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Pembury Bridge Club Schedule

Due to Massachusetts relaxations of the COVID restrictions, we can now return to more comfortable game conduct. We are still requiring proof of COVID vaccination. You can show it as you enter, or you can email me a picture of your vaccination card. Last Wednesday, I was about to send a player home due to not showing me her vaccination card, but she looked through her pocketbook more thoroughly and found it! For the health of all of us, we are only providing bridge to fully vaccinated players. To be fully vaccinated, you must have received vaccination shots and waited two weeks after the last shot. Please do not try to attend if you cannot show documentation. Once you have shown your documentation on your first visit, you do not need to bring it again. Beginning Immediately, we will hold 4 games each week: Mondays – On-Line at 2:45 PM Tuesdays – On-Line at 2:45 PM Wednesdays – In Person at 12:30 PM at the church Fridays – In Person at 12:30 PM at the church We plan to offer bo

Pembury In-Person Game Starts on May 19!

Message from Peter Samsel (413-441-5934): There are a few important things you must know: 1) You will need to make a reservation, by communicating to me (email is preferred, second choice is text message, and if those don’t work, then you can call me on the phone). With your reservation, you must provide the following: • your name & your partner’s name • phone numbers for both of you, which are required by the state for contact tracing, if anyone tests positive for COVID. • specify whether you plan to play in the Open Section or the 299ers Section. • if you need a stationary table, let me know 2) We will only accept reservations for one week at a time, as I will have to limit the number of attendees. If you cannot attend the first week, either due to your schedule, or if we reach our maximum number of players, you can sign up for the next week prior to the first game. At this time, I cannot accept reservations for multiple future games, until we know what kind of response

Berkshire South Bridge Club to Reopen in Summer

From Letters of Dan Philip (exerpt): AFTER LENGHTY DISCUSSIONS WITH THE ACBL, JANE AND I ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR 13th YEAR OF MONDAY/THURSDAY SUMMER BRIDGE WILL BEGIN AT BERKSHIRE SOUTH REGIONAL COMMUNITY CENTER ON THURSDAY, MAY 27TH. While we all recognize there are some risks involved in any group gathering, the precautions these clubs have taken have reduced those risks to a level that more and more players are finding acceptable. Hence, more and more clubs are opening every month. Our current plan for the summer game includes the following steps to minimize the chance of infection: Sanitizing all tables and chairs prior to every game Requiring proof of full vaccination Wearing masks (mandatory), shields (optional) Limiting the number of tables to ensure proper social distancing Providing hand sanitizers at every table Not allowing food, but drinks are okay if in closed containers 72 hour quarantine of all bridge equipment after use Requiri

Swiss Team Event on March 19, 2:45pm

Members of Unit 196 (Western MA Bridge) We are running a swiss team event on Friday, March 19, at 2:45. We will run this game in place of the regularly scheduled open pairs game run by the Pembury club. The game will be run on BBO, and will be stratified just as the BBO pairs games are stratified. What you need to know about this game: Time: Friday, March 19 at 2:45 Venue: BBO Virtual games Who is eligible: Anyone who is eligible to play in the Northampton or Pembury games is eligible Why play? Two reasons: We have a long tradition in Northampton and Pembury of playing a team game every so often. It is a fun change in the routine. For those who plan to play in the GNT this spring, the format will be a swiss team event on BBO, so this game would be an ideal way to get comfortable with the format. For those who do not know the GNT is a national championship event which begins with an event in each district. Our New England District 25 will send three teams

KUDOs

Congratulations to the following unit members who have recently achieved new rank status (reported by ACBL 12/01/20 - 01/01/21) NEW CLUB MASTERS Linda L Worters, Charlton MA NEW SECTIONAL MASTERS Kathleen Das, Duluth MN Barbara Speight, East Longmeadow MA NEW REGINAL MASTERS Linda Persons, Greensboro GA NEW BRONZE LIFE MASTERS Marlene Myers, Longmeadow MA

KUDOs

Congratulations to the following unit members who have recently achieved new rank status (reported by ACBL 11/01/20 - 12/01/20) NEW JUNIOR MASTERS John J Libera Jr, Granby MA NEW CLUB MASTERS John Bevan, Alford MA Marjorie Bruns, Longmeadow MA

KUDOS

Congratulations to the following unit members who have recently achieved new rank status (reported by ACBL 07/01/20 - 011/01/20) NEW JUNIOR MASTERS Tim Bakker-Norton, Northampton MA Jonathan Hirsh, Amherst MA Peggy A Thieriot, Gt Barrington MA Norman B Leferman, Dalton MA Lanette Sweeney South Hadley, MA NEW CLUB MASTERS Helen R Alspector, Stockbridge MA Jaime F Long,Stockbridge MA Jo-Ann Murch Williamstown MA Barbara A Speight, East Longmeadow MA Carole Terlik, Pittsfield MA Cheryl Phillips, Wilbraham MA K Elaine Neely, Williamstown MA Gary P Ghidotti, North Adams MA Andrew Batchelor, Northampton MA NEW SECTIONAL MASTERS Kenneth Ross, Lenox MA 01240-2126 Lois E Schottenstein, Lenox MA William D Travis,Pittsfield MA Barbara A Speight, East Longmeadow MA NEW REGIONAL MASTERS Fred Gagnon, Springfield MA NEW NABC MASTERS Donna L Weiss, Richmond MA Judith A McNutt, Pittsfield MA NEW ADVANCED NABC MASTERS Yan S Drabek, Florence MA Barry, LaFlam, Southampton, MA N