The CBAI President’s Merit Award every year recognises the unsung heroes and heroines of Irish bridge – the volunteers without whom clubs or regions could not function, but who never seek acclaim or put themselves forward for formal office. I am sure we all know people like this. Well this is your chance to reward their contribution, by nominating them for the President’s Award. A special form is required, which is available on request from Head Office; typically, the winners are nominated by more than one person – either several members of a single club, or several clubs, or a club and the region. The more we know about their activities, the better. They can be teachers, TDs, scorers, administrators, virtual club managers, fundraisers, people who set up and clean up the playing room, etc.; in many cases our volunteers perform several of these roles all at once.

The closing date for nominations is 28 February 2024, after which CBAI President Gordon Lessells will adjudicate on all the nominations. Anyone nominated previously but not chosen as a winner remains a candidate, so there is no need to nominate them again. There are always lots of deserving candidates, but we can only have one winner, so apologies in advance if your nominee is not chosen.