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Membership Forms

BOTE membership application:
Membership Application.pdf

Waiver of Liability:
Waiver of Liability.pdf

BOTE Reopening Waiver
Reopening Waiver.pdf

2024 BOTE Membership Renewal

More information will be available in late October or early November on the 2024 membership renewal. 

Contact Board Members

A link has been established that will allow
members to send ONE (1) email message
that will be viewed by ALL Board Members:

Books for Loan

Library:The "Information" tab
above provides a list of bridge books.

Our Bridge Library is being Revised & Updated
Our Bridge Library is being Revised & Updated

Thanks to our generous donors, the Club, over the years, has been able to build a comprehensive collection of bridge books on a variety of topics, past and present. With the Covid interruptions, all the books, like our cards and tables were left to gather dust.
Now we are back full time, with feather dusters in our back pocket so with the addition of a few new bridge books, it seemed like the time was right to update our Library.
We have installed new shelving in the storage room to increase our shelf space and we will be introducing a new numbering system to make the book access system easier.
We’ve also noticed a few keeners may still have some books out on extended loan, that others maybe are looking for. We promise no overdue fees but we would like them returned in order to set them up in the new system. Now if you’re still reading – these bridge books can take time - just let Rahul or Regina know and we can note it.
We will let you know when the reorganization is complete. But in the meantime if you want to borrow some good bridge literature, please contact Regina.

Waiver of Liability
During the Covid crisis, our Club, like many, had a serious revenue shortage that threatened its very existence. We were able to withstand those extensive losses due to two main factors, first, previous Boards had wisely reserved a ‘rainy day’ contingency fund that allowed us to continue to pay our bills and second, we made serious financial cuts to our operating budget, including Director fees and the Manager’s salary, in order to survive the lean months.

Previously, when we had a strong, steady revenue stream, the Club carried extensive insurance to protect all its volunteers, Directors, teachers and the Club Manager from any personal liability, that might arise in the course of carrying out their duties. The insurance cost over $2,000 a year, significant for a small club. At the fall ‘22 AGM it was proposed and accepted by the Membership that this insurance be cancelled as a financial saving. It was agreed that the actual risks of sustaining personal injury from playing bridge were minimal and that we all could, as responsible adults, accept those risks collectively and individually.It was also decided to include a waiver of responsibility, to protect our staff and volunteers, in the conditions of Membership to reflect the lack of insurance coverage.All present members will be asked to sign the waiver and any new members will be asked to sign on joining. Should any member be unwilling to agree to such a waiver and wish to rescind their membership please notify us of this choice and we will refund their membership fees. 

Our new Waiver of Liability form is attached. Please take the time  to read it carefully.

Your 2022-23 Board of Directors

Please remember that Bridge on the Edge is a scent-free bridge club. We have several members who are severely allergic to scent.

Welcome to Bridge On The Edge

Web Site

Welcome to the website of Bridge on the Edge, based in St. John's, NL, Canada.  In 2016 we became a player owned bridge club.  We support a respectful culture, both at the bridge table and in all BOTE communications, for the enjoyment and growth of all members.  

Please check with any Board member if you need additional information.

Members who want to use the member's functions (ie bookings etc), please ensure you've accessed the site using the bridgeweb link

Continuing Education Update and Call for Common Convention Topics
Continuing Education Update and Call for Common Convention Topics

Our very own Rahul Chandra, Club Manager and sought after partner, is offering two lessons to help us with Common Convention calls. These classes will be held on Thursday October 12th and 19th, 10:00-12:00pm at the Swilers’ club. Cost is $10, pay as you go, and sign-up is on our website. These classes are suitable for Intermediate players. 

The first class on Thursday 12th will cover what to do when asking for keycards and if you need more information after the initial response.

It will include:- 1430, queen ask, king ask, what happens in competition (DEPO etc) and how to handle voids. Also, if there is time,  how to determine  ..  where is the trump suit?  Who should ask? What keycard is and is not?  When to ask and when not to?

Great information to help us reach those elusive slams with fewer points.

The second class on Thursday 19th will deal with one of the most common conventions, Stayman and some followups:

- major/minor hands
- slam interest (with fit and without)
- garbage Stayman and crawling Stayman
- competition
- interactions (Smolen, Texas Transfer)

Again, great information to improve our bidding tools and help us reach the correct contract. 

The classes will include instruction from Rahul and then play with pre-dealt hands to reinforce the taught material. Take this great opportunity to learn about these common situations that will help you reach the optimal contract. For further information contact

FYI  We hope to offer Continuing Education on Thursday mornings through to the end of November. Please let us know if there is any topic you would like to see covered or if you would be willing to teach a topic.  Stay tuned for further information.

Board of Directors Meetings September 13th 2023
Board of Directors Meetings September 13th 2023

Minutes of the Board meeting of September 13th 2023 can be found by accessing the Information tab on the left and opening the Minutes link 


It's a Time for New Beginnings at BOTE

As schools usually start in the fall, this season has come to be associated with new beginnings. When summer wanes and the leaves begin to turn red and brown, students are eager to settle into the routine of learning again. What fun! Everyone wants to take advantage of the summer sun’s energy, and bridge players are no different.

The first BOTE Beginner Class since 2019 saw 12 new students enrolled and excited to learn our wonderful game. Sandy, Peter Brown, Judy, Brenda, Jan, Elaine, Peter, Leslie, Nina, Sharon, (with Rick & Lorelei arriving on Thursday) all engaged in animated discussion as they began the first fall session in high gear. It was wonderful to see your  bridge enthusiasm.


After a very successful summer turnout, it sure was great to see 11 full tables, (yes it has been a while), show up for the Duplicate Open Pairs Game on Monday afternoon. To add to our delight it was wonderful to see Shog back at the table, also nice to welcome Darleen, home again & a pleasant surprise to see two visiting players, Jill & John in from their Club in Ontario.

When the dust finally settled on a somewhat lively afternoon, and the BridgeMates shut down as the final results were tallied, Deirdre Davis & Mary Lou Martin continued their winning ways to capture first overall- NORTH/SOUTH. They were followed in a close second by Peggy Pope & Esther Dooling. After surviving a few over exuberant doubles, Rahul & Shakti, placed third.

In the EAST/WEST seats, Richard Lash & Raye Lundrigan had a very strong game to easily grab first overall; our Ontario visitors, Jill Thompson & John Rayner locked up second place a little ahead of third place finishers, Nellie Burke & Bev Moore.

Congratulations to all who placed and to all who competed, it was wonderful to see all those smiling faces fill up the room again.



With nine full tables last week and the same number this week, Tom Dale & Deidre Davis had their hands full as their ever-popular Supervised Play continued to gather momentum. Tom opened his regular morning mini-lecture with ‘Responding to Minor Suit Openings’ as one of the more well received offerings. Tom will offer his mini lectures on important bridge topics as Supervised Play continues throughout our fall schedule every Monday morning. A great place to practice your bridge skills with hands on expert guidance from Tom & Deirdre.

What's Happening in October
What's Happening in October

Supervised Play  9:30am
Beginner Lesson 10:00am
Open Pairs 1:00pm

Open Pairs 6:30pm

Learning Events 10:00am
Open Pairs 1:00pm

0-99 MP 1:00pm

Keep an eye out for Club Appreciation Team and Pair Games in October which will award extra points.

3 (Three) Table Minimum

Please note: There is a 3 (Three) Table Minimum for bridge to go ahead. If less than the required number of tables are registered by 10:00 am, the game for that day will be cancelled.

3rd October 2023
Tue Evening - Open Pairs
6:30 PM
Director: Brian Collins
5th October 2023
Thur -2/1 Game Forcing Lesson
10:00 am
5th October 2023
Thur Afternoon- Open Pairs
1:00 PM
Director: Roy Perry
Dealer: Fran Cook
Table Set Up: Anne Hughes