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Letters From The Chair in 2021

Allan Morris writes of how the Board is handling the new year. After acknowledging the contributions of Evelyn Hurley and Karen Martelletti he addresses the effects of Covid on membership numbers and quotes an Australian study on why people leave the game. There are items on the National Conference, Congress, and the AGM.

Click on any attachment below to read all about it. These letters are filed in dropbox/Waikato-Bays Clubs Info.

WB rubber bridge final

The Waikato Bays rubber bridge competition is drawing to a close. Good luck to the finalists Jo & Sam Simpson from Tauranga Club and Brian Gallaher and Brian Sullivan from Waikato Club. The winner will be representing us in the Dan Gifford Rubber Bridge Competition at National Congress.

Waikato Bays IP Team Awarded PUB CHARITY Grant

The Waikato Bays Regional Committee applied to Pub Charity Ltd for funding to assist our Inter-Provincial representative team with accommodation during the Inter Provincial Championship in Auckland at the end of the year.

We are very pleased to announce that our application for 2021 was again successful. We received $4408.70 which is the full amount we applied for.

Spa Town Teams and Directors Seminar

Due to the Wellington lockdown the Spa Town Teams will allow only players from level 1 areas.

This not only excludes the players from the Wellington Region, but also precludes Allan Joseph from directing the event. Consequently, Allan's Directors Seminar scheduled for the following day, 27 June, is cancelled.

Jan Spaans
WBRC Secretary

WB Leagues Races Hot Up

For many years the Waikato-Bays region has run League competitions for Intermediate and Junior players. Following the model of the Covid-disrupted Judith Howard League of 2020 the WBRC has started up a third league - the Open Restricted competition aimed at retaining the tournament attendance of newly-turned Open players who mostly find that having to swim with The Big Fish can be quite off-putting. The prize list is ring-fenced off from anyone above the rank of National Master.

The aim of all three leagues has been to encourage tournament participation by offering fairly large (by bridge standards) cash prizes for the top ten finishers in each League. With the Rotorua 5A recently finished now is a good time to check out the current standings.

Karen Martelletti

The sudden death of a veritable giant in the administration of our game has caught the bridge world by surprise. With tributes flowing in it is hard to know where to start in eulogising Karen's contribution over many years. There can't be many who have not heard her name or know of her enthusiastic involvement: her output was colossal. One of the contributors to this article was at a sizeable tournament in Kaikoura when the news was broken to the room. Everybody stood for a moment's silent remembrance - a rare occasion at a tournament so far away but one sure to be repeated in clubrooms around the country in the week to come.

Allan Morris, chair of the Board on which Karen was a sitting member, has made a brief announcement which can be read by clicking here.

And Richard Solomon (Major Events and Education) has completed a heart-felt obituary for Karen which is well worth a read for her background in our game.

What's Happening in June

Whats happening in JuneWhats happening in June=Our Regional Bridge Mate, Eunice Eccles, is compiling a series on monthly events in 2021. There's so much on that you're finding it a little hard to read this then you can download the pdf attached below.

NZB Board Election Results

Congratulations to Karen Martelletti and Anna Kalma of our region who, along with Sam Coutts of Dunedin and John Skipper of Christchurch have been elected to the Board of NZ Bridge. It was re-election in the case of Karen and John who are current members. We wish them all the best.

News From The Chair #1

Click the attachment below to download chairman Allan Morris' first letter for 2021.

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