Strathcona Curling Club History
Celebrating 40 years 1976-2017
On November 10th, 1976, Strathcona Curling club, locally also known as the Fultonvale curling club, was incorporated and started curling at its present location at the Strathcona Olympiette Centre.
The first board of directors included,
President: George Harcus
Secretary: Allen Dahlen
Treasurer: James Kaulbach
Draw Master: Bob Reid
Entertainment Chairman: Vic Paananen
(From Left to Right) James Kalebech - Treasurer, Bob Reid - Draw Master, Marnie Baind - Ladies Rep, Allen Dahlen - Secretary, George Harcus - President, Vic Paananen- Entertainment.
In the beginning and still to this day the club was very much a draw for local residents to gather and enjoy an evening out.
Diane Farquahar, one of the first curlers at the club, remembers fondly…
I remember attending an organizing meeting to start a curling club at Fultonvale in 1975-76.
The few ladies I remember were Ethel Reid, Shirley Hipkin, Lynn Berg, & Laurie Marcott.
I fondly remember discussing the wish for a daytime league. If only babysitting was available.
I was a new mom of a 2 year old, building our 1st home in a new neighborhood and meeting our new neighbors.
My new neighbors & friends- Percy Rebus, Jewel Maass, Joan Wallace, Lorraine Leckelt, Kathy Reid & Alice Schulz joined the club.
I remember Ethel Reid asking her daughter, Karen Sass to entertain/babysit our children while we curled. The Mom's donated toys, games, & craft supplies and we organized the Moms to provide snacks for all the kids.
I remember drawing names "out of 4 hats" to make teams.
Skips - those that are curling
Thirds - those that have curled recently
Seconds - those that knew how to curl/play the game....
Leads - beginners
Wayne Sundquist, also an original curler at the club, remembers…
I started when the club first put in the ice and never missed a year. I did miss a couple of games after March the 12, 2015 because of a broken leg.
I think the most memorable events where when we had a very active club and had filled bonspiels, the most interesting ones where when we had women bonspiels and I was working in the bar. It seemed that every lady had $20.00 to spend on booze and they knew how to have a good time. Especially when the men put on a fashion show wearing ladies clothing. These where a real hoot!!
I looked after the bar starting Sept. 28, 2004 and continued for 7 years until Brian Volk volunteered to take over.
I started the Wednesday afternoon Seniors curling in Oct. 2004. Within 2 years it filled out to 32 players and has stayed that way until present.