October 2017 Newsletter

This is a reminder that your registration is due October 1st , 2017 and payment due before league play, week of October 16th, 2017. No potential member will be able to start curling in a league until their membership is paid. From Executive Board

Greetings everyone,

October has sure started off with a bang!!! The weather we have experienced that last few days could not be any better. It is hard to believe that we will have Practice and Open House next week and in 14 days league play begins.

Mark West, our ice technician, started the process of making ice last Monday 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. We need to thank him for all his hard work.

You can come down to the club to practice beginning on Tuesday, October 10th and running through to Friday, October 13th. Ice will be available for practice from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the afternoon and then again in the evening from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Also, we will be offering an "Open House" and informal instruction to new and potentially new members to our club. Some of our members will be out on the ice giving a helping hand to those who are trying curling for the very first time. This will take place on the same days mention above but from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will be club equipment available for our new members to use during that time.

Our accessibility project is slowly moving along and we will have to be patient as the contractor proceeds with the construction. We may have to use the west staircase, down by the kitchen, to get up to the second level and the washrooms have not yet been completed upstairs. Excavation has begun on the outside for the foundation and footings for the lift shaft and the small addition connecting the shaft with the ladies locker/lounge area but it has not been completed as of yet. It appears we will be dealing with this inconvenience for quite some time, however, in the end the club will be fully accessible to the two lounge areas and eventually to the ice surface.

You may have noticed around town signs advertising curling at the Lindsay Curling Club. There have been several calls inquiring about the club and curling so they have been noticed. If you happen to have a sign on your property we would like them to remain there until the end of the month, at which time, you can return them to the club and they will be used again next year. You may want to remove the signs from your lawn just prior to October 31st as witches, goblins and other "trick or treaters" might be tempted to tamper with them. Thank you to all of you who allowed us to advertise the sport that we are so passionate about on your property.

We are looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and it looks like it will another busy year at the Lindsay Curling Club. Let's get started with this month's newsletter.

Message From The President:

Welcome Curlers!

Another season of curling is almost here!!!

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.

Just a few updates that have been happening around the club. We have finally started our Accessibility renovations. The upstairs bathrooms are getting renovated to be accessible and they have finally started digging to install the lift. So when entering the club, please watch your step and be mindful of the construction. We have replaced the other 3 heaters on the ice surface and an “Ice Mistress” has been installed in the plant to reduce our hydro consumption. (just a few of the major things that have happened)

As most of you know, Anthony Jetten is our new Bar Steward. He has done some minor renovations to the storage area of the bar and after some painting, cleaning and restocking the bar is ready to go. New this year; we have a Keurig machine which will be maintained through the bar. If you have any suggestions for Anthony, regarding kinds of drinks, please let him know.

The Board is looking forward to another season and there is always lots of things happening. We will be hosting a few OCA events again this season: Scotties Provincial Qualifier (Nov), Grand Masters Zones (Dec) Men’s Tankard Challenge Round (Jan), U21 Mixed Doubles (Jan) and Mixed Seniors Qualifier (Feb). Some of these events will bring many high caliber curlers. We will be looking for volunteers, so keep your eyes and ears open.

We will be starting the season with our Practice Week – October 10-13 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm & 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.

Members have been sporting a “TryCurlingNow” sign on their front lawns, thank you. We are registered now, so if you know of anyone who would like to give it a try, please have them register through the website trycurlingnow.ca or drop in to our Learn to Curl during practice week.

Our 4 steak nights will be continuing through the curling season, with the first one being Nov 3rd. 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.

A special thank you to Cathy Terry and her committee for another successful Fair Gate coordination. Also, a thank you to the many volunteers that gave their time to help with this event, despite the excessive heat. So very much appreciated.

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

A reminder that the Executive Board meets every month. So if you have any issues or concerns please forward to myself.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and fun season.

Good Curling!

Wendy Findlay
President

Registration:

On September 13th 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 sent 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. 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.

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. Not only did our volunteers have to deal with the directing of traffic, the collecting of money and the multitude of people attending the fair but the extreme record temperatures experienced during the five days of the fair.

We need to thank some individuals who were instrumental in the organization of this fundraising event. Cathy Terry spent countless hours with her phoning committee (Marilyn O'Reilly, John Baldry, June Widdis and Deb Hatch) contacting members, and then slotting them into different shifts. It is a huge undertaking and we all appreciate the work Cathy has done for us again this year. Last but certainly not least, "Thank you" to all the members who volunteered their time. This is a major fundraiser for the club and we will certainly put the $9,5000.00 to good use. Thank you again to everyone for your assistance.

Golf and Steak Day:

On Sunday, October 1st we held our "Golf and Steak Day". It has been a few years since we last held this event, but, this year the interest returned and we had 54 golfers head out to Deer Run Golf Course and were treated to a splendid day of golf. Afterwards, 73 people came to the club to enjoyed a beverage (or two) and a delicious steak dinner. It was great day and we need to "Thank" a number of people. Thank you to Jerry Ford who assisted in the resurrection of the golf day and who organized the meal and the kitchen. Thank you to Mary McKay, Anne Rodd, Pat Clarke, Sandra Widdis, Pat Ford and Ruth Graham who helped to prepare the meal, serve and assisted with the clean up. Thank you to Henry Jetten who started up the BBQ. It was a fabulous day and hopefully we will be able to run it again next year!!!

Share the Wealth:

As many of you know last year our Board of Directors decided to run a voluntary "Share-The-Wealth Draw" to raise money for our curling club. In some of our leagues there was a draw running in conjunction with this fundraiser and this caused some confusion. Moving forward, the only Share the Wealth draw will be the one run by the club on a week to week basis. The cost will be a "TOONIE". 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 your 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 in the club the following Monday and the winners may collect their winnings from the office.

Ontario Curling Association (OCA) Events:

The season may only beginning but we have two teams that will be travelling to Port Perry Curling Club to participate in the Travelers Curling Club Championships. This is the first OCA event of the year and it takes place from October 20th to the 22nd. The following two teams Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson on the Women's side and Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Dave Geelen and Malcolm Florence who will be representing Lindsay in the Men's draw. Good luck to both teams, play well.

Reminders for Your Calendar:

Tuesday, October 3 - Ladies Opening Meeting/Luncheon from noon to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 3 - Tuesday Evening Ladies Meeting from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, October 10 to Friday, October 13 - Practice Week for Members 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday, October 10 to Friday, October 13 - Open House for those who are beginners and those who would like to give curling a try! 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunday, October 15 - Youth Curling Begins - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday, October 16 - First week of League play!
Wednesday, October 25 - Ethel and Jeanette's Hairstyling Get Acquainted Ladies Bonspiel
Friday, November 3 - Steak Night

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

Dave Nigh