The Preeceville Curling Club held its annual meeting on October 22 with discussions on various topics. Members also held a meeting on October 1 but it was not until the October 22 annual meeting that the new executive was selected and dates for bonspiels were set, stated Lynn Ager, director.
The plant has been turned on and the ice flooded, she reported. The rink has booked poker nights for November 16 and Jan. 4, 2020. Sheldon Luciw and Rod Serhan are responsible for ice making and caretaker duties. The curling club is once again selling ice logo sponsorships. Anyone interested in advertising their business on the ice can contact Denise Olson. The rink has completed a few renovations including replacing all the toilets, putting in a new fire door at the back and fixing up the fire escape.
The rink will be helping out the Lions Club with Chase the Ace again this year. It was scheduled to start the first week of November. Any groups or clubs that would like to host a fund raiser supper on a Chase the Ace night can have free use of the rink’s kitchen. They may contact Denise Olson or Lynn Ager to book their supper.
Bonspiel dates established feature an open bonspiel during the week of Feb 2 to 9, 2020.
The executive elected includes: Sheldon Luciw, president; Shane Nelson, vice-president:
Aggie Dubelt, treasurer and Dallas Burym, secretary. Directors are: Lynn Ager, Denise Olson and Phil Murrin. There will be school curling again this year. All kids are encouraged to come out and try curling Regular curling for this year will feature a Monday afternoon which is open; Tuesday and Wednesday nights for regular four person curling and Thursday night will be a two-on-two person curling.
Friday night will feature something new this year, a Business Brier League. Business teams entered may have any numbert of players on a team. Both four person and two-on-two curling is available. Teams can be entered for every Friday or every second Friday. Contact Ralph Ager for more information or to enter a team. "You can follow the events and activities on the Preeceville Curling Club on Facebook," said Ager.
The original curling club was first proposed by Alfred Buck and Jack Long in the summer of 1934, stated information given in the Town of Preeceville history book. The rink opened on January 4, 1935 with fees set at $5 for those had their own rocks and $8 for those did not own their own rocks. Doug Bentley and his dray of horses hauled hot water from the creamery in three 45 gallon drums to flood the ice.
Curling enthusiasm was so great that another sheet of ice had to be built in 1937. In 1954 a new rink was built with three sheets of ice. Artificial ice was installed in 1977 and through the years renovations were done which included considerable work to improve the rink.