ACBL Unit 503


New Partnership Request System

Our recent membership survey discovered that many unit members would play more often if finding a partner were easier.

We have added a new partnership request system to our Partnership Desk to match those looking for partners. Now all we need is for those of you looking for partners or open to playing with new partners to identify yourselves.

Partnership Desk

An Update From Your Board

Thanks to all of you, we are having another very successful year, with attendance growing at our games, our first class education classes being well attended and receiving rave reviews, our beautiful Bridge Center continuing to be the envy of other clubs, and on top of all that, we are in excellent financial condition.

The purpose of this write-up is for your Board to let you know what has been happening in our Unit and what our many, dedicated volunteers have been doing to continue to provide all of us with enjoyable, challenging and high quality bridge in a beautiful environment.

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Unit Gets Ready for November Election

As required by the Unit Bylaws, the President has appointed a Nominating Committee to propose new Board members for a two-year term starting January 1, 2015. Leslie Altick is the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee. Jody Williams and Jim Harris are committee members.

The Committee’s objective is to complete the nominations no later than September 15. The committee expects that one of the nominees will be a Club Owner to ensure that the Club Owners maintain Board representation.

There will be four Board positions open and the four people elected to fill those positions will serve on the 2015 Board with current members Leslie Altick, Jim Harris and Jody Williams. There is no limit on the number of candidates that can run for election. If you or anyone you know are interested in running please contact Leslie, leslie.altick@gmail.com; Jim, jmharris@pacbell.net; or Jody, jody@hamilton.com.

Education News

NewFree Lectures Start Tuesday, September 23. Our series is held on selected Tuesday mornings. Schedule and info. Want to be notified before each lecture? Signup for email notification.

Silicon Valley Youth Bridge. Learn about our program to teach bridge to youth in our area and how you can help.

NewRead about our recent Summer Camp for youth.

Summer Classes

August 12: NewSix Weeks to Solid Slam Bidding
Taught by Debbie Rosenberg

September 7: NewSunday Morning Squeezes
Taught by Debbie Rosenberg

Fall Classes

September 8: Play & Learn Polish Your Basics
Taught by Kathy Harper
Sorry, this class is full.

September 11: NewPlaying For Keeps
Taught by Kathy Harper

September 11: Intermediate II
Taught by Frank Smoot

September 16: Play & Learn Beginning Bridge
Taught by Kathy Harper

October 2: Defend Like A Pro
Taught by Debbie Rosenberg

Eddie Kantar Seminar

Eddie Kantar, author of many bridge books and a grand life master, will be here in person on Sunday, November 9, to lecture on hands you will play with emphasis on defense. For Intermediate/Advanced players.

Sorry, sold out. You may still be able to attend his seminar in Greenbrae on Saturday, November 8. Info

Special Games

Monthly Unit Game. We hold a Unit Game monthly on a Sunday or Saturday Afternoon. Games usually feature both Open and 299'er sections and may be Pairs or Teams.

Please check our Event Calendar for special games, club closures due to holidays and local events, tournaments and other events which are in addition to our normal Game Schedule.

Club News

Monday Morning. Reservations are required. Due to the size of this game we encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

Tuesday Afternoon

Has added a game for players with fewer than 99 masterpoints. The game starts at 11:30 AM, a half hour before the open game.

Has a section for players with fewer than 499 masterpoints. The section is part of the Open game starting at noon.

Due to the size of this game we encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

Wednesday Night. Information about upcoming games, game sign up, and more.

Thursday Morning JCC. Reservations are required.

Thursday Morning BC. This game has grown. We encourage people to carpool or take public transit.

NewTGIF AM Bridge. (Formerly Friday Morning BC) welcomes new co-owners Maroyn Imaoka-Yancey and Kevin O'Leary joining long-time owner Claire Coleman. They have also added a new NLM section.

NewFriday Night Barometer has a new section for players with fewer than 499 masterpoints.

Learn about all our games.

Unit News


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No Street Parking at the Bridge Center

In late October, the City of Mountain View conducted a public hearing to review the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) it granted to IFES last year. Among other things this CUP allows IFES to rent us the facility we use for our Bridge Center. The main purpose of this hearing was to deal with neighbors’ complaints of excessive noise from the IFES facility at various weekend events. Our Bridge Center does not contribute to this noise in any way. But the neighbors also complained that there was too much traffic and there were too many cars parked on Stierlin Rd.

Despite the fact that the CUP allows us to park on our side of Stierlin Road between our two driveways, the City Zoning Administrator, who has unilateral control over the CUP, was sympathetic to the neighbors and strongly recommended that it would be in our best interest to help our neighbors and eliminate our street parking.

Effective immediately, we have no practical alternative but to PROHIBIT ANY STREET PARKING and to ask all of our players to PARK ONLY IN OUR PARKING LOT. Failure to follow these instructions will likely result in the city putting a very restrictive limit on the number of players we can have at our games.

This would be a very painful outcome for all of us. We need all of our players to help us out with this. Please do your part and park in the parking lot and not on the street. The number of spaces in the lot, now nicely striped, will accommodate even our largest games. Please don’t forget that there are parking spots behind the Bridge Center as well. Also, we continue to encourage carpooling and public transit to lessen the traffic on Stierlin Rd.

It’s Cold and Flu Season

Also, your Unit 503 Board is asking for your help, as the season of colds and flu is now upon us. We want to provide our bridge players with a clean, safe and healthy environment, so, please follow these suggestions:
If you feel ill, please stay home. Colds are very contagious, especially in their early stages.
If you cough, please cover your mouth. The CDC states that viruses can travel up to six feet from coughing.
Let’s take a lesson from our grandkids, who are taught in school to cough into their sleeve by their elbow. This is dramatically more sanitary than coughing into your hand and then handling the cards.
Please wash your hands thoroughly and frequently use the hand sanitizers located throughout our facilities.
If you touch a food item, please eat it or throw it away.

Thank you for your cooperation. Please email me if you have any questions or comments.

Brian Samuels
briansamuels@yahoo.com (650) 703-9510

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Carpooling to Our Games

As Unit President Brian Samuels has stated, we have a serious parking problem at our Bridge Center for some of our games - in particular Monday mornings and the third Wednesday morning of the month when there is a large event in the main hall. One of the ways we can reduce parking on the street is to increase the number of people who carpool.

Most people make arrangements for carpooling directly with their friends but if you'd like to see who else is available to carpool, or add your name to the list of available people, we have updated the carpool system on our website to better support this.

Please take a few minutes to look at our updated carpool system so you are aware of what it can do. Being new, there are only a couple of people listed but we hope that will grow as more people learn about it. To get to our new carpool system use the Games - Carpools & Public Transit link on every page.

The information on our website will also be available at our Bridge Center.