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The facility is a Quonset hut constructed in 1956 with four sheets of ice. Over the years it has undergone expansion of the lounge, replacement and addition of equipment and painting of the concrete floor. In 2009, the Club became not-for-profit opening many opportunities for external funding for upgrades. The Town of Blind River has a population of 3,600 and is located half way between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie on the shore of Lake Huron’s North Channel. There are an additional 1,000 people in nearby Iron Bridge and Algoma Mills. We are proud of our diverse membership of Francophone, Anglophones, Aboriginals, youth and adults.

Our membership is 205, which is an increase of 34 over last year. A membership committee was formed to develop an aggressive marketing campaign. Local billboards, community TV and the events page in the local newspaper were all used a no cost. Eye catching posters and flyers were created by Rose Neufeld using the Canadian Culling (CCA) Association“You Cheered in February” Template. A total of 30 posters were distributed throughout the area and 2500 flyers directly mailed to every household in Blind River, Iron Bridge, and Algoma Mills. An Open House offered snacks and refreshments and attracted 62 people with all new comers signing up at registration night. This blitz resulted in a lot of buzz around town and resulted in 57 new members.

Two new programs were added this season. Instead of two “Learn to Curl” nights, a Rookie League was offered and 25 enthusiastic new curlers are enjoying the instruction by Maymar Gemmell. A Doubles League has been introduced on Friday nights.

The Club hosts six bonspiels. The Iron Broom curl & golf event was moved forward to a September date and attracted a full field of 24 teams. With 22 degrees, clear skies and fall colours, it was ideal for golfing. Our volunteer ice crew headed by Michel Rivard did a great job providing fast ice despite battling high temperatures and humidity. It was a great weekend to start the season.

Our Boxing Day Bonspiel is an opportunity for family members returning for the holidays to connect with friends they do not see during the year. With usually 40 entries, the games are short but the dance is a highlight. This is a big community event.

Mixed, Women’s, Masters and Men’s bonspiels are well attended. The Men’s is held on the closing weekend of the season and has always attracted 48 teams with a waiting list. Al Harnden from the Soo has been a repeat winner, especially when he brought along nephew Brad Jacobs. With a jam session, dances and BBQ it was listed as one of the 10 best bonspiels in “Curling for Dummies”.

Kristy Blanchet started running the youth program when her daughter was 3 years old and is still at it 8 years later. There are 52 kids between the ages of 4 and 17. Some compete in NOCA playdowns and in the adult leagues. With potlucks, monthly fun days, a float in the Santa Claus Parade and glow in the dark, the program continues to be interesting to the kids.

A shop in the Club provides the latest equipment. Special nights have been hosted for Breast Cancer Awareness and Prostate Cancer month raising funds for these charities. Blogger, Glen Austin, provides a humorous and interesting report at www.blindrivercc.blogspot.ca. A Facebook page highlights club events.

Local employer Cameco Corp has provided a lot of support and expertise. This assistance has helped us improve the reliability and upgrade our facility. Recently, Cameco and the Elliot Lake & North Shore Corp for Business Development (ELNOS) provide needed funds to replace the condenser and add a glycol-cooling unit.

With only one person on staff responsible for the bar, ice preparation and cleaning, the volunteers are the heart of the Club’s success.