Unit 361 News
posted: Jul 3, 2016

The new issue of Table Talk will be distributed only by email and posting on this site. The issue will be ready before the November Open Sectional.


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Denver Area Bridge, Unit 361 of the ACBL

 Welcome to the Denver Unit web site!

Message from Margaret Devere, Unit 361 President:

It's August 23 as I write this. The July sectional is in the past and the November sectional is months away – time for a breather. Unless, of course, you're a 299er, in which case get your game polished up for the Fall IN sectional (299er Sectionals).

Unit finances seem to be looking up. We made a modest profit at the July sectional, due to three factors: No Thursday night game, no free lunch on Saturday, and reduced director expenses due to a visiting ACBL official (a one-time event). Without the free director, we broke even. Year to date, the unit has lost $600, compared to a loss of $4300 in 2015.

Feedback from the July sectional suggests that the lunch break on Saturday was too long. We can't do anything about that for November, but starting in January 2017, the second session on Saturday will begin at 2:30. Hopefully that's a reasonable time for both the people who stay on-site for lunch and the people who go out for lunch.

Other news: 1) We're testing a new email program from the ACBL that allows us to keep you better informed of new and interesting events. You'll be hearing from us more often – hopefully this will be a useful tool for everybody. 2) Planning for the 2017 regional is underway. We're shifting the schedule around to accommodate recent trends in attendance, so be sure to pick up a flyer and read it carefully. 3) The nominating committee is selecting candidates for the board for the 2017-2018 term. More info soon, and the election will be held during the annual membership meeting at the November sectional.

And that's all for now ... see you at the table!


Unit Board Elections – Candidates for 2017-2018 Term

Five people will be elected to the Unit 361 board at the November sectional. The election will be held during the annual membership meeting at 2:45 pm, Saturday, November 12.

The nominating committee has proposed the following five candidates (listed in alphabetical order):


Margaret Devere

I have played duplicate bridge in Denver for the last 15 years. Before that, I played casual bridge at the late lamented John Galt’s coffee house, three or four nights a week and most of the weekends. I am just about to retire from a career in technical writing and computer systems, and I am happy to offer my skills to the Denver unit. I have served on the board for the last three years, as publicity chair, website chair, and president. The game of bridge is in transition and I’d like to help ensure that we not only survive but thrive.

Wayne Eckerling

I worked for the Denver Public Schools for 34 years as a teacher, psychologist, and administrator.  From 1997 through 2005 when I retired, I was an assistant superintendent with responsibilities that included planning, research, testing and evaluation, federal programs, and curriculum. Since retiring, I have worked as consultant to schools and organizations focusing on accountability and educational policy. From 2008 to 2014, I was on the Colorado Charter School Institute Board of Directors and served as Board chair for four years. My skill set includes planning and project management, effective oral and written communication, and board member experience. I have been playing bridge for about three years and am an I/N player.  My wife and I usually play about three times a week.  As a board member, I would like to find ways to encourage more people to play duplicate bridge and continue to offer high-quality local tournaments.

Bonnie Janzen

I am running for election to the Board of Directors of the Denver ACBL Unit (361).

Since my recent retirement and relocation to Colorado, I've begun to volunteer to support bridge.   Performing the role of Hospitality Chair for the 2015 Denver Nationals gave me a taste of the level of effort from hundreds of volunteers needed to make our tournaments a success.  My subsequent one year appointment to a board vacancy has expanded my understanding of the process, and the opportunity to make a contribution to Denver bridge has been personally rewarding.

As Unit Hospitality Chair and highly engaged board member, I've worked to continue our unit's tradition of successful tournaments, strengthen our financial position, and support new player acquisition and development.

In order to continue these efforts, I hope to be elected to the Unit board for the 2017-2018 term.

Al Kane

Vital statistics:  I am a septuagenarian and live with my life partner En Hay in Highlands Ranch. I have two grownup children, Alex and Stephanie, now with their own families.  I had a 33 year career as an archeologist with the University of Colorado and the US Forest Service.  In addition to bridge, I enjoy gardening and my stamp collection.

I learned bridge at the Student Union, University of Colorado, Boulder in the 1960s.  Among my early mentors and partners were Roger Plowman, Bud Menzel and Romy Gerould.  I am now a platinum LM with 13000 masterpoints.

 Favorite offensive convention:  XYZ.  Favorite defensive convention:  Smith.  Favorite bridge quotation:  "Every card I play means something." - Dom DiFelice

Why I like bridge:  you can learn something new (or relearn something you forgot) every session.

Why I am running for re-election:  I believe our Denver Unit tournaments are among the best in District 17 and probably nation-wide.  I would like to continue working with the members of the Denver Unit Board to maintain our high quality tournament standards.

Vard Nelson

I have been playing off and on since about 1963.  Socially until 2009, when I played my first tournament, the Fall Sectional in Golden.  Had a wonderful time, and was hooked.  Played in Hungary, including my first international tournament, then back in the U.S., then played in Poland for a year and a half, finally back to the U.S.

I think the reputation of Denver Bridge has its foundation in how well we attract top flight players to our events.  As such, we should pay close attention to the kinds of events our A Level players want to play.  And, I think the future of Denver Bridge rests on how well we can attract players who are new to tournament play.  As such, I support considering the adoption of a “0-5 MP Play Free!” policy, not only for certain events on certain days.  This might well be considered an investment, rather than an expense. 

I have served on the board for the last six months, filling a vacancy. If re-elected, I will continue to work to support our elite players, attract those new to tournaments, encourage those in the quest for the ever-elusive Master Points, and welcome all the players who just love this game!



Denver Unit 361 Member Directory

The 2016-2017 Directory has been published and some extra copies have been left at or sent to most of the clubs in the unit. If you want a unit member and want a digital version contact Tom West @


We are hoping to get the directory on line for unit members but aren't there yet.


Unit 361 Ace of Clubs and Mini-McKenney Awards

To see current races and previous winners and high finishers, check out Masterpoint Races under Membership.


Pix from the September I/N Sectional


Pix from the July Sectional