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    NEWS Contact Us  Welcome to Unit 124! 

    John Meinking
    Michelle Barker
    Vice President
    Melissa Hellman
    John Altman Jr
    Altman Jr
    Bert Luken
    Bill Brewer
    Lewis Temples
    Lewis Temples

    John Williams
    JIm Barrett
    Jim Barrett

    John Altman and Rob Lail Featured in the January 2023 ACBL Bulletin Article
    John Altman JrRob LailOn the Front Lines
    Are F2F Clubs at war with the ACBL?
    by Amy Casanova
    Rob Lail of Beckett Ridge OH directs one game per week, on Thursday’s. It’s a big game, 18-20 tables on average. He starts to prepare several days beforehand.

    “I start on Sunday individually texting, emailing, and calling over 100 people to try to get them to my game on Thursday. I am trying to keep people relevant, with something to do that makes them happy and bridge them together. We serve huge amounts of food. It takes a lot of work."

    “To be honest, the ACBL is the enemy of the Clubs. One-third of my calls say, ‘Your game is $8, we can play online for $2.25.’ That’s no support from the ACBL. It’s too bad because, when you get old, you relly want to stay personally relevant.”

    John Altman of Cincinnati OH runs a night game. He grew up at the bridge center in Cincinnati, learning with his dad when he was 11 at the behest of his grandmother. He directed all through high school and college and still runs a weekly game. “I do one of the one-and-a-half night games we have. I run a ‘four-is-enough game every week, and we have one other night game every other week. They average 7-10 tables.

    “I don’t want to say I’m the opposite of Rob, but I spend significantly less time on my game simply because I don’t have the time. Half the reason I direct the game is because it’s the only game I can play in. Normally I wouldn’t do that as a director if I was making a sit-out or something, but this is ideal if we are to have a special night pairs game, because otherwise I wouldn’t get to play any bridge.”

    Both Altman and Lail believe masterpoints and winning are secondary. “Its not the reason they’re coming out,” said Lail. “They just want some interaction”.

    An interesting feature of Cincinnati Bridge Center is the arrangement with local Unit 124. All games are individually run and sanctioned: directors "lease" the space from the Unit, paying $15 per table for their club games. They can use the duplicating machine, boards, print hand records, and use the facility. The Unit also hosts sectional tournaments at the facility. READ THE ARTICLE

    Welcome New Member: Andrea Dubroff, Cathy Higgins, Louise Kent, Kimberley Wilhelm.
    Welcome Transfers: William Oliver (Unit 164 - Lexington)
    New Ruby Life Master: Arun Gupta
    New Silver Life Master: Nalin Mehta, Barry Wauligman
    New Bronze Life Master: Erin Oblinger
    New Life Masters: Jonathan Burns, Mercer Reynolds
    ACBL LM PinCONGRATULATIONS! Members with promotions:
    Chloe Altman, Ed Sawyer, Esther Zimmerman.  Promotions updated through January 1, 2023. See Milestones - Members on the Move

    Congratulations to the 2022 Unit 124 Award Winners - Presented at the Annual Holiday Party

    AJ and PamAJ Stephani - The Patty Eber Award
    The Patty Eber Award is given to the individual demonstrating extraordinary service to the Unit and to Duplicate Bridge.  This award recognized AJ's contributions to the Unit over the past 14 years at all levels in the ACBL. AJ Stephani has served the Unit and the District with distinction. He is a past president of Unit 124, Tournament Chair of the successful Flying Pig Regional for 8 years, Tournament Coordinator for District 11 for more than 10 years, D11 Board Member, ACBL Board Member (6 years) and is a principle in the development of EDGAR, an online bridge cheating detection software, and the Institute for Bridge Arbitration - the court of last resort for all ethics complaints. AJ also promoted Youth Bridge at Walnut Hills High School. AJ was recently appointed to the World Bridge Federation Executive Council representing North America. It is not an understatement that no one has ever done more for bridge from Unit 124 than AJ Stephani.

    Pam Campbell - The Jerry Steuernagel Award
    The Jerry Steuernagel Award is presented annually to the duplicate bridge player best exemplifying the principles of ethics, kindness, and high character in bridge.  The award is based on 4 Factors: 1) Contribution to the promotion of Duplicate Bridge, 2) Action in setting high ethical standards, 3) Compassion, sportsmanship and sense of humor, 4) willingness to hep less experienced players. Pam was recognized by her peers (current Jerry Steuernagel Award holders) for her contributions to Bridge and for her dedication to sportsmanship, for creating friendly club games, and for her efforts to engage new players. 

    Pam Campbell - The President's Award
    This newly established award by the Board of Directors recognizes outstanding contrbutions by a unit volunteer. For extraordinary contributions to ACBL Unit 124 and District 11.  We thank you for your innumerable contributions as club manager, Treasurer of the Cincinnati Bridge Association, leader in virtual club bridge during the Covid 19 epidemic, leader in championing the return of in-person bridge to the Cincinnati Bridge Center, and Unit 124 representative on the District 11 Board of Directors.  You led many Unit celebrations and special events, and coordinated many services that kept the Cincinnati Bridge Center running smoothly. For many you are the voice of bridge in the Cincinnati Bridge Association.

    Winter STaCD11 2022 Winter STaC is a ROYAL STaC (Gold/Silver/Red/Black Points 25% each) at Participating Clubs. Dec 26 2022 - Jan 1, 2023.   DETAILS 

    Membership MeetingAnnual Membership Meeting Thursday November 17, 2022 -
    President's Report to the Membership
    October 2022 Financial Report
    Meeting Notes
    The Unit 124 Board of Directors Raised the rent for games held at the CBC by $4 per table beginning January 1, 2023.  The club owners decide what the table fees will be for their games.  This increase is the first in 5 years and is a small step toward minimizing financial losses.  Please see the Presidents Report for details. 

     Here is your  October 2022 ALERT - This issue of the ALERT is electronic only - no print copies. (Large File 3.2 MB and 27 pages. Use a high speed connection for best results).  ALERT LIBRARY

    Join the Fun at a Club Near You!
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    Saturday Supervised Play a fun way to learn the game. SCHEDULE
    Come to the CBC at 9:30 AM for the lecture and then play from 10 AM-12 Noon with a coach and players of your skill level.  You may come with a partner or be matched with someone at the game.
     Contact Mike Purcell or John Williams  for information 
    Come and PlayCome and Play Bridge Thursdays 2:00-4:00 PM.   at the CBC. Contact Tom Mess or John Williams for information. 
    Monday Evening Game 7PM
    John Altman directing.
    11:00 AM WED U1500 Game - RESESERVATION REQ'D* Contact Terry Barrett  
    4 Tables required.
    Open games on both days  get credit for all tables (except STaC).
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    To register your team contact John Meinking .

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    Lets PlayWant to play duplicate bridge, perhaps for the first time, but don’t know where to start? Why not give the friendly social Friday Duplicate Bridge Game run by Bob Letourneau at the Cincinnati Bridge Center.  While there are no masterpoints, the game is about fun, fun, and more fun.  It’s like a weekly bridge party.  $5 per person comes with a free snack.  Contact Bob Letourneau at for details.  This game is not sanctioned by the ACBL. 

    MemoriesRemember when? We've resurrected and repackaged photo memories from the past.  Hope you enjoy the CBA Memories!

    New ACBL ConventionCardNEW ACBL CONVENTION CARD The use of the card in tournaments will take place sometime this year. Look for Bulletin articles that explain the changes and the proper way to fill out the card. Download this .pdf ELECTRONIC FORM you can fill out and print from your computer or smart device.

    NLM NewsletterNLM Newsletter Unit 124 offers a Newsletter to better serve the bridge interests of our Non-Life Master Members. CBA Newsletter Library

    BiddingBoxWeekly Bidding Quiz Here's a fun way to think about different bidding situations. Members compare how they bid 6 hands each week.  For Non-Life-Masters and advancing players.  See the Quiz Page.

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