2012 Harvest Bonspiel Rocked the House

The 2012 Harvest Bonspiel has come to a successful conclusion and Team Hogabuam are this year's champions.

Pictured on the right, the winning team was (LtoR): skip Wayne Hogabuam, third Karen Host, second Brian McInnis, and lead Betty Dharmasetia.

We were pleased to host another sold-out event, so thank you to all 32 teams for taking part, including a number of teams joining us from other clubs such as San Francisco, the Evergreen Club in Portland, Richmond, and Marpole. Congratulations to all of the event winners - a full list is copied below - and the complete event results are available by clicking here. Lastly, a photo album has been posted to our Facebook page.

 

Canada versus Scotland at the VCC in January

Strathcona Cup Logo

The creators of curling are coming to the Vancouver Curling Club in January 2013 when a hoard of Scottish curlers descend on the Club. The VCC is proud to be a host club for the 2013 Strathcona Cup Tour - a tradition dating back to 1902 that sees curlers from Canada and Scotland compete every five years.

This unique event has grown over the decades and is a fun-filled competitive affair. The 2013 Strathcona Cup marks the largest event yet with over 427 games that will be played across Canada as three different groups of touring Scottish curlers complete tours of the west, central and eastern Canada.

VCC Celebrates 100th Anniversary

VCC members past and present celebrate the Club's 100th anniversary

Featured above is the commemorative photograph that was taken during the Club's 100th Anniversary celebrations on October 12 and 13 where current and past members of the Vancouver Curling Club gathered to celebrate. There was a Gala Banquet on the Friday evening as members past and present, honorary life members, provincial championship winners and more gathered for a fabulous meal and celebratory evening. Saturday then featured a Celebrate the Decades funspiel where the ice shed was filled with curlers ranging in age from 17 to 83 and many of the participants dressed in vintage curling attire to honour the VCC's 100 years.

Many kudos are extended to the weekend's organizing committee led by Kathy McInnes and Jen Lucas. All of the efforts put in by volunteers and staff ensured that the centennial celebrations were a wonderful affair.

There have been a few other news articles on the radio and television over the past couple of weeks celebrating our centennial celebrations. Thank you to the local media and our curling friends for helping us to spread the news.

  • Vancouver Courier provided a summary of our 100th Anniversary plans.
  • Vancouver is Awesome paid a visit to the Club to learn about the roaring game and help spread the news about our 100th anniversary.
  • Westender gave a brief update to their readers in the few days leading up to the celebrations.
  • Curl BC help promoted the VCC's centennial celebrations on both their regular and Facebook sites.
  • Canadian Curling Association featurd the Club's 100th Anniversary on their homepage.
  • News 1130 helped promote our weekend celebrations on the day of the event.
  • Vancouver Sun had a short mention on the day of the event to promote our funspiel.

Help Spread the News about the VCC

As we get ready to host centennial celebrations for the Club on October 12 and 13, we encourage everyone to learn more about our game and Club through the stories below.

Have you wondered about how to best explain the different reasons why many of us enjoy the great game of curling?

Long-time Club member and honorary life member Keith Switzer (featured on the right, circa 1987) and new member Katherine Louman-Gardiner did a fantastic job celebrating our sport during a recent in-studio interview with Rick Cluff on CBC Radio One.

Keith Switzer, VCC Honorary Life Member (circa 1987)
 

Have you seen some of the amazing archival footage that was part of the recent CBC News feature about the Club's 100th Anniversary?

Check out the link to the right to watch the chat that CBC News had with VCC honorary life member Pat McSherry and current president Scott Allen about the growth of the roaring game at the VCC.

And They're Off...

On September 20, the Vancouver Curling Club will once again be filled with the rumble of rocks, the screams of skips, and the clinks of beer glasses. Our 100th season kicks off with our Thursday Open League and will be followed by the rest of our 20 leagues over the coming weeks.

We are thrilled to be able to welcome so many new and returning curlers to the VCC's second season in the Hillcrest Centre. It has been a busy road over the last few weeks to get us up and ready, but it is shaping up to be a memorable season. From our Harvest and Doubles Bonspiels to the Barry Naimark Charity Skins and VCC Championships, and everything in between, this will certainly be a season for the history books. You can find more information about our events, both big and small, on the Events Page of the website.

Let there be Curling

To all our members looking to work out the summer kinks: Thursday, September 6 is our Members-Only Open House. Come out to the Club from 6:30-9:00 pm and be among the first to try the ice. The Last Draw Lounge will be open if you want to enjoy a drink after your first throws of the season.

For those interested in obtaining a locker for the 2012-13 season, registration will be in the Lower Lounge starting at 6:30 pm. Due to the limited number of lockers, they will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and you must share with another member.

Any members looking to get some practice time in before their games start, the Open Ice Schedule has been updated in lead up to the kick-off of league play on September 20. Come on out and work off the rust before everything is on the line.

Our 100th Season is Just Around the Corner

It is August and we are fast approaching the VCC's 100th curling season.  We have an exciting year planned as we enter our second year in our new home at the Hillcrest Centre.

We urge you all to browse through our Calendar of Events for the 2012-13 season to see what we have in store.  Our Leagues, Clinics, Bonspiels, and even a Provincial Championship will be keeping us busy right through to April 2013!

If you are interested in joining a league, please head over to our League Page and contact any of the respective league reps about availability.  If you are looking to give our sport a try we will be featuring Public Open Houses and Basic Skills Clinics in lead up to the start of our regular season.

VCC to Host 2014 BC Men's Curling Championship

Curl BC is pleased to announce that the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will be hosted at the Vancouver Curling Club and will run from February 5-9, 2014.

The Championship will follow a 16-team triple knockout with a four-team page playoff format. Similar to the women’s event, the 2013 champion and the men’s leader on the Canadian Team Ranking System as of December 1, 2013 will capture the first two berths. The remaining spots will be declared through regional playdowns. The winner will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier.

The BC Men’s Curling Championship has produced four national championship teams skipped by Frenchy D’Amour (Trail – 1948), Lyall Dagg (Vancouver – 1964), Rick Folk (Kelowna – 1994) and Greg McAulay (Royal City – 2000).

2012 AGM Wrap-up

Thank you to all Club members who attended the 2012 Annual General Meeting on June 6. Everyone's comments, questions and feedback during the meeting were much appreciated as your opinions and participation are vital for a membership-driven organization like ours to thrive and succeed.

Congratulations to the new board members who were elected during the AGM, and thank you to last year's directors for their contributions. Additional thank you to the efforts of the Club's staff and all of the volunteers during a very busy and successful 2011-12 season.

Now that the summer is upon us, be sure to check back online regularly as more details about next season will be added over the coming weeks. And, if you haven't already, be sure to follow us on Facebook - facebook.com/vancurl - and on Twitter - @vancurling.

Lastly, any members who have suggestions and/or are interested in helping out next year as a coach, committee volunteer or supporting one of our events, please do not hesitate to contact Willa or Brad for more details or to provide your name.

 

2012 AGM Reminder

To: All members of the Vancouver Curling Club

2012 Annual General Meeting
June 6, 2012 at 7pm
Location: The Last Draw Lounge at the VCC (4575 Clancy Loranger Way)

Our annual general meeting is coming up in two weeks and the Board of Directors encourages your presence. The AGM provides VCC members an opportunity to learn all that went on at the Club over the past year, to ask questions and to provide input into future decisions. As a membership-driven organization, your input is critical.

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