January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's get started on this month's newsletter.

Steak Night:

The December steak night was another success with just over 160 people in attendance. Thank you to Jerry Ford who organized the evening and also to the volunteers from the Men's Section who helped with the BBQ, serving the meal, cleaning up, running the cash and washing and putting away the mountainous load of dishes. We appreciate their effort and the giving up of two hours of their personal time. We all are busy and particularly at this time of year so we do thank those who were able to help us out. The next steak night will be the 9th of February. Be sure to mark that day on your calendar.


Kawartha InterClub Senior Bonspiel:

On Wednesday, December 13th Lindsay Curling Club hosted the Kawartha Interclub Senior Bonspiel. There were 24 teams were treated to morning coffee and snacks before heading out to play their first game. A big “Thank you” goes out to Maxine Anderson and Faye Flood who were here bright and early preparing the morning goodies and stayed throughout the afternoon setting for the delicious lunch prepared by Dianne’s Country Cooking & Catering.

After the two games, drawmaster Arol Fairbairn tallied the results. The high two game winner on the Early Draw was Keith Hockaday, from Lakefield Curling Club and the second draw high two game winner and overall high points was a team from West Northumberland Curling Club skipped by Barry Walker. A great day was had by all and we must thank Dan Reynolds for organizing the day.

Heart N Soul Gifts Bonspiel:

This daytime ladies bonspiel is scheduled for Wednesday, January 10th. Sign-up sheet is almost completely filled and is located in the main floor lounge area. The cost to enter the spiel is $25.00 per person. This includes two six end games, a lunch between games and prizes. Coffee and muffins will be served at 9:30 and the first draw will begin shortly afterward at 10:00 am. For more information call Janet Guillard (705-324-0562).

Youth Bonspiel:

On Saturday, January 13th the Lindsay Curling Club will be hosting an “U15” Bonspiel for our curlers of the future. There is one draw beginning at 11:00 am and they will be playing two eight end games. Teams from Quinte, Wilberforce, Bobcaygeon, Haliburton, Uxbridge, Peterborough, Oshawa and of course Lindsay will be taking part in the Youth Spiel. We thank our bonspiel sponsor John O’Reilly of O’Reilly Real Estate Brokerage for his support and also the many local businesses that have donated items for our draw prize table.

The curlers will be treated to our morning hospitality and a light lunch that is also available for parents and spectators to purchase. Diana Rogers, our youth coordinator, and bonspiel organizer, would like the welcome the curlers and their parents to our club. She hopes that our members come out and support and cheer on these fine young curlers. She would like to thank Angela and Jeff Porteous, Mike Smith, and Bruce Rogers for their support and assistance at this spiel and throughout the year with the Youth Program. She would also like to thank Arol Fairbairn who will be acting as drawmaster for the spiel. At this time, Diana is still looking for a few volunteers to assist in the kitchen and if you are available to lend a hand please touch base with her.

We must thank Diana for her dedication to the Youth Program. She has worked tirelessly to bring a program to our young curlers and we thank her and her helpers for all they have done the past few years. Thank You Diana!!!

OCA Events:

Lindsay Curling Club has had many teams competing in various OCA events the last month and I would like to recognized the teams that are moving on to the next level. Good luck, we know you will represent our Club well.

The team of Wayne Medford, Roger LeBlanc, Denis Johnston and John Ekins are moving on to the Grand Masters Provincials at the Thornhill Club from March 15th – 17th . Good luck guys, play well.

The team of Tim Raven, Mark West, Ryan Miles and Chris Miles are moving on to the Provincials of the Fairfield Marriott Challenge. They will be travelling to the Trenton Curling Club and the Brighton & District Curling Club who co-host this 32 team event from January 12th to the 14th. Good Luck guys, we will be cheering you on!!!

Coming up this month in OCA Senior Men’s and Women we have three teams taking part. On Saturday, January 6th and 7th at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club the team of Gary Grant, Bill Harrison, Terry Jenkins, Randy Grant and Dave Farr, as well as, the team of Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Henry Jetten and Dan Reynolds will be competing to move on to the Provincial Qualifier later this month. On the ladies side we have a team skipped by Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson who have already qualified to play at the Provincial Qualifier in Cobourg. Good luck to all teams.

If you have entered an OCA Event please remember to inform the LCC office as the Ontario Curling Association no longer informs the club that there is a team entered in a particular event. We would like to recognize the teams participating and also those who are moving on to the next level.

In January, the Lindsay Curling Club is hosting two OCA events. From Friday, January 19th to Sunday, Jan. 21st the club will be hosting the OCA Men’s Tankard Challenge Round and then on Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28th the OCA Adult Mixed Doubles will be held at our club. You may have been wondering why there are toonies placed in the ice in front of the rings and it is because of the Mixed Doubles Event.

With Mixed Doubles there are two stationary stones placed in position prior to the start of each end of play. One rock is placed on the centre line in front of the rings on one of the three toonies and a second rock is place on the centre line but directly behind the button in the rings. At some point in the game, a team may call for a “power play” then the positioning of the stationary rocks change.

A corner guard is placed at a predetermined distance perpendicular to where the rock was situated on the centre line and a second rock is placed on the “t line” behind the corner guard. My understanding is that the two players on a team only throw 5 rocks total. Often there is no one holding the broom at the far end as the team throws the rock. The second player acts as the sweeper and the person who is throwing the rock calls line. It should be interesting to watch as we do not have a league as such and maybe we should look at having one as mixed doubles is becoming quite popular throughout the curling world.

Our club is hosting one more OCA event (Senior Mixed Open Qualifier) but that isn’t until later in February. Remember spectators are always welcome and the games being played should be of high calibre. Hope to see you at the club.

Lindsay Curling Club “Share the Wealth”:

We had four Share the Wealth draws last month and the winners are as follows.
The week of November 27th….Doug Ross - $48.00 and Lyle Cully - $32.00
The week of December 4th…...Ted Rodd - $49.20 and Marc Sorensen - $32.80
The week of December 11th….Linda Gauthier - $32.40 and Connie Quibell - $21.60
The week of December 18th….Earl Manners - $36.00 and Marilyn O’Reilly - $24.00

Congratulations to the above winners and stay posted for this month’s winners.

Fund Raising Dance:

Over the last few years the Lindsay Curling Club has hosted a dance over the summer to raise funds for the club. This year the club is organizing a dance to take place at the curling club on Saturday, June 2nd. The proceeds of this dance is going to assist with the funding of the accessibility project. The band featured is ”Flash Back” and they play mainly 50’s and 60’s music. Tickets are available from the following individuals and locations: Lindsay Curling Club Office, Mary Ellen Gerster, Cheryl Saunders and at Wally’s Haircutting. The dance is open to the public and of course the members of our club. The cost per ticket is $20.00 and we hope to sell 500 tickets. Mark this date on your calendar and please support the club and purchase a ticket or two.

Rock Handle Sponsorship:

The following is excerpt taken from our 2013 Newsletter.

Update on our New Rocks: March 2013

We are now the proud owners of six sheets of brand new rocks. It has been a long process that started about this time last year (2012), but it has been well worth it. The new rocks are working beautifully and as we become more familiar with the amount of curl on both draw and take outs we will appreciate them even more. With proper care and maintenance Lindsay Curling Club members will enjoy this investment for many years to come.

We certainly have enjoyed the new rocks and we certainly do not regret the investment. We have hosted mainly OCA events and bonspiels since the purchase of the new rocks and ever since we have heard many compliments of not only the ice conditions but also the rocks. We certainly have the best of both worlds, excellent ice conditions and lively rocks, and those of you that go out and curl at other clubs know how lucky we are.

One of the conditions of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (who assisted us with the funding to purchase the new rocks) was to set up a capital reserve account that would begin to accumulate funds for capital expenditures such as the purchase of the new stones. Back in 2013 we organized a “Rock Handle Sponsorship” program where members of the club could purchase a new handle, have it engraved and make a contribution to a capital expenditure account of $100.00. All 96 rock handles were sponsored and we thank our members for that sponsorship.

As you may recall, the sponsorship expires at the end of the 2017/18 curling season which has prompted this message. The rock handle sponsorship has to be renew for another five year term. Each member who had a sponsorship will have the opportunity to renew their sponsorship at $100.00 for another five years. As was described in the initial stages of the sponsorship if the sponsor elects not to renew at the end of their five-year term the engraved handle will be released to the original sponsor and a blank handle then is available for subsequent sponsorship.

If you have a sponsored handle you will be contacted as to your intent for the next 5 year term or if you would like to continue your sponsorship please notify the office personally or by email and prepared invoices will be sent out during the off season. If all 96 handles are not sponsored then these blank handles would be up for sponsorship on a first come, first served basis.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Tuesday, January 2 - Regular League Play Resumes – 9:30 am Seniors, 1:30 pm Ladies Skip Entry, 6:45 pm Tues. Evening Women, 9:00 pm Tues. Major League
Saturday, January 6 – Sunday, January 7 (If Needed) - Travelers Club Thurs. Night Playdown
Sunday, January 7 - Youth Curling 1:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10 - Heart & Soul Daytime Ladies Bonspiel
Thursday, January 11 - Regular Senior and InterClub Play (PCC)
Saturday, January 13 - U-15 Youth Bonspiel
Friday, January 19 – Sunday, January 21 – OCA Event Men’s Tankard Challenge Round
Wednesday, January 24 – (Tentative) Lindsay Chamber of Commerce Robbie Burns Open Spiel
Friday, January 26 - Regular Senior and InterClub Play (WNCC)
Saturday, January 27 – Sunday, January 28 - OCA Event Adult Mixed Doubles


That’s about all for now, looking forward to seeing everyone!!

Dave Nigh