August 2017 Newsletter

Greetings folks,

Wow, it is hard to believe that we are into the month of August. The summer is half over and it seems as if we haven't even started it yet. I am sure that you all have been taking part in your summer activities whether it be lawn bowling, golf, gardening or just R & R at the cottage with a good book.

The convenors of the various leagues have had the curling calendar emailed to them so that they can look over the 2017/18 season and do some preliminary planning for their respective league. I thought that I should recognize our convenors and we also need to take a moment and say, "Thank You" to these people as they spend many hours preparing for the curling season. Day Ladies Monday and Thursday - Marilyn O'Reilly, Diana Rogers and Allison Chenier, Monday Night Men - Andy Hiddink, Tuesday Ladies Skip Entry - Jan Robinson and Marj Smith, Special Olympics - Finni Verbik, Tuesday Evening Women - Marg Preston, Brenda Bonis, Kathy Simpson, and Connie Quibell, Tuesday Major League - Jim Scott, Wednesday Skip Entry Mixed (New This Year) - Doug Ross, Seniors - Doug Murray, Youth Curling - Diana Rogers, Thursday Skip Entry - Diane Jenkins and Lynn Joyce, Friday Curl and Dine - John McCrae, Jerry Ford and John Baldry and Friday Night Social Mixed - Jack and Jean Kyle and Cathy Mullins. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You so much for all that you do !!!!!!

Registration:

Registration will take place at the club on Wednesday, September 13th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. We will be having a BBQ as well, so come on down and enjoy a burger, register and catch up with members you may not have seen since curling ended back in March. We are always looking for new members. Talk to neighbours, work colleagues and friends about our great club and the various leagues that are available. Don't forget to tell them about the "New Member" rate of $200.00 which allows a new member to play in as many leagues as they wish for the entire year!!! What a great deal!!!

As mentioned above there has been a change to the Wednesday Night League. The last few years we have had a "Flex League" playing on Wednesday evenings. After much discussion it has been decided to try a new "Skip Entry Mixed League" on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm. It will be for those teams wishing to play together that may be more competitive and wish to enter OCA Mixed, Senior Mixed Competitions or would just like to play as a mixed team competitively. It was also discussed that if there is an interest that a Mixed Doubles League could be introduced and play along side the Skip Entry teams if there are open sheets of ice. The Flex League players or teams that were an actual true mixed team (two females and two males) may want to consider playing in the Thursday Night Skip entry or sign up as couples or individuals for the Friday Night Social Mixed leagues at 6:45 pm or at 8:30 pm.

See the registration form (Click here) with the rates for the 2017/18 season. Also, please note that we have a registration cut off of October 1st and payment received on or before the first night of league play. This will allow the convenors time to get their leagues organized and ready to go by the first week of curling which begins on Monday, October 16th. That is only 77 days away!!!!

If you are unable to attend registration night feel free to print a copy of the registration form and drop off your completed form and payment to the club office.

Lindsay Fair Gates:

Once again the Lindsay Curling Club will be working the gates at the Lindsay Exhibition. The dates we are looking for volunteers are from Wednesday, September 20th to Sunday, September 24th. If you are available to help us out by volunteering some time please contact Cathy Terry (705-878-4034). A telephone committee has been formed and will be calling asking if you are able to help fill the 190 spots required to operate the gates during the Fair. Please help out if possible as this is another major fundraiser (raised to $9500.00 for this year and 2018) for our club.

Golf and Steak Day:

Mark on your calendars Sunday, October 1st to go and enjoy twelve holes of golf at Deer Run Golf Course and then back to the club for a BBQ dinner. Please see the form (Click the link for the form) to register for the day. The response has not been the greatest and we would like to know final numbers prior to September 8th or at the very latest Wednesday, September 13th (Registration Night) to assist in making plans for the day.

Around the Club:

We would like to welcome Anthony Jetten as our new Bar Steward. He is taking the place of Bob Widdis who did this job for several years and we thank Bob for his service to the bar and to the club. Anthony has been in getting organized in his new position and is excited to be taking on this important position at the club.

Enbridge was in last week and moved the gas meter to it's new location. The meter had to be moved to facilitate the new addition for the lift and foyer connecting the lift shaft and ladies locker area. We are anxiously awaiting permits and a start date for the accessibility project.

Coulter Heating and Air Conditioning was in and installed the three new ice heaters out in the ice area. We replaced one at the north end of the club over sheet five in 2015 and the other three were on their last legs.

Harold McCaffery of VARAXIS Ltd. also has been in and installed the curling rink control system called the Ice Mistress. The system was created for the purpose of improving the playing surface by reducing the temperature fluctuations at the ice surface. This is achieved by using ice temperature probes installed just below the ice surface, as well as, one in the brine return line, and a control program which cycles compressors and/or unloaders to provide precisely the amount of refrigeration needed to maintain the ice surface temperature. The controlling system compensates for load fluctuations by adjusting the brine temperature in response to small ice temperature changes and getting a head start on load changes. This system has been installed by many local curling clubs (Lakefield and Omemee) and by those who have had the prototype system installed since 2005.

With the addition of this system energy savings have been calculated by Harold and confirmed by HydroOne to be approximately 78,000 kWh which equates to $12,000.00 per year. With the rising energy costs any assistance to reduce Hydro bills is a plus. As well, there has been an application submitted to the Hydro One Networks Inc. saveONenergy program and we were pre-approved for an incentive program that would see a rebate of nearly $7,600.00. With the energy savings and the rebate from the saveONenergy retrofit program the controlling system would pay for itself within the first year.

As you can see, lots has been going on "Around the Club". With the assistance of funding programs, donations and a tremendous commitment from it's members towards fundraising activities, the club has been able to complete many upgrades over the years to make our club one of the finest curling facilities in the area and quite possibly the province.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Wednesday, September 13th - Registration for the 2017/18 curling season 5:30 - 8:00 pm
September 20 to 24 - Lindsay Fair - LCC works the gates
October 1st - LCC Golf and Steak Day

That's all for now, enjoy the rest of the summer!!!!!

Dave Nigh