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Next week the fantastic Gold Coast Congress starts again! By day, hard work at the bridge table, by night, restaurants and parties!

Therese Tully and I would like to invite you to the bridge teachers' party...
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21. After the conclusion of play. 
WHERE:  Unit 3004, Air on Broadbeach, 

                 159 Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach 
RSVP:  joan@joanbuttsbridge.com

This will be a great opportunity to network and share experiences with other bridge teachers. The Celebrity Speakers will be at the party too, to answer any questions you might have. Here's the Education Programme - don't miss it! 

Congratulations to our newest accredited teacher

Dot Read

Geelong Bridge Club, VIC

People who know me may be surprised to know that I wasn't particularly keen on cards as a youngster. After one or two hands of 500 with my parents, I was always glad of the opportunity to escape. It wasn't until I met my husband, Geoff, that I really started to enjoy a game of cards. We played 500, Canasta and Solo. However, once we started to learn bridge all other card games really did become boring.

I took on both bridge and golf around the same time; bridge for the mind and golf for the body. Both are addictive! My husband and I had been wanting to learn bridge for awhile but waited until the children were off our hands before taking the plunge.

My first experience of teaching cards was when I used to take secondary school students on camping trips to Central Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. I would always have a pack of cards with me in case anyone wanted a game of cards around the campfire at night.

I took up teaching bridge when the Warrnambool club asked me to give it a go. I had almost retired from school teaching and this was an opportunity to keep up my love of teaching.

I love teaching bridge because of the people. I feel I am in a very privileged position having the opportunity to meet so many lovely people. I feel a real bond is created between myself and the people I teach. They play a very important part in my life.

I have made some very good friends through bridge. My husband and I liked calling into bridge clubs whilst travelling north for the winter. We much preferred going along to the local bridge club for a game of bridge, rather than sitting in the caravan of an evening. 

Kiama & District Bridge Club

Did you know that bridge has been played in the NSW south coast town Kiama since 1940?  It’s morphed from rubber to duplicate bridge, and been held in various hotels and other venues over the years. Not only has it survived, it’s now booming! 

I was very pleasantly surprised that more than 30 teachers and would be educators turned up in February for the first Continuing Professional Development Day for 2017, on the brand new topic of Two over One Game Forcing. They represented a number of clubs, Peninsula (Sydney), Illawarra, Charlestown, Toronto, Bowral, Brisbane Water, Nowra, Parramatta, Southern Highlands, and Kiama of course.

Read the full Kiama Bridge Club report here...


Teacher Training Program (15 points)


CPD Day 1 - Modern Competitive Bidding (10 points)

  • No dates scheduled yet.

CPD Day 2 - All About Defence (10 points)

CPD Day 3 - Teaching Two Over One Game Force (10 points)

Another CPD Day will be offered at the Canberra Bridge Club on August 20, but a topic yet to be determined.
If you are interested in hosting an event, please email me via teaching@abf.com.au.


Joan Butts
ABF National Teaching Coordinator
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