Long Beach Unit 

August 15, 2012


by Jon Yinger

UNIT website: www.acblunit557.org

           CLUB website: www.LongBeachBridge.com


              AUGUST 1 Inter-club championship game:  Overall results: 1st in A:  Sibyl Slutsky/Diane Schmitz,  2nd Phyllis Parker/John Petrie,  3rd Al Beebe/Tom Moore,  4th Jean Matz/Martha Shuster,   5th Brandon Sheumaker/Sue Boswell,  6th Joy and John Ready.  B flight overalls:  2nd Phyllis Greenstein/Dorren Maes,  3rd  Suzy and John Hand.  And 1st over-all in the C flight were Vivian Kiley/Noreen Brown.  Congratulations to all! 
              AUGUST 10 Biggest club game of the month:   Overall results: 1st in A:  Charlotte and Steve Sturm,   2nd Bob Goldstein/Larry Topper,  3rd Brandon Sheumaker/Gary King,  4th Joel and Judy Sandberg,  5th Betty McClellan/Verna Baccus,  6th  Phyllis Greenstein/Doreen Maes.  B flight overalls:  4th Dick Sands/Steve Licker,  5th Judith Jones/John Petrie,  6th Fern Dunbar/Diane Sachs.   C flight overalls:  3rd Joyce Henderson/Jane Reid,  4th Richard/Robert Bakovic.  Congratulations to all!
              70+% GAMES in the club July 16 through August 15:  In open games:  Aug 2 Aaron Jones/Sankar Reddy had 70.17% and on Aug 7 Aaron Jones/Steve Mager had 71.30%.  In the NLM game July 31 Bonny Walsh/KarenWatson had 70.24%.  And in 99er games July 25 Kathy Keller/George DeVall had 70.37% and Aug 15 Sally Gordy/Bernie Dow had 71.88%.    Congratulations to you all!   

  BIG MASTER POINT AWARDS:  Big point awards for 1st, 2nd,  3rd or 4th in open pairs games July 16 through August 15:   July 23 Rich Wasser/Steve Skinner  were 1st winning 3.47mp.  July 24 Pamel Kirkner/John Melis were 1st winning 3.17mp and Larry Slutsky/Phil Shuster were 2nd winning 3.17mp.  July 25 Marcus Evans/Ralph Beazley were 1st winning 3.90mp.  July 27 Betty McClellan/Verna Baccus were 1st winning 3.79mp.  Aug 5 Carol Murakoshi/Fern Dunbar were 1st winning 3.67mp.  Aug 6 Mitch Dunitz/Ed Davis were 1st winning 4.50mp and Phil Shuster/Sibyl Slutsky were 2nd winning 3.38mp.  Aug 6 in the afternoon game Steve Mager/Aaron Jones were 1st winning 4.67mp and Larry Slutsky/Phil Shuster were 2nd winning 3.50mp.  In the evening game Steve Sturm/WeiPei were 1st winning 3.67mp.   Aug 8 Brandon Sheumaker/Sue Boswell were 1st winning 5.17mp and there was a 2/3 tie between Aaron Jones/George Welsh and Phil Shuster/Jon Yinger, each winning 3.40mp.  Aug 9 Hanefi Erten/Marcus Evans were 1st winning 4.83mp and Sankar Reddy/Bruce Horiguchi were 2nd winning 3.62mp.   In the big game Aug 10 Steve and Charlotte Sturm were 1st winning 7.33mp, Larry Topper/Bob Goldstein were 2nd winning 5.50mp, Brandon Sheumaker/Gary King were 3rd winning 4.12mp,  and Joe and Judy Sandberg were 4th winning 3.09mp. Aug 11 Bea and John Bralliar were 1st winning 4.50mp,  Sean Lui/Earl VanDerVord were 2nd winning 3.38mp.  And in the evening game Stephen Licker/Dick Sands were 1st winning 3.83mp.   Congratulations to all!

NEW MEMBERS:  Mariann Ssatin, Janice Deenean and Mark Novisof.  Welcome to the club!

STATUS CHANGES:   Junior Master:  William Heck;  Club Masters:  Lynn Danielson and Richard Schaeffer;  Sectional Master:  Pamela Cronn;   Regional Master:  Doris Drew;  and new Gold Life Master:  John Melis.   Congratulations to you all!! 

GET WELL WISHES to John Killian who was hit by a car while riding his bicycle to the club earlier this month.

           UP-COMING EVENTS AT THE CLUB:   Wednesday Sept 12 Inter-Club Championship game:  hand records and overall awards.   Sept 16 through 22  International Fund Week.  And  Sunday, Sept 23 Unit Game:  lunch at 12:30, game at 1pm.  August 20 thru 26 Great Western Holiday STaC week:  Hand Records, overall awards.   IFW games:  hand records, extra points, $11 fee.  Other special games—extra points, regular prices.

         LEISURE WORLD ACBL Bridge World news  Leisure World Bridge is a  happening place!

Thanks to the unit our wanna bees and the entire Hive were excited about the " 8 " is enough team game held in Long Beach.  Thanks to our own Larry Slutsky and the many others who worked so long and hard to make this happen!!  Personally in our own team Bee Kinman and myself were blitzed the first round because of the play of  Al and Sharon Appel! They made lemonade out of the lemons!  We had alot of "   'splaining to do ' as Lucy would say to Ricky" ; to our teammates Chie Wickman  and Sally Fenton…..    Repeating this format and other team games would be well received.

       Speaking of Larry ,he and his partner Ron Gaffee had the only 70% + game in July! Three others have reached this plateau so far this month.  Check them out!

       Bette Wilner is looking good after recent health issues. She's back to playing bridge.  Joyce Newton was out of commission  for a couple weeks. She had a serious "bout" with a "bug". She's back giving "free" hugs!

       Sue Ayers has moved to Texas to be closer to family. I'm told her children built her her own "casa" adjoining their property. She will be missed. She introduced me to the Long Beach Symphony and  for that I am grateful.

       New residents to Leisure World and our bridge club are:  Pauline Fitzsimons,  Dick Stammerjohn,

George Koehm and Phil Friedman .  Welcome to you all!

       Happy to see Gayle and  Miriam, and Mary and Bill back to our game. 

       Someone once said when a couple is first married everything 'is hearts and diamonds' and a few years down the road  it's clubs and spades'  WHO KNEW!

                                   Joan Tschirki

For more information on Club events call Ruth Kaller, Club Manager, at 562/430-0316 or Ted Wieber, President, at 562/596-8661.  Results of all Leisure World games are posted on www.acblunit557.org 

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