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:
- Pledge $500 and name a handle*
- Pledge $125 a team member and have your team name(s) on a handle*
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 ‐ email@example.com
PRE-REGISTRATION FOR RIVERDALE IS CLOSED
- Riverdale 2014-2015 (Sundays) is FULL – all slots have been filled by returning teams, but we are still accepting people on the waiting and spare lists
- Rotators 2014-2015 (Wednesday evenings) has spots remaining
Wednesday Sept 17th join us at Pegasus for a season-opening social! That evening you can:
- Meet new and old friends!
- Sign up for Rotators!
- Pay your Rotators fees!
- Get on the waiting list, in case slots open up in the next few weeks
- Get on the spare list, so you can get in some occasional ice time
- Sign up for the beginners’s clinic (open to first-year members and hopefully-new-curlers on the waiting list). Clinic is 10am-Noon on Saturday October 4th, at the Royals, but you must sign up September 17th at Pegasus!
We’ve upgraded our mobile website! Use your smartphone to visit http://toronto.gaycurl.ca any time to check contact lists, spare lists, and schedules.
Suggestions for content or improvements are welcome any time – just email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Getting your team ready for the season? There is some practice ice time available for you to take advantage of this season!
1. All brand new curlers who signed up are reminded of the Beginners’ Clinic on October 5, 2013, at 9:30am. If you didn’t sign up but wish to attend, contact email@example.com before September 30th, 2013.
2. On October 5, 2013 from 2-5pm, there is free practice ice available for all new and returning members at Royal Canadian Curling Club.
3. Your executive committee has negotiated free access to the weekly practice ice at the Royals for the 2013-2014 season, on Mondays from 5:00pm until 6:30pm, and on Tuesdays from 5:30pm until 6:20pm. Regular scheduled practice ice will begin on October 7th, 2013.
For all members making use of practice ice, please follow these guidelines:
- Share the ice with others – take turns, or play an end together!
- Limit your practice time, and be sure to ask in the clubhouse if anyone is waiting to practice
- Adhere to any practice ice policy implemented by the Club
Not sure how to practice? Here are some practice drill ideas to try.
Early registration for all returning Riverdale and Rotators curlers has closed – if you still wish to curl please join us September 12th at Pegasus at 6:30pm to try and snag one of the few remaining spots, or to get on the clinic signup list, the spare list, or the waiting list!
Happy summer, Riverdale and Rotators curlers!
Pre-registration has now opened for the 2013-2014 season for all returning curlers! See our Registration page for more details.
Registration night for all new curlers is September 12, 2013. For early calendar updaters, here is Riverdale’s Season Calendar.
- Toronto playdowns for the 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championships (CGCC) will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014, the same weekend as the Vancouver bonspiel
- Riverdale finals day (and banquet) are Sunday, April 6, 2014, the same weekend as the CGCC in Edmonton
The executive committee was unhappy with these scheduling conflicts, but due to ice availability the only other option was to end the season one week earlier, which meant less curling for all 56 teams. It was decided that the best approach would be more curling for all teams, and early notification for any teams that choose to participate in the Toronto playdowns and the CGCC/Edmonton Bonspiel to help them plan their season.
Welcome to the new web server! Everything should be roughly the same as last month, but everything should work much faster!
(If you spot any problems just comment below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org any time)
Riverdale & Rotators’ first annual intermediate skills clinic was a huge hit – over 50 curlers ready to get their form torn down and built back up again, plus have some lunch!
The excellent coaches (from left) Holly, Danielle, Brian and Matt – cuties and bundles of sunshine too! – took us through explanations and demos of balanced delivery, stance, line, grip, sweeping, plus talked strategy and tactics. (Photo credit: Gerry Lewis)
Wes Delve who has curled for years told me “I’ve been sweeping left-handed this whole time!”
In the last segment of the clinic, the coaches gave us some game situations to play strategically, such as “your team is down by 3 going into the 7th end.” As I set my broom down for my lead’s opening rock, I heard Holly behind me say “NOPE.” We chatted quickly and I realized I was picking a bad shot, strategy-wise!
After such a productive day, we’re sure to see high interest in this clinic next year too. Watch here and in the newsletter for signup next year!
Trivia Note: do you recognize anyone in this Start Curling commercial?
September 11 at 6:30pm – Come one, come all, come on down to Pegasus and meet the players you’ll be up against this season! Or if you already know them, remind yourself why you love them so much! If you haven’t registered yet it’s first-come, first-served for the final team slots, so don’t be late!
Riverdale and Rotators will be at Toronto Pride June 30th and July 1st, showing off our summer tans and out-of-practice shouting skills – come say hi!
League members are welcome to join us in working the street! (no, not like THAT!)