February 2016 Newsletter

Greetings everyone,

Where has the year gone? We are beginning the second last month of curling for this season. From here on in the club is extremely busy with OCA events, rentals, bonspiels, both "in club" as well as "open to out of town" teams, regular league play and eventually playoffs and end of year banquets. Before you know it, the year will be over for another year.

Coming up in February we have the (Jack Debois) Senior Men's Open and, of course, the two day Frost Whetter Oaklin Ladies Spiel. Also, the City of Kawartha Lake have their "Fun Spiel" and the Humane Society has their fundraising bonspiel as well. On Friday, February 12 we will be having our third steak night of the year, so do not forget to sign up for this popular fund raising event. Our Board members will be assisting that night with the running of the event, however, there is also a sign up sheet being passed around the various leagues for additional helpers. If you are available to help out for a couple of hours please sign up.

Another fund raising opportunity was brought to our attention last month when Little Caesar and the Consuls approached the curling club to see if we would be interested in hosting a dance. The band, Little Caesar & the Consuls, is celebrating 60 years of being together and want to celebrate this milestone right here in Lindsay. As you may recall, two years ago the curling club along with the Lindsay Sports Hall of Fame hosted a dance that highlighted the 125th anniversary of L.C.V.I. and Greenhurst Reunion. It was a tremendous success and over 1000 people attended the dance out at the fair grounds.

A small committee was formed and the LCC Board was approached with this fundraising possibility. We were granted the go ahead and we have got the ball rolling. We have selected Saturday, May 28th as the date for the dance and have booked the fairgrounds for the event. We are excited with this opportunity as the previous dance we were able to raise $15,000.00 for the club. It was a lot of work and many volunteers will be needed to help sell tickets, to set up, to help out the night of the dance working on the bar and then when the event is over to clean up. If your are available to help out please let me know in the office and I'll start creating a list. Stay tuned for more information.

Steak Night:

As mentioned above Friday, February 12th is our next steak night. Members are reminded to sign up early so that they do not miss out on this function. Also, it makes it easier for Don Harris, who has offered to help coordinate this fund raising event, in having a better idea of the numbers to expect. There is a sign up sheet for helpers circulating upstairs and we would really appreciate help running this event. The shifts are approximately two hours and we need volunteers to assist with the duties outlined on the sheet. Our club is predominately run by member volunteers and we need your help, as members, to assist with these important fund raising events.

Bonspiels:

Heart 'N' Soul Bonspiel: Report by Janet Guillard

Heart N' Soul Bonspiel
January 13, 2016

There was a good deal of fun and competition at the Lindsay Curling Club on January 13, 2016 at the Lindsay Ladies Bonspiel, hosted once again by Kim Thornbury of the HNS Giftware Store.

The Bonspiel was kicked off with baked goodies and coffee served at 9:30 with a flourish by Don Harris, Dennis Johnston, Ralph Mutton and Chris Guillard. Thanks guys! Thanks also to the ladies contributing the morning treats. Chairperson Jan Guillard welcomed Kim, the team members, and introduced Arol Fairbairn, our Draw Master who ably reviewed the Game Rules, Hogged Rocks and Double Knockout.

Mary McKay, Anne Rodd and Shirley Toombs set the tables for lunch with lovely table centers as focal point. Eleanor and John Baldry, with the help of Kim, arranged the gift and prize tables.

Our President, Pat Clarke gave a blessing and Dianne's Country Cooking served a delicious lunch. Jan welcomed Kim once more, thanked Arol, our Draw Master, Bob, our bartender, Mark our ice maker and Dave for all his able assistance leading up to and during the bonspiel!

Sharron Robertson had prepared delicious snacks for everyone as they relaxed after their games. Eleanor Baldry sold "Share the Wealth" tickets, and the cash prizes were $30, $25, $20, $15 and $10. Eleanor also did the draw for Hogged Rocks and Double Knockout shots.

Finally, the highlight of the day, the prizes for the winning teams!

First: Judy McLean, Doris Chidley, Carol Garland and Pat Clarke
Second: Laura White, Hermine Flynn, Carole Douglas and Helen Foote
Third: Marilyn O'Reilly, Bonnie Steele, Mary Keenan and Liz Gundy
Fourth: Diana Rogers, Bev McMillan, Audrey Johnston and Deanna Allan

The chairperson thanked Kim, our sponsor, Doris Chidley our official photographer, Anita our treasurer, Sharron, Eleanor, and Audrey for washroom decoration. Last, but certainly not least, all the teams were thanked for their participation!! Jan had a special thank you for the Bonspiel Committee who mentored her and did so much of the work to make this a success; Mary Auld, Nancy Graham and Bonnie Steele. Thank you gals!!!

As recognition of Kim's sponsorship, two photos, the winning team and Kim displaying one of her table centers, nicely set in a Heart N' Soul cadre were delivered to her gift shop. She was thrilled and is going to display them in her store.

I would like to thank Janet Guillard for her report and all of her hard work in the organization of this ladies bonspiel. She was under the weather leading up to the spiel but she persevered and made the bonspiel a great success. Thank you again Janet and everyone who helped out to make this an enjoyable day for all.

Senior Men's Open Bonspiel:

On February 3rd there are 24 teams coming to compete in the Lindsay Senior Men's Open Bonspiel. We have teams coming from Oakwood, Peterborough, Bobcaygeon, Lakefield, Whitby, Annandale, Woodville, Omemee and Fenelon Falls. As well, there are six Lindsay teams taking part in this bonspiel. It should be a great day and of course, spectators are always welcome.

Frost Whetter Oaklin Ladies Spiel:

February 17th and 18th is our two day Frost Whetter Oaklin (FWO) Spiel. Ladies will be traveling from near and far to take part in this annual bonspiel. The first day the teams play two games to determine which event they will be playing in on the second and final day. The ladies will be treated to home hosting on final day and of course, the annual skit performed by members of our very own club. So, drop by and cheer on your favourite team.

Charity Bonspiels:

Humane Society Bonspiel is being held on Saturday, February 20th. For more information regarding this spiel contact Isaac Breadner (705-341-2426)

United Way Bonspiel has been slated for the first Saturday in March. Contact Audrey Quibell (705-324-6717) for more information.

Special Olympic Teams Make Us Proud!!!

Gravenhurst Curling Club hosted their annual Muskoka Special Olympic Bonspiel on January 23rd attended by our Special Olympic Athletes with 86 other Special Olympians. Mark Lywood skipped his team of Geoffrey Smith, Tyler Buda and a athlete from Midland to a first place finish. Steven Jenkins and his team of Keith Bacon and Todd Lightfoot and an athlete from Gravenhurst played 2 great games to end up in a third place finish. There to cheer them on were their coaches June Pick, Terry Gallagher and Finni Verbik. Congratulations to both the athletes and their coaches!! Well Done!!!

Bromont Men's Spiel:

The Bromont Men's Spiel is a new bonspiel to the club. It starts off on Friday, March 11th and runs through to Sunday, March 13th. We are looking for 24 teams to participate in this men's spiel. The committee has met several times and all their plans are coming together. The entries are coming in but we are still looking for some more teams to fill the spiel. The committee will be looking for several volunteers to assist in the running of this three day spiel. Saturday afternoon we will be looking for helpers to serve a lunch to all the curlers and spectators. There is a steak BBQ planned for Saturday evening and helpers will be needed to help set up, to serve and to clean up afterwards. Out of town teams have an option of staying at the new Days Inn and Suites Hotel and the committee has arranged to have a shuttle vehicle, compliments of Lindsay Buick GMC, to take the curlers to and from the hotel to the curling club. We will need volunteers to act as drivers over the weekend. I'm not to sure how busy the drivers will be through the day as most of the time the curlers will be playing. The sign up sheet is presently in the Men's Locker room so please sign up if you can work a shift or two over the weekend. The ladies from the Tuesday Evening League are organizing and running the pancake breakfast on Sunday morning (March 13th) so mark that date on your calendar and join us for breakfast/brunch. As you can see many volunteers will be needed and the committee will appreciate any help from our members to make this weekend a success.

OCA Events:

In January's Newsletter, I mentioned that we had several of our younger members compete in a new OCA Event called the "Hit, Draw, Tap" Competition. The top 16 in each age division will proceed to the provincials in Brantford on February 6th, 2016 to compete against other finalists in their respective age category. After the competition was held here in the boys home club the results were sent into the OCA office and I'm very please to announce that our young curlers did exceptionally well. In the Age 6-8 Division Owen Porteous place in the top 16 and will be advancing to the Provincial championships. Joining Owen is Coulter Babcock competing in the 11-13 Age Division and Wesley Robertson in the 9-10 Age Category. Placing second in the 9-10 Age Category was Quintin Porteous and also Isaac Ashton who place second in the 11-13 Age Division. Congratulations to all of the boys and "Good Luck" to Owen, Wesley and Coulter at the provincials!!!!!

Another Lindsay Curling Club member, Dave Farr, and his team (Gary Grant, Bill Harrison and Randy Grant) have qualified for not one but two Provincial Championships. Dave will be heading off to the Senior Men's Provincial Championships in Woodstock, Ontario from February 17 - 21. Dave also qualified for the Intermediate Men's Provincial in Acton, Ontario from March 2 - 5 with Gary Grant, Barry Acton and Randy Grant. We wish you and your teammates all the best!!!

Just this past weekend the Lindsay Curling Club hosted the BrokerLink Mixed Zones and the Senior Mixed Zones. There were many terrific games that kept the many spectators on the edge of their seat. Lindsay did very well with the two teams advancing to the Regionals at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club later on in March. Mark West and his team of Tara Stephen, Terry Jenkins and Diane Jenkins played three thrilling games and won the "A" side of the competition. Dave Nigh, Wendy Findlay, Jim Scott and Susan Cully advanced on the Senior side to the regions as well. I would like to thank John Baldry and Susan Ledoux, our OCA reps, for giving up their weekend to officiate all the games and also Deb Hatch and her kitchen helpers for providing meals to the curlers and spectators. Mark West and his son Nathan not only curled in the event but also prepared the ice for the weekend. We are so lucky to have them here at the club as they work extremely hard to make the playing conditions as near to perfect as they can. "Thank You" also goes out to Bob Widdis for working the bar for the entire weekend as well. In closing, I would like to thank the many club members who came out to cheer on our teams. As a competitor it is always great to see so many people watching the games and cheering on all the great shots that were being made by all the teams.

Coming up this month we have the following events taking place, as well as, the participating Lindsay teams. At the time of publication these are the events and LCC participating teams.

Tim Hortons Trophy Zones at the Bobcaygeon Curling Club, February 13-14 Emma Joyce, Diane Jenkins, Kristine Mitchell and Lynn Joyce Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Dawn Manderson

Tim Hortons Colts Zones at the Bobcaygeon Curling Club, February 13-14 John Bolton, Tyler Jones, Owen Duhaime and Dave Farr

OCA Women's Double Team Tankard Zones at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, February 20
Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae, Dawn Manderson,
Cheryl Saunders, Kathy Simpson, Susan Ledoux and Gayle Golden
Emma Joyce, Diane Jenkins, Kristine Mitchell, Lynn Joyce
Angie Melaney, Tara Stephen, Kim Ross and Cathy Mullins

Dominion Regalia Silver Tankard Men's Double Team Zones at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club, February 20
Lyle Cully, Andy Hiddink, Mark West, Scott Worsley
Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Tim Raven and Dave Geelen

Good Luck to all the teams. As always, spectators are welcome.

A flyer was left at the curling club and after a chuckle or two I thought I would share it with you, it is entitled "Curling Tips"

    Curling Tips
  • If you burn a rock, fall to the ice and hold your knee.
  • If you burn the Skip's rock, fall to the ice and lay very still, try not to breath and wait for the ambulance.

    Curling Terminology
  • Tough Shot - Anything the Skip misses.
  • Crappy Shot - Anything you miss.
  • Blanked End - Nobody had draw weight.
  • Bury - What you do with your head when you hog your rock in the eighth end.
  • Double - What to order at the bar when you lose.
  • Draw Weight - Damned if I know!!
  • Pebble - Bam-Bam's Girl Friend on the Flintstones.

That is all for now. Good curling, see you on the ice!!!

Dave Nigh