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Joan Morse

Joan Elizabeth Morse, age 79, of Houston, Texas, passed away April 23, 2014, after her 9-year battle with dementia. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 2, 2014, at 10:00 AM in the Chappell of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Rd. (at Woodway Dr.), Houston, Texas 77056.

Joan was born April 18, 1935, in Valley City, North Dakota, and moved to the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas at age 4. She graduated from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School where she made many fond memories playing the flute/piccolo in the marching band and serving as editor of the school newspaper. 

Joan moved to Houston at age 17 and lived there the rest of her life. She worked at the Prudential Insurance Company of America for 18 years before leaving to have her only child, Julie. While at Prudential, Joan became interested in the commercial Bridge League and played for Prudential for several years. She graduated to open games where she found a home. Bridge became a lifelong hobby through which she met her husband, Dan, of 45 years at the tables.  Joan and Dan married in 1969 and traveled the world together for Bridge tournaments.  Deciding to give back to the game, Joan ran for the Board of Directors of Houston Unit 174 of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) for which she was Vice President in 1976, President in 1977, and Co-Chair of the Houston National Tournament in 1978. She was also a member of the ACBL National Goodwill Committee. Joan became a Gold Life Master with over 2,700 masterpoints. Joan also took up the hobby of playing backgammon in the 1970s and astonished her friends when she won the intermediate World Backgammon Championship in the Bahamas in 1977.

Joan will be remembered fondly by her husband Dan, daughter Julie and partner Jennifer Halstead, granddaughter Makena, aunts Charlotte Smiley and Dorothy Witschonke, in-laws George and Mary Morse, nephews Robert and William Morse, and her many Bridge friends.

In celebration of Joan’s life and to help advance research and treatment for dementia, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, The Longest Day 2014 Event, American Contract Bridge League HQ Team (http://act.alz.org/site/TR/LongestDay/TheLongestDay?team_id=201082&pg=team&fr_id=5860).

Unit Photographer

Many Thanks to new Unit Photographer Al Fortier!  And Many Thanks also to the departing Donna Sparks, who has done a masterful job for several years!

Election Results

Congratulations to new board members Robert Armstrong, Rhonda Bryant, and Daniel Jackson!. And a sincere Thank You to departing members Paul Cuneo, Joyce Gore, and Errol LeCesne!

New Officers!

New Officers were elected during Monday's Board of Directors' Meeting. They are:

  • President: Beverley Cheatham
  • Vice President: Nancy Strohmer
  • Secretary: Robert Armstrong
  • Treasurer: Gary Hercules.

And a well earned Thank You to Jim Woodward, who served as Unit Treasurer for over a decade, and did a fabulous job.

Grand National Teams

The District 16 GNT Finals for Flights A and C were held during the Election Sectional. You can see the results here.

Teams from Unit 174 won both A and C!

Flight A winners were Anthony Bianchi of Houston, Mitch Towner of Austin, Robert Whitcher of Cedar Park, and Gary King of Houston,

Flight C winners were Robert and Suzanne Shanley of Montgomery, Courtney Coffman of The Woodlands, and David Morris of Spring.

Way to go folks!

Club Happenings

Bridge Club of Houston

  • Life Master Party for Bill Chamberlain, Judy Gibson, Bob Matlock, Mary McDonald and Anita Rothfuss!
    • Wednesday, April 23
    • Food will be catered and served at 11.
    • Game at 11:55.
  • Life Master Party for Augie Birke, Ann Bullard, Mack Guderian and Vicky Martinez.
    • Wednesday, May 21
    • BBQ @ 11; bring sides.
    • Game at 11:55

Briarcrest Duplicate

Effective March 27 Briarcrest will be playing at The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Dr. in Bryan, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12:30 pm.

Houston Bridge Studio

  • 299r Tournament
    • Thursday through Friday, April 24-27
    • Click here for details
  • Congrats to the HBS for making the 'Top 50 Clubs" list three years in a row!
    • They were #22 this year, with 7,657 1/2 tables in 2013.