Amherst Curling Club finishes in black for two consecutive years

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After several tough years financially, the Amherst Curling Club recently completed its second consecutive year in the black.

The curling club has completed curling operations for the 2006-2007 season on a high note, club official Rick Douglas said.

After several tough years financially, the Amherst Curling Club recently completed its second consecutive year in the black.

The curling club has completed curling operations for the 2006-2007 season on a high note, club official Rick Douglas said. For the second successive year the operational account is in the black. It has only been through the extraordinary efforts of the entire membership that the club has been financially successful again.

Not only was membership up slightly over the previous year, but budget estimates were met or exceeded in most cases. It was pointed out during the meeting that although operational costs have been met or exceeded, there are many challenges ahead.

The curling club is about 10 years older than the Amherst Stadium and needs most of the same sort of capital improvements that the town is putting into the stadium. How to generate those funds continues to be the primary challenge faced by the board. Every effort is being made to ensure that the contributions in time and effort by the volunteers from the membership are effective and produces the best return.

At the same meeting, Brian Trenholm was elected president. A change to the board structure was approved at the meeting to better deal with developing and running the business of curling. One of the main challenges for the club will be expanding non-curling activities to come up with additional funding. The membership voted to keep membership dues the same for one more year, except for minor changes to what junior curlers who wish to play full-time and post-secondary educationmembers pay.

Representatives from the club also attended the recent provincial general meeting. The highlight of that meeting for the club was the announcement that Amherst will host the very first Mens Club Champions Championship next winter. This is a new bonspiel leading to a provincial title that will target club level players, who feel that they dont yet have the experience or skill levels necessary to compete in the provincial Intermediate Championships or the Tankard. Each club will hold a play-down to establish a Club Champion. The team cannot have any players who have competed in the Intermediate or Tankard play-downs (in that year). The purpose of this new competition is to encourage club players to try more serious competitions than their weekly curling leagues, possibly leading them to participate in higher level competitions.

A provincial womens Club Champions Championship has also been announced.

Events already scheduled for the summer at the club include the annual fundraising Yard Sale in June, and a Car/Motorcycle Show, followed by a dance with Donny and the Monarchs at the Armoury on Saturday, 15 September 2007. The event will be called CRUISIN Amherst 2007. Tickets will go on sale in mid-summer.

Organizations: Amherst Curling Club, Monarchs

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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