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President's Letter - June, 2019

It is great to have all of our snowbirds back! And, wow, can we ever use your help!

We have two special events coming up quickly. On June 1, we will honor the Ace of Club and Mini-McKenney Race winners. The list is now posted at the bridge center. We will have a free lunch on Saturday, at 11:30, with the unit providing the main dish. We do ask that everyone whose last names begin with the letters A-M, please supply a side dish, salad or dessert. Then there will be a game at 12:30. I hope that you will come out to congratulate the winners.

Then, July is our biennial regional. It will run from July 1-7, at the West Des Moines Sheraton. We will have three sessions of games on Tuesday, July 2 – Saturday, July 6. There will be two games on Monday, July 1 and Swiss Teams on Sunday, July 7. There are lots of opportunities to earn the coveted gold points.

But wait, that is not all! On Monday morning before the games begin, Toby White will be presenting a workshop on No Trump. We want to attract duplicate and non-duplicate bridge players, so please let your friends know about this. There is a fee for the class, and you are asked to pre-register. Please check with Nancy Wilson if you have any questions.

So, where do the volunteer opportunities lie? All over. A giant poster has been strategically placed in the bridge house. You can help with registration, with food before the games begin or with hospitality after the last game of the day (running approximately from 10:30 pm – midnight). If that doesn’t work for you, perhaps you could help out the decorating before the games start, help out taking pictures of our winners or assist in tear down when the festivities end.

This is our only time to win a lot of gold and red points without having to travel, and it only comes every two years. We hope that you will support Unit 216 by helping with the tournament and playing at the tournament.

See you at the table,

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                June 2019

Last updated : May 17, 2019 14:34 CDT
Nancy Wittwer

I was saddened to hear Nancy Wittwer suffered a stroke recently. I'm not sure I know anyone outside our unit who loves the game of bridge as much as she. I can't recall a sectional in our unit that she hasn't attended. I wish her the best and a speedy recovery.

Update May 6th: She was back playing bridge in Wichita this last weekend!

Last updated : May 6, 2019 11:54 CDT
Spring Festival Sectional - April, 2019

Winners

OVERALL MP WINNER:

Richard Newell andToby White

31.81 MPs each!

Thursday:

Eight Is Enough Swiss Teams:

Richard Newell
Toby White
Phillip Hayne
Brad Albers

Friday:

Morning Stratified Pairs:

A - Rich Newell & Toby White
B - Debra Tvrdik & Lynda Peterson
C - Irene Boyd & Carolyn Sabroske
New - Bonnie & Don Orris

Afternoon Stratified Pairs:

A/B - Jean Friedrich & Janice Kimm
C - Gerry & Brenda Oliphant
New - Patricia Boe & Maureen Busta

Saturday:

Morning Stratified Pairs:

A - Rich Newell & Toby White
B - Holly Lawyer & Bonni Newton
C - Robert Klare & Janice Strop
New - Bonni Orris & Kathy Shriver

Afternoon Stratified Pairs:

A - Bill Kent & Doug Stark
B - John Swartz & Bob Solar
C - Tracey Ball & Philip Hayne
New - Ewa Pratt & Laura Mirsky

Sunday:

Morning Swiss Teams:

A - Toby White, Rich Newell, Gregg Walsh, & Richard Freedman
BCD - Steve Whitaker, Denise Dornbier, Rebecca Joseph, & Nathan Pike

Afternoon Swiss Teams:

A - Toby White, Rich Newell, Gregg Walsh, & Richard Freedman
BCD - Richard Kelly, Linda Kelly, Tracey Ball, & Bruce Pattison

 

NOTE: Results on the web site are messed up somewhat as the date/time stamps of files conflcted with actual play dates.

Last updated : Apr 16, 2019 11:35 CDT
President's Letter - April, 2019

There are several special events coming up in the next few months. First, there is the Spring Festival the first weekend of April. On Thursday evening, we will have Eight is Enough at 7 pm. Friday and Saturday at 10 and 3, there will be open pair events along with newcomer events (please check the stratification of the newcomer events, as they have changed to better reflect the players who participate in these games). Finally on Sunday, there will be two Swiss team games at 9:30 and 1:30 with an optional lunch between games. Since we have two completely separate games, the point awards are higher than for all-day Swiss teams. If you have any questions, please see either Nannette O’Reilly or John Melberg. If you need help finding a partner, please contact Brenda Oliphant (500 points +) and Mark Davis (under 500 points). I hope to see many of you there.

In May the Grand National Team District Finals will be held at the Bridge Center. This is your opportunity to play locally and qualify to win money to play at this summer’s Las Vegas NABC tournament. Please see the Unit 216 website for the flyer, with details on times, stratifications and fees. This is something that you must have qualified for over the past year. You can find your qualifications on the ACBL website.

Finally, in June we have the medallion party, where we celebrate the top three finishers in our local Ace of Clubs and McKenney races. This will take place on Saturday June 1, during the regular Saturday game. There will be lunch, with the unit providing the main course and the remainder of the lunch being a potluck. We hope that you will make plans to attend this fun event.

Thanks to all who are planning on participating in these events. We hope that you will find them rewarding.

See you at the table,

Carolyn Sabroske

Unit 216 President

                                                                                                              April 2019

Last updated : Mar 23, 2019 20:06 CDT
Fred Hubbell

Wishing Charlotte and Fred Hubbell all the best and a speedy recovery.

Last updated : Feb 23, 2019 17:19 CST
Holiday Sectional
Holiday Sectional

Repeating last Spring's Sectional dominance, Dr. John wins most masterpoints once again!

Here's the full list of Holiday Sectional Masterpoint Winners.

Last updated : Jan 15, 2019 23:08 CST
Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club

The new location for the Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club of Marshalltown is :

Glenwood Place Retirement Community and Assisted Living

2907 South 6th Street

Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

Our weekly open game begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Thanks!

Larry D Park

Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club #141317

Club Director

641-485-6134

Last updated : Jan 4, 2019 13:45 CST
Parking Concerns at Bridge Center

Reminder:

Parking is not allowed behind the Bridge Center.

Note from Cobblestone Property Management

Last updated : Dec 15, 2018 14:58 CST
Council Bluffs Regional

Congratulations to Valerie Laing and Dave Stark who scored over 60 masterpoints at the regional in Council Bluffs held October 22-28, 2018.

Last updated : Oct 29, 2018 11:14 CDT
New Unit Board Members

From the election held October 19th, 2018, new unit board members are:

Barb Maas
Tom Olsson
Sally Meixner
Kristin Welter

Departing are:

Kate Reynolds
Rich Newell
Margie Brennan
Penny Rittgers

Last updated : Oct 20, 2018 17:27 CDT
Cornbelt Overall Winners

Congrats to Toby and Rich. They did it again.

Cornbelt Masterpoint Winners

 

 

Last updated : Sep 16, 2018 19:24 CDT
Seen at the Iowa Gold NLM Regional

Photos taken by Kate Reynolds:

Last updated : Aug 23, 2018 10:39 CDT
Iowa Gold NLM Regional Winners

Congratulations to Becky Joseph and Denise Dombier who amassed the most masterpoints at this weekend's Iowa Gold NLM Regional.

Here is the complete list of Masterpoint Winners.

Last updated : Aug 19, 2018 21:24 CDT
Marshalltown DBC Relocated

Due to the tornado that hit Marshalltown on July 19, the Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club has relocated to the Fisher Community Center, 709 South Center Street in Marshalltown.  The Marshalltown Club was playing their weekly Wednesday game in the Marshalltown Senior Center whose roof was severely damaged by the tornado.  The club’s supplies were not damaged and were removed from a closet in the Senior Citizen’s Center on July 23 by club members Mel Dostal, Bill Hobson, Larry Park and Paul Rober.  None of the club members were injured in the storm and only slight property damage was reported.
 

The Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club meets:

Fisher Community Center

709 South Center Street

Marshalltown, IA 50158

Open game Wednesday 6 p.m.
 

--- Larry Park, Club Director

Last updated : Aug 4, 2018 09:50 CDT
The Longest Day

On Friday, June 22nd, the unit had "The Longest Day" in support of Alzheimer's.
There were many games run throughout the day. Nancy Wilson chaired it.

Schedule of the Longest Day events.

Last updated : Jun 23, 2018 11:14 CDT
Smoking in Cobblestone


Please read this notice from our landlords: Schoenauer Property Management notice.

Last updated : Jun 15, 2018 11:42 CDT
Toby & Rich - Minnesota Regional - May, 2018
Toby & Rich - Minnesota Regional - May, 2018

Toby & Rich just won THREE open pair events in a row (30+ masterpoints for EACH) at the Minnesota Regional.

Photo shows Rich & Toby holding the Larry Oakey Trophy for winning the Thursday game.

That wasn't good enough. They went on to win Friday's Open Pairs event and then Saturday's.

Picture was shared by Rich's dad & sister on Facebook (rightly proud).

Super impressive!!

Last updated : Jun 15, 2018 11:42 CDT
2017 Ace of Clubs & Mini-McKenney Winners

Congratulations to the Mini-McKenney Winners for 2017

0-5

Steve Whitaker

Bill Lackermann

Karen Cordes
 

5-20

Ewa Pratt

Mike Murphy

David Grace
 

20-50

Bobbie Riddle

Dana Terndrup

Rhonda McCoy
 

50-100

Nathan Pike

Katie Albers

Barb Covert
 

100-200

Brad Albers

Becky Joseph

Philip Hayne
 

200-300

Sally Meixner

John Melberg

Liz Rosenthal
 

300-500

Kristin Welter

Carolyn Sabroske

Betty Torgerson
 

500-1000

Richard Kelly

Rick Hendryx

Birdie McKinley
 

1000-1500

Sally Nelson

Rae Gene Burger

Iola Aldrich
 

1500- 2000

Bud Stowe

Brian Kelly

Ron Stein
 

2500-3500

Tom Olsson

Ann Olsson

Judy Wolf
 

3500-5000

Toby White

Rich Newell

Jessie Chance
 

5000-7500

Pete Wityk

Ray Schoenrock

David Stark
 

10,000 +

John Gustafson

Val Laing

G. M. Prabhu


Congratulations to the

Ace Of Clubs Winners for 2017

0-5

Steve Whitaker

Bill Lackermann

Karen Cordes
 

5-20

Mike Murphy

David Grace

Ewa Pratt
 

10-50

Bobbie Riddle

Rhonda McCoy

Dana Terndrup
 

50-100

Nathan Pike

Barbara Covert

Bruce Heilman
 

100-200

Becky Joseph

Philip Hayne

Brad Albers
 

200-300

Sally Meixner

John Melberg

Penny Rittgers
 

300-500

Kristin Welter

Carolyn Sabroske

Betty Torgerson
 

500-1000

Rick Hendryx

Richard Kelly

Shirley Krentz
 

1000-15000

Sally Nelson

Rae Gene Burger

Iola Aldrich
 

1500-2500

Bud Stowe

Ron Stein

Carolyn Miller
 

2500-3500

Kay Stowe

Tom Olsson

Pat Holt
 

3500-5000

Toby White

Jessie Chance

Sandy Swanson
 

5000-7500

Ray Schoenrock

Pete Wityk

Jim Swanson
 

10000 +

John Gustafson

Val Laing

G. M. Prabhu

Last updated : Jun 15, 2018 11:41 CDT
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 : Jun 15, 2018 11:41 CDT
Harry & Terry Swanson
Harry & Terry Swanson

UPDATE!
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 : Jun 15, 2018 11:40 CDT
Pete’s 70!!
Pete’s 70!!

Saturday, March 10th, Pete Wityk turned 70.

Last updated : Jun 15, 2018 11:40 CDT
Groundhog Ladies
Groundhog Ladies

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

Last updated : Jun 15, 2018 11:40 CDT
Jan Thurow's Birthday Cake
Jan Thurow's Birthday Cake

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

Last updated : Jun 15, 2018 11:39 CDT

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 : Jun 15, 2018 10:51 CDT
Stars of Tomorrow Winners

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 : Jun 15, 2018 10:49 CDT
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 : Jun 15, 2018 10:49 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 : Jun 15, 2018 10:48 CDT
Congratulations
Congratulations

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 : Jun 15, 2018 10:48 CDT