District 14 Director Sharon Anderson sent out congratulations to new Junior Master Madonna Moeller. Madonna shares her thoughts with Sharon - and us - below!
When I was a young mother in my twenties, a widowed rural neighborhood lady took it upon herself to teach me and two other young mothers how to play bridge. She was an excellent teacher and we enjoyed playing together and having many bridge parties for a number of years.
Then my family moved. I did not have the opportunity to play bridge again until I joined the Thunder Hills Country Club near Peosta, Iowa. I have lived here for the past 25 years.
Ten years ago, an interesting thing happened when I answered an ad for a duplicate bridge partner. This gentleman had recently become a widower - and, to make a long story short - we have now been happily married for nine years, and playing lots of bridge together! Jay, however, does not like to play in tournament events.
For the past year, I have been playing at the Lifetime Center in Dubuque with a wonderful dear friend, Stefan Baumann. I met Stefan at bridge classes, taught by Sylvia Kveton.
Mark Patton directs a sanctioned game every Monday at the LTC. He encouraged Stefan and me to join the ACBL in April and said we would be Junior Masters by fall. Actually, we are on our way to becoming Club Masters! To our delight, we placed 2nd in a recent team game that Mark hosted.
Stefan and I are looking forward to competing together in an ACBL tournament some time in the near future.