News and Updates at Unit 154

70% + Games

John Teshima, Trail Creek & Bill Wendt, Valparaiso:  72.35%  8/6
Robert & Kimberly Grant, Fort Wayne:  70.83%  8/11
Steve Watson, Schererville & Lou Nimnichrt, Crown Point:  70.83%  8/14
Wayne Carpenter, Chesterton & Laverne Niksch, Portage:  75.38%  8/27
Chuck Tomes & Dolores Van Bebber, Valparaiso:  75.66%  8/29
Ken Bisson & Chet Pinkham, Angola:  71.53%  9/4
Matt Fultz & Jim Voelz, Fort Wayne:  72.07%  9/5
Jack Meyers & Tom Carpenter, Fort Wayne:  71.35%  9/11
Michael Clegg & Jim Kart, Fort Wayne:  70.24%  9/2

South Bend Service Award

The South Bend Bridge Club proudly presented MARGARET LEWIS the 2018 Service Award at the Annual Meeting on September 12th.  Serving on the Board of Directors for the past 3 years, she has been a strong liaison for the 399ers.  She works tirelessly on their behalf and encourages them to play in the Swiss Team Games, sometimes bringing as many teams as on the open side. Margaret’s name has been inscribed on the Service plaque.

South Bend Pro-Am Winners

Congratulations to the winners of another successful Pro-Am Swiss Team Event in South Bend.  Pictured are Gayle Gonser, Dave Bontrager, Raji Sundararajan and Raji’s Dad, Raja Sarma (seated).  There were 12 teams in attendance enjoying a Saturday afternoon with hot dogs & extras provided by the Chef, Bill Searcy, & the Hostess Committee, Joan Tobler, Marty Martin & Tricia Killeen.. Thanks to all who made this event a success.

Swiss Teams in Fort Wayne at Pro-Am Game

The Fort Wayne Club has introduced a Swiss team game the third Thursday of the month at its Pro-Am(mentoring) game. Players receiving mentoring were thought to be the best audience to try something new and, if they like the event, they may be willing to play it in sectional tournaments.

Pictured:  Lee Baatz giving a mini-lesson to players on strategy tips and introducing scoring for team games.

Fort Wayne Gets a New Website

Check out Fort Wayne Duplicate Bridge Club’s new website at:   Besides game schedules, upcoming events and club news, the site features lots of player photos and a new page welcoming social bridge players to try duplicate.

Friends That Will Be Missed


Alice Giedemann from Valparaiso passed away on September 14, 2018.
She was an elementary teacher in the Lake Ridge School System for 30 years.

Playing bridge was an important part of Alice’s life. She had been playing bridge since college. Alice and Don played their first sanctioned duplicate game at the Calumet Township Club 8 years ago. They were a vital part of the 99er game. She and Don were regular players at the Valparaiso Club until recently. Alice was also a member of the Assembly Bridge group.

We extend our condolences to Don on the loss of his beloved wife, and we are saddened by her departure.

June 4, 1944 - August 2018

The South Bend Club regrets to report that Frank Yoder  passed away in August.  Frank was a member of the South Bend Bridge Club for many years playing often with his favorite partner, Elaine DeLaney.  He was a formidable opponent with many of us being on the receiving end of his excellent play.  We send our condolences to his family.


October 12, 1933 - August 26, 2018

Paul Scherer, a beloved member of the SBBC, passed away in August.  He is survived by his wife, Darlene and their children, Maria, Mark & John.  He was a Silver Life Master and was only a few points away from becoming a Gold Life Master.

History buffs sought him out about past events as  he was a master of all things
historical.  He taught at several  colleges and universities and, after retirement, taught locally at Forever Learning Institute.