Long Beach Unit


by Christine Frumen



UNIT GAME - Sunday, June 17

Lunch at 1pm – Game at 1:30 pm


JUNE UNIT GAME: Our Unit game this month is a Charity Game. The Unit Charity is the LB WomenShelter. Please try to make it to this game to support this worthwhile charity.

CLUB OWNERSHIP NEWS: Two of our players, Baum Harris and Loren Hilf have purchased the LB Bridge Center. Donna Wenberg is the new Club Manager and we warmly welcome her and the new owners. The club will go on as usual with some minor changes that always occur when a business changes hands but we are confident that the changes will be positive ones for the players, management and owners. Congratulations and welcome! Irma Johnson and George Welsh will still be around so we can’t wish them “bon voyage” but we can sing, “Happy trails to you…” and thank them for all the years as owners as they move to new chapters in their lives.

APRIL UNIT GAME (Awards Day) RESULTS: There were twenty tables in two sections that played in the Unit Game – Awards Day. Jan Wagner did a great job as the “toastmistress” of the awards. Winners were: 1st, Irma Johnson & Cory Hand; 2nd, Jon Yinger & Earl Van Der Vord; 3rd, Jo Daigle & Frank Bartlett; 4th, Peggy Waite & Dann Haberfield; 5th, Thambu Nadarajah & Curtis Johnson; 6th, Chiye Horiguchi &- Kim Wang. The top three Flt C pairs were: 1st, Nancy Karl & Sherry Royce; 2nd, Sue & Keith Hafen and 3rd, Doris Drew & Marjorie Johnson. Congratulation to the winners! Keep coming out to play in the unit game. And a big thanks to Merlin Hansen and Carol Murakoshi as the luncheon chefs. Thanks to all the players who come out to support the unit games.

NEW STATUS & NEW MEMBERS: Jim Devey has achieved Club Master status. Pritzi Lembi is the newest NABC Master. Not a lot of change for the month until we read the report a little further and – Wow! – we had two players who reached the Gold Life Member status this reporting period, Irwin Bender and Diane Lynch. Congratulations to them and the other players that are “movin on up” that bridge ladder of success.  

70+% GAMES through 5/9: Mark Itabashi and Orrilla Blanpied had a 73.15% game. Monica & Paul Honey scored a 71.95% game. And in the May STaC, Jon Yinger & Rich Wasser had a 71.13% for 1st O/A on Tuesday afternoon and Mary Schefter & Lois Abramson had a 73.18% on Monday afternoon for 2nd O/A – those are Western Regional scores, folks! Great playing!!

In April there were 88 games and/or sections of games that we counted – all of varying size games from small to big. There were only a handful of 70+% games scored. Makes you realize why we make it a separate paragraph because it is significant when you score one of those big games.

THIS MONTH AT THE CLUB: The World-Wide Bridge Contest is scheduled for Saturday, June 2 at 12:30. It’s sectionally rated – half red, half black points and the card fees will be $10. The monthly Stratified Open Team Game will be at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 11. On June 12 at the 4:15 game it will be an ACBL Membership Game. There will be another ACBL Membership Game on Friday, June 15 at 4:15. Both games are the “dinner” games. On Sunday, June 17 the Unit Game at 1:30 is a Charity Game benefiting the LB WomenShelter, our charity. 

            THIS & THAT: Steve Sulzby reported that in early May in the B/C/D Swiss Team event in the West Los Angeles, he and his team that included Mark Tang, Matt Leung and Rick Traylor tied for 1st.  He also told us the team of Kay Tseng, Sue Sood, George Norman, and Sherry Troeger finished 4th. Quite a good showing for our LB players.

GET WELL & CONDOLENCES: We were sorry to hear of Mary Graves passing. Our condolences to her family and friends. We are happy to tell you that after “flatlining” while in the hospital to check out some chest pains, Sibyl Slutsky luckily had angioplasty that appears to have solved the problem. Her husband, Larry, says that an email about symptoms of having a heart attack, prompted Sibyl to seek medical attention. So be careful just deleting those many emails you get. In this case, an email message saved a life! And welcome back to the living, Sibyl.


            For any news items you would like in the column, my email is golfgal@charter.net and my phone number is 562-434-8993.  Thanks again for all the reporters out there that give me bridge news.