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MEMBERSHIPS

CHOOSE THE MEMBERSHIP THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU!

MEMBERSHIP ADVANTAGES

Exclusive membership in the only private Whist Club in the USA Participate in cash leagues
Instructions in playing various games

Monthly Bid Whist and Pinochle Tournaments Rental of Clubhouse at discount rates for private events

GUEST MEMBERSHIP

Guest Members must be willing to...

  • FOLLOW THE RULES AND GUIDELINES ESTABLISHED.

  • PROMOTE A POSITIVE IMAGE OF THE CLUB AT ALL TIMES.

  • LEARN THE PLAYING RULES OF THE CWPS.

  • ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO PLAY ACCORDINGLY.

 

To become a Guest Member, download this Guest Membership Application and bring it and your payment to the club. Or, click the icon to register online.

The cost of a GUEST MEMBERSHIP is $10.00 per person, per month. Payment is due on the 1st  of each month. Dues may also be paid annually.

 

If you choose pay annually, you receive one month free, making the annual charge $110.00. This membership must be renewed monthly.

 

Guest members will not be voting members and are not eligible to serve as officers or chair a committee; however, they can serve on a committee. This type of membership will be subject to approval by the Active Membership.

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

Active Members must be willing to...

  • ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITIES PRESENTED FOR THE GOOD OF THE CLUB.

  • STAY CURRENT ON DUES AND ALL CLUB ASSESSMENTS.

  • BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE CLUB MEMBERS.

  • PROMOTE A POSITIVE IMAGE OF THE CLUB AT ALL TIMES.

  • LEARN THE PLAYING RULES OF THE CWPS.

  • ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO PLAY ACCORDINGLY.

  • DISCOURAGE ARGUMENTS.

  • BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN AS MANY TOURNAMENTS AND CLUB FUNCTIONS AS POSSIBLE.

 

To become an Active Member,you must be a paying guest member for at least 6 months -  download this Active Membership Application and bring it and your payment to the club. Or, click the icon to register online.

The cost of an ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP is $30.00 per person, per month and is to be paid by the 25th of the month prior to the month in which the dues are being paid for. A $10.00 late fee will occur if not paid by the 1st of the following month.

 

(For example, dues for May are due by April 25th. The late fee will occur beginning on May 1st.)

 

Dues may also be paid annually. If you choose pay annually, you will receive one month free, making the annual charge $330.00.

 

Club History

The Columbus Whist Players Society, the First, originated through a vision of people, with like interest and passionate about playing the game known as “Straight” Bid Whist, in Columbus, Ohio and its neighboring cities. Bid Whist is a partnership trick-taking game that is very popular among African Americans.

In 1994, after years of playing at each other’s homes, local bars, and using other organizations facilities, these same people decided to pursue the ultimate dream of having our own clubhouse. We established a dues-paying membership of over 50 people, created our Mission Statement, the Club’s purpose, and our Constitution and Bylaws. On April 25, 1995, we registered, with the State of Ohio, and became chartered, on 05/16/1995, as a not for profit organization.

In late 1999, an opportunity to have our own place presented itself, and needless to say, the members at that time, did not hesitate to pursue our dream. The place was a storefront warehouse, located in an industrial area, with nothing but cement floors and concrete walls. We moved in, painted the walls, installed carpeting, light fixtures, purchased storage cabinets, refrigerators, tables, and chairs, hung pictures and had the nicest restrooms for both the men and women. This was all done with cash and donations made from the members. After a couple hot summers of using fans, the members decided to have central air installed and once again, paid cash. It was such a nice feeling to know that we had some place nice to go and invite others to join us now to play cards. This place is now known as “The Clubhouse”, located at 2251 S. James Road, Columbus, Ohio.

As people started hearing about us, our membership continued to grow and we began to meet a lot of good people, mostly claiming to be experts in the playing whist. We were always able to show them where the best card players really lived.

We started having weekly and monthly tournaments at our own place. CWPS holds Bid Whist Leagues and Champ of Champ tournaments annually. We held our 1st Annual Statewide Tournaments on October 17, 1998, 6 cards Kitty and No Kitty. Today, our “Statewide” tournaments are 2 days and consist of a total of 4 tournaments. We certainly have come a long way. We owe this growth to traveling and competing throughout the nation in other organizations tournaments.

CWPS has always been known for our unique style of play in straight whist (now known as No Joker, No Kitty). Our game is 5 and out, 2 sets and odd paper. We decided to seek other cities that like playing bid whist, without a kitty. It didn’t take long to identify those cities and establish a traveling group willing to play and compete with straight whist being the only game of choice. Today those other cities are; Chicago, Illinois and Detroit, Michigan. Our organization is called the “No Kitty Coalition” and our tournaments are called “City to City – No Kitty” and we hold (3) tournaments in one day, in each city, annually. We kicked off our 1st stop in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by the CWPS, on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The 2nd stop was hosted by the Top of the World Bid Whist & Social Club, in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, June 25, 2011, and last stop was hosted by the Motor City Whist Mechanics, in Detroit, Michigan, on September 10, 2011. We are proud to announce, we are in our 3rd year and this organization is growing. This also means “No Kitty” bid whist is growing. This is another milestone.

In late 2011, a few members of CWPS wanted to learn how to play pinochle so we started looking for those who played. We made contact with the president of Bucks and Doe Pinochle Club, Columbus’ local chapter of the National Pinochle Association (NPA) and members of the Retired Air Force Association (RAFA). As the relationships grew, so did the interest of learning how to play pinochle. CWPS now has a pinochle day on Tuesdays. As of June 12, 2012, we held our 1st pinochle tournament. We now have Active and Guest members who are pinochle players. Another milestone accomplished.

On October 18, 2012, CWPS started an outreach program, at Summit’s Trace Healthcare Center, with the intention of hosting Bid Whist card parties at their facility, quarterly. Our ultimate goal is to start a senior day care, to be located at our own clubhouse, every Monday and Thursday.

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OFFICERS

President

Sylvia Scott

Vice President

Kevin Bolden

Recording Secretary

Cheryl Doggett

Corresponding Secretary

Phyllis Cornute

Treasurer

Yvonne Crawford-Ford

Sargent At-Arms

Harold Spencer

 
 

2019 Calendar

2251 S James Road

Columbus, OH 43232

614-235-9140

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www.columbuswhist.com

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CONTACT

Inquiries

For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please call:  (614) 235-9140 or fill out the following form

Clubhouse Location

2251 S James Road
Columbus, OH 43232

 

tcwps@sbcglobal.net

Tel: (614) 235-9140

MEMBERSHIP

To apply for Membership with CWPS, please email:  tcwps@sbcglobal.net

Register for a Tournament: (614) 235-9140