You are at the web site of Unit 203 of the American Contract Bridge League, the Southern Michigan Bridge Association (SOMBA). Welcome. SOMBA supervises and works to promote bridge in southeastern Michigan. SOMBA hosts several tournaments each year, including the Valentine Sectional in February, the Wolverine Regional in May, the Apple Cider Sectional in November and the Spooktakular 0-199er Sectional in October. The unit also produces The SOMBA Echo, a newsletter keeping its members informed of current events and milestones in the area along with articles on bridge bidding and play. SOMBA, in conjunction with The Michigan Bridge Association (Unit 137) also produces a Bridge Directory listing the members of each unit and the active bridge clubs in the area.
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Keeping You Informed
Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Email Notification of SOMBA Website Updates
Election of SOMBA Board Members
The ballots for the election of our new SOMBA board were tabulated at the Apple Cider Sectional. During the lunch break the new SOMBA board was announced. The newly elected members serve a four year term and they are: Betty Andersen, Carol Diebold, Dave Fletcher, Bill Goodman. Jane Hall, Bill Landrum, and Scott Miller.
President Posh Gulati has expressed much thanks to the departing board members for their dedicated work on behalf of SOMBA. Departing board members are Barbara Jur after twenty years of service; Ginny Poulter after four years of service; Henry Shevitz after eight years of service; Gail Hanson after six years of service; and Steven Jacob after four years of service.
Annual Apple Cider Sectional
Another exciting and well-attended Apple Cider Sectional took place November 8th through November 11th. Many thanks to tournament chairs Posh Gulati and Marianne Varion; 299er chairs Marilyn Lindow, Kathy Twomey and Kathy Simpson; partnership chairs Mary Bennett, James Phillips, and Jane Hall; hospitality chair Scott Miller; and all of the other volunteers who helped to make the tournament a success. SOMBA thanks all the bridge players who participated during the four days of play and congratulates all masterpoint winners. The top ten masterpoint winners of the tournament were:
For a complete list of masterpoint winners and daily results you can click here.
New Bridge Club in Town
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Barbara Jur Retires from SOMBA Board and Becomes ACBL Governor
Barbara Jur, will soon be starting a new journey in her bridge career, a life without being on the SOMBA Board!
She will now finish her current term on our unit 203, the final year of twenty years of distinguished service on the board.
Barbara is an active bridge player in our unit and continues to play in many local and national tournaments.
She was very active with the ACBL Nationals in Detroit in 2008.
Outside of the world of bridge, Barbara was a professor at Macomb Community College.
She has authored several articles on the ACOL system played in the bridge
clubs which she visited during her travels in England.
Annual SOMBA Spooktacular Tournament
SOMBA’s annual Halloween Spooktacular bridge tournament for 299ers took place Friday and Saturday, October 26th and 27th. Blended into one were a great party and a great competitive competition. Under the leadership of chairs Marilyn Lindow and Kathy Twomey and their covey of witch and ghost volunteers the event included the best of everything: prizes, gifts, trophies, snacks, lunches and colorful pageantry. All in all Spooktacular was spooktaculous.
Assisting Marilyn and Kathy were partnership chairs Mary Bennett and Marianne Varion, and hospitality chairs Ginny Poulter and Scott Miller. Volunteering for this event became so contagious that numerous other SOMBA stalwarts showed up to help with the hosting. On hand, in addition to the chairs, were board members Jane Hall, James Phillips and president Posh Gulati. Other volunteers and official kibitzers included Bill Landrum, Kathy Simpson, Janelle Miller, Nitin Shah, Ruth Kukulsi, Helen Palechek and, wearing their “Tall, Dark and Gruesome” T-shirts, Dave Fletcher and Tony Savant. For two days, Dave took the pictures that are included in this article, and many others that can be found in the [Photo Albums] menu choice at the top of this web page.
It was difficult to judge the best of all of the wonderful costumes so Posh employed the audience applause-o-meter.
The Friday winners were Valerie Leebove, Susan Belen, Jenni
Fox, and Karen Cantor. On Saturday the first place winner was the Witch, also known as
Josie Doherty, and second place went to the Fishes, also known as Wendy and
Competition was, of course, the main event. The Friday morning pair winners were:
John Vollmayer and Nick Treinen in section A; and Sharon Diamond and
Sandy Pink in Sections B and C. The Friday afternoon winners were:
Jerry Bernadette and George Christian in Section A; Thom Allen and
Zoe Alpern in Section B; and tied in Section C were Nancy Stewart playing with
Anita Fennessey and Jane Lehman playing with Jill
Rastelli. The Saturday Swiss winners were: George Christian,
Jerry Bernadotte, John Vollmayer, and Nick Treinen in Section A;
John Ryan, Beth Gursky, Jane Roeser, and Nancy Spence in Section B; and
Steve Kaplan, Joel Grossman, Richard Buttermore, and
Wendy Buttermore in Section C. Overall masterpoint winners in the two-day event were
John Vollmeyer and Nick Treinen in first place and George Christian and
Jerry Bernadotte in second place. Complete results for the Spooktacular can be reached by
here. Congratulations to all of SOMBA’s Spooktacular winners.
Annual Apple Cider Sectional
The annual Apple Cider Sectional will take place Thursday through Sunday, November 8th through 11th. Included, by popular request, are four Swiss Team events. And, appropriate to the event’s name, there will be plenty of apples, apple cider and donuts available. Sandwiches are also included between sessions on Saturday for morning event entrants. The Sectional is being chaired by Posh Gulati and Marianne Varion. For further information on the Apple Cider Sectional click here.
SOMBA Soliciting Goodwill Award Nominations
Each year SOMBA presents to one of its members the SOMBA Goodwill Award. President Posh Gulati is looking for nominations from our membership for the next recipient of the award. The award will be presented at the Valentine Sectional next year. This year’s recipient was the late Mary Ross.
The award is made to a SOMBA member who has exhibited unselfish dedication to the causes of good conduct, worthy participation, and ethical behavior. Our members are encouraged to make a nomination by clicking on the [Contact Us] button at the top of the website.
SOMBA Members Cruise with Larry Cohen
We all see advertisements for bridge cruises and most of us wonder if they are fun and really worthwhile. Four of our members recently went on a cruise, this one with expert Larry Cohen. Here is Ginny Poulter’s report. Sounds like they had a ball.
On September 9th, Chris Peters, Judi Amatangelo, Mary Bennett and Ginny Poulter boarded the "Explorer of the Seas", for a week-long cruise to Bermuda. This was Larry Cohen's "Regional at sea."
One of the great things about being on a ship was--no driving and the only decisions were what to eat. The food was outstanding! This left us only having to think about things like whether to take the finesse or bid more, etc. etc.
Each day started with a lesson from Larry followed by three sessions of bridge. There were Swiss team games, knockouts, pair games, and side games. After the afternoon sessions Larry gave a hand analysis of a few of the hands we played. He is an excellent instructor and has a great sense of humor! He was right there with us every day answering questions, and even caddied the team games. There were all levels of players and a partnership desk for those who came alone or with non-playing spouses. I had never been on a bridge cruise but I doubt there is any better than this was. It was actually a first ACBL Regional at Sea
We did find time for other activities the ship offered, such as shows after the evening games, shopping in Bermuda, mini golf, Casino, and of course the ship has many bars that we had to check out. We especially liked the bar on the top of the ship where you had a wonderful view of the ocean.
Would we do it again? Absolutely!
Committee for Recruitment of New Players
President Posh Gulati has appointed Jim Reed as chair of a new SOMBA committee, the Committee for Recruiting New Players and Members. The committee will explore member development by working with schools, colleges, senior centers, and other organizations. The committee will also explore new methods of teaching bridge to interested individuals such as holding workshops in various locations to “learn bridge in a day.” Jim is interested in hearing from our membership with any helpful suggestions. Suggestions can be made by clicking on the [Contact Us] button at the top of the website. Suggestions will be forwarded to Jim.
Election of SOMBA Board Members
Election of SOMBA board members is under way. Ballots were sent last week in the mail to all SOMBA members. Eight candidates are running for seven board positions. The completed ballots must either be mailed back to Posh prior to the Apple Cider Sectional or may be dropped in the ballot boxes at the Spooktacular tournament or the Apple Cider Sectional. The winners will be announced during the lunch break of the Sunday Swiss at the Apple Cider Sectional. Candidates and a short biography of each appear on the ballots. Those running for election are Betty Anderson, Carol Diebold, Dave Fletcher, Bill Goodman, Jane Hall, Bill Landrum, Scott Miller, and Henry Shevitz.
Suggestions for Eastside 299er Tournament
Serious interest has been shown in SOMBA running a silver masterpoint 299er game on the eastside once per year along the lines of the Spooktacular held annually in Bloomfield Hills. Posh has suggested running the game, to meet the request of eastsiders, toward the end of April each year. Posh would love to hear your thoughts on such a game. Please click on the [Contact Us] button at the top of the website.
Current Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs Standings
Many of our players love the competition of the Mini-McKenney and Ace of Clubs races. The Mini-McKenney races tally masterpoints accumulated during the year in tournament and club games. The Ace of Clubs races tally masterpoints won in club games. As of October 1st here are the standings for our SOMBA leaders for the Mini-McKenney. You can see the top ten people in each category for the Mini-McKenney by clicking here. You can see the top ten people in each category for the Ace of Clubs by clicking here.
SOMBA Photo Albums
We have recently introduced the [Photo Albums] button at the top of our website. Have you checked it out yet? If not, try it! You will enjoy the photos of our members. Here are a few random photos from the Wolverine Regional in May:
Folks, please keep in touch with your comments and suggestions. Just click on the [Contact Us] button at the top of our website.
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