Update:  January 20th, 2024


About Leslie.

Many of you know that Leslie has been very sick recently.  This came to a head about two weeks ago, and she was taken to the hospital for emergency care, where she stayed for 10 days.  She has since been released to a rehabilitation clinic in Bethesda.

Leslie has a long road ahead of her towards recovery.  Lots of people have been asking me if there is anything they can do!  I’m grateful for all the support, but there is in fact something you can do!

I have set up a caregiving community at the Website, Lots Of Helping Hands.  We can use this tool to book time visiting with Leslie!  As much as I would love to be there with her 24/7, I cannot.  I have a business to run, and I’m in the process of obtaining power of attorney so I can take care of her better.  Please consider signing up to visit Leslie at the clinic!

Leslie is staying at Montcare of Bethesda.  The address is: 6530 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817
Please consider following this link to sign up to be a visitor!

If the link does not take you directly there, you can search under the zip code 20817.

Do’s and Don’ts of visiting:

Please do:
Visit, bring flowers, cards, or treats.
Realize that Leslie may be confused if she is having a bad day.

Please do not:
Don’t come if you are sick.
If you bring snacks or treats, please make sure they are Low Fat, Low Protein.
Please do not use the word, “Remember”


I hope that some of you are able to come and be with her.  She misses all of you dearly.  Leslie has spent a lifetime working hard to build a community of bridge in our area.  Now is the time we can pay her back and show her what a wonderful community leader she was.  She truly needs your support.



Leslie Shafer Wins the 2016 BRIDGE TEACHER OF THE YEAR Award!!

Leslie Shafer, ABTA 2016 Bridge Teacher of the Year

Leslie Shafer, ABTA 2016 Bridge Teacher of the Year!

July 19, 2016 at the
American Bridge Teachers’ Association Convention in DC!

I was so pleased to have been chosen for this honor. It has truly been one of the greatest privileges I have had in life, to teach others about the wonderful game of bridge. A big THANK YOU to all of you who helped to make this happen. Your encouragement of my efforts is very much appreciated!

Here’s a link to the ACBL article on this award!

This site is a clearinghouse of information on classes being run by Leslie Shafer and Charlie Williams. If you have any questions that you don’t see addressed on this website, please let me know. The best years of my life started when I began to teach bridge full time, about 25 years ago, meeting all of you and making so many new friends. What a blessing it is to be able to love your job. Not only is bridge a wonderful sport, but we have found that for many students, it has enriched their own personal social contacts. Our mission statement is to spread the love of bridge to everyone. Thanks for your time. — Leslie

What’s here? On this site, you will find a list of both current and upcoming classes.  You will also find my classroom policies, humor, the best internet bridge sites and so much more. I hope you enjoy what I have included here in the website for you.