This section of the homepage is dedicated to the previous news of District 1,

including events as well as the main results of its members.

 

 

 Sept 2007 

April 2013

Leo Weniger takes over from the retiring George Retek as District 1 Director for the ACBL

 

DISTRICT NEWS:

1)   There is an Amnesty Program for those who have let their membership lapse or do not pay Life Master service fees. This program runs to the end of June and allows past members to have their old master points recorded for free when renewing their memberships or paying life master service fees.

2)   There will be a Youth NABC followed by a World Bridge Federation Youth championships. I encourage our Junior and Youth players to attend these events which take place at the same time as the Atlanta NABC in August.

3)   Elections will be held in 2013 for First and Second Alternate Directors for our District. Candidates must apply by May 31st. Further information is found in the April ACBL Bulletin.

4)   As my next report will be just before the probable date of the next District meeting, I’m reminding Units that the next District Board Meeting will be at the CanAm in August. District President, Peter Clark will be notifying the Units of the date and time.  

5)   Unit 151 will be sponsoring a Teacher’s Accreditation Program (TAP) in French. This subsidized program will be held in Montreal, June 14-16, and will be lead by Star Teacher Kamel Fergami. For more information please go to the Montreal Bridge League website. Congratulations to Unit 151 for taking this initiative which we hope will result in many new members.   

6)   Grand National Teams (GNT): The District 1 Finals of GNT will be held at the Quebec City Regional in May.  Flights A+C will be held on Sun, May 19th and Superflight and Flight B will be on Mon, May 20th. Interested teams will enter the Regional Swiss that day and declare that they are playing in the applicable GNT flight by paying an extra $1.00 per player. The entered team with the highest score in the flight will be eligible to represent District 1 at the National Final at the Atlanta NABC. There is no pre-qualification required, and no subsidy from the District.  We hope that you will participate in this prestigious event.

7)   Congratulations to all District 1 participants in the National Finals of the North American Pairs (NAP) at the St. Louis NABC, especially Stephane and Eric Reiher who came 9th in NAP Flight-B and Denise Roy-Letourneau + Danielle Tremblay and Louis Leroux + Jacques Beauregard who came 2nd and 11th respectively in NAP Flight-C.

 

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 NAP Winners District 1 - Maritimes:

 

Flight - A

 

First

 Daniel Landry - Elizabeth Legacy                     * Played in St, Louis finals

Second

 Stuart Eastwood - John Ayer

Third

 Virginia Giza - Larry Mock                                * Played in St, Louis finals

.

Flight - B

 

First

 Denis Murphy - Brian De Long                          * Played in St, Louis finals

Second

 Brian Maciver - David Rubin

Third

 James Anderson - G Godfrey

.

Flight - C

First

 Dave Tanner - John Olsen

Second

 Daniel Labrie - Rosanne Reeve-Newson           * Played in St, Louis finals

Third

 Celia Cobbett - Pattie Moody

October 2012

Douglas Heron 1943-2012


Dr. A. Douglas Heron, of Ottawa, passed away on October 22nd, 2012 at the age of 69. Doug is survived by his wife Christine, his children Anne, Tracy (Steve), Alex (Sheilagh), Tina (Graham), his grandchildren Eric, Allan, Ryan, Olivia, Jack, Sean, and by his sister Beth.

After graduating from the School of Medicine at Queen’s University, Doug worked as a Flight Surgeon and Physician with the Canadian Forces in Germany and later moved to Ottawa to practice as an ENT Physician. He had a passion for bridge, and his proudest moment was winning the Canadian Open Pairs championship with his son, Alex. Doug loved his time at the cottage, his time on any golf course and his travel holidays. Doug approached each day with a positive outlook and made the most out of each situation, with no regrets.

Doug Heron served on the CBF Board of Directors from Jan. 1, 1990 to Dec. 31, 2001 and then again Jan. 1 to August 31 in 2003;
and served as CBF President on two occasions 1992 - 1993 and 1998 - 2000.

 

 Sept 2007 

 

Agenda for the 2010 Annual ACBL District 1 Meeting

Location:  MONTREAL CAN-AM

Saturday August 14th, 2010 after the afternoon session- most likely at the Biftheque.

1     District President's remarks

 

2     Review of Minutes of 2009 Annual Meeting

 

3     Business arising out of the 2009 Annual Meeting

 

4     Treasurer's 2009 financial report and confirmation of financial statements

 

5     District Director's report

 

6     Committee reports:  Judicial; Education; Website and Charity

 

7     New Business

a. NAOP 2010-2011

b. GNT 2011 Conditions of Contest and dates for qualification

c. QUIP Reports

d. Doug Heron Award –Unit 194                        

e. Financial Status and Unit levy

f. 2014 split-regional

g. STAC schedule for the next year

h. Future Sanctions                    

8. Nominating Committee Report

9. Election and Appointment of Officers and Committee members

10. Date and location of next meeting and adjournment 

Please inform the Secretary by August 1st, with the names of individuals who will be attending

from your Unit.  It is important that each Unit be represented.

 

 Sept 2007 

April 2009

1)    CBF Bridge Week:

Best wishes to District 1 players who will be competing in the Canadian championships in Penticton, BC June 6-13. For more information go to www.cbf.ca .

2)    Charity and Goodwill Committees Appointments:

District 1 Director George Retek is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Hastings and Nick L’Ecuyer to the Goodwill Committee and Claire Desmeules and Boyd Wells to the Charity Committee. These appointments recognize the appointees’ great contribution to Bridge in our District. Congratulations! For more information about these Committees, see the links to the left off the home page.

3)    IMP Pairs Winner:

Congratulations to Nick L’Ecuyer who won the NABC IMP Pairs in Houston.

4)    North American Pairs (NAP):

Please make plans this summer to play in the club qualifying rounds of this prestigious event.

Conditions of Contest are listed in the “District Events” link. Details of the Split District in 1 Final will be listed here after the District Annual Board meeting in May.

January 2009

1)    District 1 Regionals:

We hope that you will attend our upcoming 2009 Regionals. They all promise excellent playing conditions competition, and great hospitality.  In 2009 they are:

Quebec City, QC:                      May 14-18

CanAt (Fredericton, NB):           June 30-July 5

CanAm (Montreal, QC):            August 10-16

National Capital (Ottawa, ON):  October 6-12

 

For more information go to the “District Tournaments” link of this website or www.acbl.org

2)    Grand National Teams (GNT):

The District 1 Final of  the GNT will be held at the Quebec City Regional on May 17 and 18. There are no Club or Unit qualifications required to participate.

 

All flights are one day events and the winners of each event are entitled to represent District 1 at the North American Final in Washington, DC in July. There is no subsidy by the District.

 

·         Flight A (0-5000) and Flight C ( non-LM and 0-500) will be held on Sunday May 17 (1+7 pm).

 

·         Superflight (unlimited) and Flight B (0-2000) will be held on Monday May 18 (10+2:30).

 

·         If there are not enough teams to hold a separate event in any flight, the registered teams will play in the appropriate Swiss Teams that day, and the highest team for that flight (that paid the extra entry fee of $1 per person) will be the winner.  All players on a team must be members of District 1.

 

·        For information please contact District GNT Coordinator: Gilbert April at gapril@mediom.com  

3)    District 1 Board Annual Meeting:

The District 1 Annual Meeting will be held at the Quebec City Regional on Saturday, May 16th. If any District 1 member has an item for the Board Meeting Agenda, please contact Leo Weniger at leowen@primus.ca  using subject heading “District Meeting”. Minutes of past meeting can be found in the “Governance” link of this website.

4)    Changes to Laws of Duplicate Bridge:

The laws were changed effective September 8, 2008. Although there were no major changes, a summary of the changes can be found on the bottom of the home page of this website.

5)    Requirement to become Life Master:

Effective January 1, 2010, the  requirement to achieve Life Master will be 500 masterpoints of which 50 must be gold, 50 red or gold, 75 silver and 75 black. This does not apply to people who were ACBL members as of Dec. 31, 2009 and maintain continuous ACBL membership until they become Life Masters. The new rank of Advanced NABC will have what were the old Life Master masterpoint requirements.

 

 Sept 2007 

 

November 2008

1)      Quebec City 400th Anniversary Regional:

This special ex-quota Regional took place April 10-13. The tournament achieved its promises. In addition to great bridge and hospitality, there were special events to honour the birthday of this special historic city. Congratulations to the organizers and please watch for this terrific city’s next regional in May 2009.

 

2)      Other District 1 Regionals: We hope that you will attend our upcoming 2008 Regionals:

·   CanAm (Montreal, QC): Aug 11-17

 

·   National Capital (Ottawa, ON): Oct 8-13

 

·   For more information go to the “District 1 Tournaments” link

3)      Grand National Teams: The District 1 Finals were held at the Kingston site of the Split Regional on May 18th and 19th. 

Please see the results at the “District 1 Tournaments” link to your left.

4)      Bridge Week 2008 in Montreal:

District 1 is proud to have been the site of the Canadian Bridge Federation’s Bridge Championships. Congratulations and thanks to Jean Castonguay, Roger Dunn and their Committee for a well run event.  Three events, Canadian National Teams Championships (CNTC), Canadian Women’s Team Championships (CWTC), and Canadian Seniors Team Championships (CSTC) crowned national champions who will represent Canada in the World Mind Games in China in the Fall

 

District 1 winners were:

 

·   CNTC: Nicolas L’Ecuyer, Marc-Andre Fourcaudot, Kamel Fergami, and Vincent Demuy along with Robert Lebi and Dan Jacob.

 

·   CWTC: Pamela Nisbet, Martine Lacroix and Pascale Gaudreault along with Karen Cumpstone, Kismut Fung and Susan Culham.

 

·   CSTC: Steve Brown, Bill Bowman, John Bowman, Ed Zaluski and Jurek Czyzowicz.

 

Congratulations to all, and we’re sure you will represent Canada well in China.

 

In addition, CNTC B, Canadian Open Pairs Championships and Canadian IMP Pairs Championships were held.  For more information about these events, which were held in Montreal May 24-30, please go to www.cbf.ca

5)      ACBL President to Visit District 1:

We are very pleased that ACBL President, Dan Morse will be attending the CanAm in Montreal in August. We look forward to welcoming the head of our organization and meeting this former World Champion at the table.

6)      District 1 Players Achievements at 2007 World Championships in Shanghai.   Congratulations to:

Sylvia Caley, Julie Fajgelzon, Pamela Nisbet, Isabelle Smith, Francine Cimon who with Linda Lee (Toronto-who filled in at the last minute) and Ray Lee (NPC) finished 7th in the Round Robin and lost to Germany in the quarter finals of the Venice Cup.

 

Joe Silver, Boris Baran, Fred Hoffer and Don Piafsky who, along with Arno Hobart, John Carruthers and Daniel Korbel (NPC), all of Toronto, won the Round Robin and lost a close Quarter Final match to Brazil in the Senior Bowl.

 

Waldemir Frukacz, John Zaluski, Jeff Smith, Nick L’Ecuyer, Kamel Fergami, along with Piotr Klimowicz (Edmonton) and Nader Hanna (NPC) of Toronto represented Canada well in the Bermuda Bowl.

 

Congratulations to all the above for representing Canada and District 1 so well!

7)      2008 District 1 Goodwill and Charity Committee Appointments:

District 1 Director, George Retek is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathie Macnab (Halifax) and Fred Hoffer (Montreal) to the ACBL Charity Committee, and Pierre Hamelin (Quebec City) to the ACBL Goodwill Committee.   These honourary appointments recognize the appointments great contribution to bridge in our District. Congratulations!   For more information about these committees, please see the links to the left. 

8)      District 1 Board Annual Meeting:

District 1 President, Leo Weniger, invites Unit Representatives and delegates to the meeting to be held at the CanAm Regional in Montreal on Saturday, August 16th following the afternoon session. If any District 1 member has an item for the Board Meeting Agenda please contact Leo Weniger at leowen@primus.ca using subject heading “District Meeting”. Minutes of past meeting can be found in the “Governance” link.

9)      North American Pairs (NAP):

Please make plans this summer to play in the club qualifying rounds of this prestigious event. Conditions of contest are listed in the “District Events” link. Details of the Split District 1 Final will be listed here after the District Annual Board Meeting in August.

10)    Changes to CBF’S Bridge Week: 

At its board meeting in May the CBF made the following changes to Bridge Week starting in 2009:

 

a)     Name changed from Canada Bridge Week to Canadian Bridge Championships ( CBC )

 

b)    Eliminated Zone Finals in the CNTC-A, CNTC-B, CWTC, but retained club qualification requirement in first two events.

 

c)     Any team may participate in the CBC provided they submitted their team entry and non-refundable round robin entry fee (CNTC-A $920; CNTC-B $540; CWTC $740) to Jan Anderson by March 15, 2009. Team roster changes will be allowed until May 1, 2009.

 

 

 Sept 2007 

May 2008

1)      Quebec City 400th Anniversary Regional:

Please make your plans to attend this special ex-quota Regional April 10-13. This special tournament promises, in addition to great bridge, special events to honour the birthday of this special historic city.

2)      Other District 1 Regionals: We hope that you will attend our Regionals:

·         May 13-19: Kingston/ Miramichi Split Regional

·         June 26-July 1: CanAt (Halifax, NS)

·         Aug 11-17: CanAm (Montreal, QC)

·         Oct 8-13: National Capital (Ottawa, ON)

For more information go to the “District 1 Tournaments” link.

3)      Grand National Teams:

The District 1 Finals were held at the Kingston site of the Split Regional on May 18th and 19th.  Please see the results at the “District 1 Tournaments” link to your left.

4)      Bridge Week 2008 in Montreal:

District 1 is proud to be the site of the Canadian Bridge Federation's Bridge Championships. Three events:

·      Canadian National Teams Championships (CNTC),

·      Canadian Women’s Team Championships (CWTC), and 

·      Canadian Seniors Team Championships (CSTC) 

will crown national champions who will represent Canada in the World Mind Games in China.

In addition CNTC B, Canadian Open Pairs Championships and Canadian IMP Pairs Championships will be held.  For more information about these events, which will be held in Montreal May 24-30, please go to www.cbf.ca

Thanks to Jean Castonguay and his Committee for organizing this prestigious event, and good luck to all players.

5)      ACBL President to Visit District 1:

We are very pleased that ACBL President, Dan Morse will be attending the CanAm in Montreal in August. We look forward to welcoming the head of our organization and meeting this former World Champion at the table.

6)      District 1 Players Achievements at 2007 World Championships in Shanghai. 

Congratulations to the following for representing Canada and District 1 so well! 

·            Sylvia Caley, Julie Fajgelzon, Pamela Nisbet, Isabelle Smith, Francine Cimon who with Linda Lee (Toronto-who filled in at the last minute) and Ray Lee (NPC) finished 7th in the Round Robin and lost to Germany in the quarter finals of the Venice Cup.

 

·            Joe Silver, Boris Baran, Fred Hoffer and Don Piafsky who, along with Arno Hobart, John Carruthers and Daniel Korbel (NPC), all of Toronto, won the Round Robin and lost a close Quarter Final match to Brazil in the Senior Bowl. 

 

·            Waldemir Frukacz, John Zaluski, Jeff Smith, Nick L’Ecuyer, Kamel Fergami,along with Piotr Klimowicz(Ednonton) and Nader Hanna (NPC) of Toronto represented Canada well in the Bermuda Bowl.   

7)      2008 District 1 Goodwill and Charity Committee Appointments: 

District 1 Director, George Retek is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathie MacNab (Halifax) and Fred Hoffer (Montreal) to the ACBL Charity Committee, and Pierre Hamelin (Quebec City) to the ACBL Goodwill Committee. 

These honourary appointments recognize the appointments great contribution to bridge in our District. Congratulations!

8)      District 1 Board Annual Meeting:

District 1 President, Leo Weniger, invites Unit Representatives and delegates to the meeting to be held at the CanAm Regional in Montreal on Saturday, August 16th following the afternoon session.

 

 Sept 2007 

September 2007

1)      DISTRICT 1 ESTABLISHES WEBSITE: 

By the end of September, this website will be in operation. We will try to make it as bilingual as possible.  We hope to make it a “1 stop shopping centre” for bridge information in the District.  There will be district wide masterpoint race information and information about achievements by our members.  You can find out about what our District is and how it works.  Our District Director’s Report (after each NABC) will inform you about the decisions of the ACBL Board of Directors.  We hope you enjoy the website and visit it often.  The contact links of your webmaster and content advisor are on the bottom of this page.

2)      QUEBEC CITY APPROVED FOR EXTRA REGIONAL IN MAY 2008. 

In a rare decision, the ACBL Board has approved an ex-quota Regional for Quebec City in honour of the City’s 400th Anniversary. Congratulations to the City’s Committee and our District Director, George Retek, for getting this passed.  Please mark your calendar on April 10-13 for this special tournament which will be part of the city’s celebrations.

3)      DISTRICT 1 PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT WORLDS IN CHINA. 

The following District 1 players will be on the Canadian teams in the following events in Shanghai Sept. 28- Oct 13.

·         Bermuda Bowl (Open): Waldemar Frukacz, John Zaluski, Jeff Smith, Nick L’Ecuyer and Kamel Fergami. Venice Cup (Women): Sylvia Caley, Julie Fajgelzon, Pamela Nisbet, Isabelle Smith, Francine Cimon and Rhoda Habert.

 

·         Senior Bowl: Joe Silver, Boris Baran, Fred Hoffer and Don Piafsky

All these players had to defeat tough competition at Bridge Week, and the Bermuda Bowl team had to defeat Mexico, for the right to go to the Worlds.  Good luck in China, we’re sure you will make Canada proud!  For up-to date information about these events go to: www.cbf.ca

4)      EXCELLENT PERFORMANCES BY MARITIMERS AT NASHVILLE NABC.

Congratulations to Karl Hicks and Brian Alexander, who pulled off an unprecedented sweep of the 0-5000 Life Masters Pairs and the 0-5000 mini-Spingold (with Mike Betts and honourary Maritimer, Jim Gordon).  And Mike and Jim were tied with Karl and Brian going into the last round of the Pairs event!  Quite a performance in these two gruelling events!.

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