Maureen Kimbley

Dimmie Fleming Award citation - 2019 (nomination from Norfolk)

Maureen has recently stood down from her role as Secretary for Norfolk Contract Bridge Association after being in this role for the last 8 years. She also spent 6 of these as Secretary to the Norfolk Congress. She also was President of the Association in 2011 visiting all clubs and promoting the Association in particular and bridge generally.

Maureen has been key to the successful running of the county association and was an important member of the team which secured charitable status for the association in 2016. She also spent a great deal of time ensuring that the web site was up to date, relevant and newsworthy.

However, it is her work with the congress which was most time consuming. She managed all of the pre congress publicity including preparation, printing and distribution of the entry forms, received all the entries and was on duty the whole of the weekend to greet all the entrants and sort out problems. During her time, she assisted in finding a new venue, as the previous one in Kings Lynn was no longer available. The current venue near Norwich is excellent.

It was the 50th congress in 2018 and Maureen was instrumental in making the event special, with gifts for the entrants, spot prizes, and a souvenir programme. During her time the Really Easy event was introduced which allowed less experienced people to participate. This event has grown steadily.

Maureen continues to support her local club in Holt and organised a charity teams event there earlier this year.