November 24th! Come on down to the curling club and enjoy a freshly prepared buffet meal. It is a great opportunity to socialize with your fellow curlers as well.
As a result of the 2017 Manitoba Scotties profits and the receiving of a grant the curling club was able to complete a number of major upgrades to greatly improve it’s long term viability. Over the next several editions of this newsletter we will highlight some of these changes.
If you have been at the club in the last few weeks, you may have noticed the dehumidifier up on the wall at the south end of the building. The dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air and in the ice shed. Curlers should notice the cleaner, warmer air when out curling. The ice will also be more consistent which is great when trying to make that critical draw.
The Charleswood Curling Club was able to procure a used dehumidifier in good condition at a cost of approximately $12,000. With a new unit costing $45,000 significant savings were realized. Since the temperature of the ice will be more consistent , the ice plant will not have to work as hard, therefore reducing our hydro costs, another bonus!
The entire charleswood curling community is saddened to learn of the passing of Art Gessner. Art was the first to start a seniors league for curlers at the Charleswood Curling Club. He was also a past President of the curling club.
We send our condolences to the friends and family of Art Gessner. You will truly be missed by many!
In January 2016, a large group of curling enthusiasts gathered at the Charleswood Curling Club. This was the beginning of a year long process towards hosting the 2017 Manitoba Provincial Scotties. These volunteers, mostly Charleswood Curling Club members, formed 19 sub-committees and earnestly began preparations for the event. Recruiting the 200 plus volunteers needed for the event would be a huge undertaking but we were up for the task.
The transformation of hockey to curling ice at the Eric Coy Arena, was led by Greg Ewasko and his team. Volunteers joined in and worked around the clock to totally transform the arena into a curling masterpiece. Finally, after thousands of hours of work the championships arrived. During the 5 days of competition, almost 6400 spectators came out and enjoyed the fantastic curling. Local schools brought out signs, banners and lots of students, some of which were seeing the game live for the very first time.
While the curling was ongoing, the Charleswood Curling Club was being utilized as the “Hit & Roll Inn”, the official social hall of the Scotties. Three hot buffet meals were prepared daily for spectators and curlers alike. Live entertainment featuring “The Bivvers” and “The Arnold Street Collective” entertained large crowds between games and after the curling competition.
The competition was heated all week and incredible shots were made by all teams. The teams of Jennifer Jones, Michelle Englot, Shannon Birchard, and Darcy Robertson were the final four standing after the round robin and a series of tiebreakers. Michelle Englot walked away victorious and earned the right to represent Manitoba at the Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Ultimately, 250 volunteers committed their time and energy to make the event a success. Co-Chairs Rick Schinkel and Deb McCreanor stated “There is no way to individually recognize all of the people and sponsors that made the event a new standard of excellence, but we have all derived a great deal of satisfaction from the final result!” The goals of the event were to provide a top caliber experience for these athletes and raise money for our club. Both goals were exceeded…the competitors gave it high marks and the organizing committee was able to turn a $70,000 profit towards club improvements!
Did you know that the Charleswood Curling Club is expanding its online presence?
I would like to introduce myself, Michael Strick, as the newly appointed Director of Social Media. My role will be helping to promote the Charleswood Curling Club online and around the club. In order to ensure the long term viability of our club, one of my focuses will be to attract a younger demographic of curlers. In this day and age social media can be a great tool, since the younger generation has multiple internet enabled devices at their fingertips.
Prior to this year, I have curled in the Men’s League on Wednesday night and I hope to be back out on the ice real soon! Last season I was the Media, Technical, and Marketing Chair for the 2017 Manitoba Scotties hosted right here at the Eric Coy arena and Charleswood Curling Club. You may have seen some of the changes to the website that have been happening as a direct result of that. I come from a strong technology background, including my job with MBLL and volunteering with the Winnipeg Search and Rescue team.
If you see me around the club feel free to stop me and have a chat. I’ll probably have my 2017 Manitoba Scotties jacket on! I am always open to new ideas and love hearing about things happening around the club.
Give us a follow and help us grow the online presence of our curling club! All of our pages can be found at @CharleswoodCurl for your convenience.