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This is the latest note from the BridgeWebs.Com folk:
We now believe the new server is working 99% as it was before the crash and you should now be able to access Bridgewebs as you did before.
We are continuing to monitor emails and logs to return to 100% as soon as possible. We also have to complete some housekeeping, which shouldn't affect the site. If you believe there is still an ouststanding issue, please let us know. This server is 50% more powerful than the last server and we are hoping we can now have another long period of reliable and stable performance.
The move to a new server was forced on us by an issue with the Server crashing on May 21st and subsequently on 23rd May and an urgent recommendation to switch to a new server as soon as possible. We have been working on the new server ever since then and all last week ready to go live on Monday morning June 3rd. Unfortunately, there was another issue on June 1st that prevented us moving over as smoothly as we had planned. We have been updating the Forum and updating the Web Admin message regularly since. Some services on the server were also lost. Our top priority was to get the new server up and running as soon as possible.
In particular, we found an issue with uploads from Scorebridge and this is now working.
We have now found that 2 security certificates pointing to the same site is not easily accomplished, so we have switched all secure access back to https://www.bridgewebs.com. Please ignore www.bridgwebs.org. This wasn't the plan, the failure of the updates at the hosting company at the weekend meant that we had to switch the domains over manually and use bridgewebs.org until bridgewebs.com had propagated around the world. Last Friday we had planned and expected a seamless instant switchover.
Please return to using https://www.bridgewebs.com/......
We are also switching the development/backup server to a new faster server. The weekly and monthly backups will be available on that to provide increased resilience.
Saturday, June 1
Potluck at 11:30
Game at 12:30
Unit will provide the main dish
Last names A-M, please bring a side dish or dessert
Come Celebrate the 2018 Winners of the Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney Races
Questions please see Sally Meixner
Congratulations to the
Ace Of Clubs Winners for 2018
Cindy Sue Bunge
10,000 Plus Masterpoints
G M Prabhu
Congratulations to the Mini-McKenney Winners for 2018
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,
Unit 216 President
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!
OVERALL MP WINNER:
Richard Newell andToby White
31.81 MPs each!
Eight Is Enough Swiss Teams:
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
A - Rich Newell & Toby White
B - Holly Lawyer & Bonni Newton
C - Robert Klare & Janice Strop
New - Bonni Orris & Kathy Shriver
A - Bill Kent & Doug Stark
B - John Swartz & Bob Solar
C - Tracey Ball & Philip Hayne
New - Ewa Pratt & Laura Mirsky
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.
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.
Wishing Charlotte and Fred Hubbell all the best and a speedy recovery.
Repeating last Spring's Sectional dominance, Dr. John wins most masterpoints once again!
Here's the full list of Holiday Sectional Masterpoint Winners.
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.
Larry D Park
Marshall Duplicate Bridge Club #141317
Parking is not allowed behind the Bridge Center.
Note from Cobblestone Property Management
Congratulations to Valerie Laing and Dave Stark who scored over 60 masterpoints at the regional in Council Bluffs held October 22-28, 2018.
From the election held October 19th, 2018, new unit board members are:
Congrats to Toby and Rich. They did it again.
Cornbelt Masterpoint Winners
Photos taken by Kate Reynolds:
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.
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
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.
Please read this notice from our landlords: Schoenauer Property Management notice.
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).
Congratulations to the Mini-McKenney Winners for 2017
Rae Gene Burger
G. M. Prabhu
Ace Of Clubs Winners for 2017
Congratulations to Dr. John Gustafson who amassed the most points at the Spring Festival Sectional.
Complete list of Spring Festival Masterpoint Winners.
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
Saturday, March 10th, Pete Wityk turned 70.
Susan Furtwangler, Jill Southworth, and Diane Sweet have February 2nd birthday.
We're fortunate to get such great goodies on birthdays!
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
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.
Congratulations to Susie Thompson who made Life Master after winning Gold Rush Pairs at the Holiday Regional.
Congrations to Claudia Beckman and Marilyn Jones who are new Life Masters.
Great job Brad & Katie Albers, Kristin Welter, and Betty Torgeson on winning (getting 15 GPs, and earning $2,000 towards trip to Toronto) the Grand National Teams.