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Welcome to the Unit 484 Website! 

Unit 484 is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) which fosters the game of bridge throughout North America.  We are a member of District 20 (D-20 ), one of 23 North American districts under the auspices of ACBL.  Unit 484 is a non-profit organization in Jackson County located in Southern Oregon.  The bridge clubs in our unit run ACBL sanctioned games available for players of all levels in competitive yet friendly and nurturing environments.

Bridge games within Unit 484 are located in the Rogue Valley—home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Britt Festival.  

We have several clubs offering games, excellent bridge instructors, games for players of varying levels and a bridge community of vibrant, interesting players whose goals are to have fun,make friends, improve their bridge, and to bid and make all their slams!

Club News

Thursday BBO games cancelled effective immediately per Bob Fox:

Hi Everyone,

Why is it that we seem to go from cold weather to 100 degree weather in just a couple of weeks?   Let's just be thankful we don't live in Phoenix, AZ - my brother had 116 degrees last week & he's thinking of coming here to visit & cool off in our milder 90 degree climate.

Today we didn't have enough pairs (we need a minimum of 5) and had to cancel the online Thursday Open game for the 4th time in the past 5 weeks.  Even when we're able to hold the game, it seems all we get are 3 tables anyway.  Because of the chronically low turnout and obvious lack of interest in supporting this game, I have no choice but to permanently CANCEL the Thursday Open Game

For the time being, I will continue to maintain & direct the online Monday Open Game and alternate with Mark Phelps (Eureka) in directing the Saturday Open Game.  Those 2 games have had enough players to continue, although the number of tables has dropped dramatically.  We'll have to see how things go over the next few months.

Thanks to all the players who have continued to support us.

Have a Great Summer !

- Bob

 

 

New note from Bob Fox, Apr 20:

Happy Spring Everyone !

My E-Mail finally seems to be working properly again, so here goes:

April 25 thru May 1 is STARDUST WEEK - DOUBLE Masterpoints and 25% GOLD.  If you're still hungry for Gold this will be a week to play as much as you can.  Table fees will be $8 for the week to cover the increased ACBL costs.  Let me know if you have any trouble registering and I'll get it smoothed out for you.

Things to avoid:

  1) Last Minute Registering - registering to play with a minute or less before start time is great if you really hate the director and all the other players - an additional pair can frequently mean that the entire tournament must be changed to have the optimal game movement.   the director needs time to re-program the event and a minute will not suffice.  have you ever played a 9 table game with six 3-board rounds and thought "why don't we have nine 2-board rounds"?  well, you can blame the pair that registered with 45 seconds to go before the start.

  2) Last Minute Decision to Unregister - Oh Yeah, this is a great one - not a lot of players have registered and you're thinking "well, we don't have enough players for a game, so I'll just back out now and go do something else".   The facts are that a) we can run a five 4-board round game when we have just 5 pairs registered (the director can ALWAYS get the 6th pair to make a 3 table game)  and  b) if there are not enough pairs for a game, the game will not start and no one will be charged for registering.  So, PLEASE - if you've registered for the game, stay until the game either starts or has been auto-cancelled or cancelled by the director.  When you're the 5th pair and you bail out at the last minute, you ruin the game for the other 4 pairs who are waiting around and expecting to play.  Also, have you ever played a game with a revenge round?  Well, chances are that someone dropped out at the last minute and there wasn't enough time to change the movement from 2-boards per round to 3-boards per round - hence, a revenge round was created.

  3) Having a "Punish the Opponents" attitude - Players frequently make mistakes (especially the players who are less experienced than you) - expecting the Director to "Punish the Opponents" for every little mistake or infraction is not only unreasonable, but is toxic to a friendly & fun Bridge atmosphere.  Yes, there are some major infractions that require that a penalty be assessed, but NOT MANY (the Opps must have either omitted a necessary alert/explanation or given an incorrect explanation AND you must have been damaged.  I can't begin to tell you how many players want me to punish other players for minor mistakes where they have not been damaged in any way.  Please do not adopt the "Marquis de Sade Attitude" of Bridge play.

Despite the dwindling number of players who still support our online Bridge Games, we continue to offer our regular games on BBO.  I want to thank all the loyal players who continue to support us and allow Phoenix Rising to keep its' online presence.  You are the players who make it happen & you are very much appreciated.

Have a great week, earn lots of masterpoints, and remember that Bridge is a FUN game played by a group of FUN people.

All the Best,

Bob

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Note from Leah on Fri Apr 15:

Well we got a little rain so.   It is Friday and we are going to have a virtual game today from Jackson County at 12:30

Our Virtual Games are continuing.  I just talked to Bob Fox who is doing Monday, Thursday and Every other Saturday At 1pm and it will continue as planned on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

They are called Phoenix Rising and Jackson County.  By the way, they are putting a Starbucks on our old site. 

People have asked me if we could have  a physical game again, I am having age related memory issues and just cannot run a club and I do not think now we have enough people to  sustain a physical space but if someone wants to do fundraising for a physical space, please do.  I can help.    I just can't  do it  alone and it looks like Mark cannot retire for a while either.  Please work on becoming a director and club manager through educational classes to help with the running of a game.   I am working  on other health issues, and I am going to the Mayo Clinic to have weight reduction surgery in May in hopes of reducing my diabetic medication that they think is making me sluggish.

So in lighter news, Next week we are taking our 5 year old grandson to Disneyland, which is now Mckechnie tradition, so the other grandkids say.  Take one, take them all.  Just three more to go.   

I need your help with the Friday game.  I should have at least 5 tables. If you think you want to play, please sign in and if we do you want to quit,and you want to go somewhere else,  please write me a note in the director's spacel   I can then set up the other gameI am reducing Friday's game to $5.00 which in the min, we  supposed to charge.   I hope that makes it a little letter.  ACBL is still supporting Virtual games.  I am attending monthly meetings virtually to keep up with events. 

Nice to see people at the Tuesday Face 2 Face game.  I am glad you are continuing with duplicate bridge. I helps you improve your game and you meet new people.  Mark and I are planning to go to Seaside in the Fall.  It would be nice if some people would join us. 

Leah McKechnie  leahjean@bridge1.biz 

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To:      Unit 484 Bridge Community

From:   Unit Board

We are sad to report the loss of two of our bridge members.  Jackie Donnelly and Jody Larsen passed away recently.  Both will be greatly missed by their friends and fellow bridge players. Now that we are beginning to gather again in person, their absence will be especially felt and mourned by us all.

Cheryl Cullen     Unit 484 President

Jerry Kenefick

Sheryll Moffat

Bob Pantel

Mike Pavlik

Gee Gee Valine

Bob Valine

Hello Again,

I apologize if my previous email was confusing regarding the issue of masks. To be clear, we are not requiring masks Tuesday. We are following the CDC and Oregon Health Authority guidelines in "strongly recommending" people wear a mask indoors, even if vaccinated. 
Thank You and Play On.
Doug

Hello Everyone,

I'm sure many of you are wondering about the Tuesday face-to-face in-person Bridge game. 
With the escalating COVID cases in our county and the state, the Board has been keeping a watchful eye on guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority.  At this time the official guidance is a strong recommendation for everyone, including those fully vaccinated, to wear masks indoors.
 
The consensus of the Board is to continue with the game this Tuesday following the recommendation that everyone wears a mask. We will continue with our regular safety precautions: only vaccinated individuals may play, players use their own bidding box, tables will be distanced, sanitizer at every table, and no food or drink will be provided.
 
We will continue to monitor the State and Federal guidance and send another update should the need arise.
 
This is not a decision made lightly or without a strong sense of responsibility for the safety, comfort and well being of all our members.  At the same time we are making our best effort to revive the live, in-person Bridge opportunity in the valley.  Please make the best decision for yourself and know that we will offer the game at the Masonic Center Tuesday on the normal schedule, 1:00PM. 
Thank You,
 
Unit 484 Board
Doug McKenzie
Cheryl Cullen
Sheryll Moffat
Michael Pavlik
Jerry Kenefick
Bob Pantel
Bob Valine  

 

Hello Everyone,  

We would like to thank our members who voted in the Unit 484 board election for 2021.  52 members registered their votes—100% voting to accept the submitted slate.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and participation in our Unit Membership Meeting held electronically in November.

The Board of Unit 484 met December 10 in a zoom meeting.  All members of the outgoing and incoming Board were present.  The new Board members—Cheryl Cullen, Jerry Kenefick, Sheryll Moffat and Bob Pantel were welcomed, and officer election was held.  The following elective officers were unanimously voted in:

President:    Doug McKenzie
Vice President:  Cheryl Cullen
Secretary:   Sheryll Moffat
Treasurer:  Mike Pavlik

Other Assigned Offices were filled on a volunteer basis by the 2021 Board Members:

           Cheryl Cullen
           Jerry Kenefick
           Doug McKenzie
           Sheryll Moffat
           Mike Pavlik
           Bob Pantel
           Bob Valine

There is no further financial report beyond the one sent out at the annual membership meeting.

The 2020 Board would like to publicly thank and acknowledge our members.  Our bridge community has had to operate in a vastly different way since mid-March.  Everyone has stepped forward, exceeding the expectation, meeting the need, and going beyond.  There is still much unknown and there will be much to do.  We intend that one day (hopefully sooner than later) we will all be playing bridge face-to-face.  Doubtless, it will look different, but we have shown that we can, and do adjust, and go forward.  May 2021 bring us together person-to-person.

Happy holidays to our bridge community.

 

Unit 484 Bridge Board 

 
Doug McKenzie                         continuing board member
Kathleen Moore                         outgoing board member
Michael Pavlik                           continuing board member


Bob Valine                                 continuing board member                                   
Gee Gee Walker                         outgoing board member

Cheryl Cullen                             new board member

Jerry Kenefick                            new board member

Sheryll Moffat                            new board member

Bob Pantel                                 new board member

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Hello Everyone,
   As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, we certainly are all aware of the many challenges we faced in 2020.  Some of these continue and seem to have no immediate resolution.  However, we can choose to be thankful for much-- our health, family and friends and ways to stay in touch with them, some beautiful fall days in our Valley-- alive with color,  and of course, our virtual bridge games with  friends.  May we all have a  most thankful Thanksgiving.
     November 23 we will send each member the proposed slate of Board Members for 2021.  We request that you respond in the Reply area of the same email with your vote.  When the email is sent there will be further instructions.   We are asking for your participation. The email  will serve as our official annual Board Meeting and your responses will be  your  vote.
    Following is the present status of your donations to the Continuing Bridge Fund.  Still, we do not know when face-to-face bridge will return, or what it will look like when it does.    Thanks to everyone who has contributed.  You are making return to the table a future reality.  If you wish to donate please make the check payable to:
UNIT 484
CLUB CONTINUATION FUND
BALANCE 10-2-20 6,074.88
DONATIONS 355.00
INTEREST 0.51
EXPENDITURES
NOVEMBER STORAGE -114.00
BALANCE 11-10-20 6,316.39
                   Unit 484 Donations Fund
 mail to:      Michale Pavlik
                    40 Beekman Square 
                  Jacksonville, OR 97530
   The attachment below of our 2021 Membership Directory can be printed and kept for your referral. David McKee, our webmaster, can update this   version of the directory.
    May the upcoming season bring each one of us unexpected joys and reasons to be happy.
   Unit 484 Board:     

Doug McKenzie                dougtrek@gmail.com
Kathleen Moore               mtmeadows@gmail.com
Michael Pavlik                  michael.pavlik1967@gmail.com
Bob Valine                       bobvaline@gmail.com         
Gee Gee Walker              
ggwalker@gmail.com         

 

September 11, 2020                                                              

Hello Bridge Community,

    Less than a week ago our focus was on the pandemic-- concern over the number of cases in our county, which were unpredictably spiking with too few days of improvement.  Now, our focus has dramatically shifted to the fires which have devastated homes and businesses in our immediate area. It is a difficult time for us all and a tragic time for too many.  We are reminded to treasure the good moments when and while we have them and to cherish those people that make our lives complete.

   The Unit finances have not changed greatly since last month.  Two statements follow. Although the funds are separate, both are under the supervision of the Unit Board.  It is important to understand a distinction between the Unit and Clubs in our case.  The McKechnies own the Jackson County Bridge Clubs, Bob Fox owns the Phoenix Rising Clubs.  The amount reflected in the following financial Donation Statement is from the donations of members and the initial Unit donation.  The Unit 484 statement shows monies made on sectionals, on the four Unit games held on Saturdays throughout the year, and an annual  “kickback” from ACBL.  Nothing that is paid (usually $6.00 a game) on BBO goes to our Unit; and, therefore, is not seen in either of the financial statements. A small portion of the $6.00  fee per game goes to BBO and ACBL. The rest is received by the director of the game—Leah or Bob.

Donation Statement

UNIT 484: CLUB CONTINUATION FUND                                                      

BALANCE FROM LAST ACCOUNTING                      $ 5,943.33   

INCOME                            

DONATIONS                      75.00                                                                 

INTEREST                           0.25                                                                           

EXPENDITURES                                                 

           SEPTEMBER STORAGE                 -79.35                                                     

BALANCE 9-11-20                                              $ 5,939.23

 

Unit 484 Statement
from Treasurer Michael Pavlik

The BALANCE  in the UNIT 484 bank account is $9,305.39.

 

   ACBL has issued statements—subject to change, of course—that sanctions for tournaments during the upcoming year are cancelled.  Our unit remains committed to supporting and even supplying, if necessary, face-to-face bridge when it becomes safe to do so.  Our financial situation, whatever It is at the time, will be used to ensure that we all have the opportunity to gather together and play under one roof once again.

  Unit 484 Bridge Board 


 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please see the attached information from Cheryl Cullen, President and the Unit 484 Board 

 

 Hello Bridge Players,
With the expected return of winter weather next week, we want to encourage all of you to join us Tuesday at the Masonic Lodge for a fun afternoon of bridge.  It will be warm, dry and entertaining….too cold and wet to be outside!  Also, Bob Pantel is coordinating a Food Drive  The first 2 Tuesdays in March, the 1st and 8th, you can play bridge for a donation of non-perishable food items with all donations going to Access. Bob will deliver and has a big truck, so you can be as generous as you want, although a couple of cans will get you in the door. So, remember, stay out of the cold next Tuesday and play bridge with us, and then in March you can play for beans!
Hope to see you there,
Cheryl Cullen, President Unit 484

Feb 6, 2022 BRIDGE UNIT 484 UPDATE 

Hello everyone, 

        With the relocation to Bandon via Sun River by Unit President Doug McKenzie and his wife, Sue Alston, I have been promoted from Vice President to President for the remainder of the 2022 term. GeeGee Valine was selected by the Board of Directors to fill my vacant seat. 

     On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Doug for his excellent leadership and guidance during the past challenging 13 months. A big shoutout to Jerry Kenefick for making the Tuesday in-person games work so well. 

      We would like to encourage everyone to join us at the Masonic Lodge on Tuesdays at 1PM for these games. We follow all state and local guidelines regarding Covid and would like to thank Sherry Schroeder for purchasing N-95 masks for anyone that needs or wants one at the Tuesday games. Everyone attending these games has provided proof of vaccination and is required to wear a mask throughout the game. Remember, you don’t need to come with a partner, we will make sure you have someone to play with. 

      GeeGee’s and Bob’s classes for beginning and intermediate players started January 29th, and thanks to Carol Kato’s generous donation to bridge education, we were able to provide a discount to the class participants. A review of each class is held on Tuesday prior to the start of the in-person game. We encourage all of the participants to stay and play in the game and practice the skills being taught.          All of the Board members work very hard to make face-to-face bridge an enjoyable experience, and hope to see more of you join us on Tuesday. 

Cheryl Cullen, President Unit 484 

 

Unit 484 Board 

Cheryl Cullen 

GeeGee Valine 

Bob Pantel 

 

Final update from Doug McKenzie:

Hello Everyone,

This Unit Update will be my last as Board President.  My wife and I have moved from the valley and Gee Gee Valine will be completing my term on the Board.  Thank you Gee Gee!  It has not only been my pleasure, but an honor to work alongside the other members who serve as your Board.  They are a hard working, dedicated group and I will miss being a part of their team.  I also want to recognize you all, the Unit members who have supported the Board efforts to maintain a vibrant Bridge community in the face of today's challenges.
Safety measures:  Player safety and the challenges presented by the COVID-19 virus are the most pressing concerns of the Board.  Not only do we monitor the news for the latest updates and recommendations from the health authorities, we work to respond to member concerns.    
The CDC  recommends that you wear the most protective mask you can, that fits well and that you will wear consistently.  Masks rated in order of effectiveness for the general public are first the N95, then  surgical masks, and finally cloth (double layer).  
 To better comply with the latest recommendations and in response to member concerns, we are updating our mask protocol emphasizing the use of the N95.
   * First, a reminder that masks must be worn from the time you enter the facility until you leave. The most       common concern expressed by members is use of cloth masks and/or the masks that won't 
     stay up over the nose.
   * The Board will be purchasing N95 masks to provide for members that don't have their own.  We 
      will also have surgical masks available.  If it is a cloth mask that fits best and will stay covering the 
      mouth and nose, the mask should be a double layer of cloth.
We all enjoy the face to face experience of bridge play and we must all do our part to keep the playing environment safe.  Thank you.
   
 Education news:  Gee Gee and Bob would like you to know they are starting a Beginning Bridge class on the 29th.  If you know of anyone who wants to learn or return to bridge, contact Gee Gee.
From the Director:  Jerry would like you to know he has set up the hand dealer to make interesting, challenging, and fun hands that everyone...skilled players and new players...will be amazed at how well they do and how much they learn.  Also, last week we had four players without partners, we were able to match them up successfully and everyone enjoyed the game.  Once again, we invite you to join us at the Masonic Lodge.  Whether you come alone or bring a bridge buddy, you will be joining friends for a fun day of play.
Thank you and play on!
Doug

Note:  Latest from Bob Fox:

 

 

Hi Everyone,

Our Saturday games have been sluggish & we've come up with some changes that should put some zip back in the game.

Firstly, due to poor attendance, we haven't had a 299er game happen for a month or more - as a result, there will be no more 299er Games on Saturday, only Open Games.  All 299er players are encouraged to play in the Open. 

Secondly, Phoenix Rising has pooled its' Saturday Open Game with the Sequoia Game (Eureka) and we will be alternating hosting the Saturday games.  As a result, there will only be 1 game offered each Saturday so players will no longer be split between 2 games - this is precisely what Leah did with her Wednesday game and it's been very successful.  ALL Saturday games (regardless of whether it's a Phoenix Rising or Sequoia game) will begin at 1pm Pacific time (no change for our players).  Players are encouraged to participate in all Saturday games regardless of who is hosting and emails to that effect are going out to all player databases. 

Third - we have some additional participating clubs that are new to the CO-OP - as soon as they are fully integrated we should see increased participation in all of our games over the next month or so.

As many of you know, I have had serious problems with my email capability over the past 3 months and this is the first multi-recipient email that I've been able to send out in a long time.  I'm planning on sending out a Newsletter to everyone soon if things go smoothly with this one.

Please consider playing in our Saturday games and encourage others to join us.

Thanks for all your participation.  We can't continue to offer our online games without your enthusiastic support.

 

 
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Be cool! Bridge is fun.

Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick

Every club has that player, the really wonderful, witty, intelligent person that everybody enjoys conversing with unless the topic is bridge. The player who immediately becomes unbearable when the boards hit the table. The player who snarls at partner and intimidates the opponents with harsh words and bad behavior. The player who eventually has the director called to his table.

Although no club is required to adopt the Zero Tolerance Policy as written by ACBL, no club director should feel handicapped if such a policy is not in effect. Everything you need to administer effective disciplinary action resides in the Laws of Duplicate Bridge. And ACBL does mandate that clubs apply each and every Law within.

The Laws

Law 74

A. Proper Attitude

1. A player should maintain a courteous attitude at all times.
2. A player should carefully avoid any remark or action that might cause annoyance or

embarrassment to another player or might interfere with the enjoyment of the game.

Law 81, paraphrased in Duplicate Decisions

The Director should never tolerate improper behavior in his game. He should not allow his authority to run the game to be challenged, or he will lose control of his game. Since he has absolute authority during the game, such challenges may be dealt with politely but very firmly. Laws 90 and 91 outline the Director’s powers to penalize or suspend a player during the course of the game.

Law 90

A. The Director, in addition to implementing the rectifications in these Laws, may also assess procedural penalties for any offense that unduly delays or obstructs the game, inconveniences other contestants, violates correct procedure or requires the award of an adjusted score at another table.

Law 91

A. In performing his duty to maintain order and discipline, the Director is empowered to assess disciplinary penalties in points or to suspend a contestant for the current session or any part thereof. The Director’s decision under this clause is final and may not be overruled by an appeals committee.

ACBL Handbook Excerpt (Chapter IV)

The club manager can handle many behavior problems by discussing them with the offenders, by issuing a warning or declaring a period of probation.

In extreme cases or cases of repeat offenses, the manager can bar an ACBL member from the club game for a stipulated period of time or permanently. (See handbook for process.)

The Policy

The Zero Tolerance Policy was board-approved and adopted by ACBL in 1998 for NABC tournaments. In 2014 ACBL made an effort to “reboot” our attention to this policy. The Z-T policy is regularly adopted and publicized for regionals, sectionals and many clubs. Some clubs choose to write their own policies in this area. The original policy states:

The ultimate purpose of the Z-T policy is to create a much more pleasant atmosphere in our NABCs. We are attempting to eradicate unacceptable behavior in order to make the game of bridge more enjoyable for all. Below are some examples of commendable behavior, which, while not required, will significantly contribute to the improved atmosphere:

  • Being a good “host” or “guest” at the table.

  • Greeting others in a friendly manner.

  • Praising the bidding and/or play of the opponents.

  • Having two clearly completed convention cards readily available to the opponents. (This one is aregulation, not just a nicety.)

  • The following are examples of behavior that will not be tolerated:

    • Badgering, rudeness, insinuations, intimidation, profanity, threats or violence. • Negative comments concerning opponents’ or partner’s play or bidding.
    • Constant and gratuitous lessons and analyses at the table.
    • Loud and disruptive arguing with a director’s ruling.

    If a player at the table behaves in an unacceptable manner, the director should be called immediately. Annoying behavior, embarrassing remarks or any other conduct which might interfere with the enjoyment of the game are specifically prohibited by Law 74A. Law 91A gives the director the authority to assess disciplinary penalties.

Results
Open
Director: Bob Fox
Open
Director: Leah McKechnie
Open
Director: Leah McKechnie
Calendar
July 1, 2022
Open
Jackson County BC
12:00 noon
Director: Leah McKechnie
July 4, 2022
Open
Phoenix Rising BB
12:00 noon
Director: Bob Fox
July 4, 2022
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Phoenix Rising BC
12:00 noon
Director: Bob Fox
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