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Welcome

The Board of Directors of the City of Palms Bridge Club welcomes all players to our club as long as they follow our policies which include a new COVID-19 policy and the ACBL's Zero Tolerance policy.    This should be a place where all can come to enjoy a friendly game of duplicate bridge among friends.

We will be holding meetings from time to time to familiarize our players with our new website and all that can be done on it.  This will include live face to face meetings as well as online meetings using Zoom.

We also want to thank Rick & Val Covalciuc for all they have done for duplicate bridge in Fort Myers as none of this would be possible without the foundation they have built.  

Hopefully we will not let you down or disappoint you, but please let us know if we do.

Don McCullough- Club Manager 

Spotlight on our Members
Miki Marks
Miki Marks

I grew up in the ideal Monongahela Valley of Charleroi, Pa., south of Pittsburgh.  After graduation I received a BS in Health and Physical Education from West Chester University and accepted a position in New Jersey.  In 1970 I moved to Stamford. CT, as a teacher and was promoted to Athletic Director, coordinating interscholastic and intra murals among 5 middle schools, and assigned Hockey Officials for all games in Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Association.   During this time I received a second Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University. 

Education was not my only love. For 20 years I worked as a realtor in the highest income/capta county in the US.  I was Vice President of SNEGWA where I developed and facilitated all statewide golf tournaments, and was elected President of the Southern New England Women’s Golf Association (1100 participants throughout Connecticut). And in my spare time officiated statewide basketball and field hockey games state wide and college field hockey games. 

I started beginner bridge lessons in 1975, and played extensive party bridge for 33 years until I found duplicate bridge.   I moved to McGregor in 2011.

The family at MPBC/CPBC has allowed me to enjoy the competition, friendships, comraderies, and ability to amass 700+ MP.  I am 2.58 Gold away from achieving my life master.  And then I will be a Bronze Life Master.

Miki Marks

Frank Hacker
Frank Hacker

I have been a full-time resident of Florida in 2014. After a few years as a snowbird, I wound up in Florida because of the Red Sox. I had a friend who was a diehard Sox fan. He came to Florida for spring training and a number of us Vermonters followed him down. I was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Massachusetts. I went to high school in Fitchburg where I still have a best friend. I graduated from Harvard (still in Massachusetts) in 1965 and headed to Troy, NY for graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). I earned a MS degree in math and somewhere have an ABD (all but dissertation) certificate -- having met all other PhD course and language requirements. By then I was much more interested in bridge than I was in mathematics research. I left Troy to take an instructor position at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, NY. I spent 9 years there and ended my academic career as a tenured assistant professor. Actually, I spent one of those 9 years on sabbatical at the University of Nebraska. Their reputation was as a football factory, but they have one of the country's best actuarial studies program. I wound up with a second Master’s[Ma1]  degree. In 1979 I took an actuarial position in New York City at Washington National Life of NY. I moved on for 4 years at Mass Mutual in Springfield, Massachusetts. I ended my actuarial career with 18 years in Montpelier at National Life of Vermont. I have been enjoying retirement since 2004.

I met my wife Marilyn in Utica, NY. She was a 6th grade teacher and a new bridge player and we met through a mutual bridge friend. We were married on 11/24/1973. Thanksgiving this year would have been our 48th anniversary. Unfortunately, Marilyn started to have health problems and was diagnosed in 1981 with scleroderma, an auto-immune disease. She passed away from complications in 1995 at age 51. It took me many years to get over it (if I even have gotten over it).

I started playing bridge at Harvard. At the time I was much more interested in chess. Harvard had 3 teams in Boston chess leagues and I was captain of team 2 (no glory there, just responsibility). I had to make sure we had enough players to field a team on Friday night. One of the players would only play on Friday night if I played bridge on Wednesday night. That was the beginning of the end. At RPI I became the junior partner of someone who directed 3 games a week. That was the end of the end at least as far as a PhD was concerned. 

I joined the ACBL in in 1965 and have now logged about 56 years. I have had some success at bridge, winning a number of sectional events (many with Marilyn) and also have some first and second place finishes in regional events. The most recent success was a victory in an open pairs at the Manatee regional in 2018. I no longer have much interest in going to tournaments. I haven't attended a national tournament since the Boston tournament of 2008. I need a victory in an open national championship event to become a grand life master. That is never going to happen. I have enjoyed partnerships with many players. I am not going to mention names for fear of offending someone I inadvertently omit. I treasure the friendships I have with players at all levels. I always try to remember that bridge is not life and that being a better bridge player does not make you a better person.


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Bill & Sue Gillam

Tom Stahl

I was born in Paulding Ohio about 10 miles from where Don Mc McCullough was from. His best friend Dave Williams was my nephew.  Small world I met him here about 10 years ago I started playing duplicate in Dayton Ohio   Where Scot Smith and Louise Conner played. I practiced Optometry for 48 years and am still a consultant in our practices with 6 Doctors and 25 employees I also bought and sold  Oil and Gas leases in the western states, developed several real estate projects in Ohio and then High rise condos on the beach on Marco Island which brought me to SW Fl and McGregor Point bridge club. I now enjoy playing golf and tennis, riding bikes as well as bridge. When we had evening games my perfect day was tennis in the AM, golf in PM and bridge at night.  I have 3 children and 5 grandkids. My oldest son is an Ophthalmologist and has gone on 34 Mission trips to do cataract surgery on those who cannot afford it.   5 to Africa, 3 to Bolivia, and many to Central America and the Caribbean countries. Most are blind in both eyes and their reaction to seeing for the 1st time in many years is extremely rewarding. If you want to check his web site, E-mail me at tomgolfs@aol.com.   Including myself, 3 kids and 2 grandkids I now have 38 yrs of tuition at Ohio State U.

TOM STAHL