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Jeff Bayone
Jeff Bayone
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Basic Information

Member Since
March 2, 2017
Last Seen
4 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Club
about me

Since 1976 I've owned and operated bridge clubs in New York City. For the past four plus years that club has been Honors. We currently run 19,000 duplicate tables a year, but we are most proud of the dozens of classes, the now ten rubber bridge sessions, and the five games for players with fewer than 50 master points, that we offer every week. I'm 1st Alternate on the BoG representing Unit 155 and a member of Steve Moese's BOG Teacher and Club Manager Committee. My second beginner book "A Taste of Bridge" was just published by Master Point Press.

For forty years I tried in vain to find ways for our member clubs to work hand in hand with our local Unit board. Being so totally ineffective on a local level naturally discouraged me from seeking any political involvement on a national level till last year.  Our Unit is but a microcosm of what's happening throughout the country. The time is ripe for people with experience and ideas to step up. 

I'm encouraged by the feeling of a perfect storm on the horizon. Everyone seems to be buying into the need to find new ways to grow our organization. With so much talent and energy behind us, good things will happen.


Bridge Information

Favorite Bridge Memory
Every hand where I get the better of it, or they do, through guile, stealth, or rarely in my case, brilliance.
Bridge Accomplishments
Forty unbroken years running a club in NYC and being directly responsible for bringing a large portion of those playing bridge today in NYC (and Florida) into the fold.
ACBL Ranking
Silver Life Master
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REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Kids and problems, from a duplicate club owner's perspective: Even if we do manage to reach and teach kids, 4th, 5th, 6th graders: When will they be ready to play in our duplicate clubs? When will they have the time, the three hours in a row, needed. When will ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Over the years every club director has learned to recognize dementia. Just the other day one of my regular afternoon players, Nancy, came to me with a perfect example of a demented bid her partner made. Based on my many years experience, I was able to diagnose the absurdity of ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Yes!!! This is good news. My first thought was that Robert Mueller has nothing on Bahar when it comes to keeping information close to the vest. As far as research proposals: How about the one huge ongoing study taking place every day in our clubs? If it's possible, we ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
We need to find a way to appeal to everyone, young, middle, old, because we do. If we can at least reach middle and old with this appeal, let's go for it. It's a start. We haven't been doing so good with young. We can't wait ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Exactly my point. If our participation with Alzheimer's is not helping our cause, should we continue our relationship with them, or look elsewhere?
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
The Alzheimer's Foundation. It should be a "good cause" for the ACBL to champion. Not so much because it is a good cause, indeed, most of us have been touched by Alzheimer's in one way or another, but because it should also be a good cause for bridge ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Jay has received hundreds of comments from the survey he sent to every REACH participant. After he sifts through this we should have a better understanding of why people played, what they expected, what they actually received, and would they do it again or recommend it to a friend. Clubs ...
Board of Governors Input on New Big Ideas
We tried a Facebook ad for four months. We offered a $25 discount if you said you came from the ad. No one took us up on it. Not one person. We averaged a little over 70 views a month from the ad or about a dollar piece. Perhaps our ...
REACH: Win Gold Pts at Clubs & Support International Bridge
Tournaments may be suddenly imploding. But we all saw this coming. Our core players are aging out. Clubs see this on a daily basis. 900 of our smaller clubs have completely disappeared. They held on until there were not enough players left to hold a game. They disappeared because they ...
Where bridge is dying and a possible solution
The trick will now be to find what will keep them coming back for more. Honors is working on a rubber bridge format with actual cash rewards. Modest of course, but built into the price. Jay Whipple is working with us on creating a handicap system that will allow weaker ...

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