August, 2017
President's Message - August 2017

Hello curlers,

Curling season will be here before we know it. Glen Meadows will apparently be under new ownership by the time the season opens but the curling rink will be open as usual. The season starts October 2nd and we are looking forward to another great season, so come on back and bring a friend.

We welcome new curlers to a free Learn to Curl clinic on October 14, and there will be a fall clinic on October 21 for members - $10.00 at the door.

Fees and schedules for all leagues are now available on the Glen Meadows Golf and Country Club website http://www.glenmeadows.bc.ca/curling/leagueinfo.htm

We are also excited to announce that we have retained world class coach Bill Tschirhart to provide instruction to members throughout the season! Bill is a National Coach with Curling Canada, a chartered professional coach with Coaches of Canada and has Level IV certification. His resume includes instruction for curlers, coaches and instructors at all skill and experience levels. He has coached at the Canadian National Junior Curling Championships, the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Brier, the World Curling Federation Men’s Championships and Men’s & Women’s Senior World Championships. He has prepared athletes of three WCF nations for participation at the Winter Olympic Games.

Bill will be available to conduct clinics, coach & instructor seminars & team consultations at Glen Meadows. Whether you consider yourself a “recreational curler” or are more serious about your game, everyone can benefit from improvements to their game both technically and mentally. Details will be on our website as they become available http://www.glenmeadowscurling.com

On behalf of your board of directors, we look forward to seeing everyone at the rink for another exciting season.

George van Wensem
 
President
 
 

 
August, 2016
President's Message - August 2016

It’s summer and curling seems a long way away, but behind the scenes your Board of Directors continues its efforts to bring forward another successful season at Glen Meadows. With the news that the owners of the facility have listed the business and land and buildings, including the curling rink, for sale, some uncertainty is bound to be perceived. However we are confident that curling can carry on, with the Criddle family assuring “business as usual”. So far as we know there is no sale on the horizon at present, and it is in their best interests, from a business point of view, to continue operations.

Our biggest challenge, however, continues to be declining enrolment. The most recent season saw the curling rink “dark” on the traditional league evenings of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Your board is thus focusing on “getting the word out”, and we are asking everyone involved in curling to assist. We have arranged a partnership with Panorama Recreation to promote Learn to Curl programs for both adults (Sundays) and juniors (Wednesdays). We are also launching a publicity campaign in the local media and continue updates on our website, glenmeadowscurling.com.

The best way to grow seems to be always through word of mouth, and as such, we are asking all curlers to help SPREAD THE WORD, and invite your friends, neighbours, aunts, cousins, and grandchildren to try curling. In addition to our Learn to Curl programs (www.crd.bc.ca/panorama), all of our leagues are more than willing to accept new teams or individuals. If you know of anyone looking to join as an individual or league, please contact Oleene at 250-882-1591, or me at 250-652-4961, or through the “contact” page on our website. We are happy to arrange teams, training, or answer any questions.

Please, help us make the 2016-2017 season at Glen Meadows a success!

George van Wensem
President



 
January 1, 2016
 

2016 Message from the President

Welcome back to all the Glen Meadows Curling Association (GMCA) members! We are now entering the last half of our 2015-2016 curling season. The ice should be in excellent curling condition and we sincerely wish you all the best in your curling pursuits this season. It is extremely satisfying to see all the members out enjoying the comradery with fellow curlers and relishing the many challenges each game presents. Many thanks go to the league directors, who put in several hours of work to ensure your experience is superb. Without them…the game could not go on….

Please contact your league director if you are unsure as to when you return to your regular league play. I have confirmed with Glen Meadows that the return starts the week of January 4th, so if you have been playing regularly during the week up to the Christmas break, your game resumes the week following New Years’ Day.

On behalf of the Glen Meadows Curling Association, I welcome everyone back and hope that you have had a fantastic holiday season!

Happy New Year!!

Oleene Herman

President, GMCA

 
 

 
October 30, 2014
 

To all Glen Meadows Curling Association Members!

Did you know that as a registered curler at Glen Meadows you automatically become a member of the Glen Meadows Curling Association? Glen Meadows Curling Association (GMCA) acts as your representative in all curling matters, including local, regional, provincial and national issues. The association is made up of a qualified group of members elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. The GMCA is certified under the BC Society Act and operates under a set of bylaws. Please check out this website for more information.

Since hearing the news in the spring from the Criddle family on the potential future of Glen Meadows, the GMCA has been working hard on behalf of its membership to ensure continued curling in the years ahead on the Saanich Peninsula. We take this role very seriously.

The GMCA President met with Ian Hennigar, Director of Recreation for Peninsula Recreation Commission (PRC) in May 2014. Over the summer, the GMCA executive developed a background document and presentation to deliver to the Peninsula Recreation Commission in September 2014. The background piece included SWOT analyses of various options. On September 18, 2014 the GMCA delivered a presentation to PRC at its first fall meeting. A motion was carried by the PRC to direct staff to discuss with the GMCA possible opportunities and locations for a facility. 

Since then, the GMCA executive met with the PRC Acting Program Manager to discuss options.

In addition, meetings have taken place with Central Saanich staff to scout out available locations and options. Several locations have been discussed and the GMCA will continue to seek further information and funding possibilities at a number of these sites.

GMCA has also discussed the possibilities open to us at the current Glen Meadows location. We are not ruling this out quite yet and this may be the most fiscally responsible option. It will also leave a legacy to the Criddle family, as they are the ones who brought curling to the Saanich Peninsula.

Please note: The current curling season goes right to the end of March 2015. The Association believes we will be curling at Glen Meadows next year as well. We will keep you informed as we progress. We ask you to provide us with your input on curling on the Saanich Peninsula and we invite your questions. We want to hear from you!

Please contact your league director or email me at rayandoleene@shaw.ca if you have any questions or have suggestions for our future! Please indicate in which league you are currently curling.

Happy Curling!

Oleene Herman

President GMCA

 
 
 
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September 19, 2014

Curling in 2014-15
 
To All Glen Meadows Curlers:

I bet you are all wondering what will happen for curling this fall now that the Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club have initiated development plans for the golf course and curling club.  I am sure the Open House held at the end of April left most of you a bit bewildered; there were a lot of unanswered questions and I suspect most of you went away speculating on the future.  Your Executive were equally confused and concerned, so we arranged a follow-up meeting with the Glen Meadows management to get a deeper understanding of what might happen and what we as curlers can expect in the near and long term.  I am happy to report that we did meet with the Glen Meadows this week and there were some positive results from that meeting which I want to pass on to you.

To start with, some good news – there will be no cancellation of curling in the short term.  The entire 2014 – 2015 curling season will proceed as it normally has in the past.  Curling will commence on the weekend of 27/28 September with an ICE BREAKER program and regular league play will commence on Monday, 29 September.  Curling will continue all season, ending with the last day of curling on 27 March, 2015.  Plans for bonspiels, clinics, turkey shoots, etc can all proceed as they have in the past.  So, don’t hang up those curling shoes yet, we expect to have a great curling year starting this fall.

Some of our curlers have expressed concern Glen Meadows might close the rink before the end of the curling season.  Please rest assured that we have a firm commitment from Glen Meadows that they want to stay open for the entire season.  However, for any of you who still feel uncomfortable, Glen Meadows have agreed to accept payment for fees in two instalments – September to end December then again for January to March.  Having arranged this with them, your Executive are very confident that Glen Meadows will honour their commitment to remain fully operational throughout the upcoming season.

Regarding the long term of curling at Glen Meadows – we are working with Glen Meadows to see if there are options available to keep the club open indefinitely.  Glen Meadows are very keen on alternative ideas that would meet their needs while also meeting the desires of the community.  Your Executive will be working towards this goal over the summer and throughout the next year.  It will not be easy to accomplish, and frankly it may not be achievable in the end, but rest assured that both Glen Meadows and the Glen Meadows Curling Assocition are going to try to make it work.

That leaves us with the middle term – what happens for the 2015 – 2016 season?  We anticipate that Glen Meadows' initial plan to develop Glen Meadows will take a fairly long time to come to fruition.  There is no guarantee, but our best guess is that there will be a 2015 – 2016 curling season at Glen Meadows even if we are not successful in our long term goal of saving it for perpetuity.  So, once again, don’t hang up those curling shoes!

Curlers, we really need your support to keep curling viable at Glen Meadows.  Don’t let the hype of a possible future change to Glen Meadows keep you from curling this upcoming season.  We need everyone to come back for 2014/2015 so we can show that there is ample interest to keep curling on the Peninsula.  We have an uphill battle with politicians and developers to prove a curling club is essential in our community.   

What can you do to help? We require information from you as soon as possible. We ask all curlers to notify their league director of their intention to return in the fall.  League Director contact information is available by clicking on this link: http://www.glenmeadowscurling.com/content/blurbs/club-executive-2010-11 or go to www.glenmeadowscurling.com - About Us - Club Executive.

Please send an email or phone your league director today, we need your help. Thank you and all the best!

President

Glen Meadows Curling Association

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