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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.
LAOS FUNDRAISER - Thank You
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
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 January 31, 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!
FALL BRIDGE AT THE BRIARS
OCTOBER 27-29, 2017
...with Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel
SAVE THESE DATES - BOOK NOW AS WE ARE ALWAYS FULL
JACKSON'S POINT, LAKE SIMCOE
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.
Special Prices for FALL 2017
*EARLY BIRD BOOKING if you Register by April 15 (AFTER April 15th add $30.00 per person)
- $539.00* per person (dbl occ.)
- $669.00* per person (sgl occ.)
June 22 - July 6, 2018
Bridge Cruise on Regent Seven Seas Navigator
New York to Rejkjavik, 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 & ITINERARY ARE NOT YET FINALIZED.
PRICING WILL BE AVAILABLE BY JANUARY 15, 2017
- PRICE WILL INCLUDE AIR, TAXES, BRIDGE, GRATUITIES, TOURS AND ALL DRINKS ABOARD SHIP
We have decided to do
another leg of our New York to Iceland 2018 journey.
We are now adding 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 905-873-8070 or toll free at 1-800-263-5575 # 1228 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 AT VISION TRAVEL
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.
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...
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.
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee
Please visit the respective websites of Banyan Learning Tree (www.banyanlearningtree.org) and A Mine Free World Assistance Programs (www.aminefreeworld.org). Your donation goes to AMFW. AMFW in conjunction with BLT arrange for the funding, construction and operations of the schools. These schools are projects solely run by AMFW and BLT and are supported from donations through the Bridge Groups from Toronto.
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. 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 Pauline Johns. Both are Board Members of AMFW and Founders & Operators of BLT, who conduct the work of these organizations. 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:
- 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.
- Access to health care.
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.
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."