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Orillia Duplicate Bridge Club boasts 178 members and says newcomers will 'be welcomed with warmth and friendship'

The Orillia Duplicate Bridge Club recently held its Annual General Meeting at which time Arthur Berdusco was elected president for the current year.

The club is a not-for-profit organization with 178 members and is a sanctioned member of the American Contract Bridge Association (ACBA). Founded in 1937, the ACBA is the largest bridge organization in the world, serving over 165,000 members.

At the club's annual general meeting, a number of awards were presented which represent proficiency in the playing of Duplicate Bridge.

The club presently operates out of the Masonic Temple, located at 24 James St. E., Orillia. We are a fully accessible club. Ample parking is available, and refreshments are provided thanks to our wonderful volunteers in a scent-free environment.

The club hosts a summer barbecue, and a Christmas dinner each year.

In addition, it offers participation in charity games such as “The Longest Day”, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Lessons are offered at different times of the year for all levels of players. These lessons are usually presented by one of our dedicated directors.

Whether you are new to the game or a seasoned player, the Orillia Duplicate Bridge Club welcomes all players.

The Wednesday afternoon game is specifically for newer players. A partner is not required. For the complete schedule of games, please visit our website. Alternatively, please contact club President Art Berdusco, or Vice President Shannon Berdusco at 705-325-3032.

Bridge is a game for all ages and a documented preservative of mental acuity.

“Learning never exhausts the mind,” as de Vinci told us, so come join us one afternoon and meet the members of the club. You are sure to be welcomed with warmth and friendship.

Photos thanks to Garry Fell, club member.