November 2018 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

It is hard to believe we are already into the month of November. Thank you to all of our league convenors for organizing their respective leagues. It takes a lot of time and effort to put together the different leagues and we thank them for all of the hours of preparation. We welcome all the new members to the club and hope that you will enjoy your first year with us. If you have any questions regarding your leagues or the club please do not hesitate to ask. It sure has been a great start to the 2018/19 curling season.

Jack Kyle, our convenor for the Friday Night Mixed League (6:45 and 8:30), is looking for some people that would sign up as a rover for either or both of the mentioned draws. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the Friday Mixed bulletin board and also up at the bar for you to sign up as a rover. As well, if you have a mixed team and would like to enter and play together on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 please contact the LCC office (705-324-3851) or contact Doug Ross. John McCrae had mentioned at Curl and Dine that if the bye teams would like to curl on Wednesday evening there is ice avaliable. It would be awesome if we could get a few rovers for the Friday Night Mixed and also have a full complement of teams on Wednesday.

At our last Board meeting we discussed including a link to the Lindsay Curling Club Facebook page where people could go visit and hopefully “Like” the page. The link to get you to our Facebook page is Check it out! If you have pictures that you would like to be displayed on our Facebook page send them to the club and we will make sure they get posted.

Two of our members, Sandy Lowe and Cathy Fehn may be out taking photos of our members while they are playing. We are looking at possibly creating a curling calendar with action shots of members curling, in house photos and the pictures of the various leagues all of which would be highlighting the club. So, if you see Cathy or Sandy out on the backboards taking pictures, smile, you may be featured in our club calendar.

You may have noticed that the new washrooms upstairs have been tastefully decorated. Thank you to Audrey Johnston for purchasing the items and John Ireland for putting them up. Thank you also to Marc Sorensen and Doug Ross for putting up the cameras at the club.

It takes many hands to keep a club of our size running like a well-oiled machine and I for one “Thank” everyone who lends a helping hand whether it be through volunteering at the Fair Gates, being a League Convenor, helping out on Bonspiel Committees, signing up to be Steak Night Helpers, being part of Dance Committees, helping with Service & Silent Auctions, organizing Fashion Shows, being a Rover Convenor, assisting at OCA Events, helping with Club Decorations, being Club Board Members, helping at Registration Night and a whole host of other ways that our members lend a helping hand. That is why we have such a great club as we do not mind rolling up our sleeves and getting it done!! Thank you again!!

Name Tags:

Some of our members have been inquiring about Lindsay Curling Club name tags. I am presently creating a list of names for those who wish to place an order and buy a name tag. The cost is $12.00 (tax included) and I'll wait until the end of next week (November 9th) to place the order. If anyone would like to order a name tag please contact the LCC office or call 705-324-3851.


Ethel and Jeanette's Get Acquainted Bonspiel:

On Wednesday October 24th, the Ethel and Jeanette's Get Acquainted Bonspiel was held. Our club rooms were decorated in fall colours providing a pleasant atmosphere.

Fifty two ladies played two six end games with a delicious lunch prepared by Dianne's Country Cooking & Catering Inc.

The top rink was skipped by Maria Bennett, Vice Judy MacLean, second Gloria Mintz-Nesbitt, and lead Marian Sweetnam. The trophy was presented by our sponsors Ethel and Jeanette. The top four rinks also received attractive gifts from our sponsor.

The bonspiel is the first of several lady's events and a good opportunity to meet new curlers if you are curling at the club for the first year, so consider joining us next time.

Our committee consisted of Liz Gundy, Sue Ireland, Sandra Anderson and Laurene Green. We thank all the ladies for their support of baking and fruit for our morning coffee. Most importantly we thank our sponsors for their generous donations and support again this year.

Epilepsy Awareness Bonspiel:

On Saturday, November 3rd the 5th annual Epilepsy curling fundraiser takes place at our club. Presently, there are 12 teams registered to play in the spiel at a cost of $50.00 per person. The entry fee includes a lunch, dinner, prizes for all and two games. There is an silent auction that takes place throughout the day and all funds raised stay in our community. It is a great cause and the Lindsay Curling Club is pleased to host the spiel for another year.

RTO Bonspiel:

Wednesday, Nov. 7th marks the annual Retired Teachers of Ontario Bonspiel. Jerry Ford is organizing the spiel and has 12 teams taking part. Coffee is at 9:00 am and the first of two games begins at 9:30 am. Lunch will be served at 12:00 and then the 2nd game will begin approximately 1:15 pm. This spiel is an annual event at our club and we look forward to hosting it again next year.

DeNure's Ladies Bonspiel:

This year the DeNure’s Spiel is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th. There will be one draw beginning at 10:00 a.m. The bonspiel consists of 2 eight-end games, morning treats, a hot lunch and dessert. All this for just $160.00 per team. Closing date for entries is November 8th so do not delay or it may be too late. For more information call Darlene McIntyre (705-324-9339) . Watch for a donation sign-up sheet for a draw basket in the ladies lounge. It should be a great day of curling and as always spectators are welcome.

The Patron/President Bonspiel:

This bonspiel is an in-club spiel for all LCC members. It begins on Monday, November 19th and runs again on the 21st and the 22nd during the evening and we will be playing 3 six end games over the three days. The sign-up sheet is in the club on the portable bulletin board. Feel free to sign up as a skip, vice, second or lead. Teams will be made up by a blind draw. There will be pizza served on either Wednesday or Thursday night after the 6:45 Draw. There are cash prizes given out to teams of each draw and a trophy presented to the three game winner who has the highest points overall. Wait, here comes the best of all!! It's absolutely free!!! Money for pizza and cash prizes is provided by a cash donation from our President (John McCrae) and this years’ Patron of the Club (Jeanne Blewett ) as well as proceeds from the Share the Wealth Draw. So don't delay, sign up now for the Patron/President Bonspiel it is a great way to meet members from other leagues and to play in a fun three game spiel.

Live and Silent Auction to be held December 7 at Steak Night:

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter we are holding a live and silent auction as a fundraiser for our club on the night of our December steak night. We are still looking for items for the auction. If you love to bake, maybe a pie a month for a year or tasty jam preserves could be an auction item. You might be able to offer a few hours of labour for spring or fall clean up. How about a gift basket of a couple bottles of vintage wine with cheese and crackers. Be creative and come up with an item to donate. If you would like to donate an item, please click the link for the form or pick up a donation form from the club and leave it at the office or with Susan Bianconi. Looking forward to a fun filled, festive night on December 7th!

Ways to Speed up the Game:

With the majority of our leagues adopting the “Five Rock Rule” which is exactly the same as the “Four Rock Free Guard Zone” but with one more rock the game seems to get slower as there are more rocks out front that come into play. Here are just a few ideas on how to speed up the game and avoid getting caught by the clock.

1. Be on the ice 5 minutes before game time. This allows for handshakes, warm-up slides, coin toss and still allows you to start on time.

2. Sweepers should get out their own player’s next rock if they are able to get to it faster than their player. If your teammate has to get their slider on, or your skip is coming down the ice, get the rock out for them while you are waiting.

3. As soon as the opposing player has released their stone, the next player to throw should move quickly to the hack. Clean the rock and set up so when your skip takes control of the house, you are ready to throw.

4. At the beginning of an end, if you do not have hammer, your lead should not help to put the rocks away. Instead, the lead should find their rock, get in the hack, clean their rock and be prepared to throw as soon as the skip is at the other end.

5. Other than at the end of the game, rocks do not need to be put away in order (this one is hard for many people to let go of). Simply putting the rocks neatly in the corners and not worrying about number order saves a lot of time. If you are compulsive about putting rocks away in order skips can help by putting rocks that are out of play in their appropriate place as the end progresses.

6. Skips must stay focused on the next shot and not be chatting with the opposing skip or players on adjacent sheets.

These are just a few ideas that may speed up the pace of the game and make it more enjoyable for all.

Reminders for your Calendar:

Well that's all for now,

Dave Nigh