Drop-in Daytime Summer Practice Ice for Members and Summer League Participants

Sep 21-23 & Sep 28-30
12:30-3:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Drop-in. No Booking. Full Vaccination Required

Yesterday, the province announced that as of September 22nd, all individuals 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated (two doses + 14 days) in order to enter the Club. This initiative helps make the Club safer for participants and staff, and helps us do our part in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic to an end.

The province's proof requirement goes an extra step above the Club's recently announced Vaccination Policy in that individuals with a medical exemption must provide a doctor's note and negative Covid test from no more than 48 hours prior in order to be allowed entry into the Club. This is in effect from September 22nd until the province releases it's planned enhanced vaccination certificate by October 22nd. The digital certificate will contain your vaccination and medical exemption information, if applicable.

Further details about vaccination requirements, the digital certificate, and how this impacts Club policies and health and safety protocols will be released as we learn more. If you have any questions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don't forget to register! We look forward to seeing you soon!


Summer Leaguers,

In light of today's announcement about vaccine requirements for non-essential businesses and in anticipation of those requirements going into effect at the Club on or before September 22nd, we invite you to bring the receipt for your second dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine to the Club with you to be verified at your next available opportunity. In order to reduce the administrative burden on Club staff to verify participants' vaccination status, we are asking you to show your receipt only once, rather than on a weekly basis, until the province's digital proof system is in place. Please verify your vaccination status with a member of Club Management or the Bar Staff.

Participants' vaccination status will be recorded by Club staff on a hard copy directory of participants that will be locked in a safe when not in use. This list will be destroyed when Summer League has concluded.

It is up to each team to ensure that all players have verified their status by September 22nd, or whenever the Board of Directors determines full vaccination is required as a condition to enter the Club, if earlier than September 22nd. We will communicate any and all changes to the Club's vaccination policy as soon as they are approved.

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Hello Curlers!

There's been some confusion regarding game timing and especially when games should end, so we're going to start using the Club's regular Bell Rule for the 6:30pm draw starting tonight (Thursday). We have a 2-bell system:

  1. Bell 1 - 8:10pm - Complete* the end you're in and play one more;
  2. Bell 2 - 8:25pm - You are in the last end. You may not start a new end after 8:25pm.

*An end is considered 'complete' when the final rock has crossed the throwing (near) tee-line.

There will be no Bell Rule for the 9:00pm draw. Last call for the bar is midnight.

Thank you for your cooperation with this. Good curling!


Due to the changing pandemic environment and the Club's new Vaccination Policy, the deadline to register and pay for the 2021/2022 curling season has been extended to October 1st. All Club fees, excluding the 21/22 Special Assessment, are due by that date.

Please refer the Club's Refund Policy for the full payment and refund schedule.


Curling is BACK!

Summer League 2021 starts tonight with Mixed Doubles, Women's, and Triples play. We wanted to bring your attention to a few matters before we hit the ice. Please read on and let us know if you have any questions. We're looking forward to seeing you on the ice!


Registration

A reminder that every player must register and pay individually. Players that have not paid before their first game will not be allowed to curl until they do. Please check with your teammates to ensure that everyone has signed up for an OCC web account, and registered and paid for Summer League.


Covid Protocols

Click here for a brief list of health and safety protocols for Summer League. These protocols are in place for everyone's safety and we trust that everyone involved will have no trouble with that. Of note:

  1. Masks are mandatory at all times if you are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or fully vaccinated and received your second dose fewer than 14 days ago. Fully vaccinated players may remove their masks while sweeping or throwing, or while seated eating or drinking. Fully vaccinated players playing doubles or triples may remove their masks for the whole games, provided they are distanced at all times.
  2. We have limited space for spectators on the early draw only. We know everyone is excited that curling's back, but we ask that you leave your adoring fans at home.
  3. We encourage early draw teams to use our outdoor patio space for post-game drinks in order to create more space in the lounge between draws. There are picnic tables, tents and lights setup outside, so take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts.

The safety protocols may change at any time based on public health advice and the overall landscape of the pandemic, so please come prepared for any contigency. If you have any questions about the rules, please don't hesitate to reach out.


Spectators

A limited number of spectators may be allowed in the club during the early draw only. Spectators should not enter the club until games have started, must check in at the front desk, and may not use the lounge or bar once the games have concluded. Please notify the club if you are bringing any spectators with you.


Contact Tracing

You will receive a unique QR code prior to your first game. Please save or print the code and bring it with you to every game. Upon arrival, you will scan your code at the front desk in order to check in for your game. You must check in before every game.

If you do not receive your QR code by 3:00pm the day of your first game, please send us a quick note to let us know and we will provide you with one.


Schedules and Scoring

Teams rosters and schedules are slowly being populated. You can see your schedule, sheets, standings, and report your game results online by logging into the club's website. Once you're logged in, your schedule will appear on the homepage.

 

 


A quick reminder that registration for the fall/winter curling season is open! Login to your OCC account to register!

The 2021/2022 curling season will begin around October 1st. The full schedule will be released in late August, but we anticipate a fairly regular curling calendar.

Covid policies and protocols will be dictated by public health guidelines and may change during the season based on pandemic conditions and prevailing public health advice. Read below for a little of what you can expect in the fall.

If you have any questions about the season, fees, Covid safety, or the Club in general, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend!


We are so excited to confirm that Summer League is a GO! We wanted to bring a couple of things to your attention. Please read on.

If you have any questions about Summer League, practice ice, or the club's COVID-19 policies and protocols, don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing you on the ice soon!

Chris Wai.

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League Schedule and Fees
We have reduced the duration for the league to 6 weeks starting Thursday, August 19th. This change is reflected on your invoice. Please see the information below about paying your Summer League fees. A reminder that all participants must register and pay for Summer League individually.

Spares and Alternate players do not need to register, but will need to sign in with the Club office before their first game to complete the necessary paperwork.

Bar and Lounge
While the bar is currently permitted to be open during Summer League, we do not have the capacity to accommodate all curlers in the lounge. We are developing plans to ensure equitable access to the bar and lounge and are also working with the Town on a plan to use a portion of the club's parking lot as an outdoor patio. More info on that soon.

Masks
The club takes the health and safety of participants and staff very seriously. While it's clear that masks are an important element in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there is also mounting scientific evidence that fully vaccinated individuals are at significantly less risk than others. The club's Mask Policy is designed to reflect this reduced risk. Masks will be mandatory in all areas of the club, including in the rink while curling UNLESS YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED and have had your second dose for at least 14 days. Fully vaccinated participants may remove their masks while curling or while seated at their table during post-game socializing. Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and fully vaccinated participants who received their second dose fewer than 14 days ago must remain masked within the club at all times and MAY NOT use the indoor lounge facilities for post-game socializing. This policy is in line with Halton Region's Mask Bylaw and the province's Step 3 rules for restaurants and bars. Should those restrictions change, the club may also change its policies to ensure compliance with local and provincial public health guidance.

By agreeing to the club's COVID-19 Declaration of Compliance, you are agreeing to comply with the club's Mask Policy. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination and ask that all participants consider not only their own risk and safety, but also the safety of others when using the club.

Contact Tracing
All participants will receive a unique QR code prior to your first game. You will scan this code upon arrival at the club to check in before every game.

Practice Ice
Practice ice is available to all Summer League participants at a reduced rate ($30/hour or 50% off). You must login to the club's website to take advantage of the reduced fee.


Summer Practice Ice is available from Wednesday, August 18 until Thursday, September 16 and is open to members, Summer League participants, and non-member teams.

Cost (including HST)

  • Aug 18 - Sep 16 (book through the Club's website)
    • Non-members - $60/hour
    • Registered members & Summer League participants - $30/hour
  • Sep 17 - Oct 1
    • Non-members - $60/hour (book through the Club office)
    • Registered members & Summer League participants - FREE
  • From Oct 1
    • Non-members & non-member Summer League participants - $60/hour (book through the Club office)
    • Registered & paid members - FREE

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The HOT SHOTS Curling Camp has been proud to call the Oakville Curling Club our Canadian home for the past 15 years. The Club has worked closely with Hot Shots to stage more than 20 camps over our history at our facility.

The camp draws curlers from across the United States, Ontario and Quebec to our beautiful facility. This is an adult camp, open to individuals, couples, and teams.


Due to the Club’s reduced cash reserves, and the expected winding down of government emergency assistance programs, the Board has approved a membership fee structure that ensures the continued operation of the Club in these extremely uncertain circumstances.

In returning to curling for the upcoming season, the Board made decisions for fees based on the following principles:

  1. That the Club’s 21/22 revenue will comprise almost exclusively of membership fees;
  2. That revenues from other sources, such as bar sales, rentals, and advertising, will be negligible;
  3. That the Club’s membership numbers will be about the same as the 20/21 season (~600 full members)

Last month, we communicated to you that the Club’s non-curling operating expense budget is approximately $360,000. This number includes all non-curling fixed and operating expenses, such as core staff salaries, non-curling utilities, property tax, insurance, etc. Put simply, these are our fixed costs whether we are able to reopen for curling or must remain closed. We can expect to spend at least that amount over the course of next year even if we are unable to reopen for curling.

Furthermore, it costs us an additional approximately $150,000 in order to operate for a regular curling season (summer excluded). This number includes expenses such as utilities associated with running the ice plant, part-time ice personnel, and ice installation expenses.

Taking that and the above assumptions into account, the Board has approved the following 21/22 Membership Fees (all fees are exclusive of HST):

  • Base Membership Fee - $328.00 (non-refundable after Sep. 1)
  • League Fee - $172.00 per league (non-refundable after Oct. 1)
  • Curl ON Fee - $17.50 (non-refundable after Oct. 1)
  • Building Levy, if applicable - $75.00 (non-refundable after Sep. 1)
  • Locker Fees - $40.00 (non-refundable after Oct. 1)

Additionally, the Board has approved a Special Assessment Fee of up to $272.00 per member, to be billed in October 2021 and which is payable by November 1st. This fee is meant to cover the anticipated shortfall between revenues and costs expected over the 2021/2022 fiscal year. The amount of this fee will be approved and communicated prior to billing in October. This fee will not be increased, but it may be reduced based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the total number of members who participate in the regular curling season, and any grants or subsidies that reduce operating costs that we receive prior to billing.

The Special Assessment Fee will be automatically billed to members who pay the Base Fee and is non-refundable. That is, if you register and pay the Base Membership Fee, you are consenting to being charged the Special Assessment Fee at a later date. Members who do not pay either the Base Fee or Special Assessment Fee or both will not be considered Members of the Corporation and will lose their playing privileges.

Ensuring the Club’s financial stability through uncertain times until we can get back to ‘business as usual’ is the Board’s and Management's primary goal. It’s not our intention to make membership financially onerous, but we recognize the financial situation the Club is in. As members of the Oakville Curling Club, we’re asking for your support. While our hope is that the Special Assessment Fee will be as low as possible, we can’t guarantee that and, after a year in which the Club experienced a significant cash loss, we need to make sure we operate at least at break-even.

Registration for the 21/22 season will open next week!

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Participating in group activities and team sports after Covid is likely to be a different experience than what we remember. Now that vaccines are starting to roll out, we are interested in what you think about returning to the sport and all of its associated activities (e.g. post-game socializing, bonspiels, etc). Please take a few minutes to complete the Return to Curling Survey to let us know your thoughts.

We're asking both to OCC members and non-member participants in the Club's Summer League and Learn-to-Curl programs about their thoughts. This is the third of a series of similar surveys that will be released on approximately a monthly basis leading up to registration for the 2021/2022 curling season. If there is a question that is not relevant to your experience at OCC or your home curling club, please feel free to skip it.

We thank you for your time. Stay safe and take care!


Take the Survey now!

 

 


The National Sport Trust Fund

Like most curling clubs in Ontario, we’re looking for alternate sources of revenue and funding to support our Club over the next few months and into the upcoming curling season. As you know, the Club will be running an operating deficit at least until we can get back on the ice. This means that any and all renovations and other capital projects that had been planned for the near future have been put on indefinite hold.

We’re pleased to announce that the Oakville Curling Club has been given approval to raise funds through the Sport4Ontario tax receipting program of the National Sport Trust Fund. This program, meant to support the development of amateur sports in Ontario, gives the Club the ability to solicit donations from the membership and for the members to receive a tax receipt for their contribution.

Donating to this program is voluntary. There’s no need to commit right now -- the donation window is open until at least the end of 2021 -- and any amount helps (although you must donate a minimum of $10.01 in order to get a tax receipt). Contributing to the fund is simple:

  • You donate to the Club’s fund online by clicking here (make sure your choose ‘Project 206: The Oakville Curling Club’) from the drop-down menu;
  • You receive a tax receipt for your donation;
  • Your donation is held in trust with the National Sport Trust Fund until the Club requests funds from the NSTF in order to complete a project or pay for an expense;
  • Repeat as often as you like!

We can't stress enough how grateful we are to have members who are as committed to their Club as you are. We thank you for your continued support in making our Club a safer and more enjoyable place for all. If you have any questions about the NSTF, Sport4Ontario or how the fund works, please reach out to the Club office at any time.

Donate today by visiting https://www.sport4ontario.ca/project-206---the-oakville-curling-club.html.


Projects in Queue

The Board of Directors is exploring a variety of capital projects and improvements. Notably, the rink floor is far past its expected lifespan and is in need of replacement. Planning has commenced on developing a plan to replace the floor in the summer of 2022 and we are currently awaiting a full engineering report on the condition of the floor and replacement options. This project is meant to not only ensure the longevity of the club, but also maintain best possible curling experience for our members and reduce our utilities costs & environmental footprint.

Other potential projects, listed below, were chosen because of their impact on the health safety of everyone at the Club, their return-on-investment potential, their impact on our environmental footprint, and their potential to enhance the member experience. These projects include the following:

  • HVAC retrofit, including HEPA and UV air purification, to improve ventilation and air quality in the lounge and locker rooms
  • Upgrades to the rink camera and TV equipment to correct deficiencies and allow for live-streaming of games and events
  • Insulation in the kitchen and lounge ceiling where necessary
  • Upgrades to the men's locker room, including new lockers
  • Installation of new accessibility and security features (e.g. automatic door openers, ramps, etc) to improve the member and guest experience

None of these projects are confirmed, and the final selection of projects will be dependent on the necessity of the project itself and how much funding we are able to generate through this and other fundraisers.

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mel mitzelMITZEL, Mel October 11, 1957 - February 4, 2021 With much sadness, we announce the passing of Melvin (Mel) Raymond Mitzel, after an almost three-year battle with Glioblastoma. Mel passed peacefully at his home, in Oakville surrounded by his family. Best friend and loving husband of Sally for 39 years. Wonderful father to Michael (Shauna), RaeAnn, Amie (Mark) and Erin (Brandon). Adoring grandfather to Owen and Addison, who made his heart soar. Cherished son of Anne Mitzel and the late Raymond Mitzel (1998), big brother to Norman (Lucille), Mavis (Eugene), Richard (Lorraine), Cliff (Karen). He will be lovingly remembered by the Rajchyba family, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mel was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan and grew up on the family farm near Tramping Lake. After attending the University of Saskatchewan, he began his 40-year career with the Hudson's Bay Company where he will be fondly remembered as a member of the senior executive team for his kindness and leadership by all his many colleagues and friends. Annual family vacations, golfing and fishing in Saskatchewan were the highlight of his summers. Curling and escapes to warm climates helped him to enjoy the winters. We would like to thank Dr. Kanwar and the numerous PSW and nurses, especially Vicentia for the excellent palliative care that Mel received in his final days. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the organizations that Mel was passionate about: Community Living Oakville, the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada or Wellspring Birmigham Gilgan House. Memories can be shared online at: kudoboard.com

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Toronto Star on Feb. 7, 2021


The webinar of September 9th included a number of questions about the clubs finances and about the refund policy. We are providing the information below to help the membership better understand the club's financial position and proposed refund policy.

The Club's available cash is expected to be significantly depleted this year due to much lower revenue and higher costs. This is the case whether we stay closed or whether we open at less than full capacity. The financial impact to the Club can be partially mitigated if we are able to reopen with sufficient membership levels. We anticipate that losses will be funded from the Club's cash reserves. In saying that, the Board believes the Club has adequate cash to meet its requirements for the coming year whether or not the Club reopens.

It costs between $20,000-$30,000 to start up the ice plant, so it is important to ensure that we have enough committed membership to justify start-up costs. Our fixed costs, including, but not limited to, mortgage, insurance, salaries, utilities, property taxes, bank charges, and audit costs are expected to be at least $250,000 even if the club remains closed and would be higher if the club reopens. Refunding 50% of membership fees in the event that a member elects to terminate their membership early or if the club is forced to close following reopening, is intended to help cover these costs. In that context, taking out a Pandemic Membership not only contributes to the financial health of the Club, but also counts toward our membership revenue target to reopen.

We hope that the above information helps clarify questions for the membership and helps each member make their decision about rejoining the club this year.

Helen Stephenson
President, Oakville Curling Club

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