May 2020 Newsletter

Hello folks,

I hope everyone is healthy and staying safe. There isn’t a lot to report to you as we all are staying at home, some of us are working from home and all of us are practicing safe social distancing. I’m sure that we have all been listening to updates from the various levels of government telling us what we can and cannot do. It sounds as if they are beginning to think down the road and are beginning to develop plans and strategies that will slowly and cautiously move us back to the way we were before COVID-19 disrupted our lives. Who knows when that will happen but it does sound somewhat encouraging in these uncertain times.

I can report on a few items…

We were planning to hold a fundraising dance on June 6th. That event has been cancelled and we will look at holding the dance next year.

At this point, our Annual General Meeting scheduled for June 30th has been postponed until further notice.

We have been working on the 2020-2021 curling calendar and copies have been sent out to the various league convenors asking for feedback regarding the up and coming season. We are not even sure if we will be curling, it will depend on Federal and Provincial restrictions and guidelines that will be in place at that time. Tentatively, we have our curling registration booked for September 16th with Practice Week running from October 13th – October 16th and league play beginning on Monday, October 19th . We have committed to hosting three Ontario Curling Associations events. The Master Men’s Qualifier (November 21 – 22), the Senior Men and Women’s Provincial Qualifier (February 19 - 21) and the Zone 5 Grand Masters playdown which is ran through the week of December 16 - 18 and does not interfere with our normal daytime curling. This all may change depending again on what we are allowed to do or not do but we have to be prepared just in case changes are made in the future months to come.

I would like to thank the following sections for their donations to the club. Normally this is done at our Annual General Meeting where each of the sections gives a report on their season and often a donation is made to the club. Some of our sections within the club make their donation as the season progresses and others wait until the season has completed. I would like to recognize the section and their contribution. Curl and Dine - $6,395.00, Tuesday Evening Women - $1,200.00, Thursday Skip Entry League - $400.00, Tuesday Major League - $750.00, Youth Section Bonspiels - $4,083.00, Senior Section $1,500.00, Men’s Section - $7,000.00 and the Day Ladies Section - $9,000.00. That is a total of $30,328.00. Thank you all for all of your hard work throughout the season. That’s what makes our club so successful and a great place to spend the winter months.

That is it for now folks. Our club will continue to be an important part of our lives and will carry on when we are allowed to. Who knows what the future will bring? We will just have to hang in there… we are all in this together and we will all get through these unprecedented times. Stay safe!!

Before signing off there is one more thing that we must do and that is to “Thank” all of the front line and essential service workers for continuing to go to work for us. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

Dave Nigh