Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club seeking community support to stay operational
Tim Brody - Editor
The Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club is hoping to purchase a critical piece of equipment and needs the community’s help.
“We need a new electrical panel to support our compressor. We registered this program with the National Sports Trust Fund. When people make a donation, they get a tax receipt,” explained club board member JoAnne Van Horne.
People can contribute to the fundraising effort at www.sport4ontario.ca by searching Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club, then clicking on Save Curling Ice Plant Electrical Panel Upgrade.
People can also fill out a paper form at the club, which Van Horne will submit.
Just a few years ago, the club’s compressor broke and was replaced under insurance.
“All of our equipment is old. It’s an old club,” Van Horne pointed out.
“The other initiative that we have going on is that last spring, the previous manager and I did a survey through Curling Canada and they wanted to know about the club. Challenges, what have you done? About a month and a half ago, for doing the survey, Curl Canada awarded us two full event ticket packages to The Brier, which will be held in Brandon, Manitoba, in March,” Van Horne shared.
The club is auctioning those tickets off as a fundraiser.
“We have a big silent auction board up at the curling club right now that people can walk in and make a bid, or they can actually phone in to the club (737-1800) and leave their bid and it will be put up on the board for them,” she explained.
Currently, the club is without a manager and with the exception of one staff person, is being run by volunteers.
“Bottom line for the club, we’re trying to keep the doors open. It’s an expensive operation to run. Our hydro bills are through the roof and the only income we have is through our membership,” Van Horne said.
“I think our club is very unique because we’re a golf and curling club. It’s a big, expensive operation.
“We’ve all heard we have the greatest course in Northwestern Ontario. We’ve heard that a lot and it takes money and staff to do that,” she further stated.
Curling season is in full swing with 17 mixed teams, nine ladies teams and eight men’s teams.
Men’s play is on Tuesdays, ladies on Wednesdays and mixed play is on Fridays.
Promisingly, Van Horne shared, “There are so many young, new people curling with us this year… We’re so pleased with that.”
Something that has worked well for many of the club’s mixed teams she said, is having larger teams, so if someone can’t make it out one evening, there are always enough players to compete.
All three leagues will run into March.
The club hosted The Bearskin Airlines Skip to Equip Classic in November and just this past weekend, the Northern Ontario Senior Men’s West Qualifier.
An annual tradition in Sioux Lookout, the Knobby’s Funspiel will be played on December 29.
A signup sheet is available at the club. The event is open to the first 16 teams.
The club is hoping to run an open mixed bonspiel in January.
Also in January, the club is hoping to run a session of after school curling for children.
The club is also hoping to run rocks and wings and glow curling events this season.
If people have an interest in learning to curl, Van Horne said all they have to do is contact the club.
People can call the club to inquire about ice bookings as well.
The club is also open for Christmas party bookings.
“Our goal is to get more people interested in the sport of curling and get them in the building,” Van Horne concluded.
People can find out more about the club and stay up to date on its happenings by visiting their Facebook Page, Sioux Lookout Golf and Curling Club.