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Education at NCBC

The NCBC teachers met on Friday and have decided on the following education program for the spring-summer.

Since we had requests for supervised play, we have tried to accommodate those requests

Judy Kortier will teach Supervised Play for Bridge Basics 1 on Wednesday mornings, June 7 thru July 26.

Gerry Panos will teach Supervised Play for Bridge Basics 2 on Tuesday mornings, May 16 thru July 11.

These supervised play classes will last 90 minutes and will cost $5 per session.

Two workshops will be offered:

Pat Foster will teach Weak 2-Bids and Their Responses on Wednesday morning, May 3rd.

Carol Hargrave will teach Michaels Cue Bids and Their Responses on Wednesday morning, May 17th.

Workshops will be two hours and will cost $10 each.

The teachers will meet again July 14th to plan the fall semester. As usual, you can sign-up on the teacher education bulletin board for each play course or workshop. All courses will be held on demand, depending on sign-up.


Election Results

Were you there on Friday? Wasn't the annual meeting fun and interesting? Well perhaps not exactly up there with Disney, Busch Gardens or Aldi, but at least you were among the first to know who won election to the NCBC Board. For the rest of you, here they are (alphabetically). Be sure to congratulate each of them when you next see them at the bridge table (or at Aldi).

Bud Baynard (First Timer),

Sue Graham (Back on board – Sue served two terms not long ago),

Judy Kortier (First Timer),

Zada Moyer (Re-elected to her second term),

Jim Somma (Back on board – Jim last served a few years ago)

They will all be joining with Judy Jansen and Jerry Lebo as those two serve the remaining year in their current terms. That's your Board – working to make NCBC better, and always happy to hear your advice on how to do it, or your offer to help make it happen.

Meet Jerry Lebo

We would be hard pressed to profile a harder working member of our club than Jerry Lebo. He has worked tirelessly for the success of NCBC.

Jerry was born in a small town in Indiana. He attended Purdue University and earned a PHD in Electrical Engineering. He later attended George Washington University in Washington D.C. and earned a Program Management Degree. After completion of his studies, he joined an Aerospace company on the West Coast and worked there for seven years.

He then took a position with the Department of Defense in a suburb of Washington D.C. He had several positions with the Department of Defense including engineering management. With the Department he was stationed in Holland for four years in a position of engineering communications.

He retired in 1994, and stayed in the D.C. area for three years, and then, with his wife Joanne, moved down here to Florida in 1997. Joanne passed away in 2010. Jerry and Joanne had two children who both reside in the D.C. area. Jerry is blessed with five grandchildren, ages 13 to 20. Outside of bridge his hobbies include a little golf, and he offers that he is politically active.

Jerry has been on our Board of Directors for six years, and has been President for five years. He is optimistic about the future of our club but recognizes that there will continue to be a turnover in membership, and offers that the club must be extremely active in recruiting and keeping new members. He wishes that more members would become active in volunteering for club activities and endeavors, but greatly appreciates those who have invested there time and effort.

Current and past board members, and certainly at least the more veteran members of our club, are greatly aware of the tremendous effort Jerry puts into making this club a continued success. Being President can be a thankless and difficult job, but Jerry handles it seamlessly. The club very much appreciates his efforts.


Floyd McWilliams Named To Board

In accordance with the club's bylaws, Floyd McWilliams has been named by the Board of Directors to fill the remaining term, ending March 31, of Pat Clark who has resigned for health reasons. He will surely bring his enthusiasm, experience, and positive outlook to the Board.

Clark has decided not to endanger himself or others by continuing to drive while the threat of his passing out remains. He is in no particular danger otherwise.

Swiss Teams Game Rescheduled

There has been a miscommunication between Mall Manager and Club Manager regarding NCBC having access to the hall all day on the date originally scheduled. They have a Charity Event scheduled that evening and must reconfigure the hall with different tables, etc.

Rather than shorten our Swiss Game we will have the game on Sunday, February 12 beginning at 10:00 am.

I believe there are currently six teams signed up. Please sign up at the club and contact your team members regarding the change.

Sharon Fogle Injured

Sharon Fogle, our Game Director on Tuesdays and Thursday nights had a car accident on the way home Tuesday night.  Several ribs were broken and she suffered significant bruising on her right forearm.  Her car was totaled.  The ribs will need 6-8 weeks to heal so she will be taking some time off.  

Get well cards can be sent to her home address at:

125 Sawdust Lane
Brooksville, FL 34601

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Next Games

Tuesday Open, 299 , Tue Apr 25 @12:30PM
Wednesday Open, Wed Apr 26 @12:30PM
Thursday 0-299, Thu Apr 27 @12:30PM
Thursday Open, Thu Apr 27 @ 6:30PM
Friday Open, Fri Apr 28 @12:30PM
Saturday Open (When attendance warrants), Sat Apr 29 @12:30PM
Monday Open, Mon May 01 @12:30PM
Tuesday Open, 299 , Tue May 02 @12:30PM

Next Classes

Weak 2's, Wed May 03 @ 9:30AM
Supervised Play Basics 2, Tue May 16 @10:00AM
Michaels Cue Bids, Wed May 17 @ 9:30AM
Supervised Play Basics 2, Tue May 23 @10:00AM
Supervised Play Basics 2, Tue May 30 @10:00AM

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Karen Walker web-site
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