Loyd Olson (Club President), Paul Batchelor (Club Manager), and Kevin Nakonechny (Webmaster) were among delegates from a minority of Winnipeg curling clubs, and several rural Manitoba curling clubs of all sizes, in attendance at the Business of Curling seminar on April 21-23 at the Best Western Plus Winnipeg Airport hotel.
Sponsored by Curl Manitoba and presented by Curling Canada, formal presentations by full-time curling experts from across Canada covered topics in the following broad areas:
Attracting new curlers
- Curling 101 (a curling introductory follow-up to "Rocks and Rings," which was presented at AMCC this year for the first time)
- Adult Learn to Curl
- Social Media Buying
- Building Capacity
Servicing our customers (everybody who sets foot in our facility - to curl or not) better
- Scraping, stones, water, paint
- Delivering Superior Customer Service
- IMF Registration System
Tools and techniques for making our curling club financially sustainable (without simply raising membership fees every year!)
- Risk Management
- Energy Conservation
Informal networking and discussion of success / failure stories between seminar attendees also provided an invaluable learning experience.
What does this all mean for AMCC? - exciting possibilities for the future of our Club and all of the people it serves. Further details will be shared through the Board in the weeks and months to come; attendance at this year's AGM is highly encouraged, if you are curious for a sneak peek.