July 2017 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

Happy Birthday Canada!!!!

On July 1, 1867, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia entered into Confederation. That is why we celebrate Canada’s anniversary each year on July 1st. This year, 2017, will mark our 150th anniversary. This is a chance to celebrate and reflect on our history, and look ahead towards the next 150 years.

Just recently, I visited the City of Kawartha Lakes website and read, "Celebrate Canada 150 in Kawartha Lakes". If you are wondering what you and your family could do to celebrate Canada's 150th you may want to take in one of the many events that are taking place throughout the area today.......

Norland/Coboconk Canada Day - 10am to dusk

Daytime activities take place at Lions Park in Coboconk and fireworks at dusk at Ward Park in Norland. The celebrations are presented by Coboconk, Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Norland Firefighters Association.

Oakwood Canada Day Fireworks - dusk

Fireworks take place at the Oakwood Community Centre, presented by the Oakwood Firefighters Association.

Lindsay Canada Day - 3pm to dusk

Visit Wilson Fields in Lindsay for live entertainment, family/children's activities, fireworks and more. These events are presented by the Lindsay Canada Day Committee.

Fenelon Falls Canada Day - 3pm to dusk

Garnet Graham Park is the place to be in Fenelon Falls this Canada Day with live entertainment, family/children's activities, fireworks and more. The celebrations are presented by the Fenelon Falls Canada Day Committee.

Bobcaygeon Canada Day - 10am to dusk

Family/Children's activities, games, BBQ, parade, live entertainment, fireworks and more take place throughout Bobcaygeon. The events are presented by the Bobcaygeon Canada Day Committee.

Omemee Canada Day - 5pm to dusk

The Omemee and District Lions Club present live entertainment, family activities and fireworks at Omemee Beach Park. Enjoy the pancake breakfast at Coronation Hall from 8am to 11am, $8 for adults and $1.50 for children 10 years old or younger. The Black Fly Band plays at the Beach Park stage, starting at 6pm. Hotdogs and drinks are free for children younger than 12. Pick up some pins, flags, glow sticks and stick-on tattoos before or after grabbing a slice of Canada’s birthday cake. Fireworks start at 9:30pm. Ducktona, a rubber duck race, starts at 1pm at the Mary Street Bridge. 650 rubber ducks will be dropped from the bridge and the winner will receive $650 in cash.

Kinmount Canada Day - 5pm to dusk

Stop by the Kinmount Fairgrounds for family activities, live entertainment, fireworks and more, as presented by the Kinmount Committee for Planning and Economic Development.

These are a few examples of where and how to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Now, on to this month's newsletter!!!

Annual General Meeting

On Tuesday, June 20th we had our Annual General Meeting and it was nice to see so many of our members join us for this meeting. The turn out was much higher than previous years and it shows that our members do have an interest in their club. Wendy Findlay, our club president, welcomed everyone and gave a brief overview of the 2016/17 curling season. Emma Joyce, our club treasurer, took us through the Financial Statements for the year ending April 30th, 2017. After the presentation, Emma continued on with the proposed budget for the coming curling season and it was proposed that there would be a 2% increase to our fee structure. She made a motion and it was voted on and passed by those who were in attendance.

Another item that was discussed at this meeting was our Accessibility Project. The project has been in the works for several years and the goal of the committee was to work towards becoming a fully accessible building. The following is a brief outline of what was discussed.

We have been meeting with Carbon Contracting, who did the addition for the new ice plant several years ago, and Wilcox Architects Inc. to discuss the full scope of the project. We were able to break down the project into different phases, as our funding would not allow the project to be fully completed this year. However, we are going to be completing two phases of the three-phase project. Phase one is the addition of a foyer connecting the ladies lounge to the main floor and to the lift shaft. Phase two is to retrofit both existing upstairs washrooms to become fully accessible washrooms and a small storage area. The third phase would allow access to the ice surface with ramps and a power-operated door. Once phases one and two are finished our building will be fully accessible and when the third phase is completed we will also have full access to the playing surface as well. It started simply as an idea but after many committee meetings, writing grant applications and still more meetings with contractors and architects it appears that Lindsay Curling Club will become a fully accessible facility.

There were also 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 $2,400.00, the Day Ladies Section donated $8,500.00, the Inter-Club League donated $300.00, the Curl and Dine donated $5,030.00, and finally the Men's Section presented the club a cheque for $3500.00. Thank you again to all the above sections for their donations.

Next on the agenda, President Wendy Findlay, thanked the outgoing Board of Directors Anita Allen, Shirley Richardson, Andy Hiddink and Jeff Wiltshire for their service over the past year, and in some cases, several years. The next time you see these folks please thank them for all the work they did on the Board. She then welcomed Barbara Brown, Cathy Mullins (who will be remaining on the Board as TEW President), Angie Melaney, Doug Ross and John Ireland who will be acting as Directors for the coming 2017/18 curling season. David Wells remains as Past-President, Emma Joyce as Treasurer, Kim Ross will also be remaining as Club Secretary and John McCrae as 1st Vice. Thank you to these volunteers who will be acting on your behalf for at least the next year.

The evening concluded with Club President, Wendy Findlay, asking Past-President, David Wells, to draw the name of the member who will be winning back their membership through the Early Bird Registration. There were 77 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 Don Harris!!!! He will be refunded his 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 20th to Sunday, September 24th. 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 many, many time slots 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.

Golf and Steak Day

Just a reminder of our Golf and Steak Day. We are looking at Sunday, October 1st as the day to hold the function. We would go out to Deer Run Golf Course play 12 holes of golf and then come back to the club for a steak BBQ dinner. In the past, we used a shot gun start at 2:00 pm which meant that everyone would tee off at the same time, play their 12 holes and end up back at the club 5:30 or so and then we would have our meal.

See the attached registration form for the Golf and Steak Day (Click here). Please print and fill out the form and return it and your cheque payable to the Lindsay Curling Club on or before September 8th, 2017.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Wednesday, September 13 - Registration for the 2017/18 curling season - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, September 20-Sunday, September 24 - Lindsay Fair - LCC works the gates

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

Dave Nigh