January 2017 Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone!!!  

I trust everyone had a nice break from curling and spent valuable time with family and friends over the holidays. Just a reminder to everyone that regular curling starts up again on Monday, January 2 with Day Ladies playing at 1:30 pm, followed by the Special Olympics at 3:30 and then the Monday Night Men's at 6:45 and 9:00 pm.

We have a very busy schedule for the next few months here at the club. Every weekend has been booked until the end of March. There are several in club and open bonspiels scheduled and of course the Senior Men and Women Provincials in February. Time will fly by with all of these events and before you know it the season will be over for another year. Let's get started with this month's newsletter!

Message From the President:

On behalf of the Executive Board, we would like to wish each of you and your families a very Happy New Year! May the year 2017 give you the opportunity to realize your dreams, rediscover your strengths, muster your will power and rejoice the simple pleasures that life will bring your way. All the best for 2017.

Wendy Findlay

Media Release:

Travelers Curling Club Championship: Fore Immediate Release Dec. 19, 2016

2016 Travelers Curling Club Championship fundraiser benefits young curlers across Canada

Teams from Manitoba and Ontario won the championship trophies at the 2016 Travelers Curling Club Championship last month in Kelowna, B.C., but the winning didn't stop there. The 2016 For The Love of Curling Fundraising Contest, which ran in conjunction with the 2016 Travelers Curling Club Championship, raised nearly $40,000 to support youth curling across Canada.

All 28 participating teams (14 men, 14 women) were able to take part, and the teams that raised the most money earned cash grants for improvements to their home curling centres.

The money raised will contribute to youth curling scholarships, as well as to the popular Egg Framers Rock & Rings, presented by Curling Canada program, which brings the sport of curling to school gymnasiums across Canada to give many youngsters their first exposure to curling.

Kim Jonsson's B.C. women's team came away with the top prize of a $6,000 grant for the Campbell River Curling Club after raising $6,250. Earning $1,000 apiece for the home clubs were the Saskatchewan women skipped by Danette Tracy (Weyburn CC), the Ontario women skipped by Julie O'Neill (Lindsay Curling Club), the Ontario men skipped by Wesley Forget (Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, Kingston) and the Newfoundland/Labrador men skipped by Trent Skanes (RE?MAX Centre, St. John's).

"It was wonderful to see the players in Kelowna making this fundraiser so successful, " said Katherine Henderson, Chief Executive Officer of Curling Canada. "It showed once again why our sport is so special - these players were competing for a Canadian Championship, but at the same time, they saw the value of continuing to grow our game."

Thank you to all the Lindsay Curling Club members who participated in this fundraising campaign. We were very proud of our ladies and what they accomplished at the National Championship and we welcome the $1,000.00 grant that the club received. Thank you again!!!

Accessibility Update:

Just a note to bring you up to date with our efforts to make our curling club become fully accessible. Over the summer months we applied to three separate funding avenues, one to the Federal Government (Enabling Accessibility Fund), one to the Ontario Government (Ontario Trillium Foundation-Ontario 150 Stream) and one to the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund. We have not heard back from the Federal Government or the Lindsay Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund as of yet, but we did hear from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Please see the below statement from OTF.

"Thank you for submitting an application for funding to the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We appreciate the time and consideration, and understand the commitment you have to the success of your mission. After careful consideration of your application by the local Grant Review Team (composed of community volunteers appointed from your region), we regret to advise you that we will not be able to fund your proposal."

We were very disappointed with this announcement, however, we continue to patiently wait to hear from the other two funding avenues. We need to take a moment and thank Emma Ireland (Joyce) and Emily McLaughlin who worked many, many hours over the summer preparing our financials from the previous two years. We had to provide a complete set of financial statements for the two most recent fiscal years audited by a licensed public accountant, a requirement by the OTF. I would also like to thank Jim Scott who assisted me with the application process to the various levels of government.

In previous years, we have been very fortunate when seeking funding assistance from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to make many upgrades to our curling club and we truly do thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for that. Nevertheless, to move forward with our accessibility project we will need funding assistance so let's keep our fingers crossed.

Steak Night:

The December steak night was another success with just over 150 people in attendance. Thank you to the volunteers from the Men's Section who helped with the BBQ, serving the meal, cleaning up, running the cash and tending the bar. We appreciate their effort and the giving up of their personal time. We all are busy and particularly at this time of year so we do thank those who were able to help us out. The next steak night will be the 10th of February. Be sure to mark that day on your calendar.

At our last Board meeting the "Steak Night" prices were discussed. For the remainder of this year, the price of the "Steak Dinner" will decrease from $21.00 to $20.00, the price of the "Chicken Dinner" will remain the same at $17.50 and the "No Meat Option" or if a couple decides to "share a steak" there will be a charge of $10.00 for the additional sides (potato, salad, bread / roll) and a dessert.

Name Tags:

There have been a few members inquiring about the possibility of putting in another order for Lindsay Curling Club name tags in the new year. If interested let me know before Wednesday, January 27th and I will place another order at the end of this month. The cost is $10.00 which includes HST.

LCC Facebook Page:

In an effort to update and promote the Lindsay Curling Club Facebook page we are asking any club members and conveners to take pictures or videos that we can post on the Facebook page. If you any items you are willing to share, current or older pictures are welcome, please forward them to or contact Cathy Mullins, via email at cathy2364@hotmail.com . If possible please indicate who is in the pictures and other relevant information. Thank You!!

Cathy Mullins
Director of Marketing & Membership


Special Olympics South East Tankard Playdowns

On January 7th the Lindsay Curling Club will be hosting the South East Tankard playdowns for the Special Olympics. There are eight teams from Ottawa to Toronto attending this competition with hopes of advancing to the Provincial finals. Unfortunately, our own team was unable to qualify. The winners of this playdown will be advancing to play at the men's tankard, for all Ontario. We are looking for volunteers that day so if you could spare a few hours for a very rewarding experience please call Finni Verbik at 705-324-9859.

Heart "N" Soul Gifts Bonspiel:

This daytime ladies bonspiel is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11th. The sign up sheet went up in early December and is now full. The cost to enter the spiel is $25.00 per person. This includes two six end games, a lunch between games and prizes. Thank you to all those who signed up to donate homemade baked goodies for the morning coffee which will be served at 9:30.. The first game will begin shortly afterward at 10:00 am. We would like to thank Kim Thornbury as she has generously agreed to sponsor this spiel for another year. "Thank You Kim!!!" For more information regarding the bonspiel call Janet Guillard 705-324-0562

Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Robbie Burns Bonspiel:

On Wednesday, January 25th the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce will again be presenting 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 5:30 pm. Awards and entertainment by Claidhmor to follow. You can sign up individually ($50.00 + HST= $56.50) or by team ($200.00 + HST = $226.00) just go to www.lindsaychamber.com to register. For more information call Rebecca Riley at 705-324-2393 or email her at rebecca@lindsaychamber.com .

OCA Events:

Lindsay Curling Club has had many teams competing in various OCA events the last month and we 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 well.

Best Western Women's Challenge Provincial Championships at the Prince Edward Curling Club and Stirling Curling Club, January 13 - 15

Emma Ireland, Diane Jenkins, Katie McLaughlin and Lynn Joyce
Angie Melaney, Kristine Mitchell, Chrystal Leavens and Julie Schley

Fairfield Marriott Challenge Provincial Championships at Brighton & District Curling Club and Trenton Curling Club, January 13 -15

Tim Raven, Mark West, Nathan West and Chris Miles

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.

OCA Intermediate Men Open Qualifier at the Oshawa Curling Club, January 13 -15

Shannon Beddows, John Bolton, Terry Jenkins and Dave Farr
Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Scott Worsley, and Mark West
Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Tim Raven and Dave Geelen

OCA Senior Women Provincial Qualifier at the Napanee & District Curling Club, January 20 -22

Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Sue Ledoux
Diane Jenkins, Krista Thompson, Lynn Joyce and Peggy Barrette

OCA Colts Open Qualifier at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, January 27 - 29

Tim Raven, Tyler Jones, John Ireland and Shawn Amyotte

Scotties Tournament of Hearts Challenge Round at the Mississaugua Golf and Country Club, January 20 - 23

Angie Melaney, Tara Stephen, Kristine Mitchell and Julie Schley

Good luck to all the team and as always, spectators are welcomed at these events.

Reminders for your Calendar:

  • Monday, January 2 - 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
  • Friday, January 6 - Regular Senior and InterClub Play (Bobcaygeon C.C.)
  • Saturday, January 7 - Special Olympics South East Tankard Playdowns
  • Sunday, January 8 - Youth Curling 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 11 - Heart & Soul Daytime Ladies Bonspiel
  • Sunday, January 15 - KawarthaCAN Poker Tournament
  • Saturday, January 21 - Boys and Girls Club/Rugby Club Open Bonspiel
  • Wednesday, January 25 - Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Robbie Burns Open Spiel
  • Friday, January 27 - Regular Senior and InterClub Play (WNCC)
  • Saturday, January 28 - St. Andrews Church Spiel

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

Dave Nigh