Written by Kevin Nakonechny
The World Curling Federation Sweeping Summit was held between 23 and 26 May at the North Grenville Curling Club in Kemptville, Ontario near Ottawa, Canada.
This event brought together an impressive group of world class athletes, high performance experts, curling administrators and curling equipment manufacturers to conduct testing and research into the unusual and over-effective impact of sweeping reported during this past season.
The NRC will produce reports on the testing outcomes from the Sweeping Summit and those reports expected in the next month may assist organizers of other competitions and events, from elite level tours to clubs, in choosing how best to apply the WCF standards for brush heads to their events or leagues.
That being said, ensuring equipment used by curlers at every level of play provides appropriate effectiveness, enjoyment and safety is important to the WCF.
Therefore, based on the preliminary results from the Sweeping Summit which are still to be confirmed by the NRC, the WCF has begun consulting with curling equipment manufacturers to determine what steps, if any, should be taken regarding curling equipment intended for recreational use.
Read full article here: http://www.worldcurling.org/ss2016-update
Written by Paul Batchelor
A record number of Past Presidents attended the Celebration of Life for Mel Rogers held 13 May at the Viscount Gort. The Purple Patch definitely stood out in the rather large crowd receiving many compliments about the blazers and the excellent turn out. The family was particularly appreciative of this overwhelming display of respect for Mel and made a point of including his club blazer on the table of memories.
In his remarks, on behalf of the Board of Directors and all members, Paul noted that Mel was a relatively young President in 1974-75 at a time when the club was being rebuilt, membership was flourishing, impressive bar revenues made up for the opportunity to apply for Financial Grants, the club rooms were blue with smoke and Minutes of meetings were either handwritten or documented on a (manual) typewriter and copied for distribution. Paul further recognized the efforts of all Past Presidents and many other AMCC folks in attendance for their untiring work in making our Club one of the best in the City, if not the entire Province, while lamenting the fact that volunteerism is undergoing a significant downturn.
Given the large crowd and many (mostly humorous) stories it was quite obvious that Mel led a full life and touched many people during his 72 years on this side of the grass.