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Welcome to Birmingham Duplicate Bridge Club
Notable events this week include:

Dennis is offering a special Educational Foundation game on Tuesday morning. The ACBL Educational Foundation's purpose is getting more people of all ages and walks of life to play and enjoy bridge. The Foundation primarily does this by awarding grants for bridge educational programs.

Ron (Wednesday) and Mike (Thursday) will be covering for Bonnie again this week.

Your Board of Directors approved the purchase of a new ice machine that has 60% more capacity than the current machine. Think cool thoughts and hopefully we will have it installed soon.

Note: when the Mentor-Mentee game begins August 1, the Thursday morning 1999er morning game will begin at 9:15.

2019 Mentor/Mentee

CALLING ALL MENTORS!!!! If you would like to coach an eager up-and-coming player during this year's Mentor - Mentee Program please let me know. Mentors are members with more than 500 master points or any Life Master member with fewer than that. The club has a large group of new members who are anxious to learn from a more experienced player and I am sure they would appreciate your time and effort. As a bonus you get to play for free (special games are extra) once per week during August, September or October if you are playing with your Mentee. The special Mentor/Mentee Game will be added to the game schedule on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. during that period, but if that time does not work for you, you may still mentor someone during any game in which you are eligible to play. For example, if you have less than 1000 master points, there are many other games in which you could play with your Mentee if that should be more convenient for the two of you. The 1999er games are also a possibility for those of you with more than 1000 but less than 2000 master points. I would love for some of the newer Life Masters to participate this year. Remember those who helped you when you were getting started? Pay it forward....... Call me at 205-661-2369 or email wbryant5276@charter.net.

Plans for the next Birmingham Regional have begun!!

Oh, Oh, Oh, it’s Magic! Please Help Us Advertise Our 2020 Regional

Believe it or not, we are already making plans for the Magic City Regional during

the week of March 2-8, 2020, and you can help us spread the word. When you

go to a tournament, wear a button advertising our event, and take business cards

to give to people that you meet from other clubs. The cards and buttons are

located on the shelf that holds the pencil sharpener and timer. We have plenty of

cards to distribute and about 50 buttons for tournament-goers. In addition, let co-

chairs Martha Chitwood or Beth Stewart know if you are heading to a tournament

that will allow us to hang our banner. We’d love for you to take it.

Thanks for your help. It’s going to be a magical event!

Martha and Beth

Education Opportunities

BEGINNER CLASSES

The BDBC will offer beginner classes again this fall. The morning classes will start at 9:30 on Monday August 5th, and the evening classes will start at 6:30, also on Monday August 5th. The classes will meet in the Education Center. The first class is about bridge etiquette and culminates in a fun game that gives students a taste of bridge, then they are ready to learn how to bid as one would in a real bridge game. Get the word out to friends and family, or to strangers that you meet on the street, that these classes are starting soon. Our members are great recruiters!

Results
1999er
Director: Mike DeVivo
Wednesday Afternoon Session
Director: Bonnie Jung
999er Pairs
Director: Dennis Luft
Tuesday Afternoon Session
Director: Mike DeVivo
Please arrive early!

Please arrive 15 minutes before game time to allow our directors enough time to effectively plan the layout so that we may begin playing at the scheduled hour. (If we begin on time, then we can finish in a timely manner.) Thank you!

HOSTS NEEDED

We need YOU as a host at your favorite game.  All games are in need of hosts, and the respective directors would appreciate having you on the host schedule.  Check with the directors of the games in which you are interested in hosting, and let them know you want to volunteer.  (Game hosts need to arrive a little earlier and be prepared to play with a person they have not met or played with before. Hosts are allowed a free play, and in the event a host is not needed that day the free game may be applied later.)

Accuracy Please!
MEMBER NEWS Please, Please, Please be accurate in entering and checking scores in the BridgeMate.
 
So N/S please be accurate in entering the information and E/W please carefully check the entry, especially the direction.
Your fellow players and the directors will thank you.