Dimmie Fleming Award citation 2010
Derek Rue has been a well known figure in Gloucestershire bridge since the 1960’s. He first joined the GCBA Executive Committee in 1966 and apart from a four year spell spent working abroad, he was continuously a member of the committee until his retirement last May. During that 44 year period he filled many roles including President, Secretary and Treasurer. Derek was always a calm guiding influence prepared to undertake any task that benefited County members.
Derek was also one of the founder members of Cheltenham Bridge Club. In 1966 along with 11 other bridge players funds were raised to purchase No: 4 Tivoli Road and the club was formed. It has become one of the top 5 clubs in the country and currently has 500 members. Derek has worked tirelessly on the club committee. Carried out Chairman duties and has been a Club Trustee since 1988. He has represented the club in many competitions with great success including winning the prestigious Garden Cities Trophy on two occasions. He was also a silver medallist in the 2001 European Bridge Pairs Championship.
Derek is always willing to offer a helping hand to the less experienced with his wealth of knowledge. An extremely likeable man who deserves recognition for his considerable contribution to bridge at all levels.
Major International Appearances
Senior European Championships: 2004
Senior World Olympiad: 2004
Tollemache Cup winner: 2007