This was an exceptionally good year for the prestigious DBAA honor known as SPOTY (Sportsperson of the Year). There were many excellent candidates nominated, but one stood head and shoulders above the rest (and not just because he is so tall): Arnold Hawkins is the player that we honor this year for his admirable ethical behavior and strong sense of fair play over an extended period of time and for his outstandingly pleasant and gracious comportment at the table. His partners and his opponents all agree that while they admire his bridge successes at all levels of the game, it is his demeanor and affability that they appreciate the most.
Arnold will receive a certificate and a year of free plays at all of the DBAA Sectional Tournaments in 2018. His name will be included on the DBAA maintained plaque with all our previous winners. Congratulations, Mr. Hawkins.
The Duplicate Bridge Association of Atlanta is publishing a print directory of Atlanta area bridge players in January 2018. In order to be included in this directory, you must OPT IN. For the Print Directory: To ‘opt in’ to the print directory, complete a form found at any club and place it in the Directory Box at the Club. If you are unable to get a form at the club, please call Sue Williams at 678-642-6189 or email her at to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sue will send you the form to complete.
The directory will be available free of charge, compliments of the DBAA. To be included in the print directory, you must have submitted your information by the DEADLINE, December 30, 2017
For the Online Directory: To receive a link that allows you to access the DBAA Online directory, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . They will send you a link that allows you to set up your own user name and password. Once on the site, you can edit your information and see the contact info of everyone who has ‘opted in’. If you have already done this and indicated your preference for the print and/or online directory, there is no need to complete this form
The DBAA has become Unit 253. It is a non-profit organization that promotes bridge within the metropolitan Atlanta area. Each year it hosts several sectional tournaments and one of the ACBL's top regionals. It holds a sanctioned bridge game each Wednesday night at the Atlanta Duplicate Bridge Club. Additionally, Unit 253 sponsors many events, including Change of Rank parties, mentoring and teaching programs, and supports Atlanta Junior Bridge through grants. A quarterly newsletter is issued, a link for which can be found on the menu along the left margin above. An updated telephone directory for our members is planned for 2018. Unit 253 is composed entirely of volunteers, and welcomes all ideas and participation from members. For further information, go to the Governance link on this site.
If you need a partner or are getting back to the game after a number of years, the Unit 253 can assist you. Contact: Jack Feagin – (404) 966-8469 or Jfeagin2@bellsouth.net
The Duplicate Bridge Association of Atlanta has published a newsletter to all members. This newsletter will be published on line and forwarded to all members directly if they provide their preferred e-mail address to us.
You can also click November 2017 to see the latest issue of the newsletter.
Atlanta offers players so many opportunities to play in tournaments and earn those coveted pigmented points. Here’s what’s on tap for the remainder of 2017 and thru August 2018:
December 11-17, 2017 - District 7 ST@C Your Club
February 12-18, 2018 - District 7 ST@C Your Club
February 21-25, 2018 - DBAA Sectional DoubleTree Perimeter Hotel
May 30 - June 3, 2018 - DBAA Sectional Crowne Plaza Ravinia
June 15-17, 2018 - Non-Life Master Ruff ‘n Sluff Bridge Club
July 26 – August 5, 2018 - Atlanta Nationals Marriott Marquis (Downtown)
August 20-26, 2018 - District 7 ST@C Your Club