October 2016 Newsletter

Hello everyone,  

Wow, hasn't the last couple of weeks of weather been fantastic!! It's hard to believe that curling is just around the corner In fact, practice week is just 11 days away. Mark has started making ice last Wednesday and has been in and out of the club adding more and more water and is now putting in the lines, hacks and under ice advertising. He certainly deserves a lot of credit for all the hours he puts in preparing the ice for start up. Mark's son, Nathan, has also been in helping his dad with the flooding and ice preparation. We thank them both for all their hard work.

With the curling season being so very busy, many of the jobs and projects scheduled for the Club occur during the summer months. As mentioned in an earlier newsletter a painting bee took place and a fresh coat of paint was added to the downstairs lounge and the front entrance. We also had the steel roof installed and it looks great. We have just secured a contractor to remove the existing eavestrough and then install 6" steel eavestrough and new downspouts to guide the water away from the foundation of the curling club. Hopefully this will stop the leaking problem we seem to have every spring and also stop the ice build up under the shingles that each year creates another headache for Mark when trying to prepare ice.

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

Message From the President:

Welcome Curlers!

Well, in just over a week we will be hitting the sheets again for another season of curling! On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members to the Lindsay Curling Club and of course a hearty welcome to our returning members.

The Board is looking forward to another season and there is always lots of things happening. Our major event this year is the hosting of the 2017 Senior Men & Women Provincials in February. If you would like to volunteer please connect with me or look for the signup sheets in the Club.

We will be starting the season with our Practice Week – October 11-14 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (Tuesday to Friday) – this is for all the new curlers to get instruction on how to curl as well as practice time for our returning members.

Our 4 steak nights will be continuing through the curling season, with the first one being Nov 4th. Please sign up for either a steak or chicken dinner. (Signup sheets will be on the bulletin board in the downstairs lounge) It is a great night to mingle and enjoy a delicious dinner.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Cathy Terry and her committee for another excellent year of organizing the Fair Gates. It takes a lot of organization to make this happen and with out their commitment of time and energy it wouldn’t succeed. As well, a huge thank you to all the members, their families and friends for the giving of their time in one of our biggest fundraisers.

There is always lots going on in our club, so keep checking the bulletin boards for upcoming events.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and fun season.

Good Curling!

Wendy Findlay


On September 7th we held registration at the LCC. There were many new faces and we welcome you all to the Club. Your forms have been processed and entered into our system. I have been sending out the tentative roster to the various convenors and they have been very busy preparing their leagues. There are several people who registered and played last year and have not been in to register for this year as of yet. If you are planning to curl again this year please drop by the club with your filled out forms as soon as possible as many of the leagues will be organizing skip's meetings in the very near future. If the club is closed drop off you registration form through the mail slot so I can at the very least register you and give your name to the convenors. Your payment can be collected during practice week or the first few weeks of the curling season. You could also phone or email the club to indicate your intention to join again this year and inform me of the leagues you wish to play in.

I would like to thank everyone who helped out during registration from the ladies at the registration desk, to all of the convenors who answered questions pertaining to their leagues and recorded sign ups, to the helpers in the kitchen, to those who manned the BBQ, to Betty Goard for her donation of Tim Bits, to Bob Widdis at the bar, to Bill Charlton and Al Goard for keeping track of all the payments, to the ladies at the "Get Acquainted Bonspiel" sign up and finally to our greeters Wendy Findlay (LCC President) and John McCrae (LCC Vice President). It was a great turn out!!!!

Lindsay Fair Gates:

The Lindsay Fair has come and gone and as usual many LCC members volunteered their time to help out at the gates. We need to thank some individuals who were instrumental in the organization of this fund raising event. Cathy Terry spent countless hours with her phoning committee (Marilyn O'Reilly, John Baldry, June Widdis and Deb Hatch) contacting members and slotting them into different shifts. It is a huge undertaking and we all appreciate the work Cathy has done for us again this year. We also need to thank Bob Widdis who was there every day coordinating the various volunteers into the different jobs. Last but certainly not least, "Thank you" to all the members who volunteered their time. This a major fundraiser for the club and we will certainly put the $8,5000.00 to good use. Thank you again to everyone for your assistance.

Volunteers Needed:

For the most part we are a volunteer organization. We have already stepped up when asked to run the gates at the LEX now we are asking for help in other areas.

Our Little Rock/Bantam/Junior program is looking for volunteers to assist in providing instruction and supervision of our younger curlers. Our first session with our youth program is Sunday, November 6th at 1:00 pm. Call Diana Rogers at 705-328-0240 to sign up as helpers or the LCC office (705-324-3851).

During Practice Week we have an "Open House" for people wanting to learn more about the game of curling and who want to game this sport a try. We are looking for a few volunteers for each night to come out and help give instruction and assistance to these new or novice curlers. Interested individuals who would not mind spending some time working with these folks are asked to call the club (705-324-3851) or email at lindsaycurlingclub@bellnet.ca .

Share the Wealth Draw:

Our Board of Directors has decided to run a voluntary "Share-The-Wealth Draw" to raise money for our curling club. The cost will be a "TOONIE". The draw will occur every third week of the month starting the week of Monday, October 24th. It is simple to participate in. There will be a Toonie Bin set out either in the downstairs lounge or the upstairs lounge. Simply put a toonie in the bin and sign you name beside your favourite number on a draw sheet. At the end of the week a number will be drawn until there are two winners. These two winners will share fifty percent of the proceeds 60 / 40. The winners names will be posted on the front foyer bulletin board the following Monday afternoon (October 31st) and may collect their winnings from our LLC office. Our next Draw will be the week of November 21st......Good Luck!!!!!!!!

Smart Serve Course:

If you have been thinking about getting your "Smart Serve" a course is being offered at the Academy Theatre. The course takes place Monday, October 3rd at 5:30 pm in the upstairs lounge of the Academy Theatre. The cost is $45.00 per person (cash) due at the event which will include a 3-4 hour training period and test. You must reserve your spot with Christine Willock at jcwillock@cogeco.ca or 705-324-1119.


Many of our neighbouring Clubs have been sending us flyers with information pertaining to their bonspiels. There are three areas to find bonspiels to other clubs, one is in the Ladies change room/lounge, one upstairs beside the OCA bulletin board and the third is downstairs in the men's change room/locker room, there are clipboards that have the flyers attached. Remember for curlers to come to our spiels we need to also go to theirs. So have a look, there are many to choose from.

Speaking of Bonspiels we have, at last count, three bonspiels over the next two months. "Ethel and Jeanette's Hairstyling Get Acquainted Ladies Bonspiel" starts us off on Wednesday, October 26th. There was a sign up during registration at the club and as well, the Bonspiel Committee, will also continue taking names at the Ladies Opening Meeting/Luncheon on Tuesday, October 4th. You don't want to miss out on the first spiel of the year. There are only a few spots left! For more information call Bev McMillan 705-324-4710 or Pat Boyd 705-324-9522.

Later next month we have the DeNure's Ladies Spiel on Wednesday, November 16 and on November 21st, 23rd and 24th we have the Patron President Bonspiel which is open to all LLC members. Be sure to watch for sign up sheets as you do not want to miss out on these early spiels of the year.

An Interesting Read:

Earlier last month there was an interesting newspaper article in the National Post entitled "The Scientists Who Saved Curling". It is an interesting read and I thank Bev Flemming for bringing it in to the office for me to read. After reading it I thought that some of you may find it interesting as well, as the article deals with the controversy of broom head materials and sweeping techniques.

"The Scientists Who Saved Curling by Joe O'Connor"

Christina Homenick is a chemist with the National Research Council Canada. She looks for ways to make materials lighter or stronger, and to create "disruptive technologies" to enhance Canadian products and, perhaps, make the world a better place.

Homenick’s world includes recreational curling. About a year ago, new brooms began appearing at her Ottawa club. Brooms that guided curling rocks like never before. Impossible shots now seemed makeable, even for a beer-league hacker, while elite curlers could throw stones and never miss. A curling revolution was underway, and no one was happy about it. Suddenly, a famously friendly sport, full of jovial beer-drinking souls, was beset by on-ice feuds, fights and accusations of cheating.

“Curling got ugly,” says Albertan Marc Kennedy, a gold medallist at the 2010 Olympics. “We had fisticuffs. We had fights. We needed to do something.” Curling needed a 34-year-old materials chemist and her colleague at the NRCC, ice-physicist and fellow lay-curler Louis Poirier, to save it from a disruptive technology. The "Frankenbrroms" featured abrasive material on the broom-heads that scratched and scarred the ice, creating subtle grooves that effectively acted like a track when a curler threw a rock down the rink. Sweeping had always been part of the game. Now sweeping was the game.

Homenick is accustomed to disrupting things for the good. But here was a disruption that, as tempers flared and brooms flew, not even the curlers — and especially not the curlers at the elite levels — wanted.

“I immediately saw the questions surrounding the engineered brooms as a materials problem,” Homenick says. So she and Poirier approached Curling Canada and the World Curling Federation last March and asked how they might help. “Our first meeting with them was at the (2016) Brier in Ottawa,” Homenick says. “It turned out that Louis and I already had tickets, and had taken the day off work, so that worked out.

”A "Sweeping Summit" was organized for May. Homenick and Poirier, 11 of the world's top curlers, several world curling officials, a robotic rock-thrower, other gadgets, plus a whole whack of brooms occupied the curling club in Kempville, Ont, for three days. The scoreboard was activated to simulate game-like conditions for the curlers. Rocks were thrown. Ice was swept. Measurements were taken. Broom fabrics were analyzed.

“We were able to see, quite rapidly, that some of the brooms that the athletes had identified — that they felt did not fit the scope of the sport — really, they could do anything they wanted with them,” Poirier says.

Says Homenick: “If you needed the stone to go a little to the left, you could do that, if it was going too much to the left, you could move it back to the right with these brooms. “All of the athletes had an issue with the brooms, because it took away the art of shot-making. None of them wanted their performance based on a product they had purchased.

”Homenick found that “Nylon Oxford 420D,” an unremarkable fabric that, unlike some of its more abrasive cousins, didn’t mark up the ice, did the job of sweeping as it was traditionally conceived without diminishing the role of the rock thrower.

“Nylon Oxford 420D is a general fabric that they can use across a whole series of brooms that are available now,” Homenick says.

Curling Canada and the World Curling Federation, with the blessing of the world’s best players, announced over the weekend that “Nylon Oxford 420D” will be the standardized fabric for broom-heads for all championship level events. Players found using a broom that doesn’t conform will be disqualified from the competition while their team will forfeit the game. A second offence will incur a year-long ban from all WCF-sanctioned events.

“We all got together at the Sweeping Summit and decided that we were all in this for the betterment of the game, and not for our self-interest,” Kennedy says. “I feel like we’ve got things under control now. The sport should be in good shape going forward.

”The new broom regulations, however, do not apply to recreational curlers. Leaving Homenick, the broom-chemist, to confront her own personal curling dilemma.

“I don’t want to disclose what broom I am using,” she says, laughing, admitting that she hasn’t ruled out adopting a Frankenbroom to elevate her game.“But the broom I am using actually does fall within acceptable parameters.”

I thought that you might enjoy reading this article as we all work really hard at sweeping the rocks that travel down the ice at the Lindsay Curling Club. We "Hurry Hard" and do our best to get that rock over the hog line, into the house for shot rock or around that center guard. I'm not sure I agree with the ruling that only the elite curlers of the world have to adhere to the new broom regulations. In my humble opinion, I think that we should all be aware of the illegal broom material and play the game we all love so much fairly regardless of our ability. Time will tell but maybe the broom regulations should apply to everyone and not just the elite curlers in the world.

Reminders for your Calendar:

  • Tuesday, October 4 - Ladies Opening Meeting/Luncheon from noon to 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 4 - Tuesday Evening Ladies Meeting from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 11 to Friday, October 14 - Practice Week for Members 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 11 to Friday, October 14 - Open House for those who would like to give curling a try! 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Monday, October 17 - First week of League play!
  • Wednesday, October 26 - Ethel and Jeanette's Hairstyling Get Acquainted Ladies Bonspiel
  • Friday, November 4 - Steak Night

Looking forward to seeing everyone again and the beginning of the new season!!!

Dave Nigh
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