District News & Coming Attractions

First Alternate District Director Election

On October 6, ACBL Director of Elections Kelley McGuire announced that Paul Cuneo has won the District 16 election for 1st Alternate.

Congratulations to Paul and thanks to the other candidates and to all the unit board members who voted in the election.

NAP News Flash!

On October 1st, ACBL announced that District 16 will receive enhanced subsidies in Strats B and C for this year’s NAP National Final. We have been awarded these additional monies because of the excellent club-level participation this year. The District also contributes additional subsidies. Below are the combined amounts available this year.

  Strat A Strat B Strat C
First $800 $800 $800
Second $500 $800 $800
Third $300 $500 $500
Fourth   $300 $300


So make your plans to qualify at the Unit level so you can play in our District finals being held in San Antonio on January 16-17th and have the opportunity to win an invitation to represent District 16 at the ACBL Nationals in Reno! Good luck and well done!

Bridge Teacher of the Year!


Many teachers lend their expertise to help students learn the game and take pride in their accomplishments. Along the way many area locations expand their bridge populations.

Beginning in 2010 with Tina Radding, from Charleston South Carolina, through August 2015, when Jeff Schuett, from Riverwood, IL, was awarded Teacher of the Year, the ABTA, in conjunction with Master Point Press, recognizes outstanding teachers. We’d like to learn more about teachers, who go the extra mile to create a wonderful atmosphere in their classrooms.

Previously nominated teaching professionals earned comments from their students such as: “undeniably superb, thinks outside the box, positive, patient, and devoted, will go in any direction that the students ask him, great depth of knowledge, and responsible for building my self confidence.”

Please review the criteria and complete a nomination form, available on one of the following sites: www.abtahome.com, or www.teachbridge.com.  Enter your teacher now into competition for the 2016 Teacher of the Year Award. The winner receives an engraved crystal plaque plus a cash subsidy. The finalists and overall winner will be announced at the ABTA Annual Conference, in Washington, D.C., July 19 to July 22, 2016. Yes, previous nominees who did not win are welcome to re-apply.

2015-2016 Committee members are:  Larry Cohen (Boca Raton, FL), Nancy Abbott (Middleburg, VA), Linda Lee (Toronto, Ont), Mary Jane Orock (Fort Worth, TX), Tina Radding (Charleston, SC), Barbara Seagram (Toronto, Ont), Kathie Walsh, (Hilton Head, SC) and Joyce Penn (Columbus, OH) Chairman,  

Questions may be directed, by email, to Joyce at:  abtaTOY@gmail.com. The deadline for all nominations and submissions is March 15, 2016. 

Submitted by Joyce Penn
American Bridge Teachers Association


The September/October issue of the District 16 Scorecard has been posted on this site. You can read it by clicking here.

Charlie Price wins Jacoby Award!

Charlie Price was awarded the 2015 Jacoby Award during the Labor Day Regional. You can read all about it here.

Fort Worth Results

You can see the results from Fort Worth by clicking here.

Dan Morse's Report from Chicago

Dan Morse's report from the Chicago NABC can be seen here.

North American Pairs Unit Qualifying

The time for the NAP Unit finals has arrived. All those who qualified at the Club level are eligible to play in one Unit final (per flight). 60% of the field will be qualified to play in our District finals in San Antonio next January 16 and 17. The top 3 pairs in Flight A as well as the top 4 pairs in Flights B & C will be invited to represent District 16 at the Spring Nationals in Reno.

If you have any questions regarding qualifying or Conditions of Contest, please contact Melody Euler at melodious@hot.rr.com or 254.718.2270.

A list of when and where each Unit is holding it's Unit qualifying games is shown below.

Unit Unit # Location Date Time Flight
San Antonio 172 Fiesta Bridge Club October 24, 2015 10:00 am All
San Miguel 173 Club de bridge amigos No Information
Houston 174 Bridge Club of Houston November 7, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA B
Westside Bridge Academy November 8, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA A & C
Dallas 176 BAND September 27, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. C
Dorsey's Bridge Studio October 4, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. B
Dorsey's Bridge Studio October 18, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. A
Fort Worth 183 Fort Worth Bridge Studio September 13, 2015 12:30 p.m./TBA B
Fort Worth Bridge Studio October 4, 2015 12:30 p.m./TBA A & C
South Texas 187 Bridge Club of South Texas October 3, 2014 10:30 a.m./TBA All
Llano Estacado 197 The Bridge Center November 1, 2015 1:00 p.m./TBA All
Sabine Neches 201 Beaumont Bridge Studio October 31, 2015 9:30 a.m./TBA All
Fort Concho 204 Sue Barber Bridge Club November 21, 2015 10:00 a.m./2:00 p.m. All
Amistad 205 Lake Chapala Duplicate BC October 13, 2015 1:30 p.m. All
Texas Capitol 207 Bridge Center of Austin October 17, 2015 10:00 a.m./1:30 p.m. All
Permian Basin 209 Allison Bridge Center September 12, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA All
Fort Phantom 224 Mabel Lillius Bridge Studio September 19, 2015 10:00 a.m./TBA All
East Texas 225 Longview Duplicate BC October 31, 2015 10:00 a.m./1:00 p.m. All
Central Texas 233 Temple CAC September 13, 2015 1:00 p.m. All
Magic Valley 237 Not participating
Wichita Falls 353 The Bridge Center November 22, 2015 1:30 p.m. All

The District 16 Finals will be held Saturday, January 16th at 10:00 a.m./3:00 and 17th and Sunday, January 17th at 10:00 a.m./TBA during the San Antonio Winter Sectional at the Omni San Antonio, 9821 Colonade Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78230 PH:800-843-6664.

Membership Retention

This note is from District President Paul Cuneo:

I am enjoying writing my series of articles for the Scorecard.  The July/August article addresses membership retention.  New member attraction and retention will be a topic for the District meeting on July 4.

When I received the QUIP report from ACBL on April 1, I was shocked that D16 ranked last in new member retention.  I immediately contacted ACBL to request data on membership retention from the largest clubs in our District.  I was optimistic that some clubs were excellent and others would lag.  After I received the data from ACBL, I started talking with teachers, club owners/managers, unit board members and others about the issue.  Through those discussions, I compiled the list of Best Practices for New Member Retention.  Click here to see it.  Then please encourage your clubs to adopt as many as possible.

Paul Cuneo