Nonpareil’s Joan Becker
The Bluffs Bridge Club of Council Bluffs and its director, Pierre Fratwitz, recently reached a national audience through feature stories and biographical sketches in the January issue of The Bridge Bulletin, the monthly magazine of the American Contract Bridge League.
Distributed to over 165,000 households and 3,500 Duplicate Bridge Clubs nationwide, the magazine’s article, “Praising Pierre,” demonstrates how this certified bridge instructor and director mastered the game of bridge and shared it with more than 2,000 students. Talk about how you shared your knowledge. From all ages and walks of life in the Midwest classroom.
It all started more than 50 years ago when Flatowicz was pursuing a double major in business administration and finance at the University of Nebraska. In his spare time, he became an avid observer of his classmates playing bridge in the student hall.
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Vowing to learn the game at the earliest possible opportunity through observation, practice, and research, he quickly picked up speed and later mastered the game.
In addition to his credibility score, he has since accumulated nearly 14,000 Master Points, including nearly 8,000 gold points.
“Honestly, my greatest satisfaction is teaching others to play a respectable and winning game of bridge. It is rewarding.”
Equally interesting, the Bluffs Bridge Club, founded in 2019, is the first club of its kind in southwestern Iowa to be licensed by the American Contract Bridge League. Founded in 1937, ACBL is the governing body of the Replicating Bridge Club of North America. Headquartered in Horn Lake, Mississippi.
The Bluffs Bridge Club is the brainchild of two philanthropists at Council Bluffs, Dr. Ted Hoff and Dr. Richard “Dick” Miller.
Flatowicz is also co-owner of Omaha’s House of Cards, an ACBL-licensed duplicating bridge club. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bluffsbridge Club by the Founding Board in late 2019.
Club co-founder Dr Hoff said: “However, we are honored to benefit from the advice of experienced directors and to celebrate a resurgence of interest and growth made up of bridge players from Council Bluffs, Omaha and the surrounding communities. I survived.”
Held every Thursday except major holidays at the YMCA Healthy Living Center (714 South Main Street). Director He Flatowicz conducts a free bridge his lesson for interested players at 10:30 a.m., followed by an engrossing game. Over 50 enthusiastic bridge players join us every week from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm on the bridge.
Additionally, bridge classes for both beginning and intermediate students are scheduled throughout the year and will be announced soon.
“I encourage all newbies interested in bridges to take advantage of these educational opportunities,” said Hoff.
Our scheduling attendants are happy to answer future player calls, please contact Vera Blackford at 816-260-5530.