February 5, 2021

Board Reorganization

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 a Board of Directors meeting that was held on Tuesday night, Dale Rafuse was appointed to be the 2nd Vice President of the Chester Curling Club.  This is in accordance with paragraph 26 of the Club By-Laws which allows the Board to fill a vacancy resulting from a resignation until the next election at a club AGM.  As part of his 2nd VP role, Dale has agreed to act as Ice Coordinator which will involve coordination of ice maintenance activities as well as coordination of the ice booking procedures.  Any inquiries about booking ice for leagues or practice should be sent to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The current booking procedures are on the club website.

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.

The 1st Vice President, Linda Townsend, has agreed to expand her role to include responsibility for all of the cleaning and sanitizing supplies at the club.  If you are at the club and there is a shortage of any of those items, please feel free to point it out to any Board member in attendance.  Failing that, please email Linda to report any deficiencies at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

I would like to thank everyone that I mentioned above for their ability to adapt on the fly and their willingness to take on new challenges.  We have a great Board team and I look forward to working with all of them for the remainder of the season.  I would also like to thank all the other folks that have made offers to help out in essential support roles like ice prep and bartender.  If you would like to help lighten the load even further by volunteering for any position, please approach the Board member responsible for the area that you are interested in or contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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…


Jeff Lamb


Chester Curling Club

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The Chester Curling Club is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization located on the South Shore of scenic Nova Scotia. We welcome all curlers- whether you're a beginner or a champion, young or old- you'll always find a warm, friendly and inviting place in our Club. We run Day, Ladies and Mens, Mixed and Stick Leagues throughout each week from October to March and our Junior programs have produced provincial, national and international champions !!!