Saturday, May 28
First, Georgia Banziger, President MVBA Unit 136 and VP of District 11, welcomed everyone. Tom Coyle, Manager Miami Valley Bridge Center, introduced me accompanied by the playing of Hail To The Chief, performed by the U.S. Army Band & Herald Trumpets. A presentation was made to local players Dave Camillus & Ryan Schultz, who, along with a pair from Cincinnati, were the victors in the 2010 NABC Grand National Team Flight C event in New Orleans. Prior to the start of the Unit Charity Championship game, a two minute period of silence was observed for the Memorial Day weekend.
In the game that followed at the Bridge Center, Dave finished 4th Overall to come within less than a point to become Life Master. 21 tables were in play, overall winners were Elaine, playing with Scott Gates. I managed to struggle in 6th overall, playing with DLM Wayne Penrod, who built the current MVBC Bridge Center in 2008. The MVBC facility is 5,300 sq ft, designed specifically as a Bridge Center, can hold up to 50 tables, complete with full Kitchen, lounge area. Unit 136 conducts 3 Sectionals per year at the Center, and is now host to the District 11 GNT finals, starting in February, 2011. It was a pleasure to meet Sandy and Marc Lowe (Marc, along with John Hamilton invented the Swiss Team movement).