Curling Starts Up Again
The Morse Curling Club was an active and thriving part of the community for many, many years producing provincial champions and numerous competitive and recreational curlers. It seemed if your last name was Weppler or Toews, you had good curling genes.
The two sheet club was active most nights of the week with many bonspiels. However, a few years ago the plant went down and curling came to a halt. Through a dedicated effort in the community, the club is up and running again.
A new generation of volunteers, led by Kristen Bestrop, are concerned about the downslide in curling and are determined to get more people active in the club again. Answering a call from the Morse Club, Development and Marketing Manager Susan Lang visited the Morse club to discuss ways and means to generate interest in the club. Ideas ranging from a once a night theme nights, ways to modify the Tuesday evening draw so everyone can play on the same night, stick leagues, two person curling games, curling lessons and clinics, home coming night and combining a bowling night with a curling night were all bandied about as something different to kick start the activity.
Deciding to start with the youth in the community, Morse is going to offer the new CURLSASK FUN:)CURL program for primary grade students. The next idea was to choose one day a month and have a theme night to encourage club members to bring out a neighbour and friend. Working to be proactive, Morse opened up the club four weeks early in order to capture some snowbirds for a half season of curling.
The heart and soul of so many clubs lies with dedicated volunteers and CURLSASK resources are available to support club development. All CURLSASK member clubs are invited and encouraged to contact CURLSASK for ideas and programs that may work in their community.