SUMMER 2016 NEWSLETTER #2
We are still in Poland enjoying Alex's homeland. In the pictures included in this newsletter, you will see some shots of Warsaw: The Palace of Culture and Science.
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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 August 31, 2016.
, 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!
October 14-16, 2016
Fall Bridge at the Briars
...with Barbara Seagram & Alex Kornel
Wonderful food, lots of bridge tips, great bridge & fabulous ambiance. Wine & snacks after Friday & Saturday eve games.
PRIZES, LUCKY DRAWS & MASTER POINTS
NOTE: Transportation to Briars NOT included. If you need help with transportation, call Barbara far in advance and we will try to arrange a ride.
Don't miss your chance to play in the Fall!
October 22 - November 19, 2016
SOLD OUT - WAITLIST ACCEPTED
Lisbon to Cape Town via West Coast of Africa Cruise
Aboard the 6 star ship: REGENT SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR
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.
- 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.
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
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:
- 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."