January 2016 Newsletter

Happy New Year !!!

I trust everyone had a nice break from curling and spent valuable time with family and friends over the holidays.

An Ice Makers job is never done as Mark and Nathan were in over the break and gave the ice a flood.  We also decided to texture the rocks so expect more curl when you play your first game next week. Thank you to Dave Farr, Jim Scott, Spencer Bolton and John Bolton who helped Mark out with this process.

As we look forward to the coming year there are several events taking place that promise to make 2016 an exciting year.  We are very busy with rentals, bonspiels, and OCA events.  Virtually every weekend has been rented for some kind of an event from birthday parties, church spiels, fund raising bonspiels such as the Humane Society and the United Way Spiel to the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Robbie Burns Spiel and the City of Kawartha Lakes Funspiel.  We have several "in club" bonspiels coming up in the very near future such as the Heart & Soul Daytime Ladies Spiel and our two Senior Mini Spiels.  As well, in February, we have the ever popular Jack DeBois Invitational Senior Men's Spiel and one of the best two day ladies spiels in the province, the Frost Whetter Oaklin Insurance Bonspiel.  New this year, in March, is the Bromont Curling Classic Men's Spiel as well as the Women's Open Spiel the weekend before Easter.  Time will fly by with all of these events planned for the rest of the season.

Lindsay Curling Club is hosting the OCA Zones for the Senior Mixed and the BrokerLink Mixed later this month with several of our members participating in each event.  Another exciting OCA Event coming up in the 2016/17 curling season is the Senior Women and Men's Provincial will be right here in Lindsay (February 2017).  A schedule has already been drafted for the event and we will be holding meetings in the very near future to start planning for this prestigious event.  Many volunteers will be needed to run this five day provincial and we will be asking our membership for help.  So stay tuned for more details!

Let's get started with this month's newsletter!

Steak Night:

The December steak night was another success with just over 145 people in attendance.  Thank you to the volunteers from the Men's Section for helping out with the event.  We could have had a few others sign up as the two shifts were light on helpers but we did the best that we could.  I would like to send out a special "Thank You" to Jerry Ford.  He ordered the food, prepared salads, potatoes and organized his set up crew to make this club fundraiser a great success.  It is a difficult job to estimate and attempt to anticipate the amount of food that will be sufficient to feed 140 plus members for the evening without having a lot of waste at the end of the night.  I appreciate your effort and on behalf of the Lindsay Curling Club say "Thank you" again for all of your help!

The next steak night will be the 12th of February.  Be sure to mark that day on your calendar.

Boston Pizza Fundraising Opportunity:

It has been brought to my attention that many of our members have visited Boston Pizza and have taken part in the Team Rewards Program that was mentioned in a previous newsletter.  I thought that it might be worth reminding you of this program again.

We are pleased to team up with "Boston Pizza Lindsay" as it represents a great opportunity for our organization to raise money for our Curling Club. Since many of our members, family, and friends frequent Boston Pizza in Lindsay anyway, we can easily take advantage of this program to help ourselves.

When you visit the restaurant, simply write Lindsay Curling Club on the back of your guest receipt and place it into the Team Rewards Program box at the front door of the restaurant. Be sure to encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Boston Pizza will give us a 10% credit of the before tax value of all appropriately marked guest receipts, inclusive of food and alcohol. We will accumulate a credit over the course of the year that we will receive in cash to put toward local Club initiatives, which in this case, would be our Youth Program.  Again, many of our members have already been to the restaurant and we are building up our account in their rewards program.  Thank you for participating.

Youth Curling:

On Sunday, December 20th we held the "Hit, Draw and Tap" competition for our youth curlers.  They had to throw four rocks each for each skill ( a hit, a draw and a tap) and were given points for each outcome.  The kids had a great time competing and it was great to see each competitor cheering each other on.  Congratulations to Coulter Babcock, Isaac Ashton, Wesley Robertson, Owen and Quinton Porteous as their results will be sent to the Ontario Curling Association office and compared against all participants in their age category.  The top 16 in each age division will proceed to the provincials in Brantford on February 6th, 2016.  Let's keep our fingers crossed and we all hope that one, or even better, all of the boys qualify.  Stay tuned for future results.  We need to thank John Baldry, Bill Rourke and Wendy Findlay who assisted with the competition and also Marteen Jones and all her helpers who helped to prepare these young curlers.

Our Youth Program is going strong and we are still looking for volunteers to help out when you can.  Wendy Findlay has offered to coordinate the volunteers so that we can make sure that there are always two or three helpers that can assist Marteen every Sunday.  If you are available for a couple hours on a Sunday please contact Wendy Findlay at 705-324-6018 and she will be able to organize people so that there are always a few here to help with the 33 or so youth curlers.


Lindsay Home Hardware Bonspiel:

On Saturday, December 5th the club welcomed sixteen mixed teams from in and around Lindsay to the annual Home Hardware Bonspiel.  We had several out of town teams from Peterborough, Oshawa, Fenelon Falls, and Bobcaygeon travel to our club to play in this spiel.  The overall winner was a rink from Peterborough skipped by Dave Clark and nipping at his heels, just 3/4's of a point behind, was a Lindsay rink skipped by Mark West, and his team Dawn Manderson, Nathan West and Emily MacPherson.   All of the teams appeared to have a great time and were all treated to another fine meal prepared by Dianne Ireland.  Kim Ross would like to thank Cathy Mullins and Brenda Bonis for helping to prepare morning coffee and who set out all the donated tasty morning treats, as well, Dave Wells for assisting with the draw prizes, Mark West for the wonderful ice, Bob Widdis ,our club bar steward, for their time and effort during the spiel.  Last but not least she would like to thank Doug Scott, our draw master for the day, who organized the teams, kept track of the scoring and handed out the prizes for the two draws at the end of the day.  Finally, we would like to say a special "Thank You" to Chad Broad of the Lindsay Home Hardware for sponsoring the event again this year.  Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to running it again next year. 

Heart N Soul Gifts Bonspiel:

This daytime ladies bonspiel is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13th. Sign up sheet is located in the main floor lounge area.  The cost to enter the spiel is $25.00 per person.  This includes two six end games, a lunch between games and prizes.  Coffee and muffins will be served at 9:30 and the first draw will begin shortly afterward at 10:00 am.  For more information call convenors Janet Guillard 705-324-0562, Nancy Graham 705-328-1358 or Bonnie Steel 705-320-7903.

Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Robbie Burns Bonspiel:

On Wednesday, January 27th the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce will again be organizing the Robbie Burns Bonspiel at our club.  We must thank Stewart Morrison Insurance for sponsoring this event again this year.  The format this year will be 24 team maximum.  Each team plays 2 six end games. Draw times at 9:00 am & 1:00 pm and 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.  Cocktails at 5:00 pm, dinner and address to the Haggis at 5:30 pm.  Awards and entertainment by Claidhmor to follow.  You can sign up individually ($50.00) or by team ($200.00) just go to www.lindsaychamber.com to register.  For more information call Christine at 705-324-2393 or email her at christine@lindsaychamber.com .

OCA Events:

Lindsay Curling Club has had many teams competing in various OCA events the last month and I would like to recognized the teams that are moving on to the next level.  Good luck to all of you, we know you will represent our Club and Zone well.

Congratulations to John Bolton, Mike Aprile, Tyler Jones and Owen Duhaime. They have qualified for the Regions of the Men's Tankard and will be playing January 2nd and 3rd at the Leaside Curling Club.  Good Luck guys!!!!!

Congratulations to Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Susan Ledoux.  They have qualified for the Regions of the Senior Ladies at the Oshawa Curling Club on January 16th and 17th.  As well, congratulations to Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Lyle Cully and Andy Hiddink who also qualified for the Senior Men Regions and will be joining the ladies in Oshawa as both men's and women's events are being played on the same weekend .  We wish both teams the best of luck and good curling.

Coming up later this month we have the following events taking place, as well as the participating Lindsay teams.  At the time of publication these are the events and LCC participating teams.

Zone Best Western Intermediate Women at the Haliburton Curling Club, January 9 - 10
Diane Jenkins, Kristine Mitchell, Lynn Joyce and Susan Cully
Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson

Best Western Intermediate Men at the Haliburton Curling Club, January 9 - 10
Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Scott Worsley, and Mark West
Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Tim Raven and Dave Geelen

BrokerLink Mixed at the Lindsay Curling Club, January 30 - 31
Mark West, Tara Stephen, Terry Jenkins and Diane Jenkins
Angie Melaney, Matt English, Emily MacPherson and Nathan West
Lyle Cully, Julie O'Neill, Andy Hiddink, and Lisa Jones

Senior Mixed also at the Lindsay Curling Club, January 30 - 31
Dave Nigh, Wendy Findlay, Jim Scott and Susan Cully

Good Luck to all the teams.  As always, spectators are welcomed.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Sunday, January 3 - Youth Curling 1:00 pm
Monday, January 4 - Regular League Play Resumes - Day Ladies at 1:30 pm, Special Olympics at 3:30 pm and Men's at 6:45 and 9:00 pm
Thursday, January 7 - Regular Senior and InterClub Play (Peterborough C.C.)
Wednesday, January 13 - Heart & Soul Daytime Ladies Bonspiel
Friday, January 22 - Regular Senior and InterClub Play (Cobourg C.C.)
Wednesday, January 27 - Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Robbie Burns Spiel
Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, January 31 - OCA Event - BrokerLink Mixed and Senior Mixed Zones

That's all for now. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again next week.  Good Curling, Play Well!!!

Dave Nigh