April 2017 Newsletter

Greetings Everyone,  

It sure has been a busy winter and another successful season. We hosted several bonspiels throughout the year and we need to thank the bonspiel chairpersons and their committees. It takes a lot of work and time to organize and run these spiels. I would not even attempt to mention all the people who worked tirelessly to make these spiels a success for fear of leaving someone off the list. However, I would like to mention all of the spiels that took place at the club and say, "Thank You" to each and every person who was involved in running the event. In the Fall, we started off with the Ethel and Jeanette's Get Acquainted Spiel, then the Kawartha Senior Men's Spiel, the DeNure's Spiel, the Patron President Bonspiel, three senior Mini Spiels, the Heart and Soul Spiel, followed by the Senior Men's Invitational Spiel, the 40th Frost, Whetter, Oaklin Insurance Two Day Ladies Bonspiel, the Bromont Men's Spiel, the Women's Open Spiel and finally the Tuesday Evening Women's Closing Spiel. As you can see there are many club organized bonspiels that run each year and many, many people help out to make the event a success and an enjoyable day for all participants!

We cannot thank our league convenors enough for the work they do with their respective leagues. It takes a lot of time and effort to put together the different leagues and we thank them for all of the hours of preparation. I would like to just take a minute to identify our league convenors and say, "Thank You" for making this another successful year. Monday Night Men - Andy Hiddink, Monday and Thursday Day Ladies - Marilyn O'Reilly, Diana Rogers and Allison Chenier, Tuesday Evening Women - Marg Preston, Luanne Rae and Sue Ledoux, Seniors League - Doug Murray and Hugh Banks, Wednesday Night Flex League - Emma Joyce, Friday Curl and Dine - John McCrae, Jerry Ford and John Baldry, Friday Night Mixed - Cathy Mullins, Jack and Jean Kyle, Tuesday Ladies Skip Entry - Marg Preston, Tuesday Major League - Jim Scott, Thursday Skip's Entry - Diane Jenkins and Lynn Joyce, Special Olympics - Finni Verbik, June Pick and Terry Gallagher and our Youth Program Coordinator - Diana Rogers and helpers Bruce Rogers, Angela and Jeff Porteous. On behalf of all of our members "Thank you" again, we appreciate your efforts.

On Friday, March 31st we had our last steak night for this season. Also, on that night many members played in their championship games and we were treated to an exciting night of curling. The curlers were piped onto the ice by Matthew Currah (a Fleming College student) and a special presentation was made to the two Lindsay Curling Club teams that were crowned Provincial Champions this season. Each team was presented with their Provincial banner that will be proudly displayed at the club. The two teams were Julie O'Neill, Lisa Jones, Susan Cully and Tracy Hiddink who won the Travelers Provincial Championship and represented Ontario at the National Championship in Kelowna, British Columbia. The second Provincial winning team consisted of Angie Melaney, Kristine Mitchell, Chrystal Leavens and Julie Schley who won the Best Western Women's Challenge. Congratulations ladies!! Well Done!!

As mentioned there were six games played on Championship Night, the results are as follows....

Monday Men's Champions Flavelle Cup - Anthony Jetten, Bill DeHaan, Marc Sorensen and Dave Stringer
Tuesday Evening Women: Sheila Radford Memorial - Sue Ledoux, Michelle Sexsmith, Gayle Golden and Allison Chenier
Thursday Skip Entry "A" Event - Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Dave Geelen and Malcolm Florence
Thursday Skip Entry "B" Event - Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Lawrence Gagnon and Rick Jokinen
Thursday Skip Entry "C" Event - Paul Terrill, Bev Flemming, Ian Walker and Bill Kennedy
Thursday Skip Entry "D" Event - Don Harris, Dave Needham, Raymond Knox and Ralph Mutton

Results Finals not played on Championship Night....

Tuesday Ladies Skip Entry - Noreen Moore, Sue Ledoux, Marg Preston and Nancy McKague
Wednesday Flex League - Adam Found, Josh Webster, Erin Jenkins and Wesley Found

Congratulations to all, it was a great season and enjoyable championship night!!!!

Message from the President:


As some of you may or may not be aware Bob Widdis is retiring from his position of Bar Steward as of April 30th, 2017.

Bob has been a member of the Lindsay Curling Club for 17 years and has been Bar Steward for the last 6 years. Bob has contributed a lot to the club and here are a few things: He ran the Vegas Spiel for a number years (2005, 2006 and 2007, He actually won the spiel in 2006). He served on the Board from 2006 - 2011 and he was President of the club in 2009. He ran a Wednesday Night Skip Entry in 2005/06. He has been instrumental in the organization and running of a number of fund raising events (Lindsay Fair Gates and Little Caesar Dances). He represented the Lindsay Curling Club in a number of OCA events while he was actively curling (Senior Mixed, Masters, Seniors, Two Team Tankard). He often took on repairs in and around the club which financially benefited the club. (Electrical, Plumbing, Painting, Woodworking, etc.)

On behalf of the Executive Board and the members, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Bob for his contribution over the years and wish him well as he moves forward in the next chapter of his life.

Bob, don’t be a stranger around the club!

Also, I would like to extend a huge thank you to each member for their contribution and dedication to the club. We had a very busy and successful year.

I hope everyone has a fantastic summer, enjoy family and friends and hopefully some beautiful weather.


Wendy Findlay President

Lindsay Curling Club "Share the Wealth"


Last month marked our last club wide "Share the Wealth" draw for this season. Congratulations to Mike Comartin ($60.60) and Mark Fevang ($40.40) our lucky winners. The club was able to raise $637.00 through this fundraiser. Thank you to all who participated!!

LCC Reminders:


Just a note to all, earlier this curling season the club decided to become a "Scent Free" environment. We have put up notices in the washrooms on each level and it has been suggested that we would also include a note on our bonspiel flyers to those who are not members of the club but do participate in Lindsay Curling Club bonspiels. Also, there has been another suggestion, the curling club became a smoke free facility many, many years ago. It has been suggested that if you do smoke please do not near the front doors of the club. It would be greatly appreciated if we all could keep these suggestions in mind.

In our roster, there is a section that refers to a Lindsay Curling Club policy with regard to curlers falling on the ice. It reads,"If a curler falls on the ice and has struck their head, 911 will be called immediately. At which time, emergency personnel will assess the severity of the injury and recommend the next steps to be taken." We should also be reminded of where First Aid equipment is located in the club. At the west end of the downstairs lounge beside the pop machine is a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD), a First Aid Kit and on top of the pop machine is a St John Ambulance First Aid bag with blankets, bandages etc. There is also a small first aid kit behind the counter down by the kitchen, in the office and upstairs behind the bar.

We all hope that we will not have to use any of the First Aid equipment but it doesn't hurt to remind folks where the kits are located in the club.

OCA Events:


The Lindsay Curling Club has been a very active participant in the various OCA events available throughout the year. We have also been very successful in all levels of the competitions. There is one last event in which the LCC has teams participating in and that being the Women's Double Team Tankard. If the ladies advance they will play the very next day in the Provincials at the Annandale Golf & Curling Club on April. 2nd. Good Luck and Play Well ladies!!

OCA Women's Tankard Double Team Provincial Qualifier at Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club, April 1

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

Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae, Dawn Manderson
Julie O'Neill, Lisa Jones, Susan Cully and Tracy Hiddink

Accessibility Update:


To bring everyone up to date with respect to our efforts in receiving funding through the Grant Application Process. I am happy to report that we were successful in receiving funding through the Federal program entitled "Enabling Accessibility Fund - The Community Accessibility Stream". We have received $50,000.00 to assist in our proposed accessibility project. We are in the process of looking at the possibility of completing the project through 2 or 3 phases. A meeting has been organized to look at this possibility with the potential contractor. We will continue to look at various options with the intention of our club becoming fully accessible.

Early Bird Registration:


Register for the 2017 - 2018 curling season and avoid possible increases to your membership dues. Also, have your name added to a list for a chance to win back your membership fee as Maxine Anderson did this year!! Dues must be received on or before June 1, 2017 to be eligible for the draw. The draw will be made at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017. Registration forms are available at the LCC office or see the attached form. See the attached form (Click the link for the form.) Please be advised that the Wednesday Night Flex League and the Friday Night Mixed Late Draw are being looked at for possible changes.

End of Season and Equipment:


It is now the end of the curling season and what should we do with our curling equipment? Often after the last game is played we close up our locker and the contents of the locker stay there until start up of the next year. Clean lockers out, there may be items there that you have been looking for. Carefully inspect your equipment and decide if they need to be replaced. The most common pieces of equipment that need and should be replaced are grippers and broom heads. If you look at your gripper, or broom head, and wonder if it needs replacing, it probably does. A worn out gripper can cause debris to be left on the ice which in turn may cause a rock to pick and a perfectly thrown rock is lost. Also, a worn gripper will lose its grip and is not as safe as it should be. The general rule of thumb is to purchase a new gripper to begin each new curling season. A LCC member, Jim Allen, has been kind enough to set up a "Gripper Exchange" program where you simply turn in your old gripper and purchase a new one at a reduced rate. Similarly, a worn broom head will lose its effectiveness and can be very dirty. How do you assess the broom head to determine if it should be replaced? The first step is simply to look at it. How dirty is the surface? The sides of the head will generally show the original colour of the pad so compare that to the colour of the pad on the brushing surface. If they are not close to being the same colour, more than likely the broom head needs to be replaced. The second step is to run fingers over the surface of the brush head. Is it smooth as silk? A clean brush head should have some texture to it. Normally, the areas which feel very smooth will appear to be a bit shiny, smooth and shiny means it is time to invest in a new brush head. So remember, using clean and safe equipment will make your curling experience more enjoyable.

Reminders for your Calendar:

  • Saturday, April 1st - TEW Spiel and Banquet - Games begin at 10:00 am, Schedule Awards after curling, Dinner at 6:00 and Bonspiel Prizes to follow
  • Monday, April 3rd - Year End Banquet - 5:00 pm Social, 6:00 pm Roast Beef Dinner and presentation of awards to follow
  • Wednesday, April 5th - Ladies Closing Banquet and Awards Night 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 18th - Tuesday Evening Women's AGM 7:00 pm

Well, that's about all for now. There is a rumor that we will try to resurrect the Golf and Steak Day in the fall. For those who are new to the club we organize a day of golf, usually at Deer Run Golf Course, then return to the club for a BBQ. Watch for details as we get near the end of the summer. I will continue to send out newsletters and updates over the summer to keep everyone informed with what is happening in and around the club. If I don't see you in the next few days, I hope you all have a great summer!!! Remember, we are always looking for new members so spread the word about our great club!

Dave Nigh