Please help the American Contract Bridge League in its major fundraiser this week. For several years, it has sponsored a nationwide effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease, something that has struck many of our local players, including Sandy Kirkland, who died just last week.
Make your checks payable to Alzheimer’s Association, and give them to us or mail them to Carteret County, who is going all out to help this fundraiser. Unit 119 decided to put all its eggs in its basket this year as it is having a luncheon and bridge game to raise money. It has sponsors and door prizes and all sorts of perks.
The games will be June 16 through 23 will all donated money to the Longest Day effort. The official slogan of the ACBL is “the day with the most light/ is the day we fight.”
Please be generous.
Last Thursday, June 6, D Day, John and Judy Haverkamp came to the game. Before we started play, John stood up and said that he would like to thank all Americans for their invasion of Europe in 1944. As this was the 75the anniversary of D Day, all of us were aware of the day, but for many, it had never hit so close to home before.
John said that on D Day, he was a five-week-old infant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. One of his grandfathers had just been released by the Germans for carrying a BBC note about the status of the war.
His other grandfather had been chased out of his house for not cooperating with the Germans. He and his wife hid in a windmill to avoid capture.
His aunt, who was a gunrunner for the Dutch underground, was stopped by the Germans as she approached a river of her bike. Her attempts to flirt with them and divert them failed, so she abandoned her bicycle and jumped into the river where she was shot at by the Germans. She managed to go underwater and escape to the other side.
John’s father, a physician, was picked up by German police, who were rounding up men to work in a munitions plant. He faked a seizure and the Germans released him, thinking he was not able to work. When he got home to his wife, he told her that a German officer was expecting her to deliver a bottle of gin to him for freeing her husband. Wisely, she said no way she was going. No martini for the officer. Imagine what might have happened to her if she had taken the gin.
In the winter of 1944/1945, 20,000 Dutch people died of starvation.
A powerful story that brings home the horror of the Second World War. Thank you, John, for sharing it with us.
James Gallagher, who has played with us several times while visiting his son, has returned to Arizona. We hope he will play with us again when he comes back.
It’s good to see Bob Harding and Joann Wellons back at the game.
And Migeon Knowles and Mary Emma Stevens have played with us more than once. No better way to learn.
Don’t forget to round up other players to meet you at her senior center Wednesday afternoons to play and talk about hands. Ask the person at the desk for the key to the closet, and you can get the boards we played on Monday and talk about them. If you have a copy of the results, it’s fun to try to figure out how the bidding went.
Though there are no formal lessons in the summer, this is a great way to learn and to keep your hand in.
Congratulations to Carole Ray and Peggy Womble, who finished second N/S at Monday’s game with a 57 percent game. Way to go, ladies!
Thursday’s scores: N/S first, Selby Corbett and Krishnaprasad; second, Sue Wilson and Kaye Langston; third, Al Takemoto and Bill Warren; B — fourth overall, Bob Meyer and Linda Greenwood; fifth overall, Kitty Sauls and Barbara Ann Vinson.
E/W first, Billy and Shelby Bizzell; second, John and Judy Haverkamp; third, Linda Meyer and Sherry Owens. B — third, Pat Keim and Bill Allgaier. C — second, Anne Pate and Theria McPhail.
Monday’s winners: N/S first, Sue Wilson and Cathy Howell; second, Carole Ray and Peggy Womble; third, Agnes Gentry Cherry and Sarah Barnes. C — third, overall, Bill Allgaier and Ed Wilson.
E/W first, Billy Bizzell and Selby Corbett; second, Bill Warren and Al Takemoto; third, Sherry Owens and Shelby Bizzell. B — third, Pat Keim and Linda Greenwood. C — second, Sylvia Pritchard and Betsy Harrold.