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Meet Marj and Rich Talbott

We would like to recognize Marj and Richard Talbott. They truly work tirelessly for our club. Marj is of course a director. She is also assistant club manager. Rich puts in so much work, especially when Marj is directing.

They married when Rich was just out of the service and have been married for 55 years this October. They have 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Rich was in sales at Mead Products, in Dayton Ohio. Marj worked there before Rich started, and that is where they met. Marj also was a high school Business teacher.

For 21 years they lived in Lubbock, Texas. Rich graduated college from Bowling Green and Marj from Ohio University. Rich’s hobbies used to be golf, but now it is tennis and bridge. Marj loved golf, but she is so busy with the club, bridge is now her main hobby.

When asked to offer  suggestions to the club, they agreed that it would be nice if the north south pair would greet the new incoming opponents and stop talking about the last hand. What a kind and loving couple.

Last Week's Good Games

Noteworthy games this past week include another C pair with the highest percentage on Friday. Congratulations to Donna Thompson and Barbara McMaster.

Toni Schultz and Joan Waite came in with 64% on Thursday. Calvin and Marilyn Young had a 63% on Wednesday.  On Tuesday Judy Kortier and Jan Foster scored a 64% and on Monday the highest percentage of the week of 66% was reached by Cheryl Petty and James Thomas. Great job friends.

Harmony Thursday

Marj Talbott, Director
Marj Talbott, Director

It’s Thursday afternoon and bridge players are arriving for their favorite game. It seems there will be about four tables of 499ers on the south side of the room and two tables of 0-20ers on the north side. Rich Talbott has already prepared coffee and set out snacks. A kind lady, Beverly Howard, brings delicious banana bread/cream cheese sandwiches, and that makes this event a PARTY! Marj Talbott greets all and directs the games in her usual kind, efficient manner. Rich fills in the 499er game since a player needed a partner. (Click Read more below to see complete article.)

Recent Rank Changes

Below are the recent rank changes earned by NCBC members as listed in the current Sunshine Bridge News.  Congratulations to all!

Regional Master
Bill Barker

Club Master
Bud Baynard
Mel Letterer

Junior Master
Mary Ritonia

Lois Fortunato Update

Lois Fortunato is recovering from surgery at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. She is in good spirits and the doctor predicts a good outcome.

When she leaves the hospital she has agreed to spend some time at Gerry Panos’ house. Cards can be sent to her at Gerry’s address: 11350 Heritage Point Drive, Hudson FL, 34667.

Saturday Beginning Bridge Course Announced

BB1 Flyer
BB1 Flyer

Judy Kortier will be the instructor for 8 weeks beginning October 8. Enlarge the image at the left, or call her at (727) 819-2008 for more information.

Course Outline:

Session 1: Hand evaluation, opening the bidding, the bidding ladder, taking tricks

Session 2: Deciding how high and where to play, play points (high card from short

side, promotion, length, drawing trump), attitude signals

Session 3: Notrump opening bids, responses, and rebids

Session 4: Trumping in dummy and combining play point techniques

Session 5: Major suit opening bids, responses, and rebids

Session 6: Finessing

Session 7: Minor suit opening bids, responses, and rebids

Session 8: Play session combining all bidding and play techniques

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