Three new members of RYB Board of Directors

August 15, 2014: Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, has announced the election of three new members, Mike Slattery, Don Parsons and Susan Powell, to serve on the Reno Youth Bridge Board of Directors for the next year. The appointments followed Bud Brewer’s retirement at the end of the entity’s fiscal year, July 30,2014. Mike Slattery and Don Parsons were also elected as Vice Presidents and Susan Powell as Vice President and Treasurer. The three new members will enrich the Board’s efforts to continue the growth and development of Reno Youth Bridge’s after school activity program for teaching Washoe County students to learn and play Bridge, the game that enhances academic achievement. Mike Slattery and Susan Powell joined Reno Youth Bridge as RYB Instructors during the 2013 fall and 2014 spring semesters serving at McQueen High School and Desert Heights Elementary School respectively. Don Parsons is an active and experienced player of Contract Bridge here in Reno. On August 11th WCSD starts a new school year and Reno Youth Bridge will be recruiting new students and faculty representatives for all the schools in the District. Over 300 students registered to become members of after school Bridge Clubs last year among 14 of the District’s High Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools. Three District wide Intramural duplicate bridge tournaments were held at the Grand Sierra Resort, John Ascuagas Golden Nugget hotel and the Reno Bridge Center to determine the winner of a $1000 College Tuition Scholarship along with over $3000 worth of Gift Certificates awarded to the top 20 students in competition for Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Points during the school year.

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Bud Brewer to Retire

May 31,2014: It has been my sincere pleasure to have been associated with the members of the Board of Directors of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. (RYB) for the past 6 years and to be a part of the teaching of Duplicate Contract Bridge to the Students of Washoe County School District. From 30 or so students in a 3 school pilot program back in 2008 annual student registration in after school RYB Bridge Clubs has grown to over 300 participating students in 14 high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in the Reno Sparks area.

There is something special about sharing your knowledge and experience among young students who may or may not have some athletic skill which they can use to become part of a competitive endeavor, but that notwithstanding, they and many of their fellow students most of which otherwise would be excluded from organized sports due to limited athletic skills, can learn and play the game of bridge thus becoming full participants in intramural competition. You know the youngsters I am talking about, they are found in the stands watching and cheering for their school’s basketball or football teams at various sports venues. But learning Bridge gives them the opportunity to put their minds at work and to be able to go down on the “playing field” so to speak and take a seat at a different venue, the bridge table, and compete head to head against teams of other schools in the District and that is fun!

On top of all that, studies have shown that learning and playing bridge enhances academic achievement, especially in math subjects, inferential analysis, basic problem solving and other creative thinking. I have watched students who were in the 6th grade when we began teaching and are now in high school. They have developed the thinking process that enables them to communicate effectively with partner in a code like language we call “Bridge Speak”, a group of 15 numerals, words or combination thereof and make reasonable conclusions about the contracts that should be reached and then be successful in the play of the hand to win. This is a long way from “Whist”, an early form of Bridge taught to our beginners, yet it is just the start of a lifetime of enjoyment exercising the brain and interacting cognitively with people from all over the world.

I have been privileged to work with some very dedicated and smart people who have contributed greatly to the success of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. Our President Kathy Lane, a professional bridge teacher and Tournament Director who always kept us on the right course and expressed a positive attitude toward even the least promising students we were trying to teach; Molly Rakestraw, our Corporate Secretary and also a professional bridge teacher, always had constructive ideas for how to motivate learning; Dan Green the indefatigable bridge expert who teaches students at multiple school bridge clubs as well as online at the teaching table or at tables with national as well as international experts; David Weinberg, author of our RYB “Bridge Notes” text and syllabus and an IT expert who manages the data files needed for administration of the program; and John Barber, a retired business executive and all-around expert on human behavior whose perspective on how to do certain business functions was of great help to me in my role as Treasurer and Administrative Managing Director. I feel very comfortable saying that I believe Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. will flourish under the leadership and administration by this group of very hard working Board Members who contribute their time and energy to the success of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc.

It is with heavy heart but satisfying spirit that I say goodbye to my association with Reno Youth Bridge, Inc., the students and their teachers of Washoe County School System, and prepare along with my wife for our departure from the Reno Community to rejoin our family in Southern California. I invite all those wonderful youth who have been members of RYB, their parents and their teachers associated with our Youth program to look for me, “BREW775”, on Bridgebase.com (BBO) and maybe we could play a few hands from time to time. Until then, good Luck and may all your slams be “Grand”.

Bud Brewer

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Bud Brewer to Retire

May 31,2014: It has been my sincere pleasure to have been associated with the members of the Board of Directors of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. (RYB) for the past 6 years and to be a part of the teaching of Duplicate Contract Bridge to the Students of Washoe County School District. From 30 or so students in a 3 school pilot program back in 2008 annual student registration in after school RYB Bridge Clubs has grown to over 300 participating students in 14 high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in the Reno Sparks area.

There is something special about sharing your knowledge and experience among young students who may or may not have some athletic skill which they can use to become part of a competitive endeavor, but that notwithstanding, they and many of their fellow students most of which otherwise would be excluded from organized sports due to limited physical skills, can learn and play the game of bridge thus becoming full participants in intramural competition. You know the youngsters I am talking about, they are found in the stands watching and cheering for their school’s basketball or football teams at various sports venues. But learning Bridge gives them the opportunity to put their minds at work and to be able to go down on the “playing field” so to speak and take a seat at a different venue, the bridge table, and compete head to head against teams of other schools in the District and that is fun!

On top of all that, studies have shown that learning and playing bridge enhances academic achievement, especially in math subjects, inferential analysis, basic problem solving and other creative thinking. I have watched students who were in the 6th grade when we began teaching and are now in high school. They have begun to develop the thinking process that enables them to communicate effectively with partner in a code like language we call “Bridge Speak”, a group of 15 numerals, words or combination thereof and make reasonable conclusions about the contracts that should be reached and then be successful in the play of the hand to win. This is a long way from “Whist”, an early form of Bridge taught to our beginners, yet it is just the start of a lifetime of enjoyment exercising the brain and interacting cognitively with people from all over the world.

I have been privileged to work with some very dedicated and smart people who have contributed greatly to the success of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. Our President Kathy Lane, a professional bridge teacher and Tournament Director who always kept us on the right course and expressed a positive attitude toward even the least promising students we were trying to teach; Molly Rakestraw, our Corporate Secretary and also a professional bridge teacher, always had constructive ideas for how to motivate learning; Dan Green the indefatigable bridge expert who teaches students at multiple school bridge clubs as well as online at the teaching table or at tables with national as well as international experts; David Weinberg, author of our RYB “Bridge Notes” text and syllabus and an IT expert who manages the data files needed for administration of the program; and John Barber, a retired business executive and all-around expert on human behavior whose perspective on how to do certain business functions was of great help to me in my role as Treasurer and Administrative Managing Director. I feel very comfortable saying that I believe Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. will flourish under the leadership and administration by this group of very hard working Board Members who contribute their time and energy to the success of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc.

It is with heavy heart but satisfying spirit that I say goodbye to my association with Reno Youth Bridge, Inc. and the students and teachers of Washoe County School System and prepare along with my wife for our departure from the Reno Community to rejoin our family in Southern California. I invite all those wonderful youth who have been members of RYB, their parents and their faculty members associated with our Youth program to look for me “BREW775” on Bridgebase.com (BBO) and maybe we could play a few hands from time to time. Until then, good Luck and may all your slams be “Grand”.

Bud Brewer

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Student Bridge Teams Preparing for April 26th Championships

March 8, 2014: Seven Washoe County High Schools, four Middle Schools, the Davidson Academy and two Elementary Schools are gearing up for the Spring Team Game Championships and the award of the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup for their school’s Trophy Case. Held in a Swiss team game format, the trophy was won by Shaw Middle School last spring and they are working hard to repeat their strong performance of last year. The event will include two separate competitions this year; one for the new High Schools that have just been organized this Fall and one for the 7 Washoe County Middle Schools and Elementary schools that are organizing their After School Activity Bridge Classes for the coming School Year. Kathy Lane, President of Reno Youth Bridge, Inc., announced schools and instructors as follows: Billinghurst Middle School – Collett Gilmore, High Desert Montessori Charter School – Hope Davis, Depoali Middle School – Beth Swanberg, Shaw Middle School -Deborah Annand, Sparks Middle School -Susan Davenport, AACT High School; Dan Green; Bishop Monogue Catholic High School – Jack Rosen; Damonte Ranch High School -Virginia Kellermyer, Galena High School – Rich Scoggin & Sally Hertz; Spanish Springs – Dan Green; Sparks High School-Dan Green , McQueen High School-Mike Slatterly. These 13 schools plus Hillside Elementary – Reba Berland; and new this year, Desert Heights Elementary – Gary & Jerri Campbell and Susan Powell. These schools have formed as members of the WCSD Intramural Duplicate Bridge League and competed against each other in their first tournament on December 28, 2013. The next major tournament, the Spring Team Game Championships, is scheduled for April 26th 2014 at John Ascuagas Nugget Hotel in Sparks. Teams representing their schools will compete for the RYB-WCSD Silver Cup perpetual Trophy in the duplicate team game Championship. On June 7, 2014, the RYB Year-end Pairs Championships will be held at which High School students, Middle and Elementary students will vie for the RYB Pairs Championship Trophy. Students will also be vying for the Reno Youth Bridge $1000 College Scholarship and any one of the twenty gift certificates awarded to the top finishers in the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Program aggregating $3000 and redeemable at Reno/Sparks department stores. Last year, the Scholarship award was won by Henry Weisberg of Billinghurst Middle School. Second in that competition earning a $500 Gift certificate was Arsh Bhardwaj of Sparks Middle School. Each School Bridge Club is not limited as to size but it is recommended that the norm be 16 members or four tables of bridge. Dan Green, RYB Director and Senior Instructor, says this number is the most efficient number for teaching and allows interclass team competition along with adequate representation at the three RYB Major Tournaments held each year.

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Bridge, Where Counting Cards is Legal

Middle School students who wear black Tee shirts with the logo as shown on this page have participated in one or more Reno Youth Bridge-WCSD interscholastic duplicate bridge tournaments. Reno Youth Bridge sponsors three of these major tournaments and the Mid Winter Tournament just completed was the first one during the 2012-2013 school years. This being the first experience for many of the players, all participants found out just how much fun it is to be a part of this bridge learning and playing program. Beginning in January RYB will introduce the use of Bridge Base online, a software application that allows the user to play the game right on their Web Browser. Sometime in March, the Directors of RYB will invite students from all the participating schools to form teams of four and enter the WCSD-RYB Online Team Game in which a Swiss Team format will provide for three or more schools to play in head to head matches against each other. The winners of this team game tournament will receive a special RYBAP points award bonu,s the amount of which will depend upon the number of teams that play in the event. Watch for more information on this website

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