Northern Indiana Unit 154
American Contract Bridge League
District 8

RISING IN THE RANKS


JUNIOR MASTER
Betty Brewe, Michiana Shores; Richard Brewe, Michiana Shores; Lynn Lantow, Hamilton
 
CLUB MASTER

Gordon Ewing, Fort Wayne; Kathie Fritz, Michigan City; Marty Martin, Niles; June Salmon, Long Beach

REGIONAL MASTER
Patricia Laing, South Bend; Jim Lively, Highland; Joseph Sowder, Fort Wayne; Carol Teshima, Trail Creek
 
NABC MASTER
Carol Miller, Valparaiso; Barbara J Stroud, Chesterton

ADV NABC MASTER
Carol Watters, Columbia City

BRONZE LIFE MASTER
Patricia Skelton, Kokomo

SAPPHIRE LIFE MASTER
Louis Nimnicht, Crown Point

Lou Nimnicht of Crown Point has reached yet another significant achievement as he progresses upward through the ranks of the bridge hierarchy. Sapphire Life Master requires 3500 masterpoints (with at least 700 silver, red, gold or platinum, of which at least 350 must be gold or platinum).

These are excerpts from some of Lou's partners - "We all know the bridge skills that Lou brings to the table every day. We also understand his competitive nature and understanding of the game. Regarding the personal side of Lou, there have been occasions when I needed someone to help me reason through a number of difficult situations. Lou listened, offered a number of ideas, and helped me find solutions and peace of mind."
 
"I have been a bridge partner with Lou for over thirty years. At the table he has been an adroit, personable, aggressive and knowledgeable partner. Away from the table he is caring, curious, humorous and friendly. I have been fortunate to have been his partner and blessed to have been his friend."
 
"Lou's advancement in bridge over the past few years has been rather phenomenal. Even when competing against some of the national elite players, Lou has distinguished himself as a bridge tactician, strategist and analyst. As a regular partner, I am frequently amazed at both his deductive and intuitive prowess. Lou is helpful in regularly offering constructive tips to beginning players
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SAPPHIRE LIFE MASTER
Patricia Killeen, Mishawaka

We've been fortunate to celebrate so many of Tricia's achievements throughout the years and are happy to add another one. In March she became our sixth Sapphire Life Master earning more than 3500 points (along with the number of colored points required). Of course, we know she is not done and will be adding higher rankings in the years to come. We all know Tricia as South Bend's Club Manager but she does so much more like keeping track of our members' activities, making sure they receive get well cards when ill, teaching classes, running games for new players, and, the big chore of scheduling all the games offered at the club. We thank her for her caring and congratulate her on her latest accomplishment.

GOLD LIFE MASTER
James Angell, Munster
Jim Angell of Munster, with perseverance and proficiency, has attained a long-awaited goal - Gold Life Master! What a glorious delight we take in congratulating him on this phenomenal event - 2500 masterpoints that took a half century to compile in fractions of a point - sometimes more and sometimes less.

Jim writes, "FINALLY!!! Reaching Gold Life Master was my goal since 1967, when Tom Hallum introduced me to duplicate bridge and taught me a myriad of conventions. We played for years, when a win earned 0.37 masterpoints and a game costs $2.00.
 
This is a compilation of remarks made by several of Jim's partners -
 "I met Jim about ten years ago when he was winning a lot of sessions with other partners and showed up in a kilt as least once. As an occasional partner I noticed his competitiveness and aggressiveness both on offense and defense. Never a dull moment! He maintains his joy and passion for the game still."  
"Jim is even-tempered, always complimentary, never negative, understanding and helpful. This recognition that he has striven for and attained is richly deserved."  "Because of him our team does well all the time."  "Jim, it's good to hear of your recent 'scaling of the heights' within the bridge world. Who would have believed that, even with eyesight not the best, hearing that needs help and weak knees, that your age didn't stop you from strolling across the accomplished 'Gold Life Master' designation."  "Damn the torpedoes! Batten down the hatches! Full speed ahead! Captain Jim Angell is in the clubhouse looking for all the slams in the day's game. He has never met a slam that he didn't bid - whether they are makeable or not. And he manages to pull them out."

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