41-4. Nonagenarian Notions: Take a look at the Monterey Bridge Club for a Lost in the Shuffle scene

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Even if its membership’s average age is 71.

Its youthful attitude and reach-out of its message, and its forward-looking policies are so worth emulating. “You don’t need a partner. . . .  You don’t even have to know how to play bridge,” Lyde McReynolds-Hussey is quoted:   “All you have to do is call me and I’ll lead you to the right people for you.” Now that’s the way to recruit people to bridge!  

Here’s the URL for a recent Monterey Herald article by Dennis Taylor telling about the Monterey Bridge Club. The way I see it, it’s the key to the future of bridge. http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_22912371/monterey-bridge-club-draws-novices-master

I rarely use Nonagenarian Notions to do more than take note of evidence that aged bridge players today are still going strong. I keep track and come across them with a Google Alert. Kind of a reminder as well to boomers to take up bridge if they want to reach 90 dementia free.

This, however, is an article that draws you in to read past the first paragraph as well as providing a model for both the way a creative bridge club can be and grow and how it should write a press release if not fortunate to have Dennis Taylor write about their club.

Except I disagree with opinion of Mits Tatsugawa expressed in the article that it is the competition alone that makes bridge addictive–“If you’re not competitive . . . a lackadaisical kind of person–this probably isn’t your game.”  Not true! For the  vast majority of those addicted to bridge, past and present, its the lasting sociability and friendships plus  a card game like no other–unique, classic, classy.

Among its future goals, the Monterey Bridge Club plans to reach out to younger recruits through community colleges. I like that too amid the frequent expressions of gloom over the negative effect on the growth of bridge amongst the young due to all those gray-haired players turning them off. Invite ’em IN.  I’d be curious to know if they serve food? Now that policy by bridge clubs across the nation could restore the 50s ambience of grandma teaching bridge to the family — complete with cookies.

I’ll close with this sentence from the Monterey Herald article:  “One of the club’s shrewdest players is about to celebrate her 99th birthday  . . . .” and is among the 40 traveling to Victoria BC in April to play in a tournament, presumably.


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