News and Updates at Unit 154

70% + Games

Candy Hurwich & Roger Chrastil, South Bend:  71.5%  5/20
Connie & Jim Sullivan, Long Beach:  73.57%  6/4
Wayne Carpenter, Chesterton & Dave Bigler, Hobart:  71.25%  6/12
Barbara Graegin, Schererville & George Roeper, Homewood IL: 70.63%  6/12
Steve Brock, Auburn & Kimberly Grant, Fort Wayne:  71.43%  6/13
Chris Clarke & John Gadd, South Bend:  71.25%  6/17
Dave Bigler, Hobart & Wayne Carpenter, Chesterton:  71.88% 6/19
Lou Nimnicht, Crown Point & Steve Watson, Schererville  74.31%  6/25
Kathy Klein & Gerry Kulp, Fort Wayne:  70.83%  6/25
Susan Keeley & Bill deFuniak, Long Beach:  72.22%  6/25
Carolyn Potasnik, Munster and Yuan Hsu, Hammond:  71.11% 6/26
Mary Ennes, Valparaiso & Bill deFuniak, Long Beach:   77.02%  7/1
Sally & Rich Will, Valparaiso:  70.24% 7/3
Lee Boser & Ren Singleton, South Bend:  70.54%  7/11
Dan Spain, Portage & Lou Nimnicht, Crown Point:  73.96% 7/16
Chuck & Marcy Tomes, Valparaiso:  72.92% 7/16
Rosemary Zonker, Elkhart & Gini Stipp, South Bend:  70.31%  7/12
Gini Stipp, South Bend & Lee Boser, Elkhart:  70% 7/21
Susan Keeley & Bill deFuniak, Long Beach:  72.52%  7/23
Bob & Kim Grant, Fort Wayne:  75.46%  7/27

FORT WAYNE RAISES $18,000 FOR ALZHEIMER'S

This year, the Fort Wayne Club raised $18,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association at its ‘Longest Day’ event on June 19, beating its previous total by more than $5,000. The amount ranks it in the top 10 participating clubs nationally for dollars donated. Generous businesses, foundations and players gave most of the funds, with the rest coming from game fees, a raffle, and a silent auction.

(Chairs Pictured L to R):  Dena Davis, Teresa Nelson, Judy Nelsen & Matt Farber

 

SUPPPORTING ALZHEIMER'S RESEARCH AND CARE

The Community bridge players in Gary have joined together with others across America to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s. The grand total collection for the day was $1203.50!!! Amazing!!! This is how it broke down:

  • Fees collected from two games — #367.50
  • (The multipurpose center double-booked for the evening event, and we were not able to play the planned third game.)

  • Playing with a pro — $686.00
  • Thanks to the six pros who volunteered to give of their time to provide professional advice to improve one’s game — Dave Bigler, Alan Yngve, Jim O’Connell, Joe Chin, Lou Nimnicht and John Goring. (Dave brought in the most money) — and to all the players who signed up to participate in the improvement of their game.

  • Free will donations — $150.00
  • The generosity of so many players knew no bounds. Hat’s off to you for sharing bountifully for such a worthwhile cause!

    BUD PARSHALL DAY

    Last November South Bend had the sad duty of advising their members that they had lost a dear bridge friend, Bud Parshall.  It turns out that he found them to be his friends also because he left a wonderful gift of over $48,000 to their club. The club will be honoring Bud each year on June 11th with a special game on Bud Parshall Day.  A  plaque with the winners' names will be on display at the front of the club on the Awards Wall.

    HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE TO BENEFIT NEW PLAYERS

    A Hospitality Committee active since January has helped the Fort Wayne Club retain more new players. Directors ask a committee member to welcome anyone new, gather contact info, give out handouts about the club/how to play duplicate, and show the player a bit about duplicate mechanics. The committee member also gives the new player a card with his or her name and phone number, and contacts the player later to ask how it went at the game.

    Committee: (L toR) Nancy Love, Teresa Nelson, David Bienz, Judy Nelson & Helen Ryan.  Not Pictured:  Kathy Steininger, Bud Lill & Dena Davis

     

    FW BRIDGE CLUB PARTNERS WITH PURDUE

    The Fort Wayne Club will again offer nine-week Beginning and Intermediate Bridge classes this September through Purdue Fort Wayne’s Continuing Studies Program. Both classes are taught by players at the club site, but registration is through Purdue. For details, visit fortwaynebridge.org

    Instructors: (L toR) Joe Kohne, Judy Nelsen &  Lee Baatz

    Friends That Will Be Missed

     

    Byron (Bud) Parshall
    June 11, 1926 - October 5, 2018

    Last November South Bend had the sad duty of advising their members that they had lost a dear bridge friend, Bud Parshall.  It turns out that he found them to be his friends also because he left a wonderful gift of over $48,000 to our club. The club will be honoring  Bud each year on June 11th with a special game on Bud Parshall Day.  A  plaque with the winners' names will be on display at the front of the club on the Awards Wall.

    Bud was raised in South Bend and graduated from the University of Michigan with an Engineering Degree.  He was employed by N.A. Rockwell to serve as quality control manager involved in the NASA Space Program.  However, he was not all work and no play.  He was an avid fly fisherman, was an Arthur Murray ballroom dance instructor and achieved the lofty rank of life master.  He was an extremely tough bridge competitor, particularly when he partnered with his favorite partner, Fred Biner. They really kept the other players on their toes.  We will continue to have him in our thoughts.

    We thank him for his generous gift!