Dear Sister & Brother Curlers,
It gives me great pleasure as President of Aberlady Curling Club to welcome you all to the new season. It is hard to believe it is coming round so soon and we will be curling before the end of this month. Hope you all managed to find some sunshine over the summer, you may have had to venture further afield!
We start the new season in a healthy position regarding membership. We welcome Pauline Alexander as a new full playing member. We also have a few more reserves than last season, including new member; Raymond Preston. Hopefully we will maintain this position for the duration of the forthcoming season. Thanks to all our members for your commitment to the Club.
Circulated with your syllabus is information about 'Come & Try' session for beginners, as you will see it is being offered at the very start of the season, so please feel free to encourage/invite any friends/colleagues who may be interested in trying out the game. If you could let John Smail or myself know any names asap.
Also, please note we have included some 'social' opportunities, supper after one or two of the games;when all four rinks are playing. We will assume everyone will be staying, unless they advise otherwise. There is a change to the Bonspiel this year, it is being played on Monday 17th December, to maximize the number of members who can play & give it a Christmas theme. We propose eating prior to the game that evening.
The Pairs competition is also being played at a different time, it is November. Hopefully you can all put it in your diary early and we can have a full complement playing. The thirds medal is the only competition where you will change rinks, the other three competitions;you will be in your main rink (1-4).
Congratulations to one of our members- Cathy Maclean on her appointment to the board of the RCCC. In the voting process at the AGM in June Cathy was voted for and appointed. We wish her well in this and know that she shall carry the name of Aberlady Curling Club with her.
Also, I would like to send best wishes on behalf of the club to Morgan and Graeme who;as you know were selected to play in the Scottish Strathcona Cup team in Canada in January 2013. I'm sure they will have plenty to share with us on their return. Again, the Aberlady Curling Club name will be carried to rinks abroad.
Score Cards should be returned to Graeme for inclusion on the website, this can be done via email or left on the Aberlady board at Murrayfield,if he is not about (this is very rare as Murrayfield becomes his second home in the winter!!). Please ensure all names of players are clearly written on the cards, this helps when identifying 'reserve' players for payment at a later stage. Information regarding payment for all members is with you, please note the deadline date, payment should be sent to Mike or directly into the Aberlady a/c.
Finally, I look forward to our first game and meeting up with everyone again. Wishing you an enjoyable and successful curling season.
Liz Nicoll, President