Volume LXVIII Number 12
Sunday December 11
The year is almost over – but there’s lots of bridge in December. There’s Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STAC) week, ending with the STAC game on Sunday December 11 at 1 pm. Our annual Unit Christmas party starts at noon before the STAC game. Jackie Finn will prepare the main course and coordinate the rest of the dinner. We’ll have dinner for all, followed by our Annual Meeting. Balloting for Unit board members ends on before the game. Some of our club owners will also hold Christmas parties. Be sure to attend them.
Please vote for up to five candidates. The candidates are:
Gay Berry is our parliamentarian and Sunshine chairman. She also is the assistant Secretary, preparing minutes of all our meetings.
Laura Da Costa is unit Vice-president and sectional tournament chairman. She teaches beginning bridge on Saturday mornings, directs the Wednesday evening Unit game, and runs two afternoon games.
Sally Eatherly is our membership chairman, keeping records of all our members up to date on the Fresno Bridge Center’s computers, and keeping up the roster.
Mary Lou Pease is in charge of a lot of activities to keep bridge alive (our new slogan). She teaches beginners on Saturday mornings, and as Marketing chairman, she’s contacted the Bee and other organizations, finding creative ways to let everyone know about us.
Deb Petersen is our Computer Graphics expert, preparing notices and signs for the bridge center. She also is the one to contact if you want a free updated copy of the Unit roster. Just send an e-mail and she will e-mail the roster back to you.
Also on the ballot is an amendment to the By-Laws. The new and amended by-laws will be posted at the Fresno Bridge Center and on-line.
The amendments to the Bylaws include:
the addition of an education component to the Mission Statement; a correction in the information for termination of membership that is in line with ACBL guidelines; a rewrite in the number of board members necessary to conduct unit business which allows for more flexibility; numbers mentioned are now written in word and numeral for clarity; a quorum will now consist of fifty-one percent (51%) of the total number of directors needed to conduct a board meeting; and, various typo, spelling and grammatical corrections.
It is hoped the membership will agree with the changes to the Bylaws and vote “Yes” for their inclusion.
We’re starting a series of nine free lessons, starting at 9 am on Saturday January 14. Please let your friends know. We have flyers that can be passed out to any groups you know
JOHN AND PEGGY OAKSHOTT MAKE LM
After needing less than a gold point for quite a while, John and Peggy Oakshott teamed with Mary Lou Pease and Judy Jessick to take second in Flight B of the Swiss teams and become Life Masters. Congratulations!
PLACES AND FACES
We had lots of winners at the recent Modesto Regional. Irene Whelchel and Judy Zimmerer were fourth in Flight B of the Daylight pairs. Peter Weber, Susan Vildosola, Avis Morse and Bonnie Chan won Bracket 2 of the KO Teams. Bonnie Chan and Avis Morse were fifth in Flight C of the Daylight pairs. Mun Takeda and Allyson Farrell were first and third in Flight B of the Daylight pairs. Farid Assemi and Richard Meffley were third in the Open pairs. Rick Whitworth and Richard Meffley were third in Open pairs. Richard Meffley won the Swiss teams. Mary Lou Pease, Judy Jessick, Judy Nibler, and Renee Laquerriere were third in Bracket 2 of the KO teams. Karin Blanchard and Julia Luo took second in the 299er pairs. Anthony Toto and Byron Steinert were fifth in Flight B of the open pairs. Belva Quattrin and Jay Roll were seventh in the Daylight Pairs. Jay Shapiro and Jay Roll won the morning Swiss teams. Jay Roll won a side game and took third in the KO teams. Laura Da Costa and Margaret Mahaffey were second in Flight B of the Daylight pairs. Jay Shapiro won Flight C of a side game. Al Crane won the evening Swiss teams and took third in Flight B one side game, and third in another. Al Crane and Gary Nelson were second in one side game and third in another. Congratulations to all!
Welcome to new members Joyce Furnas, Eiko Corbin, and Cheryl Ryder.
William Rogers is a new sectional master. Julia Luo and Mary Jane Nevins are new Junior masters. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Deni Glenn-Boeve, who recently passed the bar exam
We have several Christmas parties this month. The Unit party is at noon on Sunday December 11. Maggie is having a Christmas party for the 750 players on Tuesday, December 13 at 12:15. Laura Da Costa plans a holiday party on Monday, December 26 at 11:15.
Leaders in Oakhurst for November are Burke Zane, Ken Doig, Claire Molnar, Karen McCartin, and Jim Luther. Madera leaders were Gary Nelson and Richard Meffley, followed by Carol Kaufman and Barbara Diebert.
Mark Stern leads at the Fresno Bridge Center fo Otober, followed by Jim McKoane, Victor Greener, Gerard Laquerriere, and Ray April. Ray still leads for 2016, followed by Victor Greener and Mark Stern. Julia Luo was the top 99er for October, followed by Barbara Brock, and Debbie Kemp. Debbie Kemp is the top 99er for 2016, followed by Kathryn Miller and Beverly Little.
We have evening games on Tuesday (for 99ers) and open games on Wednesday and Friday. Please try to let the director know when you plan to play an evening game.
Don't forget STAC week, December fitth through eleventh. Nearly all clubs will have STAC games, which award silver points. If you have the best game in the west, you could win twenty points.
UNIT NAP FINAL
1 Richard Meffley - Bob Cross
2 Robert Durbrow - Belva Quattrin
3 Mark Stern - Byron Steinert
1B Mary Lou Pease - Jane Bragg
2B Laura Da Costa - Ray April
1 David Haberstich - Mark Stern
2 John McGregor - Patrick Carroll
1A Mark Stern - Victor Greener
2A1B Jay Shapiro - Julia Luo
3A2B1C Judy Jessick - James Sweet
3B Judy Shuster - Ray April
2C Mary Lou Pease - Jane Bragg
99er UNIT CHAMPIONSHIP
1 Fred Schellack - Joyce Furnas
2 Brenda Ward - Walt Kelso
1A William Glass - Mark Stern
2A Victor Greener - David Haberstich
3A Villa Vejvoda - Avis Morse
1B Sheila Smith - Jim Mckoane
2B Skip Miller - JoannE. Evans
3B1C Carol Carr - Pat Huston
2C John Oakshott - Peggy Oakshott
3/4C Carol Miller - Judy Shuster
3/4C Denny Tweed - Cathleen Burden
1AB Mun Takeda - Gerard Laquerriere
2AB Belva Quattrin - Robert Durbrow
3AB1C Gary Nelson - Al Crane
2C Laura Da Costa - Ray April
1 Gary Nelson – Richard Meffley
2 Mary & Nick Gullo
1A Victor Greener - J. Jay Roll
2A1BC Irene Whelchel - Judy Zimmerer
3A Skip Miller - Byron Steinert
2BC Laura Da Costa - Carol Rodder
3B Barbara Thacker - Jim Mckoane
3C George Dalition - Sheila Smith
1A Mark Stern - Gerard Laquerriere
2A Barbara Thacker - Skip Miller
3A1B Ray April - Gerry Jones
2B George Efthemon - Jackie Finn
3B Peter Weber - Susan Vildosola
750 CLUB APPRECIATION
1A Pearl McGinnis - Barbara Brock 2A1BC Bill Rogers - Chris Rogers
3A Angelina Heisdorf - Barry Druffel
2/3B JoAnn Huebner - Marilyn J. Kendall
2/3B Edward & Therese Grootendorst
2C Sandra Beebe - Judy Pardun
3C Jonel Mueller - Rita Gladding
1 Ann Keag - Cheryl Ryder
2 Vera Bryan - Eiko Corbin
1AB Deb Petersen - Barbara Wiedel
2A Janet Blumberg - Stephen Blumberg
3A2B Lois High - Chris Rogers
3B Don Myers - Doris Myers
1C Rita Gladding - Jonel Mueller
2C John Donaldson - Ruth Reynolds
3C Pamela Pigg - Ann Keag
JoAnn Huebner - Marilyn J. Kendall
Carol Miller - Mary Gullo
Julia Luo - Karin Blanchard
Marge Field - Nancy Jones
Karin Blanchard - Julia Luo
Pearl McGinnis - Barbara Brock
Don Myers - Doris Myers
Patricia Creede - Renee Laquerriere[B]
Mary Ann Clark - Gay Berry[B]
Sandra Beebe - Judy Pardun [C]
Carol Willoughby - Judy Geary[C]
Ann Keag - Pamela Pigg[C]
Carol Willoughby - Judy Geary [C]
Burke Zane - Corey Cole
Ken Doig - Claire Molnar (2)
Jim Luther - Kirk Moulin
Al Ellis - Joni Roberts
Karen McCartin - Paul Mertens (2)
Burke Zane - T. Srinivasan
Ken Doig - Jim Luther
Al Crane - Alex C. Sherriffs
Victor Greener - J. Jay Roll
Ray April - Judy Dodd
Jim Mckoane - Judy Jessick
Sandy Lee - Skip Miller
Irene Whelchel - Judy Zimmerer
Robert Durbrow - Bob Cross
Naguib Abdallah - Lowell Gist
Lisa D'Arcy - Avis Morse
Mark Stern - David Haberstich
Gay & Larry Slates
Gary Nelson – Richard Meffley
John McGregor - Patrick Carroll[B]
Delia Green - Paul Messner [B]
Mary Lou Pease - Sally Anne Eatherly [B]
Kay Chrisman - Steve Sharp [B]
Judy Nibler - Renee Laquerriere [C]
Martha Waller - Donny Graham[C]
John Oakshott - Peggy Oakshott [C]
Judy Jessick - Gerry Jones[C]
1A Avis Morse
2A1B Angelina Heisdorf
3A2B Gary Nelson
3B Mary Lou Pease