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LATEST NEWSLETTER  JULY 2020

 

 

 

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Official Bugle of East Coast Bays Bridge Club Issue No. 53 July 2020

Our club’s mission is ‘To provide enjoyable, competitive bridge

at all levels within a friendly, social environment.

 

 

Post Covid-19

 

It is great to see a large number of members returning after this lockdown, considering the uncertainity caused by this terrible virus.

 

Attendance has been surprisingly good. The first week we were down by 15 tables over the whole week compared with the same period last year. Move forward the next three weeks and we were only down a total of 4 tables over the three weeks compared to last year. We are back in force and enjoying it.

 

Friday 10th July had 21 tables, which is the second highest number at this session.

 

Compa$$

As you are aware we have introduced the cashless table money system. There are a number of clubs that have introduced this, and another third party system. This reduces the amount of cash handled by the club (lets face it cash is known to carry germs and bacteria) On top of this there is a very good electronic audit trail when it is paid by internet banking.

 

It takes as much time to process a $50 transaction as it does a $5, we ask members if they could make $20 the minimum amount for top up.

As a reminder here is part of Alec’s original procedure.

 

How do I top up my account?

Use internet banking to make a payment to the club. The suggested top up amount is $50 but it can be any amount appropriate to how often you play bridge.

BANK DETAILS:

Kiwibank TOP UP Account

Bank Account No 38 9015 0784953 00 with your Name in the PARTICULARS field, your Bridge number in the REFERENCE field.

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What should I do if I cannot use internet banking?

Option 1 Pay cash by placing your money in an envelope with your Name, Bridge Number and Amount written on the outside and place in the box at the entrance to the club. No coins please.

As one of the major objectives of this plan is to reduce cash handling, cash is the least desirable option from the club’s point of view. Coins will no longer be acceptable due to banking issues.

We expect that initially there may be more cash transactions as members learn to use the banking system. The club wants to make life easy for everyone.

Please try to make CASH payments of at least $20 if you can, to avoid unnecessary transaction processing.

Option 2 Ask a friend to make the payment on your behalf and you pay them the cash. Make sure they know your bridge number and put in the reference.

 

Account Reports

The first of the account statements have been sent out. A few members report that they have not received them. Please check your Spam, or junk email folders as they are most likely in there.

It is important to make sure that the club has the right email address for you as this is the prime method of communication.

 

Prize Winners

 

Some of the competitions have been cancelled due to Covid-19, while others have been shortened, we areable to finalise the results as below

Congratulations to the following prize winners

 

Section

Competition

Winners

Fri mixed

Ryman Healthcare Pairs

John Foster

Geoff Sullivan

Fri junior

Ryman Healthcare Pairs

Sue Beale

Alison Adamson

Wednesday

Margaret Whaley Pairs

Barbara Egerton

Rhonda Graham

Wednesday

H Morris Pairs

Betty Tripp

Betty Hopley

Monday

Warren, Forsyth Barr Pairs

Richard Buisson

Colleen Smith

Thursday

Milford Eye Clinic Pairs

Jenny McDonald

Betty Kenny

 

 

On the Grapevine RYMAN HEALTHCARE

 

I hear that Carolyn MacDonnell ( Our Ryman lady) has been selected as a finalist for the Ryman award for community service.

Lets hope she wins it – she surely deserves it.

 

Lighting

The club is installing new LED lighting with diffusers to improve the ability to read the tablets at night.

 

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Sunday 16th August at 1.00pm. Please note this as we need many members to ensure a quorum.

 

Richard Buisson