Organization of the Year Award goes to the Chedabucto Curling Club Community Activity Society

Added to the site on May 24, 2015

The Nova Scotia Curling Association’s (NSCA) mandate is for “the administration, promotion, development and coordination of the sport of curling in Nova Scotia”. The NSCA is a provincial organization that, in addition to working with similar associations throughout all of Canada, also is involved with 33 curling rinks located throughout Nova Scotia.

The Chedabucto Curling Club Community Activity Society (CAS), located in Boylston, is proud to be a long-standing member of the NSCA and is equally dedicated to supporting objectives similar to the NSCA’s. On May 23 during its AGM held at 12 Wing Shearwater, Dartmouth, the NSCA bestowed a distinct honour upon CAS by selecting it from its membership of 33 curling rinks as the “2014-2015 Organization of the Year”.

Even though the Organization of the Year trophy is designated for what transpired over a one-year period, to my way of thinking, it took more than a single year to achieve all that the award signifies.

The Chedabucto Curling Club began in 1963 as an outdoor recreational site and has evolved over its 52 year history into an organization deserving such an outstanding recognition. Many members, past or present, plus too-numerous-to-mention businesses, organizations and levels of government all deserve portions of the credit regarding CAS’s May 23 recognition. It would be nice — and some would deem appropriate — for me to name names but such an inclusion would be too lengthy and I would certainly omit in error some of the many who assisted CAS to reach its May 23 milestone.

When we also considers that CAS proudly exists within the jurisdiction of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, with its population at 4,681 (2011 census) in comparison to those rinks situated in more-populated regions such as the Municipality of Halifax with its population at 390,328 (2011 census), one must marvel at all that CAS has achieved and hopes to accomplish.

The other CAS reality is that it is owned, operated, maintained and financed by the efforts of its 100% volunteer membership. Organizations such as CAS do not “just become outstanding”; such an honourable recognition and achievement are the accumulation of many hours of efforts and support from its members with its growth to fruition arriving via contributions and labours being provided by many supportive individuals, businesses and groups.

It was a proud moment for me, as CAS’s President, and for Phil O’Regan, CAS’s Vice President, to be able to accept the “2014-2015 Organization of the Year” on behalf of the Chedabucto Curling Club Community Activity Society; such honours do not “just happen, they are earned”. On behalf of all CAS members and supporters I thank all of those who enabled such recognition to be bestowed on this curling rink that had a humble beginning on an open-air ice surface more than one half of a century ago.

"The presentation of the "2014-2015 Organization of the Year Award" from the Nova Scotia Curling Association (NSCA) to the Chedabucto Curling Club Community Activity Society (CAS) on May 23 at the NSCA's AGM held at 12 Wing Shearwater, Dartmouth. (left - right) Harry Daemen, Vice President, NSCA; Chris Manuge, President, NSCA; Ray Bates, President, CAS; and Phil O'Regan, Vice President, CAS. photo: Kathy Siddall "

“The presentation of the “2014-2015 Organization of the Year Award” from the Nova Scotia Curling Association (NSCA) to the Chedabucto Curling Club Community Activity Society (CAS) on May 23 at the NSCA’s AGM held at 12 Wing Shearwater, Dartmouth. (left – right) Harry Daemen, Vice President, NSCA; Chris Manuge, President, NSCA; Ray Bates, President, CAS; and Phil O’Regan, Vice President, CAS. photo: Kathy Siddall “

"2014-2015 Organization of the Year Award"

“2014-2015 Organization of the Year Award”

Stick-draw prizes for Chicken BBQ / Ducky Race…..

Added to the site on May 19, 2015

Plans are  be made for the stick draw at our annual ducky race / chicken BBQ — being held this year during the Guysborough Come Home Week (Sunday, July 19).

As you spring clean within corners — or receive those gifts that you are willing to donate — or are able to collect donated promotional products from the places where you do business — or discover great items on sale — please keep the prizes necessities in mind for our annual stick draw.

Adult and Junior members will be contacted by one of our rink’s executive members for prize donation(s).  Another email will be forthcoming regarding details of prizes-donations’ drop-off sites — or cash donations if you are unable to provide prize(s).

If our rink’s supporters wish to volunteer to contribute, their kindness will also be appreciated. Contact me (902.533.2528) to arrange for prizes pickup.

To meet the rink’s overall expenditures extra revenue sources are critical; the stick draw is another of those extras to which people can assist.

Thanks.

Ray

Notice of Resolution received by Ray from MLA Hines on behalf of Skins Bonspiel Winners

Added to the site on May 16, 2015

The following were taken from a notice of Resolution mailed to me as CAS President from MLA Lloyd Hines on behalf of those named within this email and that form has been subsequently delivered by me to the curling rink: “As part of the daily routine of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, MLA Hines was permitted to introduce two Resolutions each day by moving them in the House. He also tabled additional Resolutions by filing them with the Clerk.” “A Resolution can recognize and pay tribute to a person, business, volunteer, event or community leader — often somebody who resides with the MLA’s constituency.” The following curlers were recognized for their participation and winning status within the February 7th Skins Bonspiel: Winners of Division A: Iris Stanley, Krista MacEachern, Shauna Brymer and Paula Dobson. Division B winners: Paul Connolly, Kerstin Hanke, Donalda Mattie and Mary K. Connolly. “THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that all members of the House of Assembly recognize all of these remarkable curlers and send a a congratulation to all of you lucky winners.” If any have questions you may direct them to MLA Lloyd at his Chedabucto Centre office location (902.533.2280). On behalf of the CAS Executive and members I too extend my congratulations for your recognition.

Ray

Duckie Race & Chicken BBQ 2015…..

Added to the site on May 5, 2015

Our annual Duckie Race & Chicken BBQ for 2015 will be on Sunday July 19th during the 1st weekend of Come Home Week. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

CAS Executive 2015-2016….

Added to the site on May 5, 2015

At last evening’s AGM the following were nominated and approved as the Executive of the Chedabucto Curling Club Community Activity Society (CAS) for 2015-2016:

President: Ray Bates

Vice-President: Phil O’Regan

Secretary: Kay Chisholm

Treasurer: Holly Nahrebecky

Executive-At-Large: Lois MacDonald

Immediate-Past-President: Paula Dobson remains in that position

On behalf of all CAS members I want to extend my sincere thanks to those who have consented to serve on our Executive. Equally important, on behalf of all CAS members I extend my sincere gratitude to out-going Executive-At-Large Brian Farrell, who, after seven years of serving on the CAS Executive has decided to step back from his very active participation but will remain involved in the many acts of volunteerism that he performs for CAS.

The CAS By-laws allow for one more executive member to be elected; that position is Brian’s vacated position as an executive-member-at-large.

If you know of a CAS member who you would like to nominate, please confirm with that individual and then submit his/her name to Secretary Kay Chisholm to enable her to present that nomination to the CAS Executive.

 

Ray