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Take Me Out to the Bridge Game

What a month it has been since I last wrote one of these missives.  Did you miss me? 😊

The Naomi Ellis Memorial Tournament, on Friday April 22nd, was a great testament to Naomi.  There were 24 tables which means that almost 100 people played to honor Naomi and enjoy the fellowship of people who knew her.  Gloria Mccain gave a moving tribute to Naomi.  Naomi we miss you!

As of May 1st, the Tuesday game will be cancelled.  There has not been much attendance despite Jeff Ritchie’s efforts.  We will reevaluate the viability of a Tuesday game in the fall.

OMBC is now offering a Newcomer Came on Saturday mornings, directed by David Hoyle. The program will start at 9:00 a.m. with a ½ hour lesson followed by a 15-18 board game. This is designed for those just starting on their bridge journey and is limited to players with 20 or less Masterpoints. Please spread the word and encourage your friends and family to participate. Cost is $5 per game.

A shout out to Peter H. Peng who recently earned the rank of Gold Life Master.  Bravo!

The Advisory Committee that was formed to help us move to a new site after our lease expires in November of 2023 has met several times and is exploring possible new locations.  More work needs to be done and the OMBC Board is grateful to the hard-working committee members.

The Board of Directors met on Friday afternoon (busy day for some of us) and we have decided to publish on our website the local charity receiving the players’ generous donations.

Last, but not least, we had someone play in the Naomi Ellis Memorial Tournament who was diagnosed the next day with Covid 19.  The person played in the open room and was sitting N/S. Covid-19 is highly contagious so we suggest everyone take appropriate precautions.  I would also remind everyone that in the Spring of 2021 we installed the HALO System that has been shown to kill 99.9% of viruses within 3 feet of movement.  It was for this reason that it was installed.

See you at the Bridge table for fun and fellowship.

Bob Buhrmann-President
Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center

April is Chairty Month

All games are $1 extra for lots of extra points.

NAOMI ELLIS MEMORIAL

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP CHARITY GAME

Naomi Ellis passed away on March 31, 2022.  She was loved by all of us and will be missed forever.  We will hold a special Club Championship Charity Memorial Game on Friday, April 22, 20022 at OMBC.  Please plan to attend and honor this very special person!

Take Me Out to the Bridge Game

There is a song from the 60’s or 70’s (I’m dating myself) by someone like Bob Dylan or Simon & Garfunkel with the lyrics “The times they are changing.  That is certainly true for Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center (OMBC). It is exciting.  In my last missive I relayed how our lease would not be renewed in 2023.  I want to update you on what has happened since.  We had a meeting with the developer Bishop Beale Duncan and discussed ideas for us to more forward.  They promised to send us a list of properties that met our needs.  We got the first list from them and Chris Kindt has also found what might be a suitable place.  We will start to visit these sometime soon.  Since we have 20 more months, we are probably not going to enter into any leases soon but we do need to get an idea of what is out there and what it looks like.

This City has also put us in touch with the Orange County Real Estate division and we are swapping phone calls but I expect we will touch base next week.  They may also have something for us.  We won’t know until we talk to them.

We have formed an Advisory Committee to make recommendations to the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center (OMBC).  The committee is tasked with looking at everything we do and figure out what is appropriate moving forward.  They will tackle issues such as do we need to become a 501-3c (Charitable organization), so that people who donate money can get a tax benefit? It is one of the ways we may pay off the Bondholders.  Also, to be discussed is should we merge with another club?  If so, what are the benefits and what are the disadvantages?  A third issue is how can the Center get more money?  Are there revenue opportunities or cost savings available? These are all issues to be tackled.  There are more but those will do for a start.  This will take some time but we have the time now.

Now for a bit of sad news.  David and Maureen Loeb have decided to stop directing games and giving lessons.  When they came, we hoped they would be able to grow the Thursday and Sunday games but unfortunately it didn’t work out and they made a decision to stop.  We thank them, wish them well, and hope to see them at the bridge table in the coming days.  Andrew Wilkin has also stopped the Wednesday night game.  It to did not attract enough players to make it worthwhile.  We also wish Andrew the best, thank him for trying, and hope to see him at the bridge table also.

Bob Buhrmann-President
Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center

OMBC Event Schedule

Upgraded Club Championship April 18 - 24

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STaC (Sectional Tournament at Club) games award silver points and cost an additional $1
STaC weeks for 2022:

  • January 10 - 16
  • March 7 - 13
  • Mar 28 - Apr 3
    (District 9 Royal STaC)
  • October 17 - 23
  • November 14 - 20
2021 Longest Day Update

Checks should be made out to the Alzheimer’s Association.
In the memo line put Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center so that we get credit for it.
The mailing address is:

Orlando Metropolitan Bridge Center
756 Bennett Rd
Orlando, FL 32803

Total Raised:  $9,044

Goal:  $6000

Member Rank Changes

April  2022
Peter H Peng - Gold Life Master

August  2021
David Loeb - Sapphire Life Master
Pat Bruno - Junior Master

July  2021
Arlene McCord - Regional Master

May. 2021
Katherine Bybee - Silver Life Master

April. 2021
Geoff Jones - Gold Life Master

70% Games

Gloria McCain &  Gerard Rescek
  70.64% on April 18, 2022

Bruce Walters & Becky Kovaleski
  71.50% on February 14, 2022

Flo Sena & Yvonne Cobb
  74.58% on December 16, 2021

Gloria McCain & Eileen Easterling
  72.50% on December 14, 2021

Judy Hasan & Chet Harmon
  70.63% on December 09, 2021

Chris Kindt & Jane Formet
  75% on November 23, 2021

Liz Harris & Sarah Taft
  76.25% on October 21, 2021

Geoff Jones & John Reitz
  72.09% on October 20, 2021

Liz Harris & Sarah Taft
  70% on October 14, 2021

Fred Fedler & Elizabeth Cragin
  71% on August 27, 2021

Brendan Snyder & Bill McShea
  71.87% on August 21, 2021

William Alexander & John Reitz
  70.71% on August 6, 2021