Board

Eileen President

Eileen Smith-Davidoff

I have been a high school English teach, an IBM office products trainer, a marketing manager and an HR manager. Now it is time for my real passion – our wonderful game of bridge. I have worked diligently over the last few years becoming an integral part of many of our local programs. I serve on our tournament committee, lead our publicity effort, am the licensed facilitator for our Learn Bridge in a Day program and assist with the school bridge program. When asked to help I have said YES. For these efforts I was recognized with the Unit 176 Texas Star award.
I will serve on our unit Board to help do whatever I can to make our unit and this game as good as it can be.


Eilen Smith-Davidoff

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Joe Gill

Vice-President

Joe Gill

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.

Treasurer

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.

With my re-election to the Board, I look forward to promoting our wonderful hobby to new players and increasing the opportunities to enjoy our game locally. 

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

Martha Young

 

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Randy Earle

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.

Unit Recorder

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

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

Scott

Board Member

Scott Nason
I was introduced to bridge in high school by my father and took up the
game more seriously in college, amassing all of 150 MPs. I mostly gave up the game for 35 years to get married to my wife, Meryl, raise two kids, and have a 29 year career as an executive at American Airlines. I retired from AA in 2009.
In 2011, I returned to the bridge circuit, and made Ruby Life Master earlier this year. I attended many of the Nationals in the last few years placing in last year’s Mini-Blue Ribbon and the Mini
Spingolds in Toronto this year. I plan to complete the Director’s training class in Houston in January and the Bridge Instructor’s class next year. As your representative on the Board, I hope to make the local bridge scene even better and more attractive to more players.

Sott Nason
Rider Board Member

 

Jim Rider

I was a pilot for American Airlines for 31 years and retired in 2004.
Originally, I graduated from Kent State University with a degree in history and joined the Air Force where I was a pilot for 5 years, serving in the Vietnam War.
After a 40-year hiatus from bridge, I began playing again at the end of 2014. In addi-tion to bridge, I enjoy traveling and playing golf with my wife, Cheryl. I have two children and three grandchildren who keep me busy.

Jim Rider
  Board Member
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.
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Tom Whitesides