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04-April 2014 Tattler

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1 Tattler The Teams need confidence to play well. All skips understand that their teammates have to believe in the shot called and the broom provided. If they don't, that is, if they think they know better, the odds increase that they won't get the shot they called. It's fine to have a strategy, but you also need a team's confidence to get execution. This year, our curlers had greater confidence in their club and their teams and it shows in their game. Regular league play has become far more challenging than in previous years and a few members have taken that confident play even further to representing our club in bonspiels like the City and Mixed Champions, the Hamilton and District Classic, the Murgatroyd (lost only on ends), and our own Spring Rocks and Turtle. It is the same confidence in our staff, management and volunteers that has allowed the club to build for the future. The new curling stones delivered at the beginning of the year have given curlers greater consistency and control of shots. The playing surface is also better with regular maintenance periods now scheduled during those variable temperature months to ensure the best possible ice. Further small changes including new lights, better humidity and temperature control are coming as well to improve the curling experience at our facility. Our enthusiastic curlers want to share their experience with others. This has produced a sizable membership with strong Mixed, Business Women, Daytime, and Evening leagues. We continue to enhance competitive curling with the Ladies Tuesday Night format change; we have begun the long road to a Junior section with the first School League series; we continue to refine our Open houses, our 'Adult Learn to Curl' and our instructional clinics to produce more and more confident, curling members. On this theme, watch for an OCA instructional program early next year and another 'Warm Up' curling event to open the season. This confidence, enthusiasm and the natural social nature of curlers continues to build our club. It has brought us both Canadian and International bonspiels and many of the great curlers have passed through our doors: Glen Howard's Canadian Olympic team for the inauguration of the curling floor; Erica Brown's US Women's Olympic Team last year; and in April this year Kevin Koe's 2014 Canadian Brier Championship team is coming. Don't miss this chance to meet Kevin and his team to hear them talk about curling, to get an autograph, or just to watch the team play. I want to thank the Executives, Captains and Conveners of all of our sections, events and leagues - just so many great volunteers. Those serving on the Steering Committee for 2013-14 were Kathy Berglund, Eileen Culhane, Dave Dyson, Kathleen Hewick, Kathy Locke, Mike Macey, John McArthur and Joan McCarrel. Thank you for your help and guidance. So long and thanks to Kathy and Eileen who are leaving the committee this year and welcome to Rob Hinrichs and Bob Moulton who are joining us for the 2014-15 season. Finally, the club's enthusiastic curling section also could not do without the thoughtful assistance of Wayne Gratton, our Club Professional; our Ice Maker, Craig Bancroft; Tami Fisher of Membership; Trisha Scolaro, our Controller; Nancy Couture in Communications; and Karen Powell in the Curling office. Curlers are the friendliest, most social people I know. So, don't forget your membership covers the summer as well - come out and use the clubhouse. It's a chance to get together with friends, perhaps at one of the great Friday barbecues, the Pasta Thursdays, or just to sit on the patio on one of those long, warm, twilight evenings. I'll look forward to seeing you out on the patio this summer, where I can promise you we'll talk only about our best curling games and how well we'll play next season. "Hurry Hard" Ronald More Chair, Curling Committee Curling Committee Chair Report April 2014

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