This fall, SOMBA will be conducting elections for board members.   Ballots will be distributed in early October and final voting and results will
occur at the November Apple Cider Sectional
If you would be interested in joining the team, please approach any board member.   The ballot will be open until late September.   Your
ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
Dave Fletcher Election Chair 586-786-0811   HDFLETCH@AOL.COM
My Journey to Emerald Life Master
by Debra Eaves
I never thought I would make Emerald Life Master so quickly.   I guess I owe it to the great
partnership I had with Norm Bolton. He was a terrific player and a great mentor.   As you know,
he sadly passed away 2 years ago.   He will be greatly missed.   We discussed every hand of
every game six times a week for ten years!   We solved our differences, improve what had gone
wrong and enjoyed our successes.   A good partnership is everything.   Bridge can be enjoyed on
so many different levels but, the road to success is a strong partnership with excellent communication.
We won many regional, sectional & club games but our finest achievement was entering the
Worldwide Pairs event where we placed 1st in the US & 4th in the World.   Since his passing,
I've developed new partnerships.   One with Jerry Grossman.   We placed 11th in the Mixed pairs
in Reno and Linda Perlman and I were 2nd in the Women's pairs in Toronto last summer, just one
trick out of first place.   Heartbreak!   Still, there will always be another tournament and another chance.
Other opportunities have presented themselves of late.   The Bridge Connection found themselves in
need of a director so I took the test and direct for them when I can.   I also have my own club in
Ann Arbor called Bridge on the Park that meets Wednesday afternoons.   When not playing bridge or
directing, I give private lessons.
I'm currently discussing starting up a new game in Ann Arbor on Saturday's as a teaching experience.
Perhaps a Barometer Game.   It's still in discussion stage though.   I really enjoy teaching and giving
back to the game.   This is such a wonderful game.   It's heartwarming to watch someone really understand
a new idea and enjoy the game as much as I do.
Outside of bridge, I am the Data Systems Manager for a Sexual & Domestic Abuse non-profit organization
called Turning Point and have a husband and dog to look after as well.
(Responses to comments/suggestions we received during various tournaments.)
1.   Many of us do not eat pig products.   Could you please get lots of turkey and/or roast
beef and also some vegetarian sandwich or vegetarian pizza? It has been our practice to get a variety of food products to cater to various segments of our members.   We
also know that there are some strictly vegetarian people and we make sure that we get vegetarian sandwiches/pizzas.
In addition, we make sure to put appropriate labels to make it easier for our members to identify the items.
2.   On the flyer, state explicitly if food will be served or not.
We provide light lunch only on Sunday (Regional) and Saturday and Sunday (Sectional) when we have a play through Swiss event.
The flyer states this with a note below the Saturday/Sunday Swiss event "Light lunch provided after 3rd/4th round"
3.   Cafeteria in building services. Lunch - why not make arrangements for all of us ????
We would be glad to do this; however, the buildings we rent do not provide cafeteria services.   We have taken upon
ourselves to provide coffee, donuts, bagels and some snacks on a daily basis.   On the weekends where we have Swiss
play-through events, we provide light lunch for ALL participants.   Providing food on a daily basis is not practical.
Not everybody would be willing to pay for our food nor like our limited items.   Some people bring in their own
lunch and some desire to go out to nearby restaurants of their choice.
4.   Need more time between sessions - 6:00 too early -10:00 and then 2:30 too close.
At the Regional, the 6:00 evening session is only on Monday when the 1st session starts at 1:00.   The rest of the days,
the evening session starts at 7:00.   Most of our players fall into the senior citizens category and have expressed their
desire not to start too early in the morning and not to start too late as they wish to go home at a decent time at night.
We have about 90 minutes between sessions.   There are a number of restaurants within a couple of miles which gives
sufficient time to eat.   After experimenting quite a bit with session times, we seem to have struck a fine balance and
most players seem to be happy with it.
5.   As long as there is a kitchen at this facility (Costick Center) why couldn't there be sandwiches or take orders instead
of bringing in food from outside?
Yes, there is a kitchen at this facility.   We also asked Costick Center management if they would make/have food available
for our players.   Costick informed us that they do not have staff to perform this function for us.   As a result,
we provide coffee, donuts, bagels, soft drinks and other snack items which we buy from outside. (10/13)
SOMBA Educational Seminar
SOMBA has taken up an initiative to share the tips and tricks of how the experts play bridge.   With this view in mind, SOMBA
took upon itself to conduct "Educational Seminars" for bridge players, four times a year. These seminars are free of charge
to any player who wishes to attend.
The first seminar was held in July and was hosted by SOMBA President, Satish Shah.   The well attended event generated very positive comments.
The Birmingham Unitarian Church was quiet Sunday afternoon, October 7th, as forty players eager to learn Bridge accepted Somba’a
invitation and watched teaching guru Larry Cohen present a lesson on defensive play.
This was the second in a series offered by Somba’a Education Committee.   This followed a “When and when not too get out
the trumps” lesson that was held last July.
Dave Dursum and Vickie Vallone, who are the chairs of the Education Committee, were the principal organizers of the seminars.
Thanks to Diane Kosuda who helped with managing snacks and refreshments for our players.   The players appreciated the time it took
Vickie to organize the bridge boards that were played, as well as the pizza.   Somba President Satish Shah, was present and
provided total support towards this initiative.
Larry Cohen, who regularly contributes to the Bridge Bulletin, provided suggestions, tips, and helpful examples of effective
defensive play.   He stressed the importance of defense since a player will be in defense 50% of the time.   Good bridge players are GOOD DEFENDERS.
The next seminar in the series is planned to be offered in January, 2019. (10/18)
My Adventure Into Duplicate Bridge
By Sook Wilkinson, Ph D
I first started playing bridge with my husband and father-in-law — just social bridge but still competitive when I didn’t know much about bridge.
Then, my very good friend, Kathy, asked if I’d take some lessons with her and wade into the world of duplicate bridge.   I said ok,
just because we were good friends.   We had been true and tested partners in tennis for many years.   We understood each other’s strengths and
weaknesses, and we always enjoyed our partnership, win or lose.
At that point, I was still working as a clinical psychologist, and I knew my play time was rather limited.   I was still willing to give it a try,
just because I was with my friend.   Nothing bad could happen, right?
With both of us being competitive, we got hooked on the kind of high you get from competitive stimulation.   We both loved to learn and quickly
became students of bridge.   I finally had a breakthrough in my understanding of bridge.   I had an a-ha moment that learning to play
duplicate bridge is like learning a new language that you and your partner “speak,” not just some random memorization.   This became my turning
point in duplicate bridge.
We also met so many kind people, who were willing to teach us when asked.   Pretty soon, the bridge friends became a part of our community.
You see them more often than even your social friends.   When someone is absent, you inquire about them.   You share the stories from the highs
and lows of your life.   You create his(her)story together built on shared experience.
These are some of the reasons why I keep going back to bridge.   How about you?   I bet you have your own stories of duplicate bridge.
In sharing our stories, we’re deepening our connection with one another.   These are precious connections we hold near and dear as we go
through the changing rhythms of life.   I invite you to share your stories.
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