Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ducky Race results are in…

With Ray’s absence at his marathon in Barrington I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who attended our annual Ducky Race & Chicken BBQ yesterday at the club. Crowds were steady for most of the afternoon until we got rained and thunder clapped on just after the race. By all accounts it was another great fundraiser for our curling club. All but 5 chicken dinners were bought and most of the ducks sold. The stick draw had only a few prizes left. The winners of the Ducky Race were Joseph Atkins in 1st place with $500, 2nd place went to Anna Connolly with $200 and 3rd place was Winnie Steeger with $100. Thank you to Winnie for donating her money back to the club.

Many hands made this event truly successful… Thanks go out to Ray for getting things started with setup before he left, with Neil DeCoff, Danny Worth, Ira Corkum and myself getting the fencing and bricks all out and up. To BA Corkum and Mary E. A. Connolly for the Stick Draw setup and help from Marg and Mary K. Connolly on the day of. To Kay Chisholm and Paula Dobson for their kitchen and cooking help with potato help from Margaret Hadley. To Kay for her help with ducky tickets setup (and all of the other behind the scenes work) and Mable Luddington and Wayne Hyam for their help on the day of for organizing tickets coming in. To Holly Nahrebecky for her help in the bar, to Lois MacDonald for helping with the chicken dinner tickets, to our chicken dinner cookers: along with myself we had Brian MacDonald, Don Armstrong, Jim Muise, Chris West, and David O’Connor. Also thanks to Paul Connolly who came early to help get tables and chairs out. I’d like to thank Neil and Mary Theresa & Danny Rodgers for their musical contribution especially when the storm was getting close. With the duckies I’d like to thank Steve Myette, Peter Simpson, Mike Nicholson, and Jim Muise. Also like to thank the Rec students who came out to do face painting. A big thank you goes out to Mike Nicholson who oversaw all the event in Ray’s absence. Finally thanks to all who helped get things cleared away outside as the rain started coming down. Now I am sure I have missed a few names but as I said before  many hands make this event a truly successful. Now it time to take a rest before the curling season starts up again. See you all in October.


Jobs to be done at BBQ / Ducky race / games of chance…..

Several members have committed to various jobs at this Sunday’s BBQ / Ducky race but more hands are needed. (Males’ or females’ welcome.) Phil and I are going out on Thursday morning at 10:00 to move the fire-pit bricks and the entertainment platforms plus get the beer garden fence erected. We will need some hands to assist.

On Sunday morning the tables and chairs must be moved out of the ice-making plant room to the beer garden’s enclosure via Steve Myette’s truck at 11:00 AM. Hands are definitely needed for that task.

We will need three people to be in the brook to drop the ducks into the stream at the start line at a time to be determined on Sunday afternoon pending the tide. One more person is needed to hold the finish-line net.

(Mike Nicholson is your guy-in-charge for the ducky race.)

A big job that tends to fall to a very few is the cleanup at the end of the day after the chicken is sold (approx. 4:00 PM). All garbage and meal scraps need to be collected and sorted for a Monday-morning pickup.

The fence must be dismantled and returned to storage. The tables and chairs must also be returned to their storage. If it rains the chairs go into the club room (and not stacked) to enable them to dry and then are returned to the back room at a later date. The tables can be returned as usual.

Since I will not be there on Sunday, Mike Nicholson has kindly agreed to replace me — for the day. 🙂 So as to ensure that the necessary workers are available — please — check with Mike to see if anything needs to be done before you leave. Mike is Sunday’s go-to guy. (Thank you Mike.)

Please keep a frequent check on your emails for any updates that might be coming your way as we get things arranged for Sunday.

Cheers — and thanks to all who make our rink’s BBQ/Ducky race/Games of chance fundraiser weekend an annual successful event.


Ducky race tickets / BBQ / stick draw prizes…..

We are into the final week before next Sunday’s (the 24th) chicken BBQ, ducky race and stick draw at the curling club.

This message is for those who have yet to submit their sold ducky-race tickets and/or stick-draw prizes. If you have — thank you. If not, please continue to read.

If you have yet to turn in your sold ducky-race tickets, please do so this week so the numbers can be recorded before the hectic time on Sunday. You may leave your sold tickets and money with any of our executive members and we will get them to Kay for her recording or you can give yours directly to Kay.

With the stick-draw prizes, we are hopeful that each member will donate at least two prizes worth $5.00 or greater. The prizes can be whatever you believe would be something someone would be pleased to win. If you know of a business that might donate promotional items of suitable value, please ask.

Prizes are being left with me or other executive members — thank you for that. If you have yet to deliver your prizes please do so by Wednesday so we can get them numbered as per the sticks’ numbers.

With last year’s sell out of the BBQ chicken, please do not wait until the last to get your chicken. Advanced paid orders may be made via Phil O’Regan or Lois MacDonald.

Next Sunday is our biggest fund-raiser of the year with many hands making it an annual success.

Thank you all.



Ducky race tickets are on the move / stick draw prizes…..

The executive received the ducky race tickets last week at their meeting and are distributing them to the Club’s Adult and Junior members. If you have yet to receive yours, they are on the way. We want the tickets (money) turned in by July 17 to enable the sold ducks to be recorded prior to race day. You may give your tickets to me or to another executive member (Kay included) so we can give them to Kay for the recording of sold tickets. Please leave the staples in the sold ducky-race tickets. It makes it simpler — and easier — to record numbers on the large wall charts with staples are left intact.

The chicken BBQ and ducky race — both at the rink’s property on Sunday, July 24, are the biggest fund-raiser that the Club does throughout the entire year therefore your anticipated support is sincerely appreciated.

The stick draws also happen on July 24 thus please contribute to the prizes’ numbers. If you have not been contacted — you will be. What the executive is hoping for is members (and friends if they wish to assist) to donate items valued at $5.00 or more for the prizes. If someone prefers to make a monetary donation we will also gladly accept.

Prizes may be left with me, another executive member or with Bette Ann Corkum (our stick draw coordinator).

Larger prizes are attractive at the stick-draw table to entice participants therefore if you, or you know of someone or a business who would be willing to donate — please ask. Most businesses tend to have promotional items to distribute thus asking for something where you spend your dollars could be helpful.

Any questions, give me a shout.