April 2014 Newsletter

Greetings Everyone,

It's hard to believe that we are in our last week of curling! It sure has been a long winter. On Friday, April 4th we will be having our last steak night for this season. Also, on that night many members will be playing in their championship games and I'm sure we will be treated to an exciting night of curling. The curlers will be piped onto the ice by Doug Morris of the Pipes and Drums of Lindsay at 7:00 so come on in and enjoy a steak dinner and cheer on all of our teams.

Golf Coupon Books for Sale:

We have several of the Golf Coupon Books left. The coupon book offers discounts for many local golf courses but also there are coupons for Driving Ranges, Golf Lessons, Mini Golf, Restaurants and Pubs, Sport Retail stores as well as discounts for Alpine and Cross Country Skiing. Purchase your very own Golf Coupon Book for just $30.00. For more information please contact the LCC office (705-324-3851).

OCA Events:

On March 15th the Lindsay Curling Club hosted the Women's Tankard and the Men's Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard. Lindsay had two entries in both the Women's and Men's events. Congratulations to Julie O'Neill (skip), Lisa Jones, Susan Cully and Tracy Hiddink, Emma Joyce (skip), Diane Jenkins, Kristine Mitchell and Lynn Joyce. The ladies will be representing Zone 5 at the Regionals hosted at Peterborough Curling Club on Saturday, April 5th and if successful, they will play the very next day at the Annandale Country Club for the Provincial Championships. Good Luck Ladies!!!

Lindsay Curling Club has been well represented this year at the Zones, Regionals and Provincials levels in the various OCA events. John Baldry and Sue Ledoux, our OCA club representatives worked tirelessly to ensure both visiting and home teams were taken care of both on and off the ice. Also, thank you to Marj Smith who assisted John Baldry with the Two Team Tankard Event early last month. We must thank all the volunteers who helped out in the kitchen, who donated morning muffins and other tasty treats and who helped with the Pancake Breakfast which was held in conjunction with the Zone 5 Intermediate Men and Women's Regional. It takes numerous people to ensure both visiting and home teams are taken care of. The hospitality offered at our Club was second to none!

We also need to thank Mark West. We are very fortunate to have Mark as our ice maker. Whether it be OCA events or Bonspiels many of the out of town teams compliment Mark on his ice and it is a testament to all the hard work he and his helpers (Nicki Avery and Nathan West) put forth to make the ice conditions as near perfect as possible. "Thank You" Mark, Nicki and Nathan we appreciate your efforts.

Countdown Clock:

I'm sure by now everyone has noticed the new countdown clock installed at the north end of the club. We purchased the clock to take the place of the bell that was used to signal the last end of curling on Tuesday and Thursday evening. We would like to use the clock for all league play and bonspiels. We have been trying it out the last few weeks, experimenting with the amount of time allowed to play a game. Right now, we have the clock set to countdown from one hour and fifty minutes (01:50:00). This is the amount of time allowed to complete seven ends of curling. If the last rock of the seventh end comes to rest prior to the completion of the allotted time then you will be able to finish the eight end. If your time runs out (00:00:00) before the last rock of the 7th end is completed then you will not be allowed to finish the 8th end. The rationale behind this is to keep both leagues and bonspiels on time. It should take two hours to complete an eight end game. We have noticed that many games are going over the allotted 2 hour limit causing our ice maker to rush to prepare the ice for the next draw or game. Right now we are not enforcing this rule during league play but next year we would like to implement the countdown clock for all leagues and bonspiels. Of course we would have to program the clock differently for the Friday Curl and Dine and Mixed Leagues that follow as they are playing an already shortened six-end game. We hope, with the addition of the countdown clock we will able to keep everyone on time and allow our ice maker enough time to properly prepare the ice.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!

I would like to share an email I recently received.....

Sunday, March 23rd

Once again the members of the Lindsay Curling Club have shown us that we are part of a fantastic Curling Club. We hosted our Region Provincial Playdowns today and with the tremendous support of our members it was a Huge success. To everyone who donated food and bottles of water; to the on ice volunteers and the time keepers; to the gals in the kitchen; to the running of the event, we say a huge "THANK YOU" from the Special Olympic Athletes and their coaches.

This is another reminder of just how great a Club and membership we have. I to, would like to thank everyone who helped out on Sunday. You made quite an impression on the athletes themselves, their coaches and family members. A great day was had by all.


Many of you have taken advantage of this club resource but many may not be aware of it. On the second floor down by Sheet One is a bookshelf of gently used paperback and hardcover books. Thank you to all those people who have donated books, to this cause. These books can be purchased for $1.00 a piece. Stock up now for your summer reading at the cottage or simply at home on the patio. At the price of $1.00 a book, a better deal cannot be found! All the funds raised go directly back to the Curling Club.

125th L.C.V.I. Anniversary and Greenhurst Reunion (50's, 60's & 70's):

Tickets are still available for the Little Caesar and the Consuls Dance on Saturday, May 17th. The ticket sales have been going very well and we expect quite a crowd. We will be looking for volunteers to assist in the setting up the stage, tables and chairs for the dance, to act as bartenders during the dance and to help take down and clean up the night of and the day after the dance. We are also looking for pictures/memorabilia of that era to decorate the main lounge for the "Social" prior to the dance. I was thinking along the lines of "a walk down memory lane" with a Greenhurst Dance Pavilion theme. If you happen to have any pictures of the Greenhurst Pavilion or pictures of events taking place at the Dance Hall would you kindly bring them to me at the Club.

Early Bird Registration:

Register for the 2014 - 2015 curling season and avoid possible increases to your membership dues. Also, have your name added to a list for a chance to win back your membership fee as Mike Reaman did last year!! Dues must be received on or before June 1, 2014 to be eligible for the draw. The draw will be made at the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014. Registration forms are available at the LCC office or see the attached form.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Friday, April 4th Championship Steak Night

Saturday, April 5th Tuesday Evening Women Spiel and Banquet 10:00 am

Monday, April 7th Year End Banquet 5:00 pm Social, 6:00 pm Roast Beef Dinner and presentation of awards to follow

Wednesday, April 9th Women's Banquet 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 15th Tuesday Evening Women's AGM 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 17th Little Caesar and the Consuls Dance at the Club

Well, that's about all for now. Do not forget to sign up for the championship steak night as well as your respective banquets. We will be busy over the summer with many new initiatives that will further enhance our club. I plan to continue to send out newsletters and updates over the summer to keep everyone informed with what is happening in and around the club. If I don't see you in the next few days, I hope you all have a great summer!!! Remember, we are always looking for new members so spread the word about our great club!

David Nigh