The MoPac region is putting forth a call for any curlers from clubs located within the MoPac region who wish to be considered as a candidate for the consolidated position of USA Curling Director for the West Coast. This position takes the place of the former USA Curling Director from the MoPac region. In the past the MoPac region had elected a member from within the MoPac region to serve as a Director on the USA Curling Board. Last year USA Curling changed its bylaws to merge that Director position into a larger area representative which would also include the Washington and Alaska’s regions beginning in June 2021. The candidate will not necessarily become the USA Curling Director but may be put forward as the region’s candidate. Interested inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than December 8, 2020.
Congratulations to the winners and runners up! Thanks to everyone who participated in our first-ever E-Spiel! There were lots of fantastic online curling skills on display! We hope curlers enjoyed their games and their chance to ‘curl’ against others in the region.
Winners: & Runners up
A Bracket – Winner: Ryan Smith; Runner up: Jeff Salmans
B Bracket- Winner: Billy Wicks; Runner up: Scott Michelsen
C Bracket: Winner: Larry Sidney; Runner up: Katie Feldman
D Bracket: Winner: Ben Yoong; Runner up: Ryan Olson
MoPac Representatives will be able to vote for several key MoPac Board positions in late May. The positions up for election are the roles of President, Treasurer and two At-Large Representatives. Descriptions of the positions are found in the MoPac bylaws. Anyone interested in running for a position, please contact: email@example.com.
The beehive. The state emblem of Utah symbolizes the state motto of industry. What could be more perfect for the work and dedication it takes to put on a bonspiel. Curlers from the Utah Olympic Oval are industriously planning for their first ever bonspiel, aptly known as The Hive. “We are excited to get this going,” says Bonspiel Committee organizer, Travis Hair. “We hope that this will grow in the future.” This inaugural year the event may be an intimate 16 team event but the Committee hopes to reach 32 teams in the future.
The four game guarantee also includes Saturday lunch and banquet. “We got special approval from the Rink to have a bar set up too. That is unusual for Utah.” The six sheet facility also boasts the use of the stones from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The handles were replaced but they are the same stones. Curlers will be able to play using the same stones used by famed curlers Kevin Martin, Pul Trulsen, Torger Nergard, Rhona Martin, Debbie McCormack, and Ann Swisshelm to name a few.
But how is this spiel different than others? “We plan to have a mini Cosmic curling spiel on Saturday night.” Cosmic curling? Picture this: the lights go dark, the rings are illuminated in psychedelic colors and you shoot a stone lite with a glow in the dark light. “It’s harder than it looks because you don’t see the lines” says Travis, adding, “anyone who registers for the bonspiel is automatically signed up for the mini spiel. We want everyone to try it.” There is no separate registration fee for those playing in The Hive. The mini spiel will be a two end event with the winner getting bragging rights to, well, cosmic curling glory. And it appears there will be teams throughout the US coming to The Hive and vieing for cosmic curling greatness. Teams from Minnesota, Georgia, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and California are expected to attend. If you want to grab your spot, registration links are found on The Hive’s Facebook page. See you at the Oval!
The MoPac International Tankard Committee is proud to announce its representatives for the 2017 Tankard to take place at the Marpole CC in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 17-19th. Congratulations to all…and have a great time!
2017 Tankard Participants
George Lightner, Missoula Curling Club
Jared Belsher, Boise Curling Club
Ben Womack, Ogden Curling Club
Richard Cruz, Hollywood Curling
2017 Volunteer Honorees
Lesley Brownlee, Utah Olympic Oval Curling
Kevin Ryan, San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club
Lindsay Estabrooks, Coyotes Curling Club
Carl Thompson, Coyotes Curling Club
Thank you to ALL our volunteers who make our region so special and a wonderful place to curl.
The USCA was recently selected to administer the Darwin Curtis Fund grant program on behalf of The Chicago Community Trust. The Darwin Curtis Fund was established to “support and encourage participation by the general public in the sport of curling….” Curling clubs with 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, as well as other nonprofit organizations looking to grow the sport, are welcome to apply for funding. As outlined in the attached file, grant applications will be accepted in two categories: Growth & Development and Bricks & Mortar. Funding requests can range from $2,500 to $20,000, with a total of $20,000 to be distributed during the 2012-2013 grant cycle.
We encourage clubs in all regions to apply. While I forwarded the announcement to everyone USA Curling currently has listed as club presidents, please feel free to pass along to others in your region you think may be interested in applying for these funds. All application materials must be submitted in full by 5pm CST on Friday, June 22, 2012.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions about the program.
Follow the MoPac 5 & Under action April 21-22, at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle on:Bonspieler for Live scoring, and Twitter for up to date news.
18 teams will battle it out and get a chance to play on their own level for the first time in MoPac history. We have added skills clinics to send everyone home with a bit more knowledge than when they arrived. We hope to expand this event and to be able to nurture our future members to reach competitive levels.