The club has lost another former member, Sandy Kirkland, who moved to Wake County seven years ago to be closer to her children. Sandy suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, like many of our other former players.

A virtual ray of sunshine, Sandy was never without a smile or her signature giggle, and she usually had on yellow to match her disposition. At the nursing facility, she was known as “Miss Sunshine.”

Before she left Goldsboro, she volunteered at North Drive School, taking reproductions of famous paintings for the children to enjoy. They called her the Art Lady, and they enjoyed her outrageous stories about the paintings. They will remember these masterpieces when they see them again and probably the crazy stories that Sandy told about them, too.

Sandy’s prowess on the tennis court in her youth turned into prowess at the ping pong table, and she played the game well into her 80s. And, of course, she loved to play bridge.

A memorial service for Sandy will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church July 13 at 11 a.m.

The American Contract Bridge League is sponsoring another fundraiser on The Longest Day, June 21, for Alzheimer’s. Please remember Sandy, and give generously to this effort.

Thursday we had almost 10 tables and Monday, eight. Things are looking up.

James Gallagher and Mary Emma Stevens came back to play together again Monday, and we had a visiting couple from Wilson, the Highsmiths.

June birthdays were celebrated with a delicious cake. Birthday people were Audrey Solberg, La Vee Bailey, Anne Michaux and Barbara Ann Vinson. There was a little left over because Gary Partin wasn’t there.

It was a lucky day for Kaye Langston and Theria McPhail Monday. The partners they were expecting to play with didn’t show up, so they played with each other.

Charlotte Maxwell, our resident blueberry fairy, sent cases and cases of the sweet fruit last Thursday. Everyone went home with blueberries and grateful hearts. Thank you, Charlotte.

The mentoring game was so well received that we are planning another one for the fall. Bill Warren has some great ideas about how to organize it, so we are counting on him to be in charge. Stay tuned.

It is wonderful to see some of the bridge students taking the plunge and coming to the game. There is no better way to learn.

Have you seen the guy on Jeopardy who has won moe than 2 million dollars? He is a professional gambler in his 20s, who is also a duplicate bridge player on the side.

Kaye Langston passed me a cute story about a bridge player in the early 1990s who suffered a stroke. A month after her stroke, Pauline DuPont Harrison signed an irrevocable trust agreement, making her children her chief beneficiaries of her very large estate.

After she remarried, she tried to regain control of her money, saying that the stroke had rendered her incompetent, and she didn’t realize what she was signing.

Her children hired a lawyer who proved that she was not incompetent at all, since she had played bridge at a tournament with her new boyfriend three weeks after her stroke. They won the tournament!

Lawyers argued that if she “could understand the bidding conventions and strategies of bridge, then she certainly had the strength of mind to understand and agree to a trust controlling her assets.”

Score one for the children and none for the new husband to whom she had wanted to leave the money. Bridge can get you into trouble.

Congratulations to Selby Corbett and Billy Bizzell who had a 72 percent game Monday.

Thursday’s results: N/S first, Linda Greenwood and Billy Bizzell; second, Sterling Jarrett and Barbara Ann Vinson; third, Bob and Linda Meyer; fourth, Debbie Gray and Joyce Pate. C — second, C — second, Carole Ray and Troy Pate.

E/W first, Krishnaprasad and Selby Corbett; second, Judy and John Haverkamp; third, Sherry Owens and Shelby Bizzell; fourth, Lib Braswell and Linda Watson. B — third, Bill Warren and Al Takemoto. C — second, Mary Jo Parker and Pat Keim.

Monday’s winners: N/S first, Sue Wilson and Sterling Jarrett; second, Al Takemoto and Bill Warren; third, Bill Allgaier and Ed Wilson. B — fourth, Tommy Franklin and Barbara Ann Vinson.

E/W first, Billy Bizzell and Selby Corbett; second, Pat Keim and Doris Baddour; third, Sylvia Pritchard and Betsy Harrold. C — second, Peggy Womble and Carole Ray.