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Welcome 2021!!
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A Message From Your President

The past year was very difficult for all of us. Who would have thought how many things in our day to day life would change when we “rang” in the new year for 2020?  We were quite happy and content with our lives and had made many plans, when suddenly in March we were told that we had to close our club and stay home. We have lived through many restrictions, which we are currently experiencing, and obviously we are not happy with how things are. ..........

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Member Achievements in 2020
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    Congratulations - to all of our members who have achieved a new ACBL level in 2020. ..........
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Welcome to BCON!
Our club is currently closed to conform to government-mandated social distancing requirements, but we offer ACBL sanctioned games online daily.

We are a 400 plus player member-owned club situated in St. Catharines, Ontario, with our membership drawing from the entire Niagara Region. The Bridge Centre runs ACBL sanctioned games six days per week.

                                           

***Effective Immediately, ACBL Alert Changes***
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The full document is available on the ACBL Website.

Bridge has never been a game of secret agreements. Your opponents are entitled to know just as much about what your bids mean as you do. Alerts have ..........

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Great News for Members of the Bridge Centre of Niagara!
Great News for Members of the Bridge Centre of Niagara!

Facilities Update

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 Update

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 bjcanada439@gmail.com regarding membership.

Education Update

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 muriel@cmtmc.ca 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.

Social Update

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 muriel@cmtmc.ca .

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.

Muriel Tremblay

Club manager

Linda Lehoux, 1941-2020

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a friend and fellow bridge player from our club. Linda passed away peacefully on December 29. Her friends and bridge opponents would tell you that Linda was the authority on bridge for many years. Linda was competitive and enjoyed playing bridge with several partners. A Bridge Life Master, she was a great bridge player and schoolteacher. Linda was involved in running the Welland Bridge Club for many years and later she would assist Fran Aboud and Elinor Grill in running their clubs. Linda played bridge at all the Niagara area bridge clubs active over the years.

A private service of Linda's life will be held at a later date.

Calendar
22nd January 2021
BCON BBO Friday Open
1:30PM
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22nd January 2021
BCON BBO Friday 299er
7:30PM
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23rd January 2021
BCON BBO Saturday 99er
1:30PM
23rd January 2021
BCON BBO Saturday Open
7:00 PM
25th January 2021
BCON BBO Monday Open
1:30PM
25th January 2021
BCON BBO Monday 499er
1:15 PM
26th January 2021
BCON BBO Tuesday 299er
10:00 AM
26th January 2021
BCON BBO Tuesday Open
1:30 PM