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League play will begin Oct 9
Please make the jobs of our
Convenors a little easier...
Convenors need to have draws in
place for the first day of play.
Please make sure that your team
is included on the Team Lists
posted in the Lobby of the Club,
or at least inform the club by
email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) of
your intention to field a team.
We currently know about 8-9
teams for the Tues/Thurs
Making the Draw is an onerous
task, especially if we don't
know all of the teams to
Convenor of the Wed. Business
Ladies League send me
This is the only league I don't
have a name for the Convenor's
Deadline for fee
discount is Oct 1.
Soo Curlers Association
Sept 21 Report
Peter Zultek: email@example.com
A Note to the Members
We are trying to keep our members up to date on
the events taking place at the club. I am trying
this new Newsletter Format. There may be a few
bugs to work out, but hopefully as I learn the
program, all will go smoothly. Hope you enjoy
the format and are apprised of what is taking
place at Soo Curlers.
In my last
email, I asked for an indication from the people
on my email address list for feed back as to
their members status for the coming season. To
those that have responded, Thank you.
Please take a moment to send your response if
you have not yet done so.
-I am curling this year, leave me on your list.
-I am not curling this year, but leave me on
your list anyways.
-I am not curling this year, Take me off your
address the need to make our building
Handicapped accessible. This will be discussed
at the Semi Annual Meeting. Since this is a very
large Capital Project, I encourage you to attend
the meeting and offer your input. This is a
government mandate and does affect the future
viability of Soo Curlers. Your direction and
guidance as stakeholders in the future of the
club is vital.
trying to create a new Saturday morning league
to replace the current Mercantile League. We
have sent out 1000 flyers to businesses across
the city in an attempt to stir a little interest
and keep our ice active on weekends. We have
also done some advertising in the luncheon
weekly newspapers and are currently dealing on
some radio spots on Q104.
Our best advertising , however, is word of
mouth. If you have a group in your workplace
that would like to curl recreationally on
Saturdays, please promote the idea or get a
poster from us that you can post on a bulletin
All fees are
due by Oct 1st
to qualify for the Pre-season discount. The
office is open for fee collection Mon - Friday
8 am - 4 pm.
LORD of the RINGS
Have a business? Want great advertising
You can have your business displayed in our new
opportunity. The complete set of rings custom
made with your Company information enbedded in
Must be ordered soon so they can be manufactured
by ice installation time. Three sold
already. For more Info.. call Ian at 254-6174.
PRESIDENT’S WELCOME LETTER 2012-2013
Greetings Fellow Members:
It’s August and
time for us at Soo Curlers to gear up for another fast approaching
2012-13 curling season.
I want to start
this letter with a huge thank you to Eric Kirby, Linda MacDonald and
Sandra Randa for their past service to Soo Curlers as Board Directors.
Since they have stepped down, we realize that we have some big shoes to
fill as we move forward this season.
Your Board of
Directors for 2012 - 2013 consists of:
Peter Zultek, Jon
MacDonald, Rob Brewer, Shelly McPhee, Greg McLellan and Mike Szczepaniak
Please feel free to address any questions or concerns to any one of
Soo Curlers is a
member-owned “CLUB”. We are a not-for-profit club with a single goal in
mind. We want to provide the best possible Curling facility and
experience for the most reasonable cost. But, we must run this club as a
business if we are to survive the current economic times. All
members have a stake in the goal that we have. We need all of our
members to contribute to our financial security.
rely on membership fees, bar and kitchen revenues . Our Pro Shop,
Bonspiels and ice rentals supplement our income We try to keep the
prices of our services low, but we need our members to support our
efforts. Early payment of fees helps us dramatically, as we
operate over the summer on a line-of-credit. Yes, we carry a financial
burden throughout the summer too.
you can convince a past member to rejoin and play on your team, or get a
friend or family member interested in trying our game. We would
like to get a new weekend league established to optimize the use of our
building. Perhaps, where you work you could get a team together for a
Sat or Sun afternoon league.
The new fee
structure can be found here:
We have debated
the fees at length and, like you, are facing inflationary increases in
costs, e.g. the Smart Meter impact and rising wages. We still believe we
offer great value for the cost. To encourage early payment,
we are offering a $20 discount on our fee schedule if your fees
are paid in full by Oct 1 2012. All fees must be paid by Oct
You can help
reduce our costs by paying your fees by cheque, cash or debit card.
Credit cards are accepted, but we incur a much higher bank charge on
Payment of fees can be made at the club beginning Sept 4th. Monday to
Friday from 12 noon – 4 pm.
You may also drop a cheque in the mail slot at the front door. The
mailing address is 124 Anita Blvd. Sault Ste Marie ON P6B 4P9
You will also find
attached application forms for this season found here:
Please fill them in completely. Your 1 minute of time will save us
hours. Addresses, phone numbers, email and even names change. Do not
assume we know your information. We need to know when you curl and who
you curl with. If you receive this and will no longer be curling, please
The Semi Annual
Meeting will be Wed. Sept. 26 at 7 pm.
We will be presented with an audit of our financial position. We would
like to see as many members as possible. This is your chance to offer
your input or ask your questions.
We are currently
short 1 person on our Board of Directors. If you have an interest in
getting involved at the Board level please step forward. We welcome your
input and enthusiasm.
Our leagues are as
good as the people that run them. They do not just happen. We need to
know who is going to be the League Convener for each League. Please
submit your name if you are, or desire to be, the League Convener for
the League in which you play. League Conveners are responsible for
the Draw Schedule as well as any Prizes or Special Events for their
You will also,
find a form attached to list your team members for your League found
2012-13 League Forms. This will
allow for Draws to be made and new members to be placed on teams that
may need a player(s). We see many changes every year and cannot
assume that what was in place last season is the same this season.
All team forms will be posted and made available on the club website
www.soocurlers.com and can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
or dropped off at the club.
This year we will
be focusing our efforts on making our Club accessible to the disabled.
All buildings must be accessible by 2020. This is necessary, so we need
to get started as this would mean a major alteration of our building.
There are currently grant monies available for such projects that we
need to investigate and pursue. We would like to partner with the local
disabled community to ensure that their needs are met adequately to
provide access for all… spectators, patrons and participants. This is
a major undertaking.
We also face a
number of surprises each year .. our building is aging and repairs and
maintenance costs are rising, Our Capital expenditure fund has saved us
in the past, but needs to grow for a future contingency. This is a
must., so we have added $5 to the capital expenditure fund. The
foresight of the past board saw huge benefits from some expenditures..
the arena lighting, the air conditioning, the Fish Fry, and others.
In closing, I ask
you to keep Soo Curlers in mind. Having a wedding or stag, we can do it.
Meetings , birthdays, staff parties,. Taking the family out to dinner.
Or some friends meeting for a Saturday afternoon beer. We appreciate and
need your business.
Remember, the Semi
Annual Meeting, chat up your friends and colleagues about the Great
Game of Curling at your club.
remainder of your summer. We’ll see you in the fall.... The kitchen
will re-open Sept 4th for Breakfast and Lunches. The Fish Fry starts up
again Sept 7... Book your reservation early and bring a friend.
Peter Zultek and
the Board of Directors at Soo Curlers
PRESIDENT’S WELCOME LETTER 2011-2012
The 2011-2012 curling season is fast
approaching and it is time to send out the usual fee schedules,
application forms, welcome letter and information of use to you.
Most people read this letter to see what the
fee schedule for this season will be. If I put it first they will
not read the rest and they will look to the end if it does not come
first. To this end the information on fees is buried in the text.
As it was last year, the interest on savings is
almost zero and the club has exhausted its funds from last year, so
fees paid early save the club having to go to its line of credit.
Please consider early payment as opposed to the last minute. The
members have been very co-operative using debit instead of credit
cards. Our costs are considerably lower when the fees for these
payment methods are compared. Again, please help out.
Attached will be the applications for this
year. Please complete all paper work in FULL. Yes, you were on the
same team on the same night last year but the league co-coordinators
and Sandra Ferguson in the office do not have photographic memories,
the paper work is essential to set up the organization of the
leagues. Email addresses often change for some of us so please
update these accurately. Using email can save the club $.59 x 500
or about $300. Every savings helps.
At the upcoming semi-annual meeting the audit
for last year will be presented. The club was successful last year
and this will allow for the fees to be held at last year’s level “IF
YOUR FEES ARE PAID” before October 1, 2011. After September 30,
2011 at 11:59 pm all fee categories will increase by about $20.00.
You can pay in person at the club starting Sept. 19th,
Monday to Friday 1 to 5 pm. Also a cheque can be left in the mail
slot at the club 24 hours a day anytime between now and Oct. 1 to
get the discount.
Dusty Jakomait has been added to the board and
will be responsible for bonspiel participation, so if you have an
idea for a spiel contact Dusty. This area has unfortunately
declined over the past few years. Some have suggested that curlers
are “getting too old to spiel like we did”. I can not imagine that.
We have some super events coming this year,
including a Grand Slam Event at the Essar Centre, which will include
the Brad Jacobs Team, November 2nd to the 6th.
Also, the “2012 Men’s Northern Ontario Provincial Playdowns”
February 6th to the 12th, are being hosted at
our club. Both will require volunteers and committees are already
in place for these events. Contact the club for more information if
you are interested.
You will notice upgrades have been happening at
the club. First, a new roof on the clubhouse was completed in May.
Secondly, all of the fixtures over the ice and the 10 kg of dirt
that each held will be replaced. Our quote indicates that savings
will recover the entire cost in about four years. After the
lighting is installed, the ice cameras will be reset so that they
are all the same. The third is the installation of two air
conditioning units, one at each end of the lounge area. It is hoped
that this will allow the club to be used for social events all year
long. The facility is virtually dead from June to September and the
air conditioning will allow us to use the lounge area during the
summer. Speaking of that, Saturday night and Sunday are very slow
times all year. The club is an excellent facility for Christmas
parties, stags, and parties. Members do not pay rent for the club
when we look after the bar etc. We (Kathy) are very approachable
and helpful setting up events. Take advantage of this opportunity.
The best Friday Night Fish Fry in the Sault
will start again in September, the date to be announced soon. If
you have not tried it yet, you are definitely missing out.
The club needs a dedicated board working with
the staff to be successful. In April 2012, at the second
semi-annual meeting of this season new board members will be
required. You have until then to decide if you could be a
contributing member of the board.
As always you have my email for comments and
President Soo Curlers Assoc.
PRESIDENT’S WELCOME LETTER 2010-2011
2010-2011 curling season is fast approaching and it is time to send out
the usual fee schedules, application forms, welcome letter and
information of use to you.
is/was something good about the HST. As a result of members paying
before the deadline for this season, the club has been able to avoid
using the line of credit for the first time in a while to cover summer
expenses. Remember our financial year is April to April but funds
normally do not start to roll in until the fall. In the past we have
used our line of credit over the summer. This year we saved the
interest that we would have paid in the past.
fee has increased by $3 since we set the rates for this season. Those
who have paid their fees will avoid this increase. Those paying fees in
the fall will have the $3 increase added to the published rates for this
year. Please pay your fees as soon as possible. Very little interest
is earned by investing your fees for the month of September and having
cash on hand really helps the club set up.
complete all paper work in FULL. Yes you were on the same team on the
same night last year but the league co-coordinators and Sandra Ferguson
in the office do not have photographic memories and the paper work is
essential to set up the organization of the leagues. Last year the
Monday night schedule was recast three times to fix up the schedule as
teams who thought they were in were added.
has changed around the club over the summer. Rob Brewer has been added
to the board so that the men’s league has a representative on the
board. We will be installing an ATM machine in the fall for those who
may wish to use it. The club is pursuing several major events over the
next few years but nothing is set as yet.
that the club can be booked for special events such as birthday or
Christmas parties. There is no rental charge for members.
has been declining as far as revenue made for the club. Members
apparently did not feel this was a worth while venture as judged by
their overall participation so the board has decided to cancel this
event. We are going to try something a little different after the
season opens. Watch for postings about this.
game of the season will be the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as it has been
in the past. Watch for notices about practice ice times as this draws
share your love of the game with your friends and relatives, invite them
Curlers 2009-2010 Season
Please find enclosed your 2009-10 renewal notice
for Soo Curlers. Curling will start the Tuesday, October 13th,
after Thanksgiving as usual. There will be a brief interruption to
the season this year. As you know the Tournament of Hearts will be
in the Sault this year. At this time 450 people have volunteered to
assist with this event. During this event Soo Curlers will be made
over into The Heart Stop Lounge. Buses will run from the Essar
Centre to the club to bring curlers and fans to the lounge. This
will require a stoppage in play for about two weeks. More details
will be provided as the season progresses.
The work on the mezzanine floor was completed
during the summer. There is one less step so look down as you go
upstairs until you are conditioned to the change. This new flat
area will provide additional table seating on this level.
There will be a flat increase of $20 across the
board in all categories of fees. On or before Sept 26th fees can be
paid at the 2008 rate. In addition fees paid on or before Sept 26th
will entitle the curler to one free Hoedown ticket. The big draw
prize is provided by Garland again this year so bring your free
ticket to the club during the Hoedown and get the opportunity for a
free chance at the Garland Golf package. Additionally, you could
enjoy some good food and great entertainment. Unlimited memberships
will receive two free Hoedown tickets. As a special bonus unlimited
memberships purchased before the Hoedown will receive $20 in gift
certificates to be used at the club. Fees may be paid in person at
the club starting September 8th, Monday, Wednesday &
Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Tuesday & Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7
p.m. You can drop a cheque through the mail slot anytime. Fees
can be paid until 10:00 pm at the Hoedown. A note of interest,
the previous year bank charges and interest were $5,787.00. Last
year we asked that members not pay with CREDIT CARDS and the same
costs were $3,612.00. This is a savings to the club that costs
individuals very little. Keep up the good work.
The auditor’s report is in. A full report will
be given at the Semi-annual meeting on Sept 24th. The
club stayed in the black last year but overall sales were down.
With the changes to the “legal limit laws” the bar sales were
significantly down. The Board is always looking for ways to
increase revenue and all suggestions would be appreciated.
Membership participation in events like the Hoedown certainly help.
The Friday fish fry has been a tremendous success. It is hard to
believe but there are still members who have never tried it. Member
participation in Hoedowns, attending the Fish Fry and other events
help to moderate our fee increases.
George Johnstone has volunteered to fill one of
the vacant board positions. There is still one available should you
be willing to assist in this area.
Somehow summer has past us by so getting back on
the ice will be welcomed. From the Board welcome back and good
Curlers 2008-2009 Season
Welcome to the new curling season rapidly approaching our club.
Work continues at the Club. Expected capital projects include acquiring
new chairs for both sides of the lounge as the wooden ones are now
resisting glue having been glued several times. Some have been removed
from service as they were unsafe. A sliding wall to separate the two
sides is being investigated which would allow for a better layout when
renting part of the upstairs. The main compressor running the ice
production is up for an overhaul which will run about $6 000
Quoting directly from last year’s letter:
“Fees have been set and we hope that everyone takes advantage of the
opportunities to curl and support the club. Some fees have dropped and
others although slightly higher offer more opportunities for the members
to curl. It is hoped that we can build a capital fund to cover the
unanticipated expenses that arise in a 40 yr old building. It also
allows us to plan for the inevitable… new rocks… ours will need
replacing, hopefully later than sooner, but we must plan now. They are a
fee structure this year is based on the last two years’ performance. Two
years ago we were required to draw down $20 000 from reserves to cover
costs for the year. Last year, the Juniors provided the club with
additional income of almost $20 000. It is therefore reasonable to
expect that we will require an extra $20 000 this year. Working on a
membership of 500, this amounts to $40 per member for the upcoming year.
This increase equates to giving up one Tim’s coffee and a donut each
week of the curling season. If we do not incur any major capital
expenses that we cannot cover from the capital expense fees, we project
that next year we will not have to use our line of credit to get through
Rental fees will also increase which includes both the Friday night
Forestry league and the Mercantile league. A new membership has been
introduced on a trial basis for Classic Snowbirds. This will allow them
to curl until Christmas. Pass this information on to anyone you may know
who has retired from the game as they spend much of the winter in the
have been asked to look at cutting costs. The first one that jumped out
was credit card charges. We paid over $3 700 in credit card charges.
Each payment is reduced by 2.0% as a service charge. This amounts to 8
unlimited memberships. There are alternatives that members can use a)
pay by cheque which costs the membership nothing b) use a debit card as
the fees are considerably cheaper or c) cash.
Please remember that setting the fees is the most difficult and time
consuming task we face. It is complex due to the nature of our game. We
require 4 players on a team at a time, we register individually, we play
a varied number of days and games a week in a variety of leagues etc.
need our fees to be fair, yet attractive. Since we are Not For Profit
we need our fees to carry our operation for the year. We must anticipate
the unforeseen and meet it and we must provide the best possible Curling
conditions for ALL who use the facility whether they play 1 game a week
or 5 either recreationally or competitively.
encourage you to please come in, mail in, or carrier pigeon in your fees
Payment options include sending
registration forms and cheques to Soo Curlers Assn. 124 Anita Blvd.
S.S. Marie, On P6B 4P9. Cheques can also be dropped in the mail slot at
Payment in person can be made at the club the week of Sept 15th. Hours
will be posted on the website and/or in Zee’s emails and on the front
doors of the club in September.
are trying to avoid having to tap deeper into our line of credit to pay
all the bills coming due very soon. To avoid interest charges on
borrowing we can pay the bills from membership payments. That is why we
need them paid.
also want to avoid the situation of having to ask people individually to
pay. Your membership fees are like any other bill. Please pay them on
time. It is embarrassing for both the player and us and requires a lot
of time to police what should be a non issue.
Watch the emails and check out our websites
http://hurryhard.tripod.com for events, specials from our kitchen or
pro shop.. We can save you some $$$. Remember our kitchen can cater your
functions up to 100 people: stags, Christmas parties, staff meetings
Welcome new members... it is nice to see our roster growing with new
names... we hope your membership at Soo Curlers is enjoyable and that
you meet and make many new friends. If you need help or advice in any
area please don't hesitate to ask... our members are always happy to
help. Do not forget about the
HOEDOWN Sept 20, we need to pack the place. Purchase your tickets even
if you can’t make it. All tickets are eligible for all the prizes
including a Learn to Curl Membership ($199). As a member you can win the
prize and use it as a great Christmas gift—just remember to give it
General membership meeting will be held Thursday, Sept 18 at 7:00 pm. We
will have a 2007/2008 audit report and discuss future capital
expenditures. This is your opportunity to discuss topics with the board
members who work on your behalf keeping the club in a sound financial
position and OPEN!! Please get involved.
Currently the board is still short one member and is actively looking to
fill this position. Interested individuals should make themselves known
to a board member.
NOTE: We have to print and distribute over 250 hard copies of these
letters to our members.
Happily we are sending these electronically to almost 400 recipients.
you received a hard copy, we have no record of an email address for you.
you have email and would like to receive the electronic updates, please
forward your email address to
can keep you better informed as well as reduce our printing / mailing
Association Receives $75,000 Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Soo Curlers Association is pleased to accept this
$75,000 grant from the
Ontario Trillium Foundation. This grant will enable our Club to
upgrade our ice plant facility to provide our members with the best
possible ice to enjoy the sport of curling.
Our thanks to Michel Bouffard and Bob Valade, two of
our members, who devoted their time, to submit the application to the
Newsletter to all Soo Curlers Association Members: 2005-04-19
It has been another exciting and busy year at Soo Curlers. Firstly
I would like to thank everyone associated with the Club for their effort
this year. Our ice staff, kitchen staff, bar staff, Ian and Angela,
the directors and the volunteers who helped make the Club the best it can
be. Remember the Club is only as good as its members. Please
give some thought to volunteering next year.
Congratulations to those members who have represented our Club at
Provincial or National events. You have done us proud. They
include Al Harnden’s team at the Senior Nationals, Brad Jacob’s team at the
Junior Nationals, Elayne Uhryn’s team at the Women’s Provincials, Dusty
Jakomait’s team at the Mixed Provincials, Clint Cudmore’s team at OFSSA and
Anne Harris as a member of Team Northern Ontario at the Women’s Senior
We have applied to the Trillium Foundation to help us defray the cost of
a new chiller. Unfortunately, we were not aware of a deadline,
therefore we will need to reapply for the fall. Michel Bouffard and
John Prgomet should be congratulated for putting together our application
and are busy fine tuning our new application. As well we will be
applying to the CCA for a development fund to replace our furnaces. We
are presently working out the financial figures on both projects to estimate
the cost to the Club.
Please have a look at the fee and payment structure included in your
package. We have provided you, our members, with several payment
possibilities to help you pay your fees. It is imperative that all
fees be paid by the time we begin curling. The Board has looked at
streamlining the process and having a better accounting system. We
also need to increase our membership. Our nighttime leagues, both men
and women have dwindled in number. Obviously that is reflected in our
strong daytime program. Help your Club be stronger.
There are three openings on the Board of Directors. These are two
year appointments. Please consider letting your name stand for one of
these positions. The Board usually meets once a month. A
personal thank you to George Dunseath and Joanne Perry for their
contributions to the Board.
You can look forward to once again seeing the best teams in curling as
our Club will host the Horizon
Capital Curling Classic Women's Cash Spiel in
November. This event will probably be the last major spiel before the
Olympic qualifier. The NOCT Tour is coming to Soo Curlers. We
have agreed to host an event this year. We look forward to both these
We are in the process of working out the details to open our season with
a Country Jamboree. Thanks to John McClenaghan for this idea. We
hope to fill the rink. Plans are still in the infancy stage but we
intend to have a BBQ and dance. Hopefully we can provide you with more
information at the annual Meeting. This event will take place on
Andre Litalien, President