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2023 Goodwill Committee Appointee: Mark Cohen
As a bridge enthusiast, Mark Cohen sprang into action after hearing the Valley Forge Bridge Club was closing. He and other local players considered options and determined a member-owned club was right for the local community. This resulted in the creation of the King of Prussia Bridge Club (KoPBC), in which Mark serves as Club Manager.
It was in his capacity as Club Manager that he answered the call to organize Unit 141’s first post-pandemic Sectional at KoPBC. No small feat, since it required a pre-registration process, enforcement of ACBL Covid regulations, and providing a lunch for players.
More recently, Mark also agreed to take on two more major roles for District 4. Beginning in 2023, Mark will serve as Co-Chair the Philadelphia Regional at Valley Forge (along with Betsy Cutler). And he also stepped up to the challenge when asked to play a leadership role in the 2025 Summer NABC in Philadelphia. He will serve, along with John Dickenson and Betsy Cutler, as one of the “Tri-Chairs” for that event.
Did I mention that Mark still has a “day job” as a Real Estate agent? What’s that old saying… “if you want to get something done, ask a busy person to do it”. Mark fits that description – in spades (or hearts, or diamonds, or clubs)
Mark started in bridge by helping out after playing in games in New York City clubs. He became an employee and junior partner for 13 years at the Beverly Bridge Club, and also served on the ACBL Board of Governors. Upon returning home to Philadelphia, family and work kept him out of bridge for 25 years.
It was during the pandemic that Mark helped create the King of Prussia Bridge Club where he now serves as volunteer manager. He ran the April 2022 PCBA Sectional and hosted 4 I/N Sectionals at KOPBC. Mark is running for the Unit 141 Board and will also be a Chair of the Valley Forge Regional and the Philadelphia Summer Nationals in 2025.
Mark is a Gold Life Master and in his 30th year as a local residential real estate agent. He lives with his husband Marty Johnson in Audubon, PA.
Finger Lakes Regional – Hotel Information
Country Inn and Suites, by Raddison
2835 Monroe Avenue
Rochester NY 14618
a 5 minute drive from the tournament site
20% off standard rates, excluding advertised discounts
To reserve, call (585) 784-8400 – before 7/7/2023
Ask for the “Bridge Tournament Rate”
Rehoboth Beach Regional – I/N Program – 2023
Intermediate / Novice Pairs Game Schedule
- Thursday, May 4: 2:30 pm
- Friday, May 5: 10:00 am
The Intermediate/Novice (I/N) Program at Rehoboth Beach is designed to support players having less than 100 Masterpoints, with special focus on players attending their first Regional tournament. Our program includes the following:
- Dedicated support from bridge teacher Deb Crisfield, with focus on making the experience stress-free
- First session FREE for players with 0-20 Masterpoints
- Sign-up support for a FREE 120-day Guest Membership to the ACBL
Intermediate / Novice Lecture Series
Tuesday – Friday, between sessions
Tuesday, May 2 – 1:45 – 2:15
- Instructor: Kim Holm
- Topic: Stretch Your Body Along With Your Mind
Kim joined the ACBL in 2008, but didn’t begin playing regularly until 2015. Kim enjoys the challenge of the game but most of his pleasure comes from the friendships and fellowships involved with face to face bridge.
Wednesday, May 3 – 1:45 – 2:15
- Instructor: Trina Williams
- Topic: Talking to Your Partner Without Opening Your Mouth!
Trina is a Gold Life Master and loves the game of bridge. She has taught classes for beginners and intermediates, and held beginner games in Lewes DE during the summer. Currently Trinia is serving as Unit 190 President – for the 2nd time!. She tries to include fun and ethics in every activity.
Thursday, May 4 – 1:45 – 2:15
- Instructor: Ala Hamilton-Day
- Topic: How to Play a NT Hand
- Ala is a Diamond Life Master, retired bridge teacher, and has given bridge lectures at past Regionals and NABC’s. She was the Editor of Unit 190’s quarterly newsletter for 7 years, and also provided monthly articles to our District 4 newsletter. Ala has held both Unit and District positions, ususally focused on I/N players, as a teacher, cheerleader, photographer, and professional clapper. She currently serves on the Board of Unit 190.
Friday, May 5 – 1:45 – 2:15
- Instructor: Deb Crisfield
- Topic: Bring Your Questions and Hand Records from the Thursday & Friday I/N games
Deb, a Gold Life Master, has been teaching bridge in Philadelphia and New Jersey for over 20 years, and is now channeling her energy towards getting new players excited about duplicate bridge. She authored the book: Bridge for Everyone – focused specifically toward helping novice players better understand the game.
May 2-6, 2022: Rehoboth Beach Regional
Daily Bulletins from the tournament:
Bulletins include photos from the tournament, players advancing in rank, and event winners.
Kim Holm and Caroline Hughes
Health & Safety Guidelines for this Tournament
– ACBL Guidelines enforced
(current transmission rate in Sussex County is LOW)
– Proof of Covid vaccination required
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2023 D4 Goodwill Committee Appointee: Sue Manning
With a background in technology, Sue Manning recognized her ideal skill set and offered to assist the ACBL and online bridge groups, with critical upgrades. This resulted in Sue volunteering as an integral member of multiple bridge technology teams, contributing to EDGAR (online cheating detection program), Shark Bridge, and The Common Game. More recently she was participated in a prioritization assessment with ACBL Information Technology.
Her many hours of effort are 100% volunteer, and all for the improvement of bridge. She is making an amazing contribution to our game.
Sue Manning is a frequent volunteer in the world of bridge with a background enabling her to help with technical problems in support of online bridge. She studied Computer Science at Cornell and Rice Universities, earning a Masters Degree from Cornell. She spent her career in Silicon Valley as a systems programmer for Xerox, Taligent, Sun Microsystems and Apple.
Consequently, Sue was well-placed to help the ACBL when the pandemic forced the bridge world online. She worked behind the scenes to help Jay Whipple and The Common Game launch the VACBs and later on the Big Team Games platform used for online team games such as GNT trials.
Additionally, Sue has provided some development for Milen Milkovski on Shark Bridge for their teaching platform now used by Adam Parrish and other top instructors. She also served on the ACBL Board technology review committee in Fall 2022. Most recently she is writing code for Franco Baseggio and Brian Platnick for the EDGAR anti-cheating package, currently in development., and scheduled for launch by ACBL early in 2023.
As a member of ACBL, Sue understands the importance of contributing her skills to help the organization. Volunteer support like this is essential to the success of the ACBL. Jay Whipple commented “Sue is an extremely talented, tireless, and tenacious team player who just says “yes” when asked to server on bridge/technology related projects.