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Feel free to contact Bud Stowe with any suggestions or updates.

News Page

This page has information and news of interest to the members.

For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Note older news items are "archived" in the Old News Items section.

The Return To Live Bridge

Live Games:

Due to the most recent CDC guidelines on COVID-19, people entering the Bridgehouse in Cobblestone Square-

   1. Must provide proof to have completed a Covid-19 vaccination protocol at least 2 weeks ago.

   2. Masks are NOT required but you are welcome to wear one and follow other safety measures.

   3. No food or smoking is allowed in the building.

   4. Please return chairs under tables as you found them.

One other thing. We will be using new BridgeMate scoring pads (like often used at tournaments).
We may have glitches initially, so please be patient with Nancy & Gregg till we get things working smoothly.
 

Specail Awards on the Return to Live Bridge:

A> First Lead Out of Turn (Won Tuesday 6/1 by Charlotte Hubbell)

B> First Call Out of Turn

C> First admitted error due to having a card in the wrong suit.

And the top "Return to Live Bridge" award goes to:

D> First revoke.

Last updated : Jun 20, 2021 22:30 CDT
Joanie

Hooray for Joan Anderson!

Joan, now of Laguna Woods, CA, has reached 10,000 points
and is now a Platinum Life Master. Congrats, Joan. We all miss you!

 

Last updated : Jun 19, 2021 20:31 CDT
May 7th announcement on reopening

May 7th planned reopening announcement:

The Bridge House will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

In order to enter the building, everyone will be required to provide proof of vaccination - NO EXCEPTIONS! Your second or last shot will need to have been at least 2 weeks before coming to play. We will keep a running list, so basically it will just be the first time that you come to the bridge house that your card will be required.

Before we return, the building will undergo a thorough cleaning and sanitization, and it will be cleaned 1-2 times per week once games resume.

We want to keep exposure for our members to any and all viruses to a minimum. Therefore, everyone must wear a mask. It has been decided that drinks will be acceptable, but you are not to drink at the table. Please excuse yourself when your round is done and then take your drink to a socially distanced area or outside in order keep germs at a minimum. Coffee will be offered. No food will be permitted in the building.

It is unavoidable to have people touching the same items - most notably, cards, bidding boxes and the BridgeMates. Everyone will need to supply their own hand sanitizer. It is now readily available in stores and can be carried in your purse or pocket.

 

We are excited to have the chance to finally play in person! We will review all of these policies after the first month to see how well they are working for everyone. Our goal is to make this as safe and painless for everyone.

 

We hope to see you soon.

Last updated : May 30, 2021 13:37 CDT
Last BBO Schedule Before Reopening

BBO Games:

This was the BBO Schedule for last few months up to May 31, 2021:

MONDAY
1:00 PM   0-1000

TUESDAY
6:30 PM  0-1000

WEDNESDAY
1:00 PM  0-300

THURSDAY
1:00 PM  0-1000

SATURDAY
1:00 PM 0-1000

SUNDAY
1:00 PM 0-500

Last updated : May 30, 2021 13:40 CDT
About Bridge Center Donations

Bridge House Donations:

There is another article further down below asking to help the Bridge Center during this pandemic period. Please check it out.
Please direct any questions or concerns to Ron Neilsen.

Updates have been placed on the the News Page as they come in.

Clarification:

Checks should be made out to:
Bridge House Corporation

and to assure proper delivery mail directly to:

Lee Slorah
9650 Forest Ave
Clive  IA 50325

Last updated : May 30, 2021 13:38 CDT
Playing Bridge on Bridge Base Online (BBO)

Online Info:

RESULTS for all the recent Virtual Club Games. (<-- best route to results directly on BBO)

NOTE: In order to get Results for any BBO game uploaded, I need the BBO credentials of someone who played in the event. I do not have many for the 0-300 group.

 

Concerns for setup and/or parnerships should be directed to Nancy Wilson (515)710-0808.

Or Rich Newell (515)518-0029 can help with BBO questions/issues.

 

How To Use BBO:

Here's a thorough tutorial on How To Use BBO(11+ minutes)

The self-alert method used on BBO is often confusing for newcomers.
Here's a short video that helps explain how it is used.
If you're still unsure how to alert on BBO, please view this (2+ minutes).

Want to know what those numbers are on people's BBO profile?
Here's the explanation.
 


BBO Usernames are now shown on the Members Details (listing) in the Members Only Section
They are sortable here too! (So you can order by BBO Username to find out who's who easier!)

BTW, if results only show your BBO Username and are not converted to your real name, you need to modify your profile in Members Only -or- contact Bud and let him know.

Last updated : May 15, 2021 21:13 CDT
Last 2020 News

Sad News:

Dee Wilson has passed away. His contributions to the Unit/District and as a long-time club owner will be missed.
Condolences to Nancy and her family. Evidently, due to the times, there will be no service.
 

It is with heavy heart that I note my dear friend, neighbor, ex-coworker, and very gracious Terry Swanson passed away last night. She will be missed by us all.

Steve Mosena, Bonnie's husband passed away last Saturday.

 

Interesting News:

Pete Wityk received a Christmas card from John Jackson who currently is residing in Chicago area. Pete has his address for any old-timers that might be interested. {I'm not sure which John is older (Jackson or Gustafson).}
 

Last updated : Jan 11, 2021 09:49 CST
Update From Corporation

Dear Fellow Bridge Players,

     We continue to thank all who have generously contributed to our paying of rent and utilities.  We have a balance of $12,294.47 in the checking account, which will keep us solvent until March or April.

     Ron Nielsen, our president, has negotiated for a $500.00 abatement and a $800.00 deferment with our landlord for the next six months.  Our payments will now be $2,300 instead of $3,600 plus utilities per month. 

     We realize that when we return to the bridge house our numbers will be down, but we feel our landlord will work with us until we have some normalcy.

     Wishing you all a very happy holiday.  Stay safe and healthy.

                                                               Sincerely,

                                               The  Corporation Board

Ron Nielsen, Lee Slorah, Bob Yeates, Jim McGinn, Dianne Swieskowski, and Jessie Chance

December 21, 2020

Last updated : Dec 21, 2020 12:22 CST
Some September-October News

Some More Sad News:

Sad to report that Gary Reed has passed away.

I have been informed that Elaine Elsner has passed away.

Also, Bill Tracy passed away recently.

I've been informed that Bill Kent is in final stages of cancer. He will be moved to a hospice this week.
He had been a bridge icon of Unit 163 and will be missed.
 

Congratulations:

Gloria Edman has become a new Life Master and at the Bronze level.
Congrats, Gloria.

And Liz Rosenthal has also just become a Life Master.

 

New Bridge Classes Announced:

Rich Newell plans on giving bridge lessons via Zoom.
Check out details within the Bridge Classes menu section.

Last updated : Oct 24, 2020 09:49 CDT

November 5, 2020 Update:

Dear Fellow Bridge Players,

     The Corporation Board  wishes to thank all of the people who have contributed so far to the fund to keep the bridge house solvent.  We appreciate your willingness to help out financially during this pandemic..  We are doing everything we can to keep our facility so we will have a place to resume play.  

     Our expenses are $4100 per month. This includes rent, CAM (common area maintenance) and utilities. 

     So far our contributions have amounted to $12,600.00.  This will help immensely the next couple of months.  Ron Nielsen has met with our landlord in an effort to get a reduction in rent for the remainder of the pandemic.  

     We hope you are all staying safe and healthy.

                                              Sincerely,

                                          Bridge House Corporation

Ron Nielsen, Lee Slorah,  Bob Yeates, Jim McGinn, Dianne Swieskowski, and Jessica Chance


The Greater Des Moines Bridge House

("A 501.3(c) Corporation")

Greetings to fellow bridge players! We are hopeful that you are doing well and staying safe during this Pandemic.

As most of you are aware, the game owners have not had bridge games at the bridge house since March of 2020. The Bridge House Corporation continues to pay rent on the facility. This has resulted in a significant cash drain of the resources of the Bridge House Corporation. Our long-term plan was to have cash reserves to handle a short term period where games could not be played. In June, we approached the landlord to see if we could get some relief in our rent. They provided a $500 a month decrease to us for the months of July and August. This still leaves us $2,500 a month short of our monthly obligations. We have explored options to apply for grants or forgivable loans, but we have no payroll and most of the programs have been directed to job protection.

Many Players' have contributed to the Bridge House Corporation enabling us to furnish and decorate our current facility. We appreciate the generosity of our players. We have invested over $100,000 in our current facility. The Board of Directors met this last week to discuss what options we have during this pandemic. As fiduciaries, we take our responsibility very seriously as it relates to the contributions made by players.

We currently have enough reserve funds to pay rent for about two to three months. At that time, our reserve funds will be exhausted and probably face eviction and potential litigation for the balance of the rent. At that time, we would probably lose our entire investment in the facility. This places us in a quandary. We risk losing a $100,000 investment and will not have a facility to play bridge when it is safe for all of us to play. We are going to meet with the landlord and ask for more consideration, but they are not under any obligation to make further concessions.

We are reaching out to all of you to share our current dilemma and propose a plan to help us through this difficult time. As Board Members, we have played two to four times a week on average. We are willing to commit to making a monthly contribution of that amount to the Bridge House Corporation. This obviously is not enough to cover the monthly costs until we are able to get back into operation.

Most of you have played bridge one to four times a week. That cost was $7 or on average $15 to $20 a week. Would you join the Board in making a contribution of what you would normally spend on bridge until we are able to get back to live play? If we had 60 players contribute $50 a month, we would be able to exist until we can all get back to playing bridge at the bridge house.

We miss all of you and the time we share playing and competing in bridge. Please give thoughtful consideration to this proposal. We are attaching a pledge form that you may return if you are able to contribute.


A form for which to make a pledge can be found here:

BridgeHouseDonation.pdf

Last updated : Nov 5, 2020 11:14 CST
Free Store Busy This Week
Free Store Busy This Week

The FreeStore has been busy this week.

Here's an article from the Des Moines Register:

Helping Cedar Rapids residents recover from the storm

You'll find Mike Smith, Tom Olsson, and Mark Beckwith in the above photo.
Several other pictures are in the Register article.

Harry Swanson and the FreeStore work hard to offer assistance where needed.

Last updated : Aug 28, 2020 10:03 CDT
Roger Krebs

Some Sad News:

Roger Krebs had a stroke a few weeks ago. He is back home now and we all wish him well. If you would like to send get well wishes, Lois & his address is:

2909 Woodland Ave Apt 218
Des Moines, IA 50312

 

Last updated : Aug 21, 2020 09:52 CDT
Previous BBO Schedules

This was the Revised September BBO Schedule:
(Mid September through late October)

MONDAY
1:00 PM   0-750  
6:30 PM   0-500

TUESDAY
6:30 PM  0-1000

WEDNESDAY
1:00 PM  0-300

THURSDAY
1:00 PM  0-1000

SATURDAY
1:00 PM 0-1000

SUNDAY
1:00 PM 0-500

This was the September BBO Schedule:

MONDAY
1:00 PM   0-750  
6:30 PM   0-500

TUESDAY
6:30 PM  0-1000

WEDNESDAY
1:00 PM  0-300

THURSDAY
1:00 PM  0-1000

FRIDAY
1:00 PM  0-750

SATURDAY
1:00 PM 0-1000

SUNDAY
1:00 PM 0-300

This was the Revised August BBO Schedule:
(Effective August 14th on)

MONDAY
1:00 PM   0-750  
6:30 PM   0-500

TUESDAY
6:30 PM  0-1000

WEDNESDAY
1:00 PM  0-300

THURSDAY
1:00 PM  0-1000
6:30 PM  0-2500

FRIDAY
1:00 PM  0-750

SATURDAY
1:00 PM 0-1000

SUNDAY
1:00 PM 0-300

 

This was the August BBO Schedule until August 13th:

MONDAY

1:00 PM   0-750 

6:30 PM 0-300

 

TUESDAY

1:00 PM 0-2500

6:30 PM 0-1000

 

WEDNESDAY

1:00 PM  0-300

 

THURSDAY

1:00 PM  0-1000

6:30 PM 0-2500

 

FRIDAY

1:00 PM 0-2500

 

SATURDAY

1:00 PM 0-1000

 

SUNDAY

1:00 PM 0-2500

1:00 PM 0-300

This was the July Virtual Club Calendar:

Open Pairs Games:
1:00 pm Sunday
1:00 pm Tuesday
6:30 pm Thursday
1:00 pm Friday

0-1000 Pairs Games:
6:30 pm Tuesday
1:00 pm Thursday
1:00 pm Saturday

0-750 Pairs Games:
1:00 pm Monday

0-300 Pairs Games:
1:00 pm Sunday
6:30 pm Monday
1:00 pm Wednesday

This was the June BBO Calendar:

Open Pairs Games:
1:00 pm Sunday
6:30 pm Monday
10:00 am Tuesday
6:30 pm Thursday
10:00 am Friday

0-1000 Pairs Games:
10:00 am Wednesday
2:00 pm Friday
10:00 am Saturday

0-750 Pairs Games:
2:00 pm Monday

0-300 Pairs Games:
2:00 pm Tuesday
2:00 pm Thursday
2:00 pm Saturday

 

Online Info:

RESULTS for all the recent Virtual Club Games. (<-- best route to results directly on BBO)

Note: The Results are now being converted to the old familiar format we have used for the club games. 

However - in order to get the boards, I need the credentials of someone who plays in the event. Even though several of you have been kind enough to send me your BBO password, this is getting harder and harder to do, as our games keep getting smaller and smaller and are played with no one I have a password for. I'll keep trying to finish out June at least as best I can, but may quit after that if no one is interested in seeing results posted here.

 

Concerns for setup and/or parnerships should be directed to Nancy Wilson (515)710-0808.

Or Rich Newell (515)518-0029 can help with BBO questions/issues.

Last updated : Oct 26, 2020 12:17 CDT
Judy Erikcson

Judy Erickson:

As you may know, Judy took a bad fall (broken neck) in February. Her last few months I suspect have been quite a bit worse than the rest of us. But she's recovering, due back home soon, and has a birthday coming up June 26th. So - why not cheer her up and send her a get well / birthday card? Her address is:

1006 13th St Unit 214
Dallas Center, IA 50063

 

Last updated : Jun 25, 2020 10:53 CDT
John Gustafson Reaches 20,000 Master Points

John Gustafson Countdown:

John turned 96 April 6th. Happy Birthday, John!

And Now John Gustafson has surpassed 20,000 master points.
He is a Grand Life Master two times over!

20,000+

Add Gus94 to your friends list on BBO, and chat him a Big Congrats!

Terrific tribute to John Gustafson at Minnesota Bridge

Don't play onliine? Send John congrats by email.

 

Last updated : Apr 30, 2020 12:56 CDT
Some March News

Ewa Pratt said that her husband, Tim, was diagnosed with COVID 19 on March 29. She has talked to the Department of Health, and Ewa is considered an unconfirmed case of coronavirus. Tim (who does play bridge) had not been at the bridge house, and has fully recovered. Ewa has one week of quarantine left. Please be aware that if you played at the bridge house during March, that you may have been exposed to the virus, since Ewa had played during that time.

Evie Mintzer has returned home after 7 months of therapy.
She continues with in-home nursing care.
She will not be playing bridge again I am told.

Last updated : Apr 3, 2020 15:05 CDT
Fred Moore Note

Fred Moore sent a note to Jim McGinn recently:

"Hope someone there remembers me. Moved to a nice suburb (city) of dumb Atlanta 20 years ago.

I play 3 times weekly at a "great" club - 3 blocks away. For 11 bucks - all drinks, snacks, and lunch. Some days we have 3-4 grand life-masters. Tough game.

My last letter to Dr. John was returned. New address?

John Jackson is now in some type of care center. Joan passed away in August. John is 96-97; I'm 91.

The best to all,
Fred :-)

Phone 678-547-0784"

Last updated : Mar 10, 2020 14:51 CDT
President's Letter - March, 2020

Thank you to everyone who took the time to let the Unit Board know about your feelings on the Sectionals. We have changed things up for our next sectional, which runs from Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3. First, the date was changed – we are now playing on the first weekend in May, instead of the last in March. Let’s hope that by then the winter weather has gone for good, and all of the snowbirds will have returned.

The Thursday night game has been eliminated – the attendance for the Eight is Enough team game did not warrant paying the extra fees for the director. The start times for Friday have been changed from 10:00 and 3:00 to noon and 6:00 pm. We hope that this will enable working people to attend the evening game, and still finish up at a reasonable time. We hope that it will encourage out of town people to drive up in on Friday morning and play the rest of the weekend.

Saturday and Sunday will be all pair games – there will be no Swiss teams on Sunday. The start times for those games will be 9:30 and 2:00. By adjusting the times for the games, we hope that people will be more inclined to play in the second game, as we have had some pretty steep drop offs in attendance during the afternoon games. The goal is to have play end by 6, so the entire evening is still free.

Please encourage your friends and partners to attend the sectional – a fun way to earn silver points and support Unit 216. See you May 1 – May 3.

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

P.S. Something that seems to be causing confusion at club play – Opening one trump requires that your partner announce the point range of the bid. Since we use bidding boxes, you are supposed to tap the Alert card or strip when that announcement is made. If you play transfers, your side must also announce that and use the Alert card or strip. If you have any questions, please refer to the January 2020 Bridge Bulletin, page 36.

                                                                                                                                         March 2020

Last updated : Feb 18, 2020 12:35 CST
President's Letter - February, 2020

Etiquette is a vital part of bridge. We all need to remember and follow the laws of duplicate bridge (please see the ACBL website if you are interested in reading/learning all of them – it is a mere 103 pages long!).

Often times, we make mistakes, whether we are beginners, intermediate level or expert players. If you feel that a mistake has been made, your first responsibility is to politely call for the director. “Director, please” has a much nicer ring than DIRECTOR!

Please be aware that we all have the director called on us, it is a part of the game. It is preferable to call the director as soon as an irregularity is noticed, so that players are not making incorrect assumptions or rulings.

It is natural to want to talk about a hand after you are done playing – but please be aware that you could be passing unauthorized information to your others. If you and your opponents have a discussion about a hand, the talk about the lay of the hand or the bidding, for instance, can be overheard by people at nearby tables. Likewise, if you and your partner are debating a point in a previous hand at the snack table or even in the restrooms, other players may learn something that they can benefit from later in the game. By limiting discussions, you can ensure that the game runs in a more timely manner.

Courtesy at the table extends to how we treat our opponents and our partners. Please be considerate of other people’s feelings – show some patience if your opponent violates one of the laws, and politely explain what they can or cannot do. It is possible that they are not aware of some of the esoteric laws. Gloating can take many forms – including thanking an opponent for playing a card (I know that I am guilty of that) – as if they had a choice. Please try to be a considerate opponent, and not gloat.

Together we can make this game even more fun than it already is!

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                                                         February 2020

Last updated : Feb 18, 2020 12:34 CST
Hawkeye Holiday Sectional

Dr. John Gustafson edges out Richard Friedman, Toby, Rich, and Valerie Laing for overall

Master Point Winners

 

Here's event results from the Hawkeye Holiday Sectional held January 9th-12th, 2020:

Event Results

Last updated : Jan 12, 2020 17:15 CST
President's Letter - January, 2020

Education is an important goal for our unit. Thanks to Tom Olsson for running three mentoring games in November. The turnout was very impressive. Thank you to Penny Rittgers for serving as the head of the education committee – she has devoted a lot of time and effort to provide classes for newcomers, beginners and intermediates. She is retiring from that position and Bonni Newton will now head up the education committee. A class for beginners is being offered by Kathi Kellen and Earl Lemke. The class will run on Sunday afternoons from 2-4 pm at the bridge house, beginning January 19 and running through March 8. The cost is $20 for the 8-week class. Please contact Kathi if you or a friend is interested (phone 783-1011 or email kksbridge@yahoo.com). For intermediates, Rich Newell is resuming his Tuesday afternoon class on January 14.

Are you a budding teacher? Feel as though you missed your calling in life? We are interested in offering additional classes. Please check with Bonni Newton if there is a class that you would like to teach.

I hope that you have made plans to attend the upcoming sectional. It runs from January 9-12. We are hoping for good turnout for the Eight is Enough game on Thursday evening at 7, the pairs games on Friday and Saturday (10 am and 3 pm) and the stratiflighted Swiss Teams at 9:30 and 1:30 (optional lunch is at 1:00). I also hope that the weather cooperates this year!

Wishing you many great games in the New Year.

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                             January, 2020

 

Last updated : Jan 1, 2020 11:39 CST
President's Letter - December, 2019

The holidays are coming up, so please mark your calendar for the holiday party on Friday, December 6. There will be a potluck dinner at 5:30, and a free game at approximately 6:15. The Unit will provide the main dish, and people whose last names begin with the letters A-M are asked to bring either a side dish or a dessert.  We hope to see you then.

Our first sectional of the year will run from January 9-12, 2020. Our schedule will remain the same as the past few years. Thursday evening at 7 pm will be the Eight is Enough Team game. No team can have over 8 points, and points are determined by the number of masterpoints each team member has. Anyone with 2,000 + points has a ranking of 3, 500-2,000 points ranks as a 2, and 0-500 is a 1. Please talk with Norma Comp if you need teammates. Friday and Saturday will be pair games at 10 am and 3 pm, with a newcomer game (up to 300 points) and an open game. There will be single session Swiss teams on Sunday at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, with an optional lunch offered at approximately 1:00. The Swiss teams are stratiflighted, so if you and your teammates have under 1000 points, there is a separate flight from the A players. If you have any questions, please see John Melberg or Linda Johnson.

Suggestions are still being sought on how we can improve attendance at our sectionals. There is a yellow container on the table close to the director’s desk where you can submit your ideas for getting more people to participate. The Unit wants to work for you, so we need your ideas to make the sectionals more attractive to players.

Finally, we will be adding to the Saturday afternoon game a section exclusively for newer players. This will be for anyone who has between 0-199 masterpoints. Please check the Bridge House for additional information, as it becomes available. We hope that beginners whose spouses/friends work will invite other players to try out a weekend game.

Have a great holiday and many great bridge games!

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                December, 2019

Last updated : Nov 25, 2019 12:14 CST
President's Letter - November, 2019

In October, elections were held for the Unit Board. Many thanks go to Irene Boyd and Denise Dornbier who both agreed to join the Board. We are reluctant to say farewell to Bill Wallace and Dee Wilson for helping out over the past three years for Bill and many, many years for Dee. Also, I am grateful for the remaining Unit Board members, Bonni Newton, Barb Maas, Sally Meixner, Carolyn Miller, Tom Olsson, Kate Reynolds and Kristin Welter. At our next meeting in early November, we will try to fill all of the remaining open seats on the board.

Unit 216 had a profitable year in 2019. Most of that is due to Nancy and Dee Wilson’s hard work in putting on a fantastic regional. We also made a profit on the four sectionals that were held (3 open sectionals and 1 Non-Life Master sectional). There has been a trend of declining attendance over the past few years, which leads me to think that we could make improvements to help stem the flow.

I would appreciate it if you would consider what we could do to improve the turnout. Here are some ideas that I have considered:

Changing the format of the games (should we eliminate the 8 is Enough game, or the Swiss Teams on Sunday?)

Switching the times back to 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday or Saturday?

Eliminating the Thursday evening game?

Maybe we have too many Sectionals and people are not interested in playing 3 – 4 times per year?

Please consider what you would like to see done, and let me know. I am available most Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at the bridge house, or you can call me at 515-201-2295 or email me at carolyn.sabroske@gmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

See you at the table!

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                                           November 2019

Last updated : Oct 23, 2019 16:27 CDT
Some September, 2019 News

North American Pairs District Finals.
Congrats to Brad & Katie Albers for winning Flight C!
Also Gregg Walsh & Richard Freedman were 3rd in Flight A.

 

Congratulations to new Life Masters:
Nanette O'Reilly &
Denise Dornbier
 

Last updated : Oct 17, 2019 10:24 CDT
Cornbelt Sectional

Here's the complete Cornbelt Sectional event winners:

Event Winners.

Toby & Rich once again scored most overall masterpoints:

Masterpoint Winners.

Gregg Walsh, John Gustafson, Pete Wityk and Richard Freedman were next best.

Here's all the Cornbelt Sectional results.

Last updated : Oct 17, 2019 10:24 CDT
Evelyn Mintzer

Evelyn Mintzer had a stroke during Monday's bridge game. She is in ICU at a hospital.

UPDATE November 25th:

Ann & Tom have been reporting on steady progress by Evie. She will be doing some special therapy for her breathing in Omaha. She even told them this evening that she wants to play bridge again. We all look forward to that!

Last updated : Nov 25, 2019 20:51 CST
President's Letter - September, 2019

There is a lot going on at the Bridge House, which is exciting. First, we owe thanks to Kate Reynolds for organizing the Stars of Tomorrow sectional, which took place on August 17 – 18. This is a great way for non-life masters to earn the silver points that are necessary to reach life master, without having to play against more expert players.

Following closely will be the Cornbelt Sectional, which runs from September 12-15. There will a newer player pair events on Friday and Saturday, and open pair games at the same time. Thursday night will be the Eight is Enough Game, which will start at 7 pm. Sunday will feature single event Swiss teams at 9:30 and 1:30. This is stratiflighted, so if everyone on a team has fewer than 1,000 points, they will not be required to play in the open teams session.

A bonus for this tournament will be a brief lesson on Saturday, September 14 given by Rich Newell, which will focus on defense. This is free, and is open to anyone who is interested. It will start at 9:00 and will wrap up in time for people to buy entries to the pair games, which start at 10:00. We hope to see you playing at some or all of these games, as well as at Rich’s lesson.

Also coming this fall will be mentoring games. The scheduled dates are on Friday, September 6, 27, October 18 and November 7. Any player with fewer than 300 points is invited to have a mentor, and any player with more than 300 points we hope will volunteer to mentor. Sign-up sheets will be posted soon. Please consider volunteering to help newer players learn about basic bidding conventions, get some pointers for defense and become better acquainted with etiquette at the bridge table. Please talk to Tom Olsson or Kate Reynolds if you need more information.

Finally, in October the unit will hold elections for the Board. That will occur during the week of October 5 – 11. We need new faces on our Board, and I hope that you will consider running. We welcome nominations, but Bill Wallace and I will be recruiting new members in the next month. We will have a dinner on Friday, October 11, with the unit providing the main dish. Members whose last names begin with N-Z are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. There will be a free game, immediately after the general meeting.

Thanks to all of the people who are helping to keep the unit running, and to all of the players who are so eager to learn and enjoy this crazy game.

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                                                                September, 2019

Last updated : Aug 26, 2019 10:15 CDT
Council Bluffs Regional - 2019

Word is that Eugene Herman and Terry Brown won back-to-back Gold Rush Swiss Team events --- for 22 MPs.

Great job!

Also - I see Mr. Newell and Dr. White scored a 3rd place overall Friday for over 19 MPs.

Last updated : Aug 10, 2019 10:56 CDT
President's Letter - August, 2019

It takes a lot of cooperation and time to run a successful Regional Tournament.

There are lots of people who need to be thanked. First and foremost, we have Nancy and Dee Wilson who chaired the tournament. They spent countless hours working with the Sheraton, arranging the set-up and break down, planning and executing delicious lunches everyday, and coordinating volunteers, among other things. In addition, their daughter Melissa was there every day to help them, and she doesn’t even play bridge.

That brings us to all of the volunteers who helped out. I will try not to forget anyone, so please remind me if I do.

Janice Kimm and Mary Lou Agocs handled partnerships, which included being at the partnership desk Monday through Saturday, morning to night.

Toby White gave an instructional lecture on No Trump, including sample hands, which were fascinating to bid and play. I learned a lot, and hope that you did too. Denise Dornbier and Becky Joseph took care of registration and getting everything organized for that event.

Rich Newell and Val Laing gave some great presentations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Thank you to them and to Kate Reynolds who set these up, and publicized them. On a side note, Rich Newell was instrumental in setting up the playing schedule.

Newcomers were ably assisted by Bonni Newton who arranged the luncheon with Lois Kriebs. Bonni also provided cookies for the newcomers, a nice treat. Paul Spong and Bonni also gave lessons geared to the 0-200 players. Rose Legg and Robin Koger assisted in arranging partnerships for the newcomers. Rose incidentally made beautiful convention card holders that were sold during the tournament, so thanks for that additional help.

Bertie McKinley and Sally Nelson manned the registration desk the entire week, which was a big help.

In addition, there were many who helped prepare and serve the breakfast (Mike Smith), and the lunches, including Susan Seitz, and Barb and Bruce Martin. Thanks to everyone who played and helped to make this a fun tournament.

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                     August 2019

Last updated : Jul 30, 2019 22:03 CDT
Recent Server Problems

This is the latest note from the BridgeWebs.Com folk:


We now believe the new server is working 99% as it was before the crash and you should now be able to access Bridgewebs as you did before.

We are continuing to monitor emails and logs to return to 100% as soon as possible. We also have to complete some housekeeping, which shouldn't affect the site. If you believe there is still an ouststanding issue, please let us know. This server is 50% more powerful than the last server and we are hoping we can now have another long period of reliable and stable performance. 

The move to a new server was forced on us by an issue with the Server crashing on May 21st and subsequently on 23rd May and an urgent recommendation to switch to a new server as soon as possible. We have been working on the new server ever since then and all last week ready to go live on Monday morning June 3rd. Unfortunately, there was another issue on June 1st that prevented us moving over as smoothly as we had planned. We have been updating the Forum and updating the Web Admin message regularly since. Some services on the server were also lost. Our top priority was to get the new server up and running as soon as possible.

In particular, we found an issue with  uploads from Scorebridge and this is now working.

We have now found that 2 security certificates pointing to the same site is not easily accomplished, so we have switched all secure access back to https://www.bridgewebs.com. Please ignore www.bridgwebs.org. This wasn't the plan, the failure of the updates at the hosting company at the weekend meant that we had to switch the domains over manually and use bridgewebs.org until bridgewebs.com had propagated around the world. Last Friday we had planned and expected a seamless instant switchover.

Please return to using https://www.bridgewebs.com/......

We are also switching the development/backup server to a new faster server. The weekly and monthly backups will be available on that to provide increased resilience.

Last updated : Jun 4, 2019 10:45 CDT
2018 Ace of Clubs & Mini-McKenney Award Winners

Medallion Party

Saturday, June 1

Potluck at 11:30

Game at 12:30

Unit will provide the main dish

Last names A-M, please bring a side dish or dessert

Come Celebrate the 2018 Winners of the Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney Races

Questions please see Sally Meixner


Congratulations to the

Ace Of Clubs Winners for 2018

0-5 Masterpoints

Kathryn Kunert

Beth Scoles

Marilyn Coonley

5-20 Masterpoints

Cindy Sue Bunge

Kathleen Lillis

Laura Mirsky

20-50 Masterpoints

Steve Whitaker

Ewa Pratt

Kaye Lozier

50-100 Masterpoints

Roberta Riddle

Larry Cupp

Rhonda McCoy

100-200 Masterpoints

Barb Covert

Bill Stork

Denise Dornbier

200-300 Masterpoints

Becky Joseph

Philip Hayne

Nannette O’Reilly

300-500 Masterpoints

Betty Torgerson

Jon Hoy

Carolyn Sabroske

500-1000 Masterpoints

Jean Friedrich

Kristin Welter

Rick Hendryx

1000-1500 Masterpoints

Iola Aldrich

Janice Kimm

Lester Cadwell

1500-2500 Masterpoints

Carolyn Miller

Frances Logsdon

Joann McDonald

2500-3500 Masterpoints

Tom Olsson

Douglas Stark

Jim McGinn

3500-5000 Masterpoints

Toby White

Pat Holt

Al Mintzer

5000-7500 Masterpoints

Peter Wityk

Jim Swanson

Ray Schoenrock

7500-10000 Masterpoints

David Stark

10,000 Plus Masterpoints

John Gustafson

Valerie Laing

G M Prabhu


Congratulations to the Mini-McKenney Winners for 2018

0-5 Masterpoints

Kathryn Kunert

Beth Scoles

Marilyn Coonley

5-20 Masterpoints

Laura Mirsky

Cindy Sue Bunge

Saul Mirsky

20-50 Masterpoints

Steve Whitaker

Ewa Pratt

Joanne Emery

50-100 Masterpoints

David Nelmark

Roberta Riddle

Rhonda McCoy

100-200 Masterpoints

Denise Dornbier

Barb Covert

James Graves

200-300 Masterpoints

Becky Joseph

Brad Albers

Nannette O’Reilly

300-500 Masterpoints

Betty Torgerson

Sally Meixner

Carolyn Sabroske

500-1000 Masterpoints

Jean Friedrich

Richard Kelly

Kristin Welter

1000-1500 Masterpoints

Iola Aldrich

Sally Nelson

Janice Kimm

1500-2500 Masterpoints

Carolyn Miller

Joann McDonald

Ron Stein

2500-3500 Masterpoints

Tom Olsson

Ann Olsson

Douglas Stark

3500-5000 Masterpoints

Toby White

Al Mintzer

Pat Holt

5000-7500 Masterpoints

Peter Wityk

Richard Newell

Ray Schoenrock

7500-10000 Masterpoints

David Stark

10,000 Plus Masterpoints

John Gustafson

Valerie Laing

G M Prabhu

Last updated : May 20, 2019 18:17 CDT
President's Letter - June, 2019

It is great to have all of our snowbirds back! And, wow, can we ever use your help!

We have two special events coming up quickly. On June 1, we will honor the Ace of Club and Mini-McKenney Race winners. The list is now posted at the bridge center. We will have a free lunch on Saturday, at 11:30, with the unit providing the main dish. We do ask that everyone whose last names begin with the letters A-M, please supply a side dish, salad or dessert. Then there will be a game at 12:30. I hope that you will come out to congratulate the winners.

Then, July is our biennial regional. It will run from July 1-7, at the West Des Moines Sheraton. We will have three sessions of games on Tuesday, July 2 – Saturday, July 6. There will be two games on Monday, July 1 and Swiss Teams on Sunday, July 7. There are lots of opportunities to earn the coveted gold points.

But wait, that is not all! On Monday morning before the games begin, Toby White will be presenting a workshop on No Trump. We want to attract duplicate and non-duplicate bridge players, so please let your friends know about this. There is a fee for the class, and you are asked to pre-register. Please check with Nancy Wilson if you have any questions.

So, where do the volunteer opportunities lie? All over. A giant poster has been strategically placed in the bridge house. You can help with registration, with food before the games begin or with hospitality after the last game of the day (running approximately from 10:30 pm – midnight). If that doesn’t work for you, perhaps you could help out the decorating before the games start, help out taking pictures of our winners or assist in tear down when the festivities end.

This is our only time to win a lot of gold and red points without having to travel, and it only comes every two years. We hope that you will support Unit 216 by helping with the tournament and playing at the tournament.

See you at the table,

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                June 2019

Last updated : May 17, 2019 14:34 CDT
Nancy Wittwer

I was saddened to hear Nancy Wittwer suffered a stroke recently. I'm not sure I know anyone outside our unit who loves the game of bridge as much as she. I can't recall a sectional in our unit that she hasn't attended. I wish her the best and a speedy recovery.

Update May 6th: She was back playing bridge in Wichita this last weekend!

Last updated : May 6, 2019 11:54 CDT
Spring Festival Sectional - April, 2019

Winners

OVERALL MP WINNER:

Richard Newell andToby White

31.81 MPs each!

Thursday:

Eight Is Enough Swiss Teams:

Richard Newell
Toby White
Phillip Hayne
Brad Albers

Friday:

Morning Stratified Pairs:

A - Rich Newell & Toby White
B - Debra Tvrdik & Lynda Peterson
C - Irene Boyd & Carolyn Sabroske
New - Bonnie & Don Orris

Afternoon Stratified Pairs:

A/B - Jean Friedrich & Janice Kimm
C - Gerry & Brenda Oliphant
New - Patricia Boe & Maureen Busta

Saturday:

Morning Stratified Pairs:

A - Rich Newell & Toby White
B - Holly Lawyer & Bonni Newton
C - Robert Klare & Janice Strop
New - Bonni Orris & Kathy Shriver

Afternoon Stratified Pairs:

A - Bill Kent & Doug Stark
B - John Swartz & Bob Solar
C - Tracey Ball & Philip Hayne
New - Ewa Pratt & Laura Mirsky

Sunday:

Morning Swiss Teams:

A - Toby White, Rich Newell, Gregg Walsh, & Richard Freedman
BCD - Steve Whitaker, Denise Dornbier, Rebecca Joseph, & Nathan Pike

Afternoon Swiss Teams:

A - Toby White, Rich Newell, Gregg Walsh, & Richard Freedman
BCD - Richard Kelly, Linda Kelly, Tracey Ball, & Bruce Pattison

 

NOTE: Results on the web site are messed up somewhat as the date/time stamps of files conflcted with actual play dates.

Last updated : Apr 16, 2019 11:35 CDT
President's Letter - April, 2019

There are several special events coming up in the next few months. First, there is the Spring Festival the first weekend of April. On Thursday evening, we will have Eight is Enough at 7 pm. Friday and Saturday at 10 and 3, there will be open pair events along with newcomer events (please check the stratification of the newcomer events, as they have changed to better reflect the players who participate in these games). Finally on Sunday, there will be two Swiss team games at 9:30 and 1:30 with an optional lunch between games. Since we have two completely separate games, the point awards are higher than for all-day Swiss teams. If you have any questions, please see either Nannette O’Reilly or John Melberg. If you need help finding a partner, please contact Brenda Oliphant (500 points +) and Mark Davis (under 500 points). I hope to see many of you there.

In May the Grand National Team District Finals will be held at the Bridge Center. This is your opportunity to play locally and qualify to win money to play at this summer’s Las Vegas NABC tournament. Please see the Unit 216 website for the flyer, with details on times, stratifications and fees. This is something that you must have qualified for over the past year. You can find your qualifications on the ACBL website.

Finally, in June we have the medallion party, where we celebrate the top three finishers in our local Ace of Clubs and McKenney races. This will take place on Saturday June 1, during the regular Saturday game. There will be lunch, with the unit providing the main course and the remainder of the lunch being a potluck. We hope that you will make plans to attend this fun event.

Thanks to all who are planning on participating in these events. We hope that you will find them rewarding.

See you at the table,

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                              April 2019

Last updated : Mar 23, 2019 20:06 CDT
Fred Hubbell

Wishing Charlotte and Fred Hubbell all the best and a speedy recovery.

Last updated : Feb 23, 2019 17:19 CST
Holiday Sectional
Holiday Sectional

Repeating last Spring's Sectional dominance, Dr. John wins most masterpoints once again!

Here's the full list of Holiday Sectional Masterpoint Winners.

Last updated : Jan 15, 2019 23:08 CST
Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club

The new location for the Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club of Marshalltown is :

Glenwood Place Retirement Community and Assisted Living

2907 South 6th Street

Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

Our weekly open game begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Thanks!

Larry D Park

Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club #141317

Club Director

641-485-6134

Last updated : Jan 4, 2019 13:45 CST