Archives 2021

UNIT GAMES IN JANUARY
Junior Fund Games January 8 and January 22

 

January 6, 2022

The next UNIT GAME will be a Junior Fund game on SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 1:00 pm at the Lewis Recreation Center in Greensboro.  MASKS ARE MANDATORY due to the increase in COVID cases.  Please present your proof of vaccination at the door if you haven't already texted or emailed a copy of your card to the Director, Rich Peffer at 336-402-5367 or Rpeffer325@att.net.

 

Thank you for coming to Greensboro and playing in the Club Championship game on Saturday, December 11.  A big thanks to Debbie Monroe for the holiday cookies, 

 

Congratulations to the following who earned masterpoints:

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  • 66.39% - Nancy Osborne & Joanne McClusky - 2.77 MPs

  • 60.51% - Charles Wilkins & Peter J. Boyd-Bowman - 2.08 MPs

  • 58.51% - Debbie Monroe & David Idleman - 1.56 MPs

  • 57.63% - Claudia Hale & Bob Hale - 1.17 MPs

  • 56.85 % - Kathie Dwyer & Grace Murphy - .88 MPs

  • 53.04% - Cindy Wright & Bruce Southard - .45 MPs

  • 52.64% - Fran Tewkesbury & Martin Causley - .32 MPs

  • 52.03% - Ben Cone & Lewis Ritchie - 1.33 MPs

  • 47.07% - Ann Bennett & Gary Lee - 1.00 MPs

  • 45.54% - James Skidmore & Bob Rhodes - .75 MPs

  • 43.82% - Phoenix Putney & Wendell Putney - .22 MPs

​Results for all Unit Games are available on Live for Clubs under club number 275628.  Link here: https://my.acbl.org/club-results/275628

 

UNIT GAMES IN DECEMBER
 

December 12, 2021

Thank you for coming to Greensboro & playing in the Holiday Unit Championship Game and Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 11.  A big thanks to Debbie Monroe for the holiday cookies, Peter J. Boyd-Bowman for the mulled cider, and Dixie Culver for the hot chocolate bar and the presentation of the "State of the Unit."   Click HERE for pictures of the event!

 

BOB HALE EARNS DIAMOND LIFE MASTER STATUS

Life Master with 5,000 points

 

December 1 , 2021

Congratulations to Bob Hale of Greensboro for attaining Diamond Life Master.  Bob rounds out the Unit's Top Ten current members who have earned this prestigious distinction from ACBL.  The others are:  Bill Wisdom (Salisbury), Dan Fowler (Salisbury), Peter J. Boyd-Bowman (Greensboro), Sue Cooper (Advance), Cathy McLeod (Eden), Bruce Southard (Greensboro), Frank Burgess (Winston-Salem), Josh Hoffman (Greensboro), and Kathie Dwyer (Greensboro).

 

DISTRICT 7 ON-LINE NEWS

 

November20, 2021

 

Click HERE for updated information on NAP Finals. 

Click HERE for District 7 Flights "A" & "C" NAP Tournament Overalls Results

Click HERE for District 7 Flight "B" NAP Tournament Overall Results

Click HERE for all Flights "A" & "C"  District 7 NAP Masterpoint Winners Results

Click HERE for Flight "B" District 7 NAP Masterpoint Winners Results

Click HERE for District 7 News Bulletin

Congratulations to Unit 169 members for their wins in the District 7 NAP Flight B Finals on November 20.

OVERALL WINNERS, Flight "B"

  • 4th - MARTY FRIEDMAN (Greensboro) & RICH PEFFER (Greensboro) - 57.44% - 7.59 MPs

OVERALL MASTERPOINT WINNERS, Flight "B"

  • 7th - MARTY FRIEDMAN (Greensboro) & RICH PEFFER (Greensboro) - 7.59 MPs

  • 15th - CHRIS SHEPARD (Kernersville) & ROBERT POWELL (Colfax) - 4.21 MPs

  • 33rd - SUSAN MANN (Winston-Salem) & SUSAN WILLIFORD (Clemmons) - .87 MPs

  • 35th - SHIRLEY & JAMES JEFFERS (China Grove ) - .84 MPs

  • 52nd - MARTHA & MARK MEYERS (Winston-Salem) - .51 MPs

Congratulations to Unit 169 members for their wins in the District 7 NAP Flights "A" and "C" Finals on November 6. 

OVERALL WINNERS, Flight "C" / Top 4% pairs qualify for the National Finals in Reno NV

  • 1st - BUTCH JOHNSON (Greensboro) & TED EDGAR (High Point) - 59.25% - 12 MPs

  • 4th - SHARON BARTZ (Winston-Salem) & MARY BLAND (Clemmons) tied ERNIE LUNDSFORD & IHRIE (both from Winston-Salem) - 56.07% - 4.53 MPs  In case of a tie, results are compared and the pair that received more winning boards over the two-session event wins the 4th place spot.

  • 7th - ELLEN HERTZ (Clemmons) & SHARLA SLAPPEY (Lewisville) - 55.15% - 3 MPs

  • 9th - DOUG MEAD & CAM MATTHEWS (both from Winston-Salem) - 54.84% - 2.40 MPs

 

OVERALL WINNERS, FLIGHT "A" - Top 3% pairs qualify for the National Finals in Reno NV

  • 2nd - BILL WISDOM (Salisbury) & Randy Joyce - 56.51% - 19.20 MPs

  • 4th - PETER J. BOYD-BOWMAN (Greensboro) & Alex Hudson - 55.25% - 10.80 MPs. 

  • 7th - DWIGHT MEREDITH (Greensboro) & George Wollman - 54.57% - 6.40 MPs

OVERALL MASTERPOINT WINNERS, Flights "A" & "C"

  • 3rd - BILL WISDOM (Salisbury) - 19.20 MPs

  • 7th - BUTCH JOHNSON (High Point) & TED EDGAR (Greensboro) - 12.00 MPs

  • 9th - PETER J. BOYD-BOWMAN (Greensboro) - 10.50 MPs

  • 20th - DWIGHT MEREDITH - 6.40 MPs

  • 25th - SHARON BARTZ (Winston-Salem) & BOB IHRIE (Winston-Salem) - 4.53 MPs

  • 27th - MARY BLAND (Winston-Salem) & ERNIE LUNDSFORD) - Winston-Salem - 4.53 MPs

  • 32nd - ELLEN HERTZ (Clemmons) - 3.00 MPs

  • 35th - CAM MATTHEWS (Winston-Salem) & DOUG MEAD (Winston-Salem) - 2.40 MPs

  • 62nd - MOLLY TWINE (Winston-Salem) &  LEIGH KOMAN (Winston-Salem) - .41 MPs

  • 67th - BARBARA POMER (Greensboro) & JUDY PIPER (Greensboro) - .32 MPs

 

CINDY'S CORNER & TRIAD BRIDGE CLUB 

Special Friday, November 19, Bridge Game for 2nd Harvest Food Bank ... FREE!

November 18, 2021

Peter J. Boyd-Bowman is offering up a special game this coming Friday (Nov. 19) at 1:00 pm at the New Garden Friends’ Meeting, with FREE ADMISSION.  The game will be CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP rated, so it will pay EXTRA MASTERPOINTS.  

 

Are you a non-Life Master?  Not only is the game free, you'll receive a FREE PLAY that can be used at any future Triad Bridge Club game!  For free!

Location:  New Garden Friends Meeting, 801 New Garden Road, Greensboro

Time:  1:00 pm (come a bit before)

Admission:  $0, but please bring at least 5 cans/boxes of non-perishable food items.

Charity:  all food will be delivered to the Second Harvest Food Bank, a local non-profit that helps feed folks who need a hand in Greensboro.

 

Please consider lining up a partner, and coming out to support those in need, and revving up our local bridge scene.  Need a partner?  Send Peter an email at peterboydbowman@yahoo.com.

Many thanks; hope to see you there!

 

The Cindy's Corner and Triad Bridge Club's Virtual Games have been permanently suspended and the clubs are now focusing on face-to-face games, which pay much more in masterpoints!  Please refer to the Club section of the website for their schedules.​

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Cindy / crwbridge@yahoo.com / 336-407-9842 / or Peter J. Boyd-Bowman / peterboydbowman@yahoo.com / 336-686-3680. 

 

UNIT GAMES NOVEMBER 20

Club Championship Game -  Double MPs!

 

November 13, 2021

THE NEXT UNIT GAME WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1:00 PM at the Lewis Recreation Center,  3110 Forest Lawn Drive,  Greensboro.  Club Championship Games for Open and 499er players.  Players with 0-5 MPs play free!​

FULLY VACCINATED PLAYERS ONLY. 

Peter J. Boyd-Bowman will be Guest Director for this game.  Please contact Peter if you need a partner (336-686-3680).  Email: peterboydbowman@yahoo.com.

Thank you for coming to Greensboro & playing in the Upgraded Club Championship Game Saturday, November 13.  Congratulations to the following who earned double black masterpoints:

 

  • Charles Wilkins & Roger Lehman - 64.12% - 2.19 MPs

  • Pat Cambareri & Laura Norman - 59.47% - 1.65 MPs

  • Kent Leggett & Rick Morgan - 59.15% - 1.23 MPs

  • Judy Hellen & Marty Benjamin - 53.01% - .92 MPs

​Results for all Unit Games are available on Live for Clubs under club number 275628.  Link here:  https://my.acbl.org/club-results/275628

DISTRICT 7 ON-LINE NEWS

 

November 7, 2021

 

Click HERE for updated information on NAP Finals. 

​Click HERE for District 7 Flights "A" & "C" NAP Tournament Overalls Results

Click HERE for all Flights "A" & "C"  District 7 NAP Masterpoint Winners Results

Click HERE for District 7 News Bulletin

Congratulations to Unit 169 members for their wins in the District 7 NAP Finals on  November 6. 

 

​OVERALL WINNERS, Flight "C" / Top 4% pairs qualify for the National Finals in Reno NV

  • 1st - BUTCH JOHNSON (Greensboro) & TED EDGAR (High Point) - 59.25% - 12 MPs

  • 4th - SHARON BARTZ (Winston-Salem) & MARY BLAND (Clemmons) tied ERNIE LUNDSFORD & IHRIE (both from Winston-Salem) - 56.07% - 4.53 MPs  In case of a tie, results are compared and the pair that received more winning boards over the two-session event wins the 4th place spot.

  • 7th - ELLEN HERTZ (Clemmons) & SHARLA SLAPPEY (Lewisville) - 55.15% - 3 MPs

  • 9th - DOUG MEAD & CAM MATTHEWS (both from Winston-Salem) - 54.84% - 2.40 MPs

 

OVERALL WINNERS, FLIGHT "A" - Top 3% pairs qualify for the National Finals in Reno NV

  • 2nd - BILL WISDOM (Salisbury) & Randy Joyce - 56.51% - 19.20 MPs

  • 4th - PETER J. BOYD-BOWMAN (Greensboro) & Alex Hudson - 55.25% - 10.80 MPs. 

  • 7th - DWIGHT MEREDITH (Greensboro) & George Wollman - 54.57% - 6.40 MPs

UNIT PLACES IN TOP 40 FOR ALZHEIMER'S DONATIONS

October 8, 2021

Congratulations to our Unit members who contributed $8,428 to the 2021 ACBL's The Longest Day fundraiser benefitting The Alzheimer's Association.  Unit 169 was #25 in the Top 40 Teams!  Click HERE for all results.

PICK-UP SLIPS AVAILABLE / FOR SALE BY UNIT 169

September 19, 2021

For Directors who are not using BridgeMates regularly, and instead entering results into ACBLScore via

Pickup Slips: Unit 169 has thousands in storage and is willing to sell/donate to Directors who might need

them. See Photo of several of the packs we have (there are many more); most are 3 boards per slip.

 

New ones from Baron Barclay cost:

  •  $2.80 for a pack of 100.

  •  $9.56 for a box of 1000.

 

Interested? Send an email to Rich Peffer (rpeffer325@att.net) and indicate how many you’d like, and

make an offer for how much you’d donate to the Unit for them. It’s a win-win arrangement!

UNIT GAMES IN OCTOBER

Saturday, October 2 at 1:00 pm at

Guilford College United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 1205 Fleming Rd, Greensboro

Upgraded Club Championship Limited and Open Games

 

Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 pm

Jane Johnson Team Unit Game.  Send your team's names (indicating Captain) to rpeffer325@att.net.  Watch for updated information as the event gets closer.

 

September 12, 2021

Thank you for coming to Greensboro and playing in the Upgraded Club Championship game on Saturday, September 11.  

Congratulations to the following who earned MPs:

64.42% / 3.19 MPs / 1st A & B - Judy Hellen & Marty Benjamin

64.10% / 2.39 MPs / 2nd A - Peter J. Boyd-Bowman & Charles Wilkins

56.09% / 1.79 MPs / 2nd B - Dixie Culver & Fran Tewkesbury

55.17% / 1.35 MPs / 4th A - David Idleman & Bruce Southard

53.21% / .89 MPs / Tied 5th & 6th A / Debbie Monroe & Kathie Dwyer

53.21% / .89 MPs / Tied 5th 6th A / Drew & Carolyn Wilson

50.64% / .71 MPs / 4th B / Bob &  Claudia Hale

42.95% / .61 MPs / 1st C / Ted Edgar & Robert Sill

​Results for all Unit Games (in-person or on BBO, when scheduled) are available on Live for Clubs under club number 275628.  Link here:  https://my.acbl.org/club-results/275628

 

We plan on offering both a 499er Game and an Open Game at all Unit Games; however, if less than 3 tables of 499er players, everyone will join the Open Game, with stratified results.

 

​Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our players, only fully vaccinated players can attend these first Unit games.  A large percentage of people are now vaccinated, but COVID is still a serious health concern for those who have not yet been vaccinated.  Therefore, since we are using public facilities, all players must be vaccinated for now.

​The next Unit Game SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 at 1:00 pm will be at Guilford College United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 1205 Fleming Rd, Greensboro.  Upgraded Club Championship Limited & Open Games / MASKS MUST BE WORN.  Please pre-register by sending your and your partner's names to the Director at:  rpeffer325@att.net

  • A Few Days before the Unit Games - Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it or text it to the Director, along with you full name (mine is attached below as an example; it's easy!)  The Directors at our weekly games will be helping folks to do this as well, if you'd like.  Also, line up a favorite partner, or email the Unit Game Director to help find one.

  • Check-in - The first time you attend a Unit Game, please arrive early so the Director can greet you and get the games organized for a 1:00 pm start. If you haven't emailed/texted your card ahead of time, show your COVID vaccine card (or a photo if it) at the table in the lobby, and we'll check off your name and let you know at which table your are to sit.

  • Cost - $8 / Free for players with 0-5 MPs

  • Food - There will be no food.  Water and coffee will be available.  Folks are free to bring their own lunch for themselves.

  • ​Length of Game - We will play 21-24 boards.  Hand records will be provided following the game.

  • Game Time - 1:00 pm starting time

  • Questions? Need a partner? - Please give Rich Peffer (Unit Game director) a call or text at 336-402-5367 / rpeffer325@att.net

UNIT GAMES IN AUGUST

STaC  Game with Silver Points on Saturday, August 28

 

August 22, 2021

Thank you for coming to Winston-Salem and playing in the NAP Qualifier on Saturday, August 14.  This was the 2nd in-person Unit game we’ve had for 2021. 

Congratulations to masterpoint winners today:

 

Rich Peffer – Joe Hoesl:  68.75%   1.22 red/1.22black

Claudia Hale – Bob Hale:  62.50%  0.91 red/0.92 black

Judy Mendenhall – Faye Bowen  56.25%  0.36 red/0.37 black

 

In addition, everyone in the game qualified for the NAP finals in District 7 (i.e. have a Q next to their names).  Way to go!

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Results for all future Unit Games (in-person or on BBO, when scheduled) will be available on Live for Clubs under club number 275628.  Link here:  https://my.acbl.org/club-results/275628

 

We plan on offering both a 499er Game and an Open Game at all Unit Games; however, if less than 3 tables of 499er players, everyone will join the Open Game, with stratified results.

 

​Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our players, only fully vaccinated players can attend these first Unit games.  A large percentage of people are now vaccinated, but COVID is still a serious health concern for those who have not yet been vaccinated.  Therefore, since we are using public facilities, all players must be vaccinated for now.

​SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, STaC Game / Silver Points! / 499er and Open Game /  Lewis Recreation Center (3110 Forest Lawn Drive), Greensboro.   MASKS MUST BE WORN.  Please pre-register by sending your and your partner's names to the Director at:  rpeffer325@att.net

  • A Few Days before the Unit Games - Take a photo of your vaccine card and email it or text it to the Director, along with you full name (mine is attached below as an example; it's easy!)  The Directors at our weekly games will be helping folks to do this as well, if you'd like.  Also, line up a favorite partner, or email the Unit Game Director to help find one.

  • Check-in - The first time you attend a Unit Game, please arrive early so the Director can greet you and get the games organized for a 1:00 pm start. If you haven't emailed/texted your card ahead of time, show your COVID vaccine card (or a photo if it) at the table in the lobby, and we'll check off your name and let you know at which table your are to sit.

  • Cost - Still $8 (in spite of increased costs)

  • Food - There will be no food.  Water and coffee will be available.  Folks are free to bring their own lunch for themselves.

  • ​Length of Game - We will play 21-24 boards.  Hand records will be provided following the game.

  • Game Time - 1:00 pm starting time

  • Questions? Need a partner? - Please give Rich Peffer (Unit Game director) a call or text at 336-402-5367 / rpeffer325@att.net

DISTRICT 7 REGIONAL IN ATLANTA, GA

August 31 - September 6, 2021 at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel

May 30, 2021

Click HERE for flyer and schedule

Vaccinations required and masks required in foyer and player areas, with exceptions for qualifying medical conditions or firmly held religious beliefs, to be determined by ACBL on case-by-case basis.  To request an exception form, email josephcsherwood@gmail.com

Hotel is at the intersection of I-75 and I-285.  Bridge rate is $124 plus tax and tourism fees.  Price good thru August 9.  Cancellation 72 hours prior to arrival date (one-night, non-refundable afterward).  FREE parking.  For reservations, call 800-468-3571 and ask for District 7 bridge rate.

BRIDGE CRUISE

For over two years, Skip Wilson and Claudia Hale have tried to organize a social bridge cruise for members of Unit 169, our family and friends.  However, with COVID-19 and the Delta variant this year, reservations have plummeted. 

The cruise aboard the Harmony of the Seas is still scheduled to sail on November 14.  However, OUR DUPLICATE BRIDGE EVENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED.  Some of you may decide to keep your reservations and sail with us in spite of the loss of our organized bridge; others may wish to CANCEL NOW BEFORE FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE (EARLY AUGUST).  We hope you understand from the following facts and future uncertainties why we made this decision

  1. As of July 26, only 17 bridge players signed up for the November 14 cruise.  By comparison, over 60 had signed up in 2020 before it was canceled due to COVID.

  2. Hoping to recruit more players, an email was sent on July 1 to 3,685 ACBL members in North Carolina Units 118, 119, 153, 169 and 191 extending an invitation to participate in our social bridge cruise.  There have been ZERO inquiries and/or reservations as a result of that email.

  3. Currently, we are looking at 3 to 5 tables of bridge with a Howell movement, and very limited masterpoints awarded.

  4. The 80% masterpoints award is predicated on having about 10 tables and, more importantly, playing at least 24 boards.   We believe the ACBL will still let us pay 80%, but they do not have to with such a small group.

  5. We probably do not have enough people to play bridge twice a day unless everyone shows up.  If only 10 of the 20 people show up for bridge, we cannot hold a game.  The designated conference room is in jeopardy for our use with so few players.

  6. Signing up another dozen players will cure a lot of ills, but will still be a very small group for a bridge cruise.  Trying to hold a bridge cruise without an adequate number of players will be a disaster.

  7. COVID cases are increasing, and there is the potential for mask mandates and quarantines.

If you have questions regarding your reservation thru CruisePlanners, please contact Nancy Bogert at 800-561-0802 or nancy@planningcruises.com.  If you booked through a different agency, contact your T/A.

Questions or comments may be directed to Claudia Hale at cmughale@gmail.com or Skip Wilson at fiveacesskip@gmail.com

UNIT GAMES

The Board has been working to reserve facilities to hold in-person games on Saturdays once again, at Georgia Taylor Recreation Center, 1471 West Clemmonsville Road, in Winston-Salem (W-S) and Lewis Center, 3110 Forest Lawn Drive​

IMPORTANT!  OUT OF AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR PLAYERS, ONLY FULLY-VACCINATED PLAYERS CAN ATTEND THESE FIRST FACE-TO-FACE GAMES.  EVERYONE MUST WEAR A MASK PER CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM AS OF JULY 30.   Click HERE for Unit Game Rules

 

CDC guidelines regarding masks:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

 

July 31 - W-S - Saturday - Unit Championship Game

  • 10:45 am Board of Director's Meeting (open to all members)

  • 499er game at 1:00 pm

  • Open game at 1:00 pm​

Please get a favorite partner and come to these games to continue supporting Unit 169!  Questions, comments, or need a partner?  Contact Rich Peffer, Unit Game Director at rpeffer325@att.net or call 336-402-5367

THE LONGEST DAY / ALZHEIMER'S FUNDRAISER

Thank you everyone for your participation, bids and donations to the Alzheimer's Association for The Longest Day.  Our Unit raised a total of $8,620 ... $1,486 from the silent auction, $580 from the Unit's contribution for 15 Saturday tables, and $6,554 in individual donations.  Additional contributions went directly to the Alzheimer's Association from Peter's Sunday game.

Thank you Peter and Rich for donating your time and expertise to our bridge games.  Thank you expert players for your donations of plays.  Thank you players for supporting our games.  Thank you to those who donated for your generous gifts.  And thank you to Fran Tewkesbury for spearheading the Unit's involvement in The Longest Day.

It's not too late to make a gift.  If you'd like to send a donation that will be credited to our Unit's total, mail your check payable to the Alzheimer's Association to:  Fran Tewkesbury, 1005 Country Club Drive, Greensboro NC  27408

NEW DIAMOND LIFE MASTER / KATHIE DWYER

Kathie Dwyer, from Greensboro, has earned the elite rank of Diamond Life Master.  Requirements for this rank are that the person must be a Life Master with 5,000 master points, at least 1,000 are silver/red/gold/platinum, of which at least 500 or more are gold/platinum.

Of the current 832 Unit 169 members, only 9 have attained Diamond Life Master.  This is truly a great accomplishment, and we heartily congratulate Kathie.

PLATINUM LIFE MASTER / PETER J BOYD-BOWMAN

​The Unit heartedly congratulates Peter J. Boyd-Bowman of Greensboro for reaching the 10,000 masterpoint threshold on Friday, June 25, 2021.  Peter earned the designation while partnering with Alex Hudson in an online Regional event. Peter joins Bill Wisdom & Dan Fowler (Salisbury, NC) and Sue Cooper (Advance, NC) as the Unit's "Fab Four" with the rank of Platinum Life Master.

Click HERE to read congratulatory messages from Peter C. Boyd-Bowman, Kathy Coop, Sue Cooper, Dan Fowler, Bob Hale, Josh Hoffman, Alex Hudson and Bill Wisdom.

THE LONGEST DAY / THANK YOU

Thank you all for participating in last weekend's The Longest Day bridge games and player auctio in support of the  Alzheimer's Association.  And, a special thank you to  Cindy Wright, Peter Boyd-Bowman and Rich Peffer who donated 100% of their director's fees for all weekend games to this worthy charity, and to Fran Tewkesbury for spearheading the auction.

Congratulations to all the winners, and a huge thank you to our expert players wo donated a free play, as well as those of you who bid but did not win.  Our winning bidders are:

Nancy Osborne for Bill Wisdom, Judy Hellen for Bob Hale, Ann Paschold for Bruce Southard, Brenda Garzia for Cathy McLeod, Anne McKiernan for Cindy Wright, Dixie Culver for Dwight Meredith, Anne Osborne for Frank Burgess, Barbara Pomer for Josh Hoffman, Barbara Hooks for Kathie Dwyer, Susan Williford for Kent Leggett, Louise Kelly for Nancy Fitzgerald, Anne McKiernan for Peter J. Boyd-Bowman, Marcy Maury for Rich Peffer, and Marcy Maury for Tom May.

 

So far, the Unit has raised over $6,500 for The Longest Day this year.  If you would like to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Association that will be credited to Unit 169's fundraising efforts, please make your check out to the "Alzheimer's Association" and mail to:  Fran Tewkesbury, 1005 Country Club Drive, Greensboro NC 27408.

Note that Unit 169 received nothing more than bragging rights for your gifts.  100% of your check will go toward Alzheimer's research and support.

NEW LIFE MASTER / ROBERT BUTTERFOSS

​Congratulations to Robert Butterfoss of Winston-Salem on becoming Unit 169's newest Life Master.

Click HERE for the most recent Changes in Ranks​

UPCOMING LONGEST DAY FUNDRAISER

Our traditional The Longest Day Alzheimer's Association fundraiser will be held on BBO on Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20th.  Peter J. Boyd-Bowman (peterboydbowman@yahoo.com), Rich Peffer (rpeffer325@att.net), and Cindy Wright (crwbridge@yahoo.com) have generously agreed to donate their directors' fees for a total of eight pairs and team games.  The charge for each game is $10, with 100% of game proceeds going directly to the Alzheimer's Association.

The following players have generously agreed to partner with the highest bidder for an online game (details to be worked out individually):

 

Bill Wisdom ** Bob Hale ** Bruce Southard ** Cathy McLeod ** Cindy Wright ** Dwight Meredith ** Frank Burgess ** Josh Hoffman ** Kathie Dwyer ** Kent Leggett ** Nancy Fitzgerald ** Peter J. Boyd-Bowman ** Rich Peffer ** Tom May

If you would like to bid on any of these players, send an email to tewkesbury@mac.com with the player's name in the subject line.  In the body of the email, indicate the top price you are willing to pay.  If you would like to bid on multiple star players, send a separate email for each player.  In the event of tie bids, the first bidder wins.  Emails must be received by 9:00 pm on Sunday, June 20. 

The lucky winners will receive a notification email early the following week.  If you have any questions about the process of this Alzheimer's fundraiser, contact Fran Tewkesbury at tewkesbury@mac.com

 

If you would like to make an additional contribution, mail your check payable to "Alzheimer's Association" to Fran Tewkesbury at 1005 Country Club Drive, Greensboro NC 27408.  Your contribution will count toward our Unit 169 fundraising total.

Saturday, June 19: 

  • Swiss Teams:  0-300 (by average) at 9:45 am & Open at 10:00 am.  Director:  Peter.  Send team's names (indicating Captain) to Peter beforehand.

  • Pairs Games:  399er at 1:50 pm & Open at 2:00 pm.  Director:  Rich

  • 4-is-Enough Pairs:  7:00 pm.  Director:  Cindy / Similar to 8-is-Enough, except this is Pairs.  0-300=1 / 300-1000=2 / 1000+=3.  A pair can have up to 4 combined "points."  So, for instance, an Open player with >1000 MPs will need to play with a 0-300 MP player.  Watch for details regarding the process to sign up as an individual or a regular pair.

Sunday, June 20:

  • Pairs Games:  99er at 1:40 pm, 399er at 1:50 pm, and Open at 2:00 pm.  (Director: Peter)

 

Click HERE to go to the Alzheimer's Association website.

Click HERE for an example of how the Alzheimer's Association is helping caregivers.

UNIT GAMES IN MAY

Unit Games will be held this Saturday, May 15, during Grass Roots Weekend at 9:50 am (499er game) and 10:00 am (Open game) / 18 boards, $7 / paying out double MPs!  One dollar of the fee goes towards the ACBL NAP and GNT games.  Free entry for Unit 169 members with 0-10 MPs!

Help make sure you are not "blocked."  If you were blocked from entering a game before, or suspect you might be, please send an email (preferably) ahead of game day or text/call (day of the game) to Rich Peffer, Unit Game Director and include:  1)  Your BBO name, 2) your full name, 3) which game you wish to join.  If your partner might have the same issue, provide this infor for them as well.

To find the Unit Games in BBO:  Go to Competitive Games ... All Games ... and search for "169."  Once BBO knows you are a Unit 169 player, you'll find the games in ACBL Virtual Clubs.  Questions, comments, or need a partner?  Contact Rich Peffer, Unit Game Director at rpeffer325@att.net or text/cell to 336-402-5367

NEW BOARD MEMBERS

New members of the Board were approved at the Board of Directors' meeting on May 1 and are as follows:  President: Debbie Monroe (Greensboro); 1st Vice President: Cindy Wright (Clemmons);  2nd Vice President: Rich Peffer (Greensboro); and Board members: Peter J. Boyd-Bowman (Greensboro), Sydney Cardone (Greensboro), Ted Edgar (Greensboro), Cam Matthews (Winston-Salem), Martha Meyer (Winston-Salem) and Robert Powell (Colfax).

 

​Many thanks to the following outgoing Directors who have done an outstanding job the past two years on the Board:  President: Ron Matamoros (Bermuda Run), 1st Vice President: Tom Skaar (Jamestown), 2nd Vice President: Cindy Wright (Clemmons) and Board members: Director-at-Large: Debbie Monroe (Greensboro), Director: Judy Helen (Greensboro), and Director: Kathy Tomlinson (Greensboro)​

NEW EMERALD LIFE MASTER / BRUCE SOUTHARD

​Congratulations to Bruce Southard of Greensboro for reaching the masterpoint threshold of Emerald Life Master. Emerald is the third highest level in ACBL's masterpoint rankings.  Through skill and experience, Bruce has earned 7,500+ masterpoints and joins only six  others in Unit 169's active membership of 837 players to achieve this status, or higher. 

 

​Click HERE for the most recent Changes in Ranks.​​

NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS NEEDED FOR UNIT 169

Unit 169 is looking for new Officers and Directors to replace existing members who have their 2-year terms expiring this June and July. 

If you have interest in influencing the priorities and direction of the Unit, please contact Unit President Ron Matamoros (ramproperties1@gmail.com / 336-909-1291) or Unit Secretary/Treasurer Dixie Culver (culverdix@yahoo.com / 336-288-7574).

UNIT GAME REMINDER FOR SATURDAY, MAY 1

 

UNIT GAME REMINDER:  Unit 169 will hold a Unit Championship game (64% masterpoint bonus) on Saturday, May 1.  The 499er game starts at 9:50 am, and the Open game starts at 10:00 am.

If you need a partner, please contact Rich Peffer, Unit Game Director, at rpeffer325@att.net or 336-402-5367

Following the games will be the Board of Directors' Meeting at 12:30 pm.  The meeting is open to all Unit 169 members.  The link to join the ZOOM meeting is:  

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84366093171?pwd=U0NZNGZBejlIbSsxU085bEpKaTZKQT09

NEW THURSDAY EVENING UNIT GAME

In addition to the two Saturday Unit Games, we will be having a once-per-month Thursday evening Unit Game.  It will be on the LAST THURSDAY of the month, starting April 29 at 7:00 pm.  We will have a 199er game and an Open game, and the game fees will be just $5 per player.  If these games become popular and attract sufficient players. we intend to continue them on BBO even after in-person Unit Games on Saturdays resume.

These games will be coordinated with the Thursday evening Triad Bridge Club games organized by Peter J Boyd-Bowman, so they do not conflict.  Any special formats or game types will be announced the one-to-two weeks prior to these Thursday Unit Games.

If you need a partner, please contact Rich Peffer, Unit Game Director (rpeffer325@att.net / 336-402-5367) or Peter (336-668-3680)

PLAYING ONLINE / WIN GOLD MPs

 

If you haven’t played in an online tournament before, this is your chance to play in a major event – and win gold points – from the comfort of your couch! Face-to-face regionals are still on hold for now, so it’s the perfect time to give it a try. Click here for a FAQ Sheet.
 
If you tried an online tournament earlier but are on the fence about it now, we’ve got a new schedule of games! New times, new events, more chances for gold points! Want proof? Click here to see the new schedule.

NEW LIFE MASTER / ELISABETH CULP

Congratulations to Elisabeth Culp of Winston Salem for reaching the masterpoint threshold of Life Master.  

Click HERE for the most recent Changes in Ranks.

BRIDGE CRUISE / HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURES

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is resuming operations beginning June 1, 2021.  Our bridge cruise on the Harmony of the Seas is scheduled for November 14.  Make your reservations now!  Deposits are refundable!  Click Here for bridge cruise information.

 

Click HERE  for detailed information about health and safety procedures implemented by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

VIRTUAL MENTOR-MENTEE GAME SATURDAY, APRIL 10

The online Unit Game on Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 am, is designated as our annual Mentor-Mentee Game, where players with less than 500 MPs (Mentees) are paired with more experienced players with >500 MPs (Mentors) for the game.  Note that this Mentor-Mentee Game is the ONLY Unit game that day; we do not plan to have separate 0-500 and Open sections.  So PLEASE SIGN UP NOW.

 

​Q:  How do I sign up as a Mentor-Mentee Pair?

​A:  Send Rich Peffer an email (Rpeffer325@att.net) with both names, BBO names, and Email addresses.  (Phone numbers are also a help).

Q:  How do I sign up as an Individual?

A:  Click on this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yLDHtqJYECpOK5MKEcUX7tN7_HwK13Bg/view?usp=sharing

It opens a spreadsheet on a Google Drive that is Rich’s.  If it asks you what to use to open the sheet, say “Google Sheets”.  Enter your name, BBO name, and email address in the correct column (Mentee or Mentor).  If you are a Mentee, you can also indicate what one thing you’ve been hoping to learn (optional).

Q:  Will there be any special events, since this Mentor-Mentee Game is Online on BBO in 2021?

A:  Yes!  There will be a number of pairs who qualify for the post-match “Pictionary” Zoom competition that will award amazing prizes and prestige to the winning pair.  More details to be announced – stay tuned!

NEW LIFE MASTERS / JANET McCALL & CHARLIE SMITH

Congratulations to Janet McCall of Greensboro and Charlie Smith of State Road for reaching the masterpoint threshold of Life Master.  

Click HERE for the most recent Changes in Ranks.

BIG GAMES IN FEBRUARY

There were 11 pairs scoring over 70% in the month of February.  Click HERE for a list of all big games.  Congratulations to all!

Topping the list for high scores in February were Nancy Laney and Susan Culp who scored an 80.00% in Cindy's Corner 199er Monday afternoon game on February 1.  Nancy and Susan also came in 7th with a 72.26% on February 22.

Another pair scoring twice on the list were Bill Wisdom and Randy Joyce.  They scored a 74.38% in Cindy's Corner Open Friday afternoon game on February 26 (3rd place on the list), and 72.69% on February 12 (5th place on the list).

UNIT GAMES / FEBRUARY 27 RESULTS AND MARCH 6 REMINDER

Support Unit 169!  Thank you for playing in the February 27 Unit Game.  There were 7 tables in the <500 game, and 6 tables in the Open Game.  Our next Unit Game will be Saturday, March 6.  See you there! 

 

  • 9:50 am - <500 game / FREE entry for 0-10 MP players (refunded after the completion of game)

  • 10:00 am - Open game / FREE entry for 0-10 MP players (refunded after the completion of game)

  • $7 entry fee / 18-20 boards

  • To find the Unit Games in BBO: Go to Competitive Games…..All Games….and search for “Unit 169.” 

  • Questions?  Or need a partner?  Contact Director Rich Peffer (336-402-5367)  rpeffer325@att.net

MINI Mc KENNY RESULTS

The Mini McKenney contest, named after former ACBL Chief William McKenney, recognizes members who have won the most master points during the calendar year in their District (excluding online points).  Congratulations to all!

1.  Peter J. Boyd-Bowman - 985.65 masterpoints

2.  Bill Wisdom - 422.55 masterpoints

3.  Frank Burgess - 371.03 masterpoints

4.  Bob Hale - 364.56 masterpoints

5.  Martha Meyer - 363.71 masterpoints

6.  Bruce Southard - 354.82 masterpoints

7.  Fran Tewkesbury - 317.18 masterpoints

8.  Kent Leggett - 299.22 masterpoints

9.  David Idleman - 298.14 masterpoints

10.  Peter C. Boyd-Bowman - 274.86 masterpoints

ACE OF CLUBS RESULTS

The Helen Shanbrom Ace of Clubs contest recognizes achievement at the club level. The contest is named in honor of Shanbrom, a Grand Life Master from Florida, who won her category 20 times. Only master points won at clubs are counted for these races.  Congratulations to all!

1.  Peter J. Boyd-Bowman - 654.35 masterpoints

2.  Frank Burgess - 336.40 masterpoints

3.  Bob Hale - 322.78 masterpoints               

4.  Martha Meyer - 302.92 masterpoints

5.  Bruce Southard - 292.67 masterpoints

6.  David Idleman - 288.61 masterpoints

7.  Fran Tewkesbury - 281.14 masterpoints

8.  Kent Leggett - 280.16 masterpoints

9.  Peter C. Boyd-Bowman - 269.35 masterpoints

10. Mary Ann Young - 263.35 masterpoints

ACBL TOP 500 & BARRY CRANE TOP 500 RESULTS

Special recognition to the following Unit 169 members who placed in the ACBL's Top 500 and the Barry Crane Top 500 competitions.  Congratulations to all!

UNIT 169 MEMBERS IN ACBL'S TOP 500

Bill Wisdom - 26,766.68 masterpoints / 1st in Unit 169 / 7th in District 7 / 75th Overall

Dan Fowler - 14,255.06 masterpoints / 2nd in Unit 169 / 34th in District 7 / 456 Overall

UNIT 169 MEMBERS IN BARRY CRANE TOP 500

Peter J. Boyd-Bowman - 985.65 masterpoints / 6th Overall

Bill Wisdom - 422.55 masterpoints / 215 Overall

Frank Burgess - 371.03 masterpoints / 318th Overall

Bob Hale - 364.56 masterpoints / 335 Overall

Martha Meyer - 363.71 masterpoints / 338 Overall

Bruce  Southard - 351.82 masterpoints / 377 Overall

FORECAST FOR 2021

We want to give you an update on what the rest of 2021 looks like.
 

  • Providence NABC set for Summer 2021 has been moved to Summer 2022. 

  • Additionally, the previously scheduled 2022 Summer NABC in Washington DC has been cancel

  • Return to playing in person will begin at the local club level. 

  • The following phase will be the return of Regionals. We estimate this period to begin in early October. However, please note that these dates are subject to change as the year progresses.  

  • Finally, we plan to resume the NABC schedule in Fall 2021 (Nov 25-Dec 5) with the Austin NABC in November. 

 
Thank you so much for your support this past year. Your loyalty ensures there is a future for bridge. We hope you will continue to bear with us as the plan to return to face-to-face play unfolds in 2021. Please note it is subject to change; however, we will notify you as soon as possible with any potential adjustments.

2021 GOODWILL AMBASSADOR / KATHIE DWYER

Click HERE for a list of all Unit 169 recipients.

It is with great honor we announce Kathie Dwyer as Unit 169 Goodwill Ambassador for 2021.   Kathie will be recognized by the ACBL at the Greenville tournament in June.  Kathie has been a member of our Unit since 1984, but her bridge career started in the ’70s in Michigan.

We all know Kathie has been a bridge director in Greensboro, directing two games a week for over 15 years.  In addition, she subs for other directors running their games when they need a much needed break.  

 

But many of us know Kathie because of her willingness to mentor and teach us how to play bridge. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I believe that Kathie has helped over 50 of our new players grow their skills and become life masters.  Kathie has gone to regional and sectional tournaments to help new players win the much needed gold points.  

 

For several years Kathie ran the Greensboro Sectional.  Now she is a regular volunteer at each event, always with a job and a willingness to help. If a member of our Unit was sick, Kathie would be the first to send an encouraging message.  Kathie's kindness, support and service to our Unit have been recognized.  Congratulations.  

EMERALD LIFE MASTER / CATHY McLEOD

Congratulations to Cathy McLeod of Eden for reaching the masterpoint threshold of Emerald Life Master.  Emerald is the third highest level in ACBL's masterpoint rankings.  Through skill and experience, Cathy has earned 7,500+ masterpoints and joins only four others in Unit 169's active membership of 847 players to achieve this status, or higher, 

 

Click HERE for the most recent Changes in Ranks.​

SE CAROLINA YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Click HERE for SE Carolina YouTube Channel

YouTube: SE Carolina and WSA have created a YouTube Channel.  We have created the channel to support the Beginner Bridge course as a place to store the Zoom videos of the lessons.  This way, folks that missed the lesson could review at their leisure. Or review a part they wanted to revisit. 

"GETTING STARTED WITH BRIDGEBASE ONLINE" VIDEO BY RICH PEFFER

Click HERE for video

Video available for “Getting Started with BridgeBase Online”:  Rich Peffer and Cindy Wright have been offering lessons on getting started with BridgeBase Online, and how to navigate and play bridge on this platform.  From this, a video of the 1st session “Getting Started with BBO” is now available via a link below, and in the LEARN menu of the Unit 169 website.  If you or a friend have not yet started to play bridge on BBO, but would like some help to get started, please click on the link and follow along with this video!  Note:  the video is 28 min in length, but you can pause the Youtube video at any time, or fast-forward ahead to later parts that you want to hear.  Questions or Comments?  Contact Rich or Cindy at rpeffer325@att.net or crwbridge@yahoo.com.

Link to “Getting Started with BridgeBase Online”:  https://youtu.be/R__jPPVvAcw

Click HERE for video created by Rich Peffer

Video available for “Getting Started with BridgeBase Online”:  Rich Peffer and Cindy Wright have been offering lessons on getting started with BridgeBase Online, and how to navigate and play bridge on this platform.  From this, a video of the 1st session “Getting Started with BBO” is now available via a link below, and in the LEARN menu of the Unit 169 website.  If you or a friend have not yet started to play bridge on BBO, but would like some help to get started, please click on the link and follow along with this video!  Note:  the video is 28 min in length, but you can pause the Youtube video at any time, or fast-forward ahead to later parts that you want to hear.  Questions or Comments?  Contact Rich or Cindy at rpeffer325@att.net or crwbridge@yahoo.com.  Link to “Getting Started with BridgeBase Online”:  https://youtu.be/R__jPPVvAcw

Click HERE for SE Carolina YouTube Channel

YouTube: SE Carolina Consortium and Winston-Salem Area Bridge have created a YouTube Channel.  We have created the channel to support the Beginner Bridge course as a place to store the Zoom videos of the lessons.  This way, folks that missed the lesson could review at their leisure. Or review a part they wanted to revisit.