Dear Fellow Curlers,
Hope you had a great summer! A number of us have been thinking about the upcoming curling season, as well as some long-term goals. Many people like yourself have told us how much they like curling, so we have decided to start a curling club, and we’re looking for your support. That’s right…we intend to turn our talk into action.
After speaking with experts who have started other clubs, we have filed the documents to begin as a “paper club” (one without permanent ice). And we intend to work toward developing an actual ice facility. Our name? The “Curling Club of the Berkshires” , Informally known as CurlBerkshires.
To start a club, we had to join the U.S. Curling Association (a national organization) and the Grand National Curling Club (a Northeast administration). We also needed a board of directors, who are working on our projects and who funded the association fees. Our initial seven-member board is:
Tim Egan – President
Gerrit Blauvelt – VP
Rick Nasman – Treasurer
Gordon Prescott – Secretary
Mike Zinchuk – Membership Director
Mark Fischetti – Public Relations
Chris Begley – Research & Development
We have submitted the required applications and bylaws. Once our charter is approved, we will revisit the officers list at a general club meeting. We will also file as a non-profit organization.
To make this work, we’re hoping people like yourself who have gone curling, or are interested in curling, will support CurlBerkshires by joining as a member. The cost for a year will be $120 per couple, or $70 for an individual. (Family plans are also available).
For your dues, you’ll receive a CurlBerkshires shirt for each person (we have a cool logo – see above.). You’ll be a member of the U.S. Curling Association (USCA) and Grand National Curling Club (GNCC) organizations. And you will get two week’s advanced notice to events CurlBerkshires will set up, before we open participation to the general public. Benefits from the USCA/GNCC include instructional information and curling news. They publish a calendar of curling events throughout the land and as a member, you can participate in these events. The club also receives benefits on the club level including financial guidance.
We plan to sponsor several curling outings from October to March. As a member you can also enter these and any tournaments (known as bonspeils) sponsored by the USCA and GNCC at any club. And you’ll be a founding member of this fun CurlBerkshires group. Please let us know if you’d like to join, or if you have questions. And feel free to distribute this to anyone you think might be interested. We hope you will join us in this new adventure.
President, Curing Club of the Berkshires