Hope you’ve been having a good season too, I know that curling has been a saving grace for me in this winter that never ends! Though the week in the Dominican helped as well.
I wanted to touch base with you to share some of the things that your Board has been working on and let you know about the plans for the Banquet and our Annual General Meeting.
I’ve attached three documents with this newsletter: Board Responsibilities; Club Procedures & Guidelines; and, Players’ Responsibilities and Best Practices. These titles are pretty self-explanatory and are intended to provide some structure for the Club and information for the members. These documents incorporate and will replace some of the previous ones that are on our website around etiquette and scoring. They are intended to provide clarity around things like ‘Defaults’ (thanks Sue for finding the original guidelines on those). They have a date on them so we’ll be reminded to review them from time-to-time as issues arise or rules change. An example of that is the four-rock rule, a descriptioni s included in the Club Procedures document. Should the time when we wish to adopt the new ‘Five Rock Rule’, we’d communicate the change to you, update the document and replace the current one.
In all of these documents we’ve tried to find a balance between the ‘rules’ and the fact that we’re a social club and we’re not going to be policing activities. Please give them a read and I figure that if we continue to respect one another on and off the ice, we’ll be fine! As our Club’s mission statement says, we’re here to: … have fun on and off the ice. We offer an opportunity to curl without judgment; encouraging first time and experienced curlers to play and grow together. All are welcome.
You’ll also see that we’ve changed the website a bit. The three new documents can be found under the ‘Member Resources’ tab; along with the Schedule, Teams, and Scoresheet. Thanks to Al for his continued work as WebMaster!
We played all year with a full roster of 10 teams and even have some spares who are looking to join full-time. We’re always looking for new members and if you know anyone who’s interested please have them send their contact information to anyone on the Executive; Ann, Karen, or Anne. Who knows, maybe we’ll need six sheets of ice for the 2019-20 season.
Which brings me to the Board Update. Most of the Board Members have agreed to take on another year. However, my two-year term is ending and I will be stepping down as President. Jay Landreville will be joining the Board as the Scorekeeper taking over from his dad who has ably served in that post for many years. Ann Allain has agreed to step up as President for the coming year, which leaves a vacancy in the role of Vice-President. If you’re interested please ensure that you have your name in to our Secretary, Anne Rachlis, no later than March 15. If there’s more than one volunteer, we’ll choose the new Veep and approve the Board at the banquet. Please us our Club email firstname.lastname@example.org to note your interest.
Speaking of the banquet, this year we’ll be at The Barley Mow on Merivale Road on March 30. The room looks great and so does the menu. Come for a appetizers and drinks around 5pm with dinner at around 6 pm. We’ll be sending out an ‘e-vite’ so you can confirm your attendance. We’ve also inviting the Spares to the banquet, price for spares and partners will be $40 per person. We need a firm total by March 15 so please respond promptly.
In other Club news, congratulations to Nick Alderman whose new Canadian Citizenship was celebrated at the Senators’ game last Saturday night. And more congratulations on his upcoming wedding! Sean and Wendy Rathwell will be missing this year’s banquet as they’re off ‘down under’ for a month. Their travels will include a visit to our former members Roxane and Derek MacInnis who have relocated to Australia. Looking forward to hearing their stories.
It’s been a very full two years for me as President. I’ve certainly learned a lot and I’ll be around to support Ann and the Board as they carry on.
Thanks folks and continued happy curling!
Frank Urban, President Nepean 9th-Enders Curling Club