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Monthly Competition - It's a Slam Dunk for the Ladies

And the Winner Is.......

This Bridgewebs bridge club site lets us put up various competitions online.  The Club Manager does these for fun, since they are available.

July's competitions was all about slams. You get a point for bidding and making a small slam and 3 points for a Grand Slam. Our top 3 winners for this contest were Mary Katherine Wainwright with a score of 9, Doris Feinberg with 8, and Flo Chernin with 7. Way to go, women!

Next month's (August) will be the player(s) with the Most Masterpoints. You're going to have to work hard to beat you-know-who, or if you don't know, check the Competitions page on this web site to see how you're doing!

 

New Postings

The Minutes of the Annual Meeting, Recent Board Meetings, and the new Bylaws (retroactive to Jan 1, 2019) are now posted on the website under the menu heading "Minutes of Meetings"

 

 

PRICE INCREASE

Due to increased expenses, the Board voted to raise the game fee to 100 pesos, and the book of 10 tickets to 900 pesos. But remember, your game fee now includes fees for special games, such as charity, NAP games and others.

Welcome to The Bridge Studio of San Miguel de Allende
Bienvenidos!
Bienvenidos!

Welcome to The Bridge Studio of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We are an official ACBL duplicate bridge club, offering games four times a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Games start promptly at 1:30pm, so please arrive by 1:15. We welcome visitors, please stop by and see our club. See our information page for more details. Any questions, contact our board at board@smabridge.com.  

Last updated : May 18, 2019 13:05 CDT
New Location News

Find/Offer a Ride feature now on this web site

If you are looking for a rideshare to our game at the Ventanas Country Club, Add you name and interest to the form under the Menu item "Find a Ride to/from Ventanas".You can put in the week you are interested,which days, and contact information.There is a text box where you can elaborate: Number of seats, which part of town, whether you are offering or wanting a lift.

If you are Driving or Walking into Las Ventanas, You MUST have a Photo ID! This is for our and everyone's security.

Passengers do not need a Photo ID.

 

Last updated : Aug 9, 2019 21:12 CDT
Our Club
Our Club
Last updated : Aug 9, 2019 21:23 CDT
Recent History

Dear Members and Friends:

At an emergency meeting held on Sunday, July 7th, the Board of Directors made the very difficult decision to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with “Mon Bistro” located at Ventanas for a period of one year with a three months early termination clause

Background

In October 2018 the Board was advised that we would have to vacate our premises on Stirling Dickenson by May 31, 2019.  It was not a complete surprise but we wondered how we would ever find another location that so completely met our needs.  The answer is we could not.

The Board began its search for a new location in earnest. Three Board members volunteered to form a Relocation Committee. They spent many hours visiting sites throughout the city.  They followed up on every lead, suggestion and recommendation. Two of the locations they visited early on were the Bordello and Ventanas, a golf club located on Carretera Dolores. Initially Ventanas was eliminated as a potential site because of its location just on the outskirts of the city.  The Bordello was viewed as a possibility.   Fortunately we were given some breathing room with an extension at our current location until July 31, 2019. The search continued.

In March 2019 a newly constituted Board of Directors was established.  After a first introductory meeting in March following the AGM, an emergency Board meeting was held to review the findings of the Relocation Committee. No new location had been found. Therefore the Board passed a motion that we enter into negotiations with the owner of the Bordello with the purpose of having a lease in place by July 15, 2019. 

Unfortunately it was six long months since our initial talks with the owner of the Bordello.  Many changes were underway at that location with major renovations and the expectation that a restaurant would be leasing space adjacent to ours.  Nevertheless, negotiations continued over the next three months.  A great deal of effort and time was expended by both sides. However, there were a number of issues under discussion which we were unable to resolve. Therefore we decided to take another look at Ventanas location. We were offered space in the restaurant ‘Mon Bistro’ located within the Ventanas complex. Reports from this visit indicated that the space was large enough to accommodate 24 tables, more than sufficient to cover the winter visitors; the rent is less, the lease shorter, large storage space, parking and almost no renovation expense

After a great deal of discussion and angst, the Board decided Ventanas was the best solution at this time.  As expected, there are some negatives associated with the move. Its location would head the list. Also, we were not able to obtain the space 24/7. At this time it will be available Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday The club will provide coffee, tea and water.  We will suspend the delicious food service  provided by Sherry.  Mon Bistro will be happy to serve us. 

We are hopeful that it will turn out to be the right decision.   As you know San Miguel is booming.  Rental space is at a premium and when it is available, the rental costs are prohibitive for the Bridge Studio.  Please give the new location a chance and know that we did our best.

Brigitte Lewis, President

 

 

 

 

Last updated : Aug 9, 2019 22:00 CDT
Current Events
 

We are now settled into Our New Location

We've moved Ventanas Country Club, in the Mon Bistro Restaurant

Lots of hard work involved but have a place to play! Many thanks to Woody and Sherry McHarg for overseeing the logistics of moving, president Brigitte Lewis for making sure everything got done, and countless others who helped pack up things, and the Berks and Julie Allbritton for providing storage space.

Our new home has a lovely view across San Miguel. The tables are a little strange, but our little side tables help. Chef Gilles of Mon Bistro has been providing light lunches from 150-200p. 

We have kept our maid, Isabel, on making up the boards for the games, and doing some work in our bodega/workroom on the premises. Cleaning is now provided by the Mon Bistro staff. We are glad to have her with us and she has always done a good job for us the last five years.

We hope if you haven't played at our spot you come out and join us.

-- Ellen Snyder, Club Manager

Ex- President of Mexico, Vicente Fox Visits Bridge Studio!

On Saturday, August 3, Studio Players had to navigate around a large fundraiser in the adjoining room, headed by Vicente Fox. We were surprised though, when the ex-prez and the ex-first lady came into Mon Bistro, chatted up with owner Gilles, and then asked if they could speak with our bridge group. Some of our member commented that Fox is a bridge player. He told us about the new hospital, part of Methodist Hospital of Texas, which will be state-of--the art. He asked if he could include our club in future events held in the area. Nobody said no, so perhaps we will hear from Vicente again!


 

NEW! Partnerships

We have a new form on this web site for finding partnerships. In the menu on the left of the home page their is a button "Find a Partner". On that page is a form you can fill out and it will be mailed to our Partnership Chair, MaryKatherine Wainwright. Below the form this is a list of people who have made requests, who you can contact by the information they left. You don't have to use this form, it's just for convience. You still can directly email MaryKatherine at  mkwbridge@gmail.com. Whichever way you choose, PLEASE, if you find a partner on your own, contact MaryKatherine to let her know, so she can stop looking for you. We don't want any double-booking. Thanks to Don Freeland for helping with the form.

 

No Fragrances Please!

Please keep in mind that some of our players have allergies to perfumes and other frangrances so lets not wear any to our games. In our small confines, there's no where to go! 

 

Calendar
August 19, 2019
Monday Open Pairs
1:30
August 21, 2019
Wednesday Open Pairs
1:30
August 23, 2019
Friday Open Pairs
1:30
Results
Saturday Open Pairs
Director: Woody McHarg
Friday Open Pairs
Director: Terry Holden
Wednesday Open Pairs
Director: Terry Holden