Trophies

Winners of the District 1 Trophies


George Retek Cukoff-LaTraverse-Wiser
2013 Heather Peckett
2014 Jean Castonguay
2015 Bryan Rapson Stan Tench
2016 Mike Hartop Karl Hicks
2017 Rollande Makarewicz Gus Duchesne
2018 Peter Clark Jean Claude Boudreault
2019 Laurier Girard Sylvain Descôteaux

GEORGE RETEK TROPHY

The District Board, on George Retek’s retirement from the ACBL Board of Directors, the District Board decided to honour George for his many years of service, by honouring District One members, who like George, donated many years of exemplary service to their Unit and/or District.

George Retek CPA served the Montreal Bridge League as Treasurer and Tournament Chair. He served on the ACBL Board of Directors for 33 years and was an ex-officio member of the CBF Board. He was ACBL President in 2002 and served as ACBL Treasurer and Chairman of various Committees. He was on The World Bridge Federation Board for 24 years and during that period was Treasurer for 12 years, Vice- President for 12 years and Honorary Secretary for 2 years. He has been Chairman Emeritus of the Finance Committee since 2012. In 2002 he was elected to the Committee of Honour (membership limited to 13 living persons-the highest honour in the bridge community). 2002 was a special year for George when he was President of the ACBL. Additionally, the World Bridge Championships were held in Montreal, which George helped secure for Canada and helped organize as WBF Vice-President and Treasurer. In 2002, George was elected to lifetime membership of the WBF Committee of Honour. 1n 2013, The Board of District One named George District Director Emeritus with full voting privileges on the District Board, and named this trophy after him.

Recipients of this honour may be any District One players in good standing, who are paid up members of the ACBL and CBF who have excelled in volunteer activities devoting one’s time without compensation for the betterment of our bridge community.

Awarding the George Retek (GR) Trophy will be done annually by a committee of three members from District One. This committee will be selected at the District AGM. Members will serve no more than three years, with one member replaced annually. The Chair of the Committee will be the longest serving member. Committee members will not be eligible for the GR trophy during their tenure.

The initial three members will be: George Retek (3 years), Kathie MacNab (2 years), and Heather Peckett (1 year)

Annually, no later than April 1st, each Unit may submit the name of a worthy recipient in their Unit to the selection committee. The proposal will have supporting documentation to enable the committee to make the selection. If no nominations are received from the Units, then the committee will select the recipient. The trophy will be awarded at a sectional or regional tournament in the Unit from which the winner is chosen. For that year, the permanent trophy will be kept by the Unit from which the winner was chosen. It will be the responsibility of that Unit to ensure that the trophy will be available for the presentation the following year.

Funding for the individual trophies will be the responsibility of the District.

CUKOFF LaTRAVERSE WISER (CLW) Trophy

To honour the memory of the three deceased highly respected national Tournament Directors of ACBL District One, we propose to establish the CLW Trophy to recognize the best ethical behaviour and or/the excellence in tournament or disciplinary administration in previous years in our District.

Johnny Wiser was the godfather of an entire generation of Tournament Directors, who developed and mentored young Directors. He was the unquestioned authority on the Laws of Duplicate Bridge. His well-recognized diplomatic talent was also greatly appreciated at appeal hearings of Local, National and International Tournaments.

Henry Cukoff’s organizational skills, technical knowledge and fairness especially in protecting less experienced players ranked him among the very best directors on the continent. He could have been an excellent player, had he not chosen a career in directing instead. Henry was also admired for his remarkable judgment in contested cases.

Jean J. LaTraverse, C.A. Silver Life Master, was loved by everyone he met. His knowledge, sense of humour and friendliness served as a prime example the attributes a Tournament Director should have. Jean was a member of the national Goodwill Committee and served as Tournament Chairperson of the 1985 Montreal NABC.

District One is proud and grateful for having had the services of these National Directors for many decades. It is to recognize their outstanding contribution to bridge, that we are offering this annual award to those who share their vision and dedication.

Recipients of this honour may be players, recorders, disciplinary committee members or tournament directors who best demonstrate the characteristics exemplified by this trophy. Each recipient shall be a paid up member of the ACBL and the CBF. In addition, eligible recipients who have passed away since the last presentation may receive this honour posthumously. Any member who may have been suspended by the ACBL for more than 30 days, will never be eligible to receive this trophy

Awarding the CLW Trophy will be done annually by a committee of three ACBL members from District One. This committee will be selected at the AGM. Members will serve no longer than three years, with one member being replaced annually. The Chair of the committee will be the longest serving member. Committee members will not be eligible for the CLW Trophy during their tenure.

The initial three members will be: George Retek-Chair, 3-yr term; Kathie MacNab, 2-yr term and Heather Peckett, 1-yr term.

Annually, no later than April 1st, each Unit will submit the name of a worthy recipient in their Unit to the selection committee. The proposal will have supporting documentation to enable the committee to make its selection. The trophy will be awarded at a sectional or regional tournament in the Unit from which the winner is chosen. For that year, the permanent trophy will be kept by the Unit from which the winner was chosen. It will be the responsibility of that Unit to ensure the trophy will be available for the presentation the following year.

Funding of the permanent CLW trophy will be shared by the Montreal Bridge League Inc., ACBL District One, the CBF, the ACBL and Mr. George Retek. Funding for the annual individual trophies will be the responsibility of ACBL District One.

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