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Columbia Regional 7/31 - 8/6
Columbia will be hosting the District 7 Mid-Atlantic Regional this summer at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 2100 Bush River Road. The tournament flyer can be found here. For hotel reservations using our group code, click here. Contact Lee Webb or Chris Webb for general tournament questions, or Betsy Stanton for partnership information.

Renovations
Dear Columbia Bridge Club, 

I wanted to share some updates with you regarding the building. The board met in December and approved interior updates and renovations to the building pending repair to the building’s leaks.

1. Permit and license requirement
2. Material handling/disposal fees/consumables
3. Erect perimeter partition walls with insulation
4. Add HVA/C drops
5. Modify switching/add outlets
6. Install new light fixtures
7. Install insulated acoustical ceilings
8. Add walls in classroom
9. Update director’s desk

Insulation, upgrading lights, and lowering the ceiling will improve our cooling and heating efficiency. The saving in our monthly utilities would be approximately $120.00 per month, which off sets the difference in the increased mortgage amount. The board voted to proceed pending having leaks repaired. 

The advantages for doing the renovation at this time are several. The interest rate is excellent. The new lighting, insulated walls and ceiling and HVA/C changes should be much more economical. The appraised value of the building will go from “warehouse” to office building” which is very important were we to decide to sell the building. These renovations will increase the beauty of the building as well as the comfort level of the members.

The contractor has agreed to work with the club around our schedule at no extra cost, so we do not have to go to another facility or shut down for a long period of time. The estimate for completion of the job on this weekend schedule is 6 weeks. If we were to shut the club down for construction, the length of time to completion is 4 weeks. 

The plan is for the crew to work on Saturday after the game, all day Sunday, and Monday prior to game time. We will cancel Sunday games until construction is complete. The construction will begin as soon as the leaks are repaired. The crew will do their best to leave the club as found but things may be rearranged. We must all be patient during this construction and pitch in and help if something is in disarray. 

This is an exciting process for the club to finish the interior, one of our goals when we moved into the building. Our goals are to make the building more energy efficient, comfortable for all parties, improve the interior appearance, and add value to our existing structure. I think we will all enjoy this over years to come. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Best, 

Lee Webb
CBC President
803-331-6894 cell phone
LeeWebb1@sc.rr.com

Called Board Meeting
Dear CBC Club Members,

There will be a special board meeting this Monday, January 2, 2017 at 5:15 PM to discuss updates/clarifications regarding renovations of the building.
All club members are invited.

Best,

Lee Webb
CBCPresident

Board of Directors Change
Hello CBC members,

Lewis Cromer has reluctantly decided to step aside from the board due to recent outside obligations requiring more of his attention. He will remain chair of the Ethics Committee. It is my pleasure to appoint Carolyn Cromer to complete his term on the board, she has graciously agreed to this commitment.

Please join me in welcoming Carolyn to this position.

Lee Webb
CBC President

Palmetto State Winter Sectional
The Palmetto State Winter Sectional will be held February 17 through 19 at the Tri-City Leisure Center. The flyer can be found here. Please contact Chris Webb at cwebb1@sc.rr.com with questions or Bernetha Henry at pm9735@aol.com for partnership information.

2017 Grand National Teams
The Columbia Bridge Club will be hosting Grand National Teams club qualifications on Saturday, January 28th and Saturday, March 11. Both days are two session games and begin promptly at 10 am. As always, bring a sandwich, and beverages and desserts will be provided.

For questions and/or partnerships, please contact Dode De Fiori at (803) 738-0725 or Brent Holcomb at (803) 772-6919.

To help us with our planning, we kindly request that our out-of-town guests RSVP here.

The GNT Flyer can be found here.

New Open Side Game and New Scoring Correction Policy
At the December Board Meeting, the Board of Directors approved a new open side-game on Tuesday afternoons. This game will begin on the first Tuesday in January. The game is open for all players, not just those with 1500+ MP. So grab your favorite partner and make plans for Tuesday!

Additionally, a new score change policy was adopted. Beginning in January, score corrections will only be accepted immediately after the game. Once you leave the building, it is too late to request a score correction. This policy is in-line with policies at tournaments and will also greatly reduce the work our Game Directors do. So, please check your scores on the BridgeMates and check your burger after the game.

Congratulations to our CBC member Harold Moore!
Harold Moore came in second in District 7's NAP final, playing with John Cotty from McCormick, S.C. What a feat in this bracket as the field is as tough as it gets. Harold and John have qualified to compete in Kansas City's NABC in March of 2017. The entire Columbia Bridge Club congratulates Harold and is so proud of one of our own in his accomplishment. We are behind you and wish you all the best in the NABC competition.

Winter-Spring 2017 Classes Announced
The CBC will be offering the following classes this spring: Polishing Your Basics, Planning to Win, Two Over One, and Play and Learn Beginning Bridge. Registration deadlines are as soon as December 23rd. Please see Education above for class details, download the flyer here, or contact Mary at mtownhill@sc.rr.com and/or (803) 359-7640 to enroll or for further information.

2016-17 Youth Bridge Game Series
The Junior bridge game series will start Saturday, November 12, 2016 and run thru May 2017. Each session will begin with a short lesson and the game will follow. Juniors - 10 thru 18 years old are welcome to come learn and play.
The cost per player is just a $5.00 registration fee! The series is valued at approximately $150.00 and the remaining expenses will be covered by the generous underwriting of the South Carolina Bridge Foundation to promote the game of bridge.

The games are schedules for the second Saturday of the month:
Nov 12 - Dec 10 - Jan 14 – Feb 11 – Mar 18 – Apr 8 – May 13

Please let us know if you plan to attend at cbc.news.sc@gmail.com

Check out the flyer here!

2015 – 2016 Cup Race Winners
(For the Most Masterpoints Won at Club Games)

  • Sol Lourie Open: Jay Shahani
  • Henry Mills Under 2000: Al Kirkland
  • Coleman-Farrell NLM: Dot Jones
  • Centurion Under 100: Janet Sheridan

2015 – 2016 Bob McMahon Winners
(For the Highest Average Percentage Game)

  • Over 2000: Hap Neuffer
  • 1000 – 2000: Bill Charlwood
  • 300 – 1000: Scott Dunn
  • 0 – 300: Sue Kline

2016-2017 Appointments
Below are appointments for the 2016-2017 year:

  • Education Coordinator: Mary Townhill
  • Head Director: Mike Bitonti
  • Treasurer: Pat Webb
  • Club Manager: Craig Lemrow
  • Sectional Tournament Chair: Chris Webb
  • Ethics Committee: Lewis Cromer, Jay Shahani, Scott Dunn
  • Webmaster: Scott Dunn

We are so pleased to have these willing people help with club endeavors.
New Officers, Board Members, and Bylaws
At the annual General Membership Meeting the proposed Bylaw Revisions were accepted. Additionally, please welcome our new officers and board members for 2016:

  • Vice President: Ed Young
  • Secretary: Mary Townhill
  • Member-at-large: Bibs Hurt
  • Member-at-large: Beronica Whisnant

New Life Masters


We salute the following Columbia Bridge Club member for their achievement of obtaining the rank of Life Master:
2017

  • Mohan Bali January

2016

  • Sue Hopke February

2015

  • Judith Sellers November
  • Greg Garrison November
  • Ellliott Bonnette August
  • Belford Cross June

Welcome

Welcome to the Columbia Bridge Club website.

CBC promotes the game of duplicate bridge in this community. Our Club provides a range of opportunities for players of all levels to join in the play, have fun, meet new people and learn more about the game. We are a Zero Tolerance* club, which means we insist on courteous behavior at all times. Please read our About Us. CBC is located at 77 Brighton Hill Road, Columbia, SC 29223.

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