Board Meeting Update

Dear IBC members and players:

We have had some changes in the board of directors. Welcome to our newest board member, Nick Curott, whom we appointed to fill the vacancy caused by Matt Cory’s acceptance of the employed position as Assistant Club Manager. We also received Eric Linton;s resignation and elected Nick to the office of  Treasurer. He is an economics professor at Ball State so we are confident he is qualified for this important responsibility. Eric will be working with Nick for a smooth transition. Big thanks to Eric for his hard work as treasurer. We also regretfully accepted Pam Rhine’s resignation. She has been an invaluable and creative leader/thinker for many years. 

Congratulations to our Players of the Month for April. They are David Quick, Novice of the Month, and Darrow Neves Player of the Month. Our paid member number is now 413 (13 over the goal). Face to Face table count was 484 – more than 300 players over the monthly goal. All of those special parties really help…and the snowbirds are home.

ACBL has approved adding more Club Championship games in June. North American Pairs qualifying games will be at IBC in June, July and August. If you ever have questions about the criteria and/or purpose of “special games”, please ask John Nichols or one of our game directors.

Speaking of our game directors, I have two requests on their behalf. None of them has asked me to do this but I have learned so much about their “job” during my tenure as board president. Three things I have learned are: 1) it’s more complicated than I realized; 2) I could not qualify to be one; and 3) I definitely would not want to do it. I am asking you to help show respect and appreciation for their work. When we call the director to our table, let’s practice the old school courtesy of saying, “please and thank you.” Finally, directors have to cleanup after us if we do not throw away our own trash (in the recycle bins), push in our chairs, etc. Please help! 

May is a month for remembering those who are no longer with us and there will be various ways to do that at IBC. Check the May calendar (click here) for special games or activities.

The Longest Day Fundraiser is underway. The website, newsletter, emails, and on-site announcements will provide information about all of the “happenings.

You can, starting now, bring $20+ bottles of wine for the wine pull (give to Bruce Stroud, Suzi Pratt, or put in the designated container.

I have asked Joyce to include my list of the items in our Longest Day Silent Auction #1 that begins May 18 and ends May 31. See list below. If you have any questions about that auction, please contact me at

Saturday night’s game is also Beer and Brats with novice players preparing the food.  No pitch-ins needed. All the proceeds from the free will offering for the meal will  go to Alzheimer’s. There is a signup sheet on bulletin board in the back hallway.  

We are financially stable, mindful of our mission, and trying to serve our members and greater community well. Your support and participation are valuable assets to our endeavors. As always, thank you!

Andie Marshall, IBC Board President

Silent Auction #1 Items
Items will be displayed in the back hallway and bidding will be from Saturday, May 18, through Friday, May 31. Bid sheets will be posted on the bulletin boards in the hallway.                                          

Starting bids will be approximately 30% of the given value. The following items have been donated for Silent Auction #1:

Gift Cards/Certificates:

  • $  25 Starbucks
  • $  25 Speedway Gas
  • $  40 Original Pancake House* pending
  • $  50 Illinois Street Emporium*pending
  • $  50 Good Morning Mama’s Cafe* pending
  • $  50 Total Wine
  • $  50 Doc B’s
  • $ 100 Mama Carolla’s

Two Tickets for:

  • Indiana Fever game on Friday, August 16. These are courtside seats, Section CRT-F, Row 3, seats 3 and 4. Parking in Gainbridge Fieldhouse Garage and access to Care Source Club included.
    Value: $440 / Starting Bid: $150  
  • Indiana Pacers – game date to be determined after NBA schedule is released for 24-25.  Lower Level, Section 5,  Row 6, Seats 13 and 14. Parking in Gainbridge Fieldhouse Garage and access to Club 67 included. Value: $600 / Starting Bid: $200
  • Indianapolis Colts – game date to be determined after NFL releases schedule.  Club seats, Section 440, Row 2, Seats 9 and 10. Access to Huntington Club included.
    Value: $575  / Starting Bid:  $190

One Golf Lesson
One hour with Douglas Hill, PGA, at Old Oakland Golf Club. Offer expires 12/01/2024.
Starting Bid of $200 already pledged.

Lunch and Bridge
Hosted by Judy Sosin and Ellen Simon at one of their homes. It sells out every year. There will be a sign-up sheet. When it is full, the bidding is closed.

Get Aways: Photos and fuller descriptions will be posted on the website

  • 0ne-bedroom villa for week of April 20-27, 2025, at the award winning Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort in Gatlinburg, TN.  Sleeps 4; a 20 minute drive to the Convention Center, for Gatlinburg Regional Bridge Tournament, April 21-27, 2025. 
    Value: $1,400 / Starting Bid:  $500
  • Two bedroom, two bath villa at Christmas Mountain Village in the Wisconsin Dells. Must be used Labor Day weekend, August 31 to September 2. Sleeps 6 – 1 king, 1 queen, sofa bed for two (best for children). Parking on site, for one vehicle per villa with auxiliary parking, fireplace, laundry in unit. Indoor and outdoor pools, hot tub.
    Value: $1,250 / Starting Bid:  $400
  • “Staycation” at the Carmichael Hotel in Carmel, Indiana. When you cannot get away for multiple days, enjoy the classic amenities of this 4 Star Autograph Collection Hotel. Be sure to join the 4:00 daily toast to Hoagy Carmichael in the lobby bar. Expires: 12/31/2024
    Value:  $1,000 /  Starting Bid:  $325

Something Almost Everyone Can Use
Sparkling Image Car Wash Booklets with five coupons. The donor generously gave four books and they will be sold individually (so four items). 
Value:  $145 per book / Starting Bid:  $40

Tea Time Basket
Filled with contents for a perfect tea: Le Creuset classic stoneware tea pot, two large Pfaltzgraf mugs, teacup infuser, strainer and lid, assorted teas and honey.                               Value: $100 / Starting Bid:  $30 

Works of Art

  • Framed 1927 Illinois, Ohio and Indiana Avenue, 17 x 20, painted by IBC member, Brock Elliott Cagann. It is signed and numbered and will be on display at IBC.
    Value:  $500 / Starting Bid:  $150
  • Framed Indy Car, 10 x 20, by Brock Elliott Cagann. It is signed and numbered and will be on display at IBC.
    Value:  $350 / Starting Bid:  $100
  • Handmade Holiday Quilt by IBC member, Susan Neves.  Will be on display at IBC, Estimated value includes design, labor, materials, and lots of patience.
    Value:  $400 / Starting Bid:  $125
  • Handmade child’s reversible quilt based on the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
    Value:  $200 / Starting Bid:   $50
  • Award winning pitcher signed by its creator, glass blower, Janusz Pozniak. The artist and his exquisite mace pitcher were the runner up on the Netflix program, “Blown Away,”
    The pitcher is listed on his website for $595 / Starting Bid: $200

We are requesting that you do not touch or handle the pieces of art. Thank you.