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A Deck of Cards
Did you Know that the Traditional Deck of Playing Cards is a strikingly coherent form of a calendar?
There are 52 weeks in the year and there are 52 cards in a deck.
There are 13 weeks in each season and thus there are 13 cards in each suit.
There are 4 seasons in a year and 4 suits in a deck.
There are 12 months in a year and there are 12 court cards or picture cards. ( Jack, Queen, King )
The red cards represent the day and the black, the night.
If you let Jacks equal 11; Queens equal 12 and Kings equal 13.
Then add all the sums of the number cards as 1+2+3. etc to 13 - that equals 91 and multiply that by 4 for the four suits, you get 364. Then add one for the joker and you get 365, the number of days in a year.
Some decks have 2 jokers. Is that for a leap year?
The deck was begun when the economy was basically agrarian; thus Spades represent plowing. Clubs symbolize a flourishing and growth
Hearts symbolize a love of crops. Diamonds represent a reaping of the wealth

Edited from Diana Draffin’s memo


Quality comments:
After bridge sessions, the movers
and shakers who are putting tables and
chairs away, are often hindered in their hurculean efforts by players who insist upon standing or sitting ( - much worse, ) in the middle of the room or at the front (- much worse ) to discuss their game or the latest fashions or to indulge in just idle chit-chat. It would improve our heroes’ efforts if those players could move off to one side with their purses, and would throw kleenex
into the garbage bins instead of
onto the floor.

One of the movers!




Hoping You had a Merry, Merry Christmas and that this will be a great New Year because Rutland will be open for business on this coming Monday ( 7th.) at our normal time. Because of the amount of damage, it will be necessary for the members to pitch in to help with the setting up tables (we have none yet so we borrow from the cribbage group), with sorting cards and filling boxes and trays. All of these items were left in disarray so we will need patience and harmony to get things right again. With teamwork we can overcome these inconveniences that are sent to try us.
Happy New Year!


The info
in deck of cards is to be taken with several grains of salt. The K,Q.J. and the number system were not added till

much later in time - around the 14th C. for numbers and the Royalty in the picture

cards was certainly not oriental. The final changes in the picture cards



being made in the late 18th. C. The Chinese cards were most likely pictograms with dragons

and the like! At one time the deck included a knave.

Staff = same as last time. Exec.: Nancy Weaver, Bob Thompson,

and we need a replacement for Pia Scott. That item will be on the agenda for the next G.M. be thinking of tossing your hat in the ring. Director: Ashok Sil


How to find scoring results: On our web page, click on either the results on the left of the page or on the dates of the games played on the right of the page. The results of either the date of play you picked or those of the last few months will pop up. If you clicked on the left side, you need to click on the date of play you want to see. Click on your name and the results of all the games you played on that date will appear to the left of the page, along with the opponents you played. There are other results there as well; such as, your %’s, points earned, and what others bid and made. Members have asked how they can find specifics about their results. If you want the lead card to show, mention it to Ashok.



I have received a note back from the Centre that contains the names of active bridge players who have not paid their yearly membership fee to the Society.The Centre’s policy for determining who needs to pay a membership fee is that anyone who plays more than once a year has to become a member. There are no exceptions to this regulation, so if you obtained a life membership, it was not granted by the Centre. You still have to pay them. The fee is only $5 per year - a pretty reasonable sum that helps to keep the Society afloat. If you are not certain if you have paid, there will be a list of members paid up and unpaid on the stage, so that you can check to see if you have donated to a worthy cause. If you play, you must pay. I will send a memo to those still not having paid after a couple of weeks after Rutland reopens as a gentle reminder. If you only play on Saturdays, you can give the membership fee to the person(s) collecting the session fee.


Last updated : 5th Jan 2019 13:01 CST




  1. There will be a meeting at 12:30 on Monday, June 24th. before the game in the crib room to discuss the two issues that are raised herein.

  2. The executive will be asking that prize money still uncollected after two months revert to our small slush fund.

  3. As you know, the Society’s fiscal year has just begun so that all bridge players need to pay for a new membership. The fee is $5 - a bargain at twice the price. Anyone who has not paid after one session will be deemed a non-member and will barred from playing. There will be a desk set up at the front which will allow three people at a time to pay and get their membership card. Please do not crowd the table - wait till there are vacancies. Each membership card is numbered. Please do not leave the room with a blank card as, if it is lost or used, the club is responsible. I had this happen on Saturday. There is one card outstanding and I am pretty certain that the person who took it was getting it for a friend, but in the panic of the moment I failed to recognize what was happening. It was my fault that the card was taken. Mia culpa.

4. What happens when a player shows up once in the year, does not pay for a membership and comes 1st., 2nd., or 3rd.? It’s a conundrum.

This message has been used before, but like all good ideas, it needs repeating. Players tend to forget there is a “please” after the comma.



Rutland Seniors Duplicate Bridge Annual Report

As for others, 2018/19 was also a difficult year for Rutland Seniors Bridge. The attendance at the Centre for June, July, January to the end of May was 3781.
After the fire, thanks to Ashok, and Leslie Sil and Bob Thompson, we found two venues to continue to play bridge. First three times a week but in Nov./Dec., only twice. From August to December we had 1782 people playing.
The executive decided that, because of the much higher rent, we could not afford to give prizes, pay people to collect or grant free plays. The executive kept records of the number of players, cost of the director, coffee and goodies, deposited the money, and paid the rent. It’s all recorded on the spread sheets.
We ended up with a surplus with which we bought another four Bridge Mates, and provided lunch for our G.M.
At the G.M. we decided to tighten our belts in order to pay the Society back the funds that were spent for the other Bridge Mates which were not included in the 2018/2019 budget. We succeeded in doing that by not having any treats with our coffee with our coffee, no free plays, and not paying a member for collecting the money.
A few people helped making the coffee, but for collecting the money, only Sue Miall volunteered. She has faithfully done it. The rest of the collecting landed on the executive. It is an onerous and time consuming task. Parkinson Centre has a paid employee and a volunteer doing it. They don’t need to make up the envelopes to pay the winners. Many of our players are older, have difficulty moving, or just don’t feel able to do the task. If we don’t pay for collecting, we certainly will never find anyone to volunteer for the executive positions again. The Rutland Seniors Duplicate Bridge Group is grateful to be able play at the Centre. We hope to work smoothly with the executive to make the coming year joyous to us all.

Thank you




We are faced with an ongoing problem. At the last G.M. we passed two resolutions - one: that the club be entirely volunteer and two: that the collectors of each session be volunteer as well. The problem with that resolution is that we got only one volunteer - thank you Susan Miall for the great job you are doing. So the executive is put in the position of having to do all the work. As Pia points out in her year end report - that makes the job of getting volunteers to act as executives virtually impossible as finding volunteers for positions on the exec are already impossible. Conscription is not a solution for finding volunteers. So we are in the position of trying to defend an unenforceable resolution. We need either to have someone come forward to collect monies on Wednesday and Saturday. Those people need to be responsible for collecting in perpetuity for every day that they have made a commitment. Or we need to pay for the services like the Society does. The executive is solidly behind these recommendations.

By m.e.

Newsletter staff - same as always.

Many thanks to Flo Sider for all the work she has done for the club.

All facts and errors are mine.



Last updated : 29th Jun 2019 11:08 CDT