As we near the end of our first month of curling for 2021 the Board of Directors thought it was time to update the membership on what’s happened and how things are going at NCCC. Keep in mind that this is an all volunteer run club as you read some of the many things being done for the enjoyment of the sport of curling in our community.
In early October we installed new puck board and carpet cap in the ice shed, and it looks great. Thanks to all who helped!
Next the ice plant was turned on, October 8th and our dedicated Ice Makers set to work flooding the ice surface twice each day with 300 gallons of water each time for 8 days. This includes putting lines on, circles down and hacks in to create the great ice surface most of us just show up and expect to have. This same ice crew stays busy all season long maintaining, cleaning and pebbling the ice 7 days/week several time most days. So, a big job, and a huge round of thanks to these guys.
Our Health and Safety committee updated the club’s COVID-19 guidelines for operation to be in line with the current public health requirements, and approved by the Board. If you didn’t receive an e-mail copy, it is posted on the main bulletin board.
We had a busy and successful Open House Week thanks to our PIEMC committee for getting all the necessary forms and registrations completed as well as proof of full vaccination verified for everyone’s safety. Great job done by all who volunteered that week.
Now for some numbers: members and associates, (includes Learn to Curl and Introductory) = 142, most ever! 16 new Learn to Curlers. 14 Little Rocks. 5 Juniors. Sunset ARC is pending.
We run 5 leagues = Open (any combination of 4), Mixed (2men, 2 women), Men’s (new this year), Women’s, Commercial. Plus 4 mornings of open curling, 2 men’s, 2 women’s.
The club has 12 standing committees (also posted on the Bulletin Board) who meet as often as needed to plan out the year ahead and keep things running smoothly. from Finance to Long Range Planning. So if you have a skill or an interest we are always looking for help, just speak to the committee chairperson.
CHANGES THIS YEAR:
After a year with staggered start times due to COVID-19 where we couldn’t use the time clock, IT”S BACK! Some issues surfaced with our old Pace of Play policy. Ice Match Committee has updated it and the board has approved the changes to keep play moving along and ensure we all have a great experience. These changes will be sent out shortly to all skips and team members.
Use of Spares is another hot topic, your Ice Match Committee and Board are working hard on a policy to ensure fairness and inclusion for all members, associates, and pay as you play curlers, more to come on this.
Our club has a strong history of good sportsmanship and treating each other with respect. In the heat of ‘friendly’ competition things sometimes get serious. NCCC has a Code of Conduct Policy and we do not tolerate abuse, verbal or otherwise toward other teams or members. This is not who we are, and not the spirit of our club.
On a lighter note we just wrapped up our first funspiel for the season with a smaller than normal turn out. But it certainly appeared that those who did participate enjoyed themselves. Special thanks to Ice Match for organizing it, Larry and Clara for bartending, the Social Committee for a great lunch and everyone else who helped out. Bragging rights go to Kevin Pike’s Team of Kevin, Rob Gregan, Donna Gallant, and Nadine MacLellan. Next up will be our Christmas Turkeyspiel on December 10th and 11th.
In closing the Board wants to thank all the volunteers who make things happen on a daily basis. If you have ideas or comments, please let the Board know and we will do our best to address them.
Good Curling and have fun!
Your NCCC Board of Directors.