May 2016 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

Sorry for the delay of sending this newsletter. We have had issues with our email provider and hopefully we have corrected the problem!!!!

A new month is with us; the month of the flowers, the fifth month of the year and also, the month in which huge and important celebrations take place! It is one of my favourite months. Here are a few interesting facts about the month of May.

May was first named for Maya, the Roman goddess of spring and growth. May is one of the most beautiful months of the year. Usually, the snow and ice are gone by this time but the hot temperatures haven't arrived yet. In May, the first garden begins to sprout and the wild flowers start to bloom and the trees and grasses turn green. Wild flowers such as forsythia, dogwood, violets, and jack-in-the-box bloom and many birds build their nests to sit on the eggs that will soon hatch.

Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 in every province and territory. It honors Queen Victoria's birthday. This "May long weekend" marks the unofficial start of the cottage season. Finally, the second Sunday in May celebrates another very important event and that being "Mother's Day".

Mother's Day is not a stat holiday in Canada. It is celebrated in many countries around the world but not on the same day, although most countries celebrate Mother's Day in May. It is a day meant to honor mothers and appreciate their role in society and their role in families. On Mother's Day we spend some extra time with our moms, give them a hug and tell them how much we love them. Thank them for their efforts and time -- and don't forget breakfast in bed!!!

Let's get started on this month's newsletter. The club has several rentals coming up in May and some of you may even want to drop by the curling club on Saturday, May 7th and also on May 14th to see what treasures may be offered at the Lindsay Cadets and Humane Society's fundraising yard sales. Doors open at 8:00 am so be prepared to get here early to not miss out.

As mentioned in previous newsletters, on May 28th the curling club is hosting the Little Caesar and the Consuls dance out at the Lindsay Fairgrounds. Tickets sales are going really well and this should be a major fundraiser for the club.

You may have noticed that at the club we have two measuring devices and only one biter measuring device. It always seemed that when one is needed to measure a rock it is always at the opposite end. Now, we have two thanks to the generosity of our ice technician. We need to thank Mark for donating the second standard biter measure.

Also, early in April we received great news!! The Lindsay Curling Club was successful in the their application to the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund. We will be using the money from the grant for the installation of a steel roof over our existing asphalt shingles. Hopefully, with this installation, we will not have the ice build up that we have experienced over the last few years and the persistent leaking out on the ice surface. This project will be completed over the off-season in preparation for next year. We need to thank David Wells who was instrumental in preparing and submitting of the C.H.E.S.T. application. Thank you David!!!

We have been able to complete several projects over the last number of years and it would not have been possible without the assistance of the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T Fund. We thank those who have had a hand in preparing the grant applications and more importantly, the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund itself for assisting us on making improvements to our curling club.

Championship Night

On Friday, April 1st we had twelve teams competing in their various league championships. The night began with the teams being piped onto the ice by Doug Morris of the "Pipes and Drums of Lindsay". Thank you again Doug. There was a presentation of medals to our youth curlers who took part in the OCA Hit, Draw and Tap competition, and then the final games of our league playoffs. It was a great evening of curling with several close and exciting games.
The following are the winners of the different events.

Monday Men's Champions (Flavelle Trophy/John Baldry Sponsor):

Ian Walker, Andy Hiddink, Carl Kimmett and Jim Allen. (Thanks to Dave Harding who filled in for Carl Kimmett that night)

Women's Tuesday Evening

Sheila Radford Memorial: Wendy Findlay, Luanne Rae, Lorene Harris and Audrey Wallbank

Staples and Swain Thursday Evening "A" Event

John Bolton, Tyler Jones, Dave Farr and Marteen Jones

MacKey Memorial Thursday Evening "B" Event

Julie O'Neill, Lisa Jones, Susan Cully and Tracy Hiddink

Roblin Memorial Thursday Evening "C" Event

Matt English, Angie Melaney, Emily MacPherson and Ken James

Seabrook Rent-All Thursday Evening "D" Event

Don Elfner, Dave Meyer, Chris Curtin and Tim McGriskin

Also, the following are Championship teams that were completed prior to Championship Night
and the winners were…

Kawartha Sod Tuesday Afternoon Skip Entry Champions

Cheryl Saunders, Brenda Burnett, Noreen Moore, Sue Ledoux, Marg Preston and Luanne Rae

Ladies Section Monday Trophy (Betty Goard Sponsor)

Laura Whyte, Gladys Harris, Karen Rourke and Linda Foss

Ladies Section Thursday Trophy (Kawartha Lakes Classic Flowers Sponsor)

Laura Whyte, Kathy Simpson, Pat Clarke and Linda Gauthier

Ladies Section Club Champions: Laura Whyte, Gladys Harris, Pat Clarke and Linda Foss

Congratulations to the above teams and all the others who participated in the playoffs and regular season play. I'd like to take a moment to thank all of the sponsors listed above and as well all the sponsors of the various leagues we have at the Lindsay Curling Club for their continued support and please remember "to support those who support us".

Early Bird Registration

Register for the 2016 - 2017 curling season and receive a chance to win your back your membership fees!! Dues must be received on or before June 1, 2016 to be eligible for the draw. The draw will be made at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 21st , 2016. Registration forms are available at the LCC office, or from the website - Early Bird Registration Form 2016-2017.pdf

Youth Curling

Last year the club had 33 young curlers come out on Sunday afternoons to learn about the game of curling. They practiced the various skills required to participate in a winter sport we all play in. Their instructor, Marteen Jones, spent her Sunday's here at the club assisting our young curlers. Even though several other club volunteers assisted Marteen she was here each and every Sunday working with the children. Unfortunately, Marteen will not be back again next year. She has been asked to play on a ladies competitive team and will not be available to take on the youth program as she will be curling herself. We thank Marteen for her hours of personal time to share her expertise and love of the game with our young curlers. She certainly will be missed by all who took part in the program.

Having said that, we will be looking for someone to take over the role of Youth Coordinator. The program usually begins the first Sunday in November and runs to Mid March. There is a break over the Christmas holidays and usually the program is approximately 14 - 15 sessions. Last year there were several helpers but we need an individual to coordinate the program. If you are interested please contact the LCC office by phone or email.

2017 Ontario Curling Championships:

The 2017 Ontario Curling Championships (Men's Ontario Tankard and Ladies Scotties Tournament of Hearts) are premiere curling events where the winners move on to compete in the Canadian Championships. The West Northumberland Curling Club (WNCC), in partnership with the Town of Cobourg, is very excited to host this elite curling event at the Cobourg Community Centre.

Due to the magnitude of this event, the WNCC is seeking volunteers to assist in a variety of roles - knowledge of curling is not mandatory for volunteer purposes. The curling event takes place from January 29th to February 5th, 2017. Setup for the event begins Friday, January 27th, 2017 and take-down is Sunday, February 5th, 2017, approximately 45 minutes after the last game ends. The organizing committee anticipates that approximately 250 volunteers are required to host a successful event. I received a letter from WNCC asking me to share this information with our members. If you are interested in volunteering at this event I have more information in the office regarding responsibilities and also contact numbers or emails.

We too, are hosting a premiere event and we have already had several meetings regarding next years' Senior Championships. This event takes place from Wednesday, February 15th to Sunday, February 19th and there will be many volunteers needed to run this event at our club as well. When I was first approached to inform our members of the Ontario Curling Championships I wondered if I should even do so as we will be looking for many helpers as well. After much consideration I decided to comply with Cobourg's request as we all want to have successful events in our respective towns.

Reminders for your Calendar

  • May 7 - 2817 Lindsay Cadets Yard Sale at the Lindsay Curling Club
  • May 14 - Humane Society Yard Sale at Lindsay Curling Club
  • May 28 - Little Caesar and the Consuls Dance
  • June 1 - Deadline for Early Bird Registration
  • June 21 - Annual General Meeting at 7:00 pm

Well, that is about all for now. Just a reminder that the summer hours for the Club are from 10:00 am to noon on Tuesday and Thursdays'. All calls and emails will be dealt with during these times. Have a wonderful relaxing summer!!

Dave Nigh