|Rank||Name & City|
Junior Master (5)
|Jackie Raftree, Fort Wayne Kim Tubergen, Angola|
Club Master (20)
|Patricia Adsit, Fort Wayne; Barbara Nikcevich, Dyer; Rick Trego, Fort Wayne|
Sectional Master (50)
|James Carson, Valparaiso; Fred Maione, Cassopolis, MI; Paul, Muszik, Crown Point; Randy Peterson, Mishawaka|
Regional Master (100)
Adv. NABC Master (300)
|Ivye Benson, Ormond Beach, FL; Richard Hastings, Bristol; Richard Will, Valparaiso|
LIFE MASTER (500)
JAMES McDONALD, Delphi
BRONZE LIFE MASTER (500)
CAROL WATTERS, Columbia City
SILVER LIFE MASTER (1000)
DAVE BONTRAGER, Elkhart
South Bend’s Newest Silver Life Master, Dave Bontrager. Born, bred and schooled in Elkhart, Dave set out to be a teacher. After achieving a BA degree at Hanover, a subsequent MA degree, and continuing with post grad in Iowa and Notre Dame, he began his 50 year teaching career: 6 in high school, and over 42 in college. He has a wonderful family consisting of 3 adult children, a Kiwi (that's Australian) stepdaughter, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. His grandmother and his mother taught him lots of card games so he was ready to take on the game of bridge, still the best of the lot. Like many of us, he started playing bridge in college. This allowed him to meet a lot of rare characters and their feeling was mutual.
RUBY LIFE MASTER (1500)
JO ELLEN PRAKLET, South Bend
Pictured are Jo Ellen Praklet and her husband Jim Heiner. Jody was so happy to receive her Ruby Life Master Standing but it was saddened with the loss of her husband. Jo Ellen (Jody) left for California a few years ago but came back this past year with her husband, Jim, for a welcome visit . We were delighted to see them. They were always formidable opponents. We congratulate her on her achieving the Ruby Life Master award. It seems only ysterday that she became a Silver Life Master. We wish her well and congratulate her for her achievement. We hope to see her back at our (SBBC) club soon.
GOLD LIFE MASTER (2500)
TOM CARPENTER, Fort Wayne
EMERALD LIFE MASTER (7500)
JO CHIN, Highland
Joe Chin of Highland has reached a significant milestone in his life —
Emerald Life Master — 7500 masterpoints. He is the first player in Northwest Indiana to have arrived at that remarkable ranking and is now among the 99% of all 156,514 ACBL players in number of points. There were 18 teams partaking in the observance of a grand day of celebration.
Joe’s comments were, "January 15, 2020 is a date that will be carved into my memory forever as a bridge player. That was the day wherein 72 players packed the multi-purpose center mostly dressed in green to help celebrate my attainment of Emerald Life Master. In addition to the regular third Wednesday team people Ed Lumpkin of Chicago ABA, Lydia Hawkins of Gary ABA and our own dear nonagenarian Jennie Alsobrooks, (who started a lunch-hour foursome at Gary West Side High School and taught me bridge basics), made the afternoon that much more meaningful.”
One of the gifts that was presented was an 'Emeril Joe' book by Wayne Carpenter. Wayne commented, “People wanted to know how Joe was so successful in achieving his ‘Emeril’ Life Master. Was it his good nature? Was it his very analytical brain? Was it his extreme good looks? NOT! After much thought and research, I found the answer. This was Joe’s recipe for success. The book has all the formulas, all the proper ingredients and all the ways to measure your opponents. Anyone wishing to purchase their own copy can — for $29.95.”
Joe also received a 58-page book compiled of 120+ of his exceptional events over the last 14 years and a congratulations card signed by 127 well wishers highlighting Joe’s contributions to the game we all love. There were 20 pages of signatures, which show how highly regarded Joe is among his fellow bridge players.