THE 0-99 GAME
@ 1 p.m. WILL
RESUME OCTOBER 17
AND WILL AWARD
THE 0-1500 GAME
played on TUESDAYS
@ 1 p.m. WILL RESUME
THE TUESDAY MORNING
0-50 GAME will resume in November.
Located in Vero Beach Florida, the Vero Beach Bridge Center is a member-owned bridge club. We host daily bridge games, duplicate bridge tournaments, bridge classes for all levels, celebrity speakers, and student games for new players which are all sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League. In fact, the size of our club allows us to hold many restricted games for up and coming players, no need to swim with the sharks!
Pre-dealt boards for pair games mean no shuffling and hand records are available after each game, whether for the daily bridge play or on-site duplicate bridge tournaments. The use of Bridgemate II allows results to be ready immediately following the game.
We have one of the best duplicate bridge clubs in Florida, if not the nation.
We are currently ranked at #4 in North America for 2017 based on the number of tables of bridge played thus far!
We are hosting a brunch (with mimosas!) Sunday, May 14,
at noon followed by an open pairs club championship game.
Please sign up at the club at the information table.
This will be a wonderful event!
You don't have to be a mother to attend!
CONGRATULATIONS TO MENTOR
BOOTS VAN NOSTRAND & LARRY YATSKO
WINNERS OF THE OPEN MENTORING CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!
Larry also won the 0-20 Mentoring Championship Game with his mentee, Dale Content!
Thank you to all the VBBC members who served as mentors this season and a BIG
THANK YOU to Erica Artus, Coordinator for the Mentoring Program, on a job very well done!
A SPECIAL THANKYOU TO CANDACE GRIFFEY AND HER COMMITTEE INCLUDING RON ANDREWS, JANET GRANT, JANE AND BILL COLEMAN AND BETSY AND DICK TOMPKINS FOR THE WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY THEY PROVIDED FOR THE
AUDREY GRANT EVENT HELD AT THE VBBC
ON MARCH 7, 2017
For those of you who missed Jerry Helms Defend to Win Seminar, you may want to get a list of the attendees. That way when you get to their table you will know to expect a stronger than usual defense.
Kidding aside, on behalf of the VBBC, Lyn wants to thank the 95 participants, Kim Howard, the Celebrity Series committee and volunteers who combined to make this a wonderful event.
Our BRONIA JENKINS and her partner Bernace De Young won The Smith Life Master Women's Pairs at the ACBL fall championships held in Providence, Rhode Island. Phillip Alder reported on their play and victory in his New York Times bridge column on November 30. Click on this story to read the article.
Having Gavin and Jenny Wolpert as the kick-off for our celebrity series was the perfect start to our speakers' season. We had over 100 participants who enjoyed a morning that was both informative and entertaining.
We had a wonderful breakfast made possible by our chef par excellence, Jan Ward, with the help of Marge Desmery and Betty Prillaman. Thank you to Kim Howard, Kim Andrews, Jay Prillaman, Dick Tompkins, Richard Crannell and Candy Griffey for set-up and technical support.
Don't miss the next speaker in our series, Jeff Meckstroth.
Larry Griffey, Education Coordinator VBBC
The Audrey Grant seminar on Competitive Bidding was enjoyed by almost 200 participants. This completes the 2012/13 Celebrity Series season that included Gavin and Jenny Wolpert, Jeff Meckstroth, Marty Bergen and Larry Cohen. Wow, what a troupe!
Thank you to Laurie Stewart for the gourmet breakfast and for co-chairing the event with Candace Griffey. I would also like to give special recognition to Bill and Laurie Stewart for sponsoring the Series this year.
Next year's Series is nearly complete. We will be publicizing our dates, speakers and season packages by May 1. Thanks to all the participants who have supported our program this year. See you next season!
Larry GriffeyEducation Coordinator
Marty Bergen sent this note to Larry in an email:
Thanks VERY MUCH to everyone at the club.No place I have ever encountereddoes a seminar as well as Vero Beach.Everyone who contributed to the success of the event and everyone who attended the event are justified in being proud of their bridge club.
Founded in 1959, the VBBC had a nomad existence until 1995 when the members banded together to buy and convert a bowling alley. Since then we have added parking and additional classroom and playing space. We now have a wonderful facility with ample room for seventy-five tables. ACBL tournament directors tell us that, "This club with its spaciousness and convenience is a dream come true for a tournament director."
We now have more than 930 members and are listed as the 9th largest face-to face bridge club in North America by the ACBL (based on tables in play).We have a game 363 afternoons each year, each Wednesday and Friday morning. In addition we have special games for newer players and lessons from beginner to advanced.
Our Celebrity Series program has brought many bridge professionals to speak to our members and students including Eric Rodwell, Phillip Alder, Marty Bergen, Curtis Cheek, Larry Cohen, Audrey Grant,and Mike Lawrence, to name a few.
If you are on the East Coast of Florida, please stop by our bridge club. You will not be sorry!
We had a nice turnout, as the pictures below will attest, at our Halloween celebration. Click here for a montage of photos. The load time may be half a minute or a bit more.
The Vero Beach Bridge Center and our mentees would like to thank all of our mentors for their time, wisdom and guidance. This program, which has a rich history at VBBC, epitomizes the values that our bridge club stands for.
Bill Coleman has done a magnificent job this year in organizing and running a complex program that benefits so many of our new players. The best news of all is that he has consented to do it again next year!
The championship game was held Wednesday, April 18th, with an unlimited masterpoint section and one for players with less than 600 masterpoints. Cake, sandwiches, and hors d’oeuvres were served. Bridge was played. Masterpoints and trophies were there for the taking.
And the winners were: NS unlimited - Damon Martin and Rob Colton, EW - Tim Greene and Jim Schorner,1st limited - Don Marshall and Diana Thompson, 2nd Barbara Longfellow and Bill Coleman. Congratulations. Wednesday, we had 56 winners.
Congratulations to all the winners and those who earned those elusive silver points. Results are up on our website and there are links in the next story to the results on Harry's website.
A special thank you to Marge Desmery and Linda Ferrari, our tournament chairs. The Sunday lunch by Marge and Jackie was simply super. I know Marge and Linda would want me to thank all who contributed financial support, prepared food, or contributed in any way. Thank you Jackie, your help in the kitchen and throughout the day makes a huge difference to the tournament chair and the players. I would also like to thank Phyllis Carlson, who did an outstanding job pairing up our players, even at the last minute. Phyllis wanted to thank Pat Finn for her able help pairing players for the limited games.
Congratulations to all the winners and those who earned those elusive silver points. Results are up on the website.
A special thank you to Debbie Drury, our tournament chair. I know Debbie would want me to thank all who contributed financial support, prepared food, or contributed in any way. Thank you Jackie, your help in the kitchen and throughout the day makes a huge difference to the tournament chair and the players. I would also like to thank Phyllis Carlson, who did an outstanding job pairing up our players, even at the last minute. Phyllis wanted to thank Pat Finn for her able help pairing players for the limited games.
Our next sectional is March 30 - April 1. We hope you will all attend. Our tournaments are so successful because of our wonderful member participation.
Phillip Alder did a great job, the VBBC looked great and everybody enjoyed a very well prepared lesson. For more pictures, click on this story.
Through April 28, member support for the VBBC mortgage refinancing plan has been successful. Subscriptions or pledges made are sufficient in all three categories.
Members who have subscribed will receive official communication from the club on how and when to send their check and accompanying information.
Click here for a story on the ACBL website about our recent bus trip to the NABC's. The story mistakenly identifies me as the originator of this wonderful idea that was JACK WILSON's. Candy