It is with great pleasure that I welcome to the Unit board three new members: Ed Lamb, treasurer; Tracy Horan, special events; and Devra Drysdale, information officer. It is thanks to all the volunteers that the Unit is able to operate successfully.
I also wish to thank our retiring board members, Larry Fenton and Ken Anderson, for their support over the past years. The retiring President, Delores Hedley, will continue on the board in the position of past president. Her knowledge and experience is invaluable.
The September Sectional was very well attended with over 280 tables. The main increase in attendance was amongst the 199ers, which is very encouraging. The November Sectional will be at the Clarion Hotel on 16th Avenue NE from November 4th – 6th. I hope to see you all there. Since this is a new location for sectionals your feedback on the playing area will be appreciated. Please contact any board member with your comments.
On October 20th and 21st there will be an Audrey Grant Better Bridge Festival at the Glamorgan Community Association, 4207, 41st Avenue SW. This is sponsored by the Canadian Bridge Federation (CBF) and is a country wide event at locations in Saskatoon, Vancouver, Calgary, Charlottetown, Halifax and Moncton. The focus is to promote the growth of the game of bridge in Canada. If you are a member of the CBF you can become an accredited teacher at no charge by attending all three sessions. The Thursday afternoon session is for all levels of bridge players to improve their game. The Friday morning session is for absolute beginners. Since it is difficult to attract new bridge players as most new bridge players have not heard of Audrey Grant, your assistance in spreading the word about this session and Audrey Grant’s reputation as author and teacher will be very much appreciated. Detailed information can be found on the CBF website – www.cbf.ca.
Congratulations to Judy and Nick Gartaganis who again qualified to represent Canada at the World Bridge Games, which were held in Poland in September. There were 53 entries in the open event and Judy and Nick made it to the quarter finals before being beaten by Monaco, who ended up losing to the Netherlands in the final.
There are two boot camps upcoming, one on October 29th/30th and one on November 19th/20th. Nancy Klym and Bev Mason make a fine teaching team and their past camps have received glowing reports. Currently there are two spaces left for the October camp and eight for the November one. Bridge lessons are also being offered by Linda Walker, Jane Lamont and Rae Haaland. Details can be found on the website.
I look forward to working with the new board during the coming year and hope that all bridge players will have an enjoyable and successful year.
Calgary ACBL Unit 390