Curling rink to receive facelift

By Phil Ambroziak

Members of the Meadow Lake Curling Club aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
During the club’s spring meeting held April 3, executive members agreed to volunteer their time and effort this year to ensure the exterior of the local curling rink, located adjacent to the Meadow Lake and District Arena, receives what some consider a long-overdue paint job.
“The building outside needs painting, but the costs are out of this world,” remarked executive member Kevin Valliere.
Valliere went on to note cost estimates average more than $1,400 for the front of the building alone, not including materials. He also said the special paint recommended for the job comes with a substantial price tag.
“We can’t afford that,” he said. “I’m thinking if members can come out and take ownership of the building, and we all do 10 square-feet, it could be done. I’d at least like to see the front painted this summer.”
Executive member Shannon Heddon said it’s not wise to simply rely on club members. She suggested each member of the executive recruit four people to help with the project, which is now slated for sometime in June.
Other items discussed during the meeting were fundraising initiatives, the success of this season’s bonspiels, as well as club finances. During the treasurer’s report, Ian Kosokowsky noted a gross profit of $136,988.97 from June of last year to this year compared to total expenses of $109,099.53, leaving the club with a net income of $27,889.44.
Kosokowsky also said there’s been a suggestion to change the annual men’s bonspiel to an open bonspiel, adding there’s been sponsorship interest expressed by the Meadow Lake Co-op. Heddon, however, said she’d prefer to see such an event held in February and the men’s bonspiel in March left as is.
“I’d also like to see that rather than tinker with the men’s,” Valliere agreed. “We wouldn’t get rid of our long-time sponsors for the men’s. If anything, they (Co-op) would be recognized by having their name on the posters.”
It was also decided to keep membership fees the same for next season and to carry over all members of the current executive for another term.

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