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The registration form for the 2014 Ladies Holly Spiel is now available!
Spots go fast, so please let Frances know soon if you wish to attend. The organizers are excited to see everybody return this year.
Please note that the event is being held one week earlier due to an event in Hlifax on the usual weekend.
- Holly Spiel 2014 Registration form (click download or print at the top of the screen)
My, My, My … How summer does fly!!! Can it possibly be October already … with curling just around the corner?!?
First of all …. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who put in countless hours at the Club over the summer!! Be prepared to see a beautifully refurbished bar, changing room, and other cosmetic changes … all of which kept a band of volunteers busy on a daily basis over the past 5 months!! It all looks wonderful!!
Open Mixed Curling will start Monday, October 20, 2014 - Thanks to a decision on the part of the men, curling will be “mixed” all 5 days … with the schedule as follows:
- MWF 9:00 start, drop-in, rotational positions
- T 9:30 start, Round Robin (starting the 1st week of Nov. Sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board). Drop-in for the first 2 weeks.
- Th 9:30 start, drop-in, rotational/fixed positions (flexible)
NEWS: The Club Executive has decided to engage professional cleaners to do the Club cleaning one day a week effective October 2014 … a decision which will, no doubt, be welcomed by the OMC curlers/cleaners! Many, Many thanks to the “Senior Men” who have kindly taken on this task over the past 15+ years and to the “Senior Women” who have participated in more recent years!! This voluntary cleaning has been a tremendous gift to all Glooscap curlers over many years. Thank you!!
OPPORTUNITIES: “Many Hands Make Light Work”
Although few of us have unlimited time to offer, most of us have some time to offer. To that end, we are looking for volunteers to undertake the following small but important tasks:
- Set up early morning coffee … MWF. Instruction will be provided. (Speak to George Loyst or Wally Jarvis)
- Run the 50/50 (Speak to George or Wally)
- Maintain a “Master OMC Calendar” on the bulletin board. You will be given all the necessary information. (Speak to Pat VanZoost or Sheila Francis)
- Assist with Toonie Treasures (All comers welcome … It is a small but very enjoyable task for a booklover!)
Getting involved in these small but necessary tasks (and others which may come along) is a great way to get to know a little more about the workings of your Club!
See you on the ice!! Happy Curling!!
The Leopard Hats …. George, Wally, Sheila, Pat
There has been some interest expressed in attempting to form a true 'Mixed' curling league, ie. one in which the teams have 2 women and 2 men who alternate positions.
The teams will be fixed for the entire season, unless the players themselves decide to form some new teams after the season has started.
The league will play on Thursday night opposite the regular Thursday night social curling league.
If you are interested in playing in this league, then please enter your TEAM or enter your name as an individual who would like to be part of a mixed team.
The sign-up sheet is posted at the club.
For those of you not familiar with Tuesday night curling, it is the only weeknight when you can curl with the same team all year. Some call it the 'competitive' night of curling because most of the best curlers in the club are part of a Tuesday night team. The Kentville SaveEasy is the sponsor of the league and some gift cards will be won by some of the teams as a result of the playoffs at the end of the season.
However, it is not only the most competitive curlers that enter the league as many teams are entered because the players like to curl with some of their friends on the same team for the whole year. The format of the game schedule is a full round robin with all teams followed by a shorter round robin in A and B divisions. For the playoffs, the teams will remain in their A and B groups.
It is open to 'team entry' (a full or partial team is entered) or 'individual entry' (the coordinator will find a team for you to join) for both men and women members of the club.
Tuesday night is the only weeknight curling league where the teams remain the same for the whole year. There is room for only 16 teams.
Sign up below as the skip of a complete team or as an individual looking to be placed on a team.
There will be practice game on Oct. 14 with the round robin starting on Oct. 21st.
The President's Report
It is with great pleasure that I deliver the President’s Report for the 2014-2015 curling season. Your executive has been working very hard over the summer months planning for the up and coming season.
The goal of the executive for the 2014-2015 season is simple; increase the number of members and improve the financial position of the curling club.
In order for the curling club to exist in the future, financial stability is vital. The club’s fiscal year end is May 31st. The year-end financial numbers were recently completed and there was a surplus of $6142. A surplus is always good; however it is important to know how it was achieved. The membership dues brought in $50,360 for last year while operating expenses were $89,819. This means that a shortfall of $39,459 existed after membership dues were paid. The obvious question is, how was this shortfall eliminated? The answer is simple; the incredible efforts of volunteers within the club. Without their support, the Glooscap Curling Club would not be able to exist.
This is a sample of some the things volunteers have done for the club on a regular basis:
- Maintaining the bar
- Preparation of food for all fund raising events such as bonspiels and the annual lobster dinner and golf tournament
- Cleaning of floors and washrooms in the club throughout the season
- Maintaining the ice for play
- Administrating curling bonspiels
Over the last 12 months, extensive renovations have been done in the downstairs area of the club. The bar area has been extensively renovated as a result of the efforts of various members, in particular Shane Wright and John McManaman. The “cardroom” next to the Men’s locker room has been remodelled and upgraded. A special thanks goes to Ed Getson for leading the charge in this upgrade. A group headed by Jack Balsor and Allan Marshall is reviewing all the trophies and deciding which ones should prominently be displayed in the club. Electrical needs at the club has been reviewed and often completed by Will Haggerty. A group led by Florence Douglas and Barb Leith will be looking at recommendations for replacing the old stoves in the kitchen. Recently, the outside property was raked, had garbage picked up, grass mowed. This work group was headed up by Ed Getson and Bob Douglas.
There are many others who go about selflessly giving their time to ensure the curling experience at the club is enjoyable for all. The reason for explaining and recognizing the volunteer efforts of the club is because these incredible volunteers subsidize the price of membership. Without their efforts, the price of annual membership fees would be significantly higher.
On behalf of the executive and the membership as a whole, I SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS WHO CONTRIBUTE THEIR TIME AND MONEY IN ORDER FOR THE CURLING CLUB TO STAY OPEN FROM YEAR TO YEAR!
The executive has realized that the volunteer efforts should be to fund future capital requirements and not to fund the annual deficits. As a result, the executive has decided to increase the annual membership fees to $330 with a single payment or 6 monthly debit payments of $57.50. Membership dues for the Little Rocks Program, Juniors and Intermediates will be increased slightly as well.
It has been clearly identified that younger members enjoy social activities along with the game itself. Younger curlers also want to become better at the sport. A Learn to Curl Program will be created. Anyone who has not curled before will be asked to sign up for the 8 week program at a cost of $50. After 8 weeks, the new curler will be asked if they wish to curl in a league. If they decide to do so, the cost will be 4 payments of $57.50 or a single payment of $220.
Most people unfamiliar with curling and are possibly interested in the sport are unaware of the exercise one gets from curling. Our marketing material will emphasize the physical benefits of curling.
Our marketing efforts will focus on Fun, Social and Exercise associated with curling at Glooscap.
There are ongoing ideas for Friday nights and hopefully this night will become a night that non curlers and existing members will want to spend a few hours curling and/or socializing.
As previously mentioned, the executive wants to increase membership. The goal is to increase membership by 20 curlers a year for the next 5 years which hopefully would bring the total membership up to at least 280. That would mean membership dues would basically cover the annual costs of running the club without depending on fund raising to cover a financial deficit!
The executive is looking for your support in achieving these membership goals. Should an existing member refer a new curler to join the club and the new curler pays for a full membership, a $25 credit at the bar will be given to the referring member as a thank you.
An open house pot luck event is scheduled for October 3rd. League play will start October 14th. The Learn to Curl Program will also start that week as well. The club will also be open the week of October 6th for anyone interested in throwing a few rocks and socializing with other members. More details to follow. The open hours will be posted on our website.
I am excited for the new season to begin and also am looking forward to seeing many old faces and meeting new members as well.
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