Curlers on the Starting Line

 

The Morrisburg Club started league play last week, and we look forward to another successful year. As always, there are a few membership changes, and we wish well those unable to curl this year. Perhaps we’ll see you later in the season, and we welcome those new to the club. 

To those who have not signed up yet, there may still be openings. Contact the league coordinators soon, though, to make sure you get in. At the very least, there are openings as spares in any of the leagues. Relative to other sports, curling is the least expensive of sporting activities.

Concerning league coordinators: Little Rock Curlers (Ian Wilson) ianwilson@ucdsb.on.ca, after school Monday; Afternoon, daytime ladies, Tuesday p.m., (Alice Thompson), 613-543-3134; Senior men, (Dave King), 613-652-4227; Tuesday night men, (Jack Barkley), 613-543-3908; Daytime mixed, our new president, Ruth Kelly, ruthkelly@explornet.com; Evening ladies, Wednesday, (Sue McIntosh), 613-543-3118; Competitive league, Thursday p.m., (Ian Wilson);  Evening mixed, Friday night, (Mahlon Locke), 613-543-3104. 

Ruth Kelly is organizing a Monday night league for curlers of five years experience or less. Hope to see some new folks out.

Saturday, we had our first bonspiel, an Oktoberfest. (The swing and sweep fell victim too often in the past to iffy weather.) 

We thank Sandra Beckstead, owner of Smyth’s Orchards, for sponsoring. The hot apple cider, the prizes and the bushel basket full of apples and other treats, won in the draw by Greta McGann, were wonderful. 

The lunch, soup, German sausage and sauerkraut, prepared by Claire Locke and her committee, combined with appropriate beverages, sent the curlers out happy for their afternoon games.

Thanks to those who organized the day, and to Bill Laurin, whose pictures are great, and who will continue to promote the club with them and in other ways this year.

The top team on the day was Sam Locke, Keith Robinson, Paula Locke and Don Lazenby. Finishing second were Mahlon Locke, Joanne Baker, Laurie Lazenby and Linda Murphy. 

There are openings for teams in the Lions’ Bonspiel, Nov. 1, and the United Way Bonspiel Nov. 8 here at the club. The entry fee for each is $100 per team. Keith Robinson would be the contact for the former and Mahlon Locke for the latter. 

At our general meeting last month, Ruth Kelly was accepted as the new president, and Mahlon Locke, our president, retired from the job, though he’ll still be active in club business. We owe a huge debt to Mahlon for his service to our club over the past several years. 

Kathy Johnston, our long-time treasurer, presented her annual financial report, which showed another successful year for the club’s finances. There are still a few openings for the club board of directors, by the way.

 

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