2019 Scholarship Fundraiser

The 9th Annual Pizza Shoppe Fundraiser was held on Tuesday June 18, 2019.   10% of your purchase price was donated to scholarship funds held with Truman Heartland Community Foundation.  The first fund is the Eugene J. Rolfe Memorial Scholarship Fund, providing $1000 renewable scholarships to Engineering students.  The next fund is the Rolfe Bridge Fund.  This fund provides $500 renewable scholarships to Kathy’s students who have at least 1 masterpoint upon graduating from high school and who continue to add to the masterpoint holding while in college. The Bridge Fund also provides scholarships to students winning at the local Unit 131 Spring Tournament when a student section is offered.You can read about these scholarships on this website or read and apply for them via the Truman Heartland Community Foundation.  We’ve given away over $50,000 in scholarships and bridge camp funding so far!

Thank you to my supporters!  We had a great time this year! Sorry I forgot to take your picture Dave!

 

Competitive Bidding

Competitive Bidding:

  • How to get into the bidding after the opposing side has already started bidding
  • How to start the bidding off by taking up some of the opponents’ bidding space
  • How to stop the interfering opponents and find the right contact for your side

Classes are at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost:  $17 per class (or $100 for the entire series of 7 classes)


YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER.  Class will cancel by the Tuesday night before the class without enough students pre-registered.

Oct. 9: Overcalls (making a bid after the opponents have started the bidding) and responding to or advancing the overcall

Oct. 23:  Take-out Doubles (after the opponent’s have started bidding, asking partner to pick a suit) and responding to or advancing the double

Oct. 30:  Pre-emptive opening bids (2 level) (taking away the opponent’s bidding room) and responses

Nov. 13:  Pre-emptive opening bids (3 level)

Nov. 27:  Interfering after a 1 NT opening bid (using the convention Disturbing Opponents NoTrump DONT)

Dec. 11:  How to overcome interference from pre-emptive bids, takeout doubles, and overcalls.  Learn what a negative double can do for you and what a redouble can do.

Jan. 8:  Lebensohl Convention – overcoming opponents interference after your side’s opening 1NT bid.

 

Bridge Competition Scholarship

Normally Unit 131 holds a student competition at the Spring Sectional Tournament.  The students will play in their own section if there are at least 3 tables. If at least 10 students don’t participate, those attending will play in the 0-299 section with the adults. This is for students age 18 and younger with less than 20 masterpoints. Winners will be awarded masterpoints and the Unit provides a trophy to the top student winners as well. In addition, Kathy Rolfe is providing a $50 scholarship to the top winners residing within Unit 131 through the Rolfe Bridge Fund administered through the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. The cost of play will be $1 to play.  Contact Kathy via e-mail  or call 816-237-0519 to let her know you plan on playing.

The 2019 Spring Tournament hosted 3 tables for the competition bridge scholarship on June 1.  Finishing in first place were Peter Caughron and his grandmother Nancy Caughron (playing to complete the 3 tables) with a 60% game, picking up .92 Silver masterpoints and winning Peter a $50 scholarship when he graduates from high school next year.  In second place were Patrick and Michael Caughron with a 57.5 % game picking up .69 masterpoints and $50 each in scholarship money to be used this fall at their college.

Carriage Club Duplicate

Tuesdays again in 2019  at 5 p.m. at the Carriage Club. If you would like to play contact Kathy. Cost is $8.  This is a shorter game; we are usually done by 7:15.

Remaining Dates for 2019:

July 9

Sept. 24

Oct. 8 & 22

Nov. 5 & 19

Call Kathy at 816-237-0519 or email her to sign up.

This is an invitational club with limited space.  You have to be approved to come before coming!

Carriage Club Results:

June 11 Results

May 28 Results

May 14, 2019 game results

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supervised Play

Wednesday Wanna Play:
Wednesday 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 12:30 to 3 p.m. in my home in the Greenwood, MO area.  Next Wednesday Wanna Play:   June 19
Cost: $5 per person with light snacks provided.

You must register ahead of time.  I cancel by late Tuesday evening via email communication with fewer than 3 people signed up.  Call Kathy at 816-237-0519 or email her to sign up and get directions if you need them.

Monday Minglers Returns!  New Time!

We will play from noon to 2:30.  It will still be at my home with beverages and snacks provided.  Cost is still $5.  Next Monday Mingler July 1!  You must sign up ahead of time.  I cancel by Sunday evening if not enough have signed up.

Beginning Bridge Class: Wanna Play Bridge the 2/1 (Two Over One) Way

Classes are at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Cost $100 for the series of 7 classes. ($17 per class if paid individually for just the classes you attend.)
This is a beginning course covering non-competitive bidding with some playing and defending instruction. 

2019 Beginning Bridge Classes


Textbook will be available for sale for $17, not included in the course cost.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  
Just call (816-237-0519) or e-mail  to sign up.

April 10:  The Basics – trick taking and the mechanics Chapters 1-5
May 1: Opening 1 NT and a start on responding. Chapters 6-7
May 8: Opening 1NT, more on responding. Chapters 8-9
May 22: Opening and Responding to 1 of a Major. Chapter 10
June 12: Forcing bids in response to 1 of a Major. Chapter 11

Played before, need to learn more about the bidding?  Join us!

July 10: Opening 1 of a Minor and Responding. Chapter 12
July 24:  Responding to 1 of a Major without support. Chapter 13

Cruise with Me!

Cruise with me in 2019!

 

Join me in the summer of 2019 on Cunard’s Queen Victoria.  I will be the bridge instructor/director on a roundtrip cruise out of Southampton from Aug. 11 to Aug. 23, 2019, touring the British Isles.  Prices start at $2039, learn more here.


Join me again in 2019 back on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth!  I will be the bridge instructor/director on a roundtrip cruise out of Southampton from Sept. 6 to Sept. 20.  See Iceland and the British Isles.

Prices start at $2679, learn more here.

These cruises are never guaranteed to me as the cruise line can change its mind, but that has only happened once in all the years I’ve been doing this.  I would love to see some friends with me on any of these cruises!

 

 

 

Mo-Kan Bridge Academy

NEXT GAME:  July 12 – contact Kathy to let her know you are playing!  Not necessary, but very helpful!  NO GAME ON JUNE 28 or JULY 5!

GAME RESULTS:

June 21 Game Results

June 14 results

June 7 Corrected Results

May 24 Game Results

May 17 Game Results

MAY 17 MP Awards

Congratulations to Wynne Begun on making LIFE MASTER at the May 17 game!

MAY 3 Game

April 12 Game Results

April 5 Game Results

March 29 Game Results

March 1 Game Results

Feb. 22 Game Results

FEB 8 GAME

Mo-Kan Bridge is just getting started. NEXT GAME IS July 12, 2019!    Their first duplicate game is offered at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit on Fridays, from 10:30 to 2.  There will be a variety of directors directing this game, but I will be the director for many of the games.  There will be both a novice section (for those with less than 50 masterpoints) and an open section, provided there are at least 3 tables per section.  If both sections cannot be run, then one combined open section with stratification will be played instead. Partners are guaranteed if you can’t find your own on any given day.  (This might mean you play with the director, in which case you would be playing in the open section.)  Lunch is provided.

Cost is $8 or less.  Please check out the Mo-Kan Bridge Academy website for details on costs and this game.

Home School Bridge Classes. FREE!

Interested in getting the classes into your school?

Click School Bridge to find out why your school should be doing this!

Home School Students! These classes are great for you. I can work with your schedule!

There is also the option of a semester long elective class in Bridge that meets National Math Standards for Middle School Students. Looking for an elective credit that will truly benefit your students? Any teacher can teach this class once they know the basics of bridge themselves. Take one of my beginning courses and then you can feel confident of teaching the class yourself! Contact me for more details!

These pictures are from the fall 2018 home school class I taught.  It is great fun!  Try it, you’ll like it!


Students, teacher, and winners!
Daniel (partner not shown) 1st N/S, Teacher (Kathy Rolfe) Robert and Benjamin 1st E/W
Daniel (partner not shown): 1st N/S Robert & Benjamin: 1st E/W