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John Sharpe

President's Message
by John Sharpe - President, Calgary ACBL Unit 390


ello bridge players,

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

The September Sectional was held at the Clarion Hotel and was judged by most to be an improvement over Marlborough Park. Consequently the Unit has entered into an agreement with the Clarion to hold the Sectionals there for the next two years. However, there was justifiable concern regarding noise. One change that will be made is to move the AX section closer to the door and the 199ers section furthest away from the door, which is similar to the set up used at Marlborough Park. The reason for this is that the AX section is usually finished first and so they will be able to leave the playing room without passing through the BC and 199er sections.

That move will help, but will not eliminate, the noise concern. The main source of the noise is people talking after the hands are completed. There is no way that discussion of the hand will be eliminated; after all it is one of the most productive means of learning. Unfortunately at both the club level and Sectionals, the discussion tends to be too loud because no consideration is given to the players who are still playing. I request that you all make an effort to reduce the noise level between rounds by lowering your voices during the discussion of the hand. It will make the playing environment more comfortable for all.

Two boot camps were successfully completed during October/November and another is scheduled for April next year. More details to follow soon. In January lots of lessons are starting. Starting on Monday or Tuesday afternoons January 9th/10th Clarende Duby will be hosting lessons in her home. On Thursday afternoons commencing January 17th Sandra Evans will start a series of lessons at Woodcliff United Church. Rae Haaland will be starting several sets of lessons in January for both beginners and intermediate players at Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre and the Cambrian Heights Community Association. Finally Jane Lamont will be teaching on Wednesday evenings in High River starting January 11th. Details of all of these can be found on the website under the “Improve Your Game” tab, followed by the “Bridge Lessons” tab.

Our website has new webmasters, Dan Bertrand and Doug Mann. Thank you Dan and Doug for volunteering to undertake this important task. Many thanks to Dave Swadron for his extensive work on the website over the past few years and to Judy Gartaganis for her work during the transition. To request for material to be put on the website please send an e-mail to

John Sharpe

Calgary ACBL Unit 390

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