Williams Lake Curling Club, Williams Lake, BC

LEARN TO CURL

This year the WLCClub, in partnership with the City of Williams Lake’s Leisure Services, is offering a new program for beginners who wish to try out curling under a structured and fun lesson format.  The program is 4 weeks of “Learn To Curl” lessons starting October 18th and finishing on November 8th.  It will run from 7 – 8:30pm Monday evenings and the cost is $60.  All interested prospective curlers must register, and pay, through the Cariboo Memorial Complex.  Please see the write-up on page 32 of the Active Living Guide for more info.

A couple of additonal things prospective curlers need to know:

….  Everyone should dress warmly in layered clothing

….. Everyone must carry in a clean pair of runners to wear on the ice.  It is very important that they are clean and that you do not wear them to the club as debris sometimes gets on the ice which can damage equipment and cause curlers to fall.

….. Participants do not need any special equipment (curling shoes, broom, sliders) as the club will supply everything

….. As per current Public Health Orders, all participants must show their vaccine passport as proof of vaccination.

The WLCurling Club has never had a program like this so we are very excited that we can offer prospective curlers an opportunity to develop some skills and confidence in the game prior to being introduced into game situation.  We encourage and welcome everyone to come join us and give curling a try!

THANKS VOLUNTEERS

On Saturday, September 11th a group of volunteers descended on the club and helped prepare the building for the start of this year’s curling season.  Thanks to a previous work-bee the upstairs lounge area was already done so we concentrated our efforts on the downstairs entrance, the large windows leading into the rink, the rink area with some construction and painting, and sprucing up the outside by removing weeds, debris, and cleaning the entrance area.  We can’t say enough about the generosity of members and their volunteer efforts, and Saturday was another great example of this  ….  and it’s always great to share a cup of coffee and goodies while meeting new people and spending time with others we see during the curling season.  Thanks everyone!!! 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION

Please click on the “Curling I/O Registration link at the top of this page for all info and instructions.  Below is an email sent to all members.  If you did not get this email please make sure your email address is correct when you go complete your on-line registration this year.

Registration for this seasons curling will open on September 4, 2021 for adult leagues.  The registration link for Curling I/O is League registration – Williams Lake Curling Club.  If you curled last year and haven’t changed your email address then your personal information should come up automatically, please confirm that your information is still accurate.

PLEASE REGISTER ASAP SO THAT MEMBERSHIP INTEREST CAN BE ASSESSED.  WE HAVE CURRENTLY TURNED OFF THE ON-LINE PAYMENTS SO WHEN YOU REGISTER PLEASE CLICK THE  CASH/CHEQUE  BUTTON AT THE LOWER LEFT OF THE PAGE TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION.  WE WILL NOT START COLLECTING DUES UNTIL LATE SEPTEMBER, AT THAT TIME YOUR ORDER WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU FOR PAYMENT ON-LINE. YOU WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPTION THEN TO DECIDE THAT IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE PLAYING THIS YEAR OF DELETING YOUR REGISTRATION.

Under current COVID restrictions the rules at the club would be vaccinations required, masks in common areas, masks optional on the ice and at your table in the lounge.  COVID restrictions are very fluid and we don’t know what the rules might be after Thanksgiving when we open.  We will keep the membership up to date as we get closer to opening.

We are asking everyone to register ASAP, because although curling doesn’t start until mid- October, the ice crew needs to start installing the ice in mid-September.

Ken Hall – Manager, Williams Lake Curling Club

CURLING NEWS

As we reach the end of our summer many people find themselves looking ahead to the Fall curling season, and that’s certainly what your Board & Manager have been doing.  The Board meets every month and are currently working out any details for our “return to curling” in the Fall. 

What we know at this point is that the club is poised to be ready for curlers during the first week of October.  Our on-line curling registration platform (Curling I/O) is ready to be used,  a successful “Work-Bee” was held on Saturday, September 11th, the Ice-Techs will begin flooding on Sept. 14th, and League Reps that have been attending the monthly meetings are ready to tackle our next curling season.  

We also know that league registration fees will be exactly the same as last year’s and that the Monday (Social), Wednesday (Ladies), and Friday (Mixed Fun) night leagues will move to a “split” season, while the Tuesday (Sponsors) and Thursday (Mens) leagues will remain as year-long seasons.  The split leagues will now have 2 sets of registrations, one in Sept/October and the other in Dec/Jan.  Fees for these leagues will be split equally for each session.

There will be an addition of $5/player/year that will go towards our Capital Improvement Fund.  We currently each pay $15/year and that will be increased to $20/year.  This is a one time annual payment and is not a league payment.  As members have seen over the past we’ve made many wonderful improvements to our facility, but these are not cheap to do, so in order to continue to make the club a better place for everyone the increase in this fee was decided upon.  This was a very difficult decision for the Board to make, especially during the uncertainty of COVID times, but as a club we are a positive and progressive group of people so therefore the Board hopes to continue to move forward with club improvements for members and visitors.

We also plan to have all leagues start the week of the Thanksgiving Holiday (Oct. 12 – 15th) with the Monday Night Social League starting the following Monday, October 18th.  The first week of October will be for all members to come down and get a bit of practice in as well as for new members to come and have a lesson or two (or three ….) before the start of the season. The Junior and Teen leagues start about a week later  … please check out their specific pages for details regarding dates, times, fees, etc.

Along with all of this we will be promoting our “Learn To Curl” program.  This program is new this year and is a 4 week program in October/November, offered through the Cariboo Memorial Complex’s Active Living program.  Our “Learn To Curl” program is aimed at people who want to learn to curl before committing to joining the club, and who may wish to continue on in a league after Christmas, hence the split leagues starting this year.

What we don’t know is exactly what curling will look like this season.  While we can all make assumptions and predictions as to what this may be, the reality is we have to wait for the PHO guidelines and CurlBC guidance before we can let the membership know.  Stay tuned for more …

 

ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTION

May 1st

Just an update to let everyone know what’s happening at the Curling Club.  Being as the club is currently shut down the Board/Executive decided it was a good time to start Phase 1 of our Accessibility/Inclusiveness building project, namely the construction for the installation of an elevator.  The timing for the club is perfect, and as it turned out, the timing for Hoelzler Construction to do the work was also perfect.  Due to the scope of the project it’s been broken down into phases.  Phase 1, the elevator shaft construction, is completed and members will see some changes upon their arrive in October.  Phase 2, the purchase and installation of the elevator, will have to wait until we procure more funds, but we are hoping to have it done before the season begins in the Fall of 2022. Future phases will include upgrading all our washrooms, making accessibility to the ice surface smooth with a ramp, and making the entrance way accessible with new automatic doors and a level entrance pad.  The Board/Executive wishes to extend a big “thanks” to everyone who has already volunteered time.  In the future we may need more volunteers, and probably more financial backing, so stay tuned as we move forward with this very exciting and important project at our club.

COVID-19

All information and documents related to the Williams Lake Curling Club’s COVID Safety  Plan and Return to Curling Plan, along with any updates that have resulted from announcements made by Dr. Bonnie Henry, can now be found in the “COVID-19 Info” tab at the top of our main page.  We will endeavor to keep all info current.  If you can’t find an answer to a question please don’t hesitate to contact Ken Hall (Manager) via phone or email.

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 1pm.  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 November.

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  …..

LOOKING AHEAD  

  • On-Line registration starts Sept. 4th
  • Ice-Techs start rink prep on Sept. 15th
  • Rink open for practise on Oct. 4th – 8th
  • League play starts October 12th
  • Monday Night league starts Oct. 18th
  • Learn to Curl lessons start Oct. 18th
  • Junior Programs start Oct. 19th (Teens) and Oct. 23rd for the 2 other Junior Curling programs.

 

 

 

RECENT PAGE UPDATES

Home Page –  September 12th, 2021

League & Registration Info Page – Sept. 1st, 2021

Bonspiel PageNov. 20th, 2020

New Curlers – Ethics, Etiquette & Rules April 8th, 2020

Curling I/O Registration Sept. 1st 2021

COVID-19 February 7th, 2021