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Riverdale Spare Rules Diagram

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Photos from 10th annual CGCC & 27th annual DIOTI

The photos from every day of the Riverdale Bonspiel and the CGCC are available to share!

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The secret of good sweeping

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Welcome Curlers!

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Start Curling!

 

2017 Pre-Registration for Returning Curlers is Open!

Hello Riverdale member,
 
Hope you’ve been enjoying your summer so far!  With Pride and Canada Day now behind us, we figured you’d probably be ready to start thinking about next season!
 
Update for the 2017/18 Season:
 
As with any business, we have seen increased costs year over year, primarily due to increases in ice rental fees and costs to hold our annual banquet. For the last 9 years, these cost increases have continued to be absorbed by the league, which has allowed us to keep member fees the same. However, the time has come to increase our member fees in order to maintain a balanced budget.
 
The 2017/18 fees will be as follows:
1 payment of $300, or
2 payments of $165 (total = $330)
 
The Executive Committee will continue to assess annual ice fee increases and adjust member fees on a more regular basis in order to avoid large increases in the future.  Should you have any questions about member fees, please feel free to reach out to Murray or me.
 
Also, last year we sent out a survey to members, and wanted to thank you for the feedback – our response rate was great!  A summary of the results can be found here, which we have taken into consideration when planning our upcoming season.  Look out for more communications from the executive throughout the year as we work towards continually improving the league, and as always, feel free to reach out to us at any time!
 
Pre-registration:
 
  1. Pre-registration for returning Riverdale curlers will start JULY 10, 2017 and will close on August 31, 2017. Priority will be given to teams with 3 or more returning members – teams with fewer than 3 returning members will be prioritized on a pre-registration waiting list until the end of the pre-registration period, based on the time and date the online registration is received.
    • Pre-registration must be completed by ONE team member using the following link: http://toronto.gaycurl.ca/riverdale-pre-registration/. You will be asked to provide your team members’ contact information; this will help us ensure our contact list is current – please make every effort to ensure all contact information is filled out accurately. Please note: online pre-registration requests, and automated acknowledgement emails, are NOT confirmations of registration. I will confirm your team’s pre-registration no later than September 8, 2017.
    • Once your team’s pre-registration has been confirmed, payment must be made by Interac money transfer, PayPal or cheque/cash to complete your registration.
      • If you wish to pay by Interac money transfer or PayPal, a link will be sent to you once your team’s pre-registration is confirmed.
      • If you wish to pay by cheque, after you have received your pre-registration confirmation, you may mail your cheque to Riverdale Curling League c/o Stephen Courteau, 504-2 Sultan Street, Toronto ON, M5S 1L7.
      • You may also pay by cash or cheque at registration night onSeptember 13, 2017 at Pegasus.
    • A minimum payment of $165 per player must be received by September 13, 2017 in order to complete your registration and secure your team’s spot in the league.
  2. The annual registration night for new curlers will take place on September 13, 2017 at 7:00PM at Pegasus (489 Church Street).
  3. The date for our annual beginners’ clinic is still being scheduled, but will be communicated at a later date.  The first day of curling for Riverdale is October 1, 2017.
 

If you haven’t already done so, please remember to join our Facebook group follow us on Twitter (@gaycurl), and check out the website regularly for the season calendar, updates and other news.

 

Enjoy the rest of your summer, and I look forward to seeing you on the ice in October!

 

Darren

 

Darren Sutherland

Vice President
Riverdale Curling League

2017 Member Survey Results

After our season ended, we asked for your feedback, and did you ever deliver! Check out the results below, and stay tuned for more from the Executive Committee throughout the next season!

(Click here for 2017_Riverdale_Survey_Results in PDF format)

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www.Notasportsbar.ca

As some of you may or may not have heard, Bell (and Rogers) have implemented a massive increase in cost for licensed establishments to carry TSN and Sportsnet.

For the Royals, we would be looking at a fee of over $300/month for those channels, on top of our regular tv bill.

Please take a few minutes to check out this website below and consider sending emails to the federal government members and Bell or Rogers asking them to cancel the increase in cable fees that will have a negative impact on all curling clubs!

www.Notasportsbar.ca

 

Montreal Bonspiel and CGCC Update

Hello Toronto – a guest post from our friends in Montreal’s Curling Les Fous du Roi and Curling Les Phénix leagues:

gaycurl_logoMontreal’s Les Fous du Roi and Les Phénix have joined forces to host the 2017 Canadian Gay Curling Championships (CGCC), in conjunction with our bonspiel The King’s Quest.

Both, the CGCC and the Bonspiel will be held February 10-11-12 at the Town of Mount-Royal Curling Club (5 Montgomery Avenue, Ville Mont-Royal). A shuttle service is in the works from the host hotel to the curling club.  

Some preliminary information:

Thursday evening February 9th is a first get together at a yetl to be announced bar in the Village. The evening will also serve as early registration.

As for games they are scheduled to start first thing Friday morning February 10th, and teams must complete their registration before games.

Friday evening, opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7 pm with very special guests; also a Wine and Cheese will complement the evening.  

The Banquet is Saturday evening at John Molson Hall (1670 Notre-Dame street east, 5 minutes walking from the Stud Bar in the Village). For your benefit, the above link will provide you more info on the John Molson Hall. The evening ends with a nightcap at our sponsor Stud Bar, located at 1812 Ste-Catherine east.

Finals are scheduled for 3.30 pm on Sunday February 12th

Our host hotel is the Hôtel Lord Berri, located at 2 minutes walking distance the Metro Berri-UQAM. Code for reservation is CGCC 2017. Prices range from single and double 90$, triple occ. 100$, quadr. 110$.  Please reserve before January 26th 2017 by calling 1-888-363-0363 or 514-845-9236 . Complimentary breakfast is included.

We ask leagues to confirm before December 15th for the number of spots they are taking for the CGCC

Montreal will accept 16 teams for the Canadian Gay Curling Championships and 16 teams for the bonspiel The King’s Quest as well. Registration fees for CGCC are 500$/team of 4 and 440$/team of 4 for the Bonspiel. Fee in case of a fifth player is 100$ to cover cost of activities and Banquet.

Registrations for Bonspiel will open December 3rd 2016 on our website

Looking forward to see you in Montreal,

Denis Roy, President
Club de curling Les Fous du Roi

Guy Mazerolle, President
Club de curling Les Phénix

2017-2018 Riverdale season calendar posted

Riverdale curlers: you’ll notice something new in the 2016-2017 season calendar that Cam just posted… This year we will have a playoff weekend rather than two separate playoff weeks.

Often there’s a huge gap between playoff games depending on the timing of Easter and the club’s men’s spiel. That will not be an issue for us this year since all Riverdale playoff games will take place on the weekend of April 1-2, and our final banquet that Sunday evening — almost like a bonspiel.

Another handy benefit to this new schedule is that teams wishing to participate in the Ottawa bonspiel will be able to attend without missing the first game of Riverdale playoffs, like last year.

How will it work? Saturday will be like week 1 of playoffs…all of the quarter finals. And Sunday will be like week 2 of playoffs, with all semi-final and final games will taking place and followed by the final banquet and AGM.

Do you have suggestions for special activities or celebrations during our playoff weekend? Then talk to our Events Coordinator, Scott MacDougall.

We’re also planning something different for Sunday, February 19, which is the Family Day weekend.  It will not be a regular curling weekend as in the past…  Stay tuned for more information on that in the future!

Registration update

Pre-registration has been completed for both the Wednesday and Sunday curling leagues.

There are just 3 individual spots left in Wednesday’s Rotators Curling League…

And on Sunday, we still have room for 3 full teams, as well as a handful of individuals.

So if you’ve been waiting to join either league, come on out to Pegasus on Wednesday, September 14, for our registration night and season-opening party!

Reminder to pre-registered members:  September 14 is also your deadline to pay and secure your spot, so come on out, pay, and have a few drinks to warm up for the 2016-17 season.

 

Montreal’s BONSPIEL DES PHÉNIX registration is open

Registration for the Bonspiel des Phénix in Montreal has opened – visit their website for details at www.curlinglesphenix.com, and download the registration form here: Bonspiel Registratoin Form

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Rotators Update

Pre-registration for the 2016-17 season will open this week.

Watch your inbox and your junk mail folder for more information in the coming days…

And as I said to Riverdale curlers, I hope everyone is enjoying the warm-weather break from curling (unless you participated in the East York summer spiel).  And despite the horrific events in Orlando early Sunday morning, I encourage you to stay positive, love and respect each other, and celebrate Pride this year proudly and without fear.

See you on the ice in October!

 

Murray Leaning
President
Rotators Curling League

Three Riverdale Updates

 

Hello Riverdale curlers,

I wrote to all 2015-16 members (that I had email addresses for) to update you on three league developments in the last couple of months.  If you didn’t receive that message, the email address we have for you is incorrect or missing — or perhaps check your junk mail folder.  Here are the updates:

Executive membership

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Many of you may know that Joey Taylor has moved back to Ottawa for a work opportunity (among other reasons), and as a result, he resigned his position as vice president.  As per Article 4, Section E of our constitution, the executive committee chose to fill the vice president position with the appointment of Darren Sutherland, who was our treasurer.  And to fill the role of treasurer, the executive committee asked John Rooney if he was interested in taking on that role.  You may recall that John stood for election at our recent AGM and final banquet in April.  I’m pleased to tell you that John has accepted the offer and is now a member of your executive team.

 

Rock The Royals campaign

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As you probably know, our curling club launched a fundraising campaign in mid-April to replace all of the 96 rocks that we play with each week on sheets A through F.  After a careful review of our finances and expected revenue/expenses for the 2016-17 curling season, the executive committee approved a sponsorship of twelve rocks – one for each colour on all six sheets.  This sponsorship demonstrates our league’s support for the curling club, and the club has been very grateful for that support in return.  Of course, this means that your curling team (and all curling teams in the club) will always be playing with a lucky Riverdale rock in the future…

 

Pre-registration for 2016-17

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You executive committee has been busy since the end of the 2015-16 season in April.  We’ve already met twice, and we are preparing to open pre-registration for the 2016-17 season shortly.  Look for more information on this in the next few days!

 

 

In conclusion, I hope everyone is enjoying the warm-weather break from curling (unless you participated in the East York summer spiel).  And despite the horrific events in Orlando early Sunday morning, I encourage you to stay positive, love and respect each other, and celebrate Pride this year proudly and without fear.

 

See you on the ice in October!

 

 

Murray Leaning

President

Riverdale Curling League

 

[updated!] Help the Royals raise $70,000 for new rocks

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Update: thanks to the generosity of members the Royal Canadian Curling Club has so far raised over $28,000!

But in order to have the new rocks in place in January, the fundraising campaign has to reach its goal THIS MONTH.

If you haven’t donated and are interested, please see below!

Did you know the rocks at our club are over 50?

Unlike humans who have to keep going (unless your 6/49 numbers turn up), curling stones need to retire earlier, and it’s time for new rocks at the Royals.

But getting the special granite from Scotland carved up and shipped to Toronto costs money, and Royals needs our help.

Here’s a message from the Royal Canadian Curling Club Board:

The Royals rocks have put in 50 years of good curling, and its time for them to enjoy their retirement. We desperately need new rocks, and that means we need you. We need to act now, to get the new rocks in play at Royals for January 2017.

How to support the campaign:

  1. Pledge $500 and name a handle*
  2. Pledge $125 a team member and have your team name(s) on a handle*
  3. Pledge $96 when renewing your membership. If every curler at Royals (club and associate leagues) pledges $96 we would reach our target.

    *Every handle purchased will be entered into a draw to win back one season’s club curling fees. Draw will take place at the AGM in September.
  4. To raise additional funds the Royals are selling advertising space in the arena. Consider helping by soliciting companies interested in purchasing space. Please contact Rob Ainsley rob.ainsley@gmail.com for more details. Our fundraising drive will be launched on Finals night. If you aren’t able to come and join the fun, but would like to support our campaign please fill out the Rock the Royals Pledge forms and return to Bill McAnally ‐ manager@rccc.on.ca