February 5, 2021
I expect that many of you were surprised to receive my email last Saturday announcing the resignations of Beth Atherton and Terry Atherton from their respective official roles at the Chester Curling Club. I apologize for not following up on that announcement sooner, but it has taken the remaining members of the Board a few days to adjust to these new circumstances.
In that email, I asked for the support and assistance of all members in dealing with this situation and, happily, we have had a number of offers to volunteer for a variety of tasks, both big and small. As a result, I am pleased to announce the following changes in organization at the club.
At the same meeting, the Board voted to accept a kind offer from Cathy Rafuse to act in the non-voting role of Recording Secretary for the Board. This is in accordance with paragraph 35 of the Club By-Laws.
As I indicated in my previous email, Tammy Rent and Michael Davies have agreed to assume responsibility for the Junior Program for the remainder of the year. As Michael is a member of the Board of Directors, he will act as the official liaison between the Junior Program and the Board.
Another recent development at the club was that we were able to re-open the bar, and Carla Rafuse, the Past President and member of the Board, has agreed to oversee its operation. She was doing that unofficially earlier in the year, but I would like to officially acknowledge that at this time.
This curling season has been an extraordinarily challenging one for everyone at the Chester Curling Club, as it has been for many people around the globe.
As a Board, we have been striving to support the physical and mental health benefits of curling for our members while staying within the current restrictions of the Public Health Orders — as we are required to do by law. We’re thrilled to be able to now offer all of our regular curling leagues, from junior to stick curling, from drop-in leagues to men’s, women’s and mixed leagues. THIS is what the Club is all about.
We’re in the midst of a pandemic that is taking a terrible toll across Canada and around the world. As Nova Scotians, we’re lucky to live in a province where cases are low and we have the freedom to get together to curl and enjoy each other’s company, when so many other Canadians are in lockdown or, worse, facing the loss of a loved one.
To quote one of the kids getting out of his parent’s car on Sunday afternoon for his first league game in a long, long time: “I’m so excited!!”.
Let’s focus on enjoying a sport we all love and get out on the ice…
Chester Curling Club