Nominations are now open for the Tim Irish Volunteer Service Awards 2022. Time to nominate those superheroes in your clubs who have lived the Spirit of Curling and made a difference over this past season. The Award recognizes those who have given excellent service to curling. Volunteers can be nominated by their home and will be recognized by MoPac for their hard work. In past years, these nominations were done concurrently with nominations for the International Tankard, however with cancellation of the Tankard for a second year, the Service Award nominations were moved later in the season to allow clubs more time to determine their nominees. The period for nominations will remain open until Saturday, April 30th. To nominate a candidate clubs should submit a nomination here.

The award’s namesake, Tim Irish.

camp & curl logo

The 23 Rocky Mountain Bonspiel is adding a new component this year – Camp and Curl!  The 3-game guarantee spiel takes place April 22nd to the 24th on the scenic Weber State Campus area of Ogden, Utah. This year the Ogden Curling Club has secured a large campground on a nearby 84-acre site. Happy curling campers will enjoy a game and then chow down on BBQ as they enjoy the beauty of the Fort Buenaventura area or indulge in a 18-hole disk golf competition.  As Club members will tell you “having the best arena ice you can have on hockey ice” means teams playing the following weekend at Arena Nationals can play in the Rocky Mountain spiel as a last training opportunity before Nationals event.  Good ice isn’t an exaggeration; the ice magicians at Ogden will have a three-day prep to ensure the ice is not only good, but memorable. And to help share love for the sport anyone who wants to volunteer can also stay and participate in an adaptive Learn-to-Curl event. So register now! 

Come camp & curl!
Darryl Horsman approves!

Two years ago, Rob Shelton (Boise CC) was elected to the position of the MoPac Director to the USCA Board.  This past weekend, the position transitioned to Darryl Horsman (Coyotes CC). Darryl takes over the role – now as a combined role of USCA Director for the Western Region (Alaska State Curling Association, Pacific Northwest Curling Association and the Mountain Pacific Curling Association).  As first-time Director of combined regions, Darryl has the job of representing a large portion of the country. As a 2015 USCA Volunteer of the Year, founding member and past president of Coyotes CC and USCA instructor, Darryl has shown a devotion to the sport that will be needed for the role ahead but for someone who has been known as “Mr. Curling” Darryl’s new role should be no problem.  The MoPac Board is excited about Darryl’s appointment and looks forward to seeing his support of the growth of curling throughout the Western Region.  

As we welcome Darryl, we also want to give a big ‘thank you’ to Rob Shelton for his devotion to the MoPac USCA Director position (2019-2021).  Now that USCA has moved to combine the regions, Rob goes into history as the last MoPac Director to the USCA Board.  During his tenure he has helped USCA in assessing their communication strategies and available technology.  During the past year he has been a strong voice on the importance of Covid safety.  We wish him well as he moves into the role of Boise Curling Club’s MoPac representative in the MoPac Assembly. 

Rob Shelton with Olympic Friend

Curling on Thin Air!

Screen shot from Wild Nevada episode featuring LTEC: https://www.pbsreno.org/watch/wildnevada/s5-episode11/

This past year has been difficult yet a new curling season awaits and brings the promise of bonspiels, championships and other curling events. It also brings opportunities to reconnect with friends and make new ones, even if done with social distancing. With this in mind the Lake Tahoe Epic Curling club (LTEC) plans to kick off their Spiel season with the Thin Air II spiel, October 15th to 17th, in the midst of beautiful Lake Tahoe.

The organizers hope to have participants from as many clubs as possible.  All clubs within MoPac are invited to send a team! Time for clubs to represent! Anyone interested in playing can contact Eric Hazard (775) 600-1972 to learn about registration details.

Note: Despite recent wildfires, the town and rink were untouched and the rink will be ready to welcome curlers.

Where will you be on August 24th to the 27th? Maybe at Great Parks Ice & Fivepoints Arena in Irvine, California? Tickets are on sale for the event which promises Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Doubles events in the four rink facility. For ticket information visit the website and join our friends from the Orange County Curling Club as we proudly welcome a nationally broadcast curling event to Southern California! View schedule here.

The regions consisting of Alaska State Curling Association, Washington State Curling Association (PNWCA), and Mountain Pacific Curling Association (MoPac) are nominating a representative for the position of USCA Board Director. If you are interested in this position, please review the requirements and fill out the application here. The Application deadline is June 25th.

USCA Board is requesting candidates with at least one the following subject matter expertise:
• Market strategy
• Media expertise
• Sponsorship engagement expertise
• Branding expertise
• Finance expertise

This is a fantastic way to show your support and help grow the sport. Please consider re-posting, sharing, tweeting, calling, and getting the word out in any way you can.

If you have any questions, contact president@mopacca.org

Nominations are now open for several key positions within the MoPac Board. This season the positions up for election are Vice-Chair, Secretary, and two At-Large Representatives. Descriptions of the positions are found in the MoPac Bylaws. MoPac Assembly Representatives will be voting on the MoPac Board positions in May. Nominees do not need to be current Representatives. Nominations can be submitted on behalf of a third person or by the nominee themselves. To submit a nomination, please send an email with the person’s name, email or phone number and home club information to: nominations@mopacca.org. Nominations will remain open until May 23.

We are back!

No we are not back to curling. However, you may have noticed our website was off line for a time this past week as we did some fine tuning and got a little carried away! We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Candidate for West Coast Area

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 secretary@mopacca.org no later than December 8, 2020.

This year our world has dealt with a crisis not seen in 100 years. Our routines have been substantially altered as a result and many events have been suspended or canceled.  As you have seen, Covid-19 continues to take a toll, creating hotspots and requiring renewed shutdowns and uncertain reopenings. While news of a vaccine is promising, the reality is that risks exist and balancing the opportunity for the MoPac region to submit teams to national competitions must be weighed against concerns for the safety of every MoPac curler and their family. With these concerns in mind, the MoPac Board of Directors have made the never-before decision to cancel playdowns for the 2020-2021 season.  Further, the Board also made the difficult decision to not submit MoPac teams to attend the U18 Nationals Championships, the Club National Championships and the Mixed National Championships for the 2020-2021 season.  The Board expects to resume playdowns and submit teams in the 2021-2022 season. 

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