As they approach their Annual General Meeting on May 23, the Dawson Creek Curling Club reflects back on the year.
GM Jeff Ginter notes that 2018/19 was the first full season for the club since the breakdown in 2014/15. Renovations, improvements, and other stalls meant shortened seasons for the club over the last few years.
“It meant a reduction in our ability to really gauge financially what we need to do to be be better, so this year, we had a chance to do that, so that’s a really positive experience for us this whole year,” he says.
The club saw a modest net revenue over the year, and re-invested $40,000 into improvements for the club.
“From the numbers of curlers, we’ve continually grown since the shutdown in 2014/15, and this year we had a slight increase in our members, but more notable was the increase in the amount of curling we did — we actually had more games,” he shares,noting the club also got a tad younger.
“Overall, our rental income was up about 80%, and that’s a direct reflection of our ability to use the space for the whole year, bonspiel entries and revenue overall is up about 60%, and total revenue is up overall is up about 35%.”
Highlights on the year include the Mixed Doubles provincials, which has them potentially thinking about national international events in the future.
Combining the men’s and women’s bonspiels on the same day — a first this year — was a success, allowing for more people to participate at the same time.
“I think that will be a staple for us going forward,” he says.
The club also partnered with Curling Canada to bring events like Rocks and Ring aimed at getting youth involved in curling. They also helped fund the introduction Klutch Curling, in-ice and in-rock technology that works as a training aide.
Elementary curling, which had over 80 kids, Ginter says was very successful this year, thanks to the organizers.
“Corporate support in the community has been exceptional,” he says, noting specifically the South Peace Oilmen’s Association.
In the summer, the club is renting out the space, and is also hosting a golf tournament at Farmington Fairways on June 22.
The AGM is open to anybody.
“We’ve got an active and engaged board, so if anybody wants to be involved as a director, obviously I’d encourage them to come to the AGM or contact me in advance,” Ginter says, noting specifically he’d encourage parents of elementary curling members to join the board. “We do have some room for new people on the board.”
The AGM goes on a Thursday night, May 23, 7:30 pm at the Dawson Creek Curling Club. Supper will go beforehand at 6:30 pm and will require an RSVP by May 20.