VALE Michael Stacey

It is with great sadness that we inform Club members of the passing of Michael Stacey on Wednesday last week.
Michael endured, with great spirit & good humour, a difficult & prolonged period of illness over the last few years. He was a true gentleman who, at all times, maintained an incredibly positive attitude & approach to life.
Michael joined the Club four years ago & with his usual partner, Iain Clarke, and sometimes with Di, was a keen & regular Monday & Wednesday player who thoroughly enjoyed the challenge that bridge provided. In 2015, along with Iain, he was a member of the winning Novice Team at the Hunters Hill Bridge Congress.

JULY EVENTS

State Open Teams- Tuesdays 4,11 & 18 July Entries Close 30 June
Deb Bennett Under 50MP Pairs- Mondays 10,17 & 24 July Walk In Event
Carolyn Molloy Pairs- Wednesdays 19, 26 July & 2 August Entries Close 12 July

For full details concerning these events, please see attachment.

WORKSHOPS & LESSONS

David Beauchamp will be back on Wednesday, 28 June at 10am with "Strong & Forcing Opening Bids". David will discuss the evaluation of strong hands & when to open at the 1 level as opposed to opening with a game force. He will also include responses to game force opening bids.

Joan Butts, the ABF National Teaching Co-ordinator, will be conducting a full day workshop at our premises in Henley on Tuesday, 11 July from 10am-2.30pm. The workshop will comprise 2 sessions, morning & afternoon, on "Improving Your Judgement in Bidding" & "Keeping Communications Open in Defence". The cost is $50 for members & $55 for non members, with lunch included. Booking is essential for this workshop as Joan provides detailed notes.

INCREASE OF SESSIONS FEES

The Committee has determined that, commencing 3 July 2017, table money payable at each session will be:
Members $10
Members (concessions) $6
Visitors $12
Since session fees were last increased on 1 May 2012, the Club's expenses for items such as rent, directors' fees, maintenance & replacement of equipment, masterpoint & competition fees, stationery, catering & ancillary items have risen substantially.
It has, therefore, become necessary for the Committee to increase session fees to cover this additional expenditure.

GNOTs & SIDE GAMES

The GNOTs will be played on Wednesdays 14, 21 & 28 June.
Some members seem to be concerned that there will be no side game.
Please be advised, therefore, that THERE WILL BE A SIDE GAME on each of these three Wednesdays. Although we can't guarantee that the side games will be large, duplicate bridge will definitely be available to anyone who wants to play on any of these days.

PARKING

We are currently experiencing some problems with parking at the back of the building.
Would members kindly note that there should be no parking immediately at the back of the building & that parking there runs the risk of blocking others in.
Please park only in designated parking spaces.

Follow Peter's progress

If you'd like to know how the Australian Team is faring at the Asia-Pacific Bridge Federation Championships in Seoul, South Korea, click on this link:
http://www.pabf.org/Tour/Tourindex.aspx?tourid=7822

June Club Events

State Open Pairs Qualifying (Red Points): Fridays, June 2, 9, 16

GNOT (Gold Points): Wednesdays, June 14, 21, 28

Queen's Birthday Pairs (Bonus Green Points): Mondays, June 19 & 26

Click below for further information.

HUNTERS HILL CUP STARTS ON MONDAY, 8 MAY

Monday event – Hunters Hill Cup - May 8, 15 ,22.
Red point pairs event – requires registration before the event. Entry on the noticeboard or directly to  the Club website.
Outright winners must be financial members of the Club.
Director should be notified of substitutes at the first session.
Side game available with the usual  green points.
 
Tuesday nights – State Open Pairs    Starts  May 9, 16, and 23
A red point qualifying event and an extra $2 per player each night.
Director should be notified of substitutes before the start of play.
No side game.

ANZAC DAY and DAVID BEAUCHAMPS' NEXT LESSON

Bridge is on as normal on Tuesday, Anzac Day - both supervised and the regular duplicate session at 7pm.

You're running out of time to sign up for David Beauchamps' lesson on 'Reverse Bids on Wednesday, 26 April at 10am. Read the attachment for details. E-mail csheldrake@bigpond.com to make a booking.

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