Director Report – September 2017
It is my honor to appoint new lifetime members from District 4 to
the Charity and Goodwill Committees of the ACBL. These appointees
are chosen because of the extraordinary contributions that have made
to bridge and the bridge community.
My appointments to the Charity Committee for 2018 are:
Shilliday - Clementon, NJ
Since retiring from her years of teaching music in
Public and Parochial schools, Joelyn Shilliday has moved into a different
area to make a contribution.
She now focuses her energy on making meals for the
homeless. Three times a week she makes sandwiches and combines them
into complete meals with drinks, snacks and dessert and delivers them
to the needy in Camden and Philadelphia. She hands out over one hundred
meals each week as she stops at various streets, parks and bus terminals
to give the hungry a meal.
This has been an ongoing activity for Joelyn for the last four years
and has been supported by many friends and sympathetic helpers.
Youmans - Whitesboro, NY
As a child, Betty participated in many activities at The
Neighborhood Center in Utica, NY, including Girl Scouts, cooking classes,
after school groups and she also frequented the playground in the
As an adult, she serves on the Board of Directors
of the Neightborhood Center, so that she can help ensure that children
today have a safe place to learn and play. Betty also gives bridge
lessons to disadvantaged youth in the after school program at the
Betty, along with all of the players in the Mohawk
Valley Bridge Association, support Operation Sunshine each summer,
which helps fund summer camps for children in the area.
My appointments to the Goodwill Committee
for 2018 are:
Hughes – Wilmington, DE
Caroline Hughes, the current president of Unit 190, leads the Unit
with energy and enthusiasm and continually embraces new ideas.
Among her accomplishments in Unit 190 is the establishment
of a mentoring program with Karen Pollak. The program is designed
to ease players into the world of duplicate bridge.
Caroline is an excellent mentor as well, a calm and
steady table presence and a practitioner of active ethics. All admire
her gentle presence in the bridge room. Caroline and her husband,
John Strange, have taught bridge to local middle-school students as
Caroline is a great Bridge Ambassador.
Barbara Patterson - Furlong, PA
Barbara started AMI bridge with a partner in 2013 and went out on
her own in 2014. She moved into her current location in Langhorne,
PA two and one-half years ago.
Barbara has taught hundreds of beginning bridge players and nurtured
them into playing duplicate bridge.
Barbara's bridge club is a friendly and fun environment in which to
learn and play bridge. Her sunny personality is welcoming to all who
enter and takes all the fear out of learning to play duplicate bridge.
The formula works. Barbara's club has been the number #1 club in
Unit 141 in seven out of the last eight months.
Purl - Downingtown, PA
Few know how much work goes into setting up and running
sectional and regional tournaments, largely because of the efforts
behind the scenes that make our tournaments run so smoothly.
When you attend a Unit 141 tournament you can see
Tom in his signature cap everywhere.
Tom works at Philadelphia sectionals and at the Valley
Forge regional, moving tables and chairs, putting out bidding boxes,
helping the directing staff, caddying, running the partnership desk
or filling whatever need exists.
Tom is the consumate volunteer. He loves the game
of bridge and constantly works so that others can enjoy that experience.
Wise - Ephrata, PA
Dian is a very bright spot in the Lancaster bridge community.
Dian does all the things at the local bridge club to make sure that
those who have difficulty moving have what they need to make their day
pleasant – their special chair, food and drinks.