Northern Indiana Unit 154
American Contract Bridge League
District 8

RISING IN THE RANKS

JUNIOR MASTER
David Dinius, Fort Wayne
Penny Krug, South Bend
Joseph Mihalov, Valparaiso
Gerry Wardzinski. South Bend

CLUB MASTER
Mariana Bruce, Michigan City
Dena Davis, Fort Wayne
Robert Enyeart, Fort Wayne
Kathy Klein Columbia City
Kathleen Peterson, South Bend
Michael Ridenour, Fort Wayne
Robert Young, Fort Wayne
 
SECTIONAL MASTER
John Gadd, South Bend
Robert Lewis, Granger

Marc Kaminsky, Fort Wayne
Benjamin Paulson, South Bend
 
REGIONAL MASTER
Terry Bauer, Portage
Philip Eyermann, Churubusco

NABC MASTER
Thomas Hebron, Edwardsburg
Glen McGeady, Long Beach
 
LIFE MASTER
Jane Bailey, Syracuse
Robert Grant, Fort Wayne
William Wendt, La Porte

LIFE & BRONZE LIFE MASTER
Sheila Kiefer, Fort Wayne
Like many others, I had played party bridge for several years, however, upon retiring, I began to take it more seriously. A friend persuaded me to play with her at the Fort Wayne Duplicate Center. There, I learned of conventions and techniques that would aid in bidding and playing. After some relative success, I set a goal for myself to become a Life Master. Little did I realize how long this would take to become a reality.
 
I am so grateful for all the help I have been given throughout these past years. My long term partner, Jim McChessney; Kim Grant and Gary Chaney who have periodically given of themselves in instructing and assisting; and friends, Joan Smith, Judy Jenkins & Anne Bruick who propelled me to the status of Life Master & Bronze Life Master at the recent Fort Wayne Regional Tournament. Thanks to all those who have helped me reach this long sought goal!

BRONZE LIFE MASTER
Jane Bailey, Syracuse

BRONZE LIFE MASTER
Jill Culby, South Bend
Jill grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan where her Mom raised two children, Jill & her brother, on her own. Her Mom's one "fun thing" was duplicate bridge, and she passed her love and enthusiasm for the game to Jill.
Jill's choice of college was Michigan State University where she earned degrees in English and Psychology. She married Larry Culby in 1970 and moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan, where his family had been farming since 1830. They hoped to set the world on fire, but along came a recession. With no jobs anywhere and being broke, Larry became a farmer and she became a writer.
 
For the next twenty years, Jill wrote 86 books under various pseudonyms (Jennifer Greene, Jeanne Grant, Jessica Massey, Alison Hart). One reason for writing romance novels was that the publishers would take on new writers, and she & Larry had two children to support. The kids grew up, got their masters degrees and charged off into life. And she had the "roms" to thank for that.
 
There were setbacks including an unfortunate fall requiring shoulder replacement at Cleveland Clinic, back surgery, and being hit by a truck. All these vicissitudes of life brought her to seek out a local duplicate game. She discovered a great way to heal herself - "playing this marvelous game and meeting so many wonderful people". CONGRATULATIONS, JILL!

BRONZE LIFE MASTER
Bob Knoblock, South Bend Congratulations AGAIN to Bob Knoblock (Life Master in October 2016) who has now achieved the rank of Bronze LM. Bob wants to thank his partners who helped him earn the points necessary to get to this bridge plateau. He sends special thanks to his regular Monday and Wednesday partners, Karen Nagy and Dick Scheibelhut, "who are always ready and willing to play with me, regardless of any bidding and playing errors I might make..." It doesn't look like he's made many mistakes! Your partners & the rest of the Club send you our best wishes.

SILVER LIFE MASTER
Keith Meyer, Long Beach

RUBY LIFE MASTER
Ruth Minish, Granger

GOLD LIFE MASTER
Gary Chaney, Woodburn

SAPPHIRE LIFE MASTER
Chris Grande, Mishawaka

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