Club #69: Dottie Pirkle DBC in Athens, TX

August 22

The club building was given to the club by Nancy Strain. The players of Athens were looking for a place to hold their club game and just couldn’t find anything suitable, so Nancy asked her husband to build one. Such a simple solution, I don’t know why others don’t think of it. They named the Bridge center the Dottie Pirkle Bridge Club in memory of the named, who did so much for East Texas bridge. Another lady who has done a lot of teaching is Lela Mae Corley. I played with Lela Mae and we managed to get 20 ½ out of 24 matchpoints the last round to win our direction by a hair. The club manager, Ginger Rhamey is the club’s hero of today. Athens is a town of 11,297 and their bridge game draws players from Gunbarrel, Canton, and Tyler. They had a great lunch and their recently elected President, Jimmy Wright was there.

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