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Does your OLLI have a Bridge Club?

Posted on November 24th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeanette M. Toohey, OLLI at the University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have a Bridge Club? I am eager to learn about OLLI Bridge Clubs, their structure and pricing as well as whether they are sanctioned by the ACBL. Several of our leaders are interested in beginning one. Those leaders recently played in a club with 75 or so members, but that club lost its venue. My volunteers see a great membership recruitment opportunity if we are able to host a club.

5 Responses to “Does your OLLI have a Bridge Club?”

  1. We have a bridge group. It is part of the member interest group aspect of our program. Anyone can start an interest group. All thta is needed is an idea and a group leader. We facilitate the process by publicizing the groups in our catalog and arranging a meeting place. So far we’ve only had two groups - bridge and a movie group.

    There is no formal structure, it isn’t sanctioned, and it is free. One of our members leads the group and provides instruction. It is a pretty small group.

  2. This isn’t an idea that has emerged from our members yet…I could imagine it might some day. I imagine it could be enriching for the right people.

  3. We do not have a bridge group. I have found members are soooo busy with other things & already attend long-standing groups like this “on the outside” We did attempt a member-run “craft” group where members could show up with a craft, a knitting or crochet project (you name it) that they were having a problem with or just wanted instruction, but it failed miserably. The member leading the group is very talented, but maybe not a good match for her. We doubt we will try anything of this nature again and we have not had any requests for bridge, etc.
    Good luck! Good idea.

  4. We have a bridge group of about 30+. We run this as a Special Interest Group (SIG). We have an instructor who teaches bidding, learning to play, and other techniques in Bridge. Our, bridge is not sanctioned. Our first attempt at this was $5. It covered the cost of buying card tables. This spring we will be charging $10. It will cover the cost of cards, cookies, and coffee. Our members really enjoy it, it’s growing our membership, and spawning other SIG’s out of this one. Good luck.

  5. We do not have a bridge group. In the early years of our lifelong learning program, (years before we became an OLLI) we offered bridge courses for about two semesters, but had to cancel them for lack of sufficient registration. Most of our members who are interested in bridge have their bridge groups elsewhere. They come to OLLI classes to learn about music, art, literature, history, sciences and such.

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