Our 100th Season is Just Around the Corner

It is August and we are fast approaching the VCC's 100th curling season.  We have an exciting year planned as we enter our second year in our new home at the Hillcrest Centre.

We urge you all to browse through our Calendar of Events for the 2012-13 season to see what we have in store.  Our Leagues, Clinics, Bonspiels, and even a Provincial Championship will be keeping us busy right through to April 2013!

If you are interested in joining a league, please head over to our League Page and contact any of the respective league reps about availability.  If you are looking to give our sport a try we will be featuring Public Open Houses and Basic Skills Clinics in lead up to the start of our regular season.

VCC to Host 2014 BC Men's Curling Championship

Curl BC is pleased to announce that the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship will be hosted at the Vancouver Curling Club and will run from February 5-9, 2014.

The Championship will follow a 16-team triple knockout with a four-team page playoff format. Similar to the women’s event, the 2013 champion and the men’s leader on the Canadian Team Ranking System as of December 1, 2013 will capture the first two berths. The remaining spots will be declared through regional playdowns. The winner will advance to the Tim Hortons Brier.

The BC Men’s Curling Championship has produced four national championship teams skipped by Frenchy D’Amour (Trail – 1948), Lyall Dagg (Vancouver – 1964), Rick Folk (Kelowna – 1994) and Greg McAulay (Royal City – 2000).

2012 AGM Wrap-up

Thank you to all Club members who attended the 2012 Annual General Meeting on June 6. Everyone's comments, questions and feedback during the meeting were much appreciated as your opinions and participation are vital for a membership-driven organization like ours to thrive and succeed.

Congratulations to the new board members who were elected during the AGM, and thank you to last year's directors for their contributions. Additional thank you to the efforts of the Club's staff and all of the volunteers during a very busy and successful 2011-12 season.

Now that the summer is upon us, be sure to check back online regularly as more details about next season will be added over the coming weeks. And, if you haven't already, be sure to follow us on Facebook - facebook.com/vancurl - and on Twitter - @vancurling.

Lastly, any members who have suggestions and/or are interested in helping out next year as a coach, committee volunteer or supporting one of our events, please do not hesitate to contact Willa or Brad for more details or to provide your name.

 

2012 AGM Reminder

To: All members of the Vancouver Curling Club

2012 Annual General Meeting
June 6, 2012 at 7pm
Location: The Last Draw Lounge at the VCC (4575 Clancy Loranger Way)

Our annual general meeting is coming up in two weeks and the Board of Directors encourages your presence. The AGM provides VCC members an opportunity to learn all that went on at the Club over the past year, to ask questions and to provide input into future decisions. As a membership-driven organization, your input is critical.

Team Macdonald are 2012 Club Champions

This past week saw some great curling action as the 2012 VCC Championships filled the ice shed from Monday to Thursday evening. After starting with 24 teams, we were left with one champion; congratulations to Team Macdonald from Thursday Open for capturing the 2012 title as Club Champions.

Picture on the right (L to R: Hamish Macdonald, second;, Craig Whitaker, fourth; Chris Allcock, skip; and Reg Siemens, lead), Team Macdonald won the A flight by defeating Team McNichol from the Pacific Rim Curling League in the final. Meanwhile, on the B side, Team Allen / Bos from Sunday Open defeated Team Martin from the Motors league.

Team Macdonald, 2012 VCC Club Chamoions 

Congratulations to all of the teams for an enjoyable week and many exciting games on the ice. You can view the completed draw results by clicking here. Special thanks to Granville Island Brewing for sponsoring the prizes and look for Team Macdonald to be wearing their new Club Champion jackets next season.

VCC to Host 2013 Mixed Curling Championships

Curl BC is pleased to announce that the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship has been awarded to the Vancouver Curling Club. This unique event enables men and women to play together on the same team and will be held March 14 – 17, 2013.

The BC Championship will host the top eight mixed curling teams from across the province in the 2012/2013 season. Teams will compete in a triple knock-out format with a 4-team page-playoff. The winning team will advance to the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship, November 14-23, 2013 at the Rideau Curling Club in Ottawa.

The BC Mixed Curling Championship first began in 1964 and was won by the Gil Moel rink from the Trail Curling Club. This event has hosted many of BC’s and Canada’s top curlers throughout its history. 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, Lindsay Sparkes, 2000 World Men’s Champion, Bryan Miki, 2000 World Junior Men’s Champion, Brad Kuhn, 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalists, Georgina Wheatcroft and Diane Dezura and 2009 World Senior Champions, Pat Sanders & Roselyn Craig are just a few of the event’s past winners.

Final On-Ice Event of the 2011-12 Season

The 2012 VCC Championships have had three nights of good curling action and some very exciting games take place since Monday evening. Tonight, though, will see the final two games take place: Team Macdonald (Thursday Open) plays Team McNichol (PRCL) in the A final to determine our 2012 Club Champion, and Team Allen / Bos (Sunday Open) plays Team Martin (Motors) in the B final.

Come on down to the Club to watch both games (7pm start) and get your final curling fix of the season. Complete results from the event so far are available by clicking here.

Congratulations to Team Faa

Congratulations are due to Team Faa (Chris Faa, Jan Bos, Sean Ramsay and Brian Oldham) for representing the VCC this past weekend at the Lower Mainland playdowns for the BC Dominion Club Challenge.

The team had four very competitive games but they were not able to defend the Lower Mainland title that they won last season as they finished this year's event with a 2-2 record in the round-robin portion. Please click here to check out the results from the weekend's event.

Throw Like a Pro... or Learn to Throw

Ford Hot Shots This Saturday, April 15 is your chance to throw like a pro and win prizes in the Ford Hot Shots event at the VCC. Just like the pros at the Scotties and the Brier, you have a chance to put your curling skills on display for free. All you need to do is register ahead of time, so please click here for more information and to register.

Ford will also be on hand in the Hillcrest parking lot so you can test-drive some of their cushy rides for a good cause. Ford will be donating $20 to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation for each test drive so tell your friends and family to come on out.

Public Open House  
Running simultaneously this Saturday, April 15 from 10am to 4pm, is the final Public Open House of the season. All are welcome to come on out to enjoy the roaring game and experience the thrill of throwing rocks at houses. Instruction sessions will be available (30-minute sessions at a cost of $10) for those who’ve never tried the sport.

Anyone visiting the Club during the open house sessions is encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and be sure to bring clean shoes. Kids, teens, adults and seniors are all welcome!


Help Plan our 100th Anniversary

The VCC plans to host a very special event in the fall of 2012 to honour the Club’s cetenary. We are proud to have been a part of this city’s social fabric since 1912, and we have many great stories to tell.

So now is the time to provide your input as a meeting of the planning committee for the VCC 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm, and all Club members interested in helping out or contributing ideas are welcome to attend.

Please click here to learn more and RSVP.

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