Reno Youth Bridge is funded by individuals and charitable foundations that want to support the teaching of contract bridge to students in the Washoe County School District. RYB has estimated that the cost to add each new school to our program is $1900.00 with annual expenses thereafter between $1000.00 and $1200.00. During the coming school year RYB expects to have 14 schools participating. Reno Youth Bridge, Inc., has been invited to become an independent Conference in Student Bridge League (S.B.L). In 2012 RYB became accredited as meeting the “Standards of Excellence” of the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra. In April of 2016, Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. will enter a four man (actually three young ladies and one young man) team from McQueen High School in the American Contract Bridge League District 21 High School Team Championship tournament in Burlingame, California. Here are a few of the people who contribute their time and energy to make Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. one of the most successful youth programs in America. (Click on Image to see enlargement)
Kathy Lane, Founder & Director:
I had the pleasure to join with Grace Martin and Bud Brewer to form Reno Youth Bridge. As an active bridge teacher, I was well aware that the average age of bridge players was rising and there were few programs available for our youth to learn and play the game. Since that time, with the support of the offices of the Washoe County School District Superintendent, we have seen hundreds of young people paticipate in intramural and National ACBL Tournaments. The game has been shown to enhance academic skills and to be a part of this is most enjoyable. I am particularly proud of those students who have made bridge an active part of their lives and compliment those parents who support them.
Molly Rakestraw, Secretary & Director
I have played Bridge and taught adult classes here in Reno for the last decade. I find the game mentally stimulating and try to play in Club games weekly as well as Sectional and Regional Tournaments when available. Our Reno Youth Bridge Program has been a great success with increasing membership each year since its founding. It has given students the opportunity to compete for a college tuition scholarship. Learning and playing the game is prelim to having a wonderful social activity available to them for the rest of their lives.
I find the game of bridge to be almost as challenging as writing computer language which is my profession as software engineer at Intuit Inc. Being a Director and and responsible for the company’s IT functions, I have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful young people who have become as excited about learning and playing the game as I have. I was the Bridge Instructor at The Davidson Academy on the campus of the UNR for several years and had the pleasure of working with some very special students who became as enthusiastic about learning the game and getting better at it as I do. I have been transferred to London, England in conjunction with my professional responsibilities but I am pleased to be able to continue as a Director of RYB.
Don Parsons, Director
Don is a Yale graduate with an MBA in Finance from Kellogg School of Business. Don has been around financial markets throughout his career, including a decade at Smith Barney and two decades trading his own account as a Specialist/Market-Maker on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. Don is a member of the Reno ACBL Unit Board and serves as Tournament Manager of the Unit. He recently received accreditation under the ACBL Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP).
Susan Powell, Treasurer, Director, Instructor: My grandma was an avid bridge player. When I was ten, she invited me and two of my cousin to stay with her for one week to learn bridge. We were hooked. After that, we wanted to play 24/7 but non of our friends played so I played very infrequently growing up. In 1998, my husband got an assignment to Yokota AFB, Japan. It was there that I befgan playing on a regular basis. Every Friday there was a party bridge game. After returning to the States, I was not able to find many friends who played bridge, but in June of 2013, my husband retired from the Air Force and we moved to Reno. Once here, I decided to search for a bridge group and stumbled upon the Reno Bridge Center. They had a youth teaching program and I knew that this would be a perfect place for me to volunteer. I had been a high school math teacher for ten years and this would allow me to combine my teaching experience with my love for bridge.
John M. Slattery (known as Mike) is an ACBL Bronze Life Master as well as an ACBL certified teacher and Director. He had his own club in Hollister, California before moving to Reno Nevada. He has always participated in the activities of the unit to which he belonged. He enjoys playing bridge in club, sectional, regional and national events. Mike believes that anyone who enjoys playing cards can learn bridge and play at whatever level they enjoy. Mike is the assigned RYB Instructor for McQueen High School’s Bridge Club and teaches a bridge course at Truckee Meadows Community College.
Jefri Donovan, Director, Instructor