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Alan Turner Awarded QSM

Alan CelebratesAlan CelebratesYes - it's true. There is an award for Services to Bridge and Tauranga's Alan Turner has been officially acknowledged. Full coverage is given on the Tauranga site.

It's pretty quiet this time of year but there is a sense of anticipation about several things as we look forward to the start of the new season. Amongst other things:

Holiday Bridge Begins

An innovative tournament format was played at the Huntly Christmas Party; the last event on the Waikato-Bays calendar for the year. The field was split into three groups according to perceived stage of advancement. The highest rank group played a 7-table Howell in the morning while the other two groups faced off in a 13-table Mitchell. After lunch the highest ranked group was unleashed to savage the middle group in the Mitchell while the others played amongst themselves in the Howell.

New Tricks

The season draws to a close and the IT Manager's thoughts inevitably turn to getting things set up for 2018. There are a couple of new tools to make the job even easier this year.

Three Videos from the IPs

CDM Karen Marteletti has posted three video taken at the InterProvincials played at Wellington last weekend. You can watch them sequentially starting with this first one of our victorious Intermediate team scoring up after their VuGraph match or individually: Richard Solomon's interview of Karen, and then his interview of Brian Gallaher.

WB RBM Busier Than Most

.. and not because we're in need of more help in the Waikato Bays region. Read on ..

Hello Regions of NZB

Wearing her Bridge-It Jane hat (not NZB Board member hat) Jane Stearns is encouraging all clubs to give their members this introduction to the Nesting Pairs course:

What's been happening lately on the region's websites

The Rotorua site is seeking to update the personal information of its members. This is both topical and typical for clubs at this time of year as they prepare to print their 2018 programme books. There is a quite brilliant feature in Compass that not many people have tried though it's been there for a while. In the Club database under the EMail Options tab there is a function to email or print for all members a personal dump of just what data is held on them by Compass. This seems a pretty good way of getting everything squeaky-clean at any time.

Babich Upon Us

The Babich NZ-Wide pairs is to be held at various centres around the country on Friday 3rd of November. To date the only Waikato clubs that appear to have registered are Cambridge, Hamilton, Huntly, Morrinsville, Taupo, Thames, and Tokoroa. This is a fun evening with everyone playing the same cards at the same time. Last year it attracted over 1000 pairs. Some clubs arrange to gather for a meal of pizza, curry, or the like and a glass of the sponsor's product beforehand. This year the event is going international with one section playing a couple of hours after they fly to Rarotonga on a bridge holiday. Register at the host club.

AGM Presentations

Click here to download the presentations made by members of the Board on their portfolios at the AGM on 30th of September. They cover papers by Clare Coles on the Board's Strategy 2018-2021, Allan Morris on Communications and Relationship Management, Jane Stearns on Bridge Development, Karen Martelletti on aspects of the new website, and Alan Turner on Constitution Review.

Dear Jan ..

... & the Waikato Bays Regional Committee,
Just a wee note to say – thank you so much for sponsoring me to Congress this year.
I really appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Intermediate Pairs, Teams & Swiss Pairs. It was an amazing experience, & inspiring to participate in such challenging card-play.

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