Farewell Michael Lawrence

Sadly, we have lost another of our members, who was also a Great Lakes Bridge Club (GLBC) President. Michael Newman Lawrence passed away on Sunday 29 August 2021, after a period of failing health. He leaves behind his wife Pamela, two sons from a previous marriage, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Our thoughts are with them at this time.

Update - lockdown continues plus notes from committee meeting

The information below is summarised from an email sent to GLBC members

COVID-19 restrictions: Our clubhouse will remain closed while the current stay-at-home orders are in place. When able to resume face-to- face games again, we will play standard duplicate games. Competitions as per our calendar/diary will be postponed until further notice. There is no need to alter any online registrations at this stage.

Happy birthday Nigel!

Happy birthday to GLBC member Nigel Harman who recently celebrated his 85th birthday. Nigel joined the club at our beginners' lessons about three years ago. At our small celebration in the clubhouse this week, Nigel mentioned how he appreciated the friendly support of our members as he continues to come to terms with this complex game.  We love to see our beginners progress as Nigel has done, and also thank him for his financial expertise and contribution prior to our recent Annual General Meeting.


President's Trophy 2021 - eligibility update

With lockdowns and altered timetables this year - and the delayed availability of members' booklets - there has been some confusion about eligibility for the 2021 President's Trophy. Held the first Monday of each month, members are required to play with a different person each month to qualify. Below is a simplified list of players in this event so far (as of 3 August 2021) and their partners. Those in bold are unfortunately unable to qualify, having partnered the same person more than once.

2021 Annual General Meeting

We welcome our new President, Dick Barry and the committee elected at our recent Annual General Meeting. Thank you for the time and effort you have given freely in the past - and for many, will continue in the future - to keep our club running smoothly and happily.

Position holders are as follows:

Club Champions 2021

Congratulations to winning pair Jill and Karl Buchmann for taking out the 2021 GLBC Club Pairs competition. With 5 wins and one loss over the two-week event, they pipped second place-getters (also with 5 wins & 1 loss) Jacqui Jennings and John Van Doorn by one Victory Point (VP). Coming a close third was Judy Scott and Margaret Boniface.

2021 Country Teams Zone Final - local teams do us proud!

On Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June 2021, our club fielded two teams in the zone final of the Country Teams event  in Coffs Harbour, run by the NSW Bridge Association (Northern Region Country Teams results ). A hearty "Congratulations!" to 3rd placed team: Fran & Wayne Carroll and Jill & Karl Buchmann who had 6 wins and 2 losses in a very competitive field.