April 2017 NEWSLETTER
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To book Barbara’s Iceland Cruise
Contact PAOLA SHAW
AT VISION TRAVEL
Email is best so you are not playing telephone tag.
Her telephone numbers are:
- Toll-free: 1-800-263-5575 #1228
Paola is an excellent agent with years of experience.
Her attention to detail is legendary
and she can help you with ANY trip you wish to go on.
BRIDGE LIMITED EDITION LITHOPRINT
This limited edition lithoprint has been created for us by Martin Holt, an artist in Israel. It is made possible by Alan Rickhayzen (a British bridge player living in Germany).
Buy one lithoprint for $230.00 CAN including shipping and $50.00 Can of this will now go to Barbara and Patti's Cambodia School programme.
SIZE: 20" wide by 16" deep.
I just purchased one and had it framed. It looks fabulous in my living room. - Barbara
There is tremendous detail in the artwork, all related to the game of bridge, the game we love.
Please order. You'll love it! AND you will be supporting Cambodia while you are at it. Go to http://www.seagram.thankupartner.com.
You will also receive a few greeting cards with the above print on the front.
With thanks from Barbara & Patti.
CAMBODIAN FUNDRAISER - Thank You
Thank you, Jan and Phil and thank you to all those who attended Barbara's bridge class held in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (February 2017). We raised $9,500.00 USD for Cambodia. VERY exciting and the $$ will go a long way to help so many people.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
by Barbara Seagram
Over the years, readers have suggested that it would be an even better book if it offered some way to practice what they had learned. Now, here it is: Barbara's 25th book...a brief summary of each of those 25 conventions, together with example hands that can be dealt out and used to apply your new or brushed up knowledge.
It can be mailed to you or you can pick it up in Toronto.
$19.95 + tax = $20.00
Available by emailing Barbara at , or at HABONIM. It can be mailed to you or you can pick it up in Toronto!
TWO OVER ONE TEXT BOOK
by Barbara Seagram
Simply explains all you need to know about this system that has swept the world. Quizzes within will make you very comfortable with the system very quickly. And if you don’t play it, at the very least you should understand what your opponents are playing.
$20.00 plus shipping
Available by emailing Barbara at
MY TWO OVER ONE CHEAT SHEET IS NOW OUT!
Everything you need to know about this system, in a nutshell. Simply explained.
Why you need to know the system that has swept North America by storm!
- What is the Forcing No Trump
- Questions to agree on with partner
- Recommended conventions you should consider playing
- Opener's rebid after Forcing 1NT
- Rebids by Responder after bidding Forcing 1NT
- Raising Partner's Major
- Tips to Help you Learn 2/1
- Semi-Forcing No Trump & an alternative approach
- Fourth Suit Forcing
And lots more!
Now available at Habonim (5 Glen Park Ave) or email Barbara with your address & we will send it to you by postal mail,
If you don't have Barbara's other cheat sheets, we will be happy to send these out to you. Just send us your postal mailing address and we will send.
When you receive the package
ALL 4 cheat sheets $40.00 for one of each
(REGULAR PRICE: $46.00)
Special is until April 30, 2017.
, have a look to see cost of postage on outside of packet. Send us a cheque for cost of the product and add the postage. Sorry but we do not take credit cards.
Email Barbara to ORDER:
The Pocket Guide to Even More Bridge Conventions
by Barbara Seagram & David Bird
A summary of all the fancier conventions. A VERY useful summary in a nutshell. You will love it.
$9.95 + tax = $10.00 OR we can mail to you for discounted shipping price: Add $2.50
Available @ Habonim (5 Glen Park), or by contacting Barbara @ 416-487-8321
or by email,
Which book will help YOU the most?
- Books on Conventions
For Advance Beginners and Intermediate Players
- Books on Bidding, Playing and Defending at Bridge
For Beginners and Intermediate Players
- Quiz Books
For Beginners and Intermediate Players
We hope you can join us on our upcoming bridge cruise and/or bridge trip!
June 22 - July 6, 2018
Bridge Cruise on Regent Seven Seas Navigator
New York to Reykjavik, Iceland
With Barbara Segram, Patti Lee & Alex Kornel as hosts of this special cruise
The three of us will be escorting the group aboard ship but not at airports or in the air as people will be coming from all over. We will not be working for the cruise line, just for our group. Regent Seven Seas Navigator is an intimate cruising vessel with only 490 passengers. She offers an unsurpassed level of luxury and service not found on larger ships! Regent is the multi-year winner of the Canadian Travel Agent's Favourite Small Ship Cruise Line award, amongst others!
- PLUS POST CRUISE LAND PACKAGE IN ICELAND (OPTIONAL)
- PRICES (INCLUDES AIR, TAXES, BRIDGE, GRATUITIES, TOURS AND ALL DRINKS ABOARD SHIP) & ITINERARY - INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE.
CONFIRMED: We have now added an optional Iceland to Dublin, Ireland
which follows on July 6th, 2018.
You may do one cruise or the other or both.
Barbara, Patti and Alex will be aboard to escort the trip, teach and run games during the cruise.
NOTE: THIS BRIDGE PROGRAM WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO THOSE BOOKED WITH VISION TRAVEL
To book, contact:
PAOLA SHAW AT VISION TRAVEL
328 Guelph Street, Georgetown, ON, L7G 4B5
905-873-8070 or toll free at 1-800-263-5575 # 1228
Paola is an excellent agent with years of experience. Her attention to detail is legendary and she can help you with ANY trip you wish to go on.
FALL BRIDGE AT THE BRIARS
OCTOBER 27-29, 2017
...with Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel
SOLD OUT - Waitlist Accepted
Contact Barbara at to be put
on wait list.
JACKSON'S POINT, LAKE SIMCOE
Did You Know?
1 hour drive north of Toronto
4 Star luxury property, famous for all their spa,
accommodation & cuisine
Wonderful food, lots of bridge tips, great bridge & fabulous ambiance.
Wine & snacks after Friday & Saturday eve games.
Barbara was in Cambodia February 14-24!
Watch the video as Barbara teaches English along with the A, B, C's, completing the lesson with a very energetic sung song to school children in Hin Pan & Phou Vien Villages, Luang Prabang District (Laos)
From March 1 - March 18, Barbara is on a river boat in Myanmar!
|Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway Cambodia|
Most people in the bridge world know Barbara Seagram as one of the top teachers, a prolific author and an intrepid tour guide. What's not so well known is how far she will go
to help her fellow mankind.
About three years ago, Seagram and fellow tour guide Patti Lee discovered a need in Cambodia and went into action. Today, they and their supporters sustain the operations of four schools in Phnom Penh area, paying for electricity, supplies (including computers) and the salaries of teachers and librarians.
Funds to help run the schools come from the bridge players of Canada. "We couldn't do it without them," says Lee, a retired IBM accountant executive who took up teaching and directing bridge after leaving the company. Continued...
ANNUAL CAMBODIA FUNDRAISER - SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY 2nd JUNE
TIMOTHY EATON CHURCH
230 St Clair Ave West (west of Avenue Rd)
Free parking at church and street parking on Warren Rd and Dunvegan
- Guest Lecturer:
JOHN RAYNER will teach!
- Lunch: 11.30 am
- Silent Auction: 9.30 am - 2.30 pm
- Presentation on Cambodia:
After lunch by PATTI LEE
- GAME: 1.00 pm
$40.00 plus $10.00 for our expenses
NO MAXIMUM FOR YOUR DONATION
If you are unable to attend, we will still be thrilled to receive your donation.
Tax deductible receipts for your donation less our $10.00 cost will be issued.
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee
In 2011, Patti Lee, Barbara Seagram and a group of 50 docked in Phnom Penh. We were armed with clothing, pens, notebooks, rulers, sharpeners, toys, pencils, stickers, and other school supplies. We had heard about a school at which Lisa McCoy from Gravenhurst and Pauline Johns from Australia were involved. Together they founded Banyan Learning Tree Schools.
At that time, our group and other friends from the Toronto area donated 40 bicycles to this school outside of Phnom Penh. We went there in a small tuk-tuk along the dusty roads through Phnom Penh and out into the countryside to find that the school was a one-room shack with a cement floor and no desks or chairs. The bikes were given to children, mainly children of landmine victims. It was all very uplifting but Patti and Barbara looked at each other and wondered how long this shack would remain standing.
We inquired how much it would cost to build a permanent school and found that it would be $24,000.00. We returned to Toronto determined to build a school. We raised $40.000.00 that year, so we also furnished all three schools and built a library at one of the schools. Since then, a fourth school has been added; we now have over 750 students in our schools; and we remain committed to sustaining all FOUR schools...paying teachers, librarians, paying the cost of electricity, etc. The cost per year for sustaining all four schools is $20,000.00 CDN. You can see that money goes a long way in this country.
Many other projects have been undertaken along the way to help make these landmine affected families self-sufficient: a bike repair business, chicken farmer training, sewing lessons with a sewing machine, crafts, technology centre, and a weaving centre. We are also involved in installing some toilets in villages.
There is also a huge need in the remote villages for medical help. Many never see a doctor: they do not have a doctor and cannot afford to travel to one. Malaria and tuberculosis continue to plague the remote villages. We need to educate throughout rural areas regarding the need for sanitation, aiding in the prevention and transmission of diseases. We need to work to ensure the health of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. We help families and children to get to existing community clinics.
Patti and Barbara are excited and optimistic about all of these projects and hold one fundraiser a year. If you are unable to attend but still able to make a donation, we would be so grateful.
For more info:
LAOS WATER FILTER FUNDRAISER - SAVE THE DATE: TUES 12th SEPTEMBER
This year it will be held at Temple Sinai, Toronto.
One water filter costs $115.00 Can or $85.00 USD. If you donate $30.00 or more you get a tax receipt.
If you are able to help, send a cheque to Barbara Seagram, 220 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto ON M4N 1T2, Canada. Cheques made out to Adopt A Village in Laos.
More details coming soon!
This article originally appeared in the January 2014 ACBL Bridge Bulletin. To join Am Contract Bridge League, email Barbara at
The ACBL is renewing the public education campaign initiated by Seagram, Cronin and Jacobs more than 15 years ago.
The theme, "Play nice," transposes two words we all like to hear at the table ("nice play!").
New posters have been developed and are being disseminated to all clubs.
"I think that all players are responsible for policing this situation. When I call a director about a problem (perhaps at an adjacent table), I make a point of checking with the director later to see what penalty was awarded. If none was, the director gets to listen to me expound on the subject, and if that doesn't work, I then a) report the situation to ACBL and b) speak to the offender myself."