Unit 216 & Des Moines Area Bridge
News Page

This page has information and news of interest to the members. For a full list of forthcoming events, see "Calendar" on the menu and for a list of results see "Results".

Spring Festival Sectional
Spring Festival Sectional

Congratulations to Dr. John Gustafson who amassed the most points at the Spring Festival Sectional.

Complete list of Spring Festival Masterpoint Winners.



Last updated : Apr 8, 2018 18:39 CDT
Harry & Terry Swanson
Harry & Terry Swanson

Congratulations to Harry & Terry Swanson who were inducted April 17th into the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame!
Above they are joined by daughters Anna and Amy.

Colleagues at the FreeStore nominated Harry & Terry Swanson for a volunteer award for their work at the FreeStore.  The FreeStore is one of the Bridge Center's frequent charity recepients helping (mainly) children and families hurt by domestic violence.

They have been elected for the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame award, the winners were announced April 17th in the Capitol.

Here's a link to the nominees for the 2018 award:

Volunteer Hall of Fame 2018: People's Choice Award

Last updated : Apr 24, 2018 11:38 CDT
Pete’s 70!!
Pete’s 70!!

Saturday, March 10th, Pete Wityk turned 70.

Last updated : Mar 10, 2018 16:18 CDT
Groundhog Ladies
Groundhog Ladies

Susan Furtwangler, Jill Southworth, and Diane Sweet have February 2nd birthday.

Last updated : Feb 10, 2018 11:14 CST
Jan Thurow's Birthday Cake
Jan Thurow's Birthday Cake

We're fortunate to get such great goodies on birthdays!

Last updated : Feb 6, 2018 11:25 CST
District 14 Teacher of the Year 2017 Nominations

Sponsored by District 14 Teacher Development and Enhancement Program

Is there a bridge teacher in your Unit that you value for their excellent teaching skills and passion for bridge? You can nominate this special person for consideration for the 2017 District 14 Teacher Development and Enhancement Program award.

We are looking for outstanding and talented teachers with new ideas, unique and effective teaching methods, teachers that contribute to the growth of bridge in the community and schools. A teacher who genuinely shows interest in the student’s progress in bridge.

Teacher Eligibility:

  • Must have been a bridge teacher for at least 3 years
  • Must be a member of the ACBL
  • Must teach a minimum of 40 hours per year

Teachers will be considered with a focus on the qualities of teaching excellence, innovation, service to bridge and service to the community

Please submit your nomination no later than April 1, 2018 to: newilson@msn.com

Nancy Wilson, District 14 Education Liaison

Committee Members:

Mary Shaw, Barb Zipoy, Elaine Olson, Nancy Wilson, Sandy Casey, Pierre Flatowicz, Sue Greenberg, Diana Howard, Lorie Spanjers, Nancy Wittwer, Jo Skunberg, Maryann Boardman, Rich Bailie

Last updated : Dec 28, 2017 14:47 CST

January 4th-7th, 2018 --- The Hawkeye Holiday Sectional.

Gregg Walsh chair.

Now was Toby White on fire or what?
Toby won two individual events outright, and runner-up in another.
He was on the winning team in both team events.

Complete list of masterpoint winners

Last updated : Apr 8, 2018 18:40 CDT
New Bridge Classes This Fall

Be sure to checkout all the new bridge classes being held this Fall.

And note that all upcoming and currently being offered classes can be found within the Bridge Classes section of the menu.

Staying on top of your game makes bridge more enjoyable for you and your partners (and even your opponents)!

Last updated : Aug 26, 2017 22:18 CDT
Stars of Tomorrow Winners


Sunday Swiss Teams: Mark Wellman, Phil Hayne, Brad & Katie Albers  

Saturday 3pm Stratified Pairs: Susan Furtwangler & Nannette O'Reilly

Saturday 10am Stratified Pairs: Roberta Ann Riddle & Diane Sweet

See Results for complete details.

Last updated : Jan 7, 2018 21:26 CST
Susie Thompson makes Life Master

Congratulations to Susie Thompson who made Life Master after winning Gold Rush Pairs at the Holiday Regional.

Susie Thompson makes Life Master
Last updated : Jul 27, 2017 17:25 CDT
New Life Masters - Claudia & Marilyn

Congrations to Claudia Beckman and Marilyn Jones who are new Life Masters.

New Life Masters - Claudia & Marilyn
Last updated : Jul 27, 2017 17:26 CDT

Great job Brad & Katie AlbersKristin Welter, and Betty Torgeson on winning (getting 15 GPs, and earning $2,000 towards trip to Toronto) the Grand National Teams.

Last updated : Jul 9, 2017 10:32 CDT