Remember at our Annual General Meeting in August, we discussed the need to reduce the size of our facility based on lower table count and fewer members? At that time we still had 16 months left on our lease. Claude Tremblay and Linda Thatcher met with our landlord in November to discuss possible changes to our lease based on our financial situation and the impact of COVID 19. The landlord was very receptive to our request to reduce our rental space, leaving us with the original space that we started with when we opened the club in 2001.
With this change in mind, there will be renovations required to the facility such as: creating an office for the directors, removing the counter that divides the mezzanine and the space in front of the kitchen area to extend the playing space in the mezzanine to accommodate 12 tables, adding in another washroom, and installing a door to the right of the entrance to the mezzanine. We feel confident that this new arrangement will comfortabley accomodate us when we are able to return to playing bridge at the club. We want to thank David Reed for preparing our new layout for us. Claude is in the process of negotiating the details for our new lease as well as how we will share the cost of renovations with our Landlord. We are hopeful that this can be done by the end of January.
Membership renewal would normally start March 1st. However, the Board feels that we should delay asking our members for money until we can play bridge at the club again. The annual fee will be set once we know how many months are left in the year. All memberships are extended until that time. Please feel free to contact Brian Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding membership.
Muriel is now ACBL certified to teach online. She is offering a 2 hour “test” workshop on January 27th at 10:00 am. The topic is Two Suited Overcalls. If anyone wants to participate in this workshop, please send an email to email@example.com to register. The cost for this workshop is reduced by 50% to $5. If there are specific topics that you would like to see covered in the future, then send them to Muriel as well. It looks like we will be “cocooned” for the winter.
Since we can’t get together in person, the Board has decided to host “ZOOM” socials on the third Monday of each month at 4:30 pm. Initially Muriel will be your host. Everyone is welcome to join us. An invitation will be sent out on the Sunday before. If there are topics that you think would be interesting to discuss, please forward your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Silver Linings Week
ACBL is running another Silver Linings week January 18 to 24. Great opportunity to get your silver points. All games will pay DOUBLE regular club masterpoints, and the points awarded will be SILVER instead of black. The table fee to play is $6 to cover the additional ACBL charge to the club.
Wishing everyone good health.