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David Parsons Award Goes to Jim Skidmore

At the Gate City Sectional, Jim Skidmore received the David Parsons Award for 2022. This award recognizes the non-Life Master player in the Unit who accumulates the most masterpoints during the calendar year.


Congratulations, Skiddie! 

Highlights of Gate City Sectional 

May 11-13, 2023

A robust turnout of players experienced three days of high-level bridge and fellowship at the Bur-Mil Clubhouse in Greensboro, NC this past week.

This year, the Jefferson Trophy in Memory of Ken Anderson was awarded to David Idleman, the player who earned the most total masterpoints during the GSO Sectional in May.

Congratulations to all participants, our tournament Chair (Dixie Culver), her experienced mentor (Debbie Monroe) and everyone who helped set up and run this successful tournament for our Unit.  A special "thank you" to members of The Players Club for their additional financial support.  Full results of all pairs and team matches for the tournament are available via ACBL Live at the following link


Continuing Bridge Lessons with Cindy Wright in May

Cindy, an ACBL Best Practices Certified Teacher, is offering a series of lessons suitable for beginner as well as intermediate bridge players. You will receive instruction the first hour of the class, then practice bidding and playing hands in the next two hours. Following each hand we will have a short discussion of how the hand should be bid and played. We will also discuss opening leads and defensive play when appropriate. There are handouts for each class.

Sign up today and spread the word to any of your social bridge player friends. Contact Cindy at or 336-407-9842.

Below is an overview. Full details can be found here.

When: Wednesdays, May 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Georgia Taylor Recreation Center,

            1471 W. Clemmonsville Rd


Cost: $40 per class or $120 for all four classes


  • May 10 - Opening "Weak Two Bids"

  • May 17 - Opening Strong "Two Club Bids"

  • May 24 - Slam Bidding - Gerber and Blackwood

  • May 31 - Defensive Carding

Tribute to Ed Turner


   It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that Ed Turner passed away this morning. He had recently been in the hospital to have a toe removed due to an infection that was taking over his foot.  He returned home from the hospital this past Friday and suddenly had a heart attack at 3:30 yesterday morning.  His wife performed CPR on him until the paramedics arrived but sadly he passed away at Novant Hospital this morning surrounded by his family.  His wife Ellen will let us know when there will be a memorial service.  She has mentioned May 6 but that is not confirmed at this time. 

   Everyone who knew him loved Ed.  He was always a bright spot in everyone’s day.  He always arrived early to every bridge game to visit and chat with everyone about all the latest news in the sports world.  He was one of the kindest men I ever knew.  He was always there whenever the bridge world needed him.  He was forever transporting card tables to all our tournaments. He would have never missed any of our Unit’s tournaments.   He set up all my tables at Georgia Taylor every Monday and every Friday since the pandemic.  He never missed attending any of the Winston bridge games.  He was there every Monday, Tuesday and Friday since I restarted face-to-face play.  He was always willing to play with anyone that needed a partner whenever he didn’t have a partner.  He was a true bridge ambassador.  Ed was everyone’s friend.  He was always kind to his partners as well as his opponents.  I am a better person just for knowing him. 

There is one more angel in heaven


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January - April of 2023 in Unit 169 is Mentor-Mentee Season.  

One of the BEST ways to develop as a player is to have a Mentor, an experienced player who will partner with a newer player and help them grasp new concepts and skills at bridge.  We hope that YOU will be a part of this, either as a Mentor or as a Mentee.  M-M pairs are asked to play together at least 4 times in local games during Jan. – April. The season culminates on April 15, with the special Mentor-Mentee Celebration at the Unit Game in Greensboro. Please reserve this date on your calendar, andcontact one of the M-M Coordinators to sign up.

Please sign up to be a Mentor or Mentee today!

Coordinators for the 2023 Mentor-Mentee Program are: 

For the Greensboro area:  Cecelia Ray (, 336-375-6805), assisted by Rich Peffer

For the Winston-Salem area:  Martha Meyer (,  
336-416-6998), assisted by Cindy Wright

Questions? Want more info? See the Guidelines at this  link .

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Jerry Helms is Back


We are thrilled to announce that Jerry Helms will be attending our NLM tournament and will provide lessons and winning bridge tips for all future life master attendees. Jerry is a Grand Life Master and a world famous bridge teacher.  He is author of numerous books on bridge and writes a monthly column for the Bridge Bulletin.  


Jerry will teach two classes on Friday and Saturday during the lunch break.  Jerry is ready to help you improve your game so you can take home the Gold Points.  The admission to Jerry’s class is free.  Jerry will bring along two of his most recent books.  You will be given a coupon for attending our tournament so you can purchase one or both of Jerry’s books at a discount. Jerry looks forward to seeing you Feb16-19 in Greensboro.

High Point Schedule

Reservations are now requested for the High Point Duplicate Bridge game.
Please respond to by 6pm on Wednesday. 

We will send an email out Wednesday night stating how many will be attending on Thursday afternoon.

Do not use GPS to find the Senior Center. You will likely end up at the old location.
Program in 921 Eastchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262

Roy B. Culler, Jr., Senior Center located in the old Oak Hollow Mall, 921 Eastchester Drive, #1230 in High Point. 

Please sign in and designate "Bridge" at the welcome desk as you enter the lobby. 

Game starts at 1:00 pm and is in "Card Room 2."   Please be seated with your partner by 12:55 pm.  

Please silence your cellphones.  $8 Fee



  Open Games

  Guest Director, Rick Morgan, thru 2022.  Contact Rick at (336) 465-0685 or

Roy B. Culler, Jr. Senior Center (in the old Oak Hollow Mall across from the Marriott)

921 Eastchester Dr., Suite 1230, High Point

Click HERE for directions to venue

Gloria Halstead, Director

(202) 213-5672/




  Open Games

  Guest Director, Rick Morgan, thru 2022.  Contact Rick at (336) 465-0685 or

Roy B. Culler, Jr. Senior Center (in the old Oak Hollow Mall across from the Marriott)

921 Eastchester Dr., Suite 1230, High Point

Click HERE for directions to venue

Gloria Halstead, Director

(202) 213-5672 /


Virtual games on BBO under SE Carolina Online Bridge Club

Click underscored link for either SE Consortium (VACB262410) or SE Winston-Salem Area's (VACB169961) member

Furniture City club's information, results and online schedule.

The next Unit game of 2023 will be held Saturday, January 28 at the Georgia Taylor Recreation Center, 1471 W. Clemmonsville Rd in Winston-Salem.  This will be a Junior Fund Game.  Game starts at 1:00 pm. A Unit 169 Board meeting will precede the game at 10:45 am.


Congratulations to Cindy Wright named by District 7 to the National Goodwill Ambassador Committee!! See article.

Congratulations to Dixie Culver and Rich Peffer, Goodwill Ambassadors for Unit 169!! See article.

Continuing Bridge Lessons with Cindy Wright start January 11.  Click HERE  for information

Unit 169 Players Club 2023 now in progress.  Click HERE for information..

Send updates to the website to the interim webmaster, Judy Hellen at

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Cindy was selected by the District 7 Board of Directors as an Eileen Osofsky National Goodwill Ambassador.  Cindy will be recognized with a pin at a national celebration in June in Greenville, SC.  Cindy had served as the Unit’s Goodwill Ambassador in 2018.  It is hard to list all of Cindy’s contributions to the game of bridge.  Cindy has been a member of our Unit for over 28 years, served on the board for over 10 years.  Cindy  currently directs several games each week in Winston Salem and has been the long-term Tournament Chair for the late summer Winston Salem  Sectional.   Cindy was the Tournament Chair for our first NLM Regional held in High Point in 2019.  That tournament was one of the first NLM regionals and was one of the best attended in the country and a big financial success.  Cindy agreed to Chair our second NLM tournament last February. Cindy has served as Unit Director in the past.  Her efforts to get people out to play bridge are noteworthy.  Cindy has grown our Winton Salem membership.  She helped jumpstart the Unit’s offering of “Learn Bridge in a Day” program with Rich Peffer.  We are so happy that the District 7 recognized what Unit 169  has know for a long time.  Cindy is the glowing example of a Goodwill Ambassador.  Cindy congratulations!

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Unit 169 has elected Dixie Culver and Rich Peffer to be our 2023/2024 Goodwill Ambassadors.  Dixie and Rich will represent our Unit at the District 7 celebration in Greenville, South Carolina in June.


Dixie and Rich were nominated by members at large in our Unit and were elected by the Unit Board in December 2022. A ”Goodwill Ambassador” is one of the highest honors bestowed by our Unit 169, District 7 and the ACBL.  This honor represents members who love the game of bridge and exhibit excellent manners at the table, respectful of fellow players and have contributed to the growth and enjoyment of the game.  Both Dixie and Rich have shown themselves to be excellent examples of these values.


Dixie has been a member of Unit 169 for over 10 years.  She has served on our Board of Directors for the last 5 years.  Currently Dixie is the Secretary/Treasurer of Unit 169.  She manages all of our financial accounts and is responsible for budgeting and planning our activities for the year.  She has given her time freely supporting our tournaments and helping with our Unit games.  If you need something done Dixie is always the first person raising her hand to help.  Dixie is creative and has brought new ideas and practices into Unit 169.  She is thoughtful and a great friend of the game.


Rich Peffer has been a member of Unit 169 for 12 years and has served on the Board for the last 4 years. Rich is a bridge teacher and a Director and runs several games in the area.   He engaged the Unit’s members to support our very successful “Learn Bridge is  a Day” Program in August 2022, which attracted over 120 new players.  He applied  for and received grants from the ACBL and District 7 to help fund this project.  He hired Patty Tucker a renowned bridge teacher to run this event.  Currently,  Rich is the point person  for growing our membership.  He gives his time freely to mentor new players and is working very hard to find new directors and teachers for Unit 169.  Rich is  our Unit’s Game Director two Saturdays a month.  Durning the pandemic, Rich was responsible for keeping our members safe when they attended Unit games and tournaments.


Both Dixie and Rich are great examples of people in Unit 169 who help make our bridge experience in the Triad fun.  Their efforts are duly recognized by our Membership and the Board.  Congratulations,  Dixie and Rich for being Unit 169, 2023/2024, Goodwill Ambassadors.

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Unit 169 Events, Gatherings, Newsletters and More!


The website has a special page where photos are posted from Unit events.  You can find the Photos under the "Membership" tab in the green navigational bar at the top of the Home page.


Click HERE  to be directed to the Photos page for HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FROM TRIAD BRIDGE CLUB

Unit 169 Events, Gatherings, Newsletters and More!



Directory Listings & Email Blasts

Click HERE for illustrated instructions on how to update your contact information (and other) through the ACBL website.


Changes to your contact information must be submitted to ACBL.  CCBA Unit 169 receives monthly membership reports from ACBL.  Information on these reports are used for our website's Member Directory, as well as our email blasts which are sent by a third party.


To keep your contact information up-to-date, please make any changes through the website, or send to  Please include your ACBL member number.

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* 2023 Game Prices

*  SE Carolina Academy Lesson Info

*  Robbie & Robette Invite You to Play

January 1, 2023






Click HERE for SE Carolina On Demand Recorded Lessons


Click HERE for general information about the Consortium and SE Winston-Salem Online Bridge Clu


Removed 2023-01-07


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