2009 Montana Just Relax Week

Join Fred Theurkauf, alumni and friends in pine, fir, and aspen forests just south of Glacier National Park at elegant and rustic Flathead Lake Lodge. This meticulously kept ranch - resort - conference center is one the best kept secrets in Montana’s Big Sky country. Often the retreat of U.S. State Department distinguished visitors and military dignitaries from around the world, the Flathead Lake Lodge has found a spot for our 2009 “Just Relax” Week. With its unique location, nestled in a secluded bay on the shores of Flathead Lake, the Lodge combines a western atmosphere, with the elegance of a manicured mountain retreat at only 3000 feet. You’ll wake to pristine fresh air and a short walk to breakfast and retire to brilliant star-studded night skies. Whether you’re sitting near the giant fireplace in the Main lodge overlooking the Lake, or chatting with friends over a cocktail in the Lodge’s private Saloon reserved just for us, Flathead Lake Lodge is the perfect setting for our ninth Just Relax Week. With an outing to Glacier N.P., sensational dining, cocktails lakeside and bridge activities galore, come join Finesse West Tours’ Alumni & friends for a great week in Montana.

Main Lodge Dining Room

Dates: June 5 to 11, 2009 - 7 days
Cost: From $1988 USD

Tour Schedule
Day 1 Bigfork, Montana

Main Lodge Dining Room

Hotel: Flathead Lake Lodge

Your 7-Day Package Includes

 Six nights / seven days stay at rustic & cozy Flathead Lake Lodge

 Sumptuous all inclusive dining (B,L,D daily) prepared by Flathead’s staff of experienced chefs

 Bridge lectures & humor by international expert & columnist Zeke Jabbour of “Winsome & Loathsome” fame

 Seven sessions of Stratified A.C.B.L. duplicate bridge (5 Events)followed by Q & A Hand Analysis with Zeke & other guest experts

 Day trip to Glacier National Park including lunch at the historic McDonald Lake Lodge

 Flathead Lake cruise on the Classic Teak-Wood Cruiser or the 1928 “Nor East” Q-12 Racing Sloop

 Campfire steak-fry and sing along – with all the Lodge Riders

 “Casual” Gala Farewell Cocktails & Awards Dinner including thousands of dollars in Finesse West Tours door prizes

 And much much more ……

 Trout fishing in the Pond (we have the equipment) • Tennis (we have the court, balls and racquets) • Horseback riding (we have the horses – saddles and bridles) •All Included!

Zeke and Sharon Jabbour
Zeke Jabbour - Bridge Expert Extraordinaire

Cost: Included

Zeke Jabbour, a Bridge Grandmaster with 30,000 masterpoints, is the most successful senior player in the history of the American Contract Bridge League. In 2007 he was the ACBL Honorary Member of the Year. In 2006 he received a Goodwill Man of the Hour award. He has won the Barry Crane “Top 500” Trophy, The Sally Fishbein Trophy, The George Burns Trophy, and a variety of other awards and trophies including the Grant Marsee Trophy a dozen times. Zeke also won eight national championships in nine years while finishing second twice.

In 2003, he qualified from an exceptionally strong Trials field to represent the United States in the world championship Senior Bowl in Monte Carlo. There he won a bronze medal to add to the silver WBF medal he already owned (both just a trick away from the gold). He and partner Arnie Fisher achieved the highest Butler rating of any pair on all six American teams in those world championships. In 2006, in Verona, he was given the highest Butler rating of the entire world field.

He has won many hundreds of regional events. In pursuit of the Crane Trophy he won 71 (out of 202) in a single year. His percentage of wins in national events is equally notable. As a youth, while in the military in Germany, he was twice “national champion” of Baden-Wuertenberg .

He writes an extremely popular column called “Winsome and Loathsome” which entertains as well as educates. Zeke is especially known for advocating civility and proper deportment at the table. He makes us laugh and “gives back” to bridge. A very successful National Parkinson Foundation fund-raising tournament bears his name. He and friends from the world of theatre have done a number of shows at NABCs. He lectures to I/N groups at every NABC he attends. He also speaks at many of the regionals. He and wife Sharon join Eddie Kantar to host an annual bridge retreat.

“Best of all,” according to Sharon, “he has put a smile on the face of bridge.”

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