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Two of our members no longer with us...

Ethel Matheson
  Passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 95 years of age. She loved her family and friends, had a vibrant personality, and believed that it was better to laugh than cry. Ethel was an avid bridge player, a long-time member at BCON, who enjoyed coming out for our socials, dressed to the “nines”. She had a keen fashion sense, and even into her nineties refused to wear "old lady shoes." We will miss her and the joy that she brought to the tables. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.hulseandenglish.com

Josephine DeRose
Jo DeRose, passed away in her 100th year. She was born and grew up in Thorold. Many of our longer term members will remember Jo. She loved to play bridge and enjoyed playing at BCON. Jo travelled extensively, was an avid reader, loved bridge and opera, Pavarotti being her favourite performer. A celebration of life will take place when we can gather safely.

Welcome to BCON!
2E Tremont Drive #5, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, L2T 3B2

Conveniently located off Hwy 406, across from the Pen Centre in St. Catharines Ontario, we are proud to have over 400 members. We are a member owned, and volunteer run club drawing from the entire Niagara Region. Currently, our club is closed due to Covid 19 restrictions. We look forward to having you visit us at our newly renovated facility once we re-open. Meanwhile, we offer both open and restricted games six days a week through Virtual Clubs on Bridge Base Online. Please see the calendar on your right to find a game. For more information, please contact us.               

                                 

BCON & 7th Annual Alzheimer Society of Niagara Fundraiser

For the past 6 years you, our generous members, have donated over $26,000 to Alzheimer Society of Niagara through our annual June Fundraiser.  In recognition of this generosity, Alzheimer Society is in the process of erecting a Plaque on their Donor Wall acknowledging “Members of Bridge Centre of Niagara”.

To those members who have donated in the past, the Alzheimer Society is sincerely grateful. This year, I ask you again to consider a tax deductible donation. To those members who have not yet made a donation, I appeal to you to consider it this year.  Our Bridge Centre has not charged membership fees because of the pandemic.  May I suggest you direct some of the Fee equivalent as your donation.  If each member donated their membership fee it would amount to approximately $20,000! 

HOW DO I DONATE?

  • By Cheque:  Payable to Alzheimer Society of Niagara  (addressed to me:  Brid O’Reilly,  33 Parklane Crescent, St. Catharines, L2T 3T9)
    You will be issued a receipt from Alzheimer Society for amount in excess of $20.

  • Through Canada Helps.org  website**. (You will receive Tax receipt directly for 100% of your donation. Alzheimer Society receives all but 4% processing fee).

**If you use this method, please send an email to niagara@bridgewebsemail.com indicating you donated  so that it can be included in the Club’s fundraising effort.

This appeal will conclude by July 9.

I thank you again for considering this most worthwhile donation, remembering those who cannot.  Please send an email to niagara@bridgewebsemail.com if you have any questions.

Wishing you all well until we meet in person.

Brid (O’Reilly)

2C Opening Bids, Important-Please Read
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2C opening bids

The ACBL changes to charts and alert procedures included some important features that have not been well publicized. One of these affects 2C opening bids. The Charts include a definition of a very strong hand, which is what is assumed when you open 2C. ..........

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Update from your Board of Directors, Feb 5th
Update from your Board of Directors, Feb 5th
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Facilities Update

The Board is very pleased to announce that we have completed negotiations with our Landlord, thanks to Claude Tremblay for doing an excellent job for our club. Our new lease is effective February 1st 2021. By reducing our space we will save $3290 per month for 11 months. ..........

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***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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Calendar
22nd June 2021
BCON BBO Tuesday 299er
10:00 AM
22nd June 2021
BCON BBO Tuesday Open
1:30 PM
23rd June 2021
BCON BBO Wednesday Open
1:30 P.M
23rd June 2021
BCON BBO Wednesday 199er
7:00 PM
24th June 2021
BCON BBO Thursday 499er
1:30 PM
24th June 2021
BCON BBO Thurday Open
7:00 PM
25th June 2021
BCON BBO Friday Open
1:30PM
25th June 2021
BCON BBO Friday 299er
7:00PM