March 2017 Newsletter

Hello everyone,  

It's hard to believe that the month of February is already over and that we only have four weeks of curling left this year. Where has the year gone?

The club has been extremely busy with bonspiels, rentals, school groups, and our February 10th steak night. We also hosted the Senior Men and Women Provincials which was a tremendous success and will be reported on later in this newsletter. The Scottie Tournament of Hearts just completed and Team Homan of Ontario successfully defeated Team Manitoba and will represent Canada at the Ford World Women's Championships in Beijing, China from March 18 - 26.

Coming up this weekend is the start of the Tim Hortons Brier hosted in the capital city of Newfoundland, St. Johns. The provincial champions will be competing to become our Canadian Champion and represent Canada at the Ford World Men's Championship held in Saskatoon, SK from later in April (1st - 8th). If you love to watch curling you will be glued to your television set watching how all of the championships unfold.

Let's get started on this month's newsletter.



Senior Men's Open Bonspiel: On February 1st we had 24 Senior Men's teams visit our Club to play in this well known spiel. The men played two games and were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Diane Ireland Country Cooking. The early draw winner was Ted Birchard from Whitby Curling Club and Ab Doyle of Peterborough won the second draw. A good time was had by all and we hope that we can fill this bonspiel again next year. We need to thank Lorne Carr, Jack DeBois, Bev Flemming, Doug Scott, and Dan Reynolds, the organizing committee, for their efforts. As well, I would like to thank Wayne Medford for being the Drawmaster for the day.

Frost Whetter Oaklin Ladies Bonspiel: Report given by Mary Auld


The 40th Frost Whetter Oaklin 2-day Ladies Bonspiel:

On Feb 22 and 23rd the Ladies section hosted this event for the 40th time with 18 out of town teams and 6 in club teams. It was filled, yahoo. Many teams said they will be back next year. The final winner was Louise Haugen's team from Port Perry. Congratulations girls.

The ladies worked hard again doing a marvelous job considering they had all worked for the Provincials. Many thanks are in order.

The entertainment had many new and returning actors under the direction of Diana Rogers, Nancy Graham and Mary Auld. Diana wrote a story featuring events that happened in 1977, the year of the first Frost Bonspiel. Allison Chenier used her computer expertise in the entertainment and a power point presentation that was enjoyed by many at the club. Bruce Rogers as MC of the show is a wonderful addition.
A special guest was Barb Stewart, as she and her husband, Walt, initiated the spiel. She thoroughly enjoyed herself and many compliments brought her to tears. A huge compliment to Allison, when Barb Stewart asked for a copy of the shows she had prepared. Thanks to everyone that participated and made it a success. Names of the actors have been withheld to protect the guilty. Don't tell anyone how much fun you had, behind the scenes.
Thanks to Bob and Sandy Widdis for the use of the black curtains again.

Thank you to Mark and Nathan West for their great ice. Your reputation is expanding. Thank you to Dave Nigh, our awesome club manager, for efficient help when asked, and sometimes just before.
Thank you to Bob Widdis and his great staff for cold refreshing drinks thoughtfully served. Our morning breakfasts were overseen by Linda Foss and Dennis Winterton, well done. Our President, Shirley Richardson, was on duty to warmly greet our curlers. Lunch was capably managed by Janet Guillard and Mary McKay. Dinner was overseen by Barb Brown, Bev McMillan, Jean Kyle and Judy Terrill. They beautifully transformed the room and tables and invited Jack Kyle and Morley Brown to serve wine. Job well done!
We have learned that helium balloons do dance in the night and set off alarms. Thanks Dave for rushing to the rescue.

Judy MacLean and Nancy Graham organized the home luncheon. Thanks to everyone that hosted, helped or contributed making food for this section of the day. Lots of compliments and we had a beautiful day to get some fresh air.

Eleanor Baldry, Audrey Johnson and helpers looked after the draw table and share of the wealth, bringing a nice boost to our income. The tables looked so sparkling bright and inviting. Thank you.
Thank you to Audrey Johnson, Barb Brown and helpers spending many hours decorating the club the day before the event.
Carol Douglas, and her sub social team prepared various tempting snacks between games. Sandy Widdis, Gail Pillsworth and social committee created the last supper on Thursday. One of the guest skips asked for the recipe for the cheese balls, a compliment indeed. Thank you everyone.

Thank you to our Drawmaster Arol Fairbairn and his assistant, Barb. Barb Fairbairn stepped out of curling and into chairing the event. Janet Guillard was also a capable assistant when asked. Well done!

One wish did come true. Donna Scott was piped onto the ice in the ABC event and she followed the pipers Brian Gowan, John Hunter and Doug Morris to lead the parade of curlers. Congratulations Donna.

The event is a lot of work. But at the end, we get to know each other in interesting ways, create such wonderful memories, eat and drink well and have fun, I hope. How much better can life be?

A huge “THANK YOU” to all.

Mary Auld
Bonspiel Chair

Senior Provincials:


Wow!!! What an event. As you know our club hosted 17 of the top men and women senior teams in the province for five days. We were treated to some amazing shot making and nail biting games. Our members worked tirelessly to make sure that the event ran smoothly and that the curlers themselves were treated like kings and queens. In fact, throughout the event the curlers were all commenting on how well they were being treated and many said that this was one of the best provincials that they had ever been at. One example that comes to mind, was when Laura Davis-Cook of the Port Perry rink, said that this was her 51st provincial event and that this was by far the best she had ever played in. The hospitality was over the top, the ice and rocks were fantastic and the food provided to the curlers was unbelievable. Glowing praise from someone who has had a very successful curling career.

Here is a message from our President....

Thank You!

As I write this message of "Thank You" to the LCC Membership I have feelings of pride and thankfulness to be a part of such a wonderful club and group of people.

On behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of our members that had a hand in making the Senior Provincials, we hosted in February, a huge success. It is so hard to thank each individual person because we have such a large group so this "thank you" will reach everyone.

The feedback from all the curlers was out of this world, many of them have been to other provincials and LCC was the best one yet. The hospitality, food, ice, everything was just amazing from the welcome they received the first time they step through the front door. We received a standing ovation from the curlers.

Also, thank you to Deb Hatch and her committee for the outstanding Pancake Breakfast on Sunday. There was a great turnout. A delicious breakfast as usual. Well done ladies!

A huge thank you to John McCrae and the host committee, you did an outstanding job. We have rec’d many cards and emails of thanks from the curlers.

Here are a few quotes:

Team Armstrong: I haven’t been to a lot of provincials in Ontario but I know I have been to the best one. From the moment we arrived we were looked after by everyone. From the food, bar, Ice, Hotel, and best of all, our Driver. I would personally like to thank everyone on behalf of the Armstrong team. We had great games on every sheet. We ended up 2-6 but gave everyone a run for their money. Please extend our thanks to all involved to such a well-run event. I would like to also mention that I have a celiac allergy and the ladies in the kitchen looked after me on several occasions. I also had a great discussion with Mark and Son your Ice technicians. I have been an Ice Technician for over thirty three years, 27 of them at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club, and our discussions displayed his love for the game and the passion needed to achieve the ice that he and his son gave us the entire four days. I can’t comment on the Sunday’s games because we were on our way home but it sure looked great on the live stream! It is also obvious he has the respect of the Lindsay Curling Club and its members which is very important going forward. Thank you for the tour of the plant as well Mark. Thank you John McCrae for being in charge of something great and making a point to speak to every team coming to the event and making them feel in some way special. With your direction and all the volunteers it came off a first class event. The Lindsay Curling Club should be proud! A true members Club

Bob and Kristin Turcotte: Well done Lindsay!!! This was the best provincials ever, John and team you were all superb. You are a very lucky club to have such great people.

Team Brown: John, Dave, Mark, Nathan and Pat - All of you and your committees threw the best Provincial ever! Your hospitality was outstanding!!

Team Jackson: Port Perry Curling Club: Lindsay C.C. Our team would like to extend a huge "Thank You" to everyone at the Lindsay C.C. for the wonderful job that was done putting on a very memorable Senior Provincial. Everything from the ice, food, friendly and welcoming atmosphere....the attention to details was amazing. We look forward to our next visit to Lindsay. Thanks again!!

TSL Crew: We have all returned to our regular norm and I want to take this opportunity to send you this message. I want to thank you and your volunteers for hosting an amazing event. Your club was warm and welcoming to TSL and it was a real pleasure working with everyone. I know the many long days that everyone put in was made enjoyable with the “family atmosphere” I experienced. I look forward to the next time we meet.

Team Rajala: Thanks once again to all of your volunteers, ice maker and especially John and yourself. Three of the teams at the event (us/Lewis/Cochrane) played last night at our Rideau club and we were all telling our club mates how wonderful the hospitality/food and ice all were at the Lindsay CC.

Team Madonia: John, Dave, staff and members of the Lindsay Curling Club: Congratulations on such a superb event! The Senior Provincials were the best ever in our opinion. Our driver, Carol, was amazing, the food was above and beyond awesome, the ice was also great. And how nice the small touches like "Ice Times", members giving us their lockers, programs, the draws & auctions. Your club went over the top to make this a very special memorable experience for us and we are extremely grateful. On behalf of Team Madonia, THANK YOU!!

John & Marilyn O’Reilly: We watched the Seniors event in Florida on live stream curling at TSL. Congratulations to the committee on a great show. (We even heard McCrae laughing on air). Good reviews on the ice and the way the event was run. It was 82 degrees Fahrenheit and we sat outside with our wine and lunch. Was nice to hear the on air comments and they gave rave reviews. They even promoted a couple of Lindsay restaurants. Again - congratulations.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Wendy Findlay

We should be very proud of what unfolded during those five days. The curlers and the spectators got a small taste of what the day to day life around this club is like. I would like to close with this inscription from a card that was signed by each of the seventeen participating teams.

You deserve a HIGH FIVE! Also a LOW FIVE, a BEHIND-THE-BACK FIVE, a WALKING-AWAY FIVE, a TOE FIVE, a FINGERTIP FIVE, and a TWO-Handed High TEN!! In other words, CONGRATS! Lindsay Curling Club!! Wendy : You and the LCC have a very special curling community that anyone would be honoured to be part of. Congratulations to Everyone for hosting an outstanding Provincial!

Good Job Everyone!!!!


We simply have too many books for our shelf, so for the month of March a SALE is happening. Books are BUY 1 FOR A $1, GET ONE FREE. In case you didn't know the bookshelf is on the second floor down by Sheet One and it is packed with gently used paperback and hardcover books. Many thanks to all those people who have donated books to this cause, but we are asking that you do not bring us more at this time. Stock up now for your summer reading at the cottage or simply at home on the patio. At the price of $1.00 a book, a better deal cannot be found! All the funds raised go directly back to the Curling Club.

Thank you,
Marilyn Angiers and Kathy Simpson

OCA Events:

Lindsay Curling Club has many teams competing in various OCA events last month and we would like to recognize the teams and as well those that are moving on to the next level. As well, we would like to recognize those who are playing in the final OCA events for this year.
Good luck to all of you, I know you will represent our club well.

OCA Provincial Qualifier U-18 Women at the Whitby Curling Club, March 3 - 5
Lindsay Lovering, Lael Shearer, Montana Lamb and Holly Parish

OCA Intermediate Men and Women Provincial Championships at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, Mar. 1 - 5
Diane Jenkins, Krista Thompson, Lynn Joyce and Peggy Barrette
Shannon Beddows, John Bolton, Terry Jenkins and Dave Farr
Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Tim Raven and Dave Geelen

OCA Trophy (Women) Provincial Championships at the Meaford Curling Club, March 15 - 19
Angie Melaney, Tara Stephen, Kristine Mitchell and Julie Schley

OCA BrokerLink Mixed Provincial Qualifier at the Oshawa Curling Club, March 10 - 12
Angie Melaney, Mark West, Tara Stephen and Nathan West
Emma Ireland, Matt English, Erin Jenkins and John Ireland
Lyle Cully, Julie O'Neill, Andy Hiddink and Lisa Jones
Tim Raven, Sue Ledoux, Scott Worsley and Luanne Rae

OCA Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard at the Lakefield Curling Club, March 25 - 26
Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Mark West, Scott Worsley, Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Tim Raven and Dave Geelen

OCA Women's Tankard Double Team at the Lakefield Curling Club, March 25 -26
Angie Melaney, Tara Stephen, Kristine Mitchell, Julie Schley, Emma Ireland, Diane Jenkins, Katie McLaughlin and Lynn Joyce

Reminders for Your Calendar:

  • Friday March 3 - 5 - Bromont Curling Classic Men's Spiel
  • Saturday, March 11 - United Way Bonspiel
  • Friday, March 17 - Senior InterClub - Campbellford
  • Wednesday, March 22 - Senior Mini Spiel
  • Wednesday, March 22 - Flex League Wind Up
  • Friday, March 24 - Friday Night Mixed Pizza and Wings
  • Saturday, March 25 - Women's Open Bonspiel
  • Thursday, March 30 - Day Ladies Spring Meeting (Noon to 1:30 pm)
  • Friday, March 31 - Championship Steak Night
  • Saturday, April 1 - Tuesday Evening Women Spiel and Banquet
  • Monday, April 3 - Year End Banquet
  • Wednesday, April 5 - Women's Banquet

The curling season will be over before we know it and we will turn our attention to spring chores and other outdoor activities. Be sure to watch for information regarding your year end banquets around the Club. That is about all for now.

Dave Nigh