Welcome Back - 2019/2020 Season is Here!
Welcome back for another great year of curling at the Virden Curling Club. To start with, I would like to introduce you to the Current Board of Directors
- Cory Barkley
- Jay Kinnaird
- Erin Barkley
- Tara Mooney
- Chris Warkentin
- Roxanne Freeman
- Robert Bailey
- Danny Pierrard
- Steve Warkentin – President
- Tyler Strachan - Vice President
- Pam Mcleod- Treasurer
Outgoing members at this time are Tom Kirkup (Treasurer) and Jeanette Logan (Secretary). We thank them for their service and dedication to help keep our club running smoothly. If anyone is interested in joining our board of directors, please contact any one of the representatives above and we can give you any details or answer questions as needed. The Board of Directors meets monthly (unless emergencies arise) to discuss the operation and deal with any issues that may arise at the curling club. We work hard to maintain our facility as well as plan for the future. We operate independently of any other facilities and achieve financial stability through our membership fees, fundraising, bar and canteen sales.
We would also like to welcome back our staff and members who contribute to the operation of our facility throughout the year
- Darla Hayward – Bar Manager
- Dennis Tough – Canteen Manager
- Geordie Barkley and Company – Ice Crew
- Tara Hayward – Office Manager
As a board, our primary goal is to make sure that all people have a place to curl now and in the future. We have 4 main areas that we focus on financially:
Operating- we will always need money to operate, pay bills/staff and fix any unforeseen items that affect day to day operation.
Ice Plant- there are many components that make our ice plant work and we try to maintain that equipment and prevent failures during our peak operating season. Components usually have a life span and we replace in that fashion to avoid catastrophic failures. Unfortunately, these are often expensive repairs and planning for this eliminates financial strain.
Building Maintenance- we want to take care of our current facility as to the best of our knowledge, we will be here for the foreseeable future. Making sure we have ice is priority one, but we also want to have a nice lobby and lounge to spend our time in. Upgrades and plans are always discussed, and we prioritize as best we can.
Legacy Fund - this money has been labelled as Phase II based on recent plans to join onto the arena. AS those plans seem to be put on hold, we still feel it is important to plan for the future and put some money away for a new facility wherever and whenever it may be.
Last season was a busy one for the Virden Curling Club. We hosted the Viterra Mens Provincial Curling Championship in February. It was a huge success through a lot of hard work by our members and the community. All said and done we made a profit of just over $100,000
Projects and Purchases Completed in 2019
LED Lighting for the ice surface area-$11,548.60
New fridges upstairs and downstairs. The one upstairs was sponsored by Core Ag who covered the cost of purchase. The other was placed in the kitchen to replace the existing unit that had failed. $4802.50
kitchen renovation to bring it up to code. $34182.08
Walkways on the edge of the ice $8759.45
Compressor replacement in the ice plant ~$30000. The motor was also replaced last fall ~$6000.
Planned projects for the future
Routinely we look at our facility and try to prioritize work needing to be done. We are lucky enough to have funds available to do some repairs and here are a few ideas of planned projects.
Main floor washroom upgrade. Make it Unisex and possible wider door for access.
Upstairs washrooms. We would also like to give these a full overhaul.
Bar and Lounge area reno
Basement changeroom upgrade
So once again welcome and have a fun, safe curling season. This will be a slightly quieter year but one event we will be hosting is the Viterra Mens Regional Playdowns in December. Curl Manitoba has changed its regional borders, and this will be a good event with some very competitive curling to watch.
Each Board Member volunteers their time to help make decisions and maintain our organization. Please feel free to talk to anyone to discuss things you would like to see or possible changes we could make.
The Virden Curling Club
Board of Directors