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
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
Final update from Doug McKenzie:
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!
Note: Latest from Bob Fox:
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.