Northern Indiana Unit 154
American Contract Bridge League
District 12

South Bend Summer  Sectional
August 3-5

Annual Meeting on
Sunday, August 5 at 9:15AM

Ken Bisson - Angola
Alan Yngve & Terry Bauer - Gary
Steve Watson - Highland
Marci Meyer & Tom O'Connell - Michigan City/Long Beach
Barbara Stroud - Portage/Chesterton/Valparaiso
John Hamilton & Bud Hinckley - South Bend/Mishawaka
Suzy Wright - Kokomo
Stan Davis & Gary Chaney - Fort Wayne

At the May Board meeting in Fort Wayne, the Board authorized Webmaster Kim Grant to build a new website with modern software and features. She will work to get a new site done by the end of July. If you have a suggestion for this new website, contact Kim at:  kimfwi@aol.com

The Unit 154 Board says "thank you" to its departing members: Barbara Walczak, Julie Kupersmith, Lynn Miller, Max Banan, and Kim Grant. These departing Board members played pivotal roles in our successful campaign to move to District 12. Each of them deserves our thanks for their contributions to the betterment of Unit 154.

With the departure of the above, the Board welcomes our "newbies": Terry Bauer, Stan Davis, Bud Hinckley and
Suzy Wright. Your Unit 154 Board now consists of the following members:

Silver Points! Silver Points! Silver Points! Don't forget STaC week June 25-July 1. The South Bend Sectional is August 3-5 and the Highland Sectional is October 19-21. Arrange your partners and grab the silver. District 12 uses the same hands for STaC week across the district!


And finally, I thank all of you, the members of Northern Indiana Unit 154, for your support at the bridge table and at the petition table. You have made a difference and our Unit is the better for it. Those who come after us will benefit from your efforts. Now, let's play some bridge!

PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Gary Chaney

Hello, Everyone. With June upon us, it is time to start qualifying for the North American Open Pairs. Each Unit 154 club is permitted to hold two qualifying dates per session for each month of June, July, and August. Those players who qualify at the club level have the opportunity to play in the District 12 qualifying session that will be held on September 16 in Lansing MI. The top three pairs in each of the four flights will then be eligible to compete in the 2019 Spring NABC in Memphis in March. So, grab your best partner and start qualifying.

The northern bridge districts have a significant number of snowbirds who go to fairer climes duringharsh winter months.When doing so, there are two ways to do so. The first is to change your address without changing your unit affiliation. You will still receive the ACBL Bulletin publication at your winter address and doing it this waybenefits the home unit because it will still receive the portion of your ACBL dues which get paid to the units.

The ACBL pays a portion of your dues twice annually six months apart; they are paid to the unit of your address attime the payment is made. The alternative when you change to your winter address, is to also change your unit affiliation; that is the default treatment by the ACBL when you make an address change to a location outside of your home unit. This benefits the unit in which you reside in the winter as they may receive that portion of your ACBL dues based on where you are at the time of the payment.

In order to keep your unit affiliation unchanged when you move to your winter address, you should contact:  
Cindy Wages ( cindy.wages@acbl.org
) or Linda Aldridge ( linda.aldridge@acbl.org ) in the Member Services Department of the ACBL.  If you are internet phobic, the telephone number is 662-253-3100 , extension 3132.

The Florida units are among the largest in the country and hardly need the added income, so help out Unit 154 by keeping your unit affiliation unchanged.

SNOWBIRDS:   PLEASE STAY IN UNIT 154!
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