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

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Curling Grant

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.

Regards,

Kim

Kim Nawyn

Growth & Development Manager, USCA

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5 & Under Winners

Congrats to First Event Winner Mike Greenberg, Phil Lorin, Roland Gong, Ralston Barnes
Club affiliation San Francisco Bay Area CC

See the whole list of the bracket winners under the 5 & U

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Follow the 5 & Under action….

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.

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International Tankard 2012

This past weekend, March 23-25, the International Tankard celebrated its 50th year anniversary at the Granite Curling Club, Seattle.  MoPac is invited to this annual event by the Washington state curling association. This year MoPac selected the following for their contributions to the sport of curling.

Patrick Julian
Evergreen Curling Club
Arnie Iwnick
Evergreen Curling Club
David Rittenhouse
Boise Curling Club
Erik de Vreeze
Orange County Curling Club
 
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4 team spots left….

The first annual 5 and Under MoPac tournament has only two(as of March 27th) more team spots left. This event will also feature on and off ice skills classes, to improve our new regional curlers. If you have never attended a bonspiel, this will be a great time to try it. Don’t have a team? We will attempt to place you. If you have never curled on dedicated ice, then this is a must! More info

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Klamath Falls Curling joins MoPac!

Welcome to another Curling Club in Oregon, Klamath Falls. This is the third club to join us this year and our 15th member.

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5 and under MoPac tournament

MoPac will be hosting it’s first ever ‘5 and Under’ bonspiel on April 21-22, 2012 at Granite Curling Club in Seattle!
This bonspiel is for individual curlers in our region with five or fewer total years experience. There will be ‘On’ and/or ‘Off-ice’ workshop/clinic(s) offered to those who want to improve their skills.
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Welcome two new member clubs to MoPac!

We Welcome Missoula Curling Club out of Montana and Las Vegas Curling out of Nevada to the MoPac Family. This means that two more states can be added to the map for Curling!

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Mixed Nationals Play Downs February 3-5, 2012 at Garanite Curling Club

Follow the MoPac Mixed Nationals at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle February 3-5, 2012. This year we have 7 teams playing down and only one team advances to the final 10 in Portage, WI on March 17-24, 2012.

Follow the action Here

Due to a lack of entries within the At‐Large Region (NE/C/TX/KS) there was one open spot created. This goes to the region with the most entries. The Mountain‐Pacific
(MoPac) Region and the Great Lakes (GLCA) Region were tied with seven
entries each. Looking back at the previous year’s entries, the MoPac Region
had only six team entries while the GLCA Region had nine. The extra berth
to the Nationals goes to the GLCA Region.

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