October 2019 Newsletter

Hello folks,

It is hard to believe that we start curling in just three weeks. If fact, Practice Week, is just two weeks away!!!

The ice plant was turned on yesterday and Mark, our ice technician, plans to start the flooding process either today or tomorrow. It takes a lot of work to prepare the ice for us to curl on. All the lines on each sheet have to be frozen in then the advertising signs are carefully arranged and frozen into place. Finally after many, many hours of adding water he is ready to set in the hacks. You would think that he is almost finished but now he begins the countless hours of pebbling and scraping to make sure that we a true flat playing surface. Finally, the rocks are set down to cool off and the final pebble is added just before we open for members to practice on. It always seems that we will never be ready in time but everything always seems to fall into place. We must thank Mark and his helpers as they do a terrific job at providing us with the best playing surface in the City of Kawartha Lakes and some may even say in the province. We are very lucky to have Mark as our ice maker and we should all take the time to say, “Thank You” for all the work he does!!

Speaking of Practice Week you can come down to the club to practice beginning on Tuesday, October 15th and running through to Friday, October 18th . Ice will be available for practice from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the afternoon and then again in the evening from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Also, we will be offering an "Open House" and informal instruction to new members to our club. Some of our more experienced members will be out on the ice giving a helping hand to those who are curling for the very first time. This will take place on the same days mention above but from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will be club equipment available for our new members to use during that time.

Let’s get started with this month’s newsletter!

Message From the President:

On behalf of your Board I would like to welcome new curlers and returning curlers for another season of curling.

Our practice week October 15-18 from 1:00-4:00p.m. and 7:00-9:00p.m. (Tuesday to Friday) is for new curlers to receive instruction on how to curl and practice time for returning curlers . We will continue with our 4 steak nights during the year and these are fundraising events for the Club. These events and other fundraising events help keep our membership fees at a reasonable rate.

We are hosting three Curl On Playdowns this year with curling only on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night will not be required.

Our accessibility renovations are completed and we can now say that we are a fully accessible facility.

The Board would like to thank Cathy Terry and her committee for their time and effort on the Fair Gate Fundraiser. Thanks also to the members and other individuals who volunteered their time to support this event.

I will continue to say that we have a great Club one of the best in the province. We have a fantastic staff who are dedicated and we would like to thank Manager Dave Nigh, Ice Technician Mark West and his Assistant Nathan West and our Bar Stewart Anthony Jetten for their continued service to the Club.

This is your Club if you have any comments, ideas or concerns please contact me at anytime.

Curling is Great Sport!

Good Curling and Have Fun!

John McCrae


On September 11th we held registration at the LCC. There were many new faces and we welcome you all to the Club. Your forms have been processed and entered into our system. I have been sending out the tentative roster to the various convenors and they have been very busy preparing their leagues. There are several people who registered and played last year and have not been in to register for this year as of yet. If you are planning to curl again this year please drop by the club with your filled out forms as soon as possible as many of the leagues will be organizing skip's meetings in the very near future. If the club is closed drop off you registration form through the mail slot so I can at the very least register you and give your name to the convenors. Your payment can be collected during practice week or the first few weeks of the curling season. You could also phone or email the club to indicate your intention to join again this year and inform me of the leagues you wish to play in.

I would like to thank everyone who helped out during registration from those who helped out at the registration desk, to all of the convenors who answered questions pertaining to their leagues and recorded sign ups, to Wendy Findlay and her helpers in the kitchen, to Betty Goard for her donation of Tim Bits, to Anthony Jetten for loaning us his BBQ and for opening the bar for the evening, to Katie McLaughlin and Bill Charlton for keeping track of all the payments, to the ladies at the "Get Acquainted Bonspiel" sign up and finally to our greeter Kim Ross (LCC Vice President). It was a great turn out!!!!

Lindsay Fair Gates:

The Lindsay Fair has come and gone and as usual many LCC members volunteered their time to help out at the gates. We need to thank some individuals who were instrumental in the organization of this fundraising event. Cathy Terry spent countless hours with her phoning committee (Marilyn O'Reilly, John Baldry, June Widdis and Cheryl Saunders ) contacting members and slotting them into different shifts. It is a huge undertaking and we all appreciate the work Cathy has done for us again this year. Assisting Cathy with her duties were Donna Paull and Donna Scott and we thank them for the help. We also need to thank Doug Ross and Marc Sorensen who helped to coordinate the various volunteers into the different jobs. Last, but certainly not least, "Thank you" to all the members who volunteered their time. This a major fundraiser for the club and we will certainly put the $11,600 to good use. Thank you again to everyone for your assistance.

Smart Serve Qualifications:

There are times throughout the year or at special events that extra volunteers are required to assist with the bar. It was suggested that a list be generated of members that have their Smart Serve Qualifications. If you happen to have your Smart Serve and wouldn’t mind having your name added to a club list please see Kim Ross. Kim will also be visiting each of the leagues and asking for Smart Serve volunteers as well. We want to stress that this is a list that we can go to just in case an extra pair of hands are required at a function being held at the club.

Accessibility Project

We can finally say that our club is fully accessible. The final phase, access to the playing surface, was mostly completed last month by MVW Construction. There are still a few items to complete but we are positive that we will be ready for the opening of the curling season. It has been quite a process from the visionary stages back in 2015 to where we are now. We must thank Wilcox Architects Inc. for the plans and guidance throughout the project. We need to thank Carbon Contracting who took on the task of the first two phases which were the rebuild of the existing upstairs washrooms to accessible washroom/change rooms and the construction of the lower foyer addition and the elevator shaft which also included the installation of the hydraulic lift. Again, Thank You to MVW Construction for the completion of the final phase of our project.

There are many LCC members who gave of their personal time to make this vision a reality. “Thank you” to those who attended the many initial meetings required to move forward with the project. “Thank you” to those who spent several weeks of their summer to prepare our financials for auditing which allowed us to apply to grants for funding assistance. “Thank you” to those who made personal financial contributions towards this project. “Thank you” to those who worked on grant applications to each level of government – Municipal, Provincial and Federal. “Thank you” to our Board members who supported the project from the beginning. Last, but certainly not least, “Thank you” to all of our Lindsay Curling Club members who participated in the many fundraising ventures to help raise money to cover the costs of this project. It truly has been a group effort and we should be proud of our efforts! Well Done folks!!


Many of our neighbouring Clubs have been sending us flyers with information pertaining to their up and coming bonspiels. Remember for curlers to come to our spiels we need to also go to theirs. So have a look, there are many to choose from.

Speaking of Bonspiels we have, at last count, three bonspiels over the next two months. "Ethel and Jeanette's Hairstyling Get Acquainted Ladies Bonspiel" starts us off on Wednesday, October 30th . There was a sign up during registration at the club and it was nearly filled. For more information call Sandra Anderson 705-328-3946, Liz Gundy 705-878-4567 or Susan Ireland 705-639-2708 .

On Saturday November 2nd the club is hosting the 6th annual Epilepspiel. The entry fee for this spiel is $200.00/team or $50.00/person. Entry fee includes lunch, dinner, 2 games and prizes for all. There is also a “silent auction” going on throughout the day and there are two different draw times either 9:30 am or the second draw beginning at 11:00 am. Randy tells me that they have 19 teams registered so far and they are looking for at least one more to make it an even number. For more information contact Thom Appleby at , Randy Parliament at or Steve at .

Later next month we have the DeNure's Ladies Spiel on Wednesday, November 20th and on November 25th , 27th and 28th we have the Patron President Bonspiel which is open to all LLC members. Be sure to watch for sign-up sheets as you do not want to miss out on these early spiels of the year.

Still Looking for Card Players:

T.H.R.I.L. (Therapeutic Horse Riding in Lindsay) is having a card party at the Lindsay Curling Club on Monday, October 7th beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be pizza, dessert and pop to begin with and then cards will start at 7:00 p.m. There will be a choice of playing regular euchre or bid euchre. There will be door prizes and cash prizes for game winners. All this for just $25.00. To register click the link for the form. Contact Joan Mercer for more information at 705-878-8971 or email her at .


Looking forward to seeing everyone again and the beginning of the new season!!!

Dave Nigh