Rising In The Ranks

RankName & City

Junior Master (5)

Paul Marks, Kouts

Club Master (20)

Sectional Master (50)

Barbara Gasser, Fort Wayne; Ron Richey, North Webster; Robert Young, Fort Wayne

Regional Master (100)

Adv. NABC Master (300)




Laverne Niksch of Portage has advanced to the next level in the bridge hierarchy.  By virtue of having amassed 1500 masterpoints, he is now a Ruby Life Master!  We celebrated this momentous achievement in Portage.

Laverne’s almost exclusive partner — Wayne Carpenter — had a few words to say on this auspicious occasion — “For all of the bridge players who have achieved the rank of Ruby Life Master, you know what an accomplishment this is.  It has been my pleasure to be with Laverne on this adventure.  We started out playing bridge in college and played party bridge for over thirty years with our long-time friends.  After graduating with a degree in ‘retirement’, we play as partners two or three times a week and plan on playing until we get it right.  This has been a great ride, and I can’t think of a more deserving person.  Congratulations to my favorite partner!

All of us in Northwest Indiana also join in the chorus — Congratulations, Laverne, on a job well done!



Rosemary Zonker, Elkhart

Rosemary Zonker achieved the lofty title of Diamond Life Master by earning over 5000 masterpoints during her bridge career.  Her achievement became a reality in December of 2018 so she will be honored along with 9 others at the South Bend Spring Awards Luncheon.  Rosemary has been a very dedicated member playing 4 to 5 times a week, driving from Elkhart, no matter the weather (This IS Indiana, you know!)  Our congratulations to a well-deserved accomplishment.