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Meet David Marks

This club owes a special debt of gratitude to David Marks and we attempt to do it here. David was very instrumental in the success of Learn Bridge In A Day, having worked tirelessly in its promotion. He has now volunteered to promote a new club seminar to be held in October.

David lives in New Port Richey and is single. He was born in England, and with his parents, immigrated to the US when he was 11, settling in Rockford, Illinois. David was a teacher for 5 year in high school Journalism and English. His other field was data processing.

He has lived in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, and Hawaii. He considers Evanston, Illinois his home. He has a strong interest in sports and at one time was a very competitive pool player. His hobbies include collecting antiques, and his favorites are oriental and english.

Thank-you David for all your volunteer efforts, both in the club and out.

Last Week's Good Games

Noteworthy games last week include Cheryl Petty and James Thomas with 65% on Friday, (best open game of the week), Kathy King and Bobbie Regan with  a 59% on Thursday, which we note because both are C players and came in first overall in A, B, and C. We also recognize in the 0-20 game, Thangan Najarajar with a 75% and Pamela McEwan with a  67%. Congratulations all.

This Week's Good Games

Again, we cannot recognize everyone, but the biggest open game this past week was Jim Logan and Jim Somma with a 66% game on Tuesday. Connie Queller and Carol Hargrave had a 62% on Wednesday.

Special recognition goes out to Robert Kreye and Gene Kortier, who are C players and relatively new, with a 60% on Tuesday and first in their section.

Also, in the 0-20 game both Pamela McEwan and Scott Jones had a 70% game.

Meet Floyd McWilliams

Please meet our newest director, Floyd McWilliams. Rumor has it that he is a monk sent on a mission to bring peace and humor to NCBC. He denies monkhood, but he has been a breath of fresh air to our club.

He calls a lot of places home, and has lived in Indiana, up-state New York, Illinois, and El Paso, Texas. He spent 30 years in the computer field, was an insurance salesman, and a math teacher, teaching at Indiana State University and in the federal prisons system.

He is a widower, and has four kids, spread all over, and 6 grandkids. He has been a director since about 1998, and this is the biggest club he has directed at. What he likes most about our club are the friendly members. We are very glad to have you, Floyd.

Meet Gary Emke

For those newer members, please meet Gary Emke, who has been our club manager for almost three years now.

Gary and his wife Ellouise live in Heritage Pines, and have been blessed with four wonderful children, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Gary grew up in Otto, New York, and went to several different colleges, his favorite of which was in Gannon, Pennsylvania.

He worked for International Paper for twenty years and IBM for ten, in information systems. He has enjoyed retirement for the past eight years.

When asked what he liked most about our club, he said he was "most grateful for the kindness, friendliness, and support the club members gave him and his main partner, Guy Alfano, when they first started playing."

We are very lucky to have Gary as Manager. He does so much for our club, much of which goes unnoticed by the general membership.

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Next Games

Monday Open, Mon Dec 18 @12:30PM
Tuesday Open, 299 , Tue Dec 19 @12:30PM
Wednesday Open, Wed Dec 20 @12:30PM
Thursday 0-299, Thu Dec 21 @12:30PM
Thursday Open, Thu Dec 21 @12:30PM
Friday Open, Fri Dec 22 @12:30PM
Monday Open, Mon Dec 25 @12:30PM
Tuesday Open, 299 , Tue Dec 26 @12:30PM

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