Arena Curling Championships set to debut in July

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The inaugural United States Curling Association Arena Curling National Championship, an event designed specifically for curlers who utilize arena curling facilities, will debut next summer. This new championship will take place July 18-21 at the Fort Wayne Curling Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“The Fort Wayne Curling Club is excited that the USCA has initiated a new Arena Championship to provide many of the newest curling clubs in the United States, like us, the ability to compete against clubs of similar circumstances,” said Craig Fisher, Fort Wayne Curling Club president and chairman of the 2013 Arena Curling National Championships.

The event will feature 32 teams, with men’s and women’s divisions, and the hopes of growing the event in the future. To be eligible to enter, team members must all be dues-paying, league-playing members of the same arena curling club.

US Arena National Championships

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!

MoPac Board Meeting

Reminder: There is a MoPac Board Meeting on Monday, August 27 @ 7:30PM PDT.  Please contact your club’s representative for more information.

MoPac Elections Results

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

MoPac Elections at Next Meeting May 23

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

Thanks,
Gabrielle Coleman
MoPac rep to the USCA