Wednesday evening new format

From Wednesday 29 May, bridge will be starting earlier, as follows: START TIME: 6.30PM. Players must be seated at the table ready to play by 6.20pm. CLUBROOMS OPEN before 6.00PM for socialising. Tea, coffee, biscuits and crackers will be provided. You are welcome to bring food to share if you wish. There will be a continuous supper to ensure play …

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Tournament Successes

Rotorua players have been achieving some great results at all levels, at tournaments around the region. Recent successes include: HB Congress Intermediate Teams 1st Val Honeyfield, Kevin Jensen, Joyce Reid and Rex Tulloch HB Congress Intermediate Pairs 2nd Val Honeyfield and Kevin Jensen 4th Joyce Reid and Rex Tulloch Te Puke Restricted 1st Intermediate/Junior Jackie Pulman & Paul Rogers 3rd …

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Wednesday evening Bridge and Pizza

Pizzas at 5.30pm Bridge 6.00pm Wednesday 22nd MayPizza cards
The Rotorua Bridge Club is trialling a new initiative on Wednesday 22nd May:
Everyone is welcome to come along and see how the new timing fits in with your lifestyle. After the first night the committee will ask you for feedback and then decide if this new format will continue throughout the winter months. On the first evening the pizza will be FREE to all members so come along and enjoy this opportunity to socialise before bridge.

Handicaps 2019

As you may have noticed, we have a new handicap system at Rotorua Bridge. This is to bring our club more in line with what other clubs in New Zealand are doing, and to let the system (and our results) calculate the handicap, in a similiar way that Golf handicaps are determined. Please find here an explanation of why and …

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Bridge lessons

Beginners’ bridge lessons are coming up in May. Have you spoken with all those acquaintances and friends who have expressed an interest? Start your arm-twisting now!The lessons start Wednesday 1 May 7 – 9.30pm. $60 for twelve lessons (and continuing play for 2018), $100 for 2 people. Email rotoruacontractbridgeclub@xtra.co.nz or phone Pam 347 9290 to sign up.See the poster for …

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Thank you, Elspeth!

On Thursday night the club recognised one of our longest serving committee members, Elspeth Goodrick, thanking her for her time on the committee, and the many years during which has served as treasurer and auditor. Elspeth can’t remember exactly how many years she has held these posts, but her time on the committee goes back the early 90s (she started young).

Rotorua Bridge Club is lucky to have the services of members like Elspeth, who work efficiently behind the scenes to ensure the club runs smoothly, and at this time as she is standing down, would like to show appreciation for all her hard work.

Ib Thulin 2018

A very enjoyable day was had by all on Sunday, playing in the Ib Thulin Rotorua handicap tournament, for club members only. The event was won comfortably by our UK imports Chris and Angela Overton, with Neil and Mary Dravitski winning the raw competition. Neil and Mary were second on handicap with Margie Robbie and Marie Milsum coming third. Well done to all placegetters! A huge thanks to James Twist from Craig Investment Partners for their ongoing sponsorship.

winners ib thulin

Winners Chris and Angela Overton with James Twist from Craigs Investment Partners.

Ruth – NZ Bridge Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Ruth Lewis, who has very deservedly been named as NZ Bridge’s Volunteer of the Month for August 2018.

Ruth has been a member of the Rotorua Bridge Club for well over thirty years. During that time she was on the committee for nearly thirty years including two terms as President, has directed Wednesday night bridge and took the beginners’ lessons for ten years.
Ruth is probably best known throughout the North Island as the organiser of Rotorua Bridge Club’s Christmas tournament which had been extraordinarily popular for seventeen years. With her band of elves, they create a Christmas extravaganza which includes the finest Christmas quilts, glorious decorations, a delicious Christmas dinner and generous prizes. There is often a waiting list to fill the 39 tables available for players of all grades.
However, her quiet commitment to dealing boards for all the events at the club is remarkable. Week in week out, for approximately 14 years the boards are ready for each session regardless of whether Ruth is away on holiday or has family commitments.
It is people like Ruth Lewis who ensure a club functions well and has events of which we can be proud, so it is great that the club can show her some recognition in this way.

Interclub Teams 2018

The BOP Interclub teams, played for the Ib Thulin Shield, took place on Saturday at Rotorua, and was a very enjoyable day. Six clubs from the Bay of Plenty took part – Rotorua, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Whakatane, Te Puke and Taupō, each with teams of Open, Intermediate and Junior players, thus giving players of varying experience the chance to represent …

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