Many have been asking why they are receiving survey requests in their inbox from us. We're trying some online surveys from Fluid Surveys to acquire data in order to make decisions and improvements. This careful phase of analysis will bear great fruits for us all. We intend to use the data to solve a lot of the problems plaguing our great club.

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STAYMAN 2club Response to a 1NT Opening. On each of these hands, partner opens 1NT (15-17 points). What do you respond! If you decide to bid Stayman 2clubs, what do you intend to do over each of partner's three possible responses? Show Answer      Next Question

Pass. With a low survey probability of a spade fit, research has shown you better stay low. If opener was polled and had four spades and a nice hand, he would have "super-accepted" by jumping to 3 spades and you would have been delighted to bid game. Check survey results.
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Shirley Lee,

Chairperson “LABU’s Bridge Education Program”

Dearest Fellow Members of the ABA Research Team:

Our Bridge Research and Education Program has reached many recent noteworthy milestones that we'd would like to call to your attention. Since our program’s inception under our original Chairperson Pat Banks, we have conducted numerous research studies and surveys. We’ve striven to not only advance the game; but of a greater urgency, reverse each years’ steady decline of membership. Our dreadful fear was bridge at our organized and competitive level was fading away like Penny Candy, Disco, and Etch-A Sketch. Our tutorials were created precisely to address that fear.

Like any other organization who needed information, we launched several market research projects to learn all that we could. We acquired survey software and polled numerous people groups.

I was appointed by Pat to teach classes which I have always regarded as an honor and a privilege. Conducting case studies was also enjoyable to me. Analyzing results can reveal amazing opportunites for improvement. This privilege and the responsibilities were shared by Ruby Luke, Gayle Dennis, Alva Harris, Mignon Benjamin, Zelma Carter, and Andreda Pruitt.

After careful examination of the data, of noteworthy proportions is that we started with approximately 8 new inquizsitive players, and now classes routinely exceed 30. Nearly all of the graduates not only learn the game, but go on with great delight to enhance our performance ranks at the Local Level, Sectional Level and National Level. Because of these milestones, we surpassed our original expectations almost immediately, then added classes for all levels, including intermediate and advanced.

Our mantra was and still is “when people work together as a team, anything can be accomplished.” (anything!) Customer satisfaction (and indeed satisfaction across the board) is paramount. In this sense, we received a lot of help from members of the LABU, who brought us their friends and family. The purpose of this letter is to state that our dedication and devotions were recognized in New Jersey at our Spring National. While it felt good that our work had reached the hearts and minds on a national level, I couldn’t help feel that something up close and deeply personal should be added.

So as the current Chairperson of the Bridge Education Program I deem it fitting and necessary to set aside this special time to say an added Thank You. Thanks Pat, thanks Ruby, thanks Gayle, thanks Alva. Thank you once again Mignon, you to Zelma, and you Andreda. Together we have proven that bridge is an adventure which speaks to the heart, and offers the spirit legitimate expectations of fellowship; as well as a numberless amount of peaceful harmonies.

Shirley Lee,

Chairperson “LABU’s Bridge Education Program”

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Xavier LeeRay went into the hospital on June 8 Doristeen Barbee had shoulder surgery - don't know the date. Mary Lou Walker -
Lomie went for a checkup today and his doctor said he was doing "very well" He still has some residual pain in his back occasionally, but nothing like it had been. Starting outpatient therapy next week. He believes that he will be able to get back to his usual routine in about two weeks or so.
FantasiaFor the next few weeks our videos selections will feature Fantasia.Fantasia Monique Barrino Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984) commonly known as Fantasia, is an American R&B singer, Broadway and television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.

In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single "When I See U" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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