News from Keith in Korea

Hi from Korea,
I sent this from Japan a while back to the bridge club but have heard nothing back since and thought maybe I should try again here so that people are not potentially getting nervous!
I am fine and the school that I am teaching at is teaching via online conferencing so the amount of contact I have with other people is vastly cut down.

“Hello to everyone in Rotorua,
I am currently in a Capsule Hotel in Fukuoka Japan for my Visa. You have to do the last part outside the country.
I will be teaching in Cheongju and had shifted into the apartment last weekend.
I will be in Japan for roughly 7 days, depending on how long the Visa takes, though I have paid my nights in advance so I might just make the most of it and be a tourist.
I hope Paul and Maryann’s son in China is okay. I have been getting used to wearing a facemask. Korea is definitely keeping an eye on it. The school has now made all students and teachers wear a facemask while there.
I am also posting quite a few pictures on Instagram and Facebook. I will attach some to this email. Several are from the Palace visit in Seoul. The food stalls and the water way are in Cheongju. The meal is the first food I had in Korea.
It is very brown in Korea at the moment, their winters are dry and cold so everything browns off. Very little green.”

Christmas Tournament 2019

Another very successful Rotorua Christmas Tournament was held on Saturday, with 52 pairs from around the upper North Island taking part. The clubrooms were beautifully decorated as always, with a lovely array of quilts to feast our eyes on. The overall winners were Ken and Kathy Yule from Matamata, well clear with a 65% average and runners-up were Blair Fisher …

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Rotorua Success in Tournament Play

We had 30 pairs enter our Rotorua Restricted Tournament on 14 September, 2019 and all our Rotorua players played exceptionally well as demonstrated by our results. The overall winners for the tournament, winning both the morning and afternoon sessions, were Val Honeyfield and Pam Moore. And second overall were Shirley Gainsford and Heini Lux. A great effort. The section winners …

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House Sale benefits Rotorua Bridge Club by $500!!!!

Once again Stu Phillips sold one of Pam and Ian Moore’s investment properties very quickly and for a great price. Stu donates $500 to our club if you list your property (sole agency) with him at Letterbox Realty and he sells your real estate. You will see visible evidence of Stu’s generosity shortly as the money will be used to replace worn tablecloths to match the new decor.
Remember to use our sponsor if you are selling an apartment, home or section – you won’t be disappointed!!!

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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Setting the Gold standard

Our President setting the standard at the Gold Coast Congress Our new president Margie Robbie and her partner Jenni Boren played consistent, inspired bridge to sit at the top of the Restricted Swiss Pairs at the Gold Coast Congress. They played well throughout the two days but unfortunately slipped slightly in the last match. “Oh so close” is all that …

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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.

Tournament successes

Paul Rogers and Liz Wilcox were 5th in the Te Awamutu Christmas Tournament on Saturday 17 November. They were 1st N/S in the morning and 3rd N/S in the afternoon with very consistent scores in the mid 50s. Liz and Paul were also the top Intermediate/Open pair overall. Leonie Pritchard and Mark Bendall (pictured right) finished among the prizewinners in …

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Rotorua players at Congress 2018

The annual Bridge Congress in Hamilton took place last week, and although there were not a lot of Rotorua players taking part, those that were there had some notable success. Marie Milsum teamed up with her former long-time partner at Rotorua, Alison Beer, and they showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with, winning the Open Swiss Pairs.

Alison and Marie, winners of the Open Swiss pairs.


Pam and Ian Moore had a very successful Congress, being runners-up in the Senior Teams, and coming fourth in the Senior Pairs. They also won a special award as they for best team on Day One that did not qualify for the final of the Open teams. And Liz and Michael Wilcox were fourth from a large field in the Open Restricted Pairs. Well done to all who played in the Congress.

Ian and Pam Moore, along with team members Noel Woodhall and Ian Clayton, and Allan Morris chairman of NZ Bridge second from left, receiving their prize for being the top team on Day One of NZ Open teams who did not qualify for Round of 16. They were 3rd overall on Day One.

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.