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Unit 484 is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBLacbl logo small) which fosters the game of bridge throughout North America.  We are a member of District 20 (D-20 ), one of 23 North American districts under the auspices of ACBL.  Unit 484 is a non-profit organization in Jackson County located in Southern Oregon.  The bridge clubs in our unit run ACBL sanctioned games available for players of all levels in competitive yet friendly and nurturing environments.
Bridge games within Unit 484 are located in the Rogue Valley—home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Britt Festival
We have several clubs offering games, excellent bridge instructors, games for players of varying levels and a bridge community of vibrant, interesting players whose goals are to have fun,make friends, improve their bridge, and to bid and make all their slams!

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Let’s get acquainted with Bob and Jill Wolcott 






Bridge in college brought them together


By Jim Flint


Feb. 23, 2015—When you talk to married couples who play bridge, they sometimes reveal that they got together because of bridge. That’s the case with Bob and Jill Wolcott of northeast Medford.


“We met playing bridge at Chapman College in Orange, Calif.,” said Bob.


Bob, 68, played cards growing up—whist, canasta, etc.


“Someone in the men’s dorm said, ‘Hey, you play cards?’” The next thing he knew, he was playing bridge regularly in the common area of the dorm.


That’s where Jill, 66, met Bob.


“I had been going with somebody else who played bridge,” she said. Often those games were in the social hall of the men’s dorm, where Bob played. That’s where fate brought them together.


“My grandmother played some bridge, and that’s probably where I got my start,” Jill said.


As students, the two discovered bridge was an enjoyable but inexpensive pastime.


“It’s something to do when you’re poor,” Jill laughed.


“I liked the challenge of bridge,” said Bob. “And it’s the only game that continues to be a challenge.” It was the complexity and variety of the game that kept him interested.


“It’s nice that we can do it together,” Jill added. The two of them play as partners on a regular basis.


Are their styles similar? Not really.


“Bob was more loosey-goosey with his bidding,” she said, “although he’s more disciplined now.”


Bob agreed that their approaches were a bit different. “She bids more on her points, and I tend to think about the totality of the hand—the distribution, what the opponents are bidding,” he said.


They had played one duplicate game long ago, but it was such a frustrating experience, they pretty much stayed with party bridge after that.


“In the beginning, it was back pocket, seat of the pants bridge. We had no idea what we should be doing,” Bob said. “But we had good card sense.”


It wasn’t until 2009 that they took up duplicate again, in the Rogue Valley. They had moved to Medford in 1978 when Bob accepted a teaching position at Howard Elementary School. With his degree in music, he taught grade school kids and put on programs as part of his job. Jill, who had been a stay-at-home mom for a few years, got a school job, too, as a classroom aide.


“We had been playing social bridge at our church,” said Bob, “with 19 to 20 tables on a regular basis. Then we got asked to substitute at a duplicate game, played at a friend’s house.”


It was after that when they began taking lessons, first in Jerry Kenefick’s classes, then from Bob Fox, after he started his Thursday I/N game at the Phoenix bridge center.


They usually play the 299er game on Mondays and Thursdays, but also occasionally play in the open game.


“We like the 299er game,” Jill said. “The pace is slower and we get to know the people better. Plus, many of those who play in the game are the people we took classes with, our peers.”


The two play the 2 over 1 game force system.


What are their favorite bridge tools?


“I like Royal Key Card Blackwood,” Jill said. For Bob, it’s the forcing 1 No Trump bid available after partner opens one of a major.


They have been married 47 years and have two sons and a daughter, two in Seattle and one in Newburg, Ore. One of the sons played professional baseball. Bob remembers a particularly exciting time when his son was pitching for the Mariners against the Yankees in a playoff game.


Bridge isn’t their only passion. Bob has enjoyed flying radio-controlled planes and model railroading. Jill does cross stitch and creates greeting cards.


Even though you’ll usually find them in the 299er game, it won’t be long before they’ll have too many points for that game. So, open players: be forewarned.



          Current ACBL Unit 484 Board Members

  • Terry Ansnes



  • David Bryant



  • John Cowles



  • Sharon Fauss



  • Michael Pavlik



  • Bob Scott



  • Neal Smith



  • Maynard Vitalis





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