Washoe Bridge Society, Inc. (WBS) is a Nevada non-profit corporation that has been granted 501(c)3 status by the IRS. The purpose of WBS is to serve the residents of Northwestern Nevada and the Tahoe Basin, and visitors to the Reno Area, by providing a venue for playing, teaching, and promoting the game of contract bridge, both social and duplicate. To achieve these purposes, WBS operates a full-time, permanent facility in Reno NV known as the “Mathewson Bridge Center” (MBC). The WBS manages all aspects of the MBC and pays all expenses associated with its operations and programs.
The MBC hosts a variety of events, including:
- Duplicate bridge games that are sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).
- Social bridge games
- Sectional ACBL tournaments that are sponsored by Unit 473.
- Organizing and holding bridge lessons, and other
- Educational events and seminars about playing bridge by guest speakers.
- Other types of publicity to raise awareness of the game of contract bridge.
The WBS collaborates with Unit 473 in all aspects of its operations.
The WBS is governed by a Board of Directors, and each year files a 990 informational tax return with the IRS. These returns are open to public inspection. As a 501(c)3 organization, all donations to the WBS are fully tax-deductible. If you are interested in including the WBS in your estate planning, please discuss it with any of our Board Members.
How We Work
Most local duplicate bridge groups (usually referred to as a “club”) are owned and operated by an individual as a small for-profit business. The “club owner” receives sanction rights from the ACBL, and pays sanction fees to the ACBL in return. The owner, who is also the “club manager”, pays the rent and other expenses of operations.
The local ACBL Unit is comprised of all ACBL members that live in a geographic area, and is separate from the local clubs. The Unit’s job is to represent the interests of the ACBL members. The Unit is governed by a separate Board of Directors that is elected by local ACBL members, and is subject to the governance of the national ACBL organization.
In our case, the WBS is acting as a club owner. As such, it owns the sanction rights to ACBL duplicate games, and pays sanction rights to the ACBL. The WBS pays all expenses of the operations, and collects game fees and other revenues to cover these expenses. The WBS also compensates the club manager and directors.
Washoe Bridge Society Board
President – Brad Stone
Born and raised in Winnemucca, NV.
Learned Bridge while in the Army but started playing a lot a few years after I retired. My current goal is to help introduce others to the game and grow the game at at the Mathewson Bridge Center.
Vice President – Don Parsons
I began my working career as an institutional salesman with Smith Barney from 1969 to 1978, where I also served as Registered Options Principal. From 1978 to 1995, I was a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and an independent specialist/market-maker. From 1999 to 2014, I was a licensed Trading Associate with Bright Trading, LLC and managed their Reno office from 1999 to 2004. I have been active as a principal and investor in oil and gas exploration and development projects for over 40 years. I remain an active investor and principal in oil and gas exploration and development and in commercial/industrial real estate.
I have BA from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. I studied geology at Montana State University.
I began playing duplicate bridge in Reno in 2011. In 2023, I attained the rank of Gold Life Master. In 2022, I was 329th on the Barry Crane top 500 list.
Treasurer – Don Rogers
Don began playing bridge with his family at age 10. He had his first duplicate experience in college, but didn’t start playing seriously until he moved to University of California at Santa Barbara in 1977 and had easy access to all the tournaments in the LA area. He continued to play in the Palo Alto and Santa Rosa CA clubs after moving to the SF Bay area until about 1989, when he started what ended up as a ~20 year sabbatical from bridge to raise children, earn a living in various science and engineering jobs, and play in a variety of local rock’n’roll bands. He returned to regular duplicate bridge play in 2010. Don thought he had retired to Reno in March 2016, but shortly thereafter found himself a Club manager and directing five games a week, which sometimes felt suspiciously like an actual job.
In 2018 Don incorporated Washoe Bridge Society, Inc (WBS) as a Nevada non-profit corporation, and applied to the IRS for status as a 501(C)3 organization. After receiving this approval, he transferred ownership of the local club sanctions to the corporation. This allowed the WBS to receive a very large donation from Mr. Chuck Mathewson, and resulted in the opening of the Mathewson Bridge Center in late 2019.
Don is a Silver Life Master, with the majority of his masterpoints earned in the bad old days when they were considerably harder to come by. His personal favorite system is Matchpoint Precision, but he is happy to play whatever system is most comfortable for his partner.
Linda Averett – Secretary
I am a California native. After my father died, my mother, sister and brother followed my grandparents to Reno. I attended Mount Rose Elementary, Billinghurst Jr. High, Reno High and UNR.
I opened my first retail store (Health House) at the age of 21 with a $7,000 loan from my mother. My husband, Stan, and I later expanded to 7 retail stores. We started packing a line of specialty foods which was distributed nationally and internationally until the flood of 1997. We lost our grocery chain placement when our inventory and packing supplies were destroyed by the flood water. I then got into Real Estate Sales, which I continue to this day. I am a highly active RE/MAX agent, but I still find time to play bridge several times a week.
I first leaned to play bridge with my mother and her friends when I was in Reno High School in the 60s. I played party bridge with friends as well as in a couple’s group for many years. I played about once a week until after the pandemic.
Bridge was prevalent in my family growing up. My mother’s social bridge group of 8 women met regularly. During high school I played some bridge, probably Goren without much instruction or skill.
I moved to Hawaii where I lived for 12 years pursing my education toward my master’s in social work. I practiced social work in a healthcare setting both in Hawaii and later in Reno. I worked with families who had babies admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units and patients who were admitted to the adult intensive care unit and their families. Later, I worked at the University of Nevada Reno on grants serving a geriatric and gerontology population – where I now find myself part of the geriatric population!!
Once retired, opportunities to play and learn bridge surfaced. I have enjoyed taking bridge lessons at Wrondel Way when it was the home of duplicate bridge in Reno. I also went to classes offered through TMCC continuing education program and of course classes with Jill Wallace offered through Reno Bridge Academy at Mathewson Bridge Center. Bridge is a great example and opportunity for lifelong learning!
I am honored to serve on the Washoe Bridge Society Board in support of bridge and all activities offered at Mathewson Bridge Center. As I learned from my career, having outside stimulating activities for mind and body are healthy for all age groups.
Steve was the first president for the Washoe Bridge Society, a Nevada nonprofit organization.
He has both Bachelors and Masters degrees in History and Political Science from New Mexico Highlands University. After 4 years as an officer in the US Army, mainly stationed in Germany, he went back to school for his law degree. He thanks all the tax payers for paying for his degree via the GI Bill. With a law degree in hand he went to work for the Farmers Insurance Group as a trial attorney. He was with them for 30 years managing litigation, and, finally, as chief of their claims department.
Steve was blessed with a great wife, now passed away, three daughters, and six grandchildren. In 2016 he relocated to Reno escaping Southern California.
During his college days he learned to play basic bridge, but had not played in over 40 years. A golfing buddy invited Steve to play with him at the Reno Bridge Club. After about six months he was cornered by Kathy Lane who asked if I would be willing to sit on the board of a new nonprofit company being funded by a wealthy donor. He agreed and upon receipt of a large amount of money, the new facility was realized. I hope everyone loves our Mathewson Bridge Center.
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