Unit 207 Newsletter
December 2005 / January 2006
Larry Davis, Editor  
Larry Davis, Editor

The Unit 207 Newsletter editor is Larry Davis. The board member supervising the unit newsletter is Mary Anne Laier. 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
3 December(Sat)Bridge Center - Individual (come without a partner)
11 December(Sun)Senior Center - two single-session, stratified charity pairs with a catered meal between sessions
28 January(Sat)Bridge Center - Stratified Pairs
4 February(Sat)Bridge Center - Annual Unit Meeting and Stratified Pairs following

Upcoming Special Games at Clubs
5 Dec(Mon)Senior Center - Club Championship
7 Dec(Weds Day)Bridge Center - Membership Game
9 Dec(Fri)Bridge Center - Club Championship
10 Dec(Sat Day)Bridge Center - Junior Fund Game
10 Dec(Sat Night)Bridge Center - Team Club Championship
11 Dec(Sun)Bridge Center - no game (Unit Event)
14 Dec(Weds Night)Bridge Center - Unit Championship
18 Dec(Sun)Bridge Center - Club Championship
19 Dec(Mon Day)Bridge Center - Club Championship
20 Dec(Tues)Senior Center - Charity Game
21 Dec(Weds Night)Bridge Center - Membership Game
23 Dec(Fri)Bridge Center and Senior Center - both games are held
24 Dec(Sat)Bridge Center - there is a 1:30 game, no evening game
25 Dec(Sun)Bridge Center - no game
31 Dec(Sat)Bridge Center- afternoon and evening games are held
1 Jan(Sun)Bridge Center - no game
5-8 Jan(Thurs-Sun)no club games (Austin Sectional)
10 Jan(Tues)Bridge Center - Membership Game
17 Jan(Tues)Senior Center - Club Championship
21 Jan(Sat Day)Bridge Center - Club Championship
23 Jan(Mon Night)Bridge Center - Club Championship
25 Jan(Weds Day)Bridge Center - Junior Fund Game
27 Jan(Fri)Bridge Center - Club Championship

Future Austin Tournaments
Jan 06 (5th - 8th) - DoubleTree Hotel (Chairmen: Laura Delfeld and Mark McAllister)
Mar 06 (25th - 26th) - Bridge Center - NLM Sectional (Chairman: Kevin Perkins)
May 06 (4th - 7th) - Clarion Inn (Chairmen: Linda Anthony and Diana Rogers)
June 06 (17th - 18th) - Bridge Center - NLM Sectional (Chairman: Kevin Perkins)
July 06 (29th - 4th) - DoubleTree Hotel - Regional (Chairmen: Davis/Laier/Schuhmacher)

Congratulations!

New Life Masters (300):
Linda Anthony, Mark McAllister

New Bronze Life Master (500):
Kyong Shuey

New Silver Life Master (1000):
Shirley George

Others:
(7000) Paul Kelley; (3000) Pat Griffin; (750) Delois Nell, Shirley Naumann; (200) Eli Margolin; (100) Stan Bowen, David Hettema, Adam Ruprecht

Austin Sectional - Unit 207 members winning 10+ masterpoints were:
Jeff Ford, Hal DeShong, Scott Humphrey, Clint Schuhmacher, Laura Delfeld, Rosemary Kelley, Claudette Hartman, Alex Kolesnik, Shirley George, Paul Kelley and Adam Ruprecht

Ray Robak Award, awarded annually to the Unit 207 member winning the most masterpoints at the September Sectional
This year's winner is Jeff Ford. Jeff is the first non-Flight A player to win this award.


Christmas/Holiday Parties
Various Christmas parties are being held in December. The Unit 207 party is December 11th (Sunday) at the Senior Activity Center. There is NO age restriction. There will be two single-session, charity, stratified pairs games with a catered meal between sessions. The cost is $12 if playing both sessions, $8 if playing only one session. Reservations are required. Reserve your place with Unit President Mary Anne Laier (261-3723).

The Senior Activity Center party is Tuesday, December 20th. Must be 50+ years of age. Dinner at 6:00 and bridge at 7:00 (charity, stratified pairs). The cost is $6 if you bring a dish, $10 without a dish. Reservations are not required, but please sign up at the SAC indicating the kind of dish you will bring.

The Bridge Center party/unit championship is Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 (dinner at 6:00). Reservations are required (first 20 tables). Sign up at the Bridge Center or call Rosemary Kelley (837-6586). The Center will provide a main course and drinks. Bring a side dish if you wish.

Grand National Teams (GNT)
The unit-level GNT qualifier for flights B and C will be held on Saturday, March 11th.

It is a two-session event with a meal between sessions. The upper half of each flight qualifies to go the district-level (usually held in Richardson (Dallas) over the Memorial Day weekend). The national-level is at the Summer Nationals. Must play both sessions.

Tentative Unit Events 2006:
Jan 28th - Open Pairs, Feb 4th - Annual Unit Meeting/Open Pairs, Feb 18th - IMP Pairs, Mar 11th - GNT Unit Finals, Flights B and C (two-session), Apr 15th - Awards/Lone Arranger (pairs), Apr 29th - Open Pairs (afternoon) and Teams (evening), June 3rd - Ice Cream Social/Open Pairs, Jul 29th - City Championship (two-session), Aug 19th - Ice Cream Social/Open Pairs, Oct 28th - NAP Unit Finals (two-session), Oct 31st - Halloween Party/Open Pairs, Nov 18th - Individual, Dec 10th - Christmas Party/Open Pairs (two single-sessions). Events are one session unless otherwise noted. All pair games are stratified except for the Lone Arranger. All games are at the Bridge Center except for the Christmas Party (probably at the Senior Center). All games are on Saturday except for the Christmas Party (Sunday) and the Halloween Party (Tuesday).

Bridge Lessons:
Beginning (Levels I and II) bridge lessons at the Bridge Center (8-weeks): Level I: Wednesdays from 7 - 9 pm starting Jan. 11th taught by Scott Humphrey. Level II: Wednesdays from 9 - 11 am starting Jan. 25th by Rosemary Kelley AND Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm starting Jan. 19th taught by Scott Humphrey. Call R. Kelley at 837-6586 for more information.

Intermediate lessons (bidding conventions) at the Bridge Center (10-weeks) starting Jan. 24th from 3:30 - 5:30 or 6:30 to 8:30 on Tuesdays taught by Bob Chambers.

Advanced lessons (variety of topics) at the Bridge Center (8 lessons on various dates) starting Feb. 2nd from 3:15 - 5:15 on Thursdays taught by Rosemary Kelley.

Expert lessons at the Bridge Center (two sets of 4-weeks) starting Jan. 12th from 9 - 11 am on Thursdays taught by Mildred Breed.
Leona Rieger offers a variety of (daytime) beginning/duplicate lessons at the Senior Center for persons 50+ years of age. Sign up through the Senior Center in person or by calling 474-5921. Kevin Perkins offers (evening) beginning and intermediate lessons each fall and spring semester (Tuesdays 6 - 8 pm) through the University of Texas Informal Classes program. There is no age limit and no required affiliation with UT. Call UT at 232-5277 to register. Kevin also continues the Lifetime Learning Program bridge lessons (beginning, defense and play of the hand) beginning in January at various locations. Times are 9 - 11 am Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Call Kevin at 917-6285 for more information.

Deaths/Departures:
Paul Erb, Gold Life Master, winner of Flight A City Championship in 2000 and the Ray Robak Award in 2000 and 2001