The Zenon Committee is asking all players to strictly abide by the code of conduct, to play at a reasonable speed, to turn off phones, and to partake of alcohol sparingly. The timer for playing the hands will be set to give 4-minute warning after which no new boards can be played if they have not already been started. Those receiving phone calls will be penalised by 2 Euros. Attention should also be paid to correctly entering the score in the bridge mate and to have this verified by one of the opponents. Care should be taken to return cards to the right position on the board and to verify that one receives 13 cards and returns the same 13 cards to the board at the end of play.
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13th December 2017
The View from the Chair
Since the AGM, time has passed in a flurry of activity. One of the innovations I would like to introduce is an informal quarterly report on the workings of the committee. I would like to share our thoughts on the development of the club and how the committee would like to build upon the achievements of the previous leaders and committees who have brought Zenon Bridge Club to its current state of development.
One of the key elements in the club is to recognise and encourage the skill of our members. We have standardised the format of the Player of the Year competition to reflect the average performance over the tournaments during the year. We have confirmed a threshold of 20 tournaments to be eligible for the competition. We aim to make a presentation at one of the Tuesday meetings in mid-January with an appropriate celebration. Stay posted for more information.
Considering the learning curve that was in front of the newly elected members, I would naturally like to spend a few words to record my appreciation of their work and also the great support that we have received from the membership. The new committee is bedding in well and working as a team. There are a few people that I would like to single out for particular appreciation.
We owe Mike Carpenter a huge debt of gratitude for all the hours spent getting the Bridgemates to co-operate. We recognise the support given by Lynne, who also put in much effort. This could have been extremely stressful, but, as usual Mike passed it off with an air of calmness. Thanks also to the members who showed great patience and sympathy during the process. We should also thank Iris Burt for her support as well as Mike Kyriakides & Andreas Constandinou.
Thanks are also due to Mike and Danielle, for being willing to take up the running of each tournament; Mike as the co-ordinator and Danielle as ‘Director’. We have received compliments from members as to the pleasant, calm atmosphere at each tournament - long may that reign.
One of my objectives as chair over the coming year is to develop strength in depth. This involves training in the club technology but also with the tournament directing. In February, Lynne Morrison & Michael Kyriakides will undergo a ‘Tournament Director’s’ training course.
The Christmas party has been one of the highlights of the Bridge Year. I would like to pass on my grateful thanks to Danielle for all the running to and fro and organising a very successful Christmas Party in 2017.
Suzanne Melas has represented our club ably at the CBF, sometimes in challenging circumstances and I appreciate the invaluable guidance that she and Costas Ioannou have given me in dealing with the CBF.
Tina Clarke-Walker has a proven track record as our Treasurer, providing us with impeccable accounts, for which we are all grateful. I also appreciated the help in running around with me to the Bank and the District Office. (I think we make a splendid ‘good cop / bad cop’ team)
I have been impressed by the great start that Lynne Morrison has had in taking on the role of Website Administrator, I recognise this was not easy task, having to more or less start from scratch – great job. If anyone has any items of interest to put on the Website, or photos I am certain Lynne would love to hear from you. Lynne has initiated a Facebook page which will be another vehicle for reaching out to prospective players.
I am keen to be transparent in our communication with you, the members. I would like to report back from each quarterly meeting quicker than we have been. We are obliged to report on each quarter after the minutes have been signed at the following quarters meeting. This cannot be changed. I hope this format gives some enhancement to the communication
I believe we should now start looking at promoting our club, bringing in initiatives to benefit the members. We have 3 tiers of membership: There are those that just want to play socially, there are others who wish to improve their game and there are those that aspire to higher planes, maybe even the national team. I see our role as providing an environment for all those types of members and encouraging the development of the game. Above all, we all wish to see the continued development of Zenon Bridge club as a friendly environment for all its members.
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Zenon Bridge Club
A very important seminar organised by the European Bridge League and hosted by the Cyprus Bridge Federation took place in a Larnaca beachfront hotel from 8-11 February.
It was a training seminar for Bridge Tournament Directors who attended lessons given by ten experienced and qualified Directors of the World Bridge Federation and the European Bridge League. The Directors hailed from Germany, Holland, Portugal, England, Italy, Poland, Israel, and Dimitris Ballas from Greece. Those present had the opportunity to follow the world renowned Director Ton Kouijman from Holland, (Chairman of the World Bridge Federation Laws' committee.)
The following attended from the Cyprus Federation:
Andreas Phylactou, Catherine McCullagh, Geraldine Papanastasiou, Carol Anderson, Angelina Paraliki, Anastasios Drasas, Philippos Frangos, Lynne Morrison, Michalis Kyriakides, Panos Panayides.
Congratulations to Mr. George Kolettis. Player of the Year, 2017. Mrs Kathryn Andreas presented the cup for player of the Year before Tuesday's tournament.
Well done to Costas and Suzanne. 3rd place.
Following the AGM of Zenon bridge club on 26th October the returning officers, who were unanimously accepted at the meeting announced the following results for the new five-member committee. At the request of members, a recount was carried out which confirmed that there was no change to the five winning candidates.
All accepted to serve on the board of directors.
Furthermore the committee adhered to article 22 of the constitution and met within a week of the AGM on Saturday 28th constituting the committee and roles of directors as stipulated in article 17 of our constitution namely
Kathryn Andreas (Chair)
Mike Carpenter (Vice Chair)
Iain Dowell (Secretary)
Tina Clark (Treasurer)
Danielle Cuvellier (Events)
Furthermore the newly elected board unanimously agreed to invite
Lynne Morrison as a non-voting member of the board in charge of the website
Suzanne Melas as a non-voting member of the board as Zenon club representative to the CBF for the next three years.
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