We have wrapped up another very successful season at the Almonte
Curling Club. Our 256 members have enjoyed a banner year with great ice
conditions and a varied program designed to address all curling interests.
This past season, our growing membership has generated the creation of
the new Tuesday morning league and several new special events: The
Almonte Cup, Friday Night Doubles and Hopspiels.
This past year, two of our teams challenged and won the historic Governor
General’s trophy which has been in competition for 144 years. The good
news continued when our Little Rockers capped off a fine season by
winning, in spectacular fashion, the Ottawa Valley Regional
Our Learn2Curl program was another resounding success as the new
graduates were able to move into the established leagues with enthusiasm
and confidence. Once again, our school program brought many diffferent
classes into the Club to experience curling.
All of our leagues and programs flourished, and we had fun – primarily
because of our wonderful volunteers, who are the lifeblood of our Club.
I would like to thank Cathy Lunn Neil and Bob Farmer for their dedicated
service on the ACC Executive over the past several years. Their
contributions were instrumental in directing the Club’s operations into a
very solid position moving forward into 2019.
As the outgoing President, I am delighted to be able to turn the reins over
to Steve Conlon, who has a wealth of experience and a positive vision for
the future. The Almonte Curling Club is well positioned to provide the
essential curling programs for our membership and our community going
Gary Foley, a long time volunteer of the Almonte Curling Club was presented with the Norine Duhn Award by Art McKay, the Club President.
The Norine Duhn Award is presented annually to the individual who best exemplifies the true spirit of curling in Almonte, through interest, dedication and effort for the betterment of the game.
Every season, Gary volunteers to be part of the Ice Maintenance crew, to assist the Ice Technician during flooding, scraping and pebbling operations. Gary also can be seen numerous times doing general upkeep and houskeeping tasks to help keep the facility clean and well maintained.
On the ice, Gary does a great job at keeping everyone involved and motivated to enjoy this great game of curling.
Meghan Wark was presented with the Don Mitchell Award by Don Hawkins, Curling Coach of the Almonte Bantams and Art McKay, Club President.
Meghan started with the Little Rocks Curling program and is now enjoying her second year in the Bantam group. Meghan is a super keen curler and is a source of inspiration for the entire group.
Meghan’s coach Don Hawkins said that she is a valued member of their group, and through discipline and determination, she has maintained almost perfect attendance throughout all of her curling seasons.
The Bantam curlers of the Almonte Curling Club took on the responsibility of organizing the annual Food Drive and getting the word out to the curlers.
The Bantams took turns explaining to the various daytime, evening, and Little Rock curlers about the Lanark County Food Bank, including what types of items are most in need and who the Food Bank serves in our community. The kids were pleased to see the response from the curlers and made the delivery to the Food Bank on March 6.
Members of the bantam curlers participating were Brett Armstrong, Ryan Neil, Meghan Wark, Thomas Jack, Zach McFarlane, Jack Hawkins, Logan Coyne, Daniel Nielson, Ryan Miotla and Evan Ziai (Absent from picture).
Art McKay, the Club President said “the Club is very proud of the Bantams. They are fine curlers, and even better citizens of our community. This annual Food Drive is a resounding success thanks to their efforts.”
All members of the Almonte Curling Club are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM will be held in the lounge of the club, starting at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The business of the AGM will include reports by the President, the Treasurer, and the chairs of the executive committees. Fees for next year and the makeup of the Board of Directors will be among the items covered.
Members may nominate individuals for positions on the Executive. Please contact the ACC Past-President, Bob Farmer, if you wish to make a nomination. Bob may also be reached at 613-323-1408.
Art McKay President – Almonte Curling Club March 2018
Jubilant winners of the Annual Bert McIntyre Bonspiel held March 1, 2018. Pictured is Bert McIntyre presenting the award to Skip Cliff Bennett, Brenda Schaller, Don Lea and Fred McGuire. The winning team played two stellar games to win this prestigious award. This bonspiel, which is a significant event on the Day Curlers calendar, was expertly coordinated by Ian MacLean.
Bert has been a been a valued and long time volunteer for the Almonte Curling Club, and is still actively involved in advertising sales and promotions.
The second annual Ottawa Valley Left Hander Curling Championship was held at the Almonte Curling Club on February 10. Left handed curling teams from Ottawa and Eastern Ontario competed for the championship trophy and cash prizes.
Since only about 10 % of us are left handed, it was a rare sight to see a full rink of Lefties competing for this Valley Championship.
The games were very competitive and good fellowship was enjoyed by all.
The winning team came from the host Almonte Curling Club. Trevor Thompson, Dan Nadon, Skip Marc Cousineau and Jack Logan received the Championship trophy from Almonte Curling Club president Art McKay.
The runner up team, who were the defending champions, came from the Huntley Curling Club, with Skip Ross Valliant, David Clark, Bob Boynton and Ed Carew.
The third place team also came from the Huntley Club and the fourth place team came from Ottawa’s Navy Club.
Plans are already underway to build upon this year’s success with expectations of perhaps doubling the field of entries to 16 teams for next year’s Lefties Championship.