Hello everyone and I hope that you are enjoying your bridge. Everywhere I go people are looking up their own position (and that of their friends) on the National Grading System. I can’t remember anything that generated quite so much interest. I need to work out what I need to do to move up the levels and I am sure you are the same. A huge well done to everyone involved.
The EBU Board had a special meeting in February to discuss the benefits and risks of the EBU becoming a charitable organisation. The Board agreed that there will be discussions throughout the organisation, including at the National Club Committee in May. Sally Bugden has provided an article for this edition of Club Focus which sets out more detail about this exciting development. I urge you to read it.
I made my first visit to Aylesbury in March. It was great to meet the team there and put faces to names I have had so much contact with over the years. I couldn’t believe just how much organisation is required for an EBU tournament. Over the years I have just turned up, sat down and played and thought nothing about how the entries are managed, equipment gets there and how the cloths are always clean and ironed. There are some very committed people who are doing a great job for us all.
This will be the last issue of Club Focus which is co-edited by our Club Liaison Officer, Krys Kazmierczak. Krys has decided to leave the EBU and his last day with us was at the end of March. Krys has become known to many of you through his visits to clubs and his patient answering of emails and telephone calls. I am sure that you will want to join me in thanking him for everything he has done, especially in support of P2P, and wishing him well for the future. As I write, expressions of interest in a newly designed post are flooding in so I hope that we will be able to find a strong replacement for him. As before, Matt Betts will work with Krys's successor in co editing the next Club Focus.
Val Gibson, EBU Board of Directors - Chairman of the National Club Committee