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posted: Oct 1, 2017

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Denver Area Bridge, Unit 361 of the ACBL

Welcome to the Denver Unit web site!

Message from Margaret Devere, Unit 361 President:

September 28


Hi all --

The fall I/N tournament starts this Saturday. Good luck to everybody, and thanks to Elly Larson for making her bridge space available.

Board elections are coming up, and this year's candidates are presented below.

I am saddened by the loss of Forest Clark. The board voted unanimously to honor his memory with a special game in November and a game named for him at the regional. More info below.

See you in November!


Candidates for the Denver Unit Board

The nominating committee is pleased to present the following candidates for the Unit board, for the two-year term beginning in 2017. The list is in alphabetical order.

The election will be held at the annual membership meeting, 2:45 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017, just before the second Saturday session. 


Rick Gardner  
I have been playing and enjoying the outstanding game of duplicate bridge since 1996. I was a board member and board president for the Ogden UT unit, and have been the treasurer of the Denver board for the last two years. I enjoy working with others to forward the game of bridge and look forward to participating and working with the current and incoming board members to continue the fine traditions that Denver and Colorado duplicate bridge have to offer.
Dan Marthaler  
  I started playing bridge in high school. The mother of one of my friends taught four of us to play. In college I became a certified director after the college's duplicate game was cancelled when the advisor had conflicts in his schedule. I have continued playing since then except for some breaks when my work schedule became too hectic. It has been an activity that I have enjoyed my entire life.

Now retired after a career in financial IT, I think that it is time to for me to start giving back. If I can help others to have a chance to have this enjoyment, I shall.
Nancy Rassbach  
  I have been a proud member of the Denver unit for the past 40 years. In the past two years I have been a member of the Denver Unit Board, serving as caddy master during that time as well as acting caddy master for several months prior to my term. My primary goal as a member of the board is to help find ways to attract younger players, especially through the internet. In addition I hope to help the Denver bridge community continue to serve its members and prosper.

In my past life I was a software engineer, retiring in 2014 from Oracle Corporation. I am the mother of a bridge-playing daughter, as well as two sons. My granddaughter Gloria is a familiar figure as a caddy at several tournaments. When not playing bridge I enjoy skiing and riding a tandem bike with my partner Rick (a non-bridge player).
Mary Ann Rose  
My parents and their siblings were avid bridge players, so we learned by watching them play on holidays. Throughout college my dorm friends had a table going 24-7 on the floor of one person’s room! But alas, life happened and I went to work…and for many years there was no time for much social bridge, let alone serious learning or duplicate. After 35 years of working and traveling in the medical equipment business, a hiatus for 3 years of seminary, then 7 years of caring for elderly parents, my responsibilities eased and I was able to study the game of bridge - mostly with Norma Sands. It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the nomination for the challenge of serving the community of bridge players in the Denver unit. My hope is that we can all work together to spread the word that bridge is the most fascinating game in the world, and that getting out of the house to play “live” with “real people” is a good thing in every respect.
Rob Vetter  
Hi, I’m Rob Vetter and I’m seeking a position on the Denver Unit 361 board.

I am a semi-retired software engineer with a career that includes time with Tektronix, FedEx, US West/Qwest, Comcast, Frontier, Raytheon and others.

I joined the ACBL in 1991, but did not start playing seriously until 2007 (about the time my son entered high school). I was lucky to find some experienced and patient partners and teammates, and was able, with their help to achieve the rank of Life Master in 2010. I was able with partners and teammates to qualify at the District level twice for GNT and once for NAP. I spend a lot of time at the local clubs. I attend most of the Front Range sectionals and have travelled for many sectional, regional and national events. This summer, with the help of many good partners, teammates and mentors, I achieved the rank of Gold Life Master.

I’ve worked as a volunteer for Denver’s Holy Ghost church in the social ministry, for the City of Aurora, and as a past member of the Denver Unit 361 board.

Bridge has been an important part of my social life for the last several years. I look forward to working with the board, and to provide the best possible service to and experience for unit members.


Remembering Forest Clark

All of the long-time Denver bridge players, and most of the newer players also, have played with or against Forest Clark at some point. Forest was a fixture of the Denver bridge community for more than forty years, and also contributed greatly to the formation and running of the unit. The 2017 Table Talk has an article on Forest's legacy to Denver Bridge.

So, in his honor, the bridge board voted unanimously to:

  • Rename the Mt. Massive charity pairs game at the Denver regional to the Forest Clark Charity Pairs.
  • Declare the Friday night game at the upcoming November sectional the Forest Clark Memorial game, and donate the proceeds to hurricane relief.        

A little more about that Friday game. It will be run as an individual – yes, that’s right, show up without a partner and play with 9-12 different partners, 2-3 boards each. This will test a whole different set of bridge skills.

Everybody will be required to play SAYC (Standard American Yellow Card). We’ll have a supply of those at the game so you don’t have to bring one with you, or even study it ahead of time. And you can look at your card during the bidding and play.

Profit from the game (card fees minus sanction fees, director fees, and caddy fees) will be donated to hurricane relief, to a charity of the Clark family’s choice.

So ... come out and play – don't worry about the results – relax and enjoy mixing it up!


Online Directory

The Denver unit now has an online directory! Click here, enter your ACBL number and email address, and Bob's your uncle. :)

Thanks to Rob Vetter, who put this together for us with Sheryl Siegel's able assistance.

A couple of things to know:

  • We get the data directly from the ACBL, and we'll update it monthly or so. If your data is wrong, correct it in the ACBL database and it will be updated in due course.
  • If you have told the ACBL not to share your data, you will not appear in this list.
  • If you don't have an email address, you will not appear in this list.
  • If you're not a member of Unit 361 but you have a valid reason to be in our directory, we can do that. Just let us know -- send an email to the Membership chair.
  • If for some reason you want the data in this list to be different from your ACBL data, we can do that (there's an overwrite function). Just let us know -- send an email to the Membership chair.
  • If you don't want to be in this list at all, we can do that too:) Send an email to the Membership chair.
  • On certain smartphones using certain browsers, you can send an email directly from the email address in the list (how cool is that?).

P.S. I can't resist adding this. Do you know the origin of the phrase "and Bob's your uncle"? The common belief is that British Prime Minister Robert Cecil was a prime practitioner of nepotism, so if Bob was your uncle, you were in like Flynn. (Do you know the origin of the phrase "in like Flynn"?)


Unit 361 Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney Awards

To see current races and previous winners and high finishers, click here.