SponsorsThe Midland Curling Club extends our gratitude and acknowledges the following fine businesses for their support over the curling season. They have generously supported the club through their advertising and their sponsorship of sections and events. Club members are asked to use the services of these companies when possible to help show our appreciation.
Santa Claus Parade Update
If you were in the crowd you know how much fun they were having! Congratulations to John McCallum and his whole crew for another great entry in the Midland Santa Claus Parade. This year the Wee Rock slid to victory down King Street, guided by skip John and the big brooms, and will be awarded the Civitan President’s Choice award at the Club tonight (December 4) at 7 PM.
Salvation Army Fundraiser
This year the Club is again running a fundraiser for the Salvation Army food bank. Envelopes are available at the bar, and receipts will be issued by the Salvation Army for all donations of $20 or more. This is our fourth annual fundraiser for this worthy cause. Stan Gowan (aka Drambuie Louie) began the program, and although he has now retired from curling his spirit is still behind it. Remember those less fortunate, and please give as you are able.
Meatland Oom Pah Pah Bonspiel
This year’s Oom Pah Pah, sponsored again by Kurt and Chris at Meatland, runs on Saturday January 18. This unique event is about as much fun as you can have on curling ice, with 6-person teams rotating players on and off the ice and through all the positions. It is a spiel that attracts curlers of all experience levels, and is a great opportunity to bring friends and family members out to experience curling – the game and the social side. The roster is filling already, so organize your team and sign up now! The team entry fee of $300 includes your curling, lunch and dinner, pitchers of beer, and entertainment by Rockin the House.
A big thank you to everyone who came out on November 2nd and supported our club at the Kick Off Wine and Cheese Party. We had about 100 people attend the party. Background music was provided by Noel Macartney, Doug Hill and Cathy Earles. It was a wonderful evening of socializing with friends, family and other members of the community.
Congratulations to of the winners of the lucky draws and to the raffle and trivia quiz winners. Thanks to our basket donators: Joe and Jennifer Hurdle and Colleen Gougeon. Our Centennial Project Committee did a fabulous job of putting this event together very quickly this fall.
After all of our bills were paid we cleared $1100. This included monies collected from the raffle ticket sales and well as the entry tickets. Our fund raising total this year to over $5000 – still another $10,000 to go this season.
The Friday night mixed league starts tonight (Oct. 25)! Teams and schedules are available on the website.
The teams and schedules for the Monday and Tuesday night leagues are now posted on their respective pages.
Check back soon for the rest of the leagues.
The club is open every day this week for practice between 9-4 and 6-9.
Come on out and get on the ice.
Practice Week starts October 15
Welcome! It was great to see so many familiar faces, and some new ones as well, on our registration nights last week. The Board reviewed the numbers at our meeting this week, and we are pleased with the response so far. All leagues have room for more curlers, however, and we ask again that you encourage your friends and neighbours to come out to try our great sport.
Learn to Curl League
Last year’s successful new program is being repeated this year, with a time change. This year the 8-week program runs Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting October 27. The cost to register is just $95, and that cost will be credited toward a new curler full season registration. That means that a new curler who signs up for the Learn to Curl League and a regular league (evening or day) gets both for $199. It is a low cost way to try the sport, and a great deal for the new curler who stays for the whole season. Tell someone you know about the Learn to Curl League, or give them this flyer! And if you are interested in helping us run the program on one or more Sundays, please let me know.
During the summer we installed a new motor on the compressor, and a new brine pump and motor. The equipment all works well, and the creation of the ice surface is proceeding on schedule. On Tuesday the ice surface received its coat of white paint – a major transformation – and today when I was in Bryan, Kristeen, and Jennifer were painting the rings.
Many of you will already know that Colleen McIlravey accepted another job and advised us that she will not be serving as Business manage for the Club this year. Colleen has been a major contributor to the smooth operation of the Club for many years, being involved in everything from the general administration to stocking the bar to just being there for members, and she will be missed. We wish her well as she moves on to new challenges. We are also pleased that she will still be part of our operation, as described below.
The Board met recently to discuss our options and decided on the following: We will not, at least for now, replace Colleen with a new employee in the Business Manager position. There were a couple of reasons for that decision – timing being a factor - but the main one was the financial benefit of reducing our staff costs. To handle some of the responsibilities Colleen has managed, I have stepped down as President of the Club and will instead serve for the coming season, as a volunteer, as House Manager and administrator. At the Board meeting Steve Sprague was nominated and elected to serve as President of the Club.
Colleen carried her usual workload through registration week, and continues to help with the transition. She will also serve as Bar Manager for the balance of the calendar year, and will continue with the daily cleaning contract.
There will obviously be some challenges as we adjust to a new mode of operation, and we will be looking for volunteers to help with some of the tasks that Colleen has performed. Running the operation with volunteers is the norm at many clubs, and I know that we have the talent and commitment within our membership to handle this change at our Club.
If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to me or to Steve Sprague.
See you on the ice in a couple of weeks!