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Posted by Kathy on 2017/6/25 10:35:53 (150 reads)

Kathy has made the finalist list for ABTA's 2017 Teacher of the Year Award. The complete article can be found here.

But let's not get too excited yet, as Kathy has made this finalist list many times before - in fact, every year in which she has been nominated. So far, "always the bridesmaid, never the bride," has held true, but who knows maybe this year that will change. We'll know on July 20!

Results are in - still a bridesmaid!

Ray Lee, left, owner of Master Point Press — the sponsor for many ABTA activities — presented the candidates for the 2017 ABTA Teacher of the Year Award at the ABTA Convention Thursday morning: Henry Meguid, Enid Roitman, Jim Ricker, Kathy Rolfe and Josée Hammill. At right is Joyce Penn, chair of the ABTA’s Teacher of the Year committee.

Posted by Kathy on 2017/6/9 1:45:08 (1271 reads)

A fun time was had by all at our 7th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser at Pizza Shoppe in Lee's Summit on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Pizza Shoppe donated 10% of the money spent during this event when the special coupon was presented at checkout.

Funds raised help support both engineering scholarships and getting youth to play bridge!

Thanks to all who came and to those who donated money, even if they couldn't make it out.

Posted by Kathy on 2017/5/23 22:05:16 (115 reads)

Just had a great Youth Tournament at the KC Spring Sectional. 15 Kids (18 and under) played 16 boards (I was the 16th player - ineligible). I am proud to announce that Michael and Sara Caughron came in 1st overall (and 1st for EW) with a 58.33 percent game and earned .98 silver masterpoints! In 1st for NS (3rd overall) were Patrick and Kate Caughron with a 54.17% game, earning .55 silver points. The winners for NS and EW each win a $50 scholarship provided by the Rolfe Bridge Fund administered through the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. They also received a small trophy. In 2nd overall (and 2nd EW), were Cecelia and Peter Caughron with a 57.29% game, earning them .74 silver points. Second NS were Miles and Joseph Caughron with a 52.08% game, earning them .34 silver points. Good job!

The winners and 3 of their siblings/cousins first took lessons in 2010. Two of the other participants first took a class in 2013. Another 5 have been taught by those first nine! All 14 played in this tournament. In addition, one student from Prairie Star Middle School, where I taught bridge this school year, was brave enough to give it a go! Very proud of her as well! I was her partner and she got a workout today as she was forced to play declarer on any hand when either one of us declared. This helped even the playing field for everyone. I only played when defending.

Posted by Kathy on 2017/4/28 15:38:56 (201 reads)

I just finished a year of teaching bridge to middle schoolers this week at Prairie Star Middle School in Leawood, KS. They were there every school day Thursday afternoon from the middle of September last year until the last Thursday in April. (I was there most of those Thursdays - sometimes they had to soldier on without me!) We finished off the last two weeks with a home style Swiss tournament with our 2 tables of players. Posted here are the second place pair, Dylan and George.

See more kids playing bridge at the Spring Sectional on May 20. Let me know if you want kids at your school to learn. I can teach for free in schools!

Posted by Kathy on 2017/1/25 8:09:00 (305 reads)

Some familiar favorites - Monday Mingler and Wednesday Wanna Play are now scheduled April through June. Monday Mingler may have some dates canceled due to a scheduling conflict, so be sure to check with me as the time gets closer.

Bridge Basics 3 is being offered again on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in my home in April and May. 12:30 - 2:30, cost is $12

A new course on how to be a better defender will be starting on Monday afternoons from April into June from 12:30 to 2:30 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lee's Summit. It would be great if you could take them all but I know how busy we get! So just attend the classes you can fit into your schedule, pre-registration is appreciated. Cost is $13.

Download the
flyer for this spring schedule here and tell all your friends!

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