The Capital Winter Club and the sport of curling in Fredericton were front and center this spring and summer, times not traditionally known for curling, as we played host to two major events.
The 2017 Canadian Senior Championships were a tremendous success, with profits going towards the CWC Capital Improvement Fund. The dedication of our volunteers and committee convinced Everest to let us host the 2017 Everest Curling Challenge, which brought the top curlers in the world to Fredericton. It also left a legacy, with profits going to set up a development fund for our Little Rocks and Junior programs.
With the interest in curling in Fredericton growing, the board is faced with the challenge to find a way to engage this interest and bring new curlers into the CWC family. The only way to do that is to make some changes to the way we manage our club. Ultimately it is the responsibility of the board of directors to ensure that the day-to-day operations are consistent with a long-term sustainable business model. We need to structure our organization in a way that supports curling at the grassroots and creates an environment that makes our members proud to be part of a club that is innovative and forward-thinking.
With a membership that has been shrinking, we need to capitalize on the potential in front of us and create more opportunities for new curlers to try the sport we all love. We need to come up with a program that will accommodate the individual players that join the club and don’t have a team to play with. A modified system for Tuesday night is being contemplated by the scheduling committee.
Our Learn to Curl initiative will remain on Friday evenings, and as an addition to the program, the board is working to introduce a social membership that will offer a new curler an alternative to league curling if they’re not ready for that yet. This membership will be for 3 or 4 fun nights of curling on Saturday evenings throughout the year. This supports the board’s directive to reintroduce curling at the recreational level for all age groups, as this is paramount in making our club sustainable in the future.
You will also see that we have hijacked part of one of the notice boards to display some of the gifts we have received from Curling Canada, the World Curling Federation and Everest. This is to celebrate our successes in hosting major Canadian and world-class championships. We should be proud of all the Capital Winter Club has achieved. They are awards given to us because of the hard work of our membership! It is because of that hard work that we could make several upgrades to the club this off-season: a new brine pump, new electrical circuits, mason work to keep the birds out of the shed, and new sensors to better control humidity and ice temperature.
Change is good if the intentions are constructive, innovative and sustainable. Let’s continue to build a club that we can call home for years to come.
I would like to thank Ann and her staff for all the hard work. I look forward to working with them this upcoming season.
I would also like to thank the members of the Board of Directors for running for office and I look forward to working with you on this exciting new journey.
Wayne W. Tallon
President, Capital Winter Club