Hello Royal City Members :
I write to you with glad tidings in this troublesome time. I know it has been some time since my last letter, and I want to break the ice with you- my extended curling family- to share some good news in a world where good news is hard to come by.
Even though curling had stopped abruptly and without warning way back on March 16th, your Board of Directors has been hard at work planning for our future where COVID-19 is among us every step we take. I am happy to report that we are in a solid financial position with the help from government programs, as well as cost savings initiatives we’ve implemented over the last few seasons. Yes, we have lost invaluable time together, but I feel we will be able to successfully move forward without having to further tax an already struggling society. With the challenges some of us have faced with reduced employment, a shortage of income, and the all too familiar ‘stay at home’ orders, I can truthfully tell you that RCCC will be here for you if the opportunity exists to continue curling once more.
With that, I want to inform you of where the Club is at right now, and what we are working towards in the coming months. As of this writing, we are constantly discussing and sharing information at the Board level on how we can operate a safe and inviting atmosphere in New Westminster for everyone to enjoy, all the while still being vigilant of the threat that is the Coronavirus. We have formed our own COVID-19 Committee where we are looking into how to host curling in a socially responsible way through discussion with sport organizations, health departments and peer to peer communication. We hope this will help aim us in the right direction for an eventual reopening. But make no mistake: if the conditions aren’t right to lower our collective risk, curling will not resume.
We are also working on hosting our first-ever video AGM. We are planning to hold this event July 9th… where we hope some clarity will be available from our Public Health Agencies. Curl BC is working with a multitude of sport agencies to create guidelines for clubs to open safely. Please check their website for further information. Once the possibility of a season becomes clearer, we want to host many of you at our annual meeting to discuss RCCC’s future as well as to update you with our plans. Look for information on our Facebook page and website.
The Board wishes you all the best in this trying time, and we will keep you up to date as best we can in the weeks ahead.
Stay safe, everyone.
President, Royal City Curling Club
Due to the sudden cancellation of the curling season many of you have left your curling equipment here at the Club locked away in your lockers. So that you my collect these items, or any items left elsewhere in the club, we will be open the following hours:
Thursday, March 19th 10AM to 3PM
Saturday, March 21st 10AM to 3PM
Monday, March 23rd 3PM to 7PM
Tuesday, March 24th 10AM to 3PM
While it is normal practice to clear out the lockers at the end of each curling season that has not always happened, a few leaving their curling equipment behind. In light of the current virus climate it is imperative the lockers be cleared out to allow for proper cleaning. We do not want to be in the position of having to cut locks off to complete the cleaning process.
Thank you all for your cooperation, and we look forward to having you all back next season.
Your RCCC Staff
As stated in last week’s announcement, I have been sitting atop of the COVID-19 situation on a continual basis. Staff have been putting in extra hours to keep the Club in the best shape possible and the Board has been making sure we are following best practices as outlined by various Provincial and Federal health guidelines.
That said, it has been decided that we need to close our doors on the season sooner than expected as per guidelines outlined by BC Health and the BC Center for Disease Control. We must all do our part to help lessen the impact of viral spread and keep our families and communities safe. I had hoped with our increased efforts at the Club we could continue providing leisure activities for many of you, however the situation is no longer under my control.
Please stay tuned for further announcements from RCCC as we are not finished our work here. The Board will continue moving things along, albeit in a much different fashion than we are used to, but our commitment to our members and our home is still strong.
As this is a rapid, unprecedented adjustment to our season, management and the Board will require a bit of time to process how to resolve the season, so please be patient with us so we can formulate prudent, sound responses to losing these last weeks of our season. We will have information to send to league coordinators as soon as possible. We will later announce available times the Club will be open to collect any belongings you may still have there.
President, Royal City Curling Club
Invitational at the Royal City Curling Club – December 27th & 28th
TWO MORE TEAMS NEEDED TO FILL THIS EVENT. CALL THE OFFICE @ 604.522.4737 TO REGISTER
Fun 1 day open doubles spiel to wrap up the season
Beginners & Intermediates welcome
3-6 end games guaranteed
Entry Fee – $80 per team
Pizza Dinner & Drink Specials
$$$ cash prizes