December 2018 Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Ho! Ho! Ho! Only 24 more days to Christmas!!! Everyone is busy preparing for the holiday season and it will be here before we know it. Curling continues right up to the 21st of December then there will be a short break over the Christmas holidays and we are back at it Thursday, January 3rd. While we will be enjoying the break Mark and Nathan will be busy giving the ice a flood and then several hours of scraping to have the ice ready for us in the new year. Thank you so much for all that you both do!!

We need to “Thank” Audrey and Denis Johnston, Bernice Zigamanis, Hermine Flynn, Linda and Barry Matson for putting up all of the Christmas decorations around the club. It makes the club so inviting and festive. We need also to “Thank” Barb and Morley Brown and as well as Denis Johnston who were also involved with the décor in the accessible washrooms.

Steak Night:

Mark Friday, December 7th on your calendar as it is our next Steak Night fundraiser. The Men's Section is working that evening (we still need men to sign up to help) and we expect a large crowd as the club is running our “Silent and Live Auction” that evening as well. The BBQ will be ready to cook on by 5:00 pm. Signup sheet for steak night is located on the main floor bulletin board.

As was mentioned in our “Sneak Peak to Live and Silent Auction” email sent out last month the Silent Auction will be open to bidders at 5:30 pm and will close at 8:00 pm. The live auction will begin at 7:00 pm featuring our very own Ab Carroll as auctioneer. There are a lot of items donated by our members and also from many businesses in and around Lindsay. Thank you to everyone for their donations!! It should be a great evening!!

As mentioned above, the Men’s Section is working that evening and we need help in the kitchen serving, preparing salads, cutting up pie, loading and unloading dishes from our dishwasher and as well as, tending to the BBQ. For the most part, we are a volunteer club and we are looking for helpers to assist that evening. A sign-up sheet to help has been circulating and if you can offer two hours of your time on the 7th of December it would be greatly appreciated.

Outdoor Footwear Policy:

Historically, we have not had a policy regarding “Outdoor Footwear” mainly due to the location of the front entrance to the club. You may have noticed when visiting other curling clubs that a policy is in place where outdoor footwear is not allowed beyond a certain point. Boots are left at the entrance and slippers are worn or boots are removed and carried to lockers. In some rinks shoe covers are provided at the front entrance the same ones as you may have seen at dentist or doctor office waiting rooms.

There have been many discussions about this topic and how to deal with this at our club. As we know and see, the amount of debris that is brought in with our winter boots and shoes is quite alarming. Unfortunately, with the entrance to the club and the locations of the two change rooms we track salt and snow to our lockers, change into our curling shoes and walk back through the same hallways to the main floor lounge area and then eventually on to the playing surface.

Not only does this bring the potential of taking debris to our ice surface it takes its toll on our carpets. When we had the dance floor refinished over the summer the club looked into replacing the upstairs carpet and extending it onto the dance floor so that all six round tables and chairs were on carpet. You would be astonished at the quotes we received to do that job. In fact, we were given quotes anywhere from $6,800.00 to $8,200.00 plus HST to extend and replace the upstairs carpet. If you take into consideration the amount of carpeting on the main level, the hallways to the locker rooms and the locker rooms themselves the replacement costs would be much, much higher.

Recently, boot trays were purchased and a bench was brought up from the basement and placed in the foyer of the front entrance. This past weekend we hosted two OCA events at the club and if you happened to be here over the weekend you would have noticed all of the footwear that were left at the entrance and into the foyer of the office area. Maybe we should consider putting into place a policy where outdoor footwear doesn’t go beyond a certain point or that they are removed at the entrance and carried to the locker rooms. Food for Thought!!

Christmas is just a few weeks away….maybe Santa would bring some slippers for under the tree. They may come in handy as we move into the new year.

Learn to Curl Program:

The LCC is considering adding a learn to curl program on Wednesday nights starting in January. We are hoping to generate some new members that may have missed fall registration or want to give it a “shot” before having their membership set in “stone” or for folks making a New Year’s resolution. The new format we are considering is a pay per night fee of $10 beginning with a few weeks of instruction and transitioning into a short game.


If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Katie McLaughlin.

Thanks in advance,
Katie McLaughlin


2018 RTO Bonspiel Wrap-up: Report from Jerry Ford

The Lindsay Curling Club was the venue for the 2018 RTO Bonspiel this year. There were 12 teams entered and a great day was had by all the participants. The bonspiel consisted of 2 – 6 end games with a delicious lunch served in between.

Special thanks to Karen Brentnell for getting all the prizes and to Pat Lovsin who paid the rental fee for the spiel.

The winners this year were:
Skip – Rolf Martens
Vice – Bev Purvis
Second – Derek Warren
Lead – Pat Lovsin

Next year’s bonspiel will be on November 6th in Lindsay. Mark your calendars.
The convenor will be Jerry Ford. to register
Stay tuned to future newsletters.

DeNure Bonspiel: Report from Darlene McIntyre

The annual DeNure Tours Women’s Bonspiel was held on Wednesday, Nov. 14. We are grateful to DeNure Tours for their longstanding sponsorship. Teams from Bobcaygeon, Lakefield and Brampton joined eight of our own club teams for a day of great curling and comraderie.

Once again our Day Section curlers were generous with donations of morning treats and items for our draw table as well as helping in the kitchen. Many thanks to Mary McKay and Anne Rodd who assisted at lunch and remained on standby for the day and to Denise Winterton and Diane Carras for their work behind the scenes.

A big thank you goes out to Arol Fairbairn who ably carried out draw master duties, to Mark and Nathan West for the superb ice, to Anthony Jetten for keeping the curlers happy at the bar and to Dave Nigh for helping to set things up. The committee is grateful to all who contributed to making the day a success.

We were pleased to have Dorothy DeNure in attendance at the end of the day to present the trophy to the team of Marj Smith (skip), Terry Lendhart (vice), Lenie Pythian (second) and Jan Davidson (lead). Congratulations team!

Patron President Bonspiel:

Twenty teams participated in this years’ Patron President Bonspiel. Eighty curlers from the Lindsay Curling Club took part in this annual "in-club" bonspiel. Pizza was served on the early draw on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as, cash prizes to the winners on the final night.

This bonspiel is sponsored by this years’ Patron, Jeanne Blewett and our President, John McCrae as well as money collected from our weekly ”Share the Wealth” 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. It is an unique bonspiel as often members are curling together for the first time and in some cases, meeting each other for the first time as well. Our overall three game high winner (Patron Winner) was the team skipped by Chris Miles, Vice, Frank Smith, 2nd, Gail Pillsworth and Lead, Andre Quirion. The President's winner was Dave Nigh, Rick McElwain, Susan Cully and Susan Tidsbury. Congratulations to these top two three games winners.

We look forward to running the spiel again next year with the hopes of having it completely filled with twenty-four teams!!!

Senior Luncheon and Curling:

On November 28th we had our annual Senior Christmas luncheon and curling. This year we had 12 teams and 52 attended the luncheon. This popular “in club” senior function is organized by Faye and John Flood, with Maxine Anderson, Doug Murray and Lawrence Drummond lending a helping hand. John said that this is the first time in many years that they had a full draw of twelve teams. We need to “Thank” John, Faye, Maxine, Doug and Lawrence as they organize and run at least three of these events for our senior members every year. Thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!!

OCA Events:

On November 24th and 25th the club hosted the U21 Men’s Challenge Round and the Master Men’s Qualifier #3. In total there were 11 teams looking to advance to the next level. Some of the six teams competing in the U21 Challenge Round travelled along way to play in their event. There were teams from High Park, Hamilton, Rideau, Galt and Minden. They put on quite a display of curling and it is awesome to watch these young curlers play. The eventual advancing teams were Team Hahn from the Rideau Curling Club and Team Steep from the Galt Curling Club. Good luck at the Provincials!!

In the Master’s event there were 5 teams competing to move on the provincial qualifier being held this year at the York Curling Club. The advancing teams were Team Norton from Oshawa Curling Club, Team Clark from Lakefield Curling Club and Team Nigh (Dave Nigh, Malcolm Florence, Jim Scott and Dave Shaw) from Lindsay Curling Club. Team Nigh would like to thank Anthony Jetten who filled in for Malcolm Florence at this stage of the event. These three teams will travel to the York Curling Club (December 14 -16) with hopes of advancing to the Masters Provincial at the Ingersoll & District Curling Club later in January.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time over the weekend. Deb Hatch and Kim Ross organized the kitchen with Susan Ireland lending a helping hand to provide meals for the participating teams. Our OCA reps. John Baldry and Katie McLaughlin gave up their weekend to officiate at the event and of course, we cannot forget to thank Mark and Nathan for the fabulous ice conditions. The out of town rinks were raving about the ice and commented on how great it was to play on.

Coming up on December 5th – 7th our club is hosting the Grand Masters competition. We have two Lindsay teams participating in the event and we would like to wish Don Huff and his rink of Dave Needham, John Flood and Wes Lane, as well as, Keith Olan, and his rink of Roger LeBlanc, Frank Smith and Ralph Mutton all the best as they compete in this event with hopes of advancing to the Provincials at the Thornhill Club later this season (March 14 -16, 2019)

Reminders For Your Calendar:


That's about all for now. Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year!!!!