Unit 163 Future Life Master Tournament – June 6-7

The fourth Bridge Unit 163 “Under 500″ sectional tournament will be held in Waterloo this year, June 6-7. Our unit began having this tournament in 2012. The first was held in Cedar Rapids at the Longbranch hotel. The next year it moved to Hills and Iowa City hosted it. The third year, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids combined efforts and had the tournament at the Country Inn and Suites, in Cedar Rapids, handy for Iowa City, too. Waterloo wanted a chance to host it this year.

It has always been a fun, friendly and successful tournament. The first year the overall winners were a Cedar Rapids couple who had never played in a tournament. The woman came in and said, “We’ve never played in a tournament and this will determine if we ever do again.” They have played in several local tournaments, both under 500 and other sectionals, since. The second year, two ladies who had been regular tournament attendees won the overall point event. They were thrilled! They told us that they had played in many local tournaments, but never thought they had a chance to win until this tournament. The third year, the word got out and we had more players from outside our unit. About 1/3 of the players were from Cedar Rapids, 1/3 from Iowa City and 1/3 from other communities.

Janee Oleson is chairing this year’s tournament in Waterloo. See the flyer on the ACBL website. Unit 163 is proud to be able to offer our Under 500 players a tournament just for them. It’s a great opportunity to win silver points, meet friendly players, and have a great time. Let’s keep this great tournament alive and well!

David Andrew McGee


David Andrew McGee, 75, of Mason City died Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa.

David was born July 15, 1939, in Mason City in Park Hospital to Lloyd L. and Hazel J. (Andrew) McGee. He attended Mason City Schools and graduated from Mason City High School in 1957. During his time as a Mohawk he was a cheerleader and active in the band. After high school, David attended college at both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Iowa.

While a college student, David began his career as a Contract Bridge player. In 1966, he was one of the youngest player from Iowa to be awarded a lifetime Masters into the American Contract Bridge League of which he remained a member. David traveled to play bridge all over the United States and foreign countries, which included Mexico, and Bermuda, and for many years, and was considered one of the top players, winning many tournaments. David was named the President of the American Contract Bridge League in 1991. He is a member of the Bridge Unit 163 Hall of Fame.

David worked for the family business Heimindinger Transfer & Storage and also bought and sold antiques.

David was a life time resident of Mason City. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and enjoyed friendly games of cards there and even hosted some bridge tournaments.

Those surviving David are his nephew Mike McGee, Mike’s daughter Allison McGee and her children Gia and Lexxi; his niece Petra McGee Williams, her husband Dan, and their children Troy, Trent, and Maren; his sister-in-law Barb McGee; and his cousin Pat and her husband Jim Steed.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Lloyd Robert “Bob” McGee.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

banana-splitThe Mt. Pleasant Sectional Tournament, held April 17-19, was a great success. Tournament chair Bonnie Kremer came up with a very creative idea: to award the out-of-town bridge club bringing the most players throughout the tournament with an ice cream social at their club.

The number one attending group was the Better Bridge Club of Cedar Rapids, directed by Jim and MaryAnn Boardman. University Duplicate Bridge Club of Iowa City, directed by Bob Otto, was a close second, so they are going to have an ice cream social as well. Congratulations to the lucky winners!

Tournament chairpersons, take note: sectional attendance was boosted by 25%!

Thanks for a great job to Bonnie and the tournament committee: Eleanor Thomas, Lea Bradley, Steve Rod, Dixie Horsey, Jim McClure and Martha Peterson.


Sundays – 5 p.m.
Country Inn and Suites, CR Airport Exit

Partner Guaranteed
ACBL Zero Tolerance
Hand Records
Tea, Coffee, and Light Snacks

Jim Boardman Jr. is asking for help promoting his Sunday night club. He is a busy guy right now and would like the loyal players to bring others. He has these special deals: On the first Sunday of each month, if you bring someone new to his club, you earn a free game. There’s also a car pool special for any Sunday of the month. If you bring two people (not including your partner), you earn a free game.

His game starts early for those who don’t like to stay out late at night. We call it the Early Bird Special, although the real name is Bridging the Gap. The new game is taking the place of the Sunday game in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City and hoping both communities will support the club. It is at the airport exit at the Country Inn and Suites. This is handy for both Cedar Rapids area and Iowa City area players. There are free snacks and beverages and hand records. Jim guarantees a partner. Starting time is 5:00.

There will be no game on April 19. Jim encourages people to play in the unit tournaments and there is a tournament in Mt. Pleasant that weekend.

Jim Boardman, Jr, Owner/Manager

Selma Kanellis

SelmaKanellisSelma Arlene Kanellis, 91, of Cedar Rapids passed away on Friday, February 6, 2015 at MethWick Community in Cedar Rapids.

Selma was born on October 01, 1923 to Anton and Sigrid (Jerdee) Sanderson in Lawler, Iowa. Selma graduated from New Hampton High School in 1941. From 1941 to 1945 she worked at Bendex in Chicago before returning to Cedar Rapids. She was married George Kanellis on January 26, 1965 in Kewanee, Illinois. Selma worked for Rockwell Collins as a secretary for 22 in half years. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Selma is survived by her siblings, Kenneth (Velma) Sanderson of Ft. Worth, Texas; Allan (Ann) Sanderson of Oelwein; Janice Ohm of New Hampton; Hazel Lantz of Waterloo; JoAnn Johnson of Cedar Rapids; dear friends Bob and Helga Berry of Cedar Rapids; 4 step-children and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers Carmen and Richard Sanderson.

The family would like to thank all the residents and staff from the MethWick Community and Hospice of Mercy for their love, support and tender care given to Selma.

Dorothy R. Mossman

Dorothy R. Mossman, 99, longtime resident of Iowa City, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence.

Dorothy Resch was born Sept. 1, 1915, in Independence, Mo., the daughter of Clifton and Emma Ruth (Allen) Resch. Following graduation from high school, she attended and graduated from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. She was united in marriage to Ray B. Mossman Jr. on Aug. 17, 1940, in Independence. The couple made their home in Iowa City after their marriage where she took great pride in making a wonderful home for her family. She was an excellent cook and seamstress who, as her daughter Elaine recalls, made all of her clothes as she was growing up.
For a time she also worked keeping books for Domby Boots and Bob & Henry’s Service Station. Dorothy enjoyed the game of bridge, all sorts of music, and so dearly loved traveling the world with her husband, Ray!

Her family includes her two children, Elaine Guha of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Allen Mossman (Mary) of Wheaton, Ill.; grandchildren, Mona Leigh Guha (Joe King), Girin Guha, Amy Mossman, David Foster and James Foster; and great-granddaughters, Willow Jaye King and Lilly Jackson-Foster. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ray; sisters, Juanita Roedel and Helen Louise Stockton; and her brother, Clifton Resch.