Sometimes Vice Presidents Get to Have Fun

Over the years, I have been somewhat involved in bridge politics. I have served as an area representative to the District 7 Board. Mostly I have voted to try and keep costs down and continue to provide our members with the best bridge tournaments in the ACBL. Several months ago, I was asked to run for Vice-President of the District. They really couldn’t find anyone else willing to do it, so I ‘volunteered.’

I say run, but it is rare that these elections are contested. It is hard enough to find one person willing to do the job, let alone two.

Now as we all know, being a Vice-President is not a particularly demanding job. In fact, John Adams, our country’s first Vice-President said it best: “My country has in its wisdom contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”

However, once in a while, I get to do something that is actually fun. Six months ago, Richard Jeng became the youngest life master in ACBL history. Richard and Andrew, his slightly older brother, played exclusively with each other and became life masters together in three years. The Jeng brothers live in Atlanta and are part of the large group of  youth that have learned bridge through Atlanta Junior Bridge.

So… our District decided to present Richard with a plaque commemorating his feat and I got to give it to him at our local Atlanta Sectional. Having known the Jeng brothers and their parents for several years, and having had the chance to be one of their many teachers, it was definitely the highlight of my term. So take that John Adams.

Meanwhile Andrew and Richard are headed next week to Reno to represent our District in the Grand National Teams Flight C. Good luck guys.

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