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2nd Edition
July 2007

A letter from the Editor:


Can you believe it? it's July, school’s out, summer is here, and the evenings are now long?

Vacations are in the planning, warm weather in the midst, moments with family and friends, and another adventure for your scrapbook. We had so many replies with request from our June newsletter that your submissions were overwhelming; great recipes, amazing photos and questions for Babs. Unfortunately, we couldn’t publish them all in this edition. Take a gander, see if yours is here.

On another note, The Bunco Times would love to hear how you spent your 4th of July; did you celebrate with a theme oriented Bunco party? Was the trip to the lake a blast? Do you have a story to inspire this holiday’s independence?

Please let us know at

Bunco thru the years:

My oldest and best friend was my grandmother Nana. Those who knew her best called her by this name. Helen McPheeters, her proper name, was born on July 4, 1918 and passed away this past January 26th at 98 years young! Well, young in the sense she had a mind that would not quit. Her body was a bit "shaky", but what would you expect at 98. She passed away in the middle of the night after a wonderful night of "hanging" out with her family. We all just happened to spend the evening together drinking wine (yes, she was still having her nightly 6:00 cocktail) and enjoying dinner together. We all kissed her goodnight for the last time that evening. 


The purpose of this article is not only to commemorate my grandmother's life as we celebrate her birthday (July 4th), but also to acknowledge her experience with Bunco. Nana told many stories of when she played Bunco in Chicago during the 1930's. She explained that she and her group members used to play for five cent ashtrays and ten cent dish towels. Instead of playing in the evening like most of today's groups do, Nana's bunco group played during the day when their husbands were at work; so that the wives would be home in time to prepare dinner. Occasionally, she would play in Bunco parlors where she somehow managed to elude the Bunco Squads (see In general, Nana's Bunco playing experience appears a bit different than what we are familiar with today. However, one characteristic (perhaps the most important) of Bunco remains unchanged- Bunco facilitates enjoyable interaction and the creation of interpersonal relationships among friends. As we celebrate Nana's life this Fourth of July, we wish you all the best and hope your Bunco experiences will also be memorable for years to come.

I miss you Nana,

Your Granddaughter, Leslie Crouch

It’s Bunco Time: 


!!!Calling all Bunco Players!!!

The WBA is Creating Affiliate State Bunco Associations

The World Bunco Association is implementing a program nationwide. Many of you players have either expressed a desire to participate underneath the WBA umbrella or have asked if there was a group near you. Since the World Bunco Association prides itself on community, social interaction, and fundraising we felt that collaboration was essential.

Please follow the link below to review the qualifications for a state director and a regional director, and to apply.




We, at the World Bunco Association, received an email from TNT letting us know The Closer had their best premiere of all time, thanks to all of you. YAhoooooo.

Good job everyone. 

Leslie Crouch

Can I ask you a question - how do you get around gambling restrictions for games?  We are running into some DOJ (dept of justice) issues because they consider Bunco gaming (!?).  I would appreciate any insight you have.

Thanks! Cris Gwynn, OR

Oh boy Cris,

We have run into this question before!!

Bunco is not gambling. Direct our buddies from the DOJ to the rules section at  to see how collected monies are distributed. After many conversations with the state of Oregon regarding gambling, when setting up a fundraiser please check with your states laws and fill out the necessary forms to ensure a legal event.

Best of Luck, Babs

My question concerns the prizes.  If there is a player who has tied with the most buncos and also has the most wins, what is the fair way of handling the situation?  I have read that if there is a tie, there should be a roll off or a money split, but should the rules be compromised by allowing the person with the most buncos and wins choose which prize she will get?

Just curious, Melisa

Well Melisa,

The player with the most wins and the most buncos gets both prizes. If there is tie for bunco’s or a tie for wins then there is a roll off. The bunco winner gets first pick unless in tournament circumstances. I hope I have understood your question, if not please let me know.

Lovingly, Babs

We're having a little controversy here in our BUNCO group as to whether
a person is able to win both most Bunco’s and most wins - I said yes it
is possible to have the most Bunco’s and most wins and win 2 prizes -
have you dealt with this???
Debbie Scott

Yes Debbie,

You are right. It is possible to have the most Bunco’s and the most wins. Remember, Bunco is a game of luck so sometimes this happens. (almost sounds like a repeat of the previous questions)

Tell your group hello, Babs

I'm looking for official Bunco Instructions/Rules in Spanish for a group of my friends.  I have the game and understand its instructions well, but it would be so easy if the official instructions were already in Spanish and I didn't have to translate them.
Can you help me?

Nilda Urrutia, Maryland


We are translating the instructions into Spanish and we will have them posted by August 01, 2007 on the WBA site 

 Gracias, Babs

 "Let The Good Times Roll"


Dining Al Fresco

Dining al fresco, better known as "out in the fresh air," generally implies the idea of “outdoor dining”, which was originally taken from European sidewalk cafes. Best during the summer months, dining al fresco is an opportunity to enjoy fresh and delicious food with good company.

Sevilla Salad

Dorothy Dahms, Newport Beach, CA

Serves 12

10-12 cups (3 packages) of your choice of mixed greens

2 packages of candied pecans

2 packages of dried cherries

4 oz. blue cheese

½ package of bacon

3 ripe avocadoes (optional)

8oz. (1/2 bottle) of raspberry or strawberry vinaigrette

Fry bacon, crumble into pieces, and set aside. Peel and slice avocadoes into chunks. Combine greens, pecans, cherries, avocadoes and blue cheese. Sprinkle bacon pieces on top and throughout. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Finally, pour dressing and toss. Pecans and cherries can be purchased at your local specialty store.

Sangria in the Sun

Ryan Farrar, San Diego, CA

Serves 12

2 oranges, sliced

1 lemon, sliced

3 Apples

3 peaches (or your choice of seasonal fruit)

1 pint raspberries

5 tablespoons sugar

2 large bottles red wine, chilled

4-5 tablespoons brandy or spiced rum

2 cups sparkling soda water, chilled for topping off glasses of sangria at table

Peel and slice oranges and lemons (removing seeds). Rinse and chop apples and peaches. Combine brandy (or rum), fruit, and sugar in a large pitcher. Cover with bottles of red wine and stir. Chill for several hours. To serve, pour sangria (including fruit) into glasses and top off with a splash of soda water. *This sangria takes 10 minutes to assemble in a large pitcher. Take the time to prepare it in the morning so the sangria has several hours to develop its fruity flavor.

Spinach-Cheese Swirls

Riley Taylor, NYC, NY

Serves 12

Makes 20 appetizers

½ pkg. frozen puff pastry (1 sheet)

1 egg

1 tbsp. water

1 cup shredded cheese (jack, havarti, or other creamy cheese)

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

1 green onion, chopped

Pinch of garlic powder, pepper, and salt

1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained

First, thaw pastry sheet at room temperature for 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix egg and water and set aside. Thaw and drain spinach. Grate cheese. Finely chop green onion. Mix spinach, green onion, cheeses, and spices together in a large bowl. Unfold pastry on to lightly floured surface. Brush with egg mixture. Spread spinach and cheese mixture evenly on pastry (leaving ½-1 inch border). Roll pastry up like a jelly roll. Cut into ½ inch slices. Place on a baking sheet and brush the tops with the egg mixture. Sprinkle parmesan on top. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. 


Feel free to send recipes to Mackenzie at

Strawberry Pizza

Eloise Hirschauer

This is called Strawberry Pizza, because it was originally made on a round
pizza pan.  I usually use a 9 x 13 rectangular jelly roll stone baking
pan, or a standard jelly roll baking pan.
Once made you will cut this in approximately 2 inch squares to eat like a
The crust is to be very powdery when you put it on the baking pan, so
don't melt the margarine.  Just work the margarine into the flour/powder
sugar mixture with a pastry utensil or by hand.
You can use other fruit but I prefer strawberries.

2 stick of margarine (important-semi soft, do not melt)

2 cups of flour

 ½ cup of powder sugar

Blend above ingredients with a pastry utensil (mixture will be powdery).

Put mixture on a non greased cookie sheet, spread and pat evenly on sheet.

Bake in 350°oven for 10 to 15 min.  Crust should not be brown.

Cool crust


8 oz of cool whip

8 oz of soft cream cheese

1 cup powder sugar

Mix above 3 ingredients and spread mixture on top of cooled crust.


1 bag of frozen strawberries (thaw and smash)

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoon of corn starch

3 tablespoon of water

In a small pan combine above ingredients (blend water and corn starch

to a smooth mixture before adding to sugar and berries).

Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.

Let cool and then spread on top of cream cheese/cool whip mixture.


Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate over night or several hours to blend flavors.  Cut into squares and serve. Good and easy to make, best if made the day before.

Featured Bunco Group:

 Our bunco group has been together since Sept 2004. We have 10 out of 12 of the original members. We play once a month in Cave Creek, AZ. Our Bunco group is more than a night out with the girls; it is the creation of everlasting friendships!”

Submitted by:

 Jeanette Laine, AZ

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