Archives 2021

LONGEST DAY FUNDRAISER & SILENT AUCTION, JUNE 19 & 20
Swiss Teams, Pairs Games, 4-is Enough Pairs Game
May 15 2021

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:  SATURDAY, MAY 15, PAYS DOUBLE MPs
499er game at 9:50am and Open game at 10:00 am
Free entry for Unit 169 players with 0-10 MPs


May 8 2021

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

CONTRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST EMERALD LIFE MASTER

7,500 Masterpoints

May 1 2021

​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.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE ON UNIT 169 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

April 26 2021

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 GAMES: SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 1, FOLLOWED BY BOD MEETING

499er Game at 9:50 am / Open Game at 10:00 am / Board Meeting at 12:30 pm Open to all Unit 169 Members

April 25 2021

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

THURSDAY EVENING UNIT GAMES START APRIL 29

199er and Open Games at 7:00 pm / $5

April 21 2021

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)

ACBL REGIONALLY-RATED ONLINE TOURNAMENT APRIL 22-25

Stay at Home, Play at Home / Earn Red and Gold MPs

April 10 2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST LIFE MASTER

April 1 2021

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

Click HERE for the most recent Changes in Ranks.

IMPORTANT INFO RE BRIDGE CRUISE NOVEMBER, 2021

Booking information, hotel information, health & safety information

March 21 2021

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.

MENTOR-MENTEE UNIT GAME - SATURDAY, APRIL 10 AT 10 AM

 Free entry for Unit 169 Players with 0-10 MPs

March 19 2021

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!

OUR NEWEST LIFE MASTERS

Congratulations!

March 1 2021

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 SCORES IN FEBRUARY

Congratulations!

March 1 2021

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 ON BBO - SATURDAY, MARCH 6

<500 and Open Games.  Freen entry for Unit 169 0-10 MP Players

February 27, 2021

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-McKENNEY TOP 10 UNIT 169 MEMBERS IN DISTRICT 7

Click HERE for Unit 169 recaps by strats, Online Games, Barry Crane 500 & ACBL Top 500

February 25, 2021

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 TOP 10 IN UNIT 169

Click HERE for Unit 169 recaps by strats, Online Games, Barry Crane 500 & ACBL Top 500

February 25, 2021

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

UNIT 169 MEMBERS IN ACBL AND BARRY CRANE TOP 500

Click HERE for Unit 169 recaps by strats, Online Games, Barry Crane 500 & ACBL Top 500

February 25, 2021

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

WHEN WILL WE RETURN TO FACE-TO-FACE BRIDGE?

Excerpts taken from Email from Joseph Jones, ACBL Executive Director

February 25, 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.

KATHIE DWYER NAMED 2021 GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

Unit 169 Ambassador to District 7

February 8, 2021

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.  

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST EMERALD LIFE MASTER

7,500 Masterpoints

February 1, 2021

 

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.

YOU-TUBE CHANNEL

Created by SE Carolina & Winston-Salem Area to support the Beginner Bridge Course.

February 14, 2021

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. 

VIDEO ON "GETTING STARTED WITH BRIDGEBASE ONLINE"

YouTube video created by Rich Peffer, Unit 169 Unit Game Director

February 5, 2021

 

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

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