Mo-Kan Bridge Academy Organizational Structure

Mo-Kan Bridge Academy is incorporated in the State of Missouri as a non-profit corporation.  We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Donors can deduct contributions made to us under IRC Section 170.  Please consult your tax advisor.

Current Board:
Lynne Wenski,

TERM ENDS 12-31-21

President (contact her)

Kathy Rolfe,

TERM ENDS 12-31-20,

 Secretary-Treasurer (contact her)

 

 

MELINDA MOYLAN, TERM ENDS 12-31-22

You can find our Articles of Incorporation here.

Our  bylaws:  Mo-Kan Bridge Bylaws 180116

Our Whistle Blower Policy:  MoKan Whistleblower policy

Our Conflict of Interest Policy:  MoKan Conflict of Interest Policy

Minutes:

Minutes 180116

Minutes 181109

email agreements 18119-181221

Minutes 181226

email agreements 2019

Minutes Dec 29 2019 Board Meeting

Donations and Volunteers Needed!

This article goes a long way to explaining why we think this charitable organization is needed in the KC Metro area.

With our newly achieved status of a charitable organization 501(c)3 we are in fundraising mode!  We need your help to turn the metropolitan Kansas City area, in particular, into the recognized leader in promoting the benefits of playing bridge to people of all ages!

We have a new short term fundraising goal.  We would like to raise enough funds to get face to face bridge playing back into our clubs!  To do that we need money for plexiglass dividers for 6 tables, Bridge+More dealing machines and cards for 6 tables, and Android tablets to talk to the server for those machines, as well as an annual subscription to run the software for those dealing machines.  All told we are looking at about $4000 to make this a reality.  So now!  Yes, we can start up with just the plexiglass dividers but adding in the dealing machines will make things even safer!

PAYING BRIDGE FORWARD!
Has the game of bridge been beneficial in your life or in the life of someone you care about?
Has it provided social connections, intellectual challenges, scholarship money?
I know it has provided me with both social connections and intellectual challenges over the years and has allowed me to in turn provide those for others, as well as provide scholarship money for some. Kathy Rolfe

 

Kathy, I believe in what you do. I’ve borne witness from two different angles. First, the children you taught and how it developed their intellect and social skills. And, now living in Florida, I see the elderly who are playing bridge and are incredibly sharp for their age. Two of the women are in their 90’s. Are they playing bridge because they are sharp and enjoy the game or are they sharp because they’ve been playing bridge for years? To me it doesn’t matter, the fact is, bridge is a part of their lives at age 90, and that’s amazing!

Best wishes, 
Stacia 

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN TO PAY ( and PLAY) THOSE BENEFITS YOU HAVE RECEIVED FORWARD!

With this fund drive we hope to move into our first leased space and grow our base for lessons and games.  We will continue to fund raise beyond that, hoping to get into a much larger, multi-functional space to increase our outreach as we continue to grow.

While we are fundraising we will begin offering classes, particularly to youth and to their family members.  Those classes will be held wherever anyone will host us!  We are looking for libraries, churches, community centers, country clubs, etc. to offer us space at a nominal fee or no fee to begin offering these classes.  The classes will be led by paid accredited bridge teachers only, but we are looking for volunteers to help out as table coaches as well.  If you are interested in joining our list of teachers or volunteers, or if you have space available for holding classes – please contact us!

The longer term goal is to raise enough funds to either lease or own our own space.  That facility will have its own instructional room as well as a separate large playing area.  Of course, plenty of clean restroom facilities, kitchen space, coat storage space, parking space, and the latest in duplicate bridge equipment along with comfortable chairs with plenty of space around those tables and chairs, will also be included in that plan.  As funds are raised we will begin to look into options for that facility’s location, hopefully in Lee’s Summit to encourage both existing players and new players in both states to give us a try.  If you know of a suitable property, let us know!

Like what you’ve read so far?  Want to make a tax deductible donation?
Donate

Or you can donate by contacting any of our Board Members.  (The amount that is tax deductible will depend on your own tax situation.  Please consult your tax advisor.)  You can mail a donation directly to Mo-Kan Bridge Academy, PO BOX 232, Greenwood, MO 64034-0232.

If you wish to make a donation of shares of stock, please contact the Treasurer for transfer information. Want to avoid even more taxes?  Consider making an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution. Seniors 70 ½ years of age and over, can transfer their IRA distribution directly to charity. By going directly to charity, the money is not included in the IRA owner’s income and is not taxed. This preserves the full amount for charitable purposes. Ask your IRA administrator to make a qualified distribution to Mo-Kan Bridge Academy.

Even if you can’t donate money right now, consider volunteering or at least letting others know of this organization.  They might be interested in learning to play bridge or they might be willing to donate.  So help get the word out there!

 

 

Spring 2021 Bridge Lessons

SPRING 2021 LESSONS

Sunday Afternoon Bridge Lessons for Youth

or for Adults Accompanied by Youth Students!

Lessons for kids ages 8 and up.   FREE if you pre-register.  $3 at the door if not pre-registered.  Adults can attend the lessons  for $3 as long as they come with a child!  Make it a family affair!  No need to attend all lessons – come to those you can!  Spring 2021 Flyer

Where:  KC Bridge Studio, 7115 W. 95th, Overland Park, KS

When:  1 to 4 p.m. Sundays from April 18-June 6, excluding May 30

Who:  Youth wanting to learn bridge or learn more bridge – we’ll teach you wherever you are on the learning curve.  Adults can come and learn too, as long as they are accompanied by a youth!

What:  Lesson from 1 to 1:45, break and snacks, and then either a duplicate pupil game, supervised play, or more lesson/practice time until 4 p.m.  If a pupil game is offered a small amount of master points will be available!

OTHER QUESTIONS:  A form requesting contact information and any food allergies will need to be completed before any children can play.  That form will be available at the playing site.  Kathy Rolfe will be teaching on these Sundays.  Kathy has taught bridge to youth for over 18 years.  She has taught for many years at the Youth Bridge Education week long summer camp in Carlinville, IL and in that role of teacher is a mandated reporter for child abuse.  She has been background checked in both Illinois and Missouri.

Looking for volunteer table coaches for these Sundays.  If you can volunteer, please let Kathy know.

 

 

Looking for Event Space

Mo-Kan would like to start a youth bridge education program on Saturday mornings!  We are looking for space to hold the lesson followed by supervised play.  A snack in between the lesson and play would be provided.  The program would be either free or for a nominal fee.  In order to do that, the space needs to be offered either free or at minimal cost.  We would need the space from about 9:30 to noon, or possibly 9 to 11:30.  We’d like to offer it beginning the second Saturday in October.  If you know of an organization that could help us out, have them email us or message us.

Learning bridge teaches one how to think, not what to think!  China, India, and Europe are way ahead of us!

If we get this going, we will also be in need of volunteer bridge teachers ( or almost volunteer) and volunteer table coaches.  If you would like to help please let Lynne or Kathy, your Kansas City area board members know!

Games – Location and Times

Friendly Friday Duplicate

NO GAMES:  No Game until at least Sept. 18 due to Covid-19.  Pre-registering for the Friday games by 5 p.m on the Thursday before is now required.  See more detail below.

GAME RESULTS:

Jan. 10 Game Results

Jan. 3, 2020 Game Results

Dec. 13 STaC & Christmas Party

A good time was had by all!

Oct. 20 Teacher and Director Appreciation Unit Championship Game
(Masterpoints are final – had to change to a club championship since we didn’t get in 18 boards.  Next time we do this we need at least 9 tables!)

Oct. 4 Game Results
Sep. 27 Results
Aug. 2 Game Results : Congrats to Rose for  your first master points on your birthday!  Happy Birthday!

 

Day:  Fridays 10:30 a.m. .  SANCTIONED GAME!  Member of the Common Game! NEXT GAME:  Sep. 18? will be directed by Kathy Rolfe.  You must notify us that you plan on playing – please do so by 5 p.m. the day before the game.   The game will cancel if we don’t have at least 8 players signed up ahead of time.  If you find yourself able to play on Friday but had not signed up, please check this page to make sure we have not canceled.  If the game is still on, please feel free to come.  However, since we are limiting the game to 4 tables for our re-start, it might still help to call Kathy.  Liability release required to be completed and signed before playing.  Copies available on site.

Contact the director, Kathy Rolfe,  to let her know you plan on playing.  For the foreseeable future,  we are requiring that you sign up by Thursday at 5 p.m. if you plan on playing the next day.  If you have any questions or need a partner, please contact the director.

Where:

Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1800 SW State Route 150
Lee’s Summit, MO

The church is located on the north side of 150 Highway,  second street on the right west of Ward Road (SW Arboridge Dr.) or the first left east of Pryor Road (SW Arboridge Dr.)

When:  10:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m.
Play begins promptly at 10:30, please arrive a few minutes early so you can be in your seats and ready to go by 10:30!

Cost:

  • $8 for non-members of Mo-Kan Bridge Academy
  • $6 for Mo-Kan Bridge Academy  members.  (See Membership.)
  • We will let you have your first play at the discounted Mo-Kan Membership price if you are an ACBL member.

What is included?

  • Beverages, snacks, and lunch  coffee only due to Covid-19 precautions.  You may bring your own individual lunch or snacks, if not too messy.
  • Plexiglass dividers at each table, masks required when not seated at a table
  • Guaranteed partner if necessary
  • Pre-duplicated boards with hand records.
  • Member of The Common Game.  You will have results emailed to you if you are an ACBL member with your email on file.
  • Results will also be posted on this website.

Games Offered

Novice Game:   (0 to 20 masterpoints) stratified within this bracket if possible.  3 table minimum required.  If less than 3 tables, players will need to play in the open game.

Open Game:  Players can hold any number of masterpoints and play in this game.  Stratification within this game whenever possible, dependent on number of tables in play.

Partnership Guaranteed

This is a pair duplicate game which means you will be playing with the same partner throughout.  We encourage you to find a partner with whom you are comfortable.  However, if you need us to find a partner for you we will make every effort to do so ahead of the game if you contact us.  If a partner has not been found or if you suddenly find yourself without a partner, you can still come to the game, but let the director know ahead of time if possible.  We will either match you up with someone else in a similar situation at the game, or you will play with the game director as your partner.  Bear in mind, if you come to the game without a partner, you may have to play in the open game if your partner is not eligible to play in the novice game.

Contact the director, Kathy Rolfe ,  if you have any questions or need a partner, or just to let her know you plan on playing!

GAME CANCELLATION NOTICES-NO GAME until at least Sept. 18

  • We MAY cancel our game anytime the Lee’s Summit R7 School District is closed due to bad weather.  Check with the director if not sure.
  • We might need to cancel on short notice due to unexpected Church events.  Those who have let us know they plan on coming will get an email notice of cancellation.
  • Game cancellations will be noted on this page when they happen.    Games will be canceled by the Thursday evening prior to the game if we don’t have at least 8 people signed up to play ahead of time.

Membership (or perhaps subscription)

While we are non-member organization per our incorporation documents with the State of Missouri, we will be offering memberships or subscriptions which provide a higher level of involvement in our non-profit and also some benefits.  Being a member does not provide voting rights, this is an organization that is self-perpetuated by the Board of Directors.

Since we do not yet have a single physical facility, from which to enjoy many of our benefits in the form of playing and learning space, we are offering our initial membership valid through 12-31-2022.  After the initial membership, renewal will be for one year for just $25.  Any initial memberships purchased after 2021 will be for $125 for just one calendar year.  Renewals, still at $25 per year.  (We anticipate being in our own space before year end 2022.)

What does a membership get you?
Membership provides discounts!

  • $2 discount per game offered by Mo-Kan Bridge Academy.
  • $2 discount per lesson offered by Mo-Kan Bridge Academy.

Membership provides involvement!

How to join?  Mail a check payable to M0-Kan Bridge Academy with membership in the memo.  Mail to:  PO BOX 232, Greenwood, MO 64034-0232.  You may also join by paying at any Mo-Kan sponsored event you attend.  Or just catch one of our Board Members and tell them you are ready to join!

Benefits of Bridge for Youth and Adults

Bridge may help your child perform better academically!

Statistically Speaking – Read the study results!

Students helped with Math – read the article!

Bridge is great for social interaction and friendships.

How they did it in St. Louis.

Bridge isn’t just for math skills.

Bridge Tricks are for kids.

Bridging Generations

89 Years Bridged!