Committee update July 2021


Just when we thought it was safe to “come out and play…” COVID-19 strikes again. So, we are back to online Bridge sessions, at least to the end of July.

We hope that all our members and family stay safe during this time.

Online play

Give RealBridge a try – you can see and speak to your Bridge friends while enjoying a few hands.

For details and links for sessions please see: Lockdown Session Info

If you need a partner for any session, please contact Sandy Boyd

Committee business
Minutes from the June Meeting

Lockdown Update

RealBridge Sessions – we welcome all to our lockdown games, please read info on payment and etiquette so everyone can enjoy the sessions.

Bridge Trivia Night POSTPONED

Thanks to the COVID lockdown we have decided to postpone the Bridge Trivia Night (was planned for 7 July)

Once we return to face-to-face bridge the Committee will agree to a suitable future date.

I guess we are going to have to keep dreaming about travel and Bridge cruising…

Committee update June 2021

Our fabulous club is slowly returning to ‘normal’ despite the challenges that COVID continues to throw at us. Thank you for your ongoing support in following the COVID rules of the Committee and supporting our goal to keep playing face-to-face while keeping our players safe.

If you want to keep our club growing and moving forwards, you can help in the following ways: 

  1. Come and PLAY!!!  (click link for session information)
    We are open for business – no bookings required
  2. Join in the fun!!!
    Bridge & Trivia night – missing travel? Come and play Bridge, answer trivia questions and win prizes at our inaugural Bridge Cruise Trivia Night (at Burnside on Wed 7th July). Trivia teams that sign up beforehand will get a discount on the table fees ($30 per table of 4 or $10pp on the night) NOTE: This is not a Bridge Teams event – the teams are for Trivia only. Sign up at any session at Burnside or email us
  3. Promote our Club and Bridge lessons
    The Committee is now offering all members an incentive. For every person that you refer for Beginner lessons and then joins as a HOME club member, you will be given 2 FREE GAME TICKETS
    Next round of Beginner lessons start in July: Beginner Classes
  4. Help keep our Club Members improving
    Experienced players – please volunteer to play with one of our Beginners and mentor them through the “shark-infested” waters of competitive Bridge. Just one Wednesday night of your time a month at Burnside will make a BIG difference to the growth of our new players. And it is a great social night out – we all have a lot of fun, while practising our Bridge skills
  5. Directors are still needed
    If you are interested in becoming a club director please talk to us about this exciting, paid role at the club!

📎 Upcoming Events: Club pairs – taking place on Saturday July 10th & 17th at Carlingford Court

💰 Table money – REMINDER: from 1st July table fees will increase for Under 65s to $7 and Visitors to $10. Senior rate will remain the same at $5. Get your Prepaid money card at any session and get 10 games at the current rate (no expiry date on the card).

👥 We still have a number of members who have not returned to the F2F bridge sessions.  We are always keen to get updates.  The latest update we received is that John Kerin and his wife have moved to Launceston.

Minutes for May – now published on the website for your review.

If you have any suggestions for the Committee to consider, please email us.

Enjoy your Bridge!

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Sorry, forgot to post the May update……

What a great month of Bridge for all of us. We are so happy to see many people returning to our face to face sessions.

👏 Congratulations to State Mixed Pair Qualifier winners – Shijun Tian & Judy Zhu, and to Henk Sluyter and & Adele Anderson who came second. Henk also won the Pennant Hills qualifier (with a different partner). Great effort! As Judy will be attending the finals representing Pennant Hills Bridge Club, Annette Marshall and Firdous Zulfiqar have accepted the opportunity to represent the Parramatta Bridge Club on 29 May. We wish them all the best for this tournament. 

Teams of 3 – was a successful tournament for our beginners with 8 teams taking part. Thank you again to our 8 captains who managed to play with each of their team members and had to score manually for the event.
📣 A shout out to Margaret East and Annette Ashmore for helping with organising and dealing boards and to Geoff Henson and Barry Peters for helping to set up all of the tables.

💰 Table money – REMINDER: from 1st July table fees will increase for U65s to $7 and Visitors to $10. Senior rate will remain the same at $5. Get your Prepaid money card at any session and get 10 games at the current rate (no expiry date on the card).

 🎓 Directors needed – if you are interested in becoming a club director or just want to know more about the laws of the game there is a course on 5 June. Talk to us about this exciting, paid role at the club!

🗃 GNOT – This is the only tournament we hold (outside of our congress) where teams can earn GOLD masterpoints. So get your teams of 4 together now and register for the sessions running on Saturday 19 and 26 June at Carlingford Court.

👸 Queens Birthday Red Point – Monday 14 June at 1pm at Burnside. No registration necessary but you must arrange a partner beforehand please.

Minutes for April – now published on the website for your review.

Committee updates

A month back into physical bridge and the new committee is getting the hang of things……

Teams of 3 – postponed by 2 weeks to Wed 19 & 26 May. If you are interested in joining a team or being a captain please email Kathy

Table money – from 1st July table fees will increase for U65 to $7 and visitors $10. Senior rate will remain the same at $5.

Directors needed – if you are interested in becoming a club director or just want to know more about the laws of the game there is a course on 5 June. Talk to us about this exciting role at the club!

Prepaid money cards – coming in May. Stop looking behind the cushions for the right money for your next bridge fix 😊

Minutes for March  Please note – the minutes refer to BBO online sessions which have since been replaced with RealBridge sessions on Monday nights at 7:15 PM.

Changes to Committee April 2021

Dear Members and friends,
It is with regret that I announce the resignation of Ian Caddy from the Committee and from the position of Treasurer.  Ian has made a significant contribution to the club setting up financial reporting and a budgeting tool that will help us manoeuvre our way through the uncertain times we are in with Covid.  We thank Ian for his hard work and for his contribution.  Ian will continue to be a member of the club.
As a result of Ian’s resignation, we have made some changes which were agreed to at last night’s Committee Meeting.  Effective immediately, Shannon Queree will take over the position of Treasurer and Kathy Duke will become Secretary.  Please join me in congratulating both Shannon and Kathy.
Best regards,
Sandy Boyd, President 

AGM, fees and return to play

Dear Members,

It has been a while since the committee has sent out an update (humble apologies from the Secretary). The website will also be updated shortly.

However, big ticket items currently up for your eager eyes are:

AGM 6th March

AGM This will take place at 12pm (noon) before Sat BBO bridge on 6th March. ( a Zoom link will be sent – you might like to gather in small covid friendly groups at someones house to make it a bit more enjoyable) You do not have to play bridge afterwards but please do try to attend the meeting.

All committee positions are declared vacant. Nominations must be in by 19th February. If you are interested in a position, please email your intention to a financial club member and they can forward to parramattabridgeclub@gmail.com . This will form the nomination and proposer. We can then look at any extra paperwork that may be required. Positions include: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Masterpoint and general committee members – plenty to go around !!!

Please RSVP (indicate your intention to attend) by email to: parramattabridgeclub@gmail.com – sadly not for catering purposes though 😦 maybe next year

2021 Fees

  • Membership fees are due by AGM. $30.00 for home members and $10.00 for away. We are able to pass on savings from fees issued by the ABF.
  • Please pay your Membership fees directly into the club bank account referencing your name – this way we don’t come chasing you – check your email for details

Return to play

  • We are making plans to resume F2F at Burnside Mon, Wed, Thurs as soon as 4 sq metre ban is lifted, and we have an approved covid safe plan in place. Hopefully we can advise this will commence sometime in March.
  • Saturday at Carlingford. Rent has substantially increased and there is a $3.00 parking fee (need to register with management) Negotiations are pending
  • Over the next few weeks we are moving over to a cashless payment system for table fees. Stay tuned for more information on the prepay registration form for downloading from the website shortly.

Well, if this hasn’t got you perked up and your heart racing, then you may not be the true bridge lover we thought you were !!!
We look forward to “seeing” many of you for the AGM.
Parramatta Bridge Club Committee.

Committee News – October 2020

After our committee meeting on Tuesday 20th October we bring you the following updates of note:

·  minutes of September meeting

·  Pennant Hills Club is back to F2F on Tuesdays from 27 October, check out their covid plan to see if this is for you

·  online sessions – from 11 November 2020 we are transitioning our BBO session to allow for masterpoints, which means there will be a charge. The club is very grateful to Charles Page for his support in running our bridge sessions on BBO at no cost for over six months. Check out our PBC BBO guidelines

·  Improve your bidding lessons – starting 28 October 

Parramatta Bridge Club Inc. Committee

Committee News

Dear Members,
We continue to encourage all members to sign up for our news feed from our website or to regularly check pages of interest.
After our committee meeting on Tuesday 22nd September we highlight the following items:

If you have suggestions or questions of the committee please email us.