2013 will see a number of special events make our Club more than just an ice shed to come to once or twice a week to curl with your team and league members. Given our membership make-up, VCC bonspiels, open houses and other events showcase that curling is a sport enjoyed by a very diverse group of people. While our staff members do as much as they can for special events, they need the support of volunteers, before, during and after events, to make sure things run smoothly.
Volunteering at the VCC has a long history and it can take many forms. Each year, a dozen individuals volunteer their time to participate on the Board of Directors and help guide the staff and implement our long-term plan. Board members also lead the six standing committees that oversee specific areas of the Club’s overall operations. Note: There is currently a vacancy on the Board so if any member is interested in serving, please email Scott Allen, our club president.
Staff and Board members, though, welcome the input and participation of members at large on all of the Board committees and sub-committees. League representatives take on the role of wrangling their members, building draws and attending meetings to give member feedback to the Board and the staff. Each special event also has its own organizing committee that requires people to help plan, gather prizes, fundraise, raise awareness, and provide support on the day(s) of the event.
In short, volunteering at the VCC can take any form you want it to. A couple of hours greeting people at open houses, or many hours planning one of our great bonspiels, is appreciated. The more people we can get involved, the better our Club will be.
The VCC is a member-run club, not just an organized sport league. Volunteering is a great way to meet some of our very interesting members, give back, and ensure the legacy of curling in Vancouver continues.
Building on the Club’s success of gaining exposure in the local media at the start of this season - our 100th Anniversary - the VCC has continued to be featured by the local press.
Thank you to our members, coaches and staff who helped work with the media over the past couple of weeks.
The VCC was well represented at this past weekend's Men's Provincial Playdowns. Team Bourdage (Shane Bourdage, Aaron Thompson, Aaron Brice and Chris Hall), Team Hall (George Hall, Christopher Ordog, Greg Ohashi and Logan Chinski) and Team Schneider (Steve Schneider, Brant Amos, Shawn Ecklund and Chris Faa) represented the club as VCC teams during the playdowns at the Chilliwack Curling Club.
Aiming to finish in the top three teams amongst the 12 Lower Mainland team entered into the event, Teams Bourdage, Hall and Schneider came up a bit short in their bids to qualify for the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. The teams, though, do have a final chance to qualify for the February 2013 men's provincials in Parksville during the first weekend in January. From January 4-6, 2013, at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, the top four teams at this final playdown event will earn their place at the provincial championships.
Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's men's playdowns.
Now that our 2012-2013 season is entering its third month, it's time to see if any members might have some time they would like to give. The Board and staff greatly appreciate the time and support a number of members have already given to the Club this season, but we can certainly use a few more hands for a key event and program at the VCC.
With the Club hosting the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championships in March, our event chair - Keith Switzer - is keen to recruit additional volunteers. From event drivers and support with 50/50 sales to banquet planning and event officials, any interested members should please send an email to Willa if you can help in the lead up to and/or during the event from March 14-17, 2013.
A second area of additional volunteer need is with our Junior Development Program. The number of junior curlers has expanded this season so we are in need of some inspirational members who are interested in volunteer coaching and helping the Juniors on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 am. Interested members should please contact Brad.