November 2017 Newsletter

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Greetings everyone,

On your Mark! Get Set!! Go!!!

The 2017/18 curling season is moving along quite nicely. Skips meetings were held, teams were made up, schedules formed and leagues were organized. The season is into it's third week and everything is moving along smoothly. We must say "Thank You" to all of our league convenors for organizing 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. There are schedules posted on the bulletin boards and copies of schedules are available to our members. We are also posting our schedules on the Lindsay Curling Club website. If you have not visited our site please do as there is a lot of information. Dave Francis has been busy updating information on our site and we thank him for doing that job.

From the LCC President:

Below is a list of the Executive Board of Directors for the Lindsay Curling Club. Any issues, complaints or suggestions regarding the Lindsay Curling Club should be forwarded to a member of the board. The Board meets monthly and the minutes of each board meeting will be posted on the bulletin board in the downstairs lounge once they are approved by the Executive Board.

2017-2018 Executive Board:

President: Wendy Findlay,
Vice-President John McCrae,
Past President Dave Wells,
Secretary Kim Ross,
Treasurer Emma Ireland,
Directors: Cathy Mullins, Barb Brown, Angie Melaney, John Ireland and Doug Ross.

Curling Clinics:

I would sincerely like to thank John McCrae for taking his time on Saturday to cover hosting duties for me in my absence. I would also like to thank the members that signed up and took part in the two Clinics that were given this past Saturday (Oct 28th) at the Club. I hope you enjoy either the Stick or Skills Analysis Clinic or both.

Please take a moment and provide some feedback regarding the day.

Which Clinic did you take part in? Was it worth it? Is it worth it for the Club to utilized these free clinics through the OCA (Ontario Curling Association) in the future?

If yes, which clinics would you like to see given?

Any other comments? Please forward your responses to:

Wendy Findlay, President

Name Tags:

Some of our members have been inquiring about Lindsay Curling Club name tags. I am presently creating a list of names for those who wish to place an order and buy a name tag. The cost is $10.00 (tax included) and I'll wait until mid November to place the order. If anyone would like to order a name tag please contact the LCC office or call 705-324-3851.

Steak Night:

Friday, November 3rd marks our first steak night of the year. The prices remain the same as last year and are as follows: Steak - $20.00, Chicken - $17.50 and Sides Only - $10.00. There is a sign up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the club so do not delay, sign up for our first steak night of the year. The BBQ will be ready to cook around 5:30 pm :-)

Thank you to all the volunteers from the Ladies Sections who signed up to help run the evening. Don't worry the other sections such as the Men's, Mixed and even the LCC Board will get their opportunity to sign up to help run this social fundraiser for the club. We depend on our membership to help out on other events that take place over the year and steak night is no different. It is a fundraiser for the club and we need our members to help out to run the four steak nights that we have throughout the year.


Ethel and Jeanette's Get Acquainted Bonspiel:

On October 25th the "Ethel and Jeanette's Get Acquainted Bonspiel" had 48 curlers take place in a fun filled day of curling. The ladies were treated to muffins/snacks and coffee to begin the day and then a nice meal prepared by Dianne's Country Kitchen. The 12 teams had two games and the eventual trophy winner was Mary Auld (Skip), Nancy McKague, Marion Perras and Roxanne Carter. Congratulations ladies! We would like to say a special "Thank You" to Ethel Windrem and Jeanette Finney for sponsoring this bonspiel again this year!! Without your sponsorship this event would not be the success that it was.

Mariposa Dairy donated various cheese selections for the draw table and we do thank them for their donation. As well, Jeanette donated the party favours for each curler and the hair drier for the draw table. The other draw baskets were provided by the committee. On behalf of the Bonspiel Committee we would like to thank the curlers, volunteers and all who contributed their time in any way to make this opening bonspiel a very successful day. We also need to take the time to thank the organizing committee of Bev McMillan and Pat Boyd who worked extremely hard to make this opening bonspiel a great start to the new curling season. Please see the thank you note that is posted on the board for all the other individuals who helped in any way. Thank you all for a great day!

Epilepsy Awareness Bonspiel:

On Saturday, November 4th is the Epilepsy Awareness Bonspiel. There are two draws, 9:00 am and 11:00 am. There will be 2-eight end games lunch, dinner, prizes and silent auction items. All this for just $50.00 per person. If interested in this fun spiel or if you would like some more information please contact Randy Parliament at .

RTO Bonspiel:

Wednesday, November 8th marks the annual RTO (Retired Teachers of Ontario) bonspiel. Jerry Ford is organizing the bonspiel and has 12 teams participating. Coffee is at 9:00 am and the 1st game begins at 9:30 am. Lunch will be served around 12:00 and the 2nd game will begin around 1:15 pm. It is an annual event at the club and we look forward to hosting it for another year.

DeNure Tours Bonspiel:

The DeNure Tours Women's Bonspiel is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 15th. There will be 2 eight-end games, as well as morning treats, hot lunch and snacks. There will be prizes awarded after game 2 for each draw. Closing date for entries is November 8th, Please send entries to Darlene McIntyre 15 Richard Ave. Lindsay, ON K9V 5H4. For more information contact Darlene at 705-324-9339 or email her at . You could also go to our website and check out the Bonspiel Flyer for yourself.

Home Hardware Mixed Bonspiel:

Mark Saturday, November 18th on your calendar to play in this spiel sponsored by Chad Broad of Lindsay Home Hardware. This fun mixed spiel requires at least one male and one female per team. Combinations of one gal and 3 guys, 3 gals and one gal or the more traditional lineup of two guys and two gals are acceptable There are two draws of two eight end games scheduled with the first draw beginning at 8:45 and the second beginning at 11:00 am. The cost per team is $160.00 and there are forms avaliable at the club or on the website. For more information contact Cathy Mullins ( ) or call the office at 705-324-3851.

OCA News:

The Travelers Curling Club Championships:

The Travelers Curling Club Championships, the first Ontario Curling Association (OCA ) event of the year, began Saturday, October 21st and concluded on Sunday, October 22nd at the Port Perry Curling Club. There were teams from Zone 5 and also Zone 6 participating in this event. We had two teams, one men's team and one ladies team participating in this opening OCA event. Congratulations to the team of Wendy Findlay, (Skip), Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson, who moved on to the Provincials in Niagara Falls held last weekend (Friday October 27 - Sunday October 29th). Even though the ladies did not move on from the provincials they represented our club very well and we were proud of their efforts. Well Done Ladies!!!

OCA Clinic:

On Saturday, October 28th our club hosted two OCA clinics which many of our members took advantage of. In the morning there was a Stick Clinic and it filled up quickly as our club have quite a few members who use the throwing stick to deliver the rock. In the afternoon there was a Skills Analysis Clinic where various aspects of the game of curling were covered. By all accounts the day was a great help to those who participated and we will certainly look at holding another clinic in the future.

Up Coming OCA Events:

Many of our members take part in the various Ontario Curling Association Events over the season and it is the responsibility of the players to enter on line and I would appreciate it if the teams could also inform the club that they have entered an event so that we can go online and follow line scores and recognize the teams that are involved. The following is a list of events taking place this month.

Colts and Trophy Championships - Provincial Qualifier - November 17 - 19

U21 Junior Men and Women - Provincial Qualifier - November 17 - 19
Master Men - Open Qualifier - November 24 - 26
U21 Junior Men & Women - Challenge Round - November 24 - 26
Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Provincial Qualifier East - November 24 - 27 at the Lindsay Curling Club

I highlighted the last OCA event above as our club is hosting this event and there will be many excellent teams competing for the right to go to the Scotties Provincials being held at Whitby Curling Club later this season in January. Good luck to all the teams that will be participating in the above mentioned events and also in other OCA events coming up throughout the season.

Lindsay Curling Club "Share The Wealth”:

Last week marked our first club wide "Share the Wealth" draw. For the entire week members could participate by dropping a toonie in the wooden bin and writing their name by their favourite number on the accompanying sheet. You could enter as often as you liked just as long as you pay $2.00 per line. Fifty percent of the total amount of funds raised go directly to the club to help finance some of our programs such as our Patron President Bonspiel and the other 50% is split 60/40 with two winners.

Our lucky winners for the first week are Sandra Widdis ($66.30) and Mark West ($44.20). Not bad for a $2.00 investment!!

Second Week of Share the Wealth - Winners are June Widdis - ($58.80) and Todd Meredith - ($39.20) :-)

Book Sale:

Once again the Tuesday Evening Women's section is coordinating the ongoing Book Sale at the Curling Club. The bookcase is located upstairs lounge at the west end of the club and a small bookcase in the ladies change room area. Take a look at the selection - - Buy a book for only a buck, read it and bring it back for someone else to enjoy. Thank you for your participation.....All proceeds go back to the Club.

Fundraising Opportunity:

Hi fellow curlers,

My name is Cathy Mullins and I am the Director of Bonspiels and Schedules on the LCC board. I am also the president of the Tuesday Evening Women's league. I also sell Tupperware and I am assisting the Board of the curling club in running a Tupperware Fundraiser for the LCC from November 1st to November 15th. The club will receive 40% of all sales from orders placed for items from the Fundraising Flyer. That amount is actually written in each product description in the flyer. All products are covered by the Tupperware lifetime warranty. The order forms are in the Flyer and located on the last two pages. You can drop off your order and payments to any Board Member or Dave Nigh and myself, please pay in cash or cheque. Please make cheques payable to Cathy Mullins; or you can email your order to me at and I can assist you with an e transfer payment if you prefer.

Please add the shipping of 3.95 and then the tax of 13 % to your order to determine your total. I suggest that you poll your orders with a friend to reduce the shipping cost.

I will be visiting each draw the week of Nov 6th to 10th to answer any questions and to take orders from members or friends of the LCC. We hope to raise funds to support the continued improvement of the club for everyone's use. SO please check out the link below to view the Fundraising Flyer.

Thank you
Cathy and the LCC board

Advice Ice From an Icemaker:

1. Maintain Your Shoes
Make sure you have one pair of shoes dedicated to curling and curling only. Thou shall not walk across the parking lot in these sacred shoes, nor thou shall not run wily-Nelly round the club in the sacred shoes, as they will become filthy (even if they look clean) and bring that filth onto the ice. Curlers should put on their shoes only for the game and suggests using both an adhesive mat to make sure shoes are completely clean before stepping onto the ice.

2. What Not to Wear
Many curlers may not be aware of this, but fleece sweaters (and pants) are just horrid for the ice. Little balls of fluff come off the material and end up on the ice. This problem is especially bad after Christmas when everyone comes to curling proudly wearing brand new fleece jackets and sweaters. The balls of fluff from the fleece clothing end up on the ice and cause rocks to pick.

3. Maintain Your Slider
To keep from gouging the ice, avoid using scratched sliders. The deep gouges left behind by an ill-maintained slider can later have an effect on how rocks react to the ice surface. These gouges often run from the hack all the way up past the hog-line, which means they could later affect a rock’s path at a most critical time – in the house.

4. Be Careful Where You Put Those Hands
Leaving your hands, fingers, knees or rear end on the ice for any extended period of time will cause problems. It doesn't take much time to permanently burn warm body parts into the ice. It only takes seconds for the ice to start melting and you can take the pebble right off leaving smudge marks on the ice.

5. Maintain Your Gripper
Debris left behind from grippers can be a nightmare. The little bits of rubber that come off a gripper can cause rocks to pick and leave the ice looking dirty. It is recommended to purchasing a new gripper every season and giving it a good wash with soap and water a couple times a year.

What we are trying to achieve is to not bring in outside dirt, it definitely has an effect. However, we are not suggesting that we spend so much time obsessing over debris that we forget to enjoy the game: We just have to respect the ice and all the hard work that club ice technicians put in to have good ice.

Mark West, our ice technician, works tirelessly to keep our ice surface as clean and as perfect as he possibly can. It will be an added challenge this year with all of the construction that is taking place at the club. Many of you do not see the hours of preparation that goes into preparing the ice for play. What you see between games is only a very small micro-portion of what Mark does. So, let's all do our best to help Mark continue to make the ice conditions at the Lindsay Curling Club as near perfect as he can.

Reminders for your Calendar:

November 3 - Steak Night (5:30 pm start)
November 4 - Epilepsy Awareness Bonspiel
November 8 - RTO Bonspiel
November 15 - DeNure's Ladies Bonspiel
November 18 - Home Hardware Mixed Spiel
November 20, 22 & 23 - Patron President Bonspiel - Open to all members!!
November 24, 25 & 26 - OCA Event - Scotties Tournament of Hearts Qualifier
November 29 - Senior Luncheon and Curling

Well, that is it for now!!!!!

Dave Nigh