April 2020 Newsletter
Well, that wasn’t the way the year was supposed to end!
As we are all aware, the COVID-19 virus is affecting every aspect of our lives. It has interrupted our routines, suspended our work lives and minimized our social interactions. On March 15th your Board of Directors held an emergency meeting and it was decided to close the curling club effective immediately. In most leagues there were only two or three games left, followed by league playoffs, then Championship Steak Night and finally, our closing banquets. However, the Board did not take this decision lightly and the safety of our members was of utmost importance. We appreciate your support and understanding and it seemed to me that when folks came to clean out their lockers they said that it was the correct and only decision.
So, there it is in a nut shell….the plant has been turned off for nearly two weeks, the rocks have been placed up on the side boards, the ice has melted, ice signs removed, dried and put away and the water has been pushed out the back door. Done until next year!
Wait a minute….just think of what a year it was……for the very first time the club was fully accessible. We have wheelchair curlers and have had wheelchair teams visit our club through Inter-Club play. All of our leagues were up in numbers and in some cases overflowing. We hosted OCA events and we had several teams take part in OCA competitions….some even made it to Provincial Championships. Our bonspiels were well attended and our ever popular Steak Nights were extremely successful. Our youth league introduced Interclub play for the very first time as part of the program. Within the youth program we held another year of the Ontario Curling Association Hit, Draw and Tap (HDT) competition. We were extremely proud of Abigail Lopez who placed in the top ten in her age group. Then she travelled to Cornwall to take part in the Provincial Championships. Not only did she take part in the Championship she WON her age category!!!! Even though the year did not end the way we wanted it was another great season!
Let’s get on with this newsletter!
New York City Tour Cancellation:
Lindsay Curling Club fundraising New York Tour scheduled for May 23 - 27 has been cancelled. The decision was reached in part by the heightened health risk of travel to New York with this week’s announcement of many Coronavirus cases in that region, combined with the short-fall in the current number of sign-up participants on which the trip’s cost was based. By cancelling now, all monies, including deposits will be returned. DeNure Tours will contact participants.
It is regrettable that this fundraising event is cancelled but the decision seems wise with the current circumstances. Thank you for your support of this venture.
There were announcements made to both Curl and Dine groups during the last Friday that we were at the club. However, it was suggested that a notice be also placed in this months’ newsletter to inform all of the cancellation. We would like to thank Jerry Ford and Floyd Walden for spearheading this fundraiser and possibly we could take another look at this when things get back to normal.
Year End Banquets:
At our club there are three banquets; the Day Ladies, the Tuesday Evening Women and the Year End Banquet. Each has been cancelled this year, however, plans have been made for the startup of the next season. The Day Women are planning to present awards at the Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, October 7th, the Tuesday Evening Women are planning to present their awards at their Fall meeting on Tuesday, October 6th . The Year End Banquet has sold tickets and will reimburse your money in the Fall during the first week of curling.
The Monday Night Men’s League has decided to hand out awards to the winners of the first two schedules the first night of league play (Monday, October 19th). With the Thursday Night Skip Entry Teams an email was sent out to the skips explaining how this year no awards will be handed out and that the year will start off with the returning teams in the same Events/Divisions that they ended up in this year. Any questions please contact the office and I will attempt to answer them for you or I will direct you to the person(s) in charge of the individual banquets or leagues.
Share the Wealth:
You may recall that there were several carry-overs in our club’s Share the Wealth program. Under the circumstances it was decided to make the draw and continue drawing names until a winner was determined. Congratulations to Susan Cully for winning $830.00!!
For those who Prepaid Share the Wealth with their curling registration in the fall you may remember that you paid for 18 weeks in advance. Since the club was closed as of March 15th there were only 17 draws made to this date. It was decided to have an eighteenth draw just of the 95 members who had prepaid to fulfil the 18 weeks. Congratulations to Chrystal Leavens as she collected $95.00 for the final draw.
We plan to continue with the Share the Wealth program again next year as it raises funds for the club and creates interest in the Draw, particularly when there are carryovers from week to week. Remember this is strictly a volunteer draw and you are certainly not expected to take part if you choose not to.
Early Bird Registration:
Early Bird Registration for the 2020 - 2021 curling season has been put on hold for now. Once there is a clearer picture of what we can or cannot do, decisions will be made with regard to Early Bird Registration, the Annual General Meeting and Registration for the coming curling season. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these times.
OCA Report: Prepared by John Baldry
I begin by thanking Cathy Terry for fulfilling the role of Women’s OCA rep. After Katie McLaughlin moved into the position of Club Treasurer.
This season we hosted 3 events, including the U21 Men’s and Women’s Challenge Round and the Master Men’s Qualifier on the November 30th weekend. In all, twenty seven teams were hosted and managed. In particular, the U21’s were great guests and competitors. We are grateful to Mark and Nathan West for great ice preparation, to Dave Nigh for a mountain of support, to Cathy Terry, to Deb Hatch and Kim Ross for their exemplary kitchen work, to Bill Rourke & John McCrae, to Anthony Jetten and his bar helpers, and to Katie McLaughlin for taking a shift on Sunday.
We also hosted the Zone 5 Grand Masters’ Qualifier. Thanks again to Dave, Mark, Nathan, Cathy, Anthony and Deb.
Several teams represented the Lindsay Curling Club at various OCA events:
Curling Club Championships: Dave Nigh, Matt English (Jim Scott), Dave Geelen and Ryan Miles
Gary Grant, Ian Robertson, Dan Balachorek and Dave Farr
Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Dan Reynolds and Henry Jetten
Grand Masters Zone 5:
Don Huff (Don Harris), Dave Needham, John Flood (Lawrence Drummond) and Ralph Mutton
Jim O’Reilly, John Baldry, Ted Rodd and Jan Mikkelsen
BrokerLink Mixed: Lyle Cully, Julie O’Neill, Dave Geelen and Lisa Jones
Two teams represented LCC at Provincial Finals:
Curling Club Championships: Julie O’Neill, Lisa Jones, Susan Cully and Chrystal Leavens
Master Men’s: Dave Nigh, Jim Scott, Dan Reynolds and Henry Jetten
One of our Youth Program members, Abigail Lopez, won a Provincial Championship in the Ontario Curling Associations’ (OCA) Hit, Draw, Tap Competition for the age 6-8 category!
We thank all of them for representing our club at the OCA events!
Thank you to John Baldry for his report and also for being our OCA representative for yet another year…..Thank you again, John!
That's about all for now. Due to precautionary measures surrounding the COVID-19 virus the club will be closed until further notice. We greatly appreciate your understanding and look forward to a new season. Stay tuned for further updates as we progress through these uncertain times. I plan to check phone messages and emails throughout the following weeks and will respond as soon as I can. I hope that everyone stays healthy and safe.