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Dorothy Voss

Dottie Voss passed away on April 7th at the age of 89.  She played bridge in Sugar Land and elsewhere up until about ten years ago.

Her obituary is here.

New Members

We had 20 new members join our unit in March!  Please make these people welcome when you see them:

Judith Andrews, Vera Baker, Mary Bryan, Alan Bryant, Barbara Fagan, Henry Hecker, Sandra McBride, Judy McNeely, Hazel Medellin, Judy Natale, Johara Nour, Danuta Parzych, Lawrence Petty, Jeanne Phelps, Jawaid Saeedi, Vibhuti Shah, Jeffrey Sheets, Patricia Ann Sheets, Jan Talley, and Miriam York.

Rank Advancements

A lot of our members advanced a rank in March:

  • New Junior Masters:  Linda Buice, Carol Gore, Eileen Hult, Peggy Payne, and Mary Wilson.
  • New Club Masters: Cindy Hillman, C J Tsai, and Shengliang Zhu.
  • New Sectional Masters: Susan Domsalla , and Patricia Dunnell.
  • New NABC Masters: Charles Dalton, Darlene Kinstley, Tonya McNabb, and Carol Meade.
  • New Life Masters: James Caldwell and Alice Heckeroth.
  • New Bronze Life Masters: Diane Boundy,  Jean Foltz, Larry Landers, and Judi Sulzbach.
  • New Silver Life Masters: Azam Khan.
  • New Diamond Life Master: Gary King.
  • New Emerald Life Master: Buddy Hanby.
  • New Platinum Life Master: Pat Levy.

Congratulations to all!

Message from Suzie Wilson

To the Board of ACBL Unit 174

Due to family responsibilities, I need to withdraw my name from the slate of candidates running for the Board. I am very sorry for the short notice, but feel confident that our Unit has an excellent slate to choose from without my name being listed. Best of luck, I will always be a "behind the scenes" supporter in any way I can help.

Suzie Wilson

March 28, 2015

UNIT 174 Board of Directors Club Connection Program

Bill Riley, club manager Virginia Mayhew, and Nancy Strohmer

The Board continued our program to connect with our Unit members and traveled to Livingston up Hwy 59, soon to be Interstate 69.  The Livingston bridge club meets every Friday at the Catfish Grill.  This club marks the Northeast boundary of UNIT 174.

Two of the board members (Nancy Strohmer and Bill Riley) and 2 spouses, Hans Strohmer and Nancy Riley, played bridge on April 3rd.  The game breaks after 5 rounds and all have a great meal.  Several of us had to have the catfish.  All had fun and good bridge.

Our next visit will be to the Clear Lake club on May 1st.

On-line Voting now active

You may now vote for candidates for the Unit Board of Directors and for or against the proposed Bylaw change on-line. To do so, put your mouse over "MyUnit174" on the menu above, click on "Vote..." in the submenu that appears, and follow instructions.

If you have not previously registered on this site, you will need to register using your ACBL # and a password of your choosing before you can vote.

Once you have registered, you will need to log in before you can access the voting page.

Proposed Bylaw Amendment

Proposed Bylaw Change

In compliance with the Unit 174 Bylaws, the Board of Directors is recommending a change to the current Preamble to the Bylaws. The reason for the change is to have the Preamble correctly state Unit 174 relationship with the ACBL. The current Preamble states Unit 174 is a subsidiary of ACBL which is not the case.

Current Preamble

Unit No. 174 is a subsidiary of the American Contract Bridge League, Inc., recognizes the League as being the parent organization having authority and control over tournament bridge in the United States, exists under the sanction of the League and functions as a nonprofit organization with the Constitution, Bylaws and regulations of the League.

Suggested Preamble

American Contract Bridge League Unit No. 174 exists under the sanction of the American Contact Bridge League and functions as an unincorporated nonprofit association in compliance with the Constitution, Bylaws and regulations of the American Contract Bridge League.

Absentee Voting

In accordance with the Bylaws, any member may also vote by Absentee Ballot. The member must contact the Election Judges Owen & Pat Bunn by U. S. Mail, e-mail, or telephone requesting an Official Ballot. The Absentee Ballot must be postmarked no later than two weeks (14) days before the Election Tournament begins and must be received by the Election Judges no later than two (2) days before the Election Tournament begins in order to be counted.

Grand National Teams at the Election Sectional

FLIGHT A (0 – 6000 MPS): HOUSTON, APRIL 25 - 26, 2015, MARRIOTT WESTCHASE There is no unit level qualifying for Flight A. All teams wishing to participate in Flight A finals must register at the tournament site 30 minutes prior to the first session of qualifying. Any team attempting to register late may not be allowed to compete, at the discretion of the Director in Charge. We would appreciate all teams wishing to participate in the Flight A final pre-registering with James Thurtell ( or 214-691-6668) at least a week in advance.

Club Happenings

Bridge Club of Houston

  • Opportunity for New Players at BCOH
    • Starting May 12th BRIDGE+ game @10am Every Tuesday
    • Sanctioned Game -- $5 Table Fee – 0 to 5 Masterpoints
    • 30 Minute lesson by Julie Halperin, Certified Teacher @9:30am
  • Nighttime Mentor/Mentee Game
    • Monday evening, May 18th
  • Daytime Mentor/Mentee Game
    • Thursday, May 21st
  • “8 is Enough” Swiss Teams
    • Thursday, April 23rd
  • District Stac Week
    • May 4th thru 10th
  • 499r Tournament
    • May 14th thru 17th
  • Memorial “Hot Diggety Dog Day"
    • Monday, May 25th
    • Hot Dogs will be served at 11 am
    • Bring Sides
    • Game at 11:55 am
    • Monday June 22nd
    • Details to follow

Westside Bridge Academy

  • New 0-10 Masterpoint game!
    • Wednesday evenings at 7:00.
    • Only $5.
    • Gary King gives a FREE mini-lesson every Wednesday at 6:40.
  • New Supervised play with Kay Johnson and Pat Levy!
    • Thursday mornings at 10:30.
    • No partner needed.
    • Only $10.
  • A 10,000 Masterpoint Party for Pat Levy!
    • Saturday, May 2nd @ 1:00.
    • Lunch will be served at 12:00.
    • Reservations are required!
    • To reserve your spot call Katherine Onstott at 713-253-3094 or email
    • A cake will be provided, but if you would like to bring something, desserts would be appreciated.
  • District STaC Week!
    • May 4-10
    • Open pairs Monday - Friday @ 10:30, Thursday evening @ 7:00, and Saturday @ 1:00.
    • 299r Pairs Monday @ 7:00, Tuesday @ 10:30, and Saturday @ 1:00.
    • 499r Pairs on Thursday @ 10:30.
    • 99r Pairs on Friday @ 10:30.
    • Double Session Swiss on Sunday @ 10:00.  No regular pair game or evening Swiss that day.