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The Salem Bridge probably started in the 1950s. Arthur and Marian Lewis were among the principal founders. At first, games were played at members' homes. When we joined in 1974, club games were held at the Meadow lawn Clubhouse. Previously, then had been held at the Knights of Columbus. SBC moved to Westgate Shopping Center in the late 1970s. We rented our own space so there was no need for table setup and take down. When Westgate was converted to its current configuration, we first moved first to a temporary location (a restaurant on S. Commercial) and then to KSAS.

Elmer O. Berg (1/2/1908 to 12/2/1996) was the longtime Head Director of Unit 490. Grace Ohmart and Ruth Vaughn were our principal club game directors in the 1970s and 1980s. Dave Canoy was directing the 0-20 MP junior game in 1974. John Gram became head director and club manager in the 1990s.

The Oak Valley Bridge Club has been playing in McMinnville since the early 1980s with long-time manager and director Steve Drew . We recently moved our Monday game to the First Presbyterian Church, where Randy Naef directs. We began a Tuesday evening online game mid-2021 which still draws players from all over the Willamette valley. The club also supports a Thursday morning class at Michelbook Country Club for our newer players run by Barbara Nelson with help from Steve and Randy.