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December 8-14



There are a couple of slots open for B’s at the North American Pairs games at the District Level. If you played in the Unit NAP tournament in November but did not qualify, you may be able to play anyway. Those games will be held on January 3 and 4, 2015 at the Austin Winter Sectional. The games begin at 10:00am.

Please let Tom Martinsen know if you would like to play at or 713-668-0526.

Claudette Roush

Claudette Roush passed away on Saturday, December 13th.

She was a Silver Life Master with over 2200 masterpoints.

A Memorial Service and Reception will be held on Friday, December 19th at 3:30 p.m. Reverend Josh Condon will officiate at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 12535 Perthshire Rd, Houston Texas 77024.

The obituary is here.

STaC Results

Results from this week's STaC can be seen here.  You need to disable any pop up blockers to see the results. 

Lone Star Regional Schedule Changes

The ACBL Board has approved a change to Regional Tournament schedules that allows Gold Point events to begin Monday afternoon. The LSR will now have a full schedule beginning at 2:30 pm on Monday. The new Monday Gold point events are an Open Charity Pairs Championship and a Bracketed Swiss. Both are 2 session events.

Also the LSR will have Mid-Flight pairs for the first time in conjunction with the Gold Rush pairs events on Wednesday and Saturday. These will be the strats for those events:

Ax Pairs A: 5000+ Ax: 0-5000
Mid-Flight Pairs B: 1500-3000 Bx: 0-1500
Gold Rush Pairs C: 300-750 Cx: 0-300

The changes were just approved at the ACBL Board of Directors meeting in Providence, Rhode Island this Fall.

Also note that the Monday evening schedule will begin at 7:30 pm.

All the details are shown in the flyer to the right.

New Unit Directory

Unit 174 will be printing a new Unit directory to be distributed during next year's Lone Star Regional. To make the information as accurate and up to date as possible, the Unit board encourages all members to check to make sure the information (address, phone, email) the ACBL has on file is accurate.

Many of you know that Unit 174 keeps an on-line directory, which can be accessed by clicking on "MyUnit174" on the menu above, clicking on "Unit 174 Directory", and logging in with your ACBL number (if you are a LM, you must use a letter instead of a number as the first character) and a previously selected password. If that information is not correct, you can bring it up to date by correcting the information with the ACBL. When the Unit database is updated around the 6th of December, it will reflect your changes.

You can correct the information with the ACBL in one of three ways:

  1. go to, click on MyACBL, log in, and make your corrections there,
  2. send an email to with the correct information, or
  3. call 662-253-3132 and provide the correct information.

The directory will be finalized in mid-January, so try to get your changes made before the end of December.

Lone Star Regional Event Naming

The Unit Board has announced the details for naming events during next year's Lone Star Regional.A printable flyer showing all the events is available here.

UNIT 174 Board of Directors Club Connection Program

Bill Riley, Beverley Cheatham, Club manager Gerry Earnest, Nancy Strohmer and Chuck Ensor.

The Board continued our program to connect with our Unit members and traveled to Lake Conroe in Montgomery. The Lake Conroe area has 2 clubs with games on Tuesday (except 1st), Wednesday and Friday.

Four of the board members (Beverley Cheatham, Nancy Strohmer, Chuck Ensor and Bill Riley) and 2 spouses, Hans Strohmer and Nancy Riley, played bridge in the Lake Conroe Duplicate Bridge club at the April Sound Church on Friday November 21. All had fun and good bridge.

Members of the Board plan to be at most of the Holiday parties in December. The UNIT will again provide support for holiday parties at the clubs. Hope to see you there to celebrate the holiday season and bring in a new year of bridge.

Club Happenings

Apple & Apple II

  • Friday - December 12th
    • Apple II DBC will celebrate the Holiday Season!
    • Please come and bring your favorite side dish.
  • Monday - December 15th
    • APPLE DBC will celebrate the Holiday Season!
    • Please come and bring your favorite dip/dessert/hors d'oeuvres.

Bridge Club of Houston

  • Christmas Party
    • December 17th – Open Pairs & 199r
    • Meal will be at 11am – Club is furnishing all the food
  • The club will be closed on Christmas Day.
  • The club will be open on New Year's Eve.
  • There will be a New Year's Day Party on January 1st
    • Open & 299r Pairs
    • Potluck Lunch @ 11 am
    • The game will begin at 11:55 am
  • Saturday, January 10 – Volunteer & Membership Appreciation Party.
    • Members will play for $5.
    • Pot Luck meal @11 am.
    • Game @12 noon.
  • Wednesday, January 14 – Ben & Lenna Landers Life Master Party.
    • Meal @11am.
    • Game @11:55am.
  • Saturday, January 24 – Annual Membership meeting @11:45 am.
    • Game @ 12 noon.
    • Board Meeting following game.

Houston Bridge Studio

  • Christmas Parties
    • Thursday 18th 1030
    • Sunday 21st 10:30 & TBA
      • Double Swiss
  • Jeanette Magid Memorial game
    • Tuesday 16th @ 10:30

Southwest DBC

The SWDBC Holiday party will be held on December 17th, at the MERFISH Center at 10:30 a.m. The game will be a local charity game to benefit Meals on Wheels. All proceeds will go to that charity. Last year we donated $800. We will be serving Brisket and Turkey along with added sides provided by the members. Come enjoy a nice meal plus an upgraded bridge game all for $5.00 each.

The last game at Merfish will be December 17th. All games for the rest of December will be cancelled. We will hold out first game on January 6th (Tuesday) at the Main JCC Building. at 5601 S. Braeswood. We will be playing there until further noice.