I’m winging my way home after visiting the Rock and Roll Regional in Cleveland. It was definitely nippy, with a few snow flurries today – but it’s a bridge tournament, where you spend most of your day indoors in a big ballroom. To and from the car, to and from the restaurant. That’s when you need your coat. Otherwise, who knew that it was January?
As the title says, the welcome Linda and I received from District 5 and the players at the tournament was wonderful. Linda got to see many old friends and I had the first of what I hope will be many productive Q&A sessions with our members. On Thursday between sessions, the tournament hosted a reception and meal for all non-life masters. I was asked to speak before the dinner, with Dick Early doing a bridge lesson afterwards.
After giving some hopefully helpful information and advice, I opened the floor for questions. And did I get them. From questions on masterpoints, knockouts, and gold points to inquiries about bridge governance and finances, they picked my brain. Sometimes they got an answer that they didn’t like, but I didn’t pull any punches. And they didn’t either in the questioning. It was good to see that that newer members wanted to know more about our league and its inner workings and procedures.
During the course of four days, a number of members came up to me with thoughts, ideas, suggestions and, of course, a few complaints. But even from the criticisms come new areas of thought. I’m carrying with me a small notebook to jot down these comments and thoughts – better to make notes than rely on my brain that sometimes can’t remember to count trump. Or what the spot card was of the opening lead. You know, the stuff bridge players should always remember, but sometimes we don’t.
A big thank you to Sharon Fairchild, the District Director for District 5 and to Jan Assini, Jim Overcasher and Jill Smith, the tournament chairs. And even more thanks to the many, many volunteers who made the tournament possible. From the Daily Bulletin to the wonderful hospitality to the partnership desk and more. I know that if I try to list them all, I’ll miss at least someone. So suffice to say, thank you to all who did their part.
And yes, we’ll be back to Cleveland again.