Become a Member for only $15 a year. Benefits awarded to members in good standing include voting privileges, a complimentary name tag, subsidized Christmas dinner/party, and some reduced game costs at specified periods of time. Just fill out a membership form and hand it in at the next session you attend.
Please remember that Bridge on the Edge is a scent-free bridge club. We have several members who are severely allergic to scent. Thank you
The BOTE Balance Sheet and Income Statement for 2018 have been posted in the Members Only portion of the website. You can access the information by logging in and clicking on "Financial Information". Many thanks to Rick Comerford for maintaining and updating this information.
The Winter Newsletter is now available. Many thanks to Patricia O'Brien and Janet Parsons for another wonderful job! Newsletters are stored under the Information tab on the BOTE website but the following link has been provided for your convenience: Newsletter - January 2019.pdf
Janet Hannaford welcomed 27 aspiring bridge players to a complimentary game on Tuesday, January 8. Many of these players have availed of BOTE ‘s Beginner Lesson Series and are continuing their bridge journey with us this winter. Janet was joined by volunteers Anne Hughes, Gloria Stone, Joy Hoskins, Sandra Tobin, Marilyn Walbourne, and Alice Collins. Volunteers provided a range of support including planning the event, preparing boards for play, assisting players with bidding and other questions, and providing baked goods. Overall a great morning of bridge! Check out the link for more pictures of this fun event.
Session 1: front of card, plus "fat free" card and SAYC (Standard American)
Session 2: back of card
Board minutes from the December 17th meeting are now available on the BOTE website under the Information tab. The link below has also been provided for your convenience.
Board Minutes - Dec 17 2018.pdf
Santa is giving free pop and pizza to members who play on Thursday, December 27th. Registration is online.
If interested, please sign up by midnight on Wednesday, December 26th.
This shawl was left at BOTE. If you own it, please pick it up at BOTE.
BOTE celebrated the Christmas season with a catered hot turkey dinner and a visit from Santa, followed by a 24-board bridge game. Esther Dooling won the Christmas pudding made and generously donated by Florence Matthews. Everyone had a very enjoyable time. Great company and lots of laughs. Check out the links to see some of the fun.
Dinner Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kVjEoGFFybFrC7Sx5
Santa Arrives (video/sound): https://photos.app.goo.gl/SX5FYBXs599tcwft8
Afternoon Bridge Game: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4b9M4XUbTHXDPJts6
Many thanks to Gloria for her successful Beginners 2 course. These classes help to encourage more people to learn this wonderful game called bridge.
Click on the link to see photos taken at Gloria's lesson. Thanks Gloria for providing these photos.
Members pay $5 for all games in December.
December 18-20: ACBL Membership Games (silver)
Note: Both partners must be ACBL members to earn points in the ACBL membership games.
Click on the link to see the analysis for the ACBL-wide International Fund Game that took place on Monday, December 17th.
Dec 17th 2018 Intel Fund Game Analysis.pdf
Many thanks to Roy Perry for his wonderful 2-part series entitled "Encyclopedia of No Trump". Great presentation and handouts. Click on the link below to see some pictures kindly provided by Joan Ledrew.
The temperature at the Swilers Club has been set for winter weather. We are asked not to touch the thermostats as that can cause them to error. Kindly direct any concerns to the club manager. Please be careful in the parking lot, particularly during the evening or icy conditions. Vehicles should be locked and valuables kept out of sight.
BOTE policy is to close the club if the schools are closed due to weather-related issues. In the event of inclement weather, please check the club website for updates.
Today is the last day for submitting proposals for a set of lessons for Winter, 2019.
Call for Proposals - Winter 2019.docx
Today is also the last day to advise the Education Committe if you are interested in offering one lesson (1.5 hour session) in January on the bridge principles of IMPs vs MPs. The honorarium is $75. This will be offered free to our members.
With the addition of a trial period for IMP games (one/month), we would like to offer one lesson (1.5 hour session) in January on the bridge principles of IMPs vs MPs. The honorarium will be $75. This will be offered free to our members. If you are interested in offering this course, please respond to the Education Committee by Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Thanks to Randy and Marilyn Bennett for offering classes on bidding and playing slam. Well attended and much appreciated!
Moncton Golf and Country Club in Riverview, NB is hosting an Eastern Canadian Sectional 0-299 Tournament April 13-14, 2019. If a group comes from Newfoundland, Jen Huntsman assures us that billets will be found. A bus load might be tricky. Check out the link for more info.
Codiac 299 2019 Sectional - New Brunswick.doc
Due to illness, Randy is unable to provide the final lesson on slam bidding. The Nov. 13th class is therefore cancelled. A refund of $10 will be made for this last class. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please join us in wishing Randy a speedy recovery.
We're sorry we have sad news to share -- our beloved Tournament Director Karl Hicks passed away on Nov. 2nd after a short illness. Karl has been a pillar of the Maritime bridge scene for decades and was one of the best players our region ever produced, as well as a top-flight ACBL Tournament Director. Click on the link for more information:
Respectfully, Unit 194 Board
Hosts Susan Follett and Heidi Janes with guests Stephen and Corie Outerbridge and friends. A great dinner and evening as auctioned at BOTE's Alzheimer's Fundraiser.
Richard Lash is now a Gold Life Master! Congratulations Richard!
It has just been brought to our attention that Robert Dollard became a Life Master last fall. Congratulations Robert!
Two cool cats dressed for the occasion at the ABCL-wide Instant Matchpoint Game on Wednesday, October 31.
Lots of fun!
Club Appreciation Teams: Monday, October 29th.
Teams of 4 players must be constructed according to "8 is enough" where an A player (800+ masterpoints) is worth 3, a B (300-799) is 2, and a C (0-299) is 1. A valid team is AACC, ABBC, BBBB, or any number of C players can replace others.
5% gold points.
Please indicate all 4 team member names when signing up for this event.
Effective October 1st until further notice: All games will be $10.00 with the exception of games in December and March which will be $5.00 per session.
Cecily Ryan is now a Bronze Life Master as a result of acquiring over 30 gold points at the Ottawa Regional Tournament. This is quite a feat considering this is only her second tournament and the requirement for Cecily's life master was 50 gold. Congratulations Cecily!
BOTE congratulates Tom Dale and Richard Lash for placing in the top 12 at the Ottawa tournament. Amazing bridge performance!
Congratulations also go out to the other BOTE members who attended the Ottawa tournament. BOTE was well represented! Click on the link below to see how everyone did.
Minutes of the Administrative Board Meeting held on September 20, 2018 are now available. You can view these minutes in the drop down menu in the Information tab on the BOTE website. For your convenience, these minutes can also be accessed by clicking on the link provided here.
Board Minutes - Sept 20 2018.pdf
Click on the link to see how BOTE celebrated its second birthday as a member-owned club on Sept. 20th. Games were $5 and members enjoyed sandwich trays, birthday cake, coffee and other beverages between games. Many thanks to Joy Hoskins for taking these pictures. https://photos.app.goo.gl/riBp5j4iuQHDuAP59
Click on the link to see who enjoyed a wonderful lunch and bridge as part of BOTE's Longest Day 2018 Fundraiser. It coincidently took place on World Alzheimer's day. Thanks to Fran Cook who submitted these photos. https://photos.app.goo.gl/98yo92wp8GByej3h6
Janet Hannaford will facilitate a series of three sessions (September 11, 18 & 25; 9:30-11:30 am) which will include mini lessons, and bidding and playing prepared hands with discussion, questions and answers. This will be an opportunity to play bridge, and review what you have learned in lessons etc. Sorry, but classes are now filled.
Congratulations to Janet Hannaford, BOTE Vice President, on earning the ACBL Best Practices Teacher Certification. This is a significant achievement and deserving of much credit. Well done!
Thanks to Betty Greeley who submitted this pic of their fabulous dinner at Maura Beam's in aid of the Alzheimer's Society. It was catered by Florence and Neil Matthews. In attendance were Peggy & Shog Stone, Pramilla & Harold Paddock, Barb Baldwin, Brenda Turner, Betty & Sid Greeley.
Take a look at BridgeFeed on the ACBL site. The link is below. There is a lot of free bridge content there including some of the best colunnists in the game, great instructional material, and lots more. Do yourself a favour, check it out. There's something for everyone.
This is a call for proposals for a set of lessons (not including beginner lessons) for the Fall of 2018.
The Education Committee would appreciate receiving the following information:
As per our memo of July 16/18,
“The Education Committee will give preference to proposals which comply with the survey undertaken by the board.”
If more than one proposal is received offering the same topics and/or in the same preferred time, the Committee will request the instructors to collaborate and reach an agreement amongst themselves. If this is not achieved, the Education Committee will decide which topics will be offered and when.
Compensation as described in the memo of July 16.
Please forward your proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, August 14. Thank you.
The July issue of the ACBL Bulletin lists the winners of the March 19th ACBL-wide Seniors Game on page 50. There were 2339.5 tables of players age 58 or older.
The District 1 winners were Joan FitzGerald and Cecily Ryan. Congratulations!
The Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador sent BOTE a letter of thanks for hosting the Longest Day BOTE fundraiser again this year. Click on the link below to see the entire letter and the amount raised by our club.
Alzheimer Fundraiser Results 2018.pdf
Janet Hannaford, Jay Whipple (President of ACBL), Roy Perry
Photo courtesy of: Barbara Rhoades
CALL FOR PROPOSALS for Beginners’ Bridge Program
Come Play With Us: Bridge for Beginners
This is a call for proposals for a beginners’ program to be offered on Monday nights beginning in September. This would be an 8-10 week program of two hour duration. The student fee will be $80 for eight weeks (extra for extra weeks). The fee will be collected by the Board and the instructor will be paid weekly. The instructor will be paid 60% of the revenue or the minimum fee ($75) as per the recent compensation proposal (whichever is greater). The program will be offered depending on sufficient numbers and should include a mix of teaching and hands on experiences for students.
The Education Committee would appreciate the following information in the proposal:
Please submit your proposal to email@example.com
by Tuesday, August 7. Thank you.
Here's an article previously posted but is worth posting again. Check out Larry Cohen's bridge article of 21 Rules of Being a Good Bridge Partner.
Thanks to Gloria Stone who offered four supervised play sessions during the month of July. Supervised bridge play is designed for those who have some knowledge and experience with playing and have a desire to enhance their performance. The assistance and guidance with bidding and play is an effective method to help consolidate learning and to further develop confidence and bridge problem solving strategies. Thank you, Gloria!
Congratulations to our BOTE members who attended the Canadian Atlantic Regional Tournament in Halifax from July 2nd - July 7th. They did a fabulous job of representing our club. Special mention should be made that Tom Dale ranked 11th with 61.27 masterpoints. Please take the time to click on the link below to see the many other wonderful achievements of our members.
Congratulations to Gloria Stone for winning a 2017 Mini-Richmond Trophy award from the Canadian Bridge Federation. She placed 2nd in the 300-500 point category. Her name was announced at the Halifax Regionals.
"The Mini-Richmond awards were introduced in 2012. The awards recognize CBF members who won the most masterpoints in the calendar year in each of the masterpoint categories, up to and including Diamond Life Master (5,000 -7,500 MP). Each category winner in each of the six CBF zones receives a special pin. In addition, overall national winners receive a certificate recognizing their achievement." For further information on past winners and those in the standing for 2018, click on the link below.
Bridge on the Edge (BOTE) has raised more than $6,000 as the result of its 2018 Longest Day fundraising efforts.
“This year’s success is a direct reflection of the outstanding participation of the club’s members,” says Heidi Janes, BOTE board president. “I applaud everyone who contributed so generously to support the Alzheimer Society of NL, including those who donated to the auction, those who supervised the social bridge event, and the Longest Day Committee.”
Check out the link below to find out more details.
Longest Day 2018 Results.pdf
The Education Committee is requesting proposals for the summer session beginning July 9th through to August 16th. Topics, duration, and format ought to be in keeping with the Education Survey results, Appendix A.
The second Annual General Meeting for Bridge on the Edge (BOTE) was held at the Swilers Club on Thursday, May 31st at 9:30 am.
The newly elected Board is:
After the Shuffle Pairs game, we are offering a Tournament Tutorial at 5 pm for any BOTE member who plans now, or sometime in the future, to compete in an ACBL tournament. The tutorial will be coordinated by BOTE treasurer Roy Perry, an ACBL tournament veteran. Bink, Tom, Roy & Janet Parsons will briefly discuss the topics below & others. Q & A to follow.
Topics to be covered:
The free tutorial is open to all and pizza will be served, courtesy of your club. Please register individually. All who plan to attend must register by April 24th so we can ensure that there will be pizza for all.
The Administrative Board has liaised with the Swilers Club to have a special club day on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. We are going to offer a Shuffle Pairs Game commencing at 1 pm; feedback on our first SPG was fabulous. Game fee is $10. Kindly arrive at the club by 12:30 pm in order to facilitate game preparation.
SPG Protocol: Players should register as individuals for this event. The entire list of those registered will then be divided in half at the median number of master points held by players. Pairs will be comprised of a player above the median and one below the median and will be done so on a randomized basis. It will be a fun, sanctioned game and master points will be awarded in the normal manner.
Thanks to Joan FitzGerald for this link regarding Double Dummy.
The BOTE Christmas dinner on Dec.14th was a great success - delicious meal, lots of laughs, a visit from Santa, a game of bridge. Click on the link to see some of the fun!
Many thanks to Janet Parsons for providing this article by Larry Cohen. It gives "universal" information on learning how to get better at bridge.
Larry Cohen - Learning To Improve.pdf
BOTE is a small club that has been growing surely & steadily, thanks in the main part to the many volunteers, card dealers, mentors, teachers, directors, special committees & hard-working executive and we are very proud of what we have accomplished. One of our main focuses is to grow the Club by attracting new players & we can only accomplish this if their bridge experience is a positive one.
Therefore we try to restrict the use of the more aggressive systems that you see in Flight A Events (5000+points). For this reason, only bids and bidding systems which adhere to the ACBL General Convention Chart may be used at our club. Please make our game more pleasant for all. We are asking all players to be particularly diligent when they believe an illegal bid has been made, and to call the Director to the table.
See this link for the ACBL General Convention Chart.
Players from BOTE did very well at the National Capital Regional Bridge Tournament held in Ottawa, ON from October 3-9, 2017.
The team pictured (L-R: Brian Collins, Raye Lundrigan, Pramila Paddock, Peter Rans) placed first overall in Bracketed Swiss Teams at the National Capital Regional tournament.
On Friday, October 6th (1:30 pm), the team pictured (L-R: Mike Buist, Fran Cook, Jonathan Cook, Steven Outerbridge) placed first overall in Bracketed Swiss Teams.
Congratulations to all!
This year for Halloween we invited members to dress up for the Tuesday afternoon game, Oct. 31st. Treats were available and the Board awarded a prize for the best costume. The lucky winner was Maureen Howard. Check out the link to see photos of the contestants. Thanks to everyone who took photos of this fun afternoon.
Mentoring Laws.pdf ACBL Bridge Mentoring Program Handbook.pdf
We have teamed the following pairs:
Donna Wadden with Gloria Stone
Carmel Rowe with Mary Lou Martin
Marguerite Noonan with Marilyn Bennett
Helen Sullivan with Judith McIntyre
Judy Crewe with Brian Collins
All these mentees are currently playing in the competitive section.
The Education Committee would like to encourage all mentees to avail of the lessons at the club to augment their one on one mentoring experience.
Bridge on the Edge is committed to the establishment and protection of a respectful culture both at the bridge table and in all BOTE communications.
In response to inquires about whether to make opening leads before entering the contract on one's score sheet: BOTE has no policy on this procedure nor does the ACBL law book. We encourage keeping the game moving along briskly by leading face down; however, neither declarer nor dummy should ever urge anyone to lead immediately or exhibit impatience if they choose to record the contract before leading. If there is any problem in this regard, the Director can adjudicate quickly. Unnecessarily slow play can be penalized. Also, if any player feels uncomfortable about being badgered or lectured at the table, they should call the director. Thank you for being polite and respectful in order to increase everyone's enjoyment of the game.
If you're a Director or you'd like to see a Director's point of view on implementing Zero Tolerance policies, have a look at this ACBL handout.
ZT - Handout for Clubs.pdf
Here are the final results of the recent BOTE fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society of Newfoundland. Bravo on a job well done!
Alzheimer Fundraiser 2017.pdf
Congratulations everyone for working so well together as a team to make this fundraiser a success! The money has gone to the Alzheimer Society of NL to support programs and services which are so necessary for individuals and their families dealing with this disease.
A special thanks goes out to the BOTE Alzheimer Fundraising Committee who organized this very important fundraiser over a brief period of time: Laura Flynn, Kevin Flynn, Brenda Conway, Maura Beam
To avoid problems at game time which can result in late starts and sit outs, please confirm with your partner on game day and, if necessary, cancel on a timely basis. If you must make a last minute cancellation, please send an email to the Club Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) or notify someone who is attending the game to ensure that your change is known about. It also makes directors' jobs much easier if everyone books ahead and does so before 11 AM on the day of the game. Thank you all for your assistance in this.