Williams Lake Curling Club, Williams Lake, BC

RETURN TO CURLING

We received very exciting news last week in that all sports in BC were moved from Phase 2 to Phase 3 of the COVID “return to normal” plan.  What this means is, at this point in time, curling will go ahead with 4 member teams but many small changes will be made to be in compliance with COVID parameters.  The modifications will center around physical health, social distancing, wearing masks, disinfecting, hand washing, and the flow of people while in the club. Notwithstanding the changes we will have to make, this is very good news for curling in general and for our club and its members!!!  Your Executive and Board members are hard at work trying to ensure that we meet all of the criteria to be able to curl this fall.  We are confident that we can do it and plan to have the curling rink open by October 5th for practices, with most league play starting right after the Thanksgiving Holiday.  That means most leagues will start the week of October 13th and the Monday League starting date is October 19th.  There are some very important initial steps that must occur first  ….  please read below.

 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION

One of the items we must do is ALL members MUST register on-line this year.  It is important to note that our Curling Club must go electronic and all correspondence with members will be via email from this point on.  For this reason, it is extremely important that all members register now and give/maintain accurate information via their new Login throughout the year.  By doing this the Williams Lake Curling Club can ensure that members are kept up-to-date on any and all important information during this unusual time.  Starting immediately we are asking all curling members to use the link and instructions below to register for the 2020 – 2021 season.   This process takes about 10 minutes, if you follow the instructions below.  Please:

  1. Click on this registration link.
  2. In the upper right corner click on the “Login” button.
  3. Enter your email address.
  4. Click on either the “Send me a Login Linkor the “Login with Gmail *” button.
    1. If you login with the 1st choice you will receive an email  ….  follow the instructions to login.
    2. If you login using the Gmail button you will be logged in immediately.  Using this button, though, requires you to enter the password for your Gmail account so get get this ready if you don’t have it memorized.
  5. Note that first time users MUST complete their profile.
    1. Click on the “Account” button on the upper right.
    2. Click on the “Add a Profile” button. 
      1. All fields with a red * MUST be completed in order for you to be registered.
    3. Click on the red button on the lower left when all is complete. 
      1. You will be able to edit this information at any time after this is completed.
  6. In the next step you will be asked to electronically sign a Waiver form and a COVID form.  PLEASE READ THESE BEFORE SIGNING.
    1. It is your responsibility to be aware of how the Curling Club will be running this year.  Things will be  different due to the COVID Pandemic and it’s extremely important that we are all aware of, and follow, the Club’s COVID policies and guidelines. 
      1. Complete COVID guidelines will be sent to all members, via email, at a later date.
      2. Members will receive COVID training and awareness instruction during the first couple of weeks of curling.
  7. You will now return to the main “League” page and you can select which league(s) you will be playing in this year.
    1. Click on a League.  This will take you to a new page …
    2. Click on the “Information Required” button.  This will take you to a new page …
    3. Click on the “Select” button found on the far right of your name/info line.  Again, off to a new page …
    4. Fill in all info required and check off any boxes (volunteering and/or lockers) that pertain to you.
      1. When all info is filled in, click on the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of the page.
    5. If there is another “Information Required” button (usually by the “Locker” line item) click on this and complete, then click on the “Save and Continue” button at the bottom of the page.
    6. You are now back at your “CART”.  You now have a decision or two to make  ….  
      1. If you have a 2nd or 3rd league you wish to register for, click on the “Continue Shopping” button.  You will repeat steps 1 through 5 above and will be returned to this page at the end.
      2. If you are finished and wish to pay on the secure website click on the “Credit/Debit” button.
      3. If you are finished and wish to pay at the club click on the “Cash/Cheque” button.
    7. Once you’ve clicked your preferred button above, follow the directions and click on the “Submit” button to complete your registration.
      1. You will receive an email outlining the details of what you’ve just completed.

Are you done  ….  that was actually very easy, wasn’t it!   If at any time you need to make changes just return to your Profile and make the necessary additions, deletions, and/or edits.  Thanks for everyone’s cooperation in getting this very important first step accomplished!

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM, held at the club on June 22nd (both in-person and electronically via Zoom), had 14 members attend and dealt with the issues at hand.  We would like to welcome a couple new members to our Board and Executive.  Carol Johnson is our new Secretary, Darcy Lillico is our new Treasurer, and Trinisa Durfeld joined us as a new Board member.  Congratulations to all of these new volunteer members and a big thanks for all returning Executive and Board members!  For a complete list, click the link on the right of this page.  Many items were on the Agenda, including summary reports from last year.  Below is a complete list of the reports  ….  simply click on the links to read them.  Once the Minutes of the meeting are completed they will be posted here. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped us get our next year off to an exciting start!

Ice Committee Report AGM June 2020

Junior Curling Program AGM Report.June 22.2020

Mixed Fun League Report 2020 AGM

Report on splitting fees 2020 AGM

Wednesday Night Ladies League Report 2020 AGM

WLCC 2019 AGM Minutes

WLCC Agenda AGM June 22, 2020 Final

WLCC AGM Managers Report 2020

WLCC Balance Sheet March 31-2020

WLCC Financial Report AGM 2020 and COVID19 Comments

WLCC Lounge Report AGM – June 22, 2020

WLCC President’s Report 2020 AGM

WLCC PROFIT & LOSS APR 1-19 TO MAR 31-2020

WLCC YEAR END FINANCIALS MAR 2020

 

YEAR IN REVIEW

September/OctoberAs usual, the year starts with the Manager and Ice-Techs getting things ready for the beginning of a new season.  This year everything was ready on time (no major break-downs like last year!), which was to have the ice in and ready for the week of October 7th – 11th.  During that first week members were encouraged to come down and register and to throw some rocks to get back into the swing of things.  This year we also held free “Learn To Curl” sessions every evening from 7 – 9pm.  These lessons were for anyone  ….  returning members, new members, possible new members, and community members just wanting to give curling a try.  It was a very busy, and hugely successful week.  Curling started on Tuesday, October 15th, right after the Thanksgiving Holiday.

LeaguesWe had 5 leagues again this year:  Monday Social League (8 teams – Coordinator Naomi Miller), Tuesday Sponsors League (4 teams – Coordinator Brian Purdy), Wednesday Ladies League (6 teams – Coordinator Donna Shiach), Thursday Men’s League (11 teams – Coordinator Darcy Lillico), and Friday Mixed Fun League (9 teams – Coordinators Bruce & Lynn Geier).  Overall, our membership was up again this year with new members joining in 4 of the 5 leagues.  One highlight was that the Monday Social League had roughly 50% of it’s players being brand new curlers to the club.  Is this a sign of great things to come for the growth of our club?  Included in this were our two annual Bonspiels, the “Canadian, eh?” Joint Men’s/Ladies Bonspiel in February and our “Mad Hatter” Mixed Bonspiel in March.  A great time was had at these events by both local teams and teams from 100 Mile and Quesnel.

Other ProgramsThe club also hosts Stick Curling, Juniors Lessons, School Lessons, and for the first time ever, a Drop-In Session.  The Stick Curling, organized by Bill Rand, was so popular this year that it ran both Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons.  Some curlers from the Stick Curling League also played in other leagues and participated in our annual bonspiels and fun nights  ….  fantastic!  All lessons for Juniors, and the school program, are coordinated by Rick Miller.  There were a total of 21 curlers registered in the 3 Junior programs (Lil’Rockets: 7 – 9yrs, Kidz Rock: 10 – 12yrs, Rockin’ Teens: Gr. 7 – 12) this year, up another 5 from last year and up 15 from 2 years ago.  Is this an indicator that young people are returning to the sport of curling?  Here’s hoping!  Another highlight is that two members of the Teen group, Sydney and Braxton, came out on Saturday mornings to help coach the other Junior programs.  Their help was greatly appreciated by the Junior members and the Head Coach!!!!  The School Lessons were extremely popular again this year  …. so popular that 4 schools were not able to get in as our slots filled up so quickly.  The school programs are always a ton of fun to be involved in, but they wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for all the enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers.  Each lesson is 1.5 hours long and requires between 6 and 8 volunteers.  This year we held 16 sessions, indicating that about 100 volunteer slots, or 150 hours of volunteer time, was needed  ….  and they came  ….  THANKS TO ALL VOLUNTEERS!  See below for the Saturday Drop-In session info.

New This YearFirst off was the fact that the club was almost exclusively run by volunteers this year  …. amazing!  Ken Hall, our new Manager, was the only paid employee, but even he was an avid volunteer, going well above and beyond the call of duty!

Our “Lounge Manager”, John Dryden, was another extremely busy volunteer bringing so many changes to the upstairs lounge.  From the selection of refreshments offered, to the training and certifying of 10 new “Bartenders”, to the staffing/organizing of all the Christmas Parties, Bonspiels and other functions held at the club, and also volunteering in other areas at the club.  Amazing job by both Ken and John!

For the first time we had an Executive Member, Kristi Denby, who dedicated her time to applying for grants to help the club in so many areas.  She was successful in procuring funds for energy efficiencies in both the mechanical room and lighting for the club, in working towards the replacement of the inside walls with new insulation and proper cladding, as well as working on funding towards the installation of an elevator so that the club can become a venue that is totally inclusive for everyone to access all 3 levels  …. the entrance, the ice surface, and the lounge.  While it’s a large undertaking it is moving forward and the club is hopeful of having something started this year.

Also new this year were Saturday evening “Drop-In Curling” sessions.  Drop-In Curling ran on every weekend that the club wasn’t already booked, from 7 – 10pm, and became very popular with both members and non-members.  Some of the community members who came out to try curling at a Drop-In Session ended up staying and playing in a league or two.  Awesome!  It took a lot of volunteer time to man the rink area and the lounge and a huge “shout-out” goes to everyone who came down and did their part to make this new program such a huge success!

Doubles Curling has become really popular across Canada and this was the year that the Williams Lake Curling Club joined in this new, and exciting game.  The club offered sessions to learn how to play Doubles, it encouraged members who wanted to play games to attend the Saturday Drop-In sessions (which some did and had a great time!!!), and, thanks to the efforts of Betty Dryden, we held our first ever Open Doubles Funspeil (Make that a Double-Double Please!).  What a great day of curling, and fun, it was!!!!  We know that this is definitely an area that needs to grow at our club and we’re looking for a time slot to host a league.  Also, Betty is planning 2 Doubles Bonspiel next season, an Ice-Breaker Funspiel and a formal Open Doubles Bonspiel in the Spring.  The enthusiasm is definitely there from the members!

Bonspiel Committee – Later in the year a “Bonspiel Committee” was formed and members from all leagues were invited to join this committee.  About a dozen members (4 of the 5 leagues were represented), led by Lynn & Bruce Geier, hosted the last couple of Bonspiels this year.  This was extremely successful and will be considered by the Executive as something to continue for the coming season.  Thanks to everyone who was on this committee and did any small part to make our bonspiels such a success!

HighlightsAbove and beyond all the great highlights mentioned above there was even more that happened this year.  The Ice-Techs, under the watchful eye of the Head Ice Maker, Ken Kvist, grew from 3 to 5 people with Bruce Geier and Dave Jeanotte joining Bill Rand and Rick Miller in working to keep the ice and the rink in top-notch shape.  We again, according to visitors from other communities and members who travelled to bonspiels, “had the best ice in central BC”.  This is a real compliment to the Ice Makers, but it couldn’t happen without all the help from members who take so much care when entering the club, taking off outdoor shoes, cleaning their curling shoes & brooms, not lingering too long with body parts on the ice, and helping by sweeping and mopping after every game.  It’s a real team effort, and the results are obvious and appreciated!

In order to help first time curlers, young and old, and also for seasoned veterans who were looking for a change, the club invested in a lot of ‘Step-on’ sliders, grippers of all sizes (and colours!), and delivery aides.  We already had a large of brooms as well.  Gone are the days of using duct tape for sliders, having new curlers struggle coming out of the hack with a broom, and having curlers fall because they don’t own grippers.  The club actively pursued equipment that helped new curlers become immediately successful, in a much safer manner, as well as helping veterans change their deliveries using aides instead of brooms.  The success of this new initiative, and equipment, was immediate and lasting  ….  great ideas!

Through the efforts of many club volunteers, and the initiative of the Ladies League (Donna Shiach – League Coordinator), the club hosted events such as “Fun Learn to Curl” events for women, a “Learn To Curl” week for everyone, Christmas Party Curling, and Drop-In Curling with lessons.  It is estimated that club members introduced the skills and enjoyment of curling to over 200 adults and 300 kids this year.  Groups included staff members from Retirement Concepts, Consus Management, Credit Union, and Cariboo Ski, as well as KidSport volunteers, the Young Professionals of Williams Lake, participants in the annual Canadian Mining Institute Bonspiel in early February, parents of school kids and Junior members, a group of Girl Guides, many community members who joined us for our Saturday Drop-In sessions, as well as all of the students in the School Lessons Program.  One group had almost 50 adults and children and required 18 volunteers to come out on a Sunday afternoon  ….  and they did!!!!  Incredible dedication to the potential growth of the curling club by its members!  Again, THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!

As the year comes to a closeIt is important to recognize the dedicated group of volunteers that make up our Executive (click to view Exec. Members).  The WLCC is so lucky to have close to 20 very skilled and dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to make the Curling Club the great place it is!  This is a very diversified group of individuals including near equal representation of males/females as well as young/not so young members.  The skill set of the Executive is so special because they come from all walks of life and bring with them something unique, and important, that they add to the group.  Club members throughout the year have been very vocal in their recognition and thanks of what this group has accomplished, which has been greatly appreciated by the Executive Members!!  This little recognition goes a long way to support this group …. maybe they will all continue the great work started this year again next year?!  THANKS TO ALL EXECUTIVE MEMBERS!

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the “closing up” of the rink by the Ice-Techs has been put on the back-burner, but is progressing slowly.  Once the constraints put on people by the medical authorites are lifted this will be completed as they start the work to prepare for summer groups and curling in September.  Happy Summer to everyone  ….  See you in the Fall!

 

RECENT PAGE UPDATES

Home Page – September 13, 2020

New Curlers – Ethics, Etiquette & RulesApril 8th, 2020

 

OTHER TYPES OF CURLING

STICK CURLING LEAGUEThis has become so popular that Stick Curling is now two days every week  …. Mondays starting at 11am and Thursdays at 2pm.  Bill Rand is the organizer and he asks that curlers arrive about 30 minutes early so that teams can be determined and equipment obtained.  Everyone is invited upstairs afterwards for some great social time!  For more info click here.

DROP-IN CURLINGThis has become a very popular activity for family and friends on Saturday evenings from 7 – 10pm.  Cost is only $10/person for non-members and members curl for free.  The club supplies all equipment needed, including lessons, for beginners and people wishing to try out this amazing sport – all players have to wear is some warm/stretchy clothing and clean indoor runners to wear on the ice (please carry these in … no outdoor footwear allowed on the ice!).  Come on down and join us when the season starts in October.

MANY VOLUNTEERS KEEP THINGS ROCK’N

Curling Coaches Dec. 15th, 2019.  Missing from picture are Jerry Mooney, Bill Rand, Mike Pedersen & Ken Kvist.  We taught 50 brand new curlers the skills needed to enjoy a game  …  and they did!!!

Managing the lounge, making the ice, running many programs, doing the maintenance, hosting Christmas Parties (6 this year!) and serving on the executive ….  all these things have something in common  ……  these are all done by club members who volunteer their time  ….  and what a great job all these people do!!!  All members get to enjoy a fantastic facility, both on and off the ice, thanks to the many hours of volunteer time put in by  fellow members.  If you see people behind the bar, coaching school kids, making the ice, fixing things, hosting newcomers, and just taking care of things at the  club, say THANKS!  Without all of our volunteers we couldn’t have such a great club!!! Everyone is invited to help!  Throughout the season there will be many more opportunities for members to step forward and help out in some little way that makes a big difference.  Please consider giving a few hours of your time to help make our club the best it can be so we all continue to enjoy this great Canadian sport.  Again, thanks to all you volunteers out there …  all of your efforts are greatly appreciated!!!!  The Curling Club is the place to be 6 days a week, thanks to you!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

If you want more info, after thoroughly checking out our web page, you can follow us on FaceBook (Williams Lake Curling Club), email the club at wlcc@shaw.ca, or phone us at (250) 392-4636.  Someone will get back to you promptly!  Please remember to tell your friends about all of our great leagues and programs!  Good curling  …..

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