Hot Off the Presses — The January Newsletter

Happy Holidays Missoula Curling Club!! Hope you are having a great time so far this year curling. Membership is at an all-time high at 135 happy curlers this year which is about 10 more than last year so we are seeing steady growth! In addition the Instructional League has seen some growth with about 12 participants this year as well. You will notice that there are “open ice” slots scattered throughout the season. If curling1213ayou are a member you can practice at these times for free. The slots termed instructional league will be an extension of the just finished instructional league to include additional folks that wish to attend a Learn to Curl session or more. Sign up on the website for this so we know how many will be coming to each of the next 6 sessions. Cost is $15 online or $20 at the door.   This will be a good time to teach some new prospective curlers the sport!

We will need your help throughout the year to volunteer on various events. The $25 rebate for 4 hours of club service is part of our program this year again. Once you have completed service hours for a needed activity please write that down and have a board member initial it in the 3 ring blue binder in our cabinet rink side. Duncan Lutes is again the coordinator for this. Rebates will be given out later in the season, or at our Bonspiel.  One such opportunity/need for club service is PE curling from both Sentinel High School February 24-25 and Big Sky High School March 14-15. Over 1,000 high school freshman and sophomores will participate in this again this year. This is a big deal for our community, and we will need many of you to help teach the kids our sport! Charlene Young is the coordinator for this with assistance from Dave Strobel. More on that signup coming out soon.

Coming up at the Ranch Club Golf Club again this year is a winter time sports open house where curling will be a featured activity. We will need your help teaching our sport there as well. Sunday January 17th will be the day, weather permitting!!!! Please contact us through our email if you can help with this. More out on times as we get closer.

Regional Bonspiels that we encourage teams to form up and participate in are posed below. Of special note are the MCC, Havre and Billings Spiels that we would like to see many of you that can, attend these in-state events supporting the Montana Curling Network. If you’re interested in going to these and do not have your whole team available, let us know and we can match you with another team. This is a very important marketing tool for MCC and they are always a ton of fun, as you get to curl your passion and make new friends throughout the northern Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and Canada.

Kimberly BC Snow Fiesta Bonspiel January 22-24 2016

Kimberly BC Seniors Bonspiel February 6-8 2016

Havre Hi line Bonspiel March 18-20 2016

Creston BC: Men’s 70th Butterfly Bonspiel March 4-7, 2016

MCC Big Sky Bonspiel with two divisions Open, and 5 (years of experience) and under April 1-3 2016

Billings Bonspiel (Big Sky State Games) April 29-30 May 1

North Idaho Bonspiel Coeur d’Alene Curling Club May 6-8 2016

We have a set of MCC rules posted on our website, please review them this year prior to play.

Lastly, open curling is sponsored by GIR on Friday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm from January 8 through March paid to GIR $10 per person. (Check the GIR webpage as times are subject to change)

Current Board members are: Barry Bollenbacher, President, Dave Strobel, Vice President, Bob Keane, Treasurer, Elaine Sutherland, Secretary, Charlene Young, Lee Banville, Matt Ellis, Meredith Stewart, Shannon Dickerson, Corby Dickerson, Sam Brown and Mitch Ferm.

For more information, please contact us at or go to our webpage at

See you all on the ice soon!

Best regards and good curling!!

MCC Board of Directors

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