Check out the first edition of the MoPac Newsletter!
The USCA will likely hold the first US Arena National Championships next summer. The committee has received three excellent hosting bids and is in the process of finalizing a site and date. This will be the first event of its kind dedicated to helping develop arena competitive curling. The goal for the future is to open it to one team from every club, though this year will be a small test year to gauge interest and will likely only have spots for 16 men’s and 16 women’s team. Details on how those teams will be determined (along with many, many other details) will likely be decided during the Arena Committee Meeting at the USCA September Board Meeting (Sept 13-16) in Minneapolis. This will likely be a 4-day event (Thursday – Sunday morning). Stay tuned for more details and please keep space for this on your curling calendar!
The Oval Curling Club located at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval near Salt Lake City is the now MoPac’s newest member club.
Congratulations to our new MoPac officers and many thanks to all who ran. Our current officers are:
President – Brian Patrick (SFBACC) **newly elected
Vice President – Michael Lively (SFBACC) **newly elected
Tresurer – Don Eschelby (Boise CC)
Secretary – Erik de Vreeze (Orange County CC)
USCA rep – Gabrielle Coleman (SFBACC)
USCA rep – Nick Kitinski (Hollywood CC/Las Vegas CC) **newly elected
The MoPac Board will vote for a new President, Vice President and our region’s second USCA Board representative when it meets via conference call on Wed, May 23. Anyone in MoPac is welcome to run for the USCA Board spot. It is a 3-year commitment to attend 2 board meetings per year and to serve on USCA committees. The meetings are usually in Minneapolis and at present, reps pay their own expenses. It’s a tough job but an amazing opportunity to have a big impact on the future of USA curling. If you are interested, contact Erik de Vreeze, Nick Kitinski or your club’s MoPac rep before the meeting on Wednesday, May 23.
There will also be a vote on a proposed bylaw amendment to allow MoPac officers to be non-board members.At the moment, officers can only be chosen from the MoPac directors.
The MoPac board of directors will vote on all of these decisions.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have: Gabrielle@BayAreaCurling.com
MoPac rep to the USCA
The USCA’s fall board meeting was last weekend, Sept 9-11, 2011 in Minneapolis. The two highlights were a board vote on a major USCA governance overhaul (the whole structure may change) and a fabulous intro-to-curling video by our own Nick Kitinski. For my full notes on the meeting, check out http://goo.gl/snOye . Nick’s video should be out soon!…
And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me (Gabrielle) at email@example.com.
The SFBACC and the Western Curling Coalition are pleased to announce 3 evening competitive curling clinics on September 27, 28 and 30 in San Jose and Oakland with Yadranka Thompson of Richmond, BC. Sign up now at: http://www.bayareacurling.com/usca-clinic