Start the New Year Off Right... and Volunteer

2013 will see a number of special events make our Club more than just an ice shed to come to once or twice a week to curl with your team and league members. Given our membership make-up, VCC bonspiels, open houses and other events showcase that curling is a sport enjoyed by a very diverse group of people. While our staff members do as much as they can for special events, they need the support of volunteers, before, during and after events, to make sure things run smoothly.

Volunteering at the VCC has a long history and it can take many forms. Each year, a dozen individuals volunteer their time to participate on the Board of Directors and help guide the staff and implement our long-term plan. Board members also lead the six standing committees that oversee specific areas of the Club’s overall operations. Note: There is currently a vacancy on the Board so if any member is interested in serving, please email Scott Allen, our club president.

Staff and Board members, though, welcome the input and participation of members at large on all of the Board committees and sub-committees. League representatives take on the role of wrangling their members, building draws and attending meetings to give member feedback to the Board and the staff. Each special event also has its own organizing committee that requires people to help plan, gather prizes, fundraise, raise awareness, and provide support on the day(s) of the event.

In short, volunteering at the VCC can take any form you want it to. A couple of hours greeting people at open houses, or many hours planning one of our great bonspiels, is appreciated. The more people we can get involved, the better our Club will be.

The VCC is a member-run club, not just an organized sport league. Volunteering is a great way to meet some of our very interesting members, give back, and ensure the legacy of curling in Vancouver continues.

If you want to volunteer, or find out more about volunteering you can do so by emailing Willa, contacting Brad, checking out a couple of key current needs. We’d love to have you!

 

VCC in the News - December 2012

Building on the Club’s success of gaining exposure in the local media at the start of this season - our 100th Anniversary - the VCC has continued to be featured by the local press.

Check out an article in the Vancouver Courier, a recent feature on Breakfast Television and a fun YouTube video from the Southsiders (the Vancouver Whitecaps fan club).

Thank you to our members, coaches and staff who helped work with the media over the past couple of weeks.

2012 Men's Playdowns Feature Three VCC Teams

The VCC was well represented at this past weekend's Men's Provincial Playdowns. Team Bourdage (Shane Bourdage, Aaron Thompson, Aaron Brice and Chris Hall), Team Hall (George Hall, Christopher Ordog, Greg Ohashi and Logan Chinski) and Team Schneider (Steve Schneider, Brant Amos, Shawn Ecklund and Chris Faa) represented the club as VCC teams during the playdowns at the Chilliwack Curling Club.

Aiming to finish in the top three teams amongst the 12 Lower Mainland team entered into the event, Teams Bourdage, Hall and Schneider came up a bit short in their bids to qualify for the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. The teams, though, do have a final chance to qualify for the February 2013 men's provincials in Parksville during the first weekend in January. From January 4-6, 2013, at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, the top four teams at this final playdown event will earn their place at the provincial championships.

Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's men's playdowns.

'Tis the Season of Giving

Now that our 2012-2013 season is entering its third month, it's time to see if any members might have some time they would like to give. The Board and staff greatly appreciate the time and support a number of members have already given to the Club this season, but we can certainly use a few more hands for a key event and program at the VCC.

With the Club hosting the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championships in March, our event chair - Keith Switzer - is keen to recruit additional volunteers. From event drivers and support with 50/50 sales to banquet planning and event officials, any interested members should please send an email to Willa if you can help in the lead up to and/or during the event from March 14-17, 2013.

A second area of additional volunteer need is with our Junior Development Program. The number of junior curlers has expanded this season so we are in need of some inspirational members who are interested in volunteer coaching and helping the Juniors on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 am. Interested members should please contact Brad.

Team Gibson competes at Women's Playdowns

Congratulations to Team Gibson (Fourth Rebecca Turley, Skip Amy Gibson, Second Carmen Cheng and Lead Michelle Dunn) for their efforts and representing the VCC at this past weekend's Women's Provincial Playdowns in Vernon.

Team Gibson finished the weekend with a 2-3 record, eventually losing out in the C quarter-finals to a tough field. There are two more chances for the team to qualify for the 2013 BC Women's Championships: in North Vancouver from Nov 30 - Dec 2 or in Prince George from Dec 14-16.

Please click here to see Team Gibson's game results, and you can follow Team Gibson on Facebook.

Pin-terested in the VCC

Is anyone Pintrested? To honour our 100th Anniversary, the VCC has introduced a commemorative pin celebrating our centennial. The pins are available in the Pro Shop and Last Draw Lounge, and are a great way to show your support for our Club and its rich history.

The Club also now has VCC-branded water bottles available in the Pro Shop. So with Christmas just around the corner, both items could make great stocking stuffers.

Lastly, we heard in last year's survey that some members were interested in additional VCC-branded items. Since we had varied feedback on the possible items, now's your chance to have your say by stopping by the pro shop the next time you're at the Club to let us know what VCC-branded gear you would purchase.

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.

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