Board

President

Martha Young

I am a North Carolina native and a graduate of University of NC at Chapel Hill.  I recently retired from a long and rewarding career in executive management of technology.  As a new board member, I hope to put my skills for idea gathering, planning, and collaborative execution to good use serving our bridge community.

I started playing duplicate bridge in 1991 when a friend moved to the small town where I lived (Emerald Isle, NC) and started a duplicate game.  I achieved Life Master status shortly after moving to Richmond, VA in 1994.  Both my move to Richmond and my subsequent move to Dallas were eased due to the friends I quickly made in the “bridge world”.  I play bridge to relax, meet friends and the friendly competition.  I travel to several tournaments a year and play regularly in the local clubs.

I look forward to promoting our wonderful hobby to new players and increasing the opportunities to enjoy our game locally as I serve Unit 176 as a board member. 

My other hobbies include gardening, reading, following sports (especially UNC basketball) and my dogs.

Martha Young

 

Vice-
President

Catherine Tucker

I’ve been married 47 years, have 3 children - 2 sons and a daughter - and 2 granddaughters. I have been a hairstylist for 45 yrs. the last 18yrs as a period wig specialist.  I’ve been the hair designer for 54 Musical productions, eight operas and 5 plays. Since retiring I play lots of bridge. I also belong to the Junior League This year my job is recording secretary for the Transfer Sustainers.  I’m a member of the Ft.W. Women's Club. My hobbies include drawing, working with glass and collecting art glass.  

This is my 3nd time serving on the 176 Unit Board. The 1st two times around I held every office except Treasurer, including Intermediate/Newcomer coordinator, Unit GNT and NAP coordinator and 2006 Dallas Nationals.

2014 was an exciting year with another National in the Spring.  I was responsible for awards and the volunteer party. I was also Unit game coordinator and helped with the Awards, GNT,NAP, calendar set-up and the Holiday party.

This year a am the unit board Vice President and am responsible for the unit games, awards and the Holiday party.

We are a working Board. It’s important to have membership input so please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions on how to better our Unit or to volunteer on a committee that interests you.

Look forward to hearing from you,
bridgelady47@gmail.com

Cell 214-755-2123

Catherine Tucker

  Treasurer

cherylsclark@yahoo.com

I was raised in the Houston area and moved to Dallas about 5 years ago.  I have been playing duplicate bridge since 2005 and achieved Life Master status in March 2011, Silver Life Master in March 2014. When I'm not playing bridge, I have a small CPA practice and I volunteer with my Church as treasurer.  I also volunteer as coordinator and cook for a meal for about 60 that my church sponsors once a month.  I have been married to my husband Dave for 30 years. I truly enjoy bridge and enjoying serving the Dallas bridge community on the Unit Board.  I served as the Unit 176 Treasurer for 2 years and am currently serving as president.

 

Cheryl Clark

  Unit Secretary

Randy Earle

I was born in Dallas, but grew up in Houston.  After working a couple of years at in the Tax department at Arthur Andersen, in Houston, as a CPA, I moved to Dallas to practice law.  I practiced 30 years with the same firm, which was named Biggers, Beasley, Earle & Hightower when I retired from the firm.   I got married to Kay Earle and we moved to Florida on our boat.  We lived on a boat for 8 years, mainly in Florida, but with trips to Texas and the Bahamas.  I got my Captain’s license and started a new career as a boat captain driving other people’s boats (the largest being 90’) on the East coast and Gulf coast. We got a motorhome after we sold our boat and toured the US and Canada visiting all the 48 states and many of the National Parks. I played bridge with my family as a child, but started Duplicate Bridge in Florida in 2004.  I finally got my Life Master in 2014 with the help of some great partners and teammates.  Birth of grandson caused my wife to move back to Dallas and I came with her.  We have a son, Kris, and daughter in law Kristin, with 2 grandsons Knox, and Karson, , and Lacey, a Portuguese Water Dog.   I still practice law from my home primarily doing Wills and Probate.  The rest of my time is spent playing or studying Bridge, training Lacey, playing with grandsons, and riding my motorcycle.

 

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Randy Earle

Board Member

Mark Bumgardner

Mark Bumgardner is a native Texan and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.  Mark has been playing bridge for over 37 years and teaching bridge for approximately 20 years.  Mark ran a bridge club in the Mid-Cities area for 11 years.  He plays professionally, is a ACBL certified instructor and director.  When not playing bridge, Mark enjoys golf, tennis and poker.

Mark Bumgardner
Board Member

Vi Ganeles
viganeles@gmail.com

I am originally from Glendale, NY and began my career in fashion there.  I moved with my late husband Stan to Texas in 1953 and began playing bridge after that.  I also continued in various positions in the fashion industry, retiring from Neiman’s. I have three amazing daughters, and five grandchildren.  I now spend time in leisure pursuits such as reading and playing bridge.

 

Vi Ganeles

Joe Gill

Board Member

I’m originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and have lived in Colorado, Maryland,
Louisiana, and Texas, arriving in Dallas in 1985 as a job move from Houston. My educational background consists of a first degree in geophysical engineering, and two master’s degrees: one in mathematics and one in computer sciences. Like many of us, I“ learned” bridge in high school and college, but then work and life interfered and I didn’t
play much for about 30 years, starting again with “lunch bridge” at work, which led to a few club games and local tournaments. My participation increased in 2005, after I had retired from a telecommunications
company as a software designer. This second time at bridge I “re-learned” the game, and have discovered this learning bridge process doesn’t stop.

 
Board Member

I have lived in Dallas for 44 years. The first 32 years I
taught English at J. J. Pearce High School, and on retirement in 2001, I joined our bridge family, Unit 176, and found a friendly world of competition. I have served on the board for 2 terms usually as chairman of the unit game. As a part time teacher at Hillcrest High School in 2006, I sponsored bridge after school on Wednesdays with Gerrie Owen of Valley View Bridge Club teaching the lessons. Just recently, I volunteered as a teacher helper when our unit held a workshop for new bridge players
called “Learn Bridge in a Day.” I was so impressed with the board members and volunteers because of their gentle encouragement and conscious effort to build self-esteem and confidence in the enrollees that I thought, “This is the way to get new players interested in the game.” It was a great day for bridge. We need more of those.

Mary McGinnis
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Tom Whitesides
I began playing bridge in Dallas in 1967 and became a full time tournament director for the ACBL in 1973.  I retired at the end of 2012 as a National tournament director and Field supervisor. In the 70’s I served two terms on the Unit board and two terms as Unit President.  I was also District 16 Vice President and President. I was on the District tournament committee for many years and the STaC committee chairman for its first 13 years. I co-owned Meadow Central Bridge Club and co-chaired the publicity committee for the 1997 NABC with Randy Ekman, my partner of 31 years. I also owned a retail florist, Tom Whitesides Flowers, for 10 years.  I read mystery books and am an avid theater goer, with 2 or 3 trips a year to New York to see shows and attend the local theater in between.
Tom Whitesides