The highlight of our summer was, of course, the very successful White Hat Regional. We may not have set a record in attendance but we sure did in hospitality. With 16 wonderful, hardworking Tournament Committee members (see photo page 12), 110 volunteers who baked an abundant supply of cookies and squares and 46 sponsors who contributed to gift baskets, giveaways and some of the evening hospitality – we just couldn’t go wrong. Thank you everybody.
It has been said for many, many years that bridge is dying. Yet I keep seeing so many new faces. I started checking with the various teachers in the city to get a count of people taking lessons. I was surprised to find that there are 107 beginners currently enrolled in fall classes; 38 currently enrolled in various intermediate classes; 30 presently enrolled in an intermediate-plus class and 12 enrolled in a 2-over-1 class. A recently concluded beginner-plus course had 31 graduates and two previous Boot Camps hosted by Nancy Klym and Bev Mason had a total enrollment of 58.
These are just the numbers from people I know of! I would bet there is a lot more teaching going on that I don’t know about. Accolades are due to these teachers who supplied me with their numbers – Linda Walker, Rae Haaland, Dorothy Brayford, Gail Bews, Helen Dillen, Marilyn Haggins, Nancy Klym and Bev Mason.
After my research into teaching, I did a quick check of the number of tables playing bridge at the various clubs during a one week period – a total of 224. I think this is amazing and a tribute to the club owners, managers and directors who provide a great service for our enjoyment. I know they welcome your support.
Calgary ACBL Unit 390