Hi Everyone,

 

Elections for EMBA Board of directors:  We have 5 FFBC members nominated for election: Peter Clay (Incumbent),

Rob Jones, Jan Smola (Incumbent), Andrea Teacher, & Michael Williams.  Some pictures are attached..

Be sure to vote for your favorite(s) in the month of October.  You will get an Email from EMBA that will allow you to vote.

 

EMBA Candidates for Election to the EMBA Board for 2023

8 to be elected

David Aronson *

Curtis Barton

Natalie Bassil

Peter Clay *

Selen Hotamisligil *

Rob Jones

Brenda Montague *

Edward Scolnick

Jan Smola *

Andrea Teacher

Michael Williams

* running for re-election

 

 

 

New link for:

 

NHBA Fall Foliage Sectional Tournament: September 24 & 25, Grantham Town Hall, 300 NH Rt. 10, Grantham, NH

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

For details, go to: https://nhbridge.com/ and click on “Tournament Flyer” to download the .PDF file

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Change to BBO Schedule:  Wednesday Morning BBO games, 9:40 AM are discontinued – due to lack of attendance.

 

Advance Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

Due to Labor Day Holiday: 

Monday, September 5, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled.   The 12:40 game on BBO is NOT Cancelled and is Open to everyone.

 

On Columbus Day:

Monday, October 10, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is NOT Cancelled.   

The 12:40 game on BBO will be offered as usual and restricted to players with less than 2,500 masterpoints.

 

Special Announcements: 

 

At FFBC, we wish to acknowledge a “special” achievement for Mine Usluel.....  (Picture attached)

On Monday, Aug 29, she became a United States Citizen and we celebrate and congratulate her on this important occasion.

 

Congratulations to our latest Lifemaster – Well Done!   (Picture attached)

Tom Shea

 

Special Bridge Podcast:  Anthony Zhao, (Picture attached), has produced 2 Bridge Podcasts that discuss the future of bridge

and the lack of young bridge players.  Current average age of ACBL bridge players is 73 years old.  This is a very interesting discussion and well worth

listening to.  Anthony has just graduated from Milton Academy and is headed for Duke University in September.  The link is:

https://soundcloud.com/anthony-zhao-733924633/sets/bridge-stories?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments:  (Bring Your Covid Vaccination card with you)

 

NHBA Fall Foliage Sectional Tournament: September 24 & 25, Grantham Town Hall, 300 NH Rt. 10, Grantham, NH

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

For details, go to: file:///C:/Users/Bob/Downloads/Fall_Foliage.pdf

 

EMBA Sectional Tournament: September 30 – October 2, Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown, MA

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

For details, go to: https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20220930_1&wd=1&club=emba

 

District 25 Royal STaC – a special event just for face-to-face clubs,  will be held October 10 – 14, 2022

Royal STaC Masterpoint Awards: 25% gold, 25% red, 25% silver, 25% black
STaC = Sectional Tournament at the Clubs...  Results from all participating clubs will be combined for higher overall awards.
To see the Final Combined Results, go to https://nebridge.org/pages/48/

 

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes beginning in September.

Contact the teacher if you want more information –

Elizabeth Gompels, <elibridge101@outlook.com> and Kim Gilman, < kgilman11@comcast.net >.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our efforts to have a fun place to play bridge.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

Schedule of Bridge Games – Family Friendly Bridge Club                                                           

On BBO:  (Note: if game has less than 3 tables, game is canceled per BBO rules)

 

Monday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Thursday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Friday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

 

 

“Live” Bridge at St Camillus Church, Arlington”

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, “OPEN”

Wednesday 9:30 AM -- for Belmont Bridge Club, 20-21 boards, “OPEN”

(location=Beech St Center, Belmont)

Wednesday 7:00 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 24 boards, “OPEN” 

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 20 minute lesson at beginning of session, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone,

 

Covid-19 is killing Bridge Clubs – with the help of the ACBL and BBO.

Many bridge clubs are now gone (30 bridge clubs have closed in Massachusetts), and the 37 remaining clubs are failing financially - including Family Friendly Bridge Club.

 

In the first 6 months of 2022, FFBC has experienced a 34% reduction in number of tables playing bridge – counting both BBO and face-to-face.

From what I can see, many of you are just playing less bridge – which means less income to the bridge clubs.

Like the other clubs, FFBC is being “squeezed” financially.  BBO takes 20% of the money “off the top” + a credit card fee for every game played on BBO. 

As always, ACBL charges their table fees for all the games – with added fees for every “special” game (Silver points, etc).

FFBC still has to pay the Directors, rent to the church, buy snacks, bridge supplies, etc. 

So far, I have made up the “shortfall” in the hope that bridge players will come back to the game in the fall.

 

Why am I telling you all this?  From the beginning, I have felt that this club belongs to its members. It exists to benefit every member.

If some action has to be taken in the future to save the club, I want every member to understand that all options were considered.

I have always tried to keep fees as low as possible, but an increase may be required in the near future.  Thank you for understanding the situation.

History of FFBC Bridge Fees: 6/30/15 thru 8/31/17 = $ 8.00;   9/1/17 thru 7/31/22 = $ 10.00

 

 

Congratulations to our latest Lifemasters – Well Done!   (Pictures attached)

Tracy Burlock, Sam Gallo, Rob Jones

 

Advance Notice of Bridge Closings at St Camillus –

 

Due to Labor Day Holiday: 

Monday, September 5, 12:30 PM: The game at St Camillus, Arlington is Cancelled.   The 12:40 game on BBO is NOT Cancelled and is Open to everyone.

 

 

Upcoming Bridge Tournaments:  (Bring Your Covid Vaccination card with you)

 

EMBA Sectional Tournament: August 5 - 7, Armenian Cultural Center, 47 Nichols Ave, Watertown, MA

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

Special Game on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM.  If 0 – 49 masterpoints and ACBL member = you can play for free on Saturday.

For details, go to: https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20220805_1&wd=1&club=emba

 

EMBA Cape Cod Sectional Tournament: August 13 - 14, Barnstable Middle School, 895 Falmouth Rd, Hyannis MA

All events are Open Stratified Pair Events: Saturday = 11 AM & 3 PM, Sunday = 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM

Note: Silver masterpoints are awarded to winners for these events.

For more information, go to : https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwop/bw.cgi?pid=display_rank&event=20220813_1&wd=1&club=emba

 

Ocean State Regional - District 25:  August 30 – September 3, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI;

See https://nebridge.org/ for current schedule – NOTE: No Games on Sunday, Sept 4.

 

 

 

Bridge Lessons:

 

Other Classes offered thru FFBC – New Classes beginning in September.

Contact the teacher if you want more information –

Elizabeth Gompels, <elibridge101@outlook.com> and Kim Gilman, < kgilman11@comcast.net >.

 

Thanks to all of you for your continued support of our efforts to have a fun place to play bridge.

 

Bob Gaudet

Cell: (339) 223-6484

www.familyfriendlybridge.com

 

 

 

Schedule of Bridge Games – Family Friendly Bridge Club                                                           

On BBO:  (Note: if game has less than 3 tables, game is canceled per BBO rules)

 

Monday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Wednesday 9:50 AM -- for Belmont Bridge, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 2,499 MPs or less

Thursday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

Friday, 12:40 PM, 18 boards, 3 boards per round, 7 minutes per board, 2,499 MPs or less

 

 

“Live” Bridge at St Camillus Church, Arlington”

 

Monday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, 18-20 boards, “OPEN”

Wednesday 9:30 AM -- for Belmont Bridge Club, 20-21 boards, “OPEN”

(location=Beech St Center, Belmont)

Wednesday 7:00 PM -- for Winchester DBC, 24 boards, “OPEN” 

Thursday, 9:30 AM, 12 boards, 20 minute lesson at beginning of session, “Restricted”,

            must be Skill Level = Novice or Beginner

Thursday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”

Friday, 12:30 PM, 24 boards, “OPEN”