VP Margaret Ware

VICE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Greetings Western Section Members,

 

This has been a busy time for the Western Section with two tournaments behind us and the rapidly approaching Fall Tournament ahead. However, before turning our thoughts to other pressing matters and the Fall Tournament in November, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the membership for your support, especially during the 2016 Western Section Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the 2017 American Bridge Association Tournament in Reno, Nevada.

In addition to a much delayed thank you to the members who worked so diligently during both tournaments, this message (in part) is also an update for the Western Section members who were unable to attend the tournaments.

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The directing staffs of Gloria Webb, Gloria Lee Ray, and Ida Sims are to be commended for an excellent job during the Western Section Fall Tournament in Las Vegas. Tournament Chairperson, Thelma Lee (now deceased) was unable to attend the tournament due to illness, but thanks to the assistance of Gloria Lee Ray, the many tasks of that position were filled expeditiously.

Quite a few new players attended the tournament, which merited a new players section for some of the games.  Thanks to Gail Dennis, our hospitality chairperson for keeping the snacks flowing.  Also, thanks to those who participated in our Inspiration Service on Sunday in honor of Tony Lawson.  The young minister who conducted the service was an inspiration to all.

I was told "If you keep the Tournament in Las Vegas, they will come." We did everything we could to stay in Las Vegas; however, the number of attendees was low. Although the expenses were kept to a minimal, financially the tournament was not successful. It is the opinion of many that the upcoming Reno Tournament had an impact on the Las Vegas attendance. 

 

The planning, and execution of a National Tournament requires, unlimited time, supreme effort and diligent work. Thanks to tournament chairperson, Stephanie Young, and committee chairs and staff for a job well done in Reno, NV. The planning and execution of program events for the Spring National was remarkable.

One of the most inspiring events at the National Tournament was the Sunday Morning Service, chaired by Gloria Brown. Each program participant did and an excellent job and the speaker was indeed inspiring.

The Banquet held on Wednesday morning, April 5, was magical. Stephanie and banquet chairperson, Marcella Bellow stayed up most of the previous night, making exquisite table arrangements. The table settings were indeed beautiful, and the brunch was yummy.  Magic exploded when a very talented magician kept the audience laughing throughout the entire banquet. 

After the last nightly game, each section in the ABA was honored at hospitality, until all sections had been acknowledged.  New players were honored at a special hospitality, where pictures were taken and the group was cheerfully welcomed by ABA president, Henry Irwin.

A special thanks, to my home team, the Sacramento Diamonds Duplicate Bridge Club for their support in attendance. One member took the train up for just one day, another couple drove up for just one game.

It was a wonderful Spring National, compared with the best of them. Attendance was on par.

Now that the dust has settled from the tournaments, and we can get back to normal status (for a while) I plan to devote a great deal of time to one of our most pressing problems…. recruitment. Every club in the section has experienced loss of membership without the benefit of equivalent replacements. It is essential for the continued existence of the ABA (as we have always enjoyed it) to mitigate our membership depletion by an influx of new members. A new and concerted effort to confront this problem will be launched in the near future.

We have already started work on updating the Western Section website with a new webmaster, and our editor has contacted section presidents to submit club information to be viewed and subsequently copied and distributed to all section members that are without Internet access. This effort of communication will also help in our recruitment efforts. It is my desire to keep all of our members fully informed of all that is going on within the section.

To begin the new method of communication, I am asking all club presidents to make a copy of this message and distribute it to members of your club who were unable to attend both tournaments and do not have access to a computer.

Congratulations to Robert Friend on being honored as one of the five remaining original “Tuskegee Airmen” on Sunday, May 28, 2017, during the National Memorial Day Concert, co-hosted by Lawrence Fishburne.

Thank you again for your support, and for your cooperation in assisting your club’s representatives to make the Western Section one of the best sections in the ABA.

Live in Hope

Margaret Ware