The 2020/21 season has been a challenging one in more ways than one. Not only did the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions create an extraordinary workload in operating the club this season, but the abrupt closure of the club in the Spring of 2020 made it more difficult for us to recruit new volunteers to take on some of this work. That means that the same small group of folks that have dedicated their time to managing the club over the last number of years had to step up once again to allow us all to enjoy the game of curling for another year. Now that we are into the final month of the season, it is time for the nominating committee to search out new talent to take up the torch for the 2021/22 season.
Over the last few years, the management practices of the club have deviated from the official bylaws and regulations, mostly because there were not enough volunteers to fill all of the positions that were officially required to manage the club. Typically, members of the Board of Directors ended up taking on multiple roles and we muddled through for another year.
Last year, we rationalized the bylaws and the Board has identified 7 positions that are essential to the operation of the club. These are:
- Director, Junior Program
- Director, Ice Management
- Director, Match/Events
- Director, Bar Management
Previously, the latter four positions were “chair” positions, but we have not always had members willing to sit in these chairs and communications with those who were doing the work that were not on the Board has been inconsistent. Board members just ended up doing many of these extra duties anyways, so it was thought that these chairs should be consolidated into Board positions to improve coordination and communication between the functions.
In a larger club, many of these functions would be done by a paid manager but smaller clubs like ours do not have the financial resources to hire anyone. Instead, we depend on our members to take a turn in volunteering their time to operate the club. If you enjoy the time that you spend on the ice and in the lounge at the club, and you have not previously stepped up to fill one of these essential roles, then now is the time to do so. No experience is required; just a willingness to learn from those who have done these jobs in the past and an interest in supporting our wonderful winter recreation opportunity.
I am willing to remain on the Board for a 4th year but we will need at least six other people to join me in this endeavour for the upcoming season. If you are interested in helping out or if you know someone else who just needs some encouragement, please contact Carla Rafuse, the chair of the nominating committee or any other member of the current Board.
Yours, in Curling,
Chester Curling Club