All of us who play at the MountainView Bridge Club know JoAnn Aiken because she is the one who efficiently runs and organizes our Tuesday and Friday bridge games and has done so for many years.
JoAnn and her husband Roy moved to SaddleBrooke in 1997, and then they decided to get back into golf and bridge again.
Before that, in their former life, JoAnn worked in the tax accounting field. She and Roy learned to play bridge while in school in Albuquerque. During their working careers, Friday was designated bridge night, which would sometimes include pizza and scary movies with the kids as well!
Soon after JoAnn moved to SaddleBrooke, the MountainView Duplicate Bridge Club was just getting started. In 1999, a small group of women, namely Barbara Feeley, Michelle Werley, Maggie Jones, and Marion Rogge, obtained permission from the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) and Robson to begin a sanctioned bridge club. The club was officially chartered that year.
JoAnn became a certified director and teacher and got very involved with the new club. Through the years, she has enjoyed keeping the club growing and seeing fellow bridge players achieve a Life Master ranking and other bridge goals. Today the club, which averages about ten to 12 tables, has contributed to various charities, and promoted SaddleBrooke and bridge. All of us who love bridge and enjoy having a regular game just a few minutes away appreciate JoAnn’s dedication to keeping the club going these many years!
Congratulations to the first-place winners as of Aug. 23: Jack and Arlene Mayfield, Marian Rogge, Nancy Pinkerton, Paul Shalita, Eric Vonderheid, Midge Miller, Betty Edwards, Sharon Wyles, Bob Brussel, Al Spaet, Vicki Hanson, Bruce Block, and Bill Webster.
Congratulations to Jim Wolf who became a Life Master at the Talking Stick regional tournament in August!
The MountainView game is held at the Catalina Room next to the Mesquite Grill on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.
Note: This is a permanent time change from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. that started on Sept. 3.
Check our website for possible changes at www.bridgewebs.com/mountainview. If you need a partner, contact Jo Ann Aiken at 520-256-2702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.