The United States Women's Curling Association
The Heart of Curling!
Membership in the United States Women's Curling Association has evolved in three ways over its 66-year history. The Central/Wisconsin region is where the USWCA was founded in 1947. Of those five clubs, Appleton, Wauwatosa and Exmoor are still faithful members of the USWCA.
The majority of our member clubs joined the USWCA when the women of those clubs organized their own leagues because no curling existed for them. Most of our Grand National and Central clubs fall under this category.
Many of our clubs in the Minnesota/ Western Regions also are USWCA members as a result of women curlers banding together to create their own special curling experiences. Examples of these are the Arden Hills Cairn Lassies and the St. Paul Bonnie Spielers in Minnesota, the Fairbanks Golden Heart Ladies in Alaska and the Grafton Heathers in North Dakota.
The second evolution in women's curling begun when curlers of all abilities in clubs large and small just wanted to come together in friendship and the USWCA offered not only its National Bonspiels and the United States Women's Championship, but also intra-club events and International Tours. Still, most were members of organized women's curling within their own club. The advent of Olympic Curling did change some inner-club women's organizations, however, the USWCA continued to prosper and most clubs maintained their membership in the USWCA, enjoying its many benefits.
The Mission of the United States Women's Curling Association is: To develop, nurture and promote the sport of curling among today's women and all youth. Our positioning statement "The Heart of Curling" supports that Mission.
Presently, the USWCA is welcoming the newest curling clubs across the land with women members from all walks of life who want to enjoy the sport in different ways. Some are women who have recently taken up the sport in established curling clubs that are already members of the USWCA. A growing number are new curlers in newly organized clubs.
Our history is impressive and we are proud of it. After over 60 years, membership in the United States Women's Curling Association remains the "The Heart of Curling!"
The United States Women's Curling Association Current Officers:
1st Vice President
Jeannie Borland, Mayfield Curling Club
2nd Vice President
Donna Pearson, Grand Forks Curling Club
Grand Forks, ND
Elaine Ritchie, Broomstones Curling Club
Mary Glowacki, Bowling Green Curling Club
Message from our Past President Maureen Guay
I am proud to be a past president of the USWCA. Our organization is evolving to meet the needs of today's women while preserving 65 years of tradition.
This is an exciting time for our organization. The Strategic plan that we began last year is being transformed into workable goals and objectives. The Women's Circuit after a very successful first year has added another major sponsor and more participating bonspiels for what promises to be a stellar sophomore year. The growth of curling in the United States, especially arena curling, is being reflected in our membership as we continue to welcome new clubs.
The USWCA focuses on grass roots curling and not just for women. Men compete in our 5-Year and Under open events and in the All-American event in some clubs. We have long supported youth curling through regional Junior Bonspiels and equipment donations. The four day USWCA National Women's Bonspiel each February and the National Senior Women's Bonspiel in late fall continue to be popular events.
Our organization is entirely dependent on volunteerism. One of our challenges is to move past the restrictions of schedule and geography and involve all of our members, not just our club representatives in the work of the USWCA.
I look forward to connecting to all curlers and clubs across the United State to help spread the word about the curling experience and to sustain the Mission of the USWCA: To develop, nurture and promote the sport of curling among all women and today's youth.