MIXED BRIDGE - EVENT REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 2021
On November 21 the Mixed Bridge Group held its annual year-end luncheon; because Mixed Bridge was suspended due to Covid, this event became our 2022 kick-off luncheon. It was well attended with 17 couples present. Those attending enjoyed socializing, excellent food, and of course bridge.
At the luncheon, our group discussed how to conduct the 2022 season safely in a Covid world. The following guidelines were agreed:
1. The 2022 bridge season will be set up as usual, including games with new combinations of couples where possible.
2. The host for each game will contact the guest couple to arrange a playing date and time as usual. However, two additional questions will be discussed:
...... a: Are you comfortable visiting our home, or would you like to play online? (Allen, as Convenor will send out instructions on how to play online.)
...... b: If we are playing in person, would you prefer that we all wear masks?
3. To keep the cards as clean as possible, no snacks will be served at the bridge table. (A snack may be served before or after the game.)
As always, the Mixed Bridge Group would welcome and hopes to recruit more mixed bridge couples. Please encourage your bridge-playing Probus friends to attend. Any couple with some experience playing bridge is encouraged to join our group. Knowing the rules and mechanics of the game, plus some basic experience, are all that is necessary. Please check our Probus web page for more details on style of play, etc.
To help fellow Probus members and their spouses learn how to play bridge, the club has agreed to poll members' interest in introductory bridge lessons. If enough prospective players are keen, we will attempt to arrange a short series of introductory sessions, likely with a professional bridge teacher. Watch for more information as the club progresses in exploring this idea.
Current Mixed Bridge players, and prospective new couples interested in playing are invited to contact Allen Woolfrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any information required, and if interested, to be added to his roster and game schedule (being created in December) for the 2022 season.
MIXED BRIDGE - NOVEMBER 2022
Applewood Probus Mixed Bridge Group held its annual wind-up luncheon party at The Credit Valley Golf and Country Club on Sunday, November 20, 2022.
We had 12 couples in attendance.
The food this year was outstanding, served with sparkle and style at four white-clothed tables of six places each.
Lloyd and Pat Posno were awarded the trophy for the highest scores for the year.
Lloyd Posno and Elsa Bedell were awarded the prize for the highest men’s and women’s scores for the year respectively.
Judy Hutcheson won the prize for the highest individual score for the games played after lunch at the party.
The Mixed Bridge club is an activity for all levels of bridge players.
We use a bridge method called “Chicago", whereby the partnership is either vulnerable or not vulnerable on a particular deal. The score is recorded for each hand, and the totals are sent to the Convener.
The format is simple. A schedule is sent to you in January for the whole year. There are 9 sessions, one in each month except for November and December, with one session for July/August. Each month, according to the game schedule, one couple hosts one other couple at their house. This is usually arranged by a phone call or email. Typically the hosts provide only light refreshments such as tea, coffee and/or wine, and perhaps a light dessert.
Because many of us travel throughout the year, it is not strictly necessary to play your assigned games in the exact month indicated. It is important however to complete and report all of the games assigned within a reasonable time.
At the end of the year, the group normally holds a celebratory luncheon to get everyone together socially, to celebrate our playing successes, to award prizes for high scores, and to contemplate and set up for the coming new season.
If all of this sounds confusing, have no worries. Newcomers to Mixed Bridge can rely on current members to keep everything on track. Our goals are fun and fellowship!!