January 2019 Newsletter

Hello everyone,

Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone had a nice break from curling and enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends.

Mark and Nathan were busy over the break flooding the ice and getting it prepared for the rest of the season. We are quite busy with ”in club” spiels, “open” spiels, rentals and “fundraising bonspiels” such as the Humane Society spiel and the United Way spiel. In fact, every weekend is booked right through to the end of the year. Great for the club, but, very busy for everyone!! Before you know it we will be packing it up for another year!!

You may have noticed a table in the new foyer associated with the lift. I have been looking for what I think is called a chesterfield table to put under the bonspiel bulletin board. One of members, Dave Geelen, heard about it and decided to build one for the club. It is quite unique and sits perfectly in that room. Thanks Dave, it’s just what we was looking for.

Just a reminder to everyone that regular curling starts up again on Thursday, January 3rd with Day Ladies playing at 9:30 am, followed by Seniors at 1:30 pm and then the Thursday Night Skip Entry at 6:45 and 9:00 pm. Let’s get started with this newsletter.

Steak Night:

On Friday, December 7th we had our December Steak Night. I would like to thank the volunteers from the Men’s Section who helped out in the kitchen and with the BBQ that night. Jerry Ford, had us all assigned to various duties and everything seemed to run smoothly. Along with steak night we had our “Live and Silent Auction”. It was a tremendous success!!! There were 190 people in attendance….some were eating, some were cooking, others were checking out the silent auction items, some were curling and some were being entertained by Ab Carroll, our auctioneer for the live auction. It was amazing to see all of the items and the variety of items that were avaliable to bid on. Everything was so nicely arranged and displayed for all to see. It was quite a sight to behold!!

We must thank the organizing committee of June Widdis, Susan Bianconi, Barb Brown and John Ireland for all of their many hours of hard work preparing for the auction. They worked tirelessly to make the night a great success. There were also so many members who helped out that evening doing various tasks to ensure everything ran smoothly. The committee were overwhelmed with the generosity of our members, local businesses and shop owners. We cannot thank you enough!!

I’m sure everyone would like to know how successful the night was. The auction alone realized a profit of $6,927.00!!!!! Unbelievable!!! Along with the profit of the steak night and bar it was a $10,000.00 dollar night!! Well Done folks! It was truly an awesome night!!

Our next steak night isn’t until February and your LCC Board will be hosting the event. We haven’t had music at a steak night for a while and I have heard rumours that there may be some for people to get up to dance to. So watch for sign-up sheets to be posted in the new year!

Kinsman Toy Barrel:

Over the month of December there has been a blue barrel from the Lindsay Kinsmen Club Toy Drive left in the foyer for members to donate unwrapped toys. I would like to share an email we received in appreciation of your generosity.

To the Lindsay Curling Club…

I wanted to take the opportunity to pass on a heartfelt thank you to all who took the time to help with donations to our Kinsmen Toy drive. Your generosity was overwhelming (in excess of 450 toys) came from our membership alone. There was over 600 families and almost 1000 children benefiting from this year’s endeavours. I am so very proud of our LCC and you are all an inspiration. Please accept my sincerest wishes for a happy and safe holiday season.

From a truly appreciative Lindsay Curling Club & Kinsmen friend,

Marc Sorensen

Name Tags:

There have been a few members inquiring about the possibility of putting in another order for Lindsay Curling Club name tags in the new year. If interested let me know before Wednesday, January 16th and I will place another order. The cost is $12.00 which includes HST.

Euchre Tournament:

On Saturday, January 26th the Lindsay Curling Club is holding a “Progressive Euchre Tournament”. We are hoping to get 80 people signed up for the event. Admission is $10.00 per person which will include six games of euchre, pizza and cash prizes for the top 4 players and the player with the most lone hands. There will also be a “Share the Wealth Draw” and all the proceeds will go towards the final phase of the accessibility project. Registration will be at 6:30 pm and the games will begin at 7:00 pm. There is a sign-up sheet in the main floor lounge. Sounds like a fun evening!!


Heart And Soul Gifts Bonspiel:

This daytime ladies bonspiel is scheduled for Wednesday, January 9th . Sign-up sheet is located in the main floor lounge area. The cost to enter the spiel is $25.00 per person. This includes two six end games, a lunch between games and prizes. Coffee and muffins will be served at 9:30 and the first draw will begin shortly afterwards at 10:00 am. For more information call convenors Anita Allen (705-374-4351)

Senior mini-spiel:

On Wednesday, January 30th there is a Senior Mini Spiel scheduled. There are two six end games beginning at 10:00 am and they are in a Skins Format. Between games a lunch will be served for a modest fee. Watch for a sign-up sheet from which teams will be made by a blind draw. For more information call Faye or John Flood at 705-328-2084.

Youth Curling Report

Three of our youth curlers are in the top ten standings to go to the Provincial Hit, Draw, Tap competition in Elmira in February. First year curler Abigail Lopez is in the 6-8 age group, Owen Porteous 9-10 age group and Miranda Teel in the 11-13 age group. Miranda was successful last year at the Provincials in Huntsville winning the trophy in the 9-10 age group. The final standings will be known January 5 when all participating clubs must post their clubs scores. We wish these young curlers the best of luck at the Provincials.

The Sunday afternoon youth curling with 24 curlers has been very successful. The curlers are having a great time while learning the sport of curling. As part of their Christmas curling, parents were invited to join the young curlers for a friendly game. Thanks to Angie Porteous for taking on the instruction lesson. More than half of the new curlers received curling shoes thanks to the members who donated used shoes. Thank you membership. There is a blue tote in the clothes closet labelled youth used curling shoes. If you have any shoes or equipment you’d like to donate, we will be most grateful.

A team of our first year curlers did well in Annandale. They almost tied their first game and won their second. Congratulations to Tom Keys-Brasier, Willem Hancin, Beth Strange and Trent Semrau. A job well done!!

Our club hosts the second annual U-15 bonspiel on January 12, 2019 sponsored by John O’Reilly Real Estate Brokerage. Teams are registered from Peterborough, Haliburton, West Northumberland, Quinte, Bobcaygeon, High Park (Toronto) and Lindsay. The under 15 curlers will play 2 – 8 end games separated by a hot lunch. There will be off- ice games and a draw prize table for parents, grandparents and guest to buy tickets for the many prizes donated by club members and local merchants. You’re invited to come out, enjoy the day and cheer on the young curlers.

On February 23 we host our Crayola Little Rock Fun Spiel for non-competitive curlers 7 to 12 years. Teams are starting to register. All curlers will receive a prize. Should be a lot of fun.

Thanks to Laurene Green, Mike Smith, Angie and Jeff Porteous and Bruce Rogers for their continued dedication to teaching our young curlers. We are always looking for helpers, even if you just hold the broom. You wouldn’t have to come every week. If interested please let us know.

Diana Rogers
Youth Leader

OCA Competitions:

Last month the Lindsay Curling Club hosted the Zone 5 Grand Master competition. There were five teams taking part in this event. Congratulations to Keith Olan, and his rink of Roger LeBlanc, Frank Smith and Ralph Mutton! They will be representing our club at the Grand Masters Provincials at the Thornhill Club later this season (March 14 -16, 2019)

On January 5th and 6th we have two LCC men’s teams competing at the Senior Men’s Qualifier at the Richmond Hill Curling Club. Good luck to Gary Grant, Ian Robertson, Dan Balachorek and Dave Farr as well as Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Henry Jetten and Dan Reynolds as they compete to move on to the Provincial Qualifier later this month at the West Northumberland Curling Club. Good luck to both teams!

On January 26th and 27th Wendy Findlay, Marilyn Angiers, Luanne Rae and Sue Ledoux are participating in the Senior Women Provincial Qualifier at the West Northumberland Curling Club. We wish the ladies the very best as they compete with hopes of advancing to the Senior Women Provincials at the Brockville Golf and Country Club later in February.

Reminders for your Calendar:


That’s all for now! Looking forward to seeing everyone in a few days!

Dave Nigh