Unit 207 Newsletter
April 2004 / May 2004
Larry Davis, Editor  
Larry Davis, Editor

The Unit 207 Newsletter editor is Larry Davis. The board member supervising the unit newsletter is Jenny Stocker. The newsletter will be available on or about the first day of the months of February, April, June, August, October and December. Please let the editor know about newsworthy items so that they may be included in the newsletter.

Upcoming Unit 207 Events
Apr 10th     (Sat) NW Center - 12:30 Stratified Open Pairs - Lone Arranger - Attend without a partner - pairings made by the director
April 24th     (Sat) NW Center - 12:30 stratified open pairs

Upcoming Special Games at Clubs
Apr 3rd(Sat)NW Center - No Game
Apr 4th(Sun)NW Center - No Game
Apr 12th(Mon)NW Center - Club Championship
Apr 13th(Tue)Senior Center - Club Championship
Apr 17th(Sat)NW Center - No Game
Apr 18th(Sun)NW Center - No Game
Apr 21st(Wed)NW Center - Junior Fund Game
Apr 22nd(Thu)Beth Israel - Club Championship
May 1st(Sat)NW Center - Upgraded Club Championship
May 5th(Wed)NW Center - Club Championship
May 6th(Thu)Beth Israel - Junior Fund Game
May 9th(Sun)NW Center - No Game
May 11th(Tue)NW Center - Club Championship
May 13th-16th(Thu-Sun)No Club Games (Austin Sectional Tournament)
May 17th-23rd    (Mon-Sun)    NW Center/Beth Israel - District 16 STaC Games
May 21st(Fri)Senior Center - Club Championship
May 22nd(Sat)NW Center - No Game
May 31st(Mon)Senior Center - No Game
May 31st(Mon)NW Center - No Game

Future Austin Tournaments
May 13-16, 2004(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - Sectional
Jun 29 - Jul 5, 2004    (Tue-Mon)    DoubleTree Hotel - Austin Regional
Jul 24-25, 2004(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional
Sep 23-26, 2004(Thur-Sun)Clarion Inn - Sectional
Nov 13-14, 2004(Sat-Sun)NW Center - NLM Sectional

Austin has a newly certified bridge director: Clint Schuhmacher. He has started to get some on-the-job training at local games under the "supervision" of local directors. Please don't give him too hard of a time - yet.

New Silver Life Masters (1000)
Sue Justice

New Bronze Life Masters (500):
Tony Eckman, Judy Hitt, Ellen Meyer, Dean Truair

New Life Masters (300):
Billie Black, Rita Shackelford, John Taylor

Others (3000):
Marilou Powell

More Congratulations!
District 16 2003 top masterpoint winners from Unit 207: Tobi Sokolow (9th), Mildred Breed (19th), Rosemary Kelley (35th), George Pisk (36th), Jim Griffin (43rd), Lynn Baker (45th), Paul Kelley (53rd), Alex Kolesnik (61st), David Sokolow (62nd), Pat Griffin (71st).

The District 16 top 100 lifetime masterpoint holders from Unit 207 are: George Pisk (15th), Tobi Sokolow (17th), Mildred Breed (18th), Ken Schutze (37th), Paul Kelley (52nd), Jim Griffin (70th), Gary Powell (78th), Jack Lacy (82nd).

District 16 STaC Games
During the week of May 17th - 23rd, Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC) games are held at the Beth Israel and at NW Center open games. The strats are 1000+, 300 - 1000, and 0 - 300. Silver points are awarded at the club and district levels. The results of these games are emailed to District 16, and district-level winners are determined. It is as if a district-wide sectional tournament was being held each day (afternoon and evening), with appropriate (i.e. extra) masterpoints awarded. The district-level results can be viewed on the web within a few days of each game. These games cost $1 extra.

Austin Regional
The every-other-year Austin Regional is traditionally held over the Fourth of July. The dates this year are June 29th (Tuesday night) through July 5th (Monday). These events are sponsored and managed by Unit 207, specifically the Unit Board and its appointed tournament chairmen. A number of committees are formed to deal with the various aspects of running a regional tournament. (A typical job is manning a booth for an hour.) You may be asked by one the chairmen to help by donating some of your time during the regional. A successful tournament cannot be run without a lot of help from a lot of people. Please say yes if asked to help. Better yet, volunteer before being asked. Daily worker lunches will be offered free in the hospitality suite to those volunteers working on a given day.

Bridge on the Web
A partial list of useful bridge websites: www.acbl.org, the official website of the ACBL (look up your masterpoints!); www.d16acbl.org, the official website of District 16 (tournament information); and home.austin.rr.com/sbruce, the official website of our unit.

New (and "Old") Unit 207 Board Members
Newly elected board members are Laura Delfeld and Hal DeShong. Mary Anne Laier was re-elected for another three-year term. The six members whose terms are continuing are: Mark McAllister, Diana Rogers, Clint Schuhmacher, Jenny Stocker, Phyliss Tate and Jim Wueste. The new unit officers are: President, Mary Anne Laier; Vice-President Jenny Stocker; Secretary, Diana Rogers; Treasurer, Clint Schuhmacher. Committee Chairmen are: Caddies-Laura Delfeld, Conduct/Ethics-George Pisk, Contracts-Larry Davis, Education/Novices-Kevin Perkins, Hospitality-Phyliss Tate, Membership-Mark McAllister, Photography - Steve Bruce, Publicity-unfilled at this time, Recorder-Marilou Powell, Supplies-Kevin Perkins, Tournament Coordinator/Unit Manager-James Wueste and WebMaster-Steve Bruce.

Texas Star Award
Marilou Powell is the Unit 207 recipient of the 2003 Texas Star Award. The recipient of this annual award is chosen by the Unit 207 Board of Directors for outstanding service to the bridge community. Past winners: Joan Adair, Millie Sherrod, Ray Robak, Lois Smith, Marguerite Wright, George Watkins, Kevin Perkins, Scott Humphrey, and Tricia Kane.

Lone Arranger Rides Again!
Periodically, the unit holds a special unit tournament at which each player shows up without a partner, and the director divides the field in half based upon masterpoints. Each player in the lower half draws a partner from amongst those in the upper half. A few minutes are given for the newly formed partnership to fill out a convention card, and then the game begins. Usually, upper half players are at least Life Masters. The Lone Arranger (sans Tonto) rides again on April 10th (Sat) at the NW Center at 12:30.

Deaths and Departures
Joan Adair of Austin, Silver Life Master
Margery Shimmon of Lakeway, Life Master

A fond farewell to Billie Coopwood and Jim Hamilton. They have moved to New York City (despite the fact that it is full of Yankees!). Jim was the editor of Austin Regional newsletters for many years (and other Texas regionals as well). Of much greater importance, Billie was an outstanding cook whose dishes graced many a Saturday night team game (and other Unit 207 events).