Unit 171, District 7
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Welcome to Unit 171, District 7
2023 Annual Unit 171 Meeting and Holiday Party to be held at Hendersonville Bridge Center

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This year's Annual Unit Meeting and Holiday Party will be held onThursday, December 7th, 2023 at 10:00 AM †at our very own Hendersonvlle Bridge Center!† Please plan to be in your seat no later than 9:45 AM.

There will be a brief business meeting and then a†Unit Championship Game†with a catered lunch at noon. The game is expected to be completed by 3:30 PM.† There will be†three†sections - Open, 0-750 masterpoints, and a new section for players with 0-50 masterpoints.†

This year, registration will be online, and will be†by pair.† The registration link is below.† When you register, you will be asked for your partner's name and whether or not you need a stationary table.

The cost will be $30 per pair for the lunch and the game. The lunch will be catered by Appalachian Smoke Barbeque.† The menu will incude pork barbeque, chicken barbeque, macaroni and cheese, green beans, coleslaw, and rolls.† There will also be a holiday sheet cake and ice cream for dessert.† The Unit is subsidizing the lunch cost for the day.† If you would like to bring snacks to share for the morning, that would be most welcome, but it is not required.

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, so that we can get an accurate count for lunch.

If you need a partner please contact any Club Director.

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Three Unit 171 Players to be Honored with Sponsored Games at the Atlanta NABC

Three Unit 171 players will be honored with sponsored games at the Atlanta NABC, which will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis November 23rd - December 3rd.† The ACBL created these sponsorships as a way to provide additional hospitality for players during the tournament.† The three players to be honored are:

Name Game Date Sponsored by
Lee Wilcox Lee Wilcox Bracketed Round Robin Teams (0-4000) Tuesday, November 28 Unit 171
Bruce Tyler Bruce Tyler Memorial Gold Rush Pairs Tuesday, November 28 Brevard Bridge Club
Will Boynton Will Boynton Memorial Bracketed Round Robin Teams Friday, December 1 Pandemic Precision Group
Jane Champion, Marty Friedman,
Debbie Monroe, Tim Prime,
Norm Rosenstein, Bruce Southard,
Fran Tewkesbury

See below for the tributes to each player.† Reservations through the ACBL Conference Direct site have closed, but rooms are still available if you are interested in playing in any of these games.† Click HERE to check current rates.† You can find the full schedule of events at the tournament HERE.


Lee Wilcox

Lee Wilcox (b. 9/21/38) grew up in Minnesota, graduated with an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and later earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Minnesota. He spent his career working in higher education, culminating in serving as the VP of Student Affairs at Rensselaer, Montclair State University and Georgia Tech. He also served on the Board of 3 national professional organizations. During his career he was an avid distance runner, running 50 marathons and winning several national titles as a mastersís (over 40) runner.

On moving to western North Carolina, Lee started playing duplicate bridge in 2011 and joined the ACBL in 2012. In the ensuing 12 years he won the Mini-McKenney award in Unit 171 eleven times, won numerous Regional team titles and earned about 3400 master points. He was the President of the Asheville Bridge Room from 2015-17, President of Unit 171 for 4 years from 2019-2022. during which time he also served on the D7 Board. In 2020 he was instrumental in the merger of the two competing Asheville bridge clubs. In 2019 Lee reached the Barry Crane 500, something he hopes to accomplish again this year. In his bridge career, Lee has been noted not only for his bridge skills but also for his leadership skills and his concerns for building interest in the game of bridge. He has assisted several fellow players to achieve the Gold points they needed to become Life Masters.


Bruce Tyler

Bruce Tyler grew up in Thompsonville, CT and later became an attorney. †He enjoyed a long career, first in New York City and later in his Somers, CT, practice, which he operated for more than 40 years. He was married to Jane Mullowney for 39 years before her death in 2008.

Mr. Tyler's gregarious warmth, gift for friendship, and dedication to service, public and private, are evidenced by his engagement in any community of which he was part. During his life in Somers, he was involved with the Somers Village Players; the Lions Club; the Somers Democrats; and the boards of the Somers Public Library and Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs, CT.

Upon his retirement, Bruce established himself in Brevard, NC, where he served on the Brevard College Business Major Advisory Board. Having learned bridge in his youth and picked up a love of the game from his mother, he played during college and while serving in the US Navy. Retirement allowed Bruce to resume playing bridge, mostly at the Brevard Bridge Club. He always had a smile on his face, and he lit up the room whenever he played. Undeterred as the pandemic struck, Bruce moved to play bridge online, making even more new friends and sharpening his skill. He was very successful, winning the 50-100 Masterpoint Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs races for all of District 7 in 2021. He also won the 20-50 Masterpoint Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs races for Unit 171 in 2020.

Bruce is sorely missed by the Brevard Bridge Club.


Will Boynton

Most tributes to those we've lost in the bridge community start with their ranking and all they achieved in this game we all love. But that doesn't seem quite fitting when remembering Will. So, I will start with what seems right.

Will Boynton, from Tallahassee, Florida, moved to Asheville, NC just 2 days before the COVID lockdown in 2020. His isolation in a new home shifted when Jane Champion created a small ZOOM group so Will could learn Precision and help create a community for him and for all of us.

From there, Will and I formed a friendship. At first meeting, Will could seem abrasive to some, but we all came to know Will for who he was at his core - kind, generous, nurturing, witty, and incredibly intelligent.

His grasp of bridge was superior to most. A sapphire life master that all started with learning the game from his grandmother. Will was a mentor to me and for many others; patient, understanding, and generous with his time and explanations. He and I both loved the language of bridge and worked together to develop new conventions.

Shortly before he died, Will was accepted to the University of Florida so he may pursue a career in education, to help others like himself with mental illness. Mental illness is a disease like any other, but in this country, we don't treat it as an equal. Will helped reverse this stigma by owning† it and learning how to successfully manage his symptoms. With courage and vision, he strove to change the system. But it was consequences of his mental illness that caused his early passing. Will Boynton died July18, 2022, at the age of 40.

He is missed by all that knew him and had the joy of sharing time across the table with him.†

If you are so inclined, I know Will would appreciate a donation made in his honor to NAMI, National Alliance of Mental Illness: www.nami.org

Our mission is to promote participation in contract bridge in Unit 171. To accomplish that, we will focus on the entire bridge community. We support everything that furthers the game - teaching bridge, promoting bridge activities, conducting competitions - all with the highest standards of conduct and ethics.

Results
Monday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Director: Terry Moore
Monday Afternoon Pairs - Saluda
Saluda Senior Center 12:30 PM
Director: David Hickman
Friday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Director: Denise Gambone
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Director: Debi Fabian
Tuesday Afternoon Pairs 0-100
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Director: Debi Fabian
Open Pairs
(Asheville Bridge Room at CBI)
Beth Israel 12:30
Director: Nick Frost
Monday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Director: Arthur Lebowitz
Monday Afternoon Pairs - Saluda
Saluda Senior Center 12:30 PM
Director: David Hickman
Monday Afternoon Pairs - Waynesville
Armory 12:30 PM
Director: Laura Spinks
0-20 Pairs and 0-1500 Pairs
(Asheville Bridge Room at CBI)
Beth Israel 12:00
Director: Lisa Bryant
PAIRS; Open and 0-100, Club Championship
(Brevard)
FBCC 1:00 PM
Director: Barry Hanchett
Friday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Director: Nick Weedman
Club Game
(Highlands)
1:00 PM
Director: Lynn Kleifgen
Friday Afternoon Pairs - Waynesville
Armory 12:30 PM
Director: Laura Spinks
Charity Club Championship
Director: David Hickman
PAIRS; Open, Club Championship
(Brevard)
FBCC 1:00 PM
Director: Barry Hanchett
Morning Pairs - Tryon
Tryon 9:00 AM
Director: Laura Spinks
Afternoon Pairs - Tryon
Tryon 12:30 PM
Director: Laura Spinks
Mentor/Mentee Pairs
(Asheville Bridge Room at CBI)
Beth Israel 12:30
Director: Nick Frost
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Director: Debi Fabian
Calendar
Tue Nov 28, 2023
PAIRS; 0-100 Upgraded Club Championship
(Brevard)
FBCC 1:00 PM
Tue Nov 28, 2023
Tuesday Afternoon Pairs 0-100
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Wed Nov 29, 2023
Open Pairs
(Asheville Bridge Room at CBI)
Beth Israel 12:30
Wed Nov 29, 2023
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Wed Nov 29, 2023
Club Game
(Highlands)
1:00 PM
Wed Nov 29, 2023
Wednesday Afternoon Pairs - Waynesville
Armory 12:30 PM
Thu Nov 30, 2023
PAIRS; Open, Upgraded Club Championship
(Brevard)
FBCC 1:00 PM
Thu Nov 30, 2023
Morning Pairs - Tryon
Tryon 9:00 AM
Thu Nov 30, 2023
Afternoon Pairs - Tryon
Tryon 12:30 PM
Fri Dec 1, 2023
0-20 Pairs and 0-1500 Pairs
(Asheville Bridge Room at CBI)
Beth Israel 12:00
Fri Dec 1, 2023
PAIRS; Open and 0-100, Upgraded Club Championship
(Brevard)
FBCC 1:00 PM
Fri Dec 1, 2023
Friday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Fri Dec 1, 2023
Club Game
(Highlands)
1:00 PM
Fri Dec 1, 2023
Friday Afternoon Pairs - Waynesville
Armory 12:30 PM
Mon Dec 4, 2023
Open Swiss Teams
(Asheville Bridge Room at CBI)
Beth Israel 12:30
Mon Dec 4, 2023
Monday Afternoon Pairs OPEN,0-750
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM
Mon Dec 4, 2023
Monday Afternoon Pairs - Saluda
Saluda Senior Center 12:30 PM
Mon Dec 4, 2023
Monday Afternoon Pairs - Waynesville
Armory 12:30 PM
Tue Dec 5, 2023
CASUAL BRIDGE
(Brevard)
FBCC 1:00 PM
Tue Dec 5, 2023
Tuesday Afternoon Pairs 0-100
(Hendersonville)
HBC 12:30 PM