For suggestions and improvements,
Use the "Tell Us What You Think!" bar above.
Or see President, Dianne Wammack,
or our club manager, Robert Whiting
or our webmaster, Clay Hall.
Please remember that many of our players are “scensitive” to strong fragrances. BDBC is officially a “No Fragrance” facility, so resolve to abstain from wearing fragrance when you play bridge. Thank you.
Monday is Memorial Day...make it memorable by playing bridge.
All Monday afternoon games are being held at their normal times. Come join us. Ron is running this week's Monday afternoon game; so please call or text him (746-4584) for partnership matters. The Monday morning newcomer game will not meet until next week, (6/3) due to the holiday.
We are offering special Grass Roots Fund games on Monday and Friday. These games pay extra points; and partial proceeds support participation of local players in selected National events.
Eight is Enough Swiss teams returns this Thursday night at 6:30. Clay's hard work putting teams together paid off last week with the participation of 6 teams. Come and be a part of the fun.
Thanks to Carolyn Carter, Martha Chitwood, Pete Partin and their helpers for hosting the standing-room only Linda Brown Lemonade Social.
Gena Stoves and her team are requesting donations for our Aces for Alzhemer's silent auction in June. Please bring auction items to the club and provide your name and a suggested starting bid. We will store the items at the club as we prepare for the auction
Our ice machine is over ten years old and is showing its age. We are still having issues with it despite this week's service call. The service company is returning on either Tuesday or Wednesday to work on the machine. So the ice machine will not be available potentially on both days. Please plan accordingly.
Another reminder, pick up your papers, cups, plates etc around the bridge table. Your directors appreciate when you leave a tidy table.
This Thursday evening we will hold the eight is enough team game. Please contsct Clay with your team plans, he will be trying to put together teams throughout this week. His number is 205-967-2809, call or text, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June is Alzheimer’s Awareness month for bridge clubs across the nation. So, what do we need to be aware of?
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, usually affecting men and women in their mid-60s and older (us!!). The disease is named after Dr. Alzheimer, who first discovered the disease. The doctor, was faced with a patient who exhibited symptoms such as memory loss, odd behavior, and problems communicating. Today, more than 5 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and the number of people affected will only go up due to the increasing number of our aging population (us!!).
Currently, the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but it is suspected to be the third deadliest in just a few decades. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia, and ranges in severity as it progresses. Symptoms of dementia include loss of cognitive thinking, physical and behavioral abilities. Patients with dementia experience inability to think straight, remember certain things, and reason with themselves and others.
Often times, dementia patients will wander around aimlessly, and have anxiety and depression, which makes care for an Alzheimer’s patient a constant job. Dementia will eventually reach the point of severity where an individual is completely reliant on others for daily life. Alzheimer’s Disease is not the only cause of dementia, but it is one of the few that has no cure and treatment is limited. There is no sure way to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease until after death.
However, a trained medical professional can usually accurately diagnose the disease. While no drug available today can cure Alzheimer’s disease, there is treatment to alleviate some of the symptoms. This not only helps the patient, but the caretakers as well. Now you understand why we need to raise money for this terrible disease.
Bring your donated item in to the club this week. Attach your name and starting bid (if you want bidding to start with a certain amount) and give to one of our directors, board members, Beth Stewart, Marcia Crowder or Gena Stoves. And if your item is a special talent, write down what you are donating, and we get it displayed in a pretty way for the auction. I know our club is special and we will “jump right into this project with both feet.”
Oh, Oh, Oh, it’s Magic! Please Help Us Advertise Our 2020 Regional
Believe it or not, we are already making plans for the Magic City Regional during
the week of March 2-8, 2020, and you can help us spread the word. When you
go to a tournament, wear a button advertising our event, and take business cards
to give to people that you meet from other clubs. The cards and buttons are
located on the shelf that holds the pencil sharpener and timer. We have plenty of
cards to distribute and about 50 buttons for tournament-goers. In addition, let co-
chairs Martha Chitwood or Beth Stewart know if you are heading to a tournament
that will allow us to hang our banner. We’d love for you to take it.
Thanks for your help. It’s going to be a magical event!
Martha and Beth
Looking ahead even further to our upcoming tournaments
June 27-30, 2019 Sectional at our club (SILVER points)
Aug. 16-17, 2019 NLM (SILVER points)
Nov. 21-24, 2019 Sectional at our club (SILVER points)
March 2- 8, 2020 Regional (Red and Gold points)
It’s never too early to start planning on playing in our tournaments. Put them on your calendar, schedule events and trips around them, and line up your partners for a fun and successful time.
Please arrive 15 minutes before game time to allow our directors enough time to effectively plan the layout so that we may begin playing at the scheduled hour. (If we begin on time, then we can finish in a timely manner.) Thank you!
Our ice machine is a delicate instrument for our pleasure. However we need to treat it properly. Please do not ever pour drinks, coffee or anything other than water and ice down the drain there! A new machine will cost us all $4000.
We need YOU as a host at your favorite game. All games are in need of hosts, and the respective directors would appreciate having you on the host schedule. Check with the directors of the games in which you are interested in hosting, and let them know you want to volunteer. (Game hosts need to arrive a little earlier and be prepared to play with a person they have not met or played with before. Hosts are allowed a free play, and in the event a host is not needed that day the free game may be applied later.)