Keen player made a life mem­ber

Whanganui Midweek - - HEALTH & WELLBEING -

At the Wan­ganui Con­tract Bridge Club’s AGM on Novem­ber 22, Chi­nese im­mi­grant Anita Thir­tle, was awarded life mem­ber­ship for her ded­i­ca­tion and con­tin­u­ous ser­vice to the club.

Anita was born in Hong Kong and em­i­grated to New Zealand with her sur­geon hus­band in 1974. Af­ter a brief time in other towns, they set­tled in Whanganui where they have been ever since. She started play­ing Bridge in Whanganui in 1984 and has been an ac­tive mem­ber and tour­na­ment player, trav­el­ling all over Aus­trala­sia to play in tour­na­ments for more than 30 years. She has also been a Bridge Grand­mas­ter since March 2014, is a qual­i­fied Bridge Di­rec­tor, hav­ing passed her ex­ams in 1996 and has also acted as Club Di­rec­tor for a year. For many years she has been re­spon­si­ble for deal­ing hun­dreds of boards so that club mem­bers have pre-dealt hands to play every ses­sion.

Bridge is not Anita’s only passion in life. She was the Pres­i­dent of the Wan­ganui Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion Inc for 20 years dur­ing a suc­cess­ful busi­ness ca­reer in the gar­ment in­dus­try and of­ten helps New Zealand Po­lice and Whanganui busi­nesses with trans­la­tion ser­vices when needed. This cul­mi­nated in be­ing awarded the Queens Ser­vice Medal in 2011 for her con­tri­bu­tion to the Chi­nese Com­mu­nity. She has also been a Jus­tice of the Peace since 1996.

“It’s great to see peo­ple like Anita given an award like this be­cause peo­ple like her are the back­bone of the club,” says Neville Parker, who was elected the club’s new Pres­i­dent at the same meet­ing.

“You wouldn’t find a nicer, more harder work­ing per­son than Anita. She loves her bridge, is one of the kind­est most help­ful peo­ple you would ever come across and she ab­so­lutely de­serves this award,” added se­nior player, Steve Baron.

Anita’s award was ini­tially pro­posed by Club Pa­tron Ann Buck­ley, then ac­cepted by the club com­mit­tee and unan­i­mously ap­proved by all mem­bers present at the club’s AGM. Anita is the 10th club mem­ber to be awarded Life Mem­ber­ship with oth­ers be­ing Robyn and Don Nightin­gale, Noni Bald­win, Wally Dun­can, Ann Buck­ley, Den­nis Price, Bar­bara Grif­fin, Bruce Perkins and Wen­dall Hart.

The Wan­ganui Con­tract Bridge Club is one of the old­est bridge clubs in New Zealand es­tab­lished in 1940 with Dr FC Hutchin­son as its first Pres­i­dent. In 1967 the club pur­chased premises in Wick­steed St and in 1984 it moved to its cur­rent premises in Par­sons St, St Johns Hill. The club has a grow­ing mem­ber­ship of 200-300 and caters for all lev­els of play­ers Any­one in­ter­ested in play­ing or learn­ing Bridge can con­tact the club on 06 345 6203 or by email bridge­wan­[email protected]

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