he Unit 390 Board of Directors welcomes new Board members John Sharpe (Vice President), Dorothy Mersereau (Tournament Chairperson) and Marcel Claeys (Future Masters). Once again the Calgary and area bridge community will benefit through the workings of a strong Unit Board.
The first meeting of the new Board was held on August 27th. Recognizing we are a bit behind schedule, we immediately set about determining what can be offered to the bridge community this year and came up with a few things we would like to explore. In the coming year we will look into sponsoring one or two “Boot Camps” for the developing bridge player and an “ACBL Teacher Accreditation Program”. Plans are already underway to sponsor a “Club Director’s Course” early in the New Year and of course the Special Events Director is focusing on the annual Rookie Master Team Event. Each of these events is dependent on participation so please watch for notices.
The Mentorship Program is well underway - thanks to Nancy Stewart and Janet Sharpe. There are currently 70 pairs participating in the program and always room for more. Information on the Mentoring Program is available on the website under Unit 390 Info – Unit 390 Programs. These hardworking ladies do their best to accommodate all Mentors and Mentees entering the program.
We are so very lucky to have some 26 Associate Members assisting us in our role as Directors. We honestly could not accomplish our duties without them. Unfortunately we lost our photographer last year and are on the lookout for a volunteer (or two) to fill the position. Not a hard job – just take pictures of members for the website (particularly new members), and send them to our Webmaster. We wouldn’t mind a few pictures from special events either.
The September Sectional held at Shepard Community Centre was successful with a total table count of 236.5 – down 40 tables from last year. We were a bit nervous with the change in venue but if it was just curiosity of a different playing site or realization that it was incredibly easy to get to that brought the players out, we appreciated the support. In November we are back at the Marlborough Park Community Centre. I think it still feels like home to most of us.
Looking forward to another great year.
Calgary ACBL Unit 390