District 8 President's Report


 by Karl Dencker, Lake in the Hills IL

 District 8 President


My wife, Raj, and I just returned from a fun, warm and well organized Ft. Wayne Regional. If you haven’t played in this tournament, put it on your calendar for next year. One of the highlights of this year’s tournament was Bob Carteaux Day. Bob has been Tournament Chairman of the Ft Wayne Regional for many years and decided it was time to retire as Tournament Chairman. He is past president of the District 8 Board and will continue to serve on the Board of Governors. We wish Bob the best and extend our thanks for all he as done for duplicate bridge and looking forward to seeing Bob at the bridge table.

I have to take a minute to talk about the directors at our many tournaments. These dedicated men and women are often times taken for granted and they shouldn’t be. They have a very tough job. No one knows how many players will show up, besides how many in each event. Be ready to add tables or shuffle players around and still maintain a cool, friendly attitude. In the midst of all this, they are ready to answer your questions. Putting all this aside as game time approaches – BINGO – and they are ready to start the game. The next time you see a tournament director, let them know how much you appreciate the work they do.

The District 8 Board wants to thank Mike Tomlianovich for his past years serving as North American Pairs (NAP) and Sectional Tournament at Clubs (STaC)  Coordinator. Mike is a busy man running games seven days a week in Bloomington IL. With Mike’s retirement, we have two new coordinators. Martha Leary is our new NAP Coordinator and Scott Davis is our new STaC Coordinator. Welcome aboard.

The summer is over and the big regional tournaments for 2011 are behind us. All the units are busy preparing their schedules for 2012. The Tournament  Chairpersons evaluate past schedules and work hard to make 2012 the very best possible. It’s not an easy assignment and unfortunately, sometimes subject to criticism. Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to be a critic? Too bad the critics seldom, if ever, offer to help. Just be thankful we have such qualified unpaid volunteers.

District 8 Charity Game: Finally, I hope all clubs in District 8 will participate in our charity event to fund our annual Youth Bridge Camp held in Carlinville IL. You can hold this special game any time in October. The donation is $4 per table. After you hold the game, please make your check payable to District 8 and mail to me: Karl Dencker, 1009 Mason Lane, Lake in the Hills IL 60156-4460.  If you have questions, feel free to email me at kdencker@sbcglobal.net .