Board Meeting Update

Dear IBC members and players,

April began with some excitement with special parties, a thank you celebration for Charlene Lutz and the amazing once in a lifetime total eclipse of the sun. As always, IBC staff and volunteers devoted exceptional time and talents to make them memorable, Thanks to Diane Roberts and her committee for preparing a delicious free lunch with free will donations being given to our 2024 Longest Day fundraiser, Thank you to those who donated and to Mary King for chairing this year’s fundraiser. 

There will be a celebration of life on Wednesday, April 24, at the 11:00 game to honor the memory of a devoted and courageous member, Gail Holman. Chicken will be provided and members are asked to contribute side dishes and desserts. It is a Charity Game for the Kidney Foundation and additional donations may be made in Gail’s memory. There will be a sign-up sheet for the game posted on the bulletin board in the back hall.                                                                                                                                             

Player of the Month for February was Pam Strack and for March, Tom Frank. Novice of the Month for February was Ken Abbott and JoAnn Harlan for March. Congratulations to all! Parties are being planned. Joe Shierling, chair of the IBC Board’s Social Committee, welcomes volunteers for this group. Please let him know if you would be willing to help.

Thanks to all of you who have paid the annual membership dues and who play regularly in IBC F2F games. We continue to meet and exceed our financial goals because of you!

Copies of the calendar and newsletter are available on IBC’s website and hard copies at IBC. In order to have a complete and updated monthly calendar, activities and information need to be submitted by the 9th of the preceding month to John Nichols’ email,  Deadline for the newsletter is the 15th of the preceding month and should be emailed to Joyce Pepple at

The Wednesday Five Buck Up Open Game has been dropped but the Tuesday and Thursday Five Buck Up games continue. ACBL’s “Pop Up” games will be on April 14, 19 and 20 and can earn 50% red points. April 22-28 (except the 24th) is Stardust Week and will earn 25% gold points. These are good opportunities to earn “colors” usually available only at tournaments. Don’t forget to tell your friends who play social bridge about the Rubber Bridge game at 1:00 on the second Wednesday of the month.

On a personal note, I truly appreciate hearing your ideas and suggestions for how we might make IBC even better. Your continuing interest and support are the keys to attaining our mission and vision. Volunteering to serve on one of our committees is another great way to provide input.

Hope you will take time to enjoy the beauty of Spring and making friends at IBC.

Andie Marsh                                                                                                                                                                   IBC Board President