(November 3, 2016) The USWCA Fall Meetings in Pewaukee have come and gone. Much work was accomplished by many, whether attending in person, via a conference call, or by having input with committees prior to the meetings. The meetings followed our new organizational structure, which was initiated in Fairbanks this past February. My personal observation of the structure of meetings: works well and the format clearly defines the responsibilities of each office and the relationship of each officer to the individual committees. This format also allows for adaptability of scheduling.
On a personal level, I want to thank all of the Women of the USWCA who took the time to travel to Pewaukee and make the many contributions that served to make these meetings successful. A very special THANK YOU to Secretary - Judi Page, Meeting Coordinator - Nancy Wilhelm, Special Assistant to All - Dae Jean Jahnke for their attention to detail in planning and running the meetings. Also, kudos to the Kettle Moraine Kettles who helped at the meetings and worked at the President's Dinner on Friday night, September 16. A shout out and big thank you to Past USWCA President Jeannie Borland and USWCA Past Treasurer, Mary Glowacki for covering and reporting on the many meetings 2nd VP Martha Mozzarella's absence necessitated. This is further proof we have so many women who continue to serve in many capacities, even after their elected terms end.
It was a pleasure for the USWCA to recognize recent USCA Hall of Fame inductee Lori Mountford to those in attendance at the dinner on Saturday, September 17. USWCA Past President and current USWCA/USCA Liaison Jennifer Standard introduced Lori and congratulated her on behalf of the USWCA. Lori honors us with her participation in our organization and with all she has contributed to our venerable sport over the years. Congratulations to Lori.
As I write this message, I am smiling. Twenty members of the USWCA are gathering in Newark, NJ for the 2016 Scot Tour. A marvelous adventure awaits them and they will be adding to the many great memories they have already started to collect as members of the tour. Safe travels to all. We can all look forward to hearing and learning about the three plus weeks they spend curling with the Scottish ladies of the RCC and the cultural experiences they will experience amongst their hosts. Follow Team USWCA on social media and on our website. There will be daily updates from Scotland.
On November 30, the Waltham Curling Club, in Triumph, Illinois will be hosting USWCA Senior Women from across the country for the USWCA Sr. National Bonspiel. "The Seniors" participants look forward to meeting up with old friends and fellow competitors. A friendly and competitive event for USWCA members who are 55 years of age and above. Games are eight ends and the maximum number of games played is two per day. Team entries are finalized by lottery. Hearty congratulations to all the teams in this competition and good luck to all.
Women's Bonspiels mean the opportunity for USWCA member clubs and USWCA members to enjoy and participate in women's Circuit events across the country. More information on joining the Circuit or entering a Circuit Bonspiel is available on this website.
I would like to encourage all curlers who have been curling for five years or less to consider participation in a Five Year and Under Bonspiel. The East Region Five and Under was held at Cape Cod last weekend but other regions will be hosting their bonspiels in December, January, February, and March. The Wisconsin Region will host two Five and Under Events this season, an Open Bonspiel at the Centerville Curling Club (December 2-4) and a Women's Event hosted by the Blackhawk Curling Club (February 24-26). Five and Under Bonspiels in Central, West I, and West II, are all Open Events. This event holds special meaning to me. My first service to the USWCA was as a Wisconsin committee member when this was a new and fledgling committee. I curled in the first Wisconsin Region Five and Under Women's and served as a Bonspiel Co-Chair for the Fourth Wisconsin Five and Under held at Kettle Moraine Curling Club.
The February Call to Meeting information will be posted on the website in December. Take a minute and bookmark the USWCA website on your computer and stay informed and up to date.
Welcome to another great year of curling.