We are honored to welcome Gary Ritchie as our new Head Ice Technician for the Marpole Curling Club. Mr. Ritchie brings over 32 years of high quality ice making experience including club, Provincial and National Championship ice. Gary was previously providing excellent ice at the Salmon Arm Curling Club and before that he accumulated the rest of his experience at two clubs in the Calgary vicinity. As a curler himself, Gary is passionate about making and maintaining ice that is keen, clean and consistent. References not only confirmed these skills but applauded his commitment to their clubs both on and off the ice noting that he continually showed a strong level of dedication in working with volunteers, staff and fellow curlers during regular draws and special events. We are all looking forward to working alongside Gary in this and following seasons and I hope you join me in welcoming him to our club.
I’d like to welcome all curlers back for the Marpole Curling Club’s 2014-2015 Season! As we start a new season, I thought I would recap what I said at the SAGM and remind all of our Mission Statement:
“The Marpole Curling Club provides a welcoming, affordable environment for people of all ages and abilities to build lifelong friendships, self-esteem, sportsmanship and skill development through the sport of curling.”
For me, there are 3 objectives that underlie this mission:
1) Provide a great curling experience with facilities and leagues geared for all curlers to enjoy the sport,
2) Create a community, not only within the club but with the Marpole community at large, and
3) Ensure that we run the club in a sustainable fashion, not only financially but also in terms of our relationships with other external stakeholders and partners.
The board and staff are committed to meeting these objectives and we welcome new members and volunteers to join with us to keep Marpole the friendly home of curling in South Vancouver!
Over the last year, we’ve heard from a few of our curlers that they aren’t finding out about all the things that are happening at the club. To address this, we want to make sure that we have up to date contact info for all of our curlers. We need this to keep in touch with you and also to make sure that you are covered by our insurance policy. As the season begins, we will be asking for all curlers to complete curler information forms. We’ll also ask you to let us know if you want to continue to receive newsletters and updates from the club. This will keep us in compliance with the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) that has recently come into effect. Thanks in advance for helping us improve our communications!
The Club doors are open and the behind the scene activity is starting to happen. Staff and volunteers are getting geared up for the 2014-15 Season. Keep your eyes peeled for newsletters, updates, events and registration. Get ready to trade your sandals for sliders!