Remembering David Schmidt

David Schmidt, July 14, 1950 – November 20, 2023

David George Schmidt was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia and grew up on a farm in the Fraser Valley.  He earned a BA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia.  David was a past president of the BC Farm Writers Association and a past director and president of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation and is editor emeritus of Country Life in BC.  He was named BC’s Agriculturist of the Year in 2000 and received the Canadian Farm Writers Federation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

His business provided personal and small business tax services in British Columbia.

David loved duplicate bridge.  He joined the ACBL in 1978 and was a Sapphire Life Master.  He gave back to the game he enjoyed ― for more than two decades as a board member and treasurer for District 19.

David is remembered by duplicate players throughout the northwest for his intense play, good humor, and willingness to help.

Calling for Caddies: Teens or Spry Seniors Welcome to Apply!

We are looking for caddies for the Puget Sound Regional in Lynnwood this summer.  The dates for the event are Monday August 21-Sunday August 27.

Check your calendars and let me know if you or the teen in your life is interested in working a couple days during the week of the Puget Sound Regional.
I’m not guaranteeing anything at this time, but I suspect you will get a good chunk of the shifts in which you might be interested.

Here are the details:

  • Each shift runs approximately 4 hours: from 1:00pm-5:00pm and 7:00pm-11:00 pm.
  • Payment is $60.00 per shift.  If you work 2 shifts, you will make $120.00 for the day.
  • A tip jar will be put out, and the tips will be split amongst all the caddies after the last Sunday shift.
  • The work involves moving sets of card boards between tables as the players finish up their play.  You will also help with cleaning up the room.  You will also pick up entry forms as directed by those in charge of the game.  You will also help hand out treats to the tables during the game.
  • Mon has one shift (evening), that starts at 7:00.
  • Tue-Fri have two shifts, (1 to 5 and 7 to 11)
  • Sat has 2 shifts (10-2 and 3 to 7)
  • Sunday has 4 shifts (2 for 10 to 2:30ish, and TBA to the end)
  • You must dress appropriately–no flip flops, you should look clean and neat.  We should have t shirts and waist aprons for you this year.
  • You can bring a book or a phone, but when you are working you will need to be alert.  There will be ‘down times’ but then times of a flurry of activity.
  • You are responsible to get to the venue (in Lynnwood) and to get your own meals between sessions (if you do both sessions in a day).

Are you interested in helping?  If so, let me know what days and shifts you want to help.

Contact Ann Romeo, Tournament Chair at [email protected]

Successful Victoria Regional

The 2023 Victoria Regional Bridge Tournament is now over.

It ran from April 17 to 23, 2023.

The tournament was very successful with 659 players attending, and a total of 1257 tables played.

For complete details, please access the Daily Bulletins.

We look forward to seeing you again in two years for the 2025 edition!

Victoria Regional Tournament coming up this April

The Victoria Regional Tournament runs from April 17 to 23.

For complete and detailed information, please access the tournament website,

View the schedule and pre-register for games, thus avoiding the daily lineup, by going to Tournament Details on ACBL’s website.

If you’re not sure how pre-registering works, have a look at this short video which will walk you through it.

For any questions, please contact Tournament Chair JP Weber at [email protected] or 778-587-7242.

For partnership information, Jan Galena at [email protected]