Volume LXXI No. 4
10th and 75th ANNIVERSARY
April 7, 2019
This year is a jubilee year - the 75th year of the Fresno Unit and the tenth year in our new home. We’re celebrating with a barbecue and a charity game for Pro-Hospice, which took such care of Maggie Mahaffey in her last months. There will be an open section and a 299er section. Come celebrate!
Mun Takeda will teach about reopening the bidding and reverse Drury on Tuesday April 9 at 10 am and Thursday April 11 at 6 pm. Drury was invented by Doug Drury because his partner Eric Murray opened so light in third seat. Drury will help you stay low if your partner likes to open light in third position. Reopening is always tough when you’re the last to bid and you can pass and end the auction or bid and keep it going. Mun has some clues for you.
Beginning lessons start again on Saturday May 4. Tell your friends about the free lessons. Call Mary Lou 288-2340 or Laura 999-2825 for more information.
The top players in Madera for March were Steve Johnson and Gay and Larry Slates. Tops for 2019 are Steve Johnson, Richard Meffley, Barbara Diebert and Carol Kaufman. The top players at the Fresno Bridge Center for February were Richard Meffley, Steve Johnson, Mark Stern and Ray April. Richard Meffley leads for 2019, followed by Bill Glass, Steve Johnson, and Mark Stern. Pam Pigg, Ann Keag, and Mary Claire Ewing are the top 99ers for February. Pam, Ann, and Cheryl Johnson lead the 99ers for 2019.
At the end of February, we were in the black by a couple of hundred dollars. Don’t be excited by that, we were in the red by about $1000 in January, but with the sectional in February we were ahead. Specifics can be found on the financial reports posted at the bridge center.
March looks good, with a poker night fund raiser and several of Mun’s lessons providing us with income to cover the usual $1000 loss. It is typical that we lose $1000 per month based on just normal play. If a few pairs play an extra game a month, we could reduce that.
The most exciting financial news is that we received a small reward from ACBL for having registered new players. That $10.00 is in the bank, but let’s hope this is the start of new growth. Tell your friends that fun can be had at the Fresno Bridge Center.Marion and I played at the Visalia anniversary event and everyone was nice. When we changed tables, the hosts welcomed us to play. We in Fresno have a reputation of having some players who are not nice. Please fix that. Either say something nice or keep quiet. No stupid jokes you think are cute, please. Quiet is better than driving off players.
1AB William Glass - Jason Mcalexander
2AB Mark Stern - Sally Anne Stern
3A Richard Meffley - Barbara Thacker
3B Ray April - Laura Da Costa
UNIT CHAMPIONSHIP & PARTY
1AB Sally Anne Stern - Mark Stern
2AB Laura Da Costa - Ray April
3A Robert Durbrow - William Glass
3B Anthony Toto - Kim Morris
1C Don Austin - Marion Austin
2C Mary Lou Pease - Judy Nibler
3C Paul Messner - Jane Bragg
1A Richard Meffley - Victor Greener
2A1B Laura Neville - Al Crane
3/4A2/3B Ray April - Laura Da Costa
3/4A2/3B Mary Lou Pease - Kay Chrisman
1AB Mun Takeda - Steve Johnson
2A Richard Meffley - George Dalition
3A Belva Quattrin - Bob Cross
2B William Glass - Jim Mckoane
1 Mary Lou Pease - Avis Morse
2 Laura Da Costa - Byron Steinert
3 JoAnn Huebner - M. Steve Johnson
Sunday April 28 we’ll have a pro-team game. We’ll draw a team for you, so just come. We pick teams according to master points, with one of the top players on each team.
Thanks to all who attended the memorial for Wilson “Wally” Wallace on March 1, provided food for the lunch, or played in the special game following the memorial service. One Hundred Percent of the entry fees for the game -- a little over $400 –have been given to the Fresno Bridge Center in Wally’s honor in appreciation of their newcomer lessons on Saturday mornings.
PLACES and FACES
At the San Miguel Allende regional, Patrick Carroll and John McGregor were seventh in flight B, first in Flight C, eighth in Flight B, fifth in Flight A and sixth in Flight C in several open pairs. Cynthia Tingey took fifth in the Gold Rush pairs
At the Memphis NABC, Richard Meffley was 57th in the Silver Ribbon pairs and 31st in the IMP pairs.
Congratulations to new Silver Life Master Peter Weber, new NABC master Deb Petersen, and new sectional masters, Rita M Gladding, Linda K Town, and Ann D Keag. More congratulations to new regional master Steve Johnson, sectional master Mark T Smith and junior masters Tom Callahan, Joan Clark, and Ruth A Fruehauf.
The Poker Night was a lot of fun, raising about $900. We plan to buy another poker table and play poker again in the future. James Bushman was the winner.
Welcome to new members John Galaznik of Coarsegold, Suzanne Karp of Fresno, Nancy Lyday of Coarsegold, Jimmy Moore of Mariposa, and Bill Carroll of Mariposa.
Congratulations to Gary Nelson, who recently married Xiaomei Zhang Nelson.
Our condolences are extended to John Renna, whose mother Ella Renna recently passed away.
PEGGY OCHS MEMORIAL
Our annual pot luck and Championship remembers Peggy Ochs, a long time director in Fresno, and all our players who have passed away in the last year.
NABC SAN FRANCISCO
November 28 – December 8
The North American Bridge Championships are once again coming to our district. The NABC has about ten events every day where you can win red, gold, or platinum points. There are team games and pair games for players with every master point holding. We have been asked to help with partnerships, prizes, or registration on Sunday December 1. If you go to the tournament, volunteer an hour of your time.
1 George Dalition
2/3 Bob Cross
2/3 1C James Sweet
2C Debbie Kemp
Richard Meffley and Barbara Thacker
Corey Cole and Dana Brown
Diane McDonough and Jim Luther
Bill Carroll and Jimmy Moore
Clem Bingham and Jim Luther
Ken Doig and T. Srinivasan 3
Burke Zane and T. Srinivasan 3
Claire Molnar and Nancy Hays
Claire Molnar and Karen McCartin
Cynthia Tingey - Laura Da Costa
Paul Messner - Delia Green
Debbie Kemp - Steve Johnson
Mark Stern - Lowell Gist
Gerard Laquerriere - Mun Takeda
Lowell Gist - Gerard Laquerriere
Richard Meffley - Belva Quattrin
Sheila Smith - Gerry Jones [B]
Carolyn Lofton - Robert Endara [B]
Belva Quattrin - Deb Petersen [B]
Ray April - Irene Whelchel [B]
Judy Nibler - Angelina Heisdorf [C]
Gerry Jones - Sheila Smith [C]
Judy Nibler - M. Steve Johnson [C]
Joan De Yager - Marsha Infausto
Jerry F. Noga - John Hempel
Mary Lou Pease - Rhonda Hampton
John Hempel - Jerry F. Noga
Mark Smith - Steve Johnson [B]
Tom Callahan - Julia Kendall
Margot Cegielski - Ed Keller
Robert Heisdorf - Edward Hampton
John Cadwalader - Carol Fiorentino [C]
John Cadwalader - Carol Fiorentino
Ruth Ann Townsend - Joan Clark
Brenda Ward - Pamela Pigg
Patty Head - Sandra White