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Alan Powell
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June 11, 2018
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Co-owner of Essex Bridge Center in Livingston NJ.

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Owner of Essex Bridge Center, Livingston NJ
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Teaching Lessons During Bridge Games
Perhaps it's too permanent. A retractable divider would be preferable.
Teaching Lessons During Bridge Games
A room divider to allow for two separate games/lessons to happen at the same time is a good idea. It has to be soundproof to make it effective though. I doubt a curtain would get the job done.
Teaching Lessons During Bridge Games
My preference would be before the 199er game. That way at the end of class you could announce the game and try to match up singles from the class to boost attendance.
Teaching Lessons During Bridge Games
I would try to get your Education Committee to schedule the lesson either before or after the 199er game. This would promote attendance of both rather than split the audience. Having it on the same day is good. Having it at the same time seems counterproductive.
HOW MANY OF YOU RUN TWO GAMES SIMULTANEOUSLY ?
Not every session has Open and limited for us, but many do. Whenever I have 2 different games running, I staff 2 directors. Rarely if there is a holiday and both games will be small or combined into one, I will only use one director. For games with a short ...
Complaints at clubs/bridge anywhere.
"I'm sorry, we didn't have a player of your caliber available" works for all situations and circumstances. Especially for those who have a different understanding of their own performance than their former partners. I also use, "The best way to be sure you get somebody you would like ...
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
Bidding Boxes, although prevalent in tournaments, were not widely used in clubs at the time. Night games started at 7:30 or even 8:00pm.
Pretend it is 1993 and you’re at a bridge club.
Brozel was invented by Bernard Zeller of New Jersey. It was named for him and his partner Lucy Brown. Hence the Bro and the Zel. I wish I could give you an exact year, but my bridge career doesnt go back that far. It was still very popular in NJ ...
Farewell
For the record, I am talking about maybe packing it in after another 5 years, which will bring my total to 30 years in the business. Thats long enough to do any one thing IMO. While I am not getting rich, I am doing well enough that its not a ...
Farewell
I agree wholeheartedly with your answers to the questions. I would add under the rewards of bridge club ownership the added sense of community and friendships that people develop above and beyond the bridge table. Just some examples When we start a beginner class, everybody arrives in the last 5 ...
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