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Tillsonburg Duplicate Bridge Club

History - Bette Heard
revised Jun 2017




Call Jan: 688-0205

The Tillsonburg Duplicate Bridge Club was originally started in 1971 by two ladies, Jean Tucker and Bette Heard, who really liked to play duplicate bridge.  A number of players from Delhi and Simcoe were very supportive.  At this time, it seemed that the people of Tillsonburg were not too receptive to duplicate bridge although there were numerous bridge players in town.

Our first duplicate boards were purchased by a gentleman, Joe Freund.  At first it was difficult to find a suitable location in which to hold our games and even then, often only three tables could be formed.

Several years later, a number of bridge players moved to Tillsonburg from
Toronto, among them a gentleman, Mike Coles.  Mike agreed to be our director and club manager. Jean Tucker served as director at this time as well.  It was Mike who motivated us to join the ACBL in 1976.  In 1982 Reg Pitre took over as Club Director and Doug Rogers took over as Club Manager.  Sandy Mitchell was Club Manager from 2000-2002.  Robert Burns served as Club Manager from 2002-2013. Diana May served as Club Manager from 2013-2016. Currently, Jed Drew is the Club Manager.  We are proud members of  
District 2 (map) - Unit 249 of the ACBL.
Still a suitable location wasn't found until the new library was built.  We played there every Monday night until moving in 1997 to our present site in the Tillsonburg Seniorís Centre.

A second session on Friday afternoons was begun August 2002.  It was held at the Tillsonburg Public Library (and for a short time at Doug Roger's home) until June, 2008 when it moved to Baldwin Place Recreation Centre.  On January 1, 2012 it moved to the Tillsonburg Senior Centre.  This session originally started out more relaxed and geared to players who are new to duplicate bridge. Since then it has evolved into a regular open game. We appreciate the many experienced players who attend providing good role models and sound guidance. We still strive though for a more relaxed atmosphere.

Glad Millman, Jean Tucker, and Terry Morris provided instruction in the initial years.  Doug Rogers served as our instructor up until his retirement Dec. 2014. Since then Bill Anderson and Jed Drew and to some extent Maureen Flynn have been providing lessons.

Glad Millman was made an Honorary Life Member on her 100th birthday in recognition of her many years of dedication to bridge in our community.  Doug Rogers was made an Honorary Life Member in recognition of his tireless work
for many years as Club Manager and Tournament Chairman.  In 2008 our two founding members, Bette Heard and Jean Tucker, were granted Life Membership. In 2008 a resolution was passed to grant Life Membership to Club Managers and so Mike Coles, Sandy Mitchell, Robert Burns, and Diana May were added to the list.  Also in that resolution active senior members who achieve 90 years of age are also granted Honorary Life membership.

The club has successfully run the GOLDEN LEAF SECTIONAL Tournament since 1979 - for the first seventeen years under the chairmanship of Doug Rogers. Robert Burns replaced Doug as Tournament Chair from 1994-2009. Currently Jed Drew serves in this capacity.  Sandy Mitchell and Don Garrett chaired the tournament for 1 year in the 80ís.
On average 15 tables (2016 figures) of enthusiastic, friendly
from Tillsonburg and surrounding district come out to enjoy this leisure activity that is played around the world by millions of people from all walks of life. Our membership list boasts ~160 members.