May 2018 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

Another month has come and gone. It started off cool and was beginning to warm up until that nasty freezing rain, ice pellets and snow mixture that caught everyone off guard. There were many cancellations throughout southern Ontario and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Many areas were without power until Monday afternoon and, in some cases, well into that evening. It was quite a shock but that is all behind us now. It looks like we will be finally getting some warmer weather and we can get started on some of those spring chores and activities.

At the club the contractors have been in and opened up three new entrances for the lift and new foyer off of the lift. The company that manufactured the lift has been in and has installed the lift which will allow access from the main floor with the upper lounge area and bar. Once the lift was installed some masonry work had to be done to enclosed the openings with the lift doorways. This portion of the job is almost entirely completed I suspect that the next stages to be completed will be the flooring, framing, insulation, drywall and painting. The exterior work yet to be completed is the cladding on the lift shaft and new foyer, roofing and steel siding. There is still quite a bit of work yet to be done but we are slowly progressing and the light at the end of the tunnel is growing a little brighter.

The club has several rentals coming up in May. Our first rental is the monthly Kawartha CAN Poker Tournament taking place on Sunday, May 6th. Doors open at 9:30 am and registration begins at 10:00 am. There is a Jack and Jill rental on Saturday, May 12th. Some of you may even want to drop by the curling club on Saturday, May 26th to see what treasures may be offered at the Humane Society's Yard Sale. Doors open at 8:30 am and close at 1:00 pm.

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter the Club is holding a fundraising dance out on the ice surface floor. The dance is fast approaching and will take place on Saturday, June 2nd. The proceeds of this dance are 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. Watch for ads in Kawartha Lakes This Week promoting the dance. Tickets are avaliable from the following individuals and locations: Lindsay Curling Club Office, Mary Ellen Gerster, Cheryl Saunders and at Wally’s Haircutting. Wendy Findlay and John McCrae also have tickets to sell. 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.

Register for the 2018 - 2019 curling season and avoid possible increases to your membership dues. All early bird registrations are entered into a draw and one lucky member will win back their registration fees and curl for free next year. Registration forms and cheques must be received on or before June 1, 2018 to be eligible for the draw. The draw will be made at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, June 19th , 2018. Registration forms are available at the LCC office or see the attached form (click the link for the form).

As mentioned above plan to attend the AGM on Tuesday, June 19th at 7:00 pm. If you are unable to attend the AGM and would like to fill out the Proxy (A Proxy Form will be attached in next month's newsletter) just drop the completed form off at the LCC office and it will be passed on to President Wendy Findlay to act on your behalf. Reports will be given by our treasurer Emma Ireland as well as individuals representing the various sections and any new business will be dealt with at this time. Hope to see you at the meeting on the 20th.

Lost Stones:

You may recall in your April Newsletter that I intended to share with you the article that was written by David Sgriccia regarding the intriguing story of how the Lindsay Curling Club ordered a complete set of new curling stones and never received them. The following is the first of four parts that I will share with you over the summer.

“The Finest Consignment of Curling Stones Ever…”

Written by David M. Sgriccia Detroit Curling Club

Part 1 Background

There should have been noise – lots of noise. But, it was eerily silent. Everything moved in slow motion. Some of the crates burst open. Red ones and blue ones toppled out. Some rolled; some slid. Finally all movement ceased. Two hundred seventy-eight came to rest on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean 200 miles off the coast of Ireland. Only curlers would mourn their fate. The SS Athenia had been sunk by a torpedo fired from U-30 – a German U-boat. World War II was only hours old.

My involvement in this saga began shortly after I joined the Detroit Curling Club in 1979, when I was told a story that new curling stones ordered by the club in the 1940s had been lost at sea. “Sunk by a Bosch submarine in WWII.” The story intrigued me and I wanted to uncover the details. Unfortunately, the facts I found disproved the story. On March 26, 2013, I wrote an article on the blog ( that showed the timing of the club ordering the stones (June 1941), and receiving the stones (December 1941), and the lack of ships sunk in this timeframe did not match up to make the story viable.

That blog-posting led a member of the Wausau (WI) Curling Club to write a comment on the blog about a similar story in his club’s history. That story was even easier to debunk since they actually ordered and received their stones after the end of WWII (same Blog: January 7, 2015). The North American Curling News article of February 1, 1947, was the deciding proof. The Wausau CC had ordered and received its stones after the end of the war.

I asked U.S. Curling News columnist David Garber to publish a request in the spring 2015 edition of the magazine asking if other clubs have had similar rumors or stories floating around their membership. No one replied.

The story continued to attract my curiosity. How and why could a couple of curling clubs have such similar stories of curling stones lost in WWII? I started reading the history Webpages at various curling clubs throughout Ontario and the eastern USA. I found one article at Toronto’s High Park Club: “… In 1939, 41 pairs of stones, weighing 41.5 lbs. each with black or white handles, were purchased for $36 per pair. The first sets of stones were lost when a German torpedo hit the Athenia, the ship carrying them. New ones arrived in time for the following year.” We now had the name of a ship.

The SS Athenia, a passenger ship, was built in 1922 for the Donaldson Line of Glasgow. She was a 13,465 gross ton ship, length 526 feet, beam 66 feet, one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a service speed of 15 knots. On her maiden voyage she sailed from Glasgow to Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal and returned to Glasgow. This became her normal route. In March 1927 she was refitted to carry additional passengers. The ship could now accommodate 314 cabin-, 310 tourist-, and 928 third-class passengers. The cargo capacity was 1,000 tons.

(This is a four-part story. Next month: Part 2 War)

Reminders for your Calendar:

May 2 - Returning Cancer Society Canvassing Kits – 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
May 6 - Kawartha CAN Poker Tournament - Registration 10:00 am
May 26 - Humane Society Yard Sale at Lindsay Curling Club 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
June 1 - Deadline for Early Bird Registration
June 2 – Flash Back Dance at LCC – Doors Open at 7:00 pm
June 19 - Annual General Meeting at 7:00 pm

Well, that is about all for now. Just a reminder that the summer hours for the Club are from 10:00 am to noon on Tuesday and Thursdays'. All calls and emails will be dealt with during these times. I hope that you will consider coming to our June 2nd fundraising dance as it should be a great evening. See you there!!!

Dave Nigh