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I’ve said it before…

…and it still holds true: Mah Jongg people are the nicest people! Case in example is dear Donna Eschen in Northern California:

Wife, mother, grandmother, great friend, Mah Jongg certified teacher and a very busy organizer totally running all of the many Mah Jongg activities at the Mussell Center in Santa Maria, CA. And, on top of all that – plus much more – Donna makes sure that the Alzheimer’s Association benefits from our beloved game by working day and night to sell the upcoming new NJML card for 2022, which resulted in the following donation this year (Donna does this every year; there is a place reserved for her in heaven):

Oh, and let’s not forget Donna’s wonderful weekly Mah Jongg newsletter (that’s where the below reminder is from!). If you’d like to subscribe, send your name and email address to Donna at Puffins@aol.com.

And, as a friendly reminder:


Our dear friend Donna out in San Luis Obispo has a fun new idea for her upcoming Mah Jongg tournament. She has filled a jar with various tiles and for $1 you can enter the contest to guess how many tiles are in the jar. The correct guess wins all the money!! Donna has an even bigger jar to use for her tournament in January. This is such a great idea to add to the fun of a tournament. Leave it to Donna to come up with new ideas! image1And, speaking of  the San Luis Obispo area, we are sending good thoughts and prayers to Donna, Boots, and all the rest of our friends in the Central Coast area of California that the fires will soon be contained and they will have suffered no damage.



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All of you living in or around Orange County in Southern California…the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County in Irvine will be holding another one of their very friendly Mah Jongg tournaments on June 2nd…and there are still seats available!

The tournament includes a lovely continental breakfast and a delicious catered lunch with prizes of gift certificates for amounts ranging from $50 all the way up to $100. 

And for those of you who don’t yet play Mah Jongg or are thinking that you aren’t yet ready for tournament play, this event features a beginners table (contact Geri at 435-3400 x 303).

If you want to attend, contact:

Geri Dorman MS, LPCC, BCC

Prime Time Adult Director

Merage Jewish Community Center

949 435-3400 x 303


I received this message and photo from Barbara, one of my oldest friends in California…with less than a month to go before the 2016 card arrives, she completed the big hand of FF 2015 2015 2015 – congratulations to her! How many of you were able to Mah Jongg with this hand…you still have a few weeks left before the new card arrives!

A major coup – I made this hand. I wanted to do it before the new card comes.



832A8443Our wonderful friends, Donna and Boots, held a great tournament in Santa Maria. I think we can all pick up some fun ideas from the following message from Donna. I love the “Hand on the Wall” idea!

Wish I had been there!

Donna wrote:

Boots and I billed it as the “Biggest Little Tournament Ever”  There were 80 people with 60 of them as experienced and 20 newer players each with their own rotation and separate prizes. We had two separate categories so those newer players could play 3 games in the time allotted for the other group to play 4. It gave them an opportunity to be part of a tournament without feeling too anxious. They loved it!
Players came from as far away as Santa Barbara to the south and San Luis Obispo to the north. It only cost $7.00 to enter and first place got $150.00 with cash prizes for first, second, and third place given to experienced and newer players. We donated over $200.00 to a non-profit group in the city of Santa Maria.
We gave away boxes of “DOTS” candy to the first 27 people in the door to encourage people to arrive on time. We had a wonderful breakfast food spread. We played two rounds before a catered Panera lunch and one round after. During each round there was a special “Hand on the Wall” – if you made this hand you got a special prize. There was only one per round. 
We had an electric timer that everyone could see to know how many minutes were left. If you didn’t make any mahjes, we gave away Mounds candy bars (because we hoped you had “mounds” of fun) and Charleston Chews (because we know you had some good Charlestons). 832A8516Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.11.31 PM 832A8642832A8618 832A8679 832A8676 Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.16.18 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.15.38 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.15.08 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.12.49 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.12.20 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 5.11.09 PM


From my dear friend, the wonderful Toby Salk in the East Bay area of California, comes news of a Mah Jongg tournament for a very good cause. Here are the details:


Come to our Mah Jongg tournament to raise funds for Strive for Change Foundation, in partnership with the Children’s Support League.

Join us for a fun filled day of Mah Jongg with friends benefitting


Thursday October 8, 2015
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Guild Hall
400 Highland Ave
Piedmont, CA

$55 PLAYER REGISTRATION FEE (Donation to Children’s Support League and Strive For Change)
Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Beverages,
Program and the chance to win ‘bonus hand’ prizes

To purchase tickets online, click DONATE
You can also send a check payable to SFCF, P. O. Box 22584, Oakland, CA 94606-5104

Prizes, Continental Breakfast, Gourmet Lunch, Auction Items, and Raffles
Plus: Vintage Mah Jongg Museum with many beautiful sets on display!

You select tournament play or social play.

Click Here for Registration Form

(Admittance at the door is not possible)

Reservations and Payment must be received by
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Be a sponsor: $500
Your sponsorship includes two tickets, a full page ad in the program, recognition in press releases and at the event.

Please let us know if you want to be a sponsor, advertiser or auction-item donor.

Also, please share this “save-the-date” with your Mah Jongg friends
We will gladly email an invitation to all emails provided to: mahjongwithmeaning@yahoo.com

9:00 – 10:00am Doors open, registration begins, breakfast
10:00 – 11:00am Round ONE to be played
11:00 – Noon Round TWO to be played
Noon – 1:00pm Lunch is served
1:00 – 2:00pm Round THREE to be played
2:00 – 2:30pm Prizes awarded, Auction and Raffle winners announced

The day will also include……
A prize for the best Mah Jong themed Costume (optional)
A Mah Jong Museum with many gorgeous vintage sets on display
A Silent Auction including an “Instant Wine Cellar”, handmade Mah Jong
Jewelry and much more
A Raffle with the chance to win a vintage Mah Jong set of your own!
Plus there will be prizes for certain ‘bonus hands’

Any questions or concerns, please contact either Debra Constantine or Stacy Mattson at MahJongWithMeaning@yahoo.com

Check out the organizations benefiting from this tournament at:
ChildrensSupportLeague.org and StriveForChangeFoundation.org

Reservation & Payment Must be Received by Thursday, October 1, 2015