Board Terms

The London Bridge Centre Inc held its Annual General Meeting on Saturday September 21, 2019. Board terms expired on September 30, 2019 for Diane Bryant, Sheila Elston, Mike Potter, Jackie Potters and Brian Sheardown. Nominations to fill vacant Board positions were received for Marilyn Ellis, Angie Francolini, Betty Grant, Alison Marr and Jackie Potters. These nominations were presented to and approved by the membership at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Subsequent to the AGM, the Board met and appointed: Judy Sterling as President, Al Edwards as Past President, Tom Jolliffe as Treasurer and Betty Grant as Secretary. 

Board terms are for three years and expire on September 30 of 2020, 2021 and 2022 respectively, depending on year of appointment to the Board with the exception of Jackie Potters whose term will expire on September 30, 2020. 

An Annual General Meeting of the membership is to be held each year prior to September 30. LBC members will be asked to nominate candidates for vacant Board positions and elect new Board members from the slate of candidates presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Board Members and Officers

  • Judy Stirling

    President 2018 - 2021

    My first introduction to this amazing game was in my teen years as my parents were avid players. While playing bridge in University, we would often move all of the potted plants in our student lounge to the corner to create a barrier where the profs could not see us playing in our marathon sessions. After graduation, the next 40 years were dedicated to my family and my career as a psychotherapist.

    About five years ago, a friend invited me to play and I've fallen in love with the game all over again. It’s great to be back at the table where the camaraderie is wonderful and the intellectual challenges are limitless.

    I'm delighted to be a board member as I want to give back to the club and to this game for all of the joy it has given me.

    When I’m not playing bridge, I am thinking about bridge as I golf, paint, and garden.

  • Al Edwards

    Past President - 2018 to 2021

    I first learned to play bridge during university. I spent many hours in the Maths lounge at U of Waterloo playing bridge, but still managed to graduate! I started playing duplicate after taking lessons from Arlene and earned my first fraction of an ACBL masterpoint in 2003.I enjoy the challenge of analyzing the clues and "solving" each hand in communication with partner. The social aspect also adds significantly to my enjoyment of the experience.

    Sue and I have two daughters and now a granddaughter and grandson, and we are fortunate to have our extended families nearby. I'm a retired actuary, having thoroughly enjoyed my career with London Life, Great-West Life and Canada Life.

    Volunteer activities in my community and my profession have also been a priority. I'm also an avid golfer. You can tell that by my golfer's tan!

    It wasn't difficult to become involved with the Board of the London Bridge Centre. Sue and I both believe bridge has much to offer to many in the community and we want to see it grow. That needs volunteers to make it happen - so we're in.

    When I'm not playing golf or bridge, I've been known to treat family and friends to a barbeque topped off with one of my banana cream pies (my Mom's recipe). And, my search for a scotch that I don't like continues...

  • Tom Jolliffe

    Treasurer, Facilities Manager and Webmaster - 2018 to 2021

    Much of my parent's social life revolved around playing bridge. As a child, they often got me to play dummy. In later years, Saturday night bridge took on a decidedly Canadian theme and was played in four sessions - before the hockey game; first intermission; second intermission; and, during Juliette!

    I love the social interaction and the camaraderie of the game. As well, the intellectual challenge of trying to continually improve your bridge skills is unparalleled.

    I felt the London bridge community was underserviced and so becoming involved on the Board was a way to broaden opportunities for all players to enjoy the game. I'd like to help build the London Bridge Centre into one of the leading bridge clubs in Canada.

    Before focusing on bridge, I spent my career in the investment organization of London Life and then managing a credit union. But bridge isn't my entire life. I have an ambition to cycle from Budapest to Lisbon. I've accomplished about half of this route so far. There are so many roads,and so little time. I'll just have to keep trying to cycle all the way to Lisbon!

  • Betty Grant

    Secretary - 2019 to 2022

    Although I come from a very competitive family background, we were more into active sports and board games so I wasn’t introduced to Bridge until about 4 years ago. Thanks to the great tutelage of Peter on Tuesday afternoons and both in class and private lessons from Audrey, I feel that I kind of “get” this game and it has become somewhat of an addiction.

    I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in psychology, did my Teacher’s Certification at UWO and taught Phys. Ed for 7 years with several Ontario Boards while following my husband’s career path. When we settled in London, I became a Real Estate Broker, my other passion, and sold Real Estate for 35 years until finally retiring 2 years ago.

    Along the way we had 2 children who have given us 5 wonderful grandchildren. The family joke is that whenever our 3 year old granddaughter Grace comes over and I’m not here she says “Oh Nana’s playing Bridge again!” no matter where I am.

    From day one, I was impressed with the London Bridge Centre. The friendly and encouraging atmosphere was overwhelming and I have always felt that this comes from the “top down”. I am looking forward to my tenure on the Board and hope to be a strong contributor to this great member’s owned club.

  • Dwight Bender

    Director - 2017 to 2020

    I started playing bridge in 1970 and have always liked the challenge, diversity, competitiveness and mental anguish. After all, "there's no way to go but up". While I played and studied bridge throughout my career teaching high school mathematics, I focused more on the game after I retired in 2001 and as I advanced in bridge I learned frustration can take on a whole new meaning!

    Bridge and the bridge community have contributed greatly to my life. Being part of the founding Board of the London Bridge Centre provides me with a unique opportunity to contribute to the enjoyment of the game for others.

    My passion for bridge seldom takes a back seat. However, music, both vocal and instrumental can take the place of a great bridge game - at least for a short while! Time with family and friends can never be replaced by bridge though - after all, it's just a game!

    I've had the opportunity to travel throughout Canada and the US and met many new friends and acquaintances though the common thread of bridge. There is a world of culture and nature out there to experience while participating in competitive bridge. The mental aspect of the game keeps your mind active and the peripherals are the "icing on the cake".

  • Judi Carter

    Director - 2017 to 2020

    When I left home to attend school, I discovered that everyone played bridge. I begged my friends to teach me and after about five minutes of instruction I was playing my first game. I had no idea I would be busy learning this game ever since.

    In Kitchener-Waterloo my bridge experience included teaching, directing and club management. Upon moving to London in 2015 and joining LBC, Dwight Bender invited me to serve on the Education Committee. I hope to bring to the board understanding of all aspects of club bridge management plus years of experience working with volunteers and boards of directors.

    LBC is a fabulous bridge club. Ed and I are touched with the warm welcome we have received and I am excited to be able to contribute to our continuing success.

    Our blended family includes three daughters, three grandsons and two dogs. I am a retired administrator from the University of Waterloo, a CPA, and every now and then able to count to 13 at the bridge table!

  • Marilyn Ellis

    Membership Director - 2019 to 2022

    In 2005 I began to plan ahead for retirement as a high school physical education teacher and guidance counselor. I remembered my mother’s joy when she came home from an afternoon of bridge recounting how she had made a grand slam. I signed up for my first bridge course advertised in the “Spectrum”with Richard Fokes. My bridge lessons continued with Richard and Peter Tuttle at the Bridge Fokes bridge club. My learning continued with many, many lessons from Audrey Craig who became ‘a voice in my head’ as I played bridge at the London Bridge Centre. My teachers have been outstanding and have nurtured and supported my love of the game.

    When I am not playing bridge, my partner Patricia and I enjoy traveling to Alberta, B.C. and Australia to see our 4 children and 4 grandchildren. I enjoy gardening and walking our toy poodle Nikki. I have become an American politics fanatic and tune in to MSNBC regularly to follow the drama.

    We members of the Bridge Centre are so fortunate to have such professional leadership. We have benefitted from their integrity, care, insight and dedication. I am happy to join this team in a role I feel best suits my abilities. I spend 3 afternoons a week in a friendly, welcoming environment and want to help our club. I encourage members to pitch in with daily tasks dealing with dirty glasses, filling and emptying the dishwasher and setting out our treats. “Many hands make light work.”

  • Angie Francolini

    Director - 2019 to 2022

    I was introduced to the game of bridge by my in-laws, Geno & Joan. The game is a great way to learn the true character of the prospective daughter-in-law. Bridge offers many opportunities to showcase your temperament, smarts, ego, graciousness and calm. It is as much a form of art as science, especially when playing duplicate bridge.

    Recently retired, I decided to resume the game of bridge. This time, I was interested in studying the game and digging into the science. So LBC was the perfect place to quench my thirst for knowledge. I took several lessons and practiced Saturday mornings before being encouraged to join the duplicated tables for real. I was hooked and became an ACBL member on the drive for those part-points. I’m still an eager novice - knowing enough to be dangerous to both my partnership and on occasion opponents. The more I learn the more I appreciate the art of the game, the judgment that takes years to master.

    Bridge is an elegant, joyful pastime. I am grateful to Geno & Joan. I am keen to help others discover the wonderful world and community of duplicate bridge.

  • Bruce Moor

    Director of Bridge Operations - 2018 to 2021

    Like others of my generation, I learned to play bridge at home, and gained a little skill playing duplicate as a graduate student at Queen’s University in Kingston. Also like others, bridge remained an occasional recreational activity through the years, as a career in research at Queen’s and Western, and the demands of raising a family (2 children, a daughter and a son) took precedence. It was a social bridge group at First-St. Andrews United Church that was the catalyst to re-igniting my interest in the game, and it was also members of that group who steered Susan Wark and I to Fokes to learn to play duplicate. After little more than a year, with very little playing experience, I found myself heading north to Haliburton in the company of Dwight Bender, Peter Tuttle and Terry Wright to take the ACBL Club Director’s course, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Although being a director can have a negative impact on one’s ability to progress as a player, I have found enjoyment in this role, making numerous new friends and gaining an appreciation for the importance of the game in the lives of all who play on a regular basis. As the London Bridge Centre develops into a full-featured, modern bridge club, the opportunity to contribute as a club director to an even more vibrant bridge community in London is a major reason for being on the LBC Board. It is early in the journey, but it is a journey that promises numerous rewards – social, intellectual, recreational and, every once and a while, some gold points!

  • Alison Marr

    Co-Chair Education Committee - 2019 to 2022

    I played a bit of social bridge in the early ‘70s in England where I grew up, and it wasn’t until 2015 when I started to wind down my family practice that I thought of taking it up again.

    I was fortunate to find Arlene Lundgren teaching bridge around a coffee table in Masonville Mall and she deftly showed me how much fun it was to learn some of the intricacies of the play of the hand. My friend Judy Stirling had been extolling the virtues of the new London Bridge club and after a couple of beginner classes here I was hooked.

    Beyond bridge, (and online Funbridge which is wickedly addictive), I love to golf, and ride horses. Our family is widely spread (England, Ireland and New Zealand) and we are fortunate to be able to travel a lot to spend time with them. I’m entering the era of being a grandparent, which is fabulous as all fellow grandparents know.

    Thank you for inviting me to be a board member. I have very much enjoyed my membership over the past 3 years, find the club very well run and welcoming, and hope I can contribute to its ongoing success.

    I am on the Education Committee so please let me know if there are any subjects or approaches that you would like the Committee to organize beyond what we are currently offering.

  • Jackie Potters

    Director - 2019 to 2020

  • Adele Woolfe

    Newsletter Director - 2017 to 2020

    The heart of my life will always be my family, my husband, our children, their spouses and our delightful grandsons, and of course, dear friends. But, my goodness, I love playing bridge!

    Almost four years ago I registered for my first bridge lessons. As a retired educator I have always valued the notion of lifelong learning and thought that bridge could be a game that would offer opportunities for challenging my ability to focus and also provide some social interaction. The move to duplicate bridge is more recent. Little did I understand that the challenges could be rather humbling at times, but the payoff would bring enjoyment beyond my expectations.

    I sincerely appreciate the modelling, patience, ongoing support and constant encouragement of teachers and mentors. Their dedication and generous time commitment provide understanding of the principles of play but also nurture respect for our bridge community.

    I admire the vision of the founders of the London Bridge Centre who grasped the value of a game that brings people together for both enjoyment and the pursuit of excellence. Their dedication and the ongoing organizational effort undertaken by the Board of Directors have promoted a positive environment to enjoy the game. The many people who volunteer their time to ensure our facility is welcoming and in good order support that goal.

    However, what I value most are my newfound bridge buddies and the atmosphere of collegiality that result from a shared partnership and effort by LBC members. I hope to make some small contribution to that end.

  • Susan Edwards

    Accountant and former Treasurer

    Growing up in a home where lots of card games were played, it was inevitable I would learn to play bridge at some time. I played some bridge as a teenager. Then life as a student at Queen's University, a career as a Chartered Accountant and a second career raising two daughters took over. Around 2003 I took lessons from Arlene Lundgren and that opened up the world of bridge to me again.

    The mental exercise of the game is wonderful and bridge also provides great social benefits. My husband, Al, and I love going to tournaments.
    I got involved with founding the London Bridge Centre because I really want bridge to continue in London.

    I feel a member-owned club allows all players to contribute to the success of the club. Our goal is to have a great facility with a welcoming atmosphere for both experienced players and those just discovering this wonderful game!

    When I'm not playing bridge I love spending time with our adorable grandchildren. Our granddaughter doesn't play bridge yet, but is quite good at "Go Fish" and "War"!

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