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In the Beginning

by Peggy Kaplan

The Bermuda Bowl. The Olympiad. The Vanderbilt, Spingold and Reisinger. Does anything thrill the heart of a bridge player more than watching the elite do battle in these epic competitions? No – other than winning an event themselves!

Yet, even the best of the best had to learn bridge somewhere.

Thus, clearly - teachers and club officials are the heart of our game. If not for those who school players in bidding, declaring and defense, none of our bridge celebrities would come to exist.

Friday, a reception was held honoring bridge teachers and administrators throughout the ACBL. Carol Robertson, ACBL’s Director of Club and Member Services, planned and hosted this fine event – in addition to continually providing the best of service to all of our teaching and staff throughout North America.

ACBL CEO Jay Baum lauded all of our contributors work, as did ACBL president Craig Robinson and Jeff Johnston, Sr. Director of Bridge Operations, and Vicki Campbell, Director of Marketing and Education. Paul Janicki, Sharon Fairchild and Sharon Anderson, representatives from the Board of Directors, also were in attendance.

Kathie Walsh, A.B.T.A. teacher of the year from Master Point Press had her distinctive award presented to her by Barbara Seagram, from local Toronto School of Bridge.

If not for the fine work of this great group of educators and administrators, our game could not grow and flourish. Please give a big round of applause to Kathie and all the other exceptional teachers among us!