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Winter Haven Bridge Club Contact Information

1805 9th St. S.E.

Winter Haven, FL  33880

For more information regarding club activities or  our web site,

please call (863) 293-8785

or email us at whbc2014@gmail.com

 

Directions to the Winter Haven Bridge Club:

From the South, take US 27 North to SR 540 (Cypress Gardens Blvd.)  From the North take US 27 South to SR 540.  Go West on SR 540 approximately 6 miles; turn left at 9th St. (at traffic light with McDonalds on the left).  Bridge Center is the first building on the right, behind McDonalds.

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Cell phone policy
 

Please note a change in the cell phone policy per the WHBC Board.

Every time your phone makes a sound during a bridge game, you will be asked to donate a dollar to the club.  The $1 donation will be doubled every time the phone makes a sound for the rest of that day.

This includes cell phones in purses.  If you are expecting an emergency call, please advise the Director before the game, and arrangements will be made to answer the call.  Thank you for  your cooperation.

 

 
Zero tolerance
SLOW PLAY
Game directors have been asked to remove all non-played boards from  tables if the opening lead is not on the table by the 4-minute warning.  This results in a no-play for the boards affected which does NOT impact your overall score.  Directors are also permitted to penalize slow players who are late more than two rounds during the game.  The penalty will be a quarter board penalty.  If you are held up by slow players in front of you, you will not be penalized.

Everyone can help speed up the game.  Some suggestions:

Before entering the contract onto your scoresheet or into the Bridgemate...

♣ Make the opening lead (face down)

♠ If you are dummy place your cards on the table

Refrain from discussing any of the hands until all the boards for that round have been played.

Claim or concede as soon as you are able.  Be sure to explain your plan of play when you claim.

 

WORKING WITH THE DIRECTOR

Calling the Director

 "Director, PLEASE"

♠ Raise your hand until the Director sees you.

 The person who summoned the Director should explain the reason for the call.

♣ Other players at the table will be given the opportunity to provide input if needed.

It is not appropriate to argue with the Director - a polite question should always be addressed.  If you disagree with the Director's ruling the appropriate action is to accept the ruling as stated, then at the end of the game ask the Director to review the ruling with you.  If you still disagree (Directors are not infallible) then request that the Director review the ruling with the Club Manager.  If there is still a disagreement, the Director will refer the matter to the Mediation Committee.

And remember, the Directors are there to help when any irregularity occurs.  Don't hesitate to call, "Director, please,"

 

Unit 168 STaC

Winter Haven Bridge Club will participate in the Unit 168 Sectional Tournament at Clubs, on

Tuesday February 14,

Thursday February 16, and

Friday February 17.  

Silver points at the club!!

 

 

 

 

WHBC "Sit Out" Policy

When a sit out is necessary it is the club's policy to always have the sit out be North/South.

Please keep this in mind when you choose where you sit.

 

Everyone Plays

The WHBC policy is that everyone plays.  If you don't have a partner - come on in and you will.  Guaranteed!

Accessibility

The Winter Haven Bridge Club will make every reasonable effort to assure disabled members can participate in our bridge activities, consistent with ACBL policy.

Be Scent-sitive

Some people have an extreme sensitivity to fragrances (colognes or perfumes). Many ACBL clubs, units and districts have adopted policies that prohibit players from wearing fragrances.  Because duplicate bridge requires players to be in close proximity to each other, individuals who suffer from fragrance-related reactions cannot avoid those who are wearing them.  For these individuals, the issue is much more serious than simply disliking a particular smell — it’s a real health problem.

 

The ACBL asks everyone to give this issue the consideration it deserves. Please, if you’re going to play in a club or a tournament, don’t wear cologne, perfume or scented lotions.

 

Welcome to Winter Haven Bridge Club
Fund Raiser Is a Big Success!

Things are looking bright again at the Winter Haven Bridge Club!
 

After incurring substantial losses due to the Covid pandemic, your club was faced with a severe financial challenge requiring a significant cash infusion to continue operations.  We set a fund raising goal of $15,000 and due to fabulous support from our members have far exceeded this mark— raising to date over $29,000.  
 

Concurrent with the fund raising drive, the board of directors increased playing fees by $1 (the first increase in 10 years) and reduced or eliminated expenses, bringing operating costs in line with our present membership size.  
 

The result:  We’ve renewed the building lease for 5 more years and anticipate renewing it for 5 years beyond that.  We have funds to replace the roof and awning and maintain the grounds at a reasonable level.  We anticipate that day-to-day expenses will be covered by table fees, and finally we believe we have the beginning of a reserve fund to meet unexpected costs and future building repairs.  Hopefully this reserve fund can grow with additional contributions.

 

Birthdays

February

 

 

 

 

February 4 Pat Foster
February 9 Bill Quinlon
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we have overlooked your birthday, please tell Sally so we can add you to our listing.  If we have missed your birthday, happy belated birthday.

 

Concerning birthday celebrations:

If you, your partner, or friends would like to celebrate your birthday at the club, you are welcome to bring a cake, treats, or whatever you would like to make it a party.  Please give Sally a heads-up.  We all look forward to celebrating your special day.

 

Club Championship

Club Championship

Dates to be determined.  Watch for updates.  

 

Education

 

Our ACBL certified teacher will offer beginner and/or advanced classes if interest warrants.
 

If you are interested in bridge lessons, please call the club for information.

Common Game
Common Game

Our dealing machine only deals hands from the Common Game.

What is the Common Game?  The Common Game is a service offered through local clubs that provides bridge players the opportunity to compare their results with players at other clubs, playing the same hands, in Florida and across the country.*

What does it offer to clubs and players?

  • Players can compare their results with players in Florida and across the country
  • Pro analysis of many of the interesting hands played
  • Individual play analysis (if your club uses Bridgemates/BridgePads)
  • Prizes awarded monthly, quarterly, and annually for both performance and attendance
  • New contests coming soon

*Participating in the Common Game does not affect a player's score or masterpoint award at the local club.  The ACBL masterpoints continue to be scored and reported as always. Common Game awards are based on match-pointed results across the larger field.

 

Notes on the Common Game
Notes on the Common Game
 
As most of you are aware, all of our hand records for games come to us from The Common Game.  That enables players to compare their results with players across the world.  In addition, you get the benefit of Personal Play Analysis, if you are a member of ACBL, and Expert Analysis of selected hands, if you review The Common Game website. 
 
We frequently hear comments by players regarding the "stacking of the cards" or the "elimination of all of the 'normal' hands" by the hands generated from The Common Game.  It is against ACBL policy to meddle with random deals in any way.  Click on the link below if you would like any more details.
 
 
It is actually quite interesting ... very, very technical ... but interesting!  Guess when you have the option for 53,644,737,765,488,792,839,237,440,000 or 53 octillion different deals, there are going to be a lot of strange hands!
MEMBERSHIP FEE

The membership fee for 2023 is $30, payable now at the club.  
Consider becoming a lifetime member with a qualifying donation to our fund drive.
 

 

 

 

STaC

WHBC will participate in our unit’s Sectional Tournament at Clubs with games on

Tuesday Feb 14,

Thursday Feb 16*, and

Friday Feb 17.  

Silver points at our club!!  

* if enough sign up

Bulletin board
 
WINTER HAVEN BRIDGE CLUB
 
2022 WHBC Board of Directors
President Harvey Cohen
Vice President Kevin Gervase
Treasurer Don Fuller
Secretary Anne Bell
Board Directors Ron Kalisz, Lynda Bush, Nancy McNamara

 

A big Thank You to officers for donating your experience and time.

 

Rank Changes

 

Congratulations to the WHBC players who have changed ranks recently. Please contact annieduke1229@gmail.com with your rank changes and they will be posted.

Elsa Nail

Life Master

Jim Ford

Bronze Life Master            

Don Fuller

Bronze Life Master

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations!

 

Club Masterpoints for December

 

Harvey Cohen…………….4.67

Anna Cormier…………….3.19

Anne Bell………….……….3.04

Anne Lambdin……………2.84

Dave Lennox……….……..2.78

Kevin Gervase……………2.64

 

Name Badges for Sale

Name badges are available for purchase, ranging from $6.00-$13.00.

The order form is available at the club.

 

ACBL Live Results

 

TOURNAMENT RESULTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT http://Live.ACBL.org

You may also register at MYACBL to receive tournament results via email

 

Calendar
9th February 2023
Stratified Open Pairs
1:00
Director: Sally Bonkoski
10th February 2023
Stratified open pairs
1:00
Director: Sally Bonkoski
14th February 2023
Stratified open pairs
1:00
Director: Sally Bonkoski
Results
Stratified open pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski
Stratified open pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski
Stratified Open Pairs
Director: Sally Bonkoski