Support Alzheimer's Prevention on
The Longest Day
June 19, 2019
We Need You!!
HBC will celebrate "The Longest Day," a fundraiser for Alzheimer's support and research, on June 19, 2019, with more than 12 hours of duplicate bridge play.
All Day Open and Limited Events!
1) The day will kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a 0-100 MP game and a separate open game, followed by a member-provided potluck lunch at 12:45.
2) The club's afternoon session at 1:30 p.m., will include a 0-300 MP game and a second open game.
3) "The Longest Day" will wrap up with a 5:30 p.m. pizza party and a 6:30 p.m. Swiss Team event.
Note: Preregistration is only required for the Swiss Team event. A signup sheet is available on the club bulletin board. Please register early! Tables at previous HBC team events have filled up fast!
All events will cost $10 and all money over the regular table fees will go to Alzheimer's research.
Raffle It Off!!
HBC's Longest Day activities will also include several raffles. We will be raffling off hand-made jewelry, a bridge-themed quilt, a month of prime parking at HBC, and the opportunity to play with one of several HBC experts, including some nationally ranked players.
Smiths Win GNT Qualifier
Long-time club members Susan and Michael Smith were on the team that won the Flight A GNT Qualifier in Sturbridge April 13 and 14. They, along with their teammates, will represent the Northeast Region in Las Vegas in July.
Hartford Bridge Club Celebrates Six New Life Masters
Welcoming a new Life Master is always a noteworthy event, but on April 7th, the Hartford Bridge Club had the privilege of welcoming six new Life Masters in a single event. Weeks were spent organizing the “Eight is Enough” celebration -- a Swiss Team event specifically structured to encourage newer players and advanced players to team up to play. In an “Eight Is Enough” game, each team member is assigned a point value -- from one to three -- based on his or her bridge level. No team may have more than eight points. The planning committee and new Life Masters agreed that the unique “Eight is Enough” format emphasized the central role of mentors and more experienced partners in helping newer players develop their duplicate bridge skills. The game also gave players who had never participated in a Swiss Team event the opportunity to become familiar both with the structure of a team game and with the strategy of playing IMPs while still remaining competitive in an open event. Players without partners and partners without a team had a special sign up and teams were created for everyone who wanted to play.
On game day, the club was at capacity with 36 teams! The day began with a sumptuous potluck lunch, followed by introductions of the 6 new Life Masters and the presentation of their Life Master pins. Name tags ensured that club members who hadn’t met before would get to know one another. New partnerships and friendships were created across bridge levels -- and the day was enjoyed by all! The Hartford Bridge Club extends hearty congratulations to John, Nancy, Xenia, Betty, Don and Tina, whose accomplishments allowed the Hartford Bridge Club to showcase its motto -- “The Club with a Heart!”
Pictured from L to R: Xenia Coulter, Tina Yablonski, John Calderbank, Nancy Calderbank, Betty Kerber and Don Muller
New 6:30 Tuesday Evening 0-49 Game!
Preceded by Mini-Lesson at 6:15
Begins April 30
HBC is proud to announce the latest addition to our family's educational lineup. Beginning April 30, 2019, we will be offering a new 0-49 game on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Each game will be preceded by a 15-minute mini-lesson at 6:15 p.m.
We hope our newest players who have learned or relearned bridge basics at Bill and Laurie's excellent beginner classes, as well as those who have gotten a feel for duplicate play at our nurturing Thursday afternoon supervised novice game, will be excited to leave the nest once a week to play with their peers in a regular format duplicate game that awards masterpoints.
We're very excited to offer our first-ever evening novice game and we look forward to seeing you there!
Cards4Kids Campaign A Success!
For the holiday season, HBC committed to sharing our love of cards and to supporting hospitalized children at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Our club's response was generous beyond anything we could have anticipated. We collected 285 decks of cards, purchased $360 of gift cards, and donated $657 from our charity games! From the parking attendant to the Development Office, Children’s Medical Center was delighted and grateful for our contributions. Once again, we more than lived up to our motto and showed ourselves to be the club with a very large heart.
Cards4Kids chairperson Riva Lewinter, HBC board president Trevor Reeves, and club manager Donna Feir celebrate the campaign's success.
If you are not feeling well, PLEASE stay home.
At this time of year, so many people are coughing and exhibiting other signs of a cold.
We are not asking this for your comfort, but for the health of our many members. No one wants to get sick. Please don't expose us to your germs.
Clarification of HBC Policy on Member Illness Announcements
How to Handle Member Illness--At the request of a member, a member's family or a member's friend/bridge partner, the HBC will post the information on the white board and send out an email requesting cards, calls, and/or visits as specified by the member. Members may want to limit specific medical information and just need good cheer. To make a request, call the HBC or speak in person with any of the directors. All directors will give the requests to Donna, the Club Manager, and she will have the information posted. The HBC respects the privacy of its members and will not post any medical information without permission from its members or someone acting on behalf of a member.
A concern regarding extended absence of members who are known to play at the HBC on a regular basis: If you know of a member who is absent, please let Donna know.
Changes? Let us know!
If you move or change your phone number or email address, please inform Donna .
The email address at the club is: email@example.com