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Unit 484 is affiliated with the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) 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!
Let's get acquainted with Cheryl and Kay Bain
Cheryl, left, and Kay Bain ham it up for the photographer.
Bain sisters are regulars at the 199ers games
By Jim Flint
DEC. 15, 2014—Well, Cheryl and Kay Bain are not really twins. But they look enough alike to pass.
Cheryl and Kay, a youthful 67 and 70 years old, have been playing bridge a long time. However, it’s only in the last few years that they have studied the game seriously.
“Our parents played bridge,” Cheryl said. “So when they wanted a game, Kay and our older sister Barb would play with them.”
Cheryl played occasionally, too. They were exposed to duplicate early on because their parents were duplicate players. But they didn’t play much duplicate until years later.
Both ended up in the Rogue Valley after divorces.
Cheryl has been here for 28 years.
“After the divorce, I and the two kids went on an adventure,” she said. “We moved to Ashland, and then after the girls graduated from high school, I moved to Medford.”
She taught at Lone Pine Elementary School in the Medford School District before she retired.
Kay is a relative newcomer to the area. After a career in economic development in Boulder, Colorado, with the chamber of commerce, she moved to the Rogue Valley in 2007. She moved away for a brief time, and returned about a year and a half ago, settling in Eagle Point.
Both Cheryl and Kay attended Kansas State. Kay earned her master’s degree in economic development from the University of Colorado.
They enjoy playing as partners.
“It’s good for the mind,” said Kay. “It’s also like life, a divine comedy. You make mistakes and learn to laugh at yourself.”
The two play mainly in the 199er club on Mondays and Thursdays.
“We like our group,” said Cheryl.
After they moved to the Rogue Valley, they took some bridge lessons.
“Cheryl took a class from Bernadine, about 10 years ago,” Kay said.
“We also took Jerry Kenefick’s class, had some lessons from Bruce Cook, and attended Bob Fox’s classes.”
It was after they started taking Kenefick’s class that the two entered a sectional tournament here.
“We didn’t even know how to fill out our convention card,” Kay said. “The first hand we played in 6 hearts. We won first place for our section. But it was scary the whole time.”
The two are trying to learn the 2 over 1 game force system, and took some classes from Unit 484’s Sharon Fauss recently.
“We read an article about control bids, so we’re trying to use them, too,” Kay said.
What’s the most frustrating part of the game?
“Staying focused,” said Kay. “Remembering what cards were played,” said Cheryl.
Do they have a favorite convention?
“Yes,” said Kay. “We call it the Bain Convention. If we win, we go over to Cheryl’s house and drink ouzo.”
When they’re not playing bridge, the two women enjoy hiking. They trekked around Mt. McLoughlin, and hiked the Table Mountain trail in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
“We walked a marathon in Portland,” Kay said. “Our sister Barb joined us. She met us there from Pocatello, Idaho. Cheryl has even run some marathons.”
They each have two daughters and five grandchildren.
2014 Unit 484 Board of Directors:
|Terry Ansnes||2014 - 2015|
|David Bryant||2014 - 2015|
|Sharon Fauss||President||2014 - 2015|
|Michael Pavlik||Secretary/Treasurer||2014 - 2015|