Release 2.19n
Welcome to North Orlando Bridge Center
Location

Location:           Venue on the Lake - Maitland Civic Center

641 S. Maitland Ave., Maitland FL 32751

Phone:               321-460-2083 (Club Number - new)

                           407-435-5123 (Glen Martin)

                           407-808-7900 (Perry Poole) 

E-mail:               northorlandobridge@gmail.com 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, we will be closed for all bridge activities until further notice.

Please stay safe and restrict yourselves socially for the foreseeable future. Hopefully we can return to playing the game we love together very soon. 

In the meantime, here are two ways to support our club

Play in our virtual club games on BBO - please take survey by clicking here and see below. 

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Thank you!

PLAY IN OUR VIRTUAL CLUB GAMES

We have scheduled games again for Wednesday and Thursday all starting at 12:25 pm with the entry fee of $5.00.  Each will be an 18 board matchpoints game. 

  You will need a computer, tablet or smart phone to play on BBO.  A BBO account is needed (joining BBO is free).  Your BBO account must have your ACBL number.  You will also need to purchase some "Bridge Base Dollars" to cover your entry fee.  We hope you enjoy the chance to play with our friends and support the club. 

To see the results of these games, click here 

If you are interested in playing on-line, perform the following steps:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of Bridge Base, especially if you've been playing on BBO for a while.  To be sure, use this address to sign-in:  www.bridgebase.com/v3/  (Don't try to get there with BBO.com--it won't work).
  2. If you haven't already signed up for Bridge Base Online (BBO), try to do so at least 24 hours ahead of the game you want to play in. Once logged in, click on “BBO Help” and review how to navigate around BBO.  The Sagamore Bridge Club, one of the pioneer clubs getting all this started, has a set of videos you might want to look at if all this is very new to you.  Click here to access these videos.   
  3. These games are meant to support our club therefore, there will be a charge.  You will pay this charge using BBO$.  See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “How to add $ on BBO” for how to do this. Monday’s club game will cost each player $5.00 with 80% of this going to our club. We thank you for this support!
  4. As stated above, you must be an ACBL member to play in these games.  You must enter your ACBL number into BBO if you have one.  Do this in BBO as follows: Click on the ACBL World button. Click on Update your ACBL number - the link is in the list of horizontal links immediately below the list of pending ACBL tournaments, on the left side of your screen. Enter your username and password, then click on Submit.
  5. In your BBO account settings, you have the option of confirming your bids and plays which is recommended as it is makes it much harder to misclick.  In tournament games like these, the director is not allowed to “UNDO”. However, if there's a real mess because of an error, you can call the Director and he/she may adjust the results.
  6. You can also add a convention card to your profile. In tournament games, you or your partner must have a card or the director will force you to play according to the Standard American Yellow card.  See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “Make a BBO Conv. Card” for how to do this.
  7. Starting two hours before game time you can register to play. Go to “Competitive” and then choose “ACBL Virtual Clubs”.  You'll see our upcoming game listed with how many minutes there are until game time.
  8. If you plan to play with your regular partner, you will need to know your partner's “BBO user name”.  Note: We are adding BBO usernames to our member list. You will enter this when you register for the game. 
  9. If you do not have a partner, you can enter your name on the partnership desk for the game you want to play in.  There you can invite someone already there to be your partner or wait for someone else to come and invite you to be your partner. See the video on the Sagamore website entitled “Want a partner? Learn How” for more on this.
  10. The games are stratified by average--a third of the field in each strat. The program will stratify and seat you.
  11. Live for Clubs will send your results to you soon after the game is finished.  If you haven't signed up for this reporting, you can do so on the ACBL website via My ACBL
  12. Based on the survey responses and lessons learned from this game, we will determine when and how often we will offer additional games. 

Your feedback is important so send us your comments.

Any questions call or email Glen or Perry and we will help.

BUILDING FUND

The mission of the North Orlando Bridge Academy is to use the wonderful game of bridge as an educational tool for youth and senior adults. The Academy offers lessons for players of all levels and offers a friendly environment for enjoying our great game. Currently, the Academy rents space at the Maitland Civic Center at the cost of over $5,500 per month. The lack of a permanent home puts the pressure of incremental rental costs on club games, classes, youth bridge activities, and sectionals. With a dedicated building, the Academy could offer more games, classes, and activities for the enjoyment of bridge players in the Orlando area and to promote our great game.

The Academy is launching a Building Fund with the goal of raising $750,000 for a permanent home. Because the North Orlando Bridge Academy is a 501(c)(3) corporation, donations to the Academy are tax-deductible*. Players and members are encouraged to make a tax deductible donation.  Proper receipts will be issued for all donations for tax return purposes.  Additionally, talk to your financial advisers about including a charitable deduction to the Academy in your estate planning. Please pass along this message to friends who may be interested in making a contribution to promote our great game for the benefit of current and future players.   Remember, some donations may also be matched by your employer.  Donations should be made payable the North Orlando Bridge Academy, Inc.

*A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling 800-435-7352.  Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.

MEMBERSHIP ROSTER

Did you know that if you are an NOBC Member, you may have access to a Membership Roster with member’s rank, master points and phone numbers?  It is available on our website under the Membership button.  [Note: You must have a valid e-mail address on file with us to access this.  If you don’t, send us an e-mail and we will add it.]  The first time that you use the "Members Only" area, enter your e-mail address and click [Set/Reset Password].  It will send you an e-mail allowing you to establish a password with which to log in.

To view the list, you must log in and click on the “Member List” tab.  You can search the list or scroll through all the names.  Click on the Account tab on this page to update your information or if you wish to opt out of displaying your information in the list.  We encourage all members to review and correct their information as it easily becomes out of date.

SPECIAL EVENTS

PLAY ONLINE - SUPPORT YOUR CLUB

Support your Club by Playing in the North Orlando Bridge Center's Tournaments on BBO.  

Our next tournament will be held on Wednesday April 8th at 12:25 p.m. 

We will also have similar tournament at same time on Thursday this week. 

No online games this Friday or weekend due to religious holidays.   

If you are interested in supporting our club by playing on-line, please take our survey by clicking here.

Memberships

454 Members Last Year - 343 already in 2020

The NOBC membership fee for the remainder of 2020 is now only $25.00.  You can join or renew at anytime.  We encourage all to join or renew to save $2.00 each time you play.  All 2020 members will receive a free 2-year calendar and brand-new members will receive a free badge

Calendar
April 7, 2020
All Games & Lessons Cancelled
Ventura CC 10:30 am
Director: David Loeb
April 7, 2020
All Games & Lessons Cancelled
Interlachen CC 12:30
Director: Glen Martin
April 8, 2020
All Games & Lessons Cancelled
Maitland Noon
Director: Stan Goodman
Results
Open Pair Game
Ventura CC
Director: David & Maureen
Open and 0-499er STAC game
Maitland
Director: Geoff Jones III
Noon Open and 0-299er game
Maitland
Director: Geoff Jones III