Hello to the Men of the Oakville Curling Club
After many outstanding years of serving on the board as the Men’s League Director and Convenor, Matt Lawton is stepping down. While it will be difficult to replace Matt, we need someone to step up and become the Men’s League Director and/or the Men’s League Convenor. Without a convenor the league cannot run. Without a Director, your voice will not be heard. Please consider volunteering for either or both of these positions: Director and/or Convenor.
The roles of Vice President and Open leagues are also available.
Oakville Curling Club
While we have opened registration, we anticipate a variety of changes to the club’s operations, the game and its associated social practices in the upcoming season. We don’t know the extent of the changes, but we’d like to hear from you, the members, about what options you would consider.
Please take some time to let the Board of Directors know how you feel about the upcoming season by completing the COVID-19 Questionnaire here.
One of the many impacts of the club's closure was that a number of items were left behind in lockers by members. At this time, we're inviting members to book a 15-minute timeslot to come to the club to clean out their lockers. As we have a need to keep both members and staff safe, there are a few things you should know before booking a time:
- Members will be given a 15-minute window to arrive at the club, clean out their locker and leave. Please be on time for your appointment. Members who are more than 10 minutes late will not be given access to the club and will have to rebook.
- Only two members will be allowed in the club at any one time (one to access the mens locker room and one to access the women's locker room).
- Only one member will be allowed in each locker room at a time.
- Members may enter the club via the main entrance, but may not do so until the locker room is clear. Please do not show up more than 5 minutes early for your appointment.
- Members may exit the club via the main entrance.
- Members may not linger in the club. There will be no access to washrooms or the main floor.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available at the main entrance and at the entrance of each locker room. Please use disinfectant wipes to wipe down your locker and lock.
- Masks are not required, but are strongly encouraged for the safety of both members and staff on duty.
- Doorknobs, handrails and other high touch points will be wiped down at least every hour.
NOTE: New dates added. June 15 & 17
We regret to inform you that the Oakville Curling Club's Summer on Ice Camp has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were in the process of planning an awesome camp that supported health guidelines and encouraged curling and life-skills development. However, due to the pandemic, the Board of Direcotrs has decided that it's safest to cancel both weeks of camp entirely to minimize health risks for both campers and staff. Camp registration fees will be refunded by June 30.
We are optimistic that our regular fall and winter youth programs will run as usual and we encourage you to register for those when our regular registration opens up later this month.
Take care and good curling,
Bridget Ribau, Summer On Ice Camp Director
Chris Wai, OCC General Manager
We continue to be hopeful that our 2020/2021 curling season can be held with minimum disruption to our normal timetable. We intend to fully comply with any directives from public health or other government authorities. In preparation for the upcoming season, it is our intention to open our 2020/2021 registration in mid-June. Stay tuned for more information!
The Board of Directors has frozen the base membership fees for the upcoming season. Members who wish to participate in more than one league will pay 61.95 plus tax ($70.00) for each league beyond the first league (this applies to Anytime, Weekday, Intermediate and Student fee categories). Most members will pay the same fees as last year. Only those curlers that play in more than 3 leagues and Weekday curlers that play in more than 1 league will pay higher fees for the 2020/2021 season (note: Tue/Thu Day Women and Tue/Fri Senators count as 1 league each).
We are, of course, closely monitoring the Ontario government’s plan for reopening the province and are aware that it may not be possible to adhere to the same timetable for the 2020/2021 season as in the past. Should it become necessary to modify our plan for the 2020/2021 season, the Board of Directors will make changes as required or appropriate to the scheduling, fees, etc.
It's been more than 2 months since the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to close the club, eventually for the balance of the curling season. The uncertainty the COVID-19 crisis has imposed on our families, our businesses and our communities is unprecedented. We want you to know that we've been thinking about you, the members, and are working hard to get the club in the right shape to open when we get the opportunity.
Although the immediate future is variable, we do know this: curling certainly won't look the same in the upcoming season as it did just a few short months ago. Until a COVID vaccine is manufactured and readily availably, we anticipate that distancing measures will affect the sport and its related social activities. We're currently preparing for every scenario, but remain cautiously optimistic that a curling season of some form will go ahead.
In the email below, you'll find some information about Registration, Summer Programs and other club matters. Please read through the information and stay tuned to the club's website, Member Blog and social media channels for much more information to come!
If you have any questions, please don't hestitate to reach out to the club office or the Board of Directors. We look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Hello Campers and Guardians!
All of us at the Oakville Curling Club hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy this spring (perhaps by enjoying the throw-back curling games streamed during this live-sporting down-time!). We understand that these are uncertain times and wanted to make some camp information as accessible as possible to our past campers.
Our awesome instructors and curling club staff are excited to have you and our new curlers join us for another great summer on ice. Camp is always a highlight of the OCC summer and we look forward to creating new memories with you all again. We have some EXCITING on and off-ice activities and guest speakers ready for you to have fun with and learn from! Registration for the 2020 OCC Summer Camps is open online. For complete details and to register, click here.
This year, we're running two full weeks of camp. You can register for either or both of them! We welcome youth aged 7 to 16 regardless of curling experience to join us for fun and skill-development this summer!
- August 17th to 21st
- August 24th to 28th
We understand that the COVID-19 crisis is keeping everyone's summer plans and lives in general in flux, but we are cautiously optimistic and hopeful that camp will go ahead as usual. If the developing situation means that we are unable to host camp, updating and refunding our campers is our first priority. Cancelation of camp due to COVID-19 will result in all payments being refunded in full by no later than July 31st.
Thank you all for joining us for incredible summers of camp; we look forward to making many more awesome curling memories with you all!
We understand that these are uncertain times for you and your loved ones, and we appreciate your continued support. Take care, stay safe and good curling!Bridget Ribau, Camp DirectorChris Wai, General Manager
We need your help!
We have rescheduled the Annual General Meeting to August 12, 2020 in light of the current provincial state of emergency.
We hope by then that current restrictions on gatherings may be relaxed sufficiently for us to conduct the AGM at the club. If not, we will either hold the AGM virtually or postpone the meeting to a later date. When we issue the notice of the AGM meeting we will provide further particulars about how the AGM will be conducted.
We are pleased to announce that we are offering a new league!
The new Sunday Evening Open League is a recreational, team-based, open format league geared toward novice to intermediate curlers, new members, and current members who would like to play on an open format team. Sunday Open games will be played at 4:45pm every Sunday (with the odd bye week here and there) and teams will get 17-18 games (14-15 regular season games and 3 playoff games).
Sunday Open is considered a Social League and is billed at the Anytime Member rate. Entry into the league is on a priority basis:
- In 2020/2021, priority will be given to teams with 4 new club members, followed by teams with 3 new club members, and so on.
- In 2021/2022, priority will be given to teams that are returning to the league, followed by teams with new club members.
In keeping with the social aspect of the game, teams will be encouraged to participate in the traditional post-game reciprocal beverages and fun nights will be organized throughout the season (e.g Grey Cup, Christmas, Scotties/Brier, etc).
Registration priority will be given to full teams, however, individuals and couples will be welcome to register and will be matched with teammates in a suitable division based upon their experience.
The Oakville Senators Curling Season came to an abrupt end on Friday March 13 out of concerns for public safety due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Epidemic.
The Annual Senators Curlers Closing Lunch Event planned for Friday April 17 was cancelled.
Leo Topolniski got the ball rolling when he made a recommendation to me by email for the Senators to make a donation to a needy cause from moneys not spent for the cancelled Closing Lunch.
The Oakville Senators Curlers will donate $5000 from the meat price money collected during the season set aside for the Closing Lunch Event to Food4Kids. The donation will be divided equality between Food4Kids Halton and Food4Kids Mississauga receiving $2500 each. We are proud to assist in the Food4Kids Mission: “To provide healthy food for children from at-risk, low-income or disadvantaged homes with limited or no food during weekend periods or during the summer months.”
Arrangements have been made for Gayle Kabbash of Food4Kids Halton and Nancy Guzzo Food4Kids Mississauga to receive their donation from our treasurer Ron Grey.
All the Best Tom Wienhold & Ron Grey
We hope everyone is keeping safe and healthy. The Oakville Curling Club is optimistic that our summer programming will go on as usual and we're looking forward to seeing you all on the ice very soon.
A quick reminder that the deadline for returning teams to guarantee their spot in Summer League 2020 is this Friday, May 15. We understand that there is some uncertainty over what the summer might hold and what curling might look like when we do finally get to get back on the ice, and we will refund your payment by no later than July 15th if we are unable to open or if we can only open at a reduced capacity.
The Board of Directors made the difficult decision to shut down the Club for the balance of the curling season due to concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was not made lightly and the Board determined that the health of the members and staff had to be our top priority.
The club is closed until further notice, in accordance with the Government of Ontario’s declaration of a state of emergency. Club staff can be reached by email, but will not be available for in-person appointments. Members will be permitted back to the club to gather their belongings from their lockers when the state of emergency is lifted. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Board will be meeting again next week to discuss a variety of issues that come as a result of the closure. We thank you for your patience while we navigate this difficult situation.
The Jerry Sproat Senior Men’s Bonspiel was held on Wednesday March 4. We had a very successful turnout with a full complement of 32 teams. The teams enjoyed two games, a delicious lunch and lots of prizes.
We wish to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsor OAK-LAND Ford Lincoln. Their support allows us to put on the event and is a major help in covering costs for the day. We thank OAK-LAND and their representative, Dylan Istad, for their involvement with the bonspiel. OAK-LAND Ford Lincoln’s designated charity is Food4Kids an organization that works to ensure that children who don’t always have enough to eat have those needs met.
Food4Kids representative, Gayle Kabbash spoke to us and explained the origin and operation of the charity. An incredible food drive valued at $1,392 and $2,070 donated, making a grand total of $3,462 that was raised for Food4Kids Halton. They support 700 children in Halton region of which 183 children are from Oakville. A huge thanks goes to all involved in making this such a successful event.
On the ice some great curling took place. For the third year in a row, the winning team was skipped by Bob Edmondson. Don Moseley-Williams viced. Charley McFeeters played second and Doug Miller was the lead. We were happy to see Jerry Sproat and his brother Jim. Jerry was on hand to address the players with his usual witty remarks. Jerry also presented his namesake trophy to Bob Edmondson’s winning team.
Putting on a bonspiel involves many ‘to do’ items. Our committee was comprised of Fred Allo, Peter Campbell, Brian Sheridan, Leo Topolniski and Paul Stothers. We couldn’t do this without the great support of the curling club staff: Chris Wai and Casey Base. Whenever curlers from elsewhere play at our club, they rave about the ice conditions so a big thanks to Scott Foster and Kevin Mooney who, as always, do such a great job preparing the ice.
Submitted by: Paul Stothers
Team Fendley was first overall at the Bancroft TGIF Bonspiel held Friday, March 6.
Thank you to Lyn Turnbull for her hospitality over the weekend!
Skip: Janice Fendley
Vice: Sheelagh Rowland
Second: Nancy Sainthill
Lead: Julie Smith (Annandale CC)
Submitted by: Janice Fendley