March 2018 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

Here we are into our last month of curling. It has been a shorten season due to the fact that Easter weekend is early this year with Good Friday falling on March 30th. If you recall we did not have a two week layoff over the Christmas Break and started back early on the 2nd of January which allowed most of the leagues to get their three schedules of 7 games in. However, some of our leagues had a shorten third schedule which didn’t seem too upsetting to the members or league convenors. Regardless, this last month will move on by quickly so hold onto your hats the curling season will be over for another year before you know it.


Senior Men's Open Bonspiel:

On February 3rd we had 24 Senior Men's teams visit our club to play in this well-known spiel. Jack DeBois began this spiel many, many years ago and was very instrumental in making sure that it was filled each and every year. We had a moment of silence prior to the start of each draw to remember Jack and what he meant to the club and this spiel.

The men played two games and were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Diane Ireland Country Cooking. The early draw winner and the eventual overall winner of the bonspiel was a Lakefield team skipped by Tom Sayer. On the second draw, our very own Don Huff led his team of Ken Lawton, John Flood and Gary Ralph to the high two game winner. Congratulations Don and team. A good time was had by all and we hope that we can fill this bonspiel again next year. Thank you to Maxine Anderson and to Faye Flood who helped to serve coffee and morning treats and also assisted in setting up for the two lunches. We also need to thank Bev Flemming, Ron Fevang, Doug Scott, and Dan Reynolds, the organizing committee, for their efforts. As well, we would like to thank Arol Fairbairn for being the Drawmaster for the day.

Frost Whetter Oaklin Insurance 2-Day Ladies Bonspiel: (Report Prepared by Mary Auld)

The 41st Frost Whetter Oaklin Insurance 2-day Ladies Bonspiel was held here on Feb. 21-22. The Lindsay Curling Club was alive with 20 out of club teams and 4 home teams.

Barb Brown, our Ladies President welcomed everyone on Wednesday Morning. Arol Fairbairn acted as our Drawmaster. Barb Fairbairn assisted as coordinator for both days. John McCrae was our office assistant while Dave Nigh achieved his opportunity to curl in Hamilton. Linda Foss organized food and Ladies to offer delicious muffins for breakfast with coffee on both mornings. Mary McKay and Gloria Broad set tables for lunch on Wednesday. Thank-you.

Janet Guillard, Barb Brown and Anne Rodd organized the club for dinner for 101 ladies. Morley brown and Chris Guillard assisted with tables, chairs and wine. The tables were beautiful again this year to receive guests with dinner prepared by Diane’s Country Kitchen.

Anne Kearns and Kim Appleton from FWO joined us for dinner and entertainment. Carol Douglas, her sister in law Nancy and Faye Clark made and presented snacks as the teams came off the ice. The Social committee headed by Sandy Widdis and Gail Pillsworth served the “last supper”. The cheese logs are a favourite and the recipe is posted on the website. Gail was ill and Mary Keenan stepped in to help. Speedy recovery Gail.

Anthony Jetten our bar steward graciously served the drinks at the bar both days. Doug Ross also helped out. Thanks Gentlemen.

Our Draw Table was a vision. The ladies donated items that were beautifully wrapped by Eleanor Baldry and Linda Matson. Audrey Johnson was ill and unable to help. We wish Audrey a speedy recovery. Linda Matson, Mary Keenan and Anne Rodd helped sell tickets during Wednesday. John Baldry helped transport items to and fro. Thank-you. A Canadian Quilt donated by Laurene Green became a silent auction item raising $160. Congratulations to Marion Perras, the lucky winner.

The entertainment encouraged 18 participants to wet their creative appetite and make our upstairs come alive with dancing, singing, skits, laughter and clapping. Many compliments keep our entertainers coming back. Thanks Nancy Graham for your attention to details. Allison Chenier was ill and Kim Ross stepped in to help. Speedy recovery Allison.

This year, Mark Stewart and Kim Appleton observed and photographed our ABC events being piped on to the ice by John Hunter and Brian Gowan. Barb Fairbairn quickly introduced each of the teams. Hot Damn. I heard Mark was very impressed.

Home luncheon organized by Judy MacLean and Nancy Graham is always recognized as a highlight of the 2 days. Six homes, directions, recipes, casseroles, salad, dessert, wine and helper. Just a few things to organize. Well done, girrrrrls.

Kim Appleton, from FWO was able to arrive in time to present the trophy to the winning team Thanks Kim.

Louise Haugen from Port Perry returned to win the trophy for 2 years running. Congratulations Louise—skip, Linda Powell—vice, Susan Duivesteyn—second, Ann St. John—lead. Of Note. Louise has been coming to this event now for just 41 years.

Special thanks to Mark and Nathan West for our excellent ice and assistance everywhere when needed.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Ladies and Gentlemen of LCC for again working together to make the FWO Bonspiel a success.

This is my final year as Bonspiel Chair and Dave Nigh owes me a nickel. Anita Allen will be stepping in as Bonspiel Chair and I will step back onto the committee. Anita will be a fun chairperson with great skills. It has been a wonderful experience recognizing how everyone does their best willingly and with as much fun as possible, to showcase a curling club with a huge heart.

Thank you again for this opportunity.

Mary Auld

Mary has been the bonspiel chair for a number of years and we do need to thank her for dedication. She did an amazing job and spent many hours preparing, organizing and participating in this premier ladies event. Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you again Mary!! And I do owe you a nickel :-)

Lindsay Curling Club “Share the Wealth”:

We had four Share the Wealth draws last month and the winners are……
The week of January 29th …..Terry Lenhardt - $24.00 and Richard Koolhaas - $16.00
The week of February 5th …. Bob Whitfield - $25.50 and Chris Curtin - $17.00
The week of February 12th….Laverne Coulter - $33.60 and Scott Worsley - $22.40
The week of January 22nd…..Shirley Toombs - $21.00 and Jeanne Blewett - $14.00

Congratulations to the above winners!!!!!

Hurry Hard Draw:

At the club bar we have Hurry Hard draught on tap. The Triple Bogey Brewing Co. approached us about having a promotional draw at the club. When a customer/member purchased a Hurry Hard draught from our bar they were given a ballot to fill out. Anthony has been saving all of the ballots and the draw was made last week. Our lucky winners are Noreen Moore who won the Hurry Hard curling broom, Ewan Winter won the Hurry Hard leather belt and our next winner was Rick Lowe who won two Hurry Hard beer mugs. Thank you to all that participated and congratulations to our winners.

Cogeco: All Around The Town

Early in the new year the club was contacted by Mike Sloboda and Marcus Ferguson of Cogeco TV. They asked if the club would be interested in taking part in a program called “All Around The Town”. It is a half hour show that features organizations and clubs that are in and around the town of Lindsay. We decided that it would be good publicity for our club and also an opportunity to showcase our great club. Soon after a Cogeco camera person came to the club and took some footage of both lounge areas, the ice shed, the trophy case, the OCA banners that are displayed out on the ice surface and some footage of a game. Following that, a date was selected where both Mike and Marcus would come to the club and conduct an interview. Several of our members took part in the interview and both Marcus and Mike seemed very pleased. The episode featuring our club will debut the week of March 25th at 8:00 pm on YourTV (Channel 10 and 700 Cogeco). You could also visit their website for more details on the repeat days and times of the episode. Thank you to everyone who took part in the interview it was fun to do.

Fund Raising Bonspiels:

On February 10th, the Humane Society held a fundraising bonspiel at the Lindsay Curling Club. The bonspiel was well attended and Isaac Breadner (bonspiel organizer) would like to thank all that came out and supported his spiel and organization. The spiel helped to raise funds for their "Not for Profit “organization and our club was happy to provide a location for them to curl. All had a terrific time and they look forward to coming back again next season.

On Saturday, March 10th the United Way Spiel is being held here at the Lindsay Curling Club. In the past, there has been three full draws (36 teams) playing two six end games. It is an extremely busy day with 144 curlers taking part in the spiel. Lunch & Dinner are included with the entry of $220.00/team or $55.00/person. Also, there is a Loonie Auction, 50/50 Draw, Raffles, and Prizes for all! For more information please contact Audrey Quibell 705-324-6515 or at 705-887-2842.

As well, coming up later in March are the Bromont Curling Classic Men's Spiel (March 2 - 4) and also the Women's Open Spiel (March 17). This will bring us to the end of the month when we will be having our final steak night of the year that has traditionally been run in conjunction with Championship Night on Friday, March 23rd. Keep your eye open for signup sheets!!!

Pancake Breakfast:

On Sunday, March 4th the Tuesday Evening Women are planning to run a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 am to 1;00 pm. The cost is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children aged 5 – 10 and children under 5 eat free. There is also a Family Deal offered where 2 Adults and 2 Children can enjoy pancakes/sausage for $20.00. Since the breakfast is being held at the same time as the Men's Bonspiel come on out for breakfast and then enjoy watching a game of curling. Tickets are available at the LCC office or contact Mary Keenan or Deb Hatch. Hope to see you there!!!

OCA Events:

In last month’s newsletter I had mentioned that we had two of our young curlers taking part in the Hit, Draw and Tap Provincial Championships held during the Men’s Tankard at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville, Ontario. I am very pleased to tell you that Owen Porteous placed sixth in his age category and Miranda Teel placed FIRST in her age division and won the Provincial Championship for her age division. Way to go you two, you did us proud!!!!

The Lindsay Curling Club hosted the Senior Mixed Open Qualifier on Saturday, February 17th. We had two Lindsay teams participating and both advanced to the Provincial Qualifier at the Donald Curling Club coming up on March 10th and 11th. Congratulations to Gary Grant, Jane Hooper-Peroud, Dave Farr and Karyn Issler, as well as, Lyle Cully, Wendy Findlay, Dan Reynolds and Susan Cully. Play Well and Good Luck at the PQ!!!

Our U-18 girls played at the Midland Curling Club on Friday, February 23rd. There were 14 teams participating and from what I hear the competition was of a very high caliber. John Willemse, the team coach, said that he thought the girls had played the best they had all year long and said he was very proud of them even though they will not be moving on. The team consisted of Lindsay Lovering, Lael Shearer, Montana Lamb and Holly Parish. The girls would like to thank their sponsor the Peterborough Curling Shop and also the Tuesday Evening Women League for allowing them to play together as a team even though the league is not a skip entry league. Well Done Girls!!

We have two Lindsay teams participating in the BrokerLink Mixed Championships at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club from March 9 – 11th. Good luck to the team of John Bolton, Angie Melaney, Terry Jenkins and Tara Stephen as well as the team of Lyle Cully, Julie O’Neill, Dave Geelen and Lisa Jones. Good Sliding and Play Well.

Fundraising Dance:

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter LCC is organizing a dance to take place at the 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 Hair-cutting. 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.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Friday March 2 - 4 - Bromont Curling Classic Men's Spiel
Sunday, March 4 – Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, March 7 - Senior Mini Spiel
Thursday, March 8 - Day Ladies Spring Meeting (Noon to 1:30 pm)
Saturday, March 10 - United Way Bonspiel
Wednesday, March 14 – Mixed Skip Entry Wind Up
Friday, March 16 - Senior InterClub - Campbellford
Friday, March 16 - Friday Night Mixed Pizza and Wings
Saturday, March 17 - Women's Open Bonspiel
Friday, March 23 - Championship Steak Night
Saturday, March 24 - Tuesday Evening Women Spiel and Banquet
Monday, March 26 - Year End Banquet
Wednesday, March 28 - Women's Banquet

The curling season will be over before we know it and we will turn our attention to spring chores and other outdoor activities. Be sure to watch for information regarding your year-end banquets around the Club. That is about all for now.

Dave Nigh