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 matching donor!  For donations made between Oct. 5, 2019 and April 30, 2020, this donor will match them up to a total of $20,000.  We have one pledge of $200 so far – let’s get this rolling!

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 sin 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!

 

 

Games – Location and Times

Friendly Friday Duplicate

NO GAMES:  OCT. 18 & 25, Nov. 1 & 28

GAME RESULTS:

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

July 26 Game
July 12 Game
June 21 Game Results
June 14 Results
June 7 Corrected Results
May 24 Game Results
May 17 Game Results
May 17 MP Awards
CONGRATULATIONS TO WYNNE BEGUN on making LIFE MASTER at the MAY 17 game!
May 3 Game
April 12 Game Results
April 5 Game Results
March 29 Game Results
March 15 Game Results
March 8 Game Results
March 1 Game Results
Feb. 22 Results
Feb. 8 Game Results

Day:  Fridays 10:30 a.m. .  SANCTIONED GAME!  Member of the Common Game! NEXT GAME:  Oct. 11  will be directed by Kathy Rolfe

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

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.
  • If not yet an ACBL member, you may purchase a one month trial membership at the door for $7.99 and we will let you play for just $1 your first time!  This gets you the advantages of ACBL membership for 1 month, including their very nice magazine, and if you decide to keep your membership, the $7.99 applies to the first full year of membership with ACBL.

What is included?

  • Beverages, snacks, and lunch
  • 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:  49er (0 to 49.99 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.  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

  • 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.  NO GAMES OCT. 18 & 25, due to Church space requirements.  NO Game  Nov. 1 due to Unit Sectional Tournament.

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!

Summer Bridge Lessons

SUMMER LESSONS

Friday Morning Bridge Lessons for Youth

or for Adults Accompanied by Youth Students!

Held in conjunction with the Friendly Friday Duplicate Game, beginning lessons for kids ages 10 and up.   Adults can attend the lessons at the same cost as well for $5 as long as they come with a child!  Make it a family affair!

We are done for this summer, but hope to do it again next year!  We had 11 kids participating on a consistent basis, 10 of those also moved into playing duplicate!  Several earned master points even when playing against life masters!

 

 

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 12-31-2020.  After the initial membership, renewal will be for one year for just $25.  Any initial memberships purchased after 2019 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 2020.)

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!

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:
 Patty Tucker, term ends 12-31-19(contact her)
Lynne Wenski, term ends 12-31-21, also currently serving as Acting President (contact her)
Kathy Rolfe, term ends 12-31-20, also currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer (contact her)

 

 

 

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