Finding the online directory and other tips

Our website, www.bridgevictoria.ca, is dedicated to providing useful and timely information to Victoria bridge players. Here are a four tips to help you make the most use of it.

1) Online directory

The online directory is private and accessible only by registered Victoria players. Last month, I sent all of you a username and password to allow access. You can also use your email in lieu of your username.

Once you’re on the website, you can reach the directory by clicking on the “Log in” item in the top menu. As soon as you’re logged in, you will be taken to the directory.

If you have forgotten your password, you can request a new one.

2) Getting the latest news automatically

The website consists of pages and posts. Pages contain relatively permanent information, such as the list of board members, games on BBO, Masterpoint Milestones, etc. They are updated regularly, but unless you go onto them, you won’t know.

This is where posts come in. Posts are short announcements, found under “What’s New”. They will inform you of new developments such as new events or updates to pages. If you don’t want to miss any, you can choose to receive them by email by clicking on the Subscribe button, at the bottom of each page. Currently, 95 Victoria players have subscribed to this service.

Posts have a publication date, author and other info in the header, as in this example:

Notice the publication date (April 22, 2021), the post author and categories (in blue). If you’re logged in, you can add a comment, by clicking on the speech bubble ( ) which currently shows no (0) comments for this post.

3) Finding anything on the website

There is a Search box on every page. Just type in a relevant word or short phrase. For example, “Christmas” to look at pictures of past Christmas parties.

4) Asking for help

If you need any help using the website, just click on a “Contact Us” button. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Charity game a great success!

We were all saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Matthew (Mutt) Kaiser, Debbie Wastle’s son, on Monday March 29th. The pandemic deprived us of many of our traditional markers of milestones and we have all experienced some degree of isolation. So when Roy Stefaniec proposed a memorial game in Mutt’s honour, it gave us a way to show love and convey support to a valued member of our community and a good friend.

An impressive forty pairs signed up on BBO friday evening, April 9th, divided into two sections of ten virtual tables. Kinga and Burt Voorhees were the overall winners with a remarkable score of 68.08%.  Only four pairs found the slam in NT at board 18, a grand way to close this friendly competition…unless, like me, you found yourself helplessly defending against it.

Together, we raised US $400 (CA $500 equivalent) for the Calgary Food Bank, the charity chosen by Debbie and her family.  The Calgary Food Bank serves families, individuals and organizations since 1982. In its last fiscal year, it  distributed close to 100,000 food hampers. Like most food banks, it relies solely on the support of the community. A very worthy cause indeed.

Special thanks to Roy and Island Bridge Club for providing us with an opportunity to be together in this difficult time.

New masterpoint ranks for February

At the start of each month, we receive from ACBL the list of new masterpoint rank holders for the previous month. 

You can find all of the February 2021 honourees on our Masterpoint Milestones page, located under “Members” in the top menu of Unit 431’s website, bridgevictoria.ca.

And if you have any question or comment, just click on the “Contact Us” button in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Cornucopia of gold, ruby and silver hits Victoria

A veritable cornucopia of gold, ruby and silver hit Victoria this September with a new Gold Life Master, a Ruby LM, two Silver LMs and a newly minted Life Master.

In addition, nine other players attained new Master ranks on their way up to Life Master status.

Find out who they are on our Masterpoint Milestones page. And if they’re friends of yours, why don’t you send them a congratulatory email since you probably won’t be seeing them in person for a while!

ACBL Unit 431, Victoria