District 12

Dennis Carmen

From: Plainwell, Michigan
District 12: Lower peninsula of Michigan and northeast Ohio
Board committees: Appeals and Charges, Bridge, Masterpoints
Bridge experience: I learned bridge while watching my parents play rubber bridge with other bridge playing couples. I have been a member of the ACBL since 1973. My proudest achievement is making the finals in the Blue Ribbon pairs during the Providence NABC.
Volunteer service: Western Michigan Unit Board President, 1986-present; District 12 Board Member, 1986-present (three terms as President; four terms as Vice President); District 12 First Alternate, one term; member, National Goodwill and Charity Committees and elected trustee to the ACBL Educational Foundation; co-chair of seven ACBL regional tournaments.
Other: Active in unit mentoring programs, bridge teacher in private group sessions. Directed bridge games in the late 1970s, early 1980s.
Career/professional activities: I have work experience in the auto service industry and in retail book sales. However, my career was in the steel industry, working 25 years at Hascall Steel.
Education: B.A. inBusiness Administration, Western Michigan University.
Hobbies and interests: Golf and board games (especially Dune and Settlers of Catan).
Family: I met my wife, Susan, in 1977 at the Lansing, MI Sectional held Thanksgiving weekend. We were married in March 1978. Our son, Taylor, was born in December 1979. We had a daughter in October 1981, who is deceased. My mother, Darlene (former secretary of Unit 195), continues to play bridge now in Oklahoma City, where she moved from Florida to live with my brother, Bob. A sister in Florida has returned to bridge after a long absence, and a brother in California is trying to increase and improve his bridge playing. I have two other non-bridge playing siblings.

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