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OVCA Newsletter - October 2012
 
The curling season is well underway at most clubs. A special thank you the volunteers who put in countless hours supporting the curling events in the Ottawa Valley including two events coming soon: the Royal LePage OVCA Women’s Fall Curling Classic and the JSI-OVCA Junior SuperSpiel.

2012 saw a number of changes to The OVCA ALEXANDER KEITH'S CITY OF OTTAWA MEN'S BONSPIEL that were well received by curlers and this year's Committee will continue to build on that success. Work is well underway with only minor changes planned, primarily in the area of the Friday evening social event. Alexander Keith's have renewed their title sponsorship and most sponsors have agreed to return for this year's event. Clubs have again generously donated the ice required to host the 588 games. There are still a couple of spots on the Committee that need volunteers. If you know of anyone in your club who would be willing to help out, please advise Peter Smith, OVCA Events Co-ordinator (613).435.1836 - no previous experience necessary.
 
DID YOU KNOW? The OVCA recently approved funding ($500 per club) to develop, support and promote non-competitive youth curling. If your club would like to take advantage of the funding, please contact Jim Inch Information is also available on the OVCA website.
Be sure to check out the OVCA website ottawavalleycurling.ca for up-to-date information on curling in the Ottawa Valley. You may subscribe to updates to the website by following the links on the page. If you would like to post curling related information on the website please contact Art Olson at secretary@ovca.com.
 
Introducing THE OVCA COLTS LEAGUE! Under the leadership of Denis Carter (Cornwall) and with support from Jeremy McDonald (North Grenville) Stephanie McClennan (RCN) and John Dilabio (Cornwall and OVCA) a new league has been created in the Ottawa Valley for Colts/Novice Curlers (less than five years experience). This is a great opportunity to provide curlers with competition with their peers and grow curling in the clubs. Contact Denis Carter (613) 551-3431.

THE ROYAL LEPAGE OVCA WOMEN’S FALL CURLING CLASSIC will be held at the North Grenville Curling Club in Kemptville from November 1-4. Twenty-four teams will compete for $15,000, including 2008 Champion Rachel Homan, Marie-France Larouche, Allison Ross, Mary-Anne Arsenault, Stacie Devereaux, Darcy Robertson from Manitoba, Patti Lank and Victoria Moiseeva of Russia. Ottawa based teams are: Lauren Mann, Laura Payne, Cheryl McBain, Jaimee Gardner, Katie Morrissey, Rhonda Varnes, and Marla Weinberger. The bonspiel begins on Thursday afternoon with four draws starting at 1:00 pm. A complete list of teams and all the draw times are available at the Fall Classic website.

THE JSI – OVCA JUNIOR SUPERSPIEL to be held from November 2-4 has European and USA teams combined with provincial champions from Manitoba to Newfoundland. Now in its 19th consecutive year, the Junior SuperSpiel has seen many Canadian and World Junior Curling Champions come through Ottawa in past years. The SuperSpiel has been instrumental in the development of future Junior and Men’s and Women’s National and World Curling Champions. The SuperSpiel is being played at the Carleton Heights, Granite, Navy, Ottawa, City View and Manotick curling clubs with the finals at Carleton Heights on Sunday November 4th at 4pm. A Pro-Am with young local bantam curlers joining some of the “Pro’s” from the event kicks off the SuperSpiel at the Navy Curling Club on Nov 1, starting at 3:30pm. Admission is free and all are welcomed to join in our elite event and witness some of the best junior curling in the world. A complete list of teams and all the draw times are available at superspiel.ca.

The Renfrew Curling Rink is hosting the TIM HORTONS MASTERS MEN’S AND WOMEN’S  PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS from January 9 – 12, 2013. When Renfrew hosted the competition in 2010 the whole community got involved and had a rockin’ good time! This championship is for curlers aged 60 years or older. Eight Men’s and 8 Women’s teams from all over the Province of Ontario will compete in a round robin format at the Renfrew Curling Rink. The winners will go on to play in Nationals in Northern Ontario. This year’s theme is “Home Coming” as the club, in a way, welcomes back competitors. The club is hoping to meet or exceed 2010’s success. There are many ways for curlers and non-curlers to participate. The club will need sponsors, volunteers and creative ideas to make this the best possible week for players, volunteers and spectators alike. Anyone or any club interested in getting involved please contact Barb Westgarth at 613-432-4267 or t. For more information and continuous updates please check out the Renfrew Curling Club web site, the Masters site or on Facebook.

MEETING OF CLUB MANAGERS AND REPRESENTATIVES AND THE OVCA: In the spring the OVCA determined we must work to improve communications and relationships with clubs. A meeting was held with managers from several city clubs at the Ottawa Curling Club. We want to continue this effort and include all OVCA clubs. Our intent is to open up dialogue and work more closely with clubs to identify areas where the OVCA can provide more meaningful and relevant support to clubs and to curlers at all levels. Details of the location, time and date will be sent by a separate email. One agenda item will be the introduction of Devin Hastie of Labatt Breweries. Labatt Breweries and the Alexander Keith’s brand have been sponsor’s of curling for decades. As a proud supporter of the OVCA’s City of Ottawa Bonspiel, Labatt Breweries would like to elevate their level of sponsorship of the OVCA and the local clubs. Devin has a number of ideas to present to the clubs at the meeting. If you have suggestions for agenda items please contact Elaine Brimicombe.

To ensure our communications are reaching the right people at your club please ensure Art Olson, the OVCA secretary has the most up-to-date information.
 
On behalf of the OVCA board of directors have a great curling season!
Elaine Brimicombe, President, OVCA
 
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2013 MPAC Tax Assessment
The Ontario Curling Association has entered into a relationship with Altus Realty Tax Professionals regarding this year's tax assessments. The OCA article notes: Most clubs will have received their 2013 MPAC Tax Assessments by now so we would invite you as a valued OCA member club to take advantage of a great opportunity that the OCA has arranged to have your assessment reviewed by Altus Realty Tax Professionals at no cost or obligation. If interested simply complete the forms available (on the OCA site) and send in to the OCA who will then sign off and send along to Altus so the review process can begin. The OVCA is pleased to provide you with this information but is unable to respond to requests for information on tax assessments and the support offered by Altus.

Funding for Non-competitive Youth Programs: The OVCA approved funding of up to $500 per club (for a total this year of $2,500 increasing to a total of $5,000 next year) to develop, support and promote non-competitive youth curling. If your club would like to take advantage of the funding, please contact Jim Inch or Elaine Brimicombe  – information is also available here.

January 16 to 20, 2013 OVCA Mixed Bonspiel: This year's OVCA Mixed Bonspiel is January 16 - 20, 2013, and it's shaping up to the best one yet! This bonspiel welcomes curlers of all ages and skill levels to participate in the open, senior, or recreational division. At least three games are guaranteed for each team, and if you sign up by December 1st, you will be entered in an early bird draw to win your entry for next year! Also, bring your neon outfits and your big hair to the Saturday night 80s themed party at the Rideau Curling club! It promises to be a great night filled with music by the 10 cent wings, a photo booth, door prizes and more. Please contact Peter Smith for more information or check out the website.

March 9, 2013 OVCA Bantam Team Clinic: The OVCA Bantam Team Clinic will be held at Granite Curling Club on March 9, 2013. This is for Bantam teams wishing to further their competitive skills knowledge. Some agenda items include video skill analysis, strategy, mental and physical preparation. The coach MUST attend with their 4 or 5 person team. A mentor coach will be assigned to each team. Registration information will be on the OVCA website in early January.

November 14 to 23, 2013 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship: The 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship is coming to Ottawa! The Rideau Curling Club will celebrate its 125th anniversary by hosting Canada's best mixed curling teams as they compete for the national title. The event, which takes place from November 14 to 23, 2013, is sure to be an exciting one that Ottawa curling fans won't want to miss. Stay tuned for a call for volunteers.

Be sure to check out the OVCA website for up-to-date information on curling in the Ottawa Valley. You may subscribe to updates to the website by following the link on the front page.  If you would like to post curling related information on the website please contact Art Olson.
 
On behalf of the OVCA Board of Directors, Good Curling!
Elaine Brimicombe
 
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  Congratulations to the Manotick Curling Centre's Teen Friendly League –the first recipient of funds from the OVCA in support of non-competitive youth curling. Pictures of the teens in action will be on the OVCA website soon. Funds are still available – go here for information.

   The OVCA is in the process of recruiting a Sponsorship Coordinator, briefly the sponsorship coordinator's role is to solicit businesses and other organizations to sponsor the Ottawa Valley Curling Association (OVCA) events and maintain the relationship over multiple years. Sponsorship includes but not limited to: cash, value-in-kind, and advertising (multi-media), etc. Full details may be found here.

   The OVCA Colts League is for curlers with less than 5 years of experience in curling. This is a great way for novice players to step into a cashspiel and compete against other novice teams a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The next Colts experience will be on January 4 to 6, 2013 at the North Grenville Curling Club followed by a February event at the Cornwall Curling Centre. Interested teams should contact Denis Carter (613) 551-3431 or check out the Colts website.

   The RA Centre and the RA Curling Club are excited to be hosting the 2013 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship from March 24 to 31. Ten teams representing their provinces will compete for the title. The host committee is in the process of building a team of volunteers and they invite you to join this team! By volunteering, you will contribute to the success of the event, making it a wonderful experience for your fellow curlers and raising the profile of wheelchair curling in the community. See the volunteer form for the range of volunteer positions. Training will be provided. Volunteer forms are available here or by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator. To return your volunteer form, please send it to the Volunteer Coordinator.

   The 2014 Dominion Tankard is being held in Smiths Falls from February 2 to February 9, 2014. The Smiths Falls Curling and Squash Club have delegated the hosting of this event to the 2014 Dominion Tankard Host Committee. The Host Committee is now soliciting volunteers to serve the various committees. Time commitment will vary depending on placement. If you are interested in volunteering please complete the volunteer form and send to Bev Lee or mail to the Smiths Falls Curling and Squash Club, Old Sly’s Rd. P.O. Box 84 Smiths Falls, Ont. K7A 4S9 before March 31, 2013.

   Review of OVCA Mission and Mandate - At the Ottawa Valley Curling Association's Annual General Meeting there was a round table discussion as to how to recruit new curlers for our clubs. The OVCA board of directors continued this discussion with the CCA. Through these informative discussions the OVCA realized it was time to revisit our mandate and mission to ensure we are meeting the needs of two vital stakeholders – the clubs and curlers. The review process including the collection of information will be led by Duncan Jamieson. More information is available here. Should you have any questions, please contact Duncan Jamieson ((613)552-8334). Full details were sent to the clubs earlier this month by email.
 
   The Board of Directors and everyone at the Ottawa Valley Curling Association wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Since 1956, the OVCA through volunteer based committees has organized highly successful and fully subscribed bonspiels for curlers across the Ottawa Valley. The OVCA board is very appreciative of the excellent work by the committee members. We also want to thank club boards, managers, bartenders,volunteers and the ice technicians at the 15 plus clubs for their contribution to the success of the bonspiels.

We realize that curlers have many responsibilities and find it difficult to squeeze in time to volunteer. As a result, over the past few years, it has become increasingly difficult to staff the organizing committees. In particular, finding volunteers for the OVCA Mixed Bonspiel and the City of Ottawa Men’s Bonspiel has proven to be a challenge -- we need chairpersons and committee members for both bonspiels by June 15, 2013 in order to start planning for events in the next curling season. The OVCA Mixed and Men’s Bonspiel Committee Responsibilities document is available on our website under the About Us/ Committee Chairs (Committee Responsibilities) on the OVCA website (OVCA or by contacting Elaine. In addition, each committee has a template and detailed task list in place ... all we need are volunteers. A list of vacant positions is below. If we don’t have enough volunteers these two bonspiels are at risk of not happening in 2014.

Please contact Elaine to volunteer or for more information. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome!

On behalf of the Ottawa Valley Curling Association, Elaine Brimicombe

 

OVCA BONSPIEL COMMITTEE STRUCTURE

Position

Men’s

Mixed

Chair

Vacant

Vacant

Vice Chair

Vacant

Vacant

Past Chair

Vacant

Karen Sagle

Social/ Entertainment

Vacant

Vacant

Booklet

Vacant

Paul Armstrong

Signage & Trophies

Vacant

Rene Boucher

Draw Master

Chris Butler

Greg Kresko

Command Centre/Host Club

Vacant

Greg Kresko

Webmaster

Vacant

Debra Gerylo

Artwork and Design

Vacant

Debra Gerylo

Publicity/Communication

Vacant

Vacant

Volunteers at large (2)

Vacant

Vacant

OVCA Liaison

Frank Van Ryckeghem

Roger Teterault

Event Coordinator

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

 

     A huge thank you to the many volunteers at curling clubs across the Ottawa Valley! Volunteers are the backbone of every club in the Ottawa Valley. Without volunteers our Little Rockers and Learn to Curl members might never get a chance to throw their very first rock, our curlers and guests wouldn’t receive great food, renovation costs would soar and club events would dwindle. From the Ottawa Valley Curling Association Board of Directors to the many, many volunteers....a huge round of applause.

Ken Thain Award
    One way to recognize the contribution your volunteers make is through the Ken Thain Award. Ken was a very fine curler in his own right, and curled competitively out of the Granite Curling Club. In 1977, he took on the role of Secretary Manager of the OVCA. He was very well respected and considered quite firm but fair. Quite organized, he conducted the Association’s business efficiently and effectively. Ken was someone you could always turn to for an answer.
     It has been ten years since the last Ken Thain award was presented. The OVCA board of directors would resurrect the award and present it at the OVCA Annual General Meeting, to be held at the RA Centre on September 16, 2013. As the award is long overdue, the board of directors will consider recognizing more than one individual. Going forward the award will be presented annually at the Annual General Meeting.
     To nominate a person who has contributed to curling in an organizing or administrative way club presidents (or their representatives) are requested to send a letter (in confidence) via email to the OVCA Secretary. Should email not be an option, please send your nomination to Peter Smith, OVCA Event Coordinator, 27 Vermeer Way, Kanata, ON K2K 2L9.
     The letter should highlight the accomplishments of the nominee and benefits to the club or the curling community; a brief biography of the nominee and include a statement of support from the nominating club. If the award is to be presented retroactively please indicate the year(s). The nomination letter should be no longer than one page. All nominations must be received by the OVCA Secretary no later than July 31, 2013.
 
Support for Non-Competitive Youth Curling
     The OVCA Board approved funding to develop, support and promote non-competitive youth curling. The program overview and application form is available on the OVCA website here.  Submissions for funding should be sent to OVCA Director Jim Inch prior to May 1, 2013 for inclusion in the OVCA’s 2013-2014 budget.
Our thanks to the clubs and members for supporting the Ottawa Valley Curling Association events throughout the year.

Elaine Brimicombe
President, Ottawa Valley Curling Association
Business of Curling
Is your club interested in how to ... Generate revenue? Increase membership? Market and promote curling in your area? Recruit volunteers? Learn more about the Business of Curling through workshops facilitated by the Ontario Curling Association team of experts.
The OVCA and OCA are partnering to present the workshops for our member clubs in the late June timeframe. The Pembroke Curling Club will host the workshops and lunch will be provided by the OVCA. There is no cost to the clubs and you may send up to three participants. Please contact Margaret Lomore or by phone 613-732-7168 to confirm your interest. Please indicate how many will attend. As soon as we have confirmed the details we will be in touch.

Call for volunteers! The 2014 CANADIAN MIXED CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP is headed to the Rideau Curling Club from November 14 to 23, 2013 and all interested individuals are invited to apply to be a volunteer. Visit the official event website www.canadianmixed.com and click on Volunteers for more details and to apply.
 
Ontario Tankard comes to Smith Falls Curling and Squash Club
Support the ONTARIO DOMINION TANKARD by signing up for the golf tournament. Saturday July 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm, shot gun scramble format. $85.00/player (Includes Golf, Cart, Dinner and Donation towards the Tankard.) Go here for more information. 

OVCA Board of Directors
Join the Ottawa Valley Board of Directors and help drive and direct the future of curling in the area. Typically, directors spend five years on the board in a progression of roles leading to president of the Ottawa Valley Curling Association. If you are interested in joining the board or any of our committees, please contact Elaine. A Candidates Information Kit is available for anyone who wishes to become a Director of the OVCA on the OVCA website or from Elaine.

Volunteers for OVCA Bonspiels – Update on Men’s and Mixed Bonspiels
The call for volunteers email was sent to all club presidents, managers and OVCA representatives and this week will be sent to over 600 participants in these two events. These are very popular bonspiels and never a shortage of curlers to play in either bonspiel. We need chairpersons and committee members for both bonspiels by June 15, 2013 in order to start planning for events in the next curling season. If we don’t have enough volunteers these two bonspiels are at risk of not happening in 2014. Please contact Elaine to volunteer or for more information.
 
On behalf of the OVCA board of directors, have a great summer and see you at the AGM, September 16, 2013 at the RA Centre, details to be sent in August.
 
 
(A copy of the newsletter can be downloaded here.)
  • THE OTTAWA VALLEY CURLING ASSOCIATION'’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND DINNER will be held at the RA Centre on Riverside Drive, September 16 starting at 6:00 pm. Registration will start at 5:30. All club presidents (or their alternate) are invited to attend. We are extending the invitation to the OVCA club representatives; if your club does not have an OVCA representative please consider adding one to your club roster.  Also joining the club presidents will be the members of the OVCA Board of Administrators, OVCA Past Presidents, OVCA Life Members and the recipients of the Ken Thain award.  We will be posting all AGM reports and documents on the OVCA website the week prior to the meeting. If you are unable to download or prefer a hard copy in advance please contact Art Olson (OVCA Secretary). Copies of the reports and documents will be available at the meeting.  Please confirm your attendance with Art Olson (OVCA Secretary) before September 6, 2013.  A reminder notice will be sent to club presidents and OVCA representatives in mid-August.  
  • NEW BOARD MEMBER: Please consider nominating a member of your club to join the Ottawa Valley Curling Association Board of Directors and help drive and direct the future of curling in the area. A Candidates’ Information Kit is available for anyone who wishes to become a director of the OVCA. Typically, directors spend five years on the board in a progression of roles leading to president of the Ottawa Valley Curling Association. A Candidates Information Kit is available here or contact Elaine Brimicombe for more information.
  • TIME TO UPDATE YOUR CLUB INFORMATION! Please take the time to update your club board contact information with Art Olson (OVCA Secretary).   
  • BUSINESS OF CURLING: Thirteen clubs are interested in attending a one day session facilitated by the OCA in September in Pembroke (date to be established by the OCA). If your club is interested and has not signed up or if you need information please contact Margaret Lomore (OVCA Valley Liaison). This workshop is free to OVCA member clubs; you may send up to three attendees. Lunch will be provided by the OVCA.
  • LOANS TO OVCA CLUBS through the OVCA Development Fund were recently approved for the North Grenville Curling Club ($25,000) and Cumberland Curling Club ($30,000).  
  • YOUTH FUNDING: Details of the funding for non-competitive youth curling are available on the OVCA website under “Youth” or by contacting Jim Inch (OVCA Director). The OVCA recently approved funding through the program to the following clubs: Smith Falls, Renfrew and Manotick; two requests are pending approval at our August meeting.  
  • The policy for youth team travel and youth grants has changed slightly and is available on the OVCA website under “Youth”.  In summary The OVCA subsidizes travel expenses for youth (bantam, junior and university) teams attending OCA and Ontario University Provincial Championships at the current OVCA mileage rate of 20 cents/km (one car per team to and from the event).
  • The OVCA will provide funding for OVCA junior teams who advance to the: Canadian University Championships, Canadian Junior Championships and World Junior Championships. The funding is $500 per team per event (all team members belong to an OVCA member club). If not all members of the team belong to OVCA clubs, the amount payable is $125/team member belonging to an OVCA club. The maximum is $500 per team.
On behalf of the OVCA Board of Directors, have a great summer!
Elaine Brimicombe, President, OVCA
 
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