April, May & June 2016
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Cambodian Silent Auction Fundrasier
Bidding starting Thursday April 21st at 6pm by email (preferred) or telephone (416) 606-0848.
Bidding continues until Thursday April 28th at 8pm.
All emails will receive a response. If no response received, please email or phone Patti again.
Silent auction will be on display at Habonim Synagogue starting on Tuesday April 26th and everyone can bid there.
Final bidding to take place at the Synagogue on Friday April 29th.
Silent auction will close at 2:15pm on April 29th.
BARBARA'S NEW BOOK
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 plus shipping
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!
And lots more!
- 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
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.
ALL 4 cheat sheets $40.00 for one of each
(REGULAR PRICE: $46.00)
Special is until May 31, 2016.
When you receive the package, 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
Special Prices for Fall 2016
*EARLY BIRD BOOKING if you Register by Aug 15th (AFTER Aug 15th add $30.00 per person)
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.
- $529.00* per person (dbl occ.)
- $659.00* per person (sgl occ.)
Don't miss your chance to play in the Fall!
October 22 - November 19, 2016
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
NEW: Upgrade to Business class: $999.00 USD to Lisbon / $999.00 USD: Cape Town return trip home
To book, 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.
Another Successful Fundraiser - We raised OVER $31,000!
Thank you so much to all of you who supported our fundraiser on Friday May 1st. There were many who were unable to attend but generously donated to our cause anyway. We are so very grateful to all of you.
Thank you also to Enid Roitman who is always there to help. Her organizational skills are legendary and there is no project too daunting for her.
Thank you also to John Rayner who gave us all a fabulous presentation on hand evaluation, bidding and defence. He is outstanding.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, who donated such amazing things for our silent auction. Please see the list of their names on our websites and please support them. They really deserve all of our support.
One more thank you: A huge thank you to Habonim Synagogue for donating the space for our fundraiser. Habonim does such good work in the community and we are so grateful to them.
We raised over $31,000.00! That is an amazing number and we are over the moon about it! In our very first year, we raised $8,800.00. Last year: $22,000.00 and the figure this year is staggering! We do need it as we have many projects ahead of us in Cambodia; these funds will be put to very good use helping us to ensure that the mothers, infants, and children receive the health care that they need and the education we would all wish for!
We cannot thank you enough, all of you. Those who attended, we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did.
Barbara Seagram & Patti Lee
We look forward to welcoming Artifex Stone Masonry as a sponsor at our 2016 fundraiser! Artifex Stone Masonry specialises in natural stone masonry
...both new build and repairs.
for more information!
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...
SAVE THE DATE
for Our Annual Cambodia Fundraiser
FRIDAY, APRIL 29th, 2016
- GUEST LECTURER: John Rayner will teach from 9.30-11.30 AM
- A light lunch will be served at 11.30 AM
- Presentation by Patti Lee after lunch
- Game follows at 12.30 PM
There will be a silent auction so we would welcome any donations of items that you think would be attractive for the auction. Restaurant vouchers, hair dresser vouchers, movie tickets, baseball games, gift certificates are always welcome, Please email Patti:
or Barbara: with any donations.
If you know someone or are a frequent patron of a restaurant or store, it would be wonderful if you could solicit a donation for this cause!
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.
Thank you to all our supporters who on June 9, 2015, attended the Laos Water Filter Seminar!
Together We Are Making a Difference!!
We are VERY pleased!
The fundraiser for Laos this year raised $9,564.00 for water filters. That is the equivalent of clean water for 20 years for 100 families. Since 2012, this fundraiser has provided 500 water filters for 500 families. While most of us have never been without clean water, the impact of this contribution to these families is life changing. Thank you for your generosity. So little from us means so much to them", says Lee Daugharty.
All monies raised (every dime) goes to the cause. There are no administration fees. All volunteers pay their own airfare, accommodation and meals.
If you would like to help, send your donation (made out to Adopt a Village in Laos) to Barbara Seagram, 220 Lawrence Ave East, Toronto ON M4N 1T2, Canada. $100.00 Can or $80.00 USD buys a water filter for a family. Thank you one and all for your support.
A very special thank you to Lee Daugharty who is not only ran the game,but also donated $3.00pp of his own towards the cause!
Laos is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. It is at least 20 years behind all the other countries of that region.
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of ordnance on Laos during 580,000 bombing missions - equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years - making Laos the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. The bombings were part of the U.S. Secret War in Laos to support the Royal Lao Government against the Pathet Lao (Communist) and to interfere with traffic along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The bombings destroyed many
villages and displaced hundreds of thousands of Lao civilians during the nine-year period.
Steve Rutledge from Port Hope, founder of Adopt a Village in Laos, is a volunteer on the ground in Laos for six months of each year, (paying his own airfare, accommodation and meals) has accomplished ALOT over the past few years: CONTINUED...
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."