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Chuck Germeyer

More sad news: I recenty heard that Chuck Germeyer passed away after a long illness. 

Chuck was a long time Houston player.  He was a Diamond Life Master with over 5,000 masterpoints.

I'll pass along more information when I have it.







Julian Barr

Sad news: Julian Barr, a long time Unit 174 player with just over 2000 masterpoints, passed away on Sunday, February 7th.

This obituary was sent by his wife Sandra:

Julian Craig Barr, 72, of Missouri City, Texas passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016 after a long battle with cancer.

His home going service will be held at 10:30 am, Thursday, February 11, 2016 at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, Texas with interment at Houston National Cemetery at 1:30pm.  A viewing will be held at the church beginning at 10:00 am.

Julian was born April 9, 1943 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1974. Other universities he attended Texas A&M, Baylor, U of H, and TCU.  He loved to learn.  On August 24, 1963 he married Sandra Dominy in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1963- 1967 and in the reserves until 1969. He enjoyed his work at NASA working as an engineer and ended his career at Centerpoint Energy.  He loved music, woodworking, and was an avid bridge player. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; Frank and Martha Barr, his brothers Douglas and Sidney Barr.

Julian is survived by his loving wife Sandra of 52 years, daughters Julie Barr Giardina and husband Michael of SugarLand, Natalie Barr Bias and husband James of Waxahachie, and Valerie Barr and Kim Vieyra of Richardson, brother Peter Barr of Los Angeles, and sister Gloria Barr of Houston, and many loving grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A special thank you to the New Century Hospice and Optimum Personal Care for their loving care and support.

Memorial donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Joan Ritter

Bad news always seems to come in threes. 

Joan Ritter passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

She was an NABC master with almost 300 masterpoints.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, February 12, 2016 at First United Methodist Church of Fulshear, 8201 Harris St., Fulshear, TX 77441. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society or First United Methodist Church of Fulshear.

The obituary is here.

Lone Star Regional Results

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President's Post

Nancy Strohmer has written her post for February.  See it to the right.

Learn Bridge in a Day?

Future bridge players got their first taste of playing bridge at the second Learn Bridge In a Day? event held by Unit 174 on Saturday, January 30, at the Tracey Gee Community Center. Ninely eight (98) people experienced the game during a 5-hour event along with volunteers from the unit who served as table helpers and helped set up.

Walter Freitag coordinated the event and worked to market it in the Houston area. Betty Starzec presented the material to the participants and was assisted by Phil Bellan on the viewgraph. Nancy Strohmer, Unit 174 President, thanks all the volunteers that helped make the day a roaring success.

Everyone seemed to have a great time; here are some photos participants!

Club Connection

Front row: Bill Riley, Sheryl Thomas, Debi Balter, Brigitte Sandifer, Gary Hercules
Back row: Nancy Strohmer, John Caudill, and volunteers Danny Sandifer and Dan Schomer

The Board continued our program to connect with our Unit members and made a visit to the Apple II bridge club held every Friday at Tracy Gee’s Community Center. This is our 12th club visit and only 12 more clubs to visit.

Three of the board members (Nancy Strohmer, John Caudill and Bill Riley) and our treasurer Gary Hercules and new I/N coordinator Sheryl Thomas played bridge on Jan 22. There were 3 sections of 15 tables each. Forty five tables is as large as many sectionals outside of Houston. The food is plentiful, thanks to the donations from the members and coordination and preparation by Debi Balter. All had fun and good bridge.

Candidates for the Unit Board

The candidates for the Unit board have been announced.  They are: Mildred Breed, William Daniel, Dianna Gittelman, Ken Hudson, Bill Riley, and Janet Seifert.

This is a slightly different slate than what was announced in the ScoreCard. Judy Busby decided not to run and Mildred Breed took her place. 

You can see the candidate flyer by clicking on the Vote! tile to the right.

Joint ACBL-ABA Championship Game

Please join us for the 3rd annual Joint ABA-ACBL Pairs Championship game at Sosa Community Center on March 5!

For a printable flyer with more information, click on the tab at the right.

Club Happenings

Bridge Club of Houston

  • Gold Life Master Party & 50th Birthday Party for Daniel Jackson
    • Saturday, January 23rd
    • Meal @ Noon
    • Game @1:00 pm (Note Time change)
    • Reservations are required!
  • Annual Membership meeting
    • Wednesday, January 27th at 11:45 am for election of new board members.
    • Following the Annual meeting the game will be played and all MEMBERS will be able to play for $5.
    • The Board Meeting will follow the game and all members are welcome to attend.
  • ANNA ALIX Gold Life Master Party
    • Monday, February 15th
    • Meal @ 11am Game @ 11:55am
    • Saturday, February 20th
    • Pot Luck Meal @11am-
    • Game @Noon
    • $5 Table Fee for Members
  • MARY ANNE WOESSNER’S Sapphire Life Master Party
    • Wednesday, February 24th
    • Cake & Ice Cream will be served
  • FAYE VINCENT Gold LM Party
    • Wednesday, March 16th
    • Meal @11 am
    • Game @ 11:55am
    • Saturday, March 26th –
    • Meal @ 11am
    • Game @ Noon

Westside Bridge Academy

  • Jeannette Magid Memorial Game
    • Thursday, February 11th at 10:30.
  • Life Master Party for Charles Ward
    • Charles Ward recently made Life Master and his friends are having a party to help him celebrate on Wednesday, February 17th at 10:30!
    • WBA wiill provide a cake; snacks would be welcome.
    • Come help him celebrate!