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The Longest Day at Memorial City Mall

An event for the Longest Day was held on June 24th at Memorial City Mall in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association. There was rubber bridge and MiniBridge along with information and a volunteer from the Alzheimer’s Association. Thanks to all the volunteers from Unit 174 who turned out to play and help!!!

ACBL announces its new CEO!

Bahar Gidwani of New York will assume the post of American Contract Bridge League chief executive officer on July 1. He succeeds Robert Hartman, who has been the organization’s chief executive since October 2011. “Bahar brings a wealth of experience to this critical leadership role,” says ACBL President Bob Heller in making the announcement, “and that includes a tremendous background in technology. Most importantly, he’ll be good for bridge.” “I have long had a passion for the game,” Gidwani says. “I’ve played bridge since I was 8 years old. I look forward to being a part of ensuring a bright future for a group that I have proudly been a member of since my sophomore year of college.”

Gidwani’s professional experience includes executive management in companies large and small. He has founded, grown, and advised tech-based businesses for 30 years. He has served on the boards of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. “As with any not-for-profit organization, ACBL needs to retain and add new members while remaining true to its mission to grow and sustain the game of bridge,” Gidwani says. “I believe I am good at ‘public listening.’ To effectively lead an organization that includes thousands of volunteers, one must be willing to spend as much or more time listening as one does speaking.”

Jay Whipple, District 9 Board member, headed the CEO Search Committee. “We’re lucky to have had a pool of extremely talented candidates vying for the position,” he says. “We had a thorough search-and-review process. Bahar not only meets all our needs, but he surpassed our expectations. Selecting him to lead the ACBL was a decision unanimously ratified by the board members in attendance at a special meeting.”

In 2007, Gidwani co-founded CSRHub LLC, Inc., and served as its CEO. The company provides information on the corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance of 17,000 companies in 133 countries to more than 15,000 corporate managers, activists, journalists and students.

In 1991, Gidwani launched the first online stock photo agency – Index Stock Imagery – and built it into one of the largest companies in the photo industry. It was one of the first e-commerce sites on the Internet and one of the top 1000 web sites in overall traffic 1993–2006.

Gidwani completed his undergraduate work in astronomy and physics at Amherst College (magna cum laude), and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School with highest honors (Baker Scholar). His professional credentials include being a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and being one of the first 70 people awarded the Fundamentals of Sustainability Accounting (FSA) designation. He worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody & Co. and served as a consultant with McKinsey & Co.

Gidwani was born in Columbus, Ohio. His wife is a doctor working in cancer research. Besides his interest in bridge, he races sailboats in both the summer and winter.

With more than 168,000 members, the ACBL is the largest bridge organization in the world. It is based in Horn Lake, Miss. and employs 60 headquarters staff and 170 tournament directors. The ACBL supports more than 3.5 million tables of bridge play annually throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda. Its mission is to promote, grow and sustain the game of bridge and to serve the bridge-related interests of its members.

Help Support Team Bridge!

Unit 174's Flight A GNT team of Jimmy Breihan, Mike Doyle, Tony Haddad, and Daniel Jackson need your support to help pay for their trip to Toronto for the ACBL Nationals in July. Fundraising events have been scheduled by "Support Team Bridge," a Texas nonprofit corporation. One of the events is a special Unit Championship Game with extra points awarded, to be held on Saturday, June 17, 5 p.m., at Westside Bridge Academy. The $20 entry includes dinner and all proceeds will go to the team members.

Both Westside Bridge Academy and Bridge Club of Houston are supporting the fundraising efforts by selling raffle tickets for prizes at $10 each or $40 for 5. Drawings will be held at WBA on May 20 and June 17, and at BCoH on May 29 and July 4. Among the prizes are club game play with each of the team members. The Team is also available for the June and August sectional tournaments for a $500 donation. Prize information is posted at WBA and BCoH.

Club News

Bridge Club of Houston

  • Tuesday, July 4th – “Hot Diggity Dog” Memorial Day: Hot dogs at 11 am---please bring sides, game at 11:55am, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
  • Thursday, July 6th – Daytime Mentor/Mentee Game
  • Tuesday, July 11th – ACBL International Fund Game #2
  • Saturday, July 15th – Club Closed
  • Monday, July 17th – Nighttime Mentor/Mentee Game
  • Thursday, July 27th – Swiss Team “8 is Enough”
  • Monday, September 4th – Hot Diggity Dog Day: Hot dogs at 11 am---please bring sides, game at 11:55am, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
  • September 7th thru 10th – 299r Tournament

Houston Racquet Club

  • Schedule Change
    The regularly scheduled game on the 2nd Tuesday of the month has been rescheduled to the 2nd Thursday of each month for the next several months due to the Houston Racquet Club's undergoing remodeling.

Southwest Duplicate Bridge Club

  • Games are held at Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd. in Bellaire thru August 11th.

Westside Bridge Academy

  • 299r Sectional
    Earn silver points in our upcoming 299r sectional, July 13th-16th! Click the button on this page to view the flyer.