July 2016 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

Happy Canada Day!!!

On Tuesday, June 21st Lindsay Curling Club held it's Annual General Meeting and it was so nice to see so many of our members join us for this meeting. David Wells, our club president, welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview of the 2015/16 curling season.

Emma Joyce, our club treasurer, gave a presentation that illustrated the revenue and expenses that club has over a fiscal year. It was very clear to everyone present that there needed to be a change to membership dues. Emma proposed that there be an increase to the curling membership dues of 5% and this motion was passed by the members present. See 2016/17 Registration Form and New Fee Rates

Emma went on to explain that the curling club is having it's financial statements audited for the last two fiscal years. She explained that these statements are required to be audited to meet the requirements of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and our application for funding to reach our goal of becoming fully accessible.

There were several reports given by the various sections and many donations were given to the club. We are very lucky to have so many members who give of their time to organize and run various fundraisers within each section that our members participate in. These dollars are greatly appreciated and I would like to recognize the various sections and their donation. The Tuesday Evening Women's league presented the club with a cheque for $3,000.00, the Day Ladies Section donated $8,500.00, the Inter-Club League donated $600.00, the Curl and Dine donated $4,500.00, and finally the Men's Section, in addition to the $1,000.00 that was provided earlier in the year to run the Patron/President Bonspiel, presented the club a cheque for $2,200.00. Thank you again to all the above sections for their donations.

Next on the agenda, incoming President Wendy Findlay thanked David Wells for his time as President of the club and presented him with a Pass Presidents' pin. Wendy thanked the out going Board of Directors - Pat Clarke, Deb Lapointe, Deb Hatch and also Kim Ross for the time and service to the club. She then introduced the incoming Directors for this coming season. We welcome back Kim Ross, who will be returning to the Board as acting Secretary, and new next year Anita Allen, Shirley Richardson and John McCrae. It looks like it is going to be an exciting year at the Lindsay Curling Club and I am looking forward to working with our new and returning Directors.

The evening concluded with the drawing of the name of the member who will be winning back their membership through the Early Bird Registration. There were 100 members who signed up for the coming season and that membership revenue helps us cover costs over the summer months until registration in September. Congratulations to Maxine Anderson!!!! She will be refunded her membership dues and will be curling for free next year!!!

Lindsay Fair Gates:

Once again the Lindsay Curling Club will be working the gates at the Lindsay Exhibition. The dates we are looking for volunteers are from Wednesday, September 21st to Sunday, September 25th. If you are available to help us out and would like to volunteer at a specific time please contact Cathy Terry (705-878-4034). In the near future a telephone committee will be calling asking if you are able to help fill the 190 spots required to operate the gates during the Fair. Please consider helping out as this is a major undertaking and a major fundraiser for the club.

Around the Club:

There is always something to do around the club whether it be minor repairs, painting or just upgrading our facility. There has been a small painting crew organized by Jeff Wiltshire to come in during July to freshen up the front foyer and the downstairs lounge. If time permits, the painting will continue with the upstairs lounge as well.

You may have also heard or read in a previous newsletter that the Lindsay Curling Club was successful in our application to the Lindsay Legacy Grant Fund which will now allow us to install a new steel roof over our playing surface. We anticipate that this project will be completed near the end of the summer in preparation for the coming curling season.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Wednesday, September 7 - Registration for the 2016/17 curling season - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, September 21 - Sunday, September 25 - Lindsay Fair - LCC works the gates

For Your Information:

During the curling off season many of us take part in the game of golf. It is a way to get out in the great outdoors and get some exercise as well. The game of golf can also be enjoyed by watching PGA tournaments on television and the pros do make the game look so easy. As any one knows, who has played the game of golf, it can prove to be a very challenging and difficult game. A LCC member, whose initials are Bruce Rogers, sent me an email updating PGA Rule Changes for Seniors. Have a look at these rule changes and hopefully your golf scores will improve.

PGA Rule Changes for Seniors

Rule 1.a.5
A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the Rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2.d.6 (B)
A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The Senior Player must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled if it had Not hit the tree and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.B.3(G)
There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging himself or herself with a penalty.

Rule 4.c.7(h)
If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Rule 5.
Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game.

Rule 6.a.9(k)
There is no penalty for so-called "out of bounds." If penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.

Rule 7..G.15(z)
There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should float. Senior golfers should not be penalized for manufacturers' shortcomings.

Rule 8.k.9( S)
Advertisements claim that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new golf equipment. Since this is financially impractical for many senior golfers, one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.

Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule changes...

That's all for now, enjoy the summer!!!!!

Dave Nigh