Welcome Back! – The Physically Distanced Version
Well, 2020 has certainly been one for the books. There are likely not many things that can turn around what this year has been, but I am hoping Curling is one of them!
With Summer having passed, we’re looking toward our upcoming season with hope and optimism, but also with caution. COVID-19 is now part of our reality, and with it comes the need to plan accordingly.
Since our early close in March, the Executive has been hard at work adapting our policies and practices to work with Provincial Guidelines. I am confident our COVID-19 Committee has put together a plan that strikes a balance between keeping our Members safe and being able to enjoy the game without undue restrictions. Thanks to Kim Hanlon, Al MacIntyre, and Bill DeGrace for their dedication on the Committee.
In the next few weeks, we plan to release a video walkthrough of the Club in its new physically distanced layout. Hopefully this will make it easier for everyone to know what to expect in the first week and can clear up any questions or concerns about returning to curl. The Executive and I are always available via email to answer questions as well.
The ice will start going in over the next few weeks, and we are glad to welcome back Graham Conrad to lead that effort. I think we were all happy with the great job done by Graham and Wayne last season, and their hard work showed in the quality of the ice. They look forward to working with committed volunteers from our Membership as in years gone by.
Overall, our goal is to run all events as scheduled. However, this year more than any other, we ask for patience and flexibility as we navigate uncharted waters. Unfortunately, the Scallop Spiel is unable to proceed this year. As the first bonspiel, it was felt there were too many questions about how to run it safely and the Club absolutely supports the decision to put safety first. Once we are over the first hurdles of the season and the new policies are practiced, we will have a better idea of how we can continue with the year. Our plan is just a starting point; it will be revisited and updated as required and as we are able.
The first day of Curling this year will be October 26th, starting with the Monday Night League. We are extremely lucky to have Jim Eisenhauer back leading our Learn to Curl program, starting November 10th . Friday Fun Night may look a little different this year, but they are proceeding with the first one November 13th, so mark those dates in your calendar.
This year we have made some changes to Registration. Because of COVID-19, we are trying to minimize the amount of paper the Membership Committee needs to handle, and so we have moved our primary registration form to an online version. Obviously, this is a first for LCC, but the form is easy to use and we’re confident most of our membership will appreciate the convenience. For those that wish to stick with the tried-and-true paper copy, they will be available by request via email or at Registration Night on October 7th 7-9pm.
We have also made the jump to accepting e-transfers. You will be able to send an email transfer to the club, and if all goes well, we plan to accept bar tab payments via email as well. For more information on both registration and payments, please see the registration handout.
Waivers forms will remain paper as we require a witnessed signature, and this also goes for the COVID-19 Declaration of Compliance. Signed copies of both these forms are required before Members will be allowed to curl. Due to the seriousness of COVID-19, there will be no exceptions to this, so please get your forms back to us!
To the members of the Executive, thank you. I can’t say enough good things about them. I have never worked with such a talented and dedicated group; they truly have the Club’s best interests at heart. The great job Ashlee Feener has done in the past few years as President has made the transition easy, and the outstanding commitment of our committees is evident in everything they do. Craig Munroe, Chris Clark, Lola Greek, Kim Hanlon, Becky Nodding, great job. Thanks also to Wayne Cleveland for taking care of all the little (and big) things.
To the Membership, thank you to the volunteers that have made so many events possible. This year we will be asking again for your time to help us fill positions that help with the running of the Club. For contract tracing, we will need a team of registrars to record names, and we will also need bartenders to keep thirsty curlers satisfied. We will be sending out requests in the coming weeks. If you have not volunteered before, please consider it this year as every bit helps.
Please feel free to contact me via phone or email if you have any questions or concerns for the upcoming season. Even with all the changes, we will still be on the ice and having fun. I never thought the old saying “I wouldn’t touch them with a 6-foot pole” would become standard policy, but here we are, so measure your brooms!
I look forward to seeing you on the ice!
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