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Fall NewsletterFALL 2016 NEWSLETTER

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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).

Seagram Thank U Partner

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

You will also receive a few greeting cards with the above print on the front.

With thanks from Barbara & Patti.


Thank you to ALL who attended the Laos water filter fundraiser held on Tuesday June 7th, in support of our Laos project.

Thanks to the support of so many of you in Toronto, Collingwood and beyond, we have raised $12,093.00 to date! Each water filter costs $100.00 at this point (going up very soon). Some of the cost included in that price is the need to transport these water filters by trucks over mountainous terrain into the remote villages in Laos.

This means that we have purchased just over 94 water filters. 94 families (approximately 650 people) will now have clean water for the first time in their lives, thanks to all of you. Each family typically consists of 6-8 people, often three generations living in one small home.

Our thanks to Steve Rutledge, our guest speaker and is our amazing volunteer on the ground in Laos and Lee Daugharty for his support of this event!

To get a real sense of what goes on in a village on a daily basis...continued





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
plus shipping

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



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
  • Quizzes
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.

ALL 4 cheat sheets $40.00 for one of each
Special is until November 30, 2016.

When you receive the package, 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.

Get your Intermediate, Advance and Defence Cheat Sheets

Email Barbara to ORDER:
CALL 416-487-8321

NEW BOOK - The Pocket Guide to Even More Bridge ConventionsThe 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,

25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know
Barbara Seagram Bridge Books - Great Gift Ideas


Which book will help YOU the most?

Barbara Seagram Bridge Book Descriptions
  • 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

Bridge Cruises & Trips

We hope you can join us on our upcoming bridge cruise and/or bridge trip!

October 22 - November 19, 2016
Lisbon to Cape Town via West Coast of Africa Cruise
Aboard the 6 star ship: REGENT SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
Lisbon to Cape Town via West Coast of Africa Cruise

Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel will be teaching bridge for Regent aboard the ship & running bridge games. This is NOT an escorted trip but there will be extra private bridge lessons for those who book with Vision Travel.

Fare Includes:
  • ALL INCLUSIVE PRICES FROM $12,999.00 USD pp (based on db occupancy) - FREE ROUNDTRIP ECONOMY AIR from most Can & US cities, FREE TRANSFERS between airport/ship/hotel, ALL SUITE accommodations starting at 301 sq. feet minimum, FREE UNLIMITED SHORE EXCURSIONS are included, FREE UNLIMITED fine wine, premium spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, pop & juices, FREE in suite mini bar replenished daily, FREE gourmet dining including specialty restaurant Prime 7 steak & seafood house, PRE-PAID gratuities, FREE: GUEST SPEAKER ABOARD FROM SMITHSONIAN and COMPLIMENTARY Laundry facilities

...and LOTS MORE
BOOK SOON to receive 2 free nights in Lisbon at start of cruise (while availability exists)

Special Bonus: $500.00 USD per suite - Spa/shopping credit - FREE PRIVATE BRIDGE LESSONS & PARTIES for those who book with Vision Travel

To be added to the waitlist, call PAOLA SHAW AT VISION TRAVEL
Toll-free 1-800-263-5575 Ext 1228

Paola is an excellent agent with careful attention to detail. She will take such very good care of you.


June 22 - July 6, 2018
Bridge Cruise on Regent Seven Seas Navigator
New York to Rejkjavik, Iceland
New York to Rejkjavik, Iceland Cruise

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!


Barbara, Patti and Alex will be aboard to escort the trip, teach and run games during the cruise.

Itinerary details and pricing will be available by December 15, 2016


To book, contact PAOLA SHAW AT VISION TRAVEL 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. You can also fill out the form and mail it in to Paola:

Paola Shaw, Vision Travel Solutions, 328 Guelph Street, Georgetown, ON, L7G 4B5 CANADA

Phone: 905-873-8070 or Toll-free 1-800-263-5575 Ext 1228


Did You Know?

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.

Canadian Kindness Felt in Faraway CambodiaAbout 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.

Cambodian Schools Collage

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...

Cambodia & Laos Fundraisers


Another Successful Fundraiser - Our annual Cambodia fundraiser took place on
Fri., April 29, 2016 and to date we have raised $33,556.00!!

A big thank you from Patti and I for your incredible generosity! It costs us $20,000.00 per year to sustain our four schools. In addition, we also have outreach programs for landmine survivors and their families.

It is also important that we build a "war chest" so that our schools can be sustained for some years after we are no longer able to do fundraising.

Our thanks to John Rayner for entertaining us and teaching us so that by this time next year, we will all be ready to represent our country!

Our thanks also to Enid Roitman who is our right arm at all times. She is so organized and her attention to detail is legendary.

So many of you helped but special thanks also to Ann Katz who came at the crack of dawn and helped us so much with set-up and put away.

Yours sincerely,
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee


Congratulations to the winners of the game that afternoon. This was a sectionally rated championship event (as are all our fundraisers).

  • Helen Wiber and Magdi Barsoum came first overall and won 7.31 master points!! WOW!!
  • Peggy Sinclair and Janet Dunfield came second overall and won 5.48 master points!
  • Shirley Towers and Barry Spinner were third overall winning 4.11 points and Holly Kee and Marg Roberts were fourth overall and won 3.48 points.

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 anything else you can dream of. We had heard about an Ontario resident, Lisa McCoy who was known to have dedicated the last few years to being on the ground in Cambodia for several months per year. Working alongside Lisa is a fabulous Australian volunteer, Pauline Johns. Pauline currently lives in Cambodia, co-ordinating our projects. Other groups had built two schools in Takeo province in Bakot, Prokeab and in the province of Battambang.

At that time, our group and other friends from the Toronto area donated 40 bicycles at a falling-down shack outside Phnom Penh: Banyan Learning Tree School. We went there in a small tuk-tuk along the dusty roads of Phnom Penh and beyond. The bikes were given to 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 also. Since then, we remain committed to sustaining FOUR schools…paying teachers, librarians, paying for costs of electricity etc: Costs per year for sustaining all these projects: $17,000.00 total. You can see that money goes a long way in this country.

We now have 580 students in our schools. There is a huge need in the remote villages for medical help. Many never see a doctor. We work to make families aware of community resources and transport them to existing clinics. Many do not have a doctor and who cannot travel to one. We try to help them to have:

  1. Access to safe water. This is a fundamental human need and a basic human right. In some cases, this may be as simple as teaching them the necessity of boiling water.
  2. Access to health care.
  3. Education

Patti and Barbara are excited and optimistic about our projects and hold several fundraisers a year. If you are able to make a donation, we would be so grateful.


Zero Tolerance

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.

Barbara Seagram - Zero ToleranceSays Seagram,
"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."

Class Locations

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2737 Bayview Ave.
Willowdale, ON, Canada
M2L 1C5

Tel: 416-487-8321

Mailing Address:
220 Lawrence Ave. East
Toronto, ON, Canada
M4N 1T2

Just south of 401, east side of Bayview.

Entrance to the parking lot is via a driveway on the north side of Truman Road, immediately East of the church building.

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