FRESNO FALL SECTIONAL
Our fall sectional is coming up at the end of the month. It’s time to get your partners lined up for the games. We’ll have the usual open and 499er games on Friday and Saturday at 10 am and 2 pm, except that Saturday morning has a 199er game at 10 am instead of a 499er game. For Saturday morning only, members with fewer than 10 master points play free. If you need a partner, call Mary Lou Pease, at 288-2340 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org You can help with hospitality by bringing a snack for one of the sessions. There’s a sign-up sheet at the bridge center. Popular tournament director Scott Campbell from southern California will be in charge.
Attendance was down at our annual NonLM sectional, except for the 99er game on Saturday morning. We had lunch between sections each day organized by Hospitality chair Jackie Finn, with a lesson by tournament chair Laura Da Costa. The top master point winners were Sam Earnhardt and Jackie Thomas of the Bay Area. The top Fresno winners were Don and Marion Austin. I learned at the recent D21 meeting that each unit is allowed six one day NLM sectionals each year. We might have a few of those in the future.
PLACES and FACES
Anthony Toto was sixth in the open pairs, third in the side game, and second in the BC pairs at the Atlanta NABC. At the Santa Clara regional, Jacqui McGreal and Allison Farrell were 17th in the open pairs.
Welcome to new members Ruth Fruehauf, Patricia Heckathorn, Lynda May Moller, Sandra Petrie, and Ruth Ann Townsend.
We’ve missed George Dalition. It was great to see him drop by the bridge club.
Our condolences to Paul Boyd, whose wife Susan recently passed away.
Mary Lou Pease taught some beginners through a Fresno State program. Now some of them are coming Saturday morning to continue lessons. If you want to take a few beginning lessons, call Mary Lou at 288-2340. Lessons continue through October.
Regular beginning lessons will start again in January. Call Mary Lou or Laura Da Costa, 999-2825 for more information.
Mun Takeda has given some outstanding lessons on various topics. She’s volunteered her time and therefore greatly helped the Unit. The August lesson raised $570 and the 2 over 1 series did even better. Her next lesson is scheduled for the first Tuesday evening in November.
A friend of ours, Joel Martineau, wrote a bridge book for intermediate players, Hand of the Week, which received a very favorable review on page 30 of the August Bulletin. It discusses the bidding and play of 52 hands. I’d like to read it just to find out the definition of ‘Blunderwood’ in the glossary. I’ve had enough Blackwood bids go wrong that I think I can guess.
FRESNO NML SECTIONAL
1 Jackie Thomas - Sam Earnhardt
2 Don Austin - Marion Austin
3 Gloria Fitzgerald - Jeff Nevins
4 Robert Cherry - Tay Cherry
1A Joyce Aiken - Madeline Lynes
2A1B Cheryl Johnson - Ann Keag
3/4A 2/3B 1/2C Alvin Fred Schellack - Barbara Gaudin
3/4A 2/3B 1/2C Edward Hampton - Clint Hudson
1AB Jackie Thomas - Sam Earnhardt
2AB Don Austin - Marion Austin
3/4A Rosalie Jorgensen - Jane Bragg
3/4A Deb Petersen - Jackie Finn
3B1C Cheryl Johnson - Ann Keag
2C Alex C. Sherriffs - Donnier Priest
1AB Steve Johnson - Deb Petersen
2AB1C James Bushman - Andrew Graves
3AB Don Austin - Marion Austin
4A Larry Miller - Judy Shuster
2C Alex C. Sherriffs - Donnie Priest
NLM SWISS TEAMS
1A Jane Bragg - Rosalie Jorgensen - Robert & Tay Cherry
2A1B Jackie Thomas - Sam Earnhardt - Donnie Priest - Jason Mcalexander
NORTH AMERICAN PAIRS
1A Lowell Gist - Mark Stern
2A Barbara Thacker - Howard Arquette
3A Donny Graham - Robert Rouch Jr
1B Judy Zimmerer - Irene Whelchel
2B Carol Miller - Judy Shuster
3B Virginia Johnson - Delia Green
1A Richard Meffley - Robert Durbrow
2A1B Sally Anne Stern - Mark Stern
3/4A 2/3B 1C Gloria Fitzgerald - Jeff Nevins
3/4A 2/3B Rosalie Jorgensen - Laura Neville
2C Judy Shuster - Barbara Wiedel
1ABC Laura Da Costa - Ray April
2AB Sally Anne Stern - Mark Stern
3A Richard Meffley - Gary Nelson
2C Judy Shuster - Carol Miller
1AB Ray April - Laura Da Costa
2A Mark Stern - Dave Haberstich
3A2B Jason Mcalexander - Debbie Kemp
3B Avis Morse - Lowell Gist
1AB Barbara Thacker - Jim Mckoane
2AB Laura Neville - Irene Whelchel
3AB1C Judy Zimmerer - Rhonda Hampton
2/3C Laura Da Costa - Carol Miller
2/3C Joann E. Evans - Carol Rodder
MARY LOU PEACE and DEB PETERSEN
ACBL Goodwill Members
Mary Lou Pease and Deb Petersen were recently chosen as members of the Ailene Osofsky Goodwill Committee. Usually two members from each district are selected to join the committee. The Goodwill Committee was named for Ailene Osofsky who was chairman for twenty-five years. Members are chosen for the work they do in promoting bridge in their club, unit, or district, and showing by their presence at the bridge table that our game is pleasant and fun. This is a lifetime honor. We are proud to have two of our members recognized for their good will. Congratulations!
Treasurer’s report for September 2018
Good news to report. We were in the black in July by over $400. Thanks to Mun’s lesson and the Poker night fund raiser. Thank you to Mun, Mary Lou Pease, Anthony Toto, Mark Sterns and Don Meyers, Jackie and everyone else who have helped make these fund raisers a success. Poker night was fun, so come to the next one just to have fun at a party with other adults.
If you look at the financial statements posted at the center, you will see that we have consolidated the reserve funds. The intention is to move those reserves into places where we can earn the best interest rates possible. It may take a month or two for it to show progress, but in the long term we hope to make the most of our reserves.
Without the fund-raising efforts, we would be losing about $1000 a month on those months we don’t have tournaments. In August, we had a Non-Life Master tourney, which helps our bottom line. The August books will look OK, but keep in mind that a few good months don’t mean we are financially healthy.
If you want to help keep the bridge center alive, ask a board member how you can help. If you want to up your game a little, attend the lessons and play in an open game to see how the pros play. Don’t be afraid to play in another game once a month.
The Thursday morning game at the Fresno Bridge Center is closed as of now. Bob Durbrow will direct the Saturday noon game starting in October. You can call him at 779-7460.
Carol Kaufman was the top master point winner for August in Madera, followed by Gary Nelson and June Oeser, and Gay and Larry Slates. Gay and Larry are the top master pint winners for 2018, followed by Carol Kaufman, Gary Nelson, and June Oeser. The top winners for August in Oakhurst were T. Srinivasan, Al Ellis, Paul Mertens, Wally Wallace, Ken Doig, and Bette Mertens.
The top players at the Fresno Bridge Center for July were Mark Stern, Ray April, Lowell Gist and Laura Da Costa. The leaders for August were Lowell, Mark, Irene Whelchel, Laura Neville, and Bob Durbrow. Mark Stern still leads for 2018, followed by Lowell Gist, Maggie Mahaffey, and Bob Durbrow.
The top 99ers in July were Steve Johnson, Jeff Nevins, Pam Pigg, Ann Keag, and Rita Gladding. Top 99ers for August were Steve, Rita, Pam, Ann, and Sandy Ow Young-Chu. Steve Johnson leads for 2018, followed by Pam Pigg, Jonel Mueller, and Mary Claire Ewing.
750 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
1A Mary Ann Clark - Beverly Little
2A1BC Marge Field - Joan Fritz
3A2B Deb Petersen - Cynthia Tingey
3B Mary Gullo - Debbie Kemp
2C Sandra Beebe - Judy Pardun
3C Lois High - Ann Sadler
1 Lynda Moller - Nicki Gram
2 Julia Kendall - June Oeser
Bette and Paul Mertens (2)
T. Srinivasan and Al Ellis
Wally Wallace and Burke Zane
T. Srinivasan and Burke Zane
Karen Mc Cartin and Claire Molnar
Wally Wallace and Al Ellis
Paul Mertens and Karen Mc Cartin
Margaret Mahaffey - Lowell Gist
Ray April - Irene Whelchel
Howard Arquette - Margaret Mahaffey
Kay Chrisman - Margaret Mahaffey
Mark Stern - Sally Anne Stern
Gary Nelson - June Oeser
Lowell Gist - Rose Boot
William Glass - John McGregor [B]
Laura Neville - Rosalie Jorgensen [B]
Jim Mckoane - Rosalie Jorgensen [B]
Olivia Stockton - Annie Chiljian [B]
Gay Slates - Larry Slates[B]
Jackie Reichard - Barbara Diebert [B}
Al Crane - Deb Petersen [B]
Debbie Kemp - Jason Mcalexander [C]
Carol Miller - Judy Shuster [C]
Laura Da Costa - Larry Miller [C]
Jim Mckoane - Rosalie Jorgensen [C]
Jackie Finn - George Efthemon [C]
Patricia Creede - Angelina Heisdorf
Rita Gladding - Dick Powell
Mary Ann Clark - Gay Berry
Barbara Wiedel - Linda Town
Sandra Beebe - Judy Pardun [B]
Larry Miller - Jeremy Newel [B]
Don Myers - Doris Myers [C](2)
Mark Smith - Helen Smades [C]
Lynda Moller - Nicki Gram
Barbara Gaudin - Fred Schellack
Alvin Fred Schellack - Walt Kelso
Nicki Gram - Lynda Moller [C]
Ruth Townsend - Joan Clark [C]
Steve Johnson - Margot Cegielski
Fred Schellack - Walt Kelso [B]
John Cadwalader - Carol Fiorentino [C]
Juan Sobenes - Suzanne Sobenes
Steve Johnson - Margot Cegielski
Joan Clark - Jung Kim