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!
MoPac’s internal registration for Men’s and Women’s Regional Playdowns is now open. Information can be found under the ‘Club Nationals’ link. Deadline is September 30, 2012
Reminder: There is a MoPac Board Meeting on Monday, August 27 @ 7:30PM PDT. Please contact your club’s representative for more information.
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Information has been posted regarding Men’s and Women’s Regional playdowns for US Club Nationals. Please visit the ‘Club Nationals’ link above.
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 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.
Growth & Development Manager, USCA