December 2014 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

Twenty-five days until Christmas!! People are busy shopping, wrapping gifts, baking Christmas goodies and planning family gatherings. It's one of my most favourite times of the year (Next to the start of the curling season)!!!! Many thanks to Audrey Johnston, Joyce McCulloch, Bernice Zigomanis, Linda Matson, and Faye Clarke for making the club so festive looking. Thank you, also, to Denis Johnston and Barry Matson who helped the ladies by lugging out the heavier items. We appreciate all of your efforts!!

Curling will continue right up to Monday, December 22nd. There will be a short break over the Christmas holidays and curling will commence on Friday, the 2nd of January, with Senior afternoon curling at 12:45 pm followed by the Curl and Dine at 3:15 pm and 5:00 pm and finally the two Mixed Draws at 6:45 pm and 8:30 pm.

Bonspiels:

DeNure Bonspiel: Mother Nature made this year’s event especially notable. Due to the previous evening & overnight snow & wind storm, a number of plans were changed. But, curlers are staunch and we feel the Bonspiel was another success. Many thanks to all those who helped make this happen – to those who walked or carpooled to the club, to those who drove on treacherous roads, to those who curled on short notice, to those who worked double shifts in the kitchen or selling tickets, etc. To those who provided the delicious baking, jam,etc. it was appreciated. Especially when getting it here was a challenge! Thanks to Dave who relayed many messages, thanks to our ice makers & bar tenders. Special appreciation goes to Mary Auld, chair of the Bonspiel Committee, who did a lot of work in helping this event happen. I would like to also thank Darlene McIntyre and Lynn Kimmett as convenors of the bonspiel they worked extremely hard to ensure everyone had a great experience.

We appreciate the generosity of DeNure Tours in sponsoring this Bonspiel again and enjoyed having Dorothy DeNure join us, to present the awards. Congratulations to the team of Ildi Connor, Julie Szymanski, Karen Broder & Carol Pesnyak, a rink from Bobcaygeon, who came out on top this year.

Lindsay Home Hardware Bonspiel: On Saturday, November 22nd your LCC hosted twelve mixed teams from in and around Lindsay to the annual Home Hardware Bonspiel. We had out of town teams from Uxbridge, Oshawa, Cobourg and even a team as far away as Orillia travel to our club to play in the spiel. The overall winner was a rink from Lindsay skipped by Wendy Findlay. On her team were David Wells, her daughter, Brooke Findlay and Nathan West. Congratulations Team Findlay!!! All of the teams appeared to have a great time and were all treated to another fine meal prepared by Dianne Ireland. Marilyn Angiers would like to thank Mark West for the wonderful ice, John O'Reilly our draw master and of course Bob Widdis our club bar steward for their time and effort during the spiel. Finally, we would like to say a special "Thank You" to Chad Broad of the Lindsay Home Hardware for sponsoring the event again this year. Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to running it again next year. We know this weekend was particularly busy this year but we would like to see 24 teams sign up to fill the Bonspiel.

Patron President Bonspiel: Twenty teams played Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of the last week of November in the Patron President Bonspiel. Eighty curlers from the Lindsay Curling Club took part in this annual "in-club" bonspiel. This bonspiel is sponsored by our President (David Wells) and the Patron (Bill Charlton) and money collected from our weekly Men's 50/50 Draw. The teams are made up of men and women from all of the various sections of our club and they competed together over the three evenings. Our overall three game high winner was the team skipped by Dan Reynolds, Brenda Bonis, Carl Kimmett and Mark Wilson. Doug Scott, Mark Fevang and myself have been running this spiel for a number of years and we all take great pleasure in drawing up the teams from a blind draw and watching folks from different leagues meeting each other and playing together on the same team, often, for the very first time. That is what makes this bonspiel so unique and fun to play in!! We hope that everyone had a great time and we look forward to running it again next year.

Youth Curling Fundraiser:

Purchase your 2015 calendar from the Club for $20.00. Proceeds from the sale of each calendar ($5.00) will go directly to our youth curling program. Each calendar is printed on high-quality glossy stock, includes colour-coded curling event listings, is bar-coded and it's illustrations display the tradition and spirit of the roaring game that we love so much!!! Inquire at the LCC office and have a look at a sample.

Name Tags:

Just a note to those who ordered name tags that they are in and can be picked up at the LCC office. The total cost is $10.00. If others wish to have a name tag please let me know and I'll place another order in the new year.

OCA Events:

On the weekend Lindsay Curling Club hosted the Tim Hortons Master Men's Zone competition. We had two Lindsay teams participating in the event they were Don Harris (Skip), Frank Smith, David Francis and Ralph Mutton and Larry Sims (Skip), Jim Scott, John Baldry, Scott Hoar. Congratulations to Team Sims who won the "A" side and will now travel to Oakville Golf and Curling Club to participate in the Regions December 6 & 7. I am sure that they would welcome any support from our club, so if you free next weekend drop by the Oakville Club to cheer on our team. Good Luck and Good Curling!!!

We have several Lindsay teams participating in various OCA Events over the next few months. We wish them all the best and know they will represent the our club very well. Here is a list of the teams and the events they are playing in. As always, spectators are welcome.

Diversicare Grand Masters at the Lindsay Curling Club, December 10, 11, & 12

Don Huff, John Baldry, Denis Johnston and John Flood

Zone Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Peterborough Curling Club, December 19th - 21st

Emma Joyce, Dianne Jenkins, Kristine Mitchell and Lynn Joyce

Zone Men's Tankard also at the Peterborough Curling Club, December 19th - 21st

Shannon Beddows, John Bolton, Terry Jenkins and Dave Farr

Zone Senior Men's at the Lindsay Curling Club, January 3rd - 4th

Gary Grant, Terry Jenkins, Randy Grant and Dave Farr

Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Lyle Cully and Scott Hoar

Fairfield Marriott Challenge at the Lakefield Curling Club, January 3rd - 5th

Dan Reynolds, Anthony Jetten, Scott Worsley and Andy Hiddink

Zone Best Western Intermediate Women at the Cannington Curling Club, January 9 - 11

Diane Jenkins, Kristine Mitchell, Lynn Joyce and Susan Cully

Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson

Best Western Intermediate Men at the Cannington Curling Club, January 9 - 11

Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Scott Worsley, and Mark West

Shannon Beddows, Terry Jenkins, Randy Grant and Dave Farr

Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Tim Raven and Scott Hoar

Reminders for your Calendar:

Wednesday, December 4 - Senior Christmas Luncheon (12:00 noon)and Curling (1:15 pm)

Wednesday, Dec. 11, Thurs. Dec. 12 & Friday Dec. 13th at Lindsay Curling Club - OCA Grand Masters Zones Event - Spectators Welcome (9:30 am & 1:30 pm)

Friday, December 12 - Steak Night organized by the Men's Section

Tuesday, December 16 and Wednesday, December 17th - Kawartha West Open Bonspiel (High School Curling 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Wednesday, December 23rd to Thursday, January 1, 2015 - The Club is closed for the Christmas Break which will allow Mark to conduct Ice Maintenance

Christmas Wish List:

With Christmas just around the corner you may want to have a look at your equipment. Carefully inspect your equipment and decide if they need to be replaced. The most common pieces of equipment that need and should be replaced are grippers and broom heads. If you look at your gripper, or broom head, and wonder if it needs replacing, it probably does. A worn gripper will lose its grip and is not as safe as it should be. The general rule of thumb is purchase a new gripper to begin each new curling season. Similarly, a worn broom head will lose its effectiveness and can be very dirty. A clean brush head should have some texture to it. Normally, the areas which feel very smooth will appear to be a bit shiny, smooth and shiny means it is time to invest in a new brush head. So remember, using clean and safe equipment will make your curling experience more enjoyable.

That is about all for now. I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Dave Nigh