The New England Bridge Conference periodically awards the Larry Weiss Trophy. In the Bridge World magazine, the late Edgar Kaplan once said the late Larry Weiss was "the first gentleman of bridge." When Weiss, a longtime New England expert, died, his brother Stephen Weiss, of Special Projects at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York, donated the trophy. It is inscribed, "For Grace and Skill at the Bridge Table." Weiss listed three criteria for the award:
1. Some degree of success in contract bridge during the year for which the award is made.
2. Some degree of association with New England bridge.
3. Notably, superior behavior and gracious presence at the bridge table.
The first of these is not tied to any specific event or masterpoint achievement. It requires only evidence in the individuals' subjective judgment that the candidate is a skilled player.
The second requires a familiar face at NEBC events. It would be helpful for an individual proposing a candidate to consider "association" as meaning that the candidate had given back to bridge through volunteer work within the District.
The third speaks for itself.
District 25 has posted an ad on the NEBridge.org website soliciting nominations for the award in 2018. The District is also putting together a committee to assess the nominees and decide on a winner.