Unit 360 Board Meeting

The Unit 360 Board of Directors will meet at the Bridge Center on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 3:30 P.M.

Unit members may attend at their own discretion.

September District 17 Buzz

A letter from D17 President Elizabeth Hamilton and more!

Get Buzzed

U360 Kibitzer

GNT finals, a letter from Unit President Bud Raabe and more!

August 2021 Kibitzer

Snow Closures

The Bridge Center closes with School District # 11

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Send Us an Email

Unit360bridge@gmail.com

 

 

About Us and Location
About Us and Location

The Colorado Springs Bridge Center is the home of Unit 360 of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).  We offer duplicate bridge games 9 times a week.  If you want to learn the game or are an experienced player, we have a game for you.  Check our Calendar Month and Games Information.  We also have teachers to help you learn to play or improve your game.

At 901 North 17th Street, Colorado Springs, CO  80904-2844, Unit 360's Bridge Center is located one mile west of I-25 Uintah exit 143, then north on 17th Street.

Click HERE for a map

(719) 634-7250

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION UPDATE

Voting in the 2021 Unit 360 Board of Directors Election closes at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 1st.  There is still time to vote even though time is running short!  Most of our members (including our newest ones from Pueblo, Rocky Ford and Buena Vista) received electronic ballots, which makes voing quick, easy and convenient.  Almost 100 ballots had to be mailed out.

Please note:  The only active members of Unit 360 who were not sent a ballot were those who do not have a street address on file and their Email address is unknown or blocked.  If you have not received a ballot one way or the other, or have any questions, please contact Election Committee Chairman Howard Donaldson (719) 594-4184 hodon46@msn.com, or Jeff Rapp (719) 264-7775 jeffrapp@comcast.net.

If you have received a ballot, and have not voted, we urge you to do so.

Board of Directors Election Candidates

 

There are six members of Unit 360 running for election to the 2022 Board of Directors.  Three are present members of the Board running for re-election and there are three newcomers.  The incumbents are Bonnie Bagley, Bud Raabe and Robin Spaulding; the newcomers are Kay Brock, Dave Loring and Maureen Tuttle.  Biographies of all six candidates appear below.  The ballots for this election will be distributed via "Survey Monkey" to all active members with a valid Email address with instructions on completing the ballot and returning it by November 1, 2021.  Each voter will be able to vote for up to four (4) candidates.  Active members who do not have a valid Email address will be mailed a hard copy of the ballot and will be able to vote by returning their ballot to the election committee by November 1, 2021.

Please address any questions to election committee chairman Howard Donaldson, (719) 594-4184 or hodon46@msn.com.

  Bonnie Bagley

Having joined ACBL and therefore District 17 and therefore Unit 360 in 1994, I am now a veteran.  Having served 20 years on the D17 Board, I am now a veteran.  Having served previously on the Unit 360 board and ex-officio via being on the district and national boards, I am a veteran.

Why am I running for reelection?  I believe I still have a lot to contribute and am willing to do so.  I am the Unit Tournament Coordinator and chair of the sectionals.  My experience running tournaments is useful and my knowledge of the "workings" of ACBL and District 17 can often help cut through red tape, quickly get to the source and solve problems.

Possible 2022 goals for the Board of Directors:

  -  Encourage our players to return to the Bridge Center by providing a safe and healthy environment.

  -  Encourage online play as well as face to face play.

  -  Recruit new members.

  -  Welcome the members from Unit 367 who have joined us.

 

My personal goals are:

  -  Produce the best sectionals ever - one 299er and two Open, with the possibility of holding one sectional at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center in Pueblo.

  -  Train a willing volunteer to replace me in two years.

  -  Retire from governance December 31, 2023.

We have a unique, wonderful, friendly and welcoming environment in which to play bridge and willing volunteers to keep everything running smoothly.  I am eager and committed to continue doing my part to ensure our unit remains the best in District 17.  I appreciate your vote.

  Kay Brock

I am an attorney licensed to practice law in Colorado and Texas.  I spent my 35-year legal career working for the State of Texas, Travis County and the City of Austin.  My legal specialties are business bankruptcy law and local taxation.  I retired and moved to Colorado Springs from Austin, Texas with my husband Brad in 20219 to escape the Texas heat, and we love it here.  I have three adult children who live in Texas.  In addition to playing bridge, I like to play the piano, sing with the Velvet Hills Chorus, read, embroider and travel.

The Bridge Center is facing unprecedented challenges as it expands to encompass the addition of members from outside the immediate Colorado Springs geographic area and seeks to adjust to new community health advisories and standards.  I helped edit the Unit's COVID-19 rules and waiver document, and I have agreed to co-chair upcoming Unit 360 sectional tournaments, for which we are considering possible new locations to better serve our expanded membership base.  My background makes me well qualified to help overcome the many challenges we face.  I am committed to making our Bridge Center of the future even more of what we all hope and expect it to become.

  Dave Loring

Dave Loring has worked as a leadership coach and consultant focusing on individual, interpersonal, team, and organizational development.  He has over thirty years of experience in coaching and in developing and facilitating workshops on strategy implementation, leadership development, team building, and diversity.  He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America and has developed and delivered programs for clients worldwide.  Dave worked for over 15 years for AT&T and Ameritech in the Operations and Organizational Development Departments.  Prior to his work with AT&T, Dave was a high school history teacher on the south side of Chicago.  In 1972, Dave received his bachelor's degree in History and American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and in 1984 received his master's degree in Organizational Development from Loyola University in Chicago.

OK, that's the formal business part of me.  My wife, Ellen, and I have been married for almost 46 years, and we have two children, Brandon and Katie, both of whom are married and living in Chicago.  We have one grandson, Jackson, who is pretty amazing.  I am happy to show you his most recent pictures.

I started playing bridge in college, and after I graduated, life got in the way.  Other than some occasional rubber bridge, I did not play until coming to the Bridge Center in 2017.  Here I have made some wonderful new friendships, as well as improving my bridge playing.

So, why am I running for the Board?  I think I can help.  I've been an effective leader at the various places I've worked over the last 45 years, I have experience in helping teams and organizations become high performing, and I deeply care about the people in our Bridge Center.  Especially after Covid.  I contacted the virus, gave it to Ellen, and watched as scores of friends got sick, went to the hospital, and some died.  Covid has rocked my world, and I'd like to help myself and others to use our Bridge Center, our friends here, and playing safe face-to-face bridge, as a way to help us heal, recover, and grow stronger.

Thanks for considering my candidacy.

  Bud Raabe

I have been on the Unit Board of Directors since January, 2020.  I was elected President of the Board of Directors in thespring of 2021.  I had three goals for Unit 360 when I was elected President:

1.  Reopen the Bridge Center under safe and healthy conditions.

2.  Improve communication with Unit 360 member and keep members informed.

3.  Help the Club Owners and Directors administer bridge games at the Bridge Center and help other bridge clubs in Southern Colorado.

With the help of the members of the Board of Directors and other members of Unit 360, we have made significant progress toward these goals, but we still have work to do.  I would like to be elected to another term on the Board of Directors to help facilitate this progress and make the Unit 360 bridge clubs the best places to play bridge in Southern Colorado..

 

  Robin Spaulding

I am currently the Secretary on the Board.

When I worked, I was a forester for the State of Colorado and the City of Colorado Springs as well as a Conservation Specialist with Colorado Springs Utilities.  But now that I am retired, I enjoy filling my days with hiking, paddle boarding and of course, playing bridge.

I appreciate all the members for their patience and concern during the difficult and challenging times we have faced during the pandemic.  I am proud of how we have united to face this challenge by taking care of one another and that's also why I am equally proud to be associated with Unit 360 and enthusiastic about continuing to serve.  I want to do whatever I can to help our club thrive by increasing membership and continuing to provide a safe and healthy environment in which to play bridge.

I am committed to doing my part by continuing to do a prompt and thorough job as secretary and continue assisting in whatever areas are needed to make our club even more successful.

  Maureen Tuttle

I have lived in Colorado Springs since 2001.  Our daughter was about to graduate from Colorado College that year, and had decided not to move back to the East Coast; so we moved here.  It was a great decision as we love Colorado Springs!

I have a Business Administration degree from George Mason University, with a concentration in Marketing and Accounting.  I also have a Culinary Degree.  I was the Employee Relations Officer at Georgetown University for 4 years.  I left this position to start our family.  Eventually, I returned to the workforce and was employed as a real estate agent for 18 years in Virginia.  I became part owner of Help U Sell Realty here in Colorado Springs.  In 2008, I decide to retire from real estate and enjoy the finer things, like bridge and tennis.  Both hobbies are part of my life today.  My husband and I enjoy life here in The Springs, living near our daughter and her family.  Life is good!

I would be glad to serve on the Board of Unit 360 in any capacity in which I could be of service.  My area of expertise was Marketing, and I believe my experience in successfully dealing with people has prepared me to help the Board of Directors meet the significant challenges that confront us as we emerge from the pandemic and expand our membership base.

Masks Optional but NOT Mandatory

 

Effective August 23, 2021, all participants at the Colorado Springs Bridge Center are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings while in the Bridge Center.  If you opt not to wear a facial covering and, if your opponents are uncomfortable with your option and ask you to wear a facial covering, masks are available at the director's desk.    All other previously announced Unit 360 COVID-19 safety protocols, reviewed below, will remain in effect:

 

MINIMUM ACBL UNIT 360 COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

 

NOTE:  Above all else, if you are feeling ill, DO NOT come to the Bridge Center.  Stay home!

 

1.  All participants must have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; OR be exempt from vaccination for medical reasons.  All participants who have not been vaccinated for medical reasons must wear a properly fitting facial mask, covering both mouth and nose, at all times while in the Bridge Center.  In addition, all participants must wear a properly fitting facial covering any time a Club Owner and/or Director otherwise requires it.

2.  All participants agree to practice sound personal hygiene, including, but not limited to, frequent washing of hands and use of hand sanitizer.

3.  Participants may bring in and consume non-communal food and beverages.  Coffee may be brewed, served and consumed in the Bridge Center, but may only be served in disposable containers.

4.  Finally, all participants must abide by any additional rules and restrictions as may be required by Club Owners and/or Directors.

 

Also, effective August 23, 2021, all who want to participate in activities at the Bridge Center who have not previously signed a “Certification of Vaccination Status” form will be allowed to enter the Bridge Center if they present proof of COVID-19 vaccination by showing their “COVID Vaccination Record Card” to a Bridge Center official as well as furnishing current contact information.  This will be a “one-time” requirement.

We look forward to seeing you for face-to-face (F2F) play at the Bridge Center!  Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Bud Raabe, President, ACBL Unit 360     bud3345@comcast.net

Howard Donaldson, Vice President, ACBL Unit 360     hodon46@msn.com

Face-to-Face Game Schedule

Day & Time

 

Game

 

Director

 

Monday 12:30 P.M.

Open Pairs  Shirley Scott

Tuesday 9:00 A.M.

Open Pairs  Morgan Patrick

Tuesday 12:30 P.M. 

499er Pairs John Dukellis

Wednesday 12:30 P.M.

Open Pairs Shirley Scott

Thursday 12:30 P.M. 

Open Pairs Jeffrey Rapp

Friday 12:30 P.M.

299er & Open Pairs Tom Goings

Saturday 12:30 P.M.

Open Pairs Morgan Patrick
Saturday 6:00 P.M.

Pro/Am 

(500 MP - Over/Under )

John Dukellis

Sunday 1:30 P.M.

Open Pairs see "Calendar Month"

                                              

Monthly Swiss Team Games

 

1st Sunday Afternoons     1:30 P.M.

2nd Wednesday Afternoons     12:30 P.M.  (not November)

3rd Friday Afternoons     12:30 P.M.

4th Thursday Afternoons     12:30 P.M.  (not November)

 

New Platinum Life Master

Congratulations to

Dennis Goldston

10,000 Masterpoints!

New Platinum Life Master
Bridge Base Online (BBO)

 

CO Front Range - Greeley

Director:  John Grossmann

 

Saturday Evening Charity Pairs - 7:00 P.M.

*Jackpot* Sunday Open Pairs - 7:00 P.M.

"Members Only" Access

Members who do not have a personal password to log into the "Members Only" section may obtain one by Emailing

Unit360bridge@gmail.com

Include your name, ACBL number and desired password.

Latest Unit 360 Board of Directors Minutes

 

Board Minutes September 9, 2021

Results
Four Aces Club Appreciation Pairs
12:30
Ruff'N Sluff Pro/Am Pairs
6:00
Peak Bridge 299er & Open Pairs
12:30
CS Strategic Open Pairs
12:30
Four Aces Open Pairs
12:30
Country Bridge Open Pairs
9:00
Ruff'N Sluff 499er Pairs
12:30
Four Aces Open Pairs
12:30
Ruff'N Sluff Pro/Am Pairs
6:00
Peak Bridge Swiss Teams & 299er Pairs
12:30
Calendar
Tue Oct 26, 2021
Country Bridge Open Pairs
9:00
Director: Morgan Patrick
Tue Oct 26, 2021
Ruff'N Sluff 499er Pairs
12:30
Director: John Dukellis
Wed Oct 27, 2021
Four Aces Club Appreciation Pairs
12:30
Director: Shirley Scott
  (Partner?)
Thu Oct 28, 2021
CS Strategic Swiss Teams
12:30
Director: Jeffrey Rapp
Fri Oct 29, 2021
Peak Bridge 299er & Open Pairs
12:30
Director: Tom Goings
Sat Oct 30, 2021
Country Bridge Open Pairs
12:30
Director: Morgan Patrick
Sat Oct 30, 2021
Ruff'N Sluff Pro/Am Pairs
6:00
Director: John Dukellis
Sun Oct 31, 2021
No Game Today