Listowel Curling Club Newsletter

September 2018

 

Manager’s Remarks

 

I would like to welcome everyone back for another great year of curling. We plan on starting the curling season on Monday, October 22rd, 2018.

The biggest news story in our 60 year history has been the successful campaign to fundraise for and install a new roof. What started out last year as a two-year goal to raise the money required, quickly turned into a one-year campaign as our roof sprung a few leaks this past winter. The committee went into action with many activities to start the goal of reaching $100,000. The starting base of $6,500 was raised by adding a capital charge to the membership fee structure. The final amount raised by the end of the season was approximately $90,000.

Canadian Flat Roof Systems from Mount Forest was awarded the contract to replace the roof. As of this summer we have a new plastic membrane roof that will last 30+ years. It was an outstanding effort by all our present and past members coming together with tremendous support to keep the curling club going! A great big thanks to Shawn Cottrill who headed up the fundraising committee and our Past President Steve Rathwell who coordinated the project. Abig thank you also to almost every member who helped with this project through fund raising, buying tickets, going to the dinner, buying gifts and all the jobs that needed done. Well done!

For the 2018-2019 season Shawn Cottrill has been elected as President with Adam Coghlin as Vice President. Katie Cottrill again is a Director with the CurlOn role and the Club Secretary with Karen Clark looking after the bar tending area. Jamie Weishar will look after the Junior Programs with Howie Pruden as Treasurer and General Manager. Bruce Hahn has retired from the Head Ice Technician and taken on a Director position as Head of the Facilities. We are pleased to announce Don Wilkin has accepted the Head Ice Technician role and brings a lot of experience to the job along with being a member of our club. The Club is currently looking for two additional Directors so please consider this and contact Howie or Shawn if you are able to help out.

The curling fees will be going up on October 11th 2018 by 3%. If you pay by October 10th you can pay last year’s rate. Registration forms are to be returned by October 10th 2018 along with full payment. You can pay by cash, cheque, Visa, M/C, Amex or Debit or by email money transfer. We are encouraging members to pay by either cheque or email money transfer as this has the least cost for the club. You can register on our website www.listowelcurlingclub.com or by delivering your form to the club. The club will be open on Wednesday October 10th to pay as we have a Board meeting that night starting at 7 pm.

Once again members will have the option to prepay the 50/50 draw for the year, instead of having to fill out the sheet each week. Help support the club on this fundraiser and don’t miss a week by taking advantage of the prepay program. The first draw will be October 31 and the last being March 27th. There will 22 draws and prepaying would be 44 dollars.

We will be asking all curlers that curl in a competition to register on line. Go to the CurlOn website and follow the guidelines to register. Website: http://www.ontcurl.com/ and go to “enter a competition”.

We continue to update our website and encourage you to use it for registration, news, scores and game times. The address is www.listowelcurlingclub.com and we would like your feedback on it. We are looking forward to an exciting year and we encourage all members to bring friends out to try our sport.

A new security system will be installed at the club in October and will come with a new key system as well as a security camera. Board directors and staff members will be given new programmable fobs in order to control access to the building. This is an effort to protect our club, our members and everyone using our facility.

 

Volunteers

Volunteering at the club is a great way to socialize, meet new people, have fun and support the Club. Thanks to everyone who made the 2017-2018 curling season a success. Volunteer duties will be posted on the Communication Board. Please sign up by December 1st for a duty or you have the option of paying $100 to be exempt from a duty.

Spiels and Competitions

The Third Annual Ladies Cash spiel is scheduled for November 30 to December 2, 2018. We look forward to a great event this year as it has been building each year from its start.   Peter Gusso of Part 2 Bistro will again be preparing dinner the Friday evening and tickets will be available to club members for purchase in early November.  Please plan to attend and watch many of the top women’s teams in Ontario compete.

We will also again host a Mixed Doubles Cash Spiel from February 8h to 10th 2019.  We have kept the entry fee for this event at a reasonable level with hopes that we will have some additional club members come out and try mixed doubles.  More information can be found on the club’s website, or by contacting Shawn and Katie Cottrill.