2022-2023 Board Candidates

The following are candidates for the Unit 361 Board, for the 2022-2023 term.

Rick Gardner
I have been playing and enjoying the outstanding game of duplicate bridge since 1996. I was a board member and board president for the Ogden UT unit, and have been the treasurer and currently serving as the President of the Denver board. I enjoy working with others to forward the game of bridge and look forward to participating and working with the current and incoming board members to continue the fine traditions that Denver and Colorado duplicate bridge have to offer.

Carol Gumpert
My name is Carol Gumpert.  I have been playing bridge for a number of years, having been taught originally by my parents.  I like learning aspects of the game that are new to me.  I am interested in working on the board in order to 'give back' to the community.  I also volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in the Paleontology lab.  I am retired from being an I.T. Manager and a Quality (process) Analyst.  I hope to be able to bring some of these skills to the board.  I have 2 grown children, 2 wonderful grandsons and 2 grand-dogs.
Ed Yosses
I have a continuous ACBL membership since 1975, reflecting a long-term commitment to the League and to our game. I have been Treasurer (2006-2013) and President (2014) of the Northern Colorado Unit and Treasurer of District 17 (2016). I have been Treasurer of the Denver Unit for the past 12 months.
I was recruited to fill a vacancy on the Board last year and promptly put the finances in order, which had been neglected for several months. I seek this position to protect and advance the financial integrity of the Unit, promote the increase and retention of new members and schedule of various forms of bridge games at sectionals and the regional that meet the various preferences of the members.  I would greatly appreciate your support for my continued service on the Unit Board.
Vivian Heggie
Being the fourth in a family of bridge fanatics, the game was bred in my bones but I only became aware of duplicate bridge when I moved to Aspen in 1965, was recruited to be an assistant director, met my future husband at the bridge table, "postponed" my intended life in New Zealand, and stayed in Colorado.
I started a non-sanctioned "Introduction to Duplicate Bridge" game in the Brighton area in 1990, playing twice a month which grew to 7 tables, and is still going strong; taught Bridge at the Northglenn and Brighton Senior Centers, and played as often as I could with my work schedule.
Having volunteered my time for the past 30 years in the golf world, both on the local and state level, I am a great believer in giving back, and sharing whatever knowledge I have gained over many decades of participating, teaching and mentoring players of all ages, and hope to do so for years to come. I would appreciate your support in this new endeavor for Unit 361.
Eric Mead
I'm running for the board of directors because Donna Givner asked me to.  She's very persuasive.  I do think it's important for different people to serve on the board and assist those who do the lion's share of the sometimes-thankless work.  New people sometimes have new ideas.
I was born in upstate New York and grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  My American GI father met my French mother after the liberation of Paris.  I followed several years later.
After high school, I came west to attend college and have lived in the Denver area ever since.  I passed the CPA exam after college and worked for the U.S. Treasury Department for 32 years as a revenue agent, manager, and appeals officer.  I retired 16 years ago and live in Applewood in north Lakewood with my wife, Joyce Larson.
I returned to duplicate bridge after retirement, having first played in high school with my father.  I recall receiving several little slips of paper with 0.25 masterpoints each!  I now play several times a week, both online and in person.  Besides bridge, children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews keep Joyce and I very busy.  I look forward to working on the Unit 361 Board of Directors.