Jim Riccio – Life Master
Jenny Draude Krause asked me to play in my first Duplicate Bridge match in August 2015. Jenny became my permanent bridge partner and my wife in November 2016. We played at Maple Grove with Andie as the main director. We did well until Jenny was stricken ill while we played at Maple Grove. Jenny died in December 2019.
Covid hit and we played on-line until John & Debi Klinger started Face to Face bridge again in Lancaster. I was doing OK, but doubted I could make LM. Then Jim Miller formed a team with Sally Patterson, Claudia Hostetter & me to play in the Valley Forge Regional in 2022. We came in 2nd earning 17 gold. I thought “wow” and then one of my favorite women bridge players, Jeanne Gehret, was my partner in the 2022 Lancaster Regional and we earned 16 Gold. Just like that, I had my Gold.
Now, Silver became my goal. Silver was difficult because not as many Sectionals are played anymore, but Becky Brown got me through this hurdle in April 2023.
I want to dedicate achieving my Life Master rank to Jenny!