43rd Annual Ladies Bronze Broom

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"SLUMBER PARTY"

Join us and wear your sleepwear

Two Draws 9:00 am & 11:00 am

Entry Fee of $160 includes

Lunch and Snacks

Send entries to: Olga Patterson, 11 Thomas Avenue, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 5K8  For further information, please contact Olga at 519-842-8773 or paddy@kwic.com

NOTE: Cheques made payable to Tillsonburg Curling Club must accompany entry (return entry form) and can be postdated to January 15, 2020. 

 

Deadline for Registration January 31, 2020

East Elgin Concrete Men's Bonspiel

Saturday, February 22, 2020

3 Games – Two 6 & One 8-end game

9:00 am & 11:00 am draws

$160 per rink entry fee includes

Lunch, Dinner and prizes 

Send entries to: Walter Kleer, walterk@royallepage.ca

51 Parkwood Dr, Tillsonburg, ON N4G 2B7

Cell: 519-550-5660

Bronze Broom Entry Form

Elgin Concrete Entry Form

Community Service Bonspiel

   The Community Service Bonspiel which has been hosted by our club for 63 years is a unique bonspiel. This bonspiel ticks so many of the boxes about curling and how it is a community affair, is inclusive, is a sport for all levels, ages and abilities and is fun!! The spiel is unique in so many ways but stands out in our club because the bonspiel sponsor is the same ongoing sponsor for 63 years and the same trophy has been awarded over that time period. The original sponsor firm was Judd & Co. which over the years with retirements and new partners has today become Good Redden Klosler; while the names have changed their commitment to the bonspiel has continued uninterrupted. The trophy is a fur-lined chamber pot atop several stacked pedestals with many layers of winners on it.

   The Community Service Bonspiel has been very popular with “service” groups in the community and includes both curlers and non-curlers. In the early 80’s the bonspiel featured mainly community service clubs like the Lions, Rotary and Kinsmen and there was quite a competition for the trophy. As times have changed other groups have joined including groups from the Food Bank, Hospital Nurses, Chamber of Commerce, Minor Ball etc. Just as the groups participating in the spiel evolved so did the prizes awarded to the winning teams.

   Ten years ago one of the named sponsors, Steve Good and the Bonspiel Chairperson Les Peter sat talking during the spiel. They devised a plan to change the prize structure of the bonspiel from prizes for each person to be more community friendly and more in keeping with the ‘service to community’ aspect of the spiel. This idea brought the curling club and the sponsor together to award “prizes” to the teams in the bonspiel in the amount of $2000. Teams now curl for points to win the coveted trophy but prizes on each draw (8 teams) are given out by a ‘draw from the hat’ with the first prize being $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $150 and 4th $100. Each winning team designates a charity/ project of their choice for the money to be given to/or donated to. Over the last 10 years since the change was made they (the club & sponsor) have given out $20000 to the community.  For example some of the projects and charities that benefited from the prize money this year were: the Chamber of Commerce Junior Achievement Program; Station Arts Youth Programs; Meals on Wheels; the Nature Conservancy of Canada; TDMH Hospital Foundation; Children’s Miracle Network; The Food Bank.

   Teams for this bonspiel are made up of both curlers and non-curlers and have all levels of ability: men’s teams, ladies, and mixed teams. The “experienced” curlers are more than willing to help and assist those who are on the ice for the first time or only in this annual event. Volunteers from the club work in the kitchen and help to organize the bonspiel. All this makes it a true community event which has grown over the years but is also supported by the same business and the Tillsonburg Curling Club. The partnership that was formed 63 years ago between the Club and Judd & Co. continues as strong as the year it started.

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