Newsletter - 28 April 2016

Recent Results

2016 Open Teams Trial
1. Pam & Ross Crichton
2. Ian Robinson & George Kozakos
3. Marianne Bookallil & Stephen Fischer

Upcoming Events

Bridge for Brains - Friday 6th May 1.00pm
Once again the Canberra Bridge Club is supporting the Bridge for Brains Research Challenge for Neurological Research. Normal table money fees apply, but players are encouraged to make a donation on the day, no matter how small, to this worthy cause.
Bill Gray Red Point Pairs - Wednesday daytime. May 4, 11, 18 & 25.
This four week event is a Red Point event which will be run over all sections. There is no need to enter and regular table money applies.
Flight Centre Southern Tablelands Teams - Save the date: Coming up on Sunday May 29.

Master the Basic Lessons

The next lesson is Wednesday May 4 at 9.15 am. It will focus on Signals. To make a nice day out, stay and play in the session starting at 10.00am.

May is Mentoring Month

Entries are now closed. Players will be contacted with their individual arrangements.
If you have any questions please contact Janet Kahler on 6239 7268 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Intermediate Lessons with Ian Robinson

The Club is conducting intermediate lessons 

Saturday May 7, 14 & 21 at 10.15am.  The lessons are designed to initially strengthen basic knowledge about the game and then to move on to more advanced techniques. The lessons are suitable for players with over one year’s experience with the game up to those regular long term players who need to consolidate and expand their skills.  Cost is $20.00 per lesson or $50 for all three.
Please put your name on the ‘improve your bridge’ board in the Barry Turner room.

Players to play at short notice

We would like a few people who could put their names down to play at short notice, as we often have players passing through Canberra, who are looking for a game. Also, with winter coming on it would be handy to have a few players who are willing to fill in. Please let the office know if you would like to assist.

2016 ABF membership cards have been issued

They are in alphabetical order in the plastic containers on the desk behind the Directors desk.

Back Rests

The Club will be placing an order for Back Rests, which will arrive at the Club after the middle of August.
The cost will be $10.00. Please let the office know if you would like one.

Late Exit from the Club

Please read the notice located near the pin pad.
First ensure that everyone else has vacated the premises. Set the exit the code which is ‘9000’ and you must turn the alarm ‘ON’. If there has been unexpected movement picked up by the alarm sensors the monitor will ask if everything is OK. You must then press OK as well.


President's Corner

Bulletin Number 17 – 28th April 2016

CBC, the Centre of Bridge in Canberra

Dear Members

This week I am back to featuring a long term member and character of our club, Donald Leslie. Some will know that Donald is relocating to Sydney to be near his family. Donald was born in 1922 in Tottenham, London. The youngest of 4. He started playing auction bridge with his siblings by about the age of 6. They soon moved on to contract bridge. By 11 he was joining his parents’ bridge parties at home.

Donald completed a degree in mathematics at London University. He celebrated his 21st birthday in the British Army where he maintained radar equipment at anti-aircraft bases in England, Belgium and Holland and learnt some Flemish and Dutch. In 1945, when the war in Europe was over, he volunteered to learn Japanese and was sent to a British Army course in Karachi, India. Leisure time was spent playing bridge. In 1946 he went to Japan as an Army interpreter and translator and took part in overseeing the first Japanese democratic election.

Donald went on to study classical Chinese at Cambridge. He played 3 times in the Cambridge bridge team against Oxford. During the 1st match the then Oxford captain, Alan Truscott too late instructed his team “Don’t double Leslie!”. Reporting on another match, a British Bridge magazine’s headline sarcastically referred to Donald as “Grand Slam Leslie” after he successfully played for the drop, missing Queen 5 times trumps.

In 1954 Donald moved to Israel and learnt Hebrew and worked for 1 year in the Israeli Army Intelligence. In 1958 he married Helga and had 2 daughters, Michal and Gial, both born in Jerusalem. The family moved to France where Donald completed a doctorate in Chinese Philosophy at the Sorbonne (written in French!)

In 1963 Donald got a job at the ANU as a research fellow in Chinese history. His son Jonathan was born in Canberra. Donald has had over a dozen books published about Confucianism and Jewish and Muslim minorities in China and continued to research and publish until he was in his 80s.

Soon after arriving in Canberra, Donald and his bridge partner Neville Pearson qualified 2nd to George Jesner to compete in the National Team selection trials. Donald has been playing bridge in Canberra ever since and despite his failing eyesight, occasional revokes and misplaced honours is still enjoying it. We wish Don and family all the very best with his pending move to Sydney.

Members are reminded that cigarette butts should be placed in bins, not just dumped and squashed into the paths around the club for others to clean up. Your assistance on this would be greatly appreciated.

We have the Flight Centre Southern Tablelands Teams event coming up on Sunday 29th May. This is always a great event, various sections to suit your level of play, good food and I expect that Edwina from Flight Centre will attend to present the prizes. Please enter early to assist the convenor undertake the necessary planning.

I would like to thank members who have provided letters and feedback on either the draft “Dress Code” and/or “Zero Tolerance” towards the bad behaviour issue. Some very strong views on the Zero Tolerance aspect and that poor behaviour has worked against the club with building our numbers. Please refer to last week’s newsletter for detail on both subjects.

• Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were.

• Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.

Happy Bridging

Peter Giles