By: Scott Moulton, Property & Ice Chair
It takes many volunteers for a curling club to successfully prepare for a curling season. Thus was the case this summer. We started out with 60 projects that needed to be completed to get the club in shape for another curling season.
Currently, our ice is installed earlier than most clubs (mid August), a lot of the projects were time sensitive and had to be performed quickly and expediently. From changing all 288 florescent bulbs in the ice shed to installing the dividers (all of the 55 boards had to be sanded to smooth out the sharp edges) to carpet cleaning the carpet in the ice shed and both the upstairs and down stairs lounge area, the volunteers chipped in and helped supply the energy and enthusiasm to complete these tasks. These are just a few of the projects that our volunteers completed this summer.
In doing so, the club was able to reduce expenses in an attempt to manage our financial requirements.
Of course there were projects where we hired service providers to provide maintenance on things such as the two dehumidifiers in the ice shed, fixing the Aluma-Zorb on the ceiling in the ice shed, fixing the cameras and monitors, servicing the brine plant, chiller and other plant related machinery, servicing the three liquid gas furnaces, as well as fixing many electrical issues throughout the club.
There have been a number of improvements in the ice shed such as installing dividers, flipping the curling stones and re-texturing them to trying new techniques in supplying and improving the curling ice. Jamie Danbrook and his team of Adam Mckerihen and Brendan Lavell have been and will continue to be focused on providing the best ice possible for our members.
A big shout out to Dale Hutchinson, who has been busy this past summer providing the day to day maintenance that keeps our club in tip top shape.
A hearty thanks to our hard working and ever cheerful club manager, Melanie Hughes who keeps everything together in providing day to day management to keep our club running in these challenging times.