In The News:

News Flash!!

  • The Thursday am game has changed to a 1 pm Open Virtual game, with Bill Gottschall (937-974-2159) directing. 

  • ACBL is running a Club Appreciation Week Starting Oct 26 – Nov 1. Upgraded masterpoints in the Virtual Club games. Here are the details for Club Appreciation Week:
    • Features upgraded masterpoint® awards – double black points (same as the Labor Day event).
    • No extra costs to players, but Clubs will make extra money.
    • All Virtual Clubs are automatically included in the event.
    • This is our chance to win double black masterpoints® AND show how much you love your club.

  • Thank you to all 40 of you who came Saturday Sept 26 to the MVBA Picnic, Award ceremony, Annual Meeting & in- person Voting! (More info on voting later.) The weather was very pleasant & it was great to see everyone! Here are the minutes of our hour-long meeting (a short read):  2020 annual membership minutes (1)
  •  President’s Report: 

      •  This is a challenging time for everyone. I hope you all are staying healthy and safe. The MVBA Board of Directors met virtually on “Zoom”  May , thru the present.  If you want to see the minutes from this and other Board minutes, go to “About Us” at the top of the home page, and then the link for “MVBA Board Minutes”. 
      • Received by G. Banziger, Wed September 2, 2020 from Joe Jones, ACBL Executive Director:
         “….Tournament Sanctions are cancelled for January and February 2021. At this time, we are not hopeful there will be a vaccine or a significant change in the current conditions to allow in-person play for January and February. We are announcing this now so Units and Districts can begin cancelling their events. No decision has been made regarding the spring NABC or March tournaments. We just completed our third regionally rated online event. These have proven to be very successful. The recent tournament and the last event, held in June, generated 13,000 tables in four days. We are offering these events every other month with the next ones being held in October and December.”
    • Miami Valley Bridge Association Financials (provided by David Kennedy, Treasurer, & Jim Rachal, Investment Committee Chair)

    • Bridge Center Manager’s Report

      • MVBC Financial Status    
        • The current balance in the BC Checking account is $7971.26 (See attached PDF of checking account from Sept 15 to present).  We received $350 in  donations from members and $3847.70 from ACBL for our Virtual Club Games since last month’s Board meeting. We should be in good condition for a while without asking for more member donations. Bridge Center Checking Account trans – Account transactions 9 15 2020 thru 10 18 2020
      • During the closure of MVBC, the following 3 types of BBO Bridge sessions are available for our MVBC players to participate, thanks to the efforts of ACBL and BBO. A portion of all entry fees are returned to MVBC:
          1. Support Your Clubs Pairs Program Sessions are conducted 3 times daily at 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM, and 7:30 PM.  Entry Fee is $6.00/player in BBO currency.  Registration is available 2 hours prior to the start time of the session, and is advisable to register early as these sessions are open to all ACBL players in North America and fill up quickly with a limit on # of tables.
          2. Support your Club ACBL Daylong Individual vs Robot sessions – Sign up anytime and you have up to 12 hours to complete the 18 board session.  Entry Fee $6.00.  See the following link:  About ACBL Support Your Club Black Point Daylong Tournaments.  
          3. ACBL/BBO Virtual Club games.  – MVBC currently has 6games weekly in this program: Mon at 1:00 PM, Wed at Noon, Thursday at 1 PM, Friday at 1:00 PM,  Saturday at 1:00 PM, and for newer players Tuesday’s 749er game at 7:00 PM. Starting in April, these sessions have averaged about 12 tables per session. Entry fees are $6.00/player.
        • Directions: On BBO home page go to “Virtual Clubs”, then ACBL North American Clubs, and then locate Miami  Valley Bridge Pairs… Host VABC 197145.  It’s best to sign on a minimum of 15 minutes prior to start time, because some of our names have been purged by ACBL. If you cannot get in, you need to have time to call the director. Currently Bill G is running the M, W, & Th games (937-974-2159), Jeff Gargrave is back running the Fri. game (937-554-0856), Steve Forsythe runs the Tues Eve 749er game (937-640-1665), and Lori runs the Sat game (937-305-5495).
        • If you need a partner for any of the MVBA Bridge Center Virtual Games, Marilyn O’Connor is our Partnership Chair.  Additionally, the director of these sessions, Screen name VACB197145, may be able to find a “sub” to play with you.  Also, there is a “Partnership Desk” option on the BBO web site in the Virtual Games area.  List yourself there, and any club member can invite you to partner with them.
        • If you haven’t signed up to play on BBO, sign up at  www.bridgebaseonline.com and follow their tutorials. Your results will be emailed to you or you can check them at the “Results” section on this website.

MVBA Bridge Library  Several donated books were added 5/15/19 . The books have been alphabetized by author. Please help keep them this way. All have been stamped ” MVBA” and have pockets with cards in the back. See the Director for check out and return. The MVBA Board has committed to buy $300 worth of books per year. The right side of the bookcase has a “Reference” shelf and 2 “Historical Books” shelves; these are for perusing only and cannot be checked out.

If you do not want your information in our online or printed booklet Directory, please let Georgia know. Remember the on-line version is user name (“directory”) and password protected, so only our members have access. Ask your director or Georgia for the password.

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Valley Tally  Valley Tally 11 2018 sf

Policies that are enforced at MVBC :

    • MVBC Slow Play Policy
    • MVBC Cell Phone
    • The first 4 spots in the parking lot are now allowed for our members. ( Lifepointe office moved to the other side of the building) Please don’t park in either ramp entrance.
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