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George Kubala
George Kubala

Our friend and partner,George F. Kubala, 91, of Camp Hill, PA, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family. George was born in Hazelton, PA on July 9, 1929, and was the son of the late John and Stefania Kubala of Lancaster, PA. George was a graduate of the Lancaster Catholic High School and spent two years in the Army serving in the Korean War. He then thoroughly enjoyed his career as an electrical planning engineer with Bell of Pennsylvania where he was employed for 38 years. He was a very active member of the community where he served in positions as a township commissioner and Board Member of the West Shore Public Library. He further gave back to his community by repairing Braille writers for the blind. In addition, George was proud to be a long-standing member and volunteer of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church devoting time to ushering, offertory collection counting and being a Lenten Appeal ambassador. In his spare time, George was an avid bridge player (attaining the rank of Silver Life Master) for many, many years, as well as, an avid golfer. Family was George's top priority as they meant everything to him. He enjoyed coaching baseball while his son was growing up, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and, supporting their many activities. George was an avid reader, enjoying John Grisham and James A. Michener novels as soon as they were released. Memorial contributions in his honor, which will be used to reduce our mortgage and which will be acknowledged to the donor and shared with his family, can be made by sending a check, payable to the Harrisburg Bridge Club (and marked as a memorial contribution), to 349 N. 21st St., Camp Hill, PA  17011.

Welcome to Harrisburg Bridge Club
Upcoming Game Schedule

♠ Extra point games are shown below in red  

In accordance with recent federal & state mandates regarding the current public health crisis, HBC will be closed until further notice. We will keep you informed as events develop. The following virtual club games will be available this week on BBO (all $7):

Here's the schedule during the period February 22 - 28 for the South Central PA virtual bridge club on Bridge Base Online (BBO):

Monday February 22 - open pairs at 12:20 PM; 0-500 pairs at 12:30 PM; open pairs at 6:30 PM; and 0-100 pairs at 6:40 PM 

Tuesday February 23 - open pairs at 12:20 PM; 0-750 pairs at 12:30 PM; 0-1500 pairs at 6:30 PM; and 0-300 pairs at 6:40 PM 

Wednesday February 24 - 0-300 pairs at 10:00 AM; 0-50 pairs at 10:05 AM; open pairs at 12:20 PM; 0-500 pairs at 12:30 PM; open pairs at 6:30 PM; and 0-750 pairs at 6:40 PM 

Thursday February 25 - 0-100 pairs at 12:10 PM; open pairs at 12:20 PM; 0-750 pairs at 12:30 PM; open pairs at 6:30 PM; and 0-1500 pairs at 6:40 PM

Friday February 26 - open pairs at 12:20 PM; and 0-500 pairs at 12:30 PM 

Saturday February 27 - open pairs at 11:15 AM; 0-500 pairs at 11:25 AM

Sunday February 28 - open pairs at 1:20 PM; 0-300 pairs at 1:30 PM

Helpful hints for Bridgebase Online

Click here South Central PA Bridge online.pdf  for helpful information on how to play online.

ACBL has a number of video tutorials on how to play online, which can be found here: ACBL BBO tutorials

And here's a link to another site offering tutorials on Bridge Base Online: Help & Everything BBO

Need help with finding a partner? Click here BBO Partnership Desk.pdf for a list of our members with their BBO screen names and e-mail addresses. The list is NOT sorted alphabetically, but if you use the search function on your computer (Ctrl+f) you can type in the name you are looking to find.

Message from HBC President Jim Boyer

Hello Everyone! I hope you are all healthy and staying safe.

It looks like we will be dealing with COVID-19 For some time to come. This is the impact it will have on our Club and Bridge:

ACBL Guidelines for reopening clubs in the face of COVID 19 remain unchanged and basically state that until “Social Distancing” stops being included in the instruction to reduce COVID 19 spread, no bridge club can afford to open for face to face bridge.  Governmental (CDC) guidelines for social distancing state that “To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.”  ACBL has cancelled ALL face to face tournaments through the end of 2020.

While we will be discussing re-opening at the next Board Meeting in September, I have NO expectation to hold Bridge Games at the Club until after 01 January 2021. We will distribute a copy of the Board Meeting minutes by Email to all our members in early October after they have been created and approved by the Board. The minutes will also be posted to the Website. Please check the Minutes for any updates.

We have managed to minimize our fixed costs such as rent, electric, gas, water, internet/phone, insurance, etc. and are saving money on snacks, drinks, and the cleaning person. The Virtual Club Online Games have been an excellent source of revenue for us. The money we are collecting because many of you are supporting these online games is more than enough to cover our costs and improve our checking account balance. Please check the Treasurer’s Report in the September Board Meeting Minutes for the numbers on where we stand to date.

WHEN we decide to re-open the Club, we will have the entire building thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. When we do re-open, we will fully comply with the COVID-19 requirements as they stand at that time. If it requires us to take temperatures at the door, to provide face masks, to provide sanitizing wipes, etc., we will do that in order to keep you all safe!

The September Board Meeting will be held at 9:00 AM on 17 September and will be a “Virtual” Meeting held via ZOOM. If any of you would like to “attend” or propose an item for the agenda, please contact me by Email at jimricnic@verizon.net or phone me at (717) 877-5596.

STAY HEALTHY !

New Rank Achievements

Junior Master

    Karen Longenecker

Sectional Master

     Pam Meyer & Elizabeth Louie

Ruby Life Master

    Dorothy Disney & Kathy Harter

Bridge Classes

Do you want to learn to play bridge?  Contact Us, and a certified bridge teacher will talk with you about our programs.  See additional information in the Bridge Education menu item (upper left corner.

HBC will start two free Bridge Basics 1 (Bridge for Beginners) courses when the club re-opens following the current public health crisis. The start dates for these classes are TBD. Registration for these courses remains open - see the flyer below for registration details.

BB1 2020.pdf

Bridge Pearls to Master

Bridge Pearls to "Master" workshops will be held from 9:00 - 11:30 AM on the second Friday each month, except for summer vacation in July & August and over the December holidays. The next Pearls workshops is TBD pending the club re-opening post COVID-19. Check this space in the future for more details.  

 

Results
Thursday Open Afternoon
Director: David Charleston
Thursday Evening Limited
Director: James Boyer
Wednesday Afternoon Session
Director: Jim Boyer