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February's Unit Newsletter

Click on the button on the right to learn what is happening in Unit 174!

What Happened to the Stop Card in My Bidding Box?

During meetings at the Toronto NABC, the ACBL Board of Directors voted 20-5 to eliminate the Stop card for any sanctioned tournament that starts after Jan 1. Most clubs are following suit. From acbl.org: "Use of the Stop card has been discontinued. No verbal or visual skip-bid warning should be used. Following a jump in the bidding, Left-hand opponent is obligated to wait approximately 10 seconds (while giving the appearance of studying his hand and not in excess time to determine a choice of bids) before making a call."

Member Rank Achievements

Each month the ACBL sends the rank advancements for our Unit. Here is the list from the February 1 report. Congratulations to our members who earned these ranks!

Junior Master
Teresa Becker, Elizabeth Burton-Flint, Andy Kowalewski, Aparna Rao, Ruby Sondock, Mary Vaughn

Club Master
Teresa A Bolen, Gregory Browne, Vijay V Khandekar, Paul Sinsheimer, Michael S Wei

Sectional Master
Debra R Bray, Charles R Brom, Byron W Elliott, Rachel E Harlin, Terrance G Harris, Linda C Helbach, Scott Koehler, Sherry A Seyer, Susan Thom

Regional Master
Phyllis Louderback, Lawrence F Nicolai

NABC Master
Karen M Jones, Richard H Labouliere

Advanced NABC Master
Karen P Parker

Life Master
Sharon K Campbell, Sophie S Chen, Charles Dalton, Jack Dean, Jeanette M Dean, Carol B Ehrman, Mary Cris Emmons, Susan K Fenton, F Adrian Johnston, Evita J Rduch, Kris Sankaran, Marilyn Gale Vilyus, Robert P Vilyus, Helen R Watts

Bronze Life Master
Rhonda Y Bryant, Sophie S Chen, Larry Cossey, Mary Cris Emmons, Lynn D Gamblin, Sam Khayatt, Cheryl L Mathias, Brenda C Metze, Cheryl C Smith, Helen R Watts

Silver Life Master
Donna M Hrachovy, Margie V Patterson

Gold Life Master
Romeo Bodrogi-Podoaba

Emerald Life Master
Ira S Chorush

Slate of Candidates for Unit 174
Board Member Election

As a member of Unit 174, you will have an opportunity to vote in May for candidates to fill three board positions.Get to know the candidates who are vying for your vote by clicking on the button on this page. Your vote is important!

Upcoming GNT Qualifying Games

Upcoming GNT qualifying games for Flights B and C will be held at Westside Bridge Academy at 6 pm on January 28th and on February 11th, and at Bridge Club of Houston at noon on January 27th, and February 24th. The Clear Lake Bridge Club will hold GNT Club Qualifying games on January 14th and February 18th. Both are Sundays, single session games starting at 1pm. Flight A teams may qualify at the district level during the Election Sectional. Click on the GNT button on the right side of this page for information about the conditions of the contest.

Club News

Bridge Club of Houston

  • February 15th thru 18th – 299r Tournament (Click on button for flyer)
  • Monday, February 19th–Nighttime Mentor/Mentee
  • Thursday, February 22nd- Swiss “8” is Enough
  • Saturday, February 24 - GNT Qualifying
  • Thursday, March 1st- Daytime Mentor/Mentee Game
  • Thursday, March 22nd-Swiss “8” is Enough Swiss Teams

Southwest Duplicate Bridge Club

  • Beginning immediately and until further notice, the games will be held at Merfish Teen Center, 9000 S. Rice Avenue.

Westside Bridge Academy

  • Click here to see find out about classes offered at WBA!
  • Kathy Hughes' Gold Life Master Party!
    • WBA will be hosting a Gold Life Master party for Kathy Hughes on Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 pm!
    • Sandwiches from Costco will be provided, so you can skip dinner and come early!
    • As always, your favorite side dish, snack or dessert would be more than welcome.
    • Reservations are REQUIRED! To reserve your place, please email Katherine Onstott at kjonstott@comcast.net. Indicate who will be your partner, and if you have a direction preference.
    • We will pre-assign tables.
    • Come on out and help Kathy celebrate!
  • Emerald Life Master Party for Jack LaVigne!
    • WBA will be hosting an Emerald Life Master (7,500 masterpoints) party for Jack LaVigne on Wednesday, February 28th at 10:30 am!
    • Reservations are REQUIRED! To reserve your place, please email Katherine Onstott at kjonstott@comcast.net. Indicate who will be your partner, and if you have a direction preference.
    • Tables will be pre-assigned.
    • Food will be served, and the hosts and hostesses need to know how much to plan for, hence reservations are needed.
    • As always, your favorite side dish, snack or dessert would be more than welcome.
    • Come on out and help Jack Celebrate!
  • Life Master Party for Sheryl Thomas, Gail & Robert Vilyus, & Sharon Campbell!
    • WBA will be hosting a Life Master party on Sunday, March 4th at 1:00 pm for Sheryl Thomas, Gail & Robert Vilyus, and Sharon Campbell, who all made Life Master during the recent Lone Star Regional!
    • The party will have a 'card' theme, and everyone is requested to wear something red, white, or black.
    • Food will be provided, and your favorite side dish, snack or dessert would be more than welcome.
    • Reservations are REQUIRED! To reserve your place, please email Katherine Onstott at kjonstott@comcast.net. Indicate who will be your partner, and if you have a direction preference.
    • Food will be served, and the hosts and hostesses need to know how much to plan for, hence reservations are needed.
    • As always, your favorite side dish, snack or dessert would be more than welcome.
    • We will pre-assign tables.