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Welcome to Sedona Bridge Center
February 2024 Rank Achievements

Congratulations on achieving your new ACBL Ranking!

Rank Recipient
Ruby Life Master William M Kinney
Bronze Life Master Mark R Ducharme
Club Master Amy Light
Junior Master Karen Larson
Robert M Donnelly RIP

Robert Donnelly Obituary

Published by Legacy Remembers from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2024.

Sedona - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert Marvin "Bob" Donnelly, 81 - a beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend - after complications from heart surgery.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Richard Donnelly and Marion Donnelly.

Bob is survived by his partner Bonne Pace, son Brian Donnelly, daughter Megan Howard, along with Megan's husband Ron, and grandchildren Brooke, Bridget, Liam, Lochlan, Sean, Morgan, and Tyler. He is also survived by his siblings: Richard Donnelly (Susan), Karen Egizi, Patricia Donnelly, Dennis Donnelly (Christiane), Michele Evans, Barbara Donnelly (Chris Connor), and Mary Requa (Hal). Bob's extended family includes numerous nieces and nephews, each of whom held a special place in his heart. It was through his family that Bob derived his greatest joy.

Bob graduated from Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, California, in 1960. He later earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from California State University, Northridge, setting the foundation for a career in finance, which began at the Pacific Coast Stock Exchange in Los Angeles. The next step in his journey brought him to Chicago to become a Member and Director of the Board of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, leaving an indelible mark on the industry. Bob touched many people on and off the exchange with his integrity and kindness.

A passionate sailor, Bob's place of Zen was on the open water. He spent many summers on the racing circuit on Lake Michigan, including participation in 20+ Chicago to Mackinac Island Races, having won his section in 1988 aboard the boat he co-owned, Cruachan. He also sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in 2014.

Beyond sailing, Bob enjoyed Bridge, cards, and Scrabble. His competitive spirit and love for games were evident to anyone lucky enough to engage in a friendly match with him.

In remembering Bob, we celebrate a life well-lived and a legacy of love, adventure, and friendship. His zest for life and genuine, affable nature made him a friend to everyone he met. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.

A celebration of life to honor Bob will be held February 17, 2024 in Santa Barbara, California.

May he rest in peace, sailing the eternal seas, and may his family and friends find comfort in the cherished memories they shared with him.

To plant trees in memory, please visit the Sympathy Store.

January 2024 Rank Achievements

Congratulations on achieving your new ACBL Ranking!

Rank Recipient
Bronze Life Master William A Sabo
NABC Master Carol Wirkus
Palm Springs Regional Update

Congratulations to Thomas Shannon, Pat McCreary, Jackie Haugen and Bill Kinney for their first place in the Soloway Knockout Teams 10 event at the Palm Springs Regional tournament! They were awarded 13 gold master point for the win.

Also, congratulations to Mark Ducharme and his teammates who took first place in the Soloway Knockout Teams 6 event and received 17.45 gold master points.

Annual Meeting Highlights

On Wednesday, December 6, 2023 our annual membership meeting was held. Here are a few highlights from the meeting:

  • Bill Phillips was recognized for his contributions to our club by being named the 2023 Mimi Esser award winner.
  • David Johnson gave a treasurers report which indicates that the club is more or less breaking even.
  • Pat McCreary, Roni Jelm, Carolyn Blechac & Irwin Sheer were re-elected to new 2 year terms on our board of directors.
  • An Increase Interest Committee was formed to address issues that were discussed regarding mentoring new players.
December 2023 Rank Advancements

Congratulations on achieving your new ACBL Ranking!

Rank Recipient
Life Master David A Johnson
NABC Master Thomas M Shannon
Congratulations - New Life Master!

Congratulations to David Johnson for achieving the rank of Life Master!

David placed second at the Kachina Sectional in Bracketed Swiss Teams with teammates: Jackie Haugen, Bill Kinney & Irwin Sheer winning 3.4 silver MPs.

 

Jan Birkett RIP

Joanne (Jan) Bean Birkett, 92, passed away October 27, 2023 at her daughter’s home in Marana, Arizona. 

She was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on June 18, 1931 to Marcus H. and Claire T. Bean. She was raised there with her brothers Roger and Michael. She left home to attend Brigham Young University, where she met and married Gene Elliott Tuttle.  They eventually divorced, and Jan married Victor Trost from Sedona, Arizona.  After a short time, Vic passed away. Jan then met John Birkett from Flagstaff, Arizona. They were married for 40 years, living in both Sedona and Flagstaff.  The last few years of their lives were spent in Tucson, Arizona.

Jan had many interests and talents.  Her career choices included being a legal secretary and real estate broker.  She was an avid bridge player, achieving Ruby Life Master status.  She loved to knit beautiful sweaters, baby blankets and hats for many family members. She was never without a book to read, and finished a New York Times crossword puzzle daily.  She was a fantastic cook and enjoyed entertaining. Jan loved and included everyone in her large family, holding gatherings to keep them all connected.

Jan was preceded in death by John in 2019 and is survived by her children Suzy (Zane) Kartchner, Marc (Charlotte) Tuttle, Bonnie Trost, Jim (Barb) Trost, Barb (Gary) Giordano, Pam (Kevin) Tschantre, Barb (Jason) Vaughn, Janet (Jeff) Kurth and John (Lisa) Birkett as well as 23 grandchildren who fondly call her Nonna. She is also survived by her brothers Roger (Joyce) Bean and Michael (Jocelyn (dec.)) Bean.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13555 N. Lon Adams Rd, Marana, AZ from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.  Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will occur at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 201 W. University Drive, Flagstaff, AZ on Tuesday, November 7 at 1:00 p.m.

Taos Regional

Congratulations to Bill Kinney Elaine Colokathis Tom Shannon & Jackie Haugen for taking second place in the Soloway Knockout Teams 2 event earning 11.47 Gold MPs.

Results
Open Swiss Teams GNT Qualifier
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Open Pairs Educational Foundation 2x points
Online 11AM
Director: Jackie Haugen
Robot Extravaganza Educational Foundation 2x Points
Online 11 AM
Director: Pat McCreary
Open Pairs Educational Foundation 2x points
Online 11AM
Director: Pat McCreary
Open Pairs Educational Foundation
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: George Welsh
Open Pairs Educational Foundation
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art Warrick
Open Pairs Educational Foundation
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Open Pairs NABC Fundraiser 2x points
Online 11 AM
Director: Bill Phillips
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: George Welsh
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Open Pairs NABC Fundraiser 2x points
Online 11AM
Director: Pat McCreary
Robot Extravaganza Junior Fund 2x Points
Online 11 AM
Director: Jackie Haugen
Open Pairs Junior Fund 2x Points
Online 11 AM
Director: Anne Neeter
Pro Am Junior Fund 2x Points
Online 11 AM
Director: Jackie Haugen
STaC Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
STaC Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art Warrick
STAC Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Calendar
Fri Feb 23, 2024
Open Pairs
Online 11 AM
Director: Anne Neeter
Mon Feb 26, 2024
Random Partner ProAm Club Championship
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Tue Feb 27, 2024
Open Pairs Club Championship
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art Warrick
Wed Feb 28, 2024
Open Pairs Club Championship
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: George Welsh
Fri Mar 1, 2024
Open Pairs
Online 11 AM
Director: Pat McCreary
Sat Mar 2, 2024
Robot Extravaganza partner with Robot
Online 11 AM
Director: Jackie Haugen
Sun Mar 3, 2024
Daylight Savings 50% Red
Online 11AM
Director: Anne Neeter
Mon Mar 4, 2024
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Tue Mar 5, 2024
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art Warrick
Wed Mar 6, 2024
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: George Welsh
Thu Mar 7, 2024
Pro Am
Online 11 AM
Director: Jackie Haugen
Fri Mar 8, 2024
Open Pairs
Online 11 AM
Director: Jackie Haugen
Mon Mar 11, 2024
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Tue Mar 12, 2024
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art Warrick
Wed Mar 13, 2024
Open Pairs
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: George Welsh
Fri Mar 15, 2024
Open Pairs
Online 11 AM
Director: Ron Mohney
Sat Mar 16, 2024
Robot Extravaganza partner with Robot
Online 11 AM
Director: Pat McCreary
Mon Mar 18, 2024
Open Pairs ACBL Membership
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Pat McCreary
Tue Mar 19, 2024
Open Swiss Teams ACBL Membership
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: Art Warrick
Wed Mar 20, 2024
Open Pairs ACBL Membership
FtF JCSVV 1 PM
Director: George Welsh