Carried.


               Pat Courtis .                     John Barber and Anne Harper

               North American Pairs :    Roland Laframboise and Cliff Campbell.

               Grand National Teams:    Dave Mclellan, Cliff Campbell, Roland Laframboise.

                                                          Ross Cody and Don Domansky.

               Helen Shields:                   Roland Laframboise and Cliff Campbell .

                                                           Most master points from the sectional


               Don Henry Pairs:               2017 Ross Cody and Roland Laframboise .

                                                           2018 Tim Toderash and Don Cattani.


The next sectional will be held on May 3,4,5,  2019 at West Thunder Community Center.

The nominating committee chaired by Shirley Bent put forward the following names for the new executive : Marilyn Stewart and Denis Parsons.

Francis Gaudino thanked the board for their hard work.

Meeting adjourned at 6:40 pm.



Unit 228 Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2018 (Draft)

A meeting of unit 228 was held September 4, 2018 at West Thunder  C.C. and was called to order at 11:05 a.m.



Denis Parsons , Mel Johnsen , John Barber , Shirley Bent , Nancy Jacobson , Fraser Coull , Joy Warkentin


Steve Russo, Carole Armour, Francis Gaudino (past president)




Minutes of June 12, 2018 were read and moved by John Barber and seconded by Shirley Bent to be adopted. Carried




A report by John Barber and showed a bank balance of $7,255.00. Moved by Nancy Jacobson and seconded by Mel Johnsen . Carried




There will be coffee and desserts for the AGM meeting at 6:00 pm October 23 and bridge to follow. This is a two session event . The seconded session will be October 30 .

Denis Parsons and Marilyn Stewart were nominated to the board .



A per diem of $150.00 was approved to Shirley Bent and Francis Gaudino for attending the district meeting in Toronto.

The President will remind all players about the cost to play in our Sectional Tournament .

A guide on how to run a sectional tournament was handed out by Nancy Jacobson.  This information will be e-mailed to Fraser Coull and Mel Johnsen.

Adjourned at 11:48 am.

Unit 228 Minutes June 12, 2018


A meeting of Unit 228 was held June 12, 2018 at West Thunder C.C. and was called to order by President Denis Parsons at 11:07 a.m.


Denis Parsons, Mel Johnsen, John Barber, Nancy Jacobson, Shirley Bent, Carolle Armour, Fraser Coull, Joy Warkentin .


Minutes of April 10, 2018, were read and adopted by John Barber and seconded by Carolle Armour. Carried.



A report by John Barber was presented and showed there is $7,443.00. A profit of 

$500.00 was made from the tournament. 

Moved by Shirley Bent and seconded by Nancy Jacobson.


Next year’s sectional tournament will be held May 3,4,5, 2019 at West Thunder C.C.

The name International Fund Game cannot use the word fund.

A program for all events will be sent to ACBL.

There will no longer be a Women's Pairs game; it will be changed to 499ers.

Friday afternoon and evening games are International Pairs and 499ers Pairs and are separate events.

Saturday is the Don Henry Memorial Pairs two sessions with a 499ers Pairs in the afternoon.

Sunday is a two session stratified event with a play through.


Stat levels are open 2500 +

                                  B 1000 to 2500

                                  C 0 to 10000

The Unit is asking Nancy Strachan to direct.

Each session on Friday and Saturday will be $12.00 each and Sunday $120.00 per table.

Non-members will be able to buy a temporary membership for $10.00.This will be good for one month. For lapsed memberships, a fee of $4.00 per session will be charged. Moved  by Denis Parsons and Seconded by Shirley Bent.



An honorarium of a $100.00 for the web site was assigned to Tim McCormack.

Sault Ste Marie will hold a regional tournament in July 2019 chairperson is Arleen Smith.

Chairpersons for next year’s sectional tournament will Carolle Armour and Nancy Jacobson and Marilyn Stewart partnership.

The unit annual meeting will be a two session event on Tuesday October 23 and 30 with a meeting at 6:00 p.m. on October 23 with dessert and coffee.  Shirley Bent and Nancy Jacobson are coordinators.

Committee for board members will be looked after by Shirley Bent.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at West Thunder C.C.

Meeting adjourned at 12:00.


UNIT 228 MINUTES of April 10, 2017 (draft)

A meeting of Unit 228 was held at West Thunder C.C. and was called to order by President Denis Parsons.

Denis Parsons, Mel Johnsen, Shirley Bent, John Barber, Fraser Coull, Carolle Armour.

Nancy Jacobson, Francis Gaudino, Steve Russo.

The minutes for January 9, 2018 were read and adopted by John Barber and seconded by Carolle Armour. Carried.

There is $7,274.54 in the  Credit Union. Moved to be adopted by Shirley Bent and seconded by Carolle Armour. Carried.

Shirley Bent gave this report from the District 2 meeting held in Toronto March 30 - 31:
Sault Marie will not be holding their regional tournament. In 2021 they will have split regional with unit 249 and will be held in July.
The ACBL is thinking of doing away with splitting regionals.
The World Bridge Federation (WBF) are raising senior rates. To have a WBF in Canada you have to put up $300,000 up front.
The ACBL is not happy with "cheaters" they are not able to bring them to justice other than barring them.
There are four regionals at sea; they could get eight with kick backs.
We can apply for up to $1,000 to be given to a charity in our area once per year from District 2. CBF have kick backs for charity.
Jr. fees -- under 25, for ACBL members are $5.00 per person at regionals.
Youth Program: I played against grades 7's and one girl was only 9; they played in 199ers, open games and Swiss teams; look out they are good.
Regionals are on a six year rotation: starting in 2021( subject to change). The following are Units with Regionals.
2020 units 249--181--238
2021 units 249--246--255
2022 units 166--246--238
2023 unit 249
2024 units 166--246--238
2025 units 249--246--255
2026 units 166--181--238
Regionals: 166--9 every 6 years, they have one every Easter. Unit 249-- 4 every 6 years.
They reimburse  one member per district to attend meetings. Next year planning committee 10:30 am. Meeting at 1 pm this means they only have one day so they don't miss as much bridge.

Carolle Armour reported that anyone with an expired ACBL membership will have to pay an additional $4.00 per session and if you never had an ACBL membership you will have to buy one for $10.00 from the director and it's good for one month.
A sign up sheet will be passed around by Doris Rowe at each game.
West Thunder will supply coffee, tea and water at $1.75 per person each day. Hall rental will be $825.00 for the tournament and lunch will be $7.50 per person with pizza on Sunday.
A hotel is booked for the director. Moved to accept the report by Shirley Bent seconded by Denis Parsons: Carried.

Next meeting will be June 12 2018 at West Thunder Community Center.

Moved for adjournment at 12:10 by Carolle Armour seconded by Denis Parsons: Carried.


Unit 228 Board Meeting January 9, 2018

A meeting of UNIT 228 was held at West Thunder Community Centre on Tuesday January 9,2018 at 11:23am. The meeting was called to order by the president Denis Parsons.

Denis Parsons, Mel Johnsen, Shirley Bent, Fraser Coull, Nancy Jacobson, Francis Gaudino and John Barber.

Carolle  Armour and Steve Russo
Shirley Bent moved the minutes of December 7,2017 be adopted and seconded by John Barber. Passed.

There is $6,301.71 in the Credit Union. All executives are to go to Algoma Credit Union and sign up for signing authority. Mel Johnsen, Denis Parsons, John Barber and Shirley Bent have signing priveleges.

Approved minutes of December 7, 2017 will be posted on the bridge site.

Length of Terms:
Denis Parsons and Steve Russo one year.
Mel Johnsen and Carolle Armour two years.
Nancy Jacobson, Shirley Bent and John Barber three years.

District 2 Meeting:
Shirley Bent and Francis Gaudino will be attending the meeting on March 30 - 31 in Toronto.
Motion by John Barber for the second representative to have their airfare paid at a reasonable cost. Seconded by Nancy Jacobson. Carried.

A discussion about the January 17 and 24 NAP having a sign-up sheet available.
To receive gold points you have to play both sessions with the same partner

The GNT team schedule by Fraser Coull will be held February 14 and 21. Each team can have up to six players on a team. If there are enough 499ers we can run a separate section.

The Sectional Tournament on May4-6 will need someone from the open side to assist with the tournament. All sanctions have been approved and the director will be Nancy Strachan.

Moved for adjournment at 12:30pm by Shirley Bent.



A meeting of Unit 228 was held at West Thunder Community Centre at 10:00am on December 7, 2017.
The meeting was called to order by Francis Gaudino.

Mel Johnsen, Joy Warkentin representing Thunder Bay Bridge Club, Denis Parsons, Shirley Bent, Carole Armour, John Barber, Nancy Jacobson and Francis Gaudino.
Executives  Positions were formed:

President:                      Denis Parsons
Vice President:              Shirley Bent
Secretary:                        Mel Johnsen
Treasurer:                        John Barber
NAP&CNTC.                    Steve Russo
Tournaments:                  Carolle Armour
Discipline:                        Nancy Jacobson
Past President:                Francis Gaudino
Club President:                Joy Warkentin
Club Manager:                  Fraser Coull

The sectional tournament will be held on May4-6,2018 at West Thunder  Community Centre.
All stacs dates are done by the club manger Fraser Coull.  The unit receives money for these games.
The North American Teams & Pairs will be held in January and February and are gold point events.
When the Pat Courtis Memorial game is played our annual meeting is held at the same time.
Unit 228 sponsors the Helen Shields and Rookie Masters games.
Anyone interested in cancelling their ACBL Bridge Bulletin can do so by calling 1-800-264-2743. If you do so the only way to find your master point total is to go online to ACBL.org and go ACBL log in.
The unit would like to try running a 0-499  Swiss Team game with the help from players from the regular section, with scoring and strategy.
There was a discussion on having a Rookie Team game on a Wednesday afternoon with a master point range of 0-5 points.
The bank statement shows a balance of $6038.59. The Unit receives $3.45 from ACBL memberships, grass roots games and the Sectional tournament.
The length of executive terms and a Regional Tournament will be discussed at the next meeting
The next meeting will be held on January 9, 2018 at 11:00am in the board room at West Thunder Community Centre.
The meeting adjourned at 12:15pm.

Unit 228 AGM Pat Courtis

Sunday 8 November 2015

1030 am Columbus Centre



Francis Gaudino called the meeting to order and stated it was nice to see 50 attendees.


An invite went out to Dick & Helen of the Courtis family; unfortunately neither were able to attend.


A Moment of Silence was observed for those who had passed away in the last year:  Linda Parsons; Phyllis Stinson; John Hitchman


Last year’s Minutes were read by Francis; Move to accept Minutes by Denis Parsons, seconded by Sharon Merits; Carried.


Treasurer’s Report – Marj Elliott stated we have a Balance of $5595 as per the Unaudited Balance Sheet provided; Harvey Loewen reviewed the Financial Statement provided; our May Sectional provided $440 net profit; our Split Regional in September incurred a net loss of $3800, due to the exchange on U.S. funds; Move to accept Report by Marj, seconded by Lois Lagadin, Carried.


Trophies awarded:

NAP                            Steve Russo & Tim Toderash

GNT                            Roland Laframboise, Ross Cody, David McLellan Mel Johnsen

Pat Courtis                Judy Loewen & Tom Kawahara

Don Henry                Don Domansky & David McLellan ..?

Helen Shields Overall at Sectional          Roland Laframboise ..?

New Life Masters     Fraser Coull, Gabe DeProphetis


New Business:


The 2016 Sectional will probably be held at the Oliver Road Rec the last weekend of April (29th,30th May 1st).  Fraser Coull suggested Francis direct the Sectional, and will send a letter on behalf of the Club.


Don Cattani suggested the Tuesday night game have a 50/50 draw and the funds be used towards the next Regional; he is to bring his suggestion to the Club board.


Fraser congratulated Tim McCormack on the successful lessons provided; they were well done & had great participation.  Thank you to the Unit & Club for its support.  There was a surplus of funds at the end of the course so Gift Certificates were bought for the volunteers and $350 went to the Club to the Unit.


Call for Nominations for the Unit board:  Al Houston & Denis Parsons volunteered and were acclaimed; many thanks to Marj Elliott & Tracey Fuhr for their contributions.


Adjourned at 11am.


Unit 228 Meeting Tuesday 8 September 2015

530 pm Columbus Centre



Attended by:  Francis, Tracey, Marj, Marilyn, Tim, Gloria, Fraser

Regrets:         Steve


1)         Financial Report – Marj stated we have $11,415 in account less $3277.50 for Travel Fund to Club back to Unit for Regional; less $2000 towards Dealing Machine moved by Tim, seconded by Marilyn, passed


2)         Sectional Update –


3)         Trophies – Tracey sent the pics to Francis for identification


4)         Old Business – where are all the old Minutes from previous years ..?  Also Tracey suggested that Unit Minutes should stay on the website for at least two years.


5)         Thunder Bay Split Regional – Sept 15-20 @ Italian Hall (thank you Tony Tarsitano); $10,000 budget; Jim Hobson - Partnerships; hoping to break even …


6)         Webpage updates:  Split-Regional


7)         Annual Meeting – Francis to ask Jim Hobson to head our Nominating Committee and/or to ask Members to put their name forward to come on the Unit; Marilyn & Tracey said they would stay on


8)         Next meeting to be end of October.


9)         Adjourned




Unit 228 Meeting Tuesday 21 April 2015

6 pm Columbus Centre



Attended by:Tracey, Marilyn, Marj, Tim, Steve, Fraser, Gloria

Regrets:         Francis


1)         Financial Report – carried forward


2)         Sectional Update – May 1-3 Oliver Road Rec

Bev Ross to direct; Tracey asked Anne Harper to pick her up from Days Inn

all meals arranged (Friday loaves or cookies, whatever Marj makes – Saturday Agostino’s sandwiches – Sunday pizza & pop); Marilyn stillhad some supplies (candy/cups/paper dishes); hand records & photocopying done; Diane McCandless’ granddaughter to caddy; Francis will bring tables over, Fraser/Gloria will help clean them; Gloria will bring supplies & computer over; Francis will do Partnerships & will post a Notice.


3)         Stan will change batteries in BridgeMates, etc.


4)         Old Business -


5)         Trophies - Tracey will take pics & get Francis to list so they can be recorded with new names


6)         Thunder Bay Split Regional approved !!!  Deposit to Italian Hall.  Schedule will be coordinated with Barrie and in print by the Sectional; don’t know who Director will be but most likely Mike Flader – to be confirmed


7)         Webpage updates:  Sectional; Split-Regional



8)         Tim – Mentoring


9)         Annual Meeting:  Unit Executive … Marj/Tracey/Marilyn done; Tracey/Marilyn willing to stay on


            Francis & Tim have one more year to go

            Steve has two more years on


10)      Adjourned


Minutes of Unit 228 Meeting

Tuesday 17 March 2015 Columbus Centre



Attending:  Francis Gaudino/President, Tracey Fuhr/Secretary, Marj Elliot/Treasurer, Tim McCormack, Marilyn Stewart, Steve Russo, Fraser Coull


Regrets:  Gloria Bortolussi


Francis Gaudino called the pizza supper meeting to order at 5:30p


Marj Elliot gave the Treasurer’s Report; the Unit currently has $11696.18 less Travel Fund monies (approx. $3277) to be transferred to the club (which will be transferred back to the Unit to be used for the Fall Split Regional).  Also fees are still owing to the District for our last Regional, approx. $600.  It was decided that $100 gift card to Lot66 would be presented to Harvey Loewen for review of our books, with thanks for past audits.


Sleeping Giant Sectional—May 1-3, 2015 @ the Oliver Road Rec.  Hospitality = pizza, sandwiches, loaves.  There will be a Rookie game prob 0-100.  Francis to take tables over.  Unit members in attendance will help with set-up etc.; there will be no specific convener.  Marilyn still has supplies remaining from last year’s tourney.  Francis to e-mail the schedule to Tim to post on the website.


New Business

Unit Rep to Toronto District meeting:  after a call to members for names for the hat, Tracey was drawn Fri 13 March for April 3-4 meetings … future draws to take place in January to allow for more planning for the delegate.  Cheques for $150 each were written to Tracey and Francis to cover costs; Airfare will be reimbursed by the District.


Discussion to have the Annual Pat Courtis back on a Sunday in November, possibly 2 sessions.  Tim & Steve will be the co-conveners; possibly at Victoria Inn; less-expansive menu.


We are slated to have another Split Regional 16-20 September 2015:  looking for ok from Linda Lord of Barrie.  Suggestion to give out-of-towners first session free as an incentive (last Split Regional was 17-22 Sept 2013).  Francis to provide the Budget (approx. $10,000 all in). Thank you to Tony Tarsitano who was instrumental in getting us the Italian Hall on Algoma as our playing site.


Tim McCormack is running a great Education program; thinking of Wednesdays in May.


Unit Trophies to be repurposed:  Tracey will take pics and list.




Next Unit meeting – Tues 21 April 2015 - 6p KC (pre Sectional)

Minutes of Annual Unit 228 Meeting Saturday 8 November 2014 Columbus Centre


Francis Gaudino called the meeting to order at 9:10a; 30+ attended the delicious breakfast; this was a Breakfast meeting because of a lack of available facilities.  Dick Courtis was invited to represent the Courtis family but was unable to attend.  (8-1/2 tables played - 17 tables in 2013).


A Moment of Silence was held for the Members we lost in 2014:

John Sihvonen

Ron Uvanile

Jean Morrison

Wendy Jones

Evelyn Murray

Bob Geddes


Francis read last year’s Annual Meeting Minutes:

accepted by Carol Anderson, seconded by Chris Moss, passed.


Marj Elliot gave the Treasurer’s Report, copies were available on the tables; there was a substantial loss at the Sectional, mostly due to Hospitality.  Report accepted by Marj, seconded by Roland, passed.  Judi was asked if Harvey Loewen would review our books, with thanks for past audits.

Financial Position: Balance sheet as of 30 Sept 2014 - $12243 unaudited


Sleeping Giant Sectional—Many thanks to Marilyn & her team for tourney hospitality and organization.  We lost $1300.  Next Sectional to be 1-3 May 2015, Francis to book the space, prob Oliver Road Rec.  Discussion about hospitality (maybe a pot luck or members bring something)


New Business

Discussion to have the Annual Meeting back on a Sunday, possibly 2 sessions.

We are slated to have another Split Regional:  either July 2016 with London OR

Oct/Nov with Niagara  (last Split Regional was 17-22 Sept 2013)

The Unit will stop administration of the Travel Fund and give approx. $3000 to the Club; the Club will stop donations to the Unit

Tim McCormack is running a great Education program; suggestion to give some $$$ to his program




Francis Gaudino – President – acclaimed

Marilyn Stewart - acclaimed

Tracey Fuhr - Secretary

Marj Elliot - Treasurer

Tim McCormack

Steve Russo

Gloria Bortolussi – Club Manager

Fraser Coull – Club Rep

Thanks to Larry for many years of service.

Unit Trophies to be repurposed:







Past Winners:


GNT                                        14 June 2014           Ted Landry, Mike St.James, Don Cattani, Jim Hobson


Sectional                               25-27 April 2014

Fri aft Int’l Pairs                                                        Steve Russo & Jim Hobson

Fri aft Women’s Pairs                                              Sharon Merits & Marjorie Doyle

Fri eve Int’l Pairs                                                      Tim McCormack & Roland Laframboise

Fri eve 299ers                                                           Mary Dolcetti & Lynnette Oja

Don Henry Pairs 2 sessions                                  Steve Russo & Tim Toderash

Sun Open Swiss Teams                                         Susan Cressman, Ken Cressman

                                                                                    Steve Russo, Tim Toderash

Sun 299er Swiss Teams                                        Joy Warkentin, Susan Guerard

                                                                                    Julia Ready, Judy Frasca 

Overall Points Winner - Steve Russo


NAP                                        23 Nov 2013             Tracey Fuhr & Jim Elliott


CWTC                                                2 Nov 2013                Delina Hay, Gloria Bortolussi

Judi Loewen, Adela  Mitchelson


AGM Pat Courtis                  27 Oct 2013               Tim McCormack & Larry Hansen





New Life Masters

Greg Menuz

Al Houston

Jim Elliott – Bronze Life Master too

Plaques to be presented at a future date as none were in attendance

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