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USWCA Calendar

Event Calendar

International Events

Scots Tour: Incoming January 2021

Friendship Tour: Incoming late Fall 2021

National Events

Fall Meeting: Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27, 2020.  Host - Madison CC.

USWCA Super Senior Event: Wednesday, November 11, 2020.  Host - Columbus CC.

USWCA Senior National Bonspiel: Wednesday November 11 - Sunday, November 15, 2020.  Host - Columbus CC.

Winter Meeting: Monday, February 15 - Thursday, February 18, 2021.  Host - Madison CC.

USWCA National Bonspiel: Wednesday, February 17 - Sunday, February 21, 2021.  Host - Madison CC.

USA Curling/USWCA 5 and Under National Bonspiel: Dates and Host To Be Determined.

Regional Events

Junior Bonspiels:

  • East: February 14 - 16, 2020, Host - Nutmeg CC.  Complete.
  • Central: January 18 - 19, 2020, Host - Portage CC.  Complete.
  • West: December 6 - 8, 2019, Host - Duluth CC.  Complete.

5 Year and Under Bonspiels:

  • East: Open, October 29 - November 1, 2020.  Host - Utica CC.
  • Central: Open, Date To Be Determined (TBD).  Host - TBD.
  • Wisconsin: Women's, Date TBD.  Host - TBD.
  • Wisconsin: Open, January 22 - 24, 2021.  Host - Wauwatosa CC.
  • West A: Open, Date TBD. Host - TBD. 
  • West B: Open, Date TBD.  Host - TBD.

Local Events

All-American Bonspiels:

  • All Regions: Please speak with your club's representative to get the dates and times the event will be held at your club.

Circuit Bonspiels:

All-American

All-American PinThe All-American is an inner-club event held during the curling season by member clubs throughout the United States.  The USWCA provides beautiful pins to each member club for the event. 

This event was designed to encourage the involvement of women - especially new and less experienced women curlers - so they may have a bonspiel experience within their own clubs.

For more information about the All-American, click on this link to the All-American page.

Fall Meeting

The Fall Meeting will be hosted by the Madison CC September 25 - 27, 2020 in Madison, WI, at The Concourse Hotel, just blocks from the Capitol Square and State Street.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 1-800-356-8293 and identifying yourself as part of the USWCA Meeting group.  Reservation deadline date will be made available soon.  The negotiated room rate is $129 excluding taxes.  This price does not include breakfast but does include parking. You can book up to 2 days before or after the meeting dates at the same rate.  

The links to meeting information will be listed below as they become available. 

  • Call to Meeting
  • Meeting Schedule 
  • Access to News Tab and Committee Assignments. (You must be signed into the Members Area to access the page.)
  • Registration Survey (Deadline to respond TBD.)
  • Transportation Instructions from Airport to Hotel
  • Proposed Bylaw Changes
  • Proxy Form (For those who will not be attending the Fall Meeting. Form return date TBD.)
  • Things To Do
  • Motion Form
  • Reimbursement Form 
  • Access to News Tab and Directory (You must be signed into the Members Area to access the page.)

Senior Women's National Bonspiel And Super Senior Fun Day Information

Senior National Pin39th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel "A Buckeye Murder Mystery" November 11 - 15, 2020

The 39th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel will be held in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus Curling Club November 11 - 15, 2020. Team and individual entries must be received by September 11, 2020 and teams will be drawn.  This year's event will consist of 24 teams playing on 3 sheets of ice.  Reservations can be made at the host hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Columbus, OH.  The room rate will be $129.99 before taxes.  For additional information about this event, please go to the Senior Women's Bonspiel 2020 page

Save the date for these future USWCA Senior National Bonspiels:

December 1 - 5, 2021, Host - Denver CC 

Dates TBD 2022, Host - Racine CC

Dates TBD 2023, Host - Nashua CC

4th Annual Super Senior Fun Day November 11, 2020

Once again, this bonus event, Super Senior Fun Day, is being added for curlers 65 years of age or older.  Deadline for entry will be determined in the Fall.  Please go to the Senior Women's Bonspiel 2020 page for information. 

5-Year & Under Events Scheduled

5 Year and Under PinEast: December  5 - 8, 2019, Belfast Curling Club, Open. Cancelled

Central: January 17 - 19, 2020, Mayfield  Curling Club, Open. Complete.

Wisconsin: January 24 - 26, 2020, Wausau Curling Club, Open. Complete.

West A: February 29 - March 1, 2020, Hibbing Curling Club, Open. Cancelled.

Central: February 29 - March 1, 2020, Exmoor Curling Club, Women's. Complete.

West B: March 20 - 22, 2020, Evergreen Curling Club, Open

 

The goal of these events is to give newer curlers a chance to participate in bonspiels, meet other new curlers, and play positions they normally would not play.  Curlers will feel less concern about attending regular bonspiels after they have played against others with the same level of experience.
 
All curlers with five or less years of experience are eligible to participate.
 
For more information and applications for the 5-Year and Under events, click on this link to the 5 Year and Under Page page.  

Junior Bonspiel Schedule


Junior Bonspiel Pin
 
WEST REGION:
December 6 - 8, 2019, Duluth CC. Complete
 
CENTRAL REGION:
January 18 - 19, 2020, Portage CC. Complete.
 
EAST REGION:
February 14 - 16, 2020, Nutmeg CC. Complete.  
 
To see the current and last season's results, please check our Junior Bonspiel page.

Winter Meeting

The Winter Meeting was held February 17 - 19, 2020, in Seattle, WA hosted by the Granite Curling Club.  The Hotel Nexus was the host hotel.  

Links to meeting information for the 2020 Winter meeting is listed below.

The next Winter Meeting will be held February 15 - 18, 2021 in Madison, WI and will be hosted by the Madison CC. Save the date.

National Bonspiel Information

73rd USWCA Women's National Bonspiel "Curl Madison-A Capitol Idea" February 17 - 21, 2021 

The 73rd USWCA National Bonspiel will be held at the Madison Curling Club in McFarland, Wisconsin.  The host hotel will be The Concourse.  For information about the bonspiel, go to the National Bonspiel page.  Additional information will be coming in the Fall 2020.

 

Online Store - USWCA Merchandise

             

Pins and stationery available from the USWCA Store.  Check it out.  

         

The Heart of Curling!

The United States Women's Curling Association was formed to promote and conserve the best interests and the true spirit of the game of curling. The USWCA unites women's curling clubs throughout the United States to cultivate friendly relations among its members and their clubs, to promote international friendships, to preserve the tradition and literature of the game and to hold women's curling events each year.

The Mission: To develop, nurture and promote the sport of curling among today's women and all youth. Indeed, the USWCA is the Heart of Curling.  

If you would like an informational brochure, a full color brochure suitable for printing is available for download here.  

Message Regarding COVID-19 From the USWCA President

(March 20, 2020) by Karen Brattesani, USWCA President

I want to commend the curling community for their response to the coronavirus threat.  Curling clubs across the nation have ended their seasons early out of a concern that they not spread the coronavirus.  As well, USA Curling and the World Curling Federation (WCF) responded by cancelling national and international competitions.  These measures were disappointing to all, but necessary.

As we at the USWCA plan for next season, we will continually evaluate our upcoming events, taking care to follow national and local guidelines for keeping us all safe.

Senior National and Super Senior 2020 Bonspiel Information

(March 20, 2020)  As we look forward to late Fall, here's hoping that things have returned to normal. To keep our spirits up, let's start thinking about entering a team or as an individual to the 2020 Senior Bonspiel at the Columbus Curling Club.  Information and an entry form for this event can be found on the 2020 Senior Women's Bonspiel page.  Information regarding the 2020 Super Senior Fun Day, for ladies 65 or over years of age, can also be found on the 2020 Senior Women's Bonspiel page.

All monies and completed Senior Bonspiel entry forms are due to Leslie Cooke by September 11, 2020. (The entry form for the Super Senior Fun Day is not yet available and a due date has not been determined.)  You will be informed by e-mail of your team's selection shortly after the due date for the Senior Bonspiel so that you can make hotel and travel arrangements.  The on-site committee at the Columbeus Curling Club will be communicating with you after the teams have been selected about the bonspiel schedule and activities planned.     

2020 USWCA National Bonspiel is Complete

 (February 28, 2020)  The 72nd Annual USWCA National Women's Bonspiel, "Experience Seattle", was held at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle, Washington February 20 - 23, 2020.  Congratulations to the Roessler team from Centerville Curling Club in Galesville, Wisconsin, the winners of the First Event.  The team members, pictured left to right were skip Laura Roessler, vice Sara Hein, second Elyse Sorenson, and lead Ericka Overgard.  The field of 32 teams began their competition early Thursday morning and the finals finished mid afternoon Sunday.

For more results and other information, please go to the National Women's Bonspiel 2020 page.   

2019 USWCA Sr. Women's National Bonspiel

(November 24, 2019)  The 38th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel, "A New York State of Mind", was held November 21 - 24, 2019 at the Albany Curling Club in Albany, NY.  With just 2 sheets, the Albany Curling Club limited the number of teams from around the country to 16. But that did not reduce the intensity of the competition and increased the comradeship between the curlers.  Congratulations to the Goldstein team from Albany, NY who were the winners of the first event.  The team members, pictured left to right, were skip Marilyn Goldstein, vice Kathy Bentley, second Martha Naber, and lead Wendy Berger.  

The 3rd Super Senior Fun Day was scheduled for November 20, 2019 and 2 draws were held before the Sr. Women's National Kit Party took place Wednesday evening.   

Late Summer Message from the USWCA President

Support the USWCA by Supporting Your USWCA Rep. (by Karen Brattesani, USWCA President)

Every September, 60 - 70 USWCA representatives from across the country meet in the organization's president's hometown to plan the upcoming season.  This fall, I have the pleasure of welcoming these dedicated women to Seattle. 

For each club representative, attending the two annual USWCA meetings is a volunteer commitment they make because of their dedication to youth and women's curling.  The meetings are an expense that most reps pay themselves.  Financial concerns are not new to volunteer organizations.  When it comes to the national meetings, the USWCA strives to be inclusive and accessible for all of our representatives.

The USWCA defrays some costs by providing partial travel stipends for our officers and committee chairs.  But we cannot cover travel expenses for our reps.  Although some committee members can join meetings remotely, face-to-face meetings are essential for the organization's future.

Individual clubs can make a big impact on attendance at USWCA meetings by allocating travel stipends for their representatives to attend national curling conferences.  I am grateful for the support I have received from my home club, the Granite Curling Club, which has provided its rep's travel expenses to every USWCA meeting since 2010.  Although the stipend may not have covered everything, it eliminated cost as a barrier to attendance.  Committing to the USWCA through travel funds does more than support the rep or the organization - it makes it possible for a club to best take advantage of every opportunity the USWCA offers.

What is your club doing to support the USWCA?  Reps, if your club does not financially support your work on their behalf at the USWCA, I encourage you to bring a proposal to your club board.

Club board members, the women and young curlers at your club stand to benefit from your USWCA rep's active involvement in the USWCA, as she provides timely information about USWCA-sponsored events, tours and small grant opportunities.  Your rep's participation in the USWCA connects your club with a national network of curlers, bringing news of bonspiels and innovative ideas your club can use.

Smaller clubs may not have the resources that larger ones do.  But they can make a commitment to their rep by setting aside a modest travel stipend each year.  A budget line item for this purpose is one way to build women's curling and a future for our sport among our youngest curlers. 

Summer Message from the USWCA President

(June 24, 2019) By Karen Brattesani, USWCA President  

As I step into the role as president of the United States Women's Curling Association (USWCA), I thank my predecessors Martha Mazzarella and Past President Dawn Gutro for their service to the organization and their wise counsel.   I also welcome elected officers: First Vice President Beth Lepping, Second Vice President Naida Leslie, Secretary Diana Hoffman, Treasurer Tracy Lawless, and Comptroller Lisa Johnson.

I can't help thinking back to the all-girls' high school I attended in Oakland, Calif.  Our teachers encouraged young women to participate in school activities, but the vary structure of the high school also meant that women filled all the leadership roles.  And so, we became leaders.  We organized our student government, sports, social activism, ethnic and foreign language groups, art and poetry journal, and the yearbook.

Since then, I have gravitated toward women's organizations and, in the USWCA, have rediscovered my enthusiasm for these places where women lead, and where women together carry out the work.  For more than 70 years, the USWCA has encouraged such involvement, leadership, mentorship, and development of women in curling.  I have selected five goals to work on during the next two years:

  • Encourage USWCA communication directly with its members.
  • Share our collective experience among clubs.
  • Support organizational transparency.
  • Support women working toward equal treatment at their clubs.
  • Foster cooperation and joint initiatives with USA Curling.

I invite you to contact me with an idea, a pet project, a program, or advice, for supporting our mission: to develop, nurture, and promote the sport of curling among today's women and all youth.

2019 USWCA National Bonspiel Is Complete

(February 20, 2019)  The 71st Annual USWCA National Women's Bonspiel, "Sweet Home Chicago", was held at the Chicago Curling Club in Northbrook, Illinois, February 14 - 17, 2019.  Congratulations to the Horn team from Mayfield Curling Club in South Euclid, Ohio, the winners of the First Event.  The team members, pictured above left to right, were skip Debra Horn,vice Irina Khusid, second Sue Frankel, and lead Courtney Schmidt.  The field of 32 teams began their competition early Thursday morning and the finals finished mid afternoon on Sunday.  

For more results and other information, please go to the National Women's Bonspiel 2019 page.    

Winter Message from the USWCA President

(January 14, 2019) by Martha Mazzarella, USWCA President

Happy New Year!  It's a few weeks into 2019 and the latest show storm.  I hope you are enjoying one, if not both, of them.  I am looking forward to February and the USWCA's 71st Winter and Annual Meetings and National Bonspiel in Chicago supported by the Chicago Curing Club.  Many, many thanks for the time and energy spent on organizing these events from Julie Denten (meeting planner), Susan Bennett (bonspiel chair), and Joby Berman (bonspiel co-chair).  Executives, committee chairs and representatives will gather from all over the country.  Mid-February in Chicago will be a great time to renew friendships and form new ones.  I hope to see many of you soon.  In the meantime, good curling!

5 and Under National Championship Bonspiel Announced

(December 4, 2018)  Great News for 5 and Under Curlers!  The USWCA and USA Curling have joined together with John Shuster to sponsor the USA Curling 5 and Under National Championship Bonspiel.  John Shuster, 2018 winner of the first ever Olympic gold medal for the United States, has teamed up with the USWCA and USA Curling to bring together the best and most enthusiastic new curlers from across the nation to compete at the Duluth Curling Club, February 22 - 24, 2019.  It is only fitting that this bonspiel should get its start at the club that inspired John to fulfill his Olympic dream.  Winners of USWCA sponsored or Regional (i.e. GNCC, MoPac) 5 and Under events held in 2017 or 2018 are guarantee a spot if they are within the first 32 teams to apply by January 1, 2019.  For the other admission criteria and more information, go to the official 5 and Under Nationals web page to download the eligibility rules and application form. 

2018 USWCA Sr. Women's National Bonspiel

(Updated December 4, 2018) 

The 37th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel was held November 28 - December 2, 2018 at the Centerville Curling Club in Galesville, WI.  The 32 teams from around the country 'Curled The Driftless'.  Congratulations to the Pielage team from Madison, WI who were the winners of the event.  The team, pictured left to right below, consisted of skip Kathy Pielage, vice Clarion Gilbertson, second Dae Jean Jahnke, and lead Judi Page.  The 2nd Super Senior Fun Day was scheduled for November 28, 2018 and 2 draws were held before the Sr. Women's National Kit Party took place Wednesday evening.  

Go to the Sr. Nat'l Bonspiel 2018 page for more information.                                             

The Senior Friendship Tour 2018

(November 18, 2018)  On November 4, the 16 members of the Senior Friendship Tour met in Boston to begin their tour.  

The ladies finished their tour on November 16 and returned to Boston.  It was a wonderful trip.  Use #USWCAFriendship2018 to find their postings on most social media and @heartofcurling to find them on Twitter.  Or go to the Daily Report page to read about all of their adventures.

Summer Message from the USWCA President

(June 15, 2018) by Martha Mazzarella

Well, summer has finally made it to the Midwest.  Not only do I want to welcome summer, but I also want to welcome all of you to the exciting 71st year of the USWCA celebrating and encouraging women's curling across the United States.  I am honored and humbled to be your President this year - our organization is simply amazing!

Thank you for your faith in me and the governing body of the USWCA.  YOU are the USWCA.  It is your participation, your strengths and your energy that make it so successful and will give us an even more amazing future.  We have lots of issues to deal with; and I look forward to working with all of you, the club members the club representatives, the committee chairs, and the officers.

We have many events on our 2018 - 2019 calendar.  Not only do we have our scheduled USWCA Senior and National Bonspiels and our Five and Under Bonspiels, but in November sixteen of our members will be traveling to Canada to participate in the Senior Canadian Friendship Tour.  Congratulations ladies!

Please become acquainted with this USWCA website.  It reflects many hours of work and is an excellent reference guide for new and continuing club representatives, committee chairs and members, and officers.  Included are listings of elected officers, scheduled bonspiels, Responsibilities of a Representative, standing and ad hoc committees, Representatives' Liaisons, and member clubs, along with contact information.  I hope this information is as useful to each of you as it has been to me.

2018 USWCA National Bonspiel Is Complete

(February 24, 2018)  The 70th USWCA National Women's Bonspiel, "Goin' to Carolina", was held at the Triangle Curling Club in Durham, North Carolina, February 15 - 18, 2018.  Congratulations to the Longnecker rink from the Cape Cod Curling Club in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the winners of the First Event.  The team members, pictured here right to left, were lead Francesca Delle Femine, second Marinna Martini, vice Gabriele Bruce, and skip Krista Longnecker.  The team was presented their trophy by USWCA President Dawn Gutro, pictured here in red.  The field of 32 teams began their competition bright and early Thursday morning and the 8 teams in the finals finished mid afternoon Sunday.  For more results and other information, please go to the National Women's Bonspiel 2018 page. 

Donna Purkey Presented with the USWCA Service Award

(February 11, 2018)  The USWCA honored Past President Donna Purkey (1994 - 95) with the USWCA Service Award at the Senior National Bonspiel hosted by Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, Arizona. Past President Carol Stevenson presented the award to Donna during the Opening Ceremony and bonspiel kit party.  "We honor a very special lady," Carol noted in her moving tribute, "one who embodies the spirit of curling.  She has enhanced our beloved sport and the USWCA organization." Donna Purkey's list of accomplished is long and distinguished.  In addition to serving as the USWCA president, she played in the U.S. National Championships (1982).  She was captain of the 1996 USWCA Scot tour.  She is a former USWCA National Champion and a two-time USA Senior National Women's Champion (2007, 2008). She twice won bronze medals at the World Senior Curling Championship (2002, 2007).  Additionally, Coyotes Curling Club has honored Donna with an eponymous annual women's bonspiel, held for the first time in October 2017.  "It is with a deep love and most sincere appreciation that we recognize and honor our very own Donna Purkey," said Carol.  "Thank you, Donna, for being a shining star and an example to all of us."  (In the photo, Donna Purkey, on the left, holds the USWCA Service Award presented to her by Carol Stevenson, on the right.)

Creating a Book for the USWCA 75th Anniversary

(reposted Feb. 2018, original post, May 16, 2017)  The USWCA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2021, just 4 years from now.  We are looking for individuals interested in helping to assemble the anniversary book.  If you worked on your school's yearbook, this might be just the project for you.  For more information about the type of skills and help needed, click on the flyer to the left.  

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

 

A Message from the USWCA President

(December 17, 2017) by Dawn Gutro, pictured right.

Happy Holidays!

I want to wish all our USWCA members and member clubs a very Happy Holiday season!

If you are like me, you are crazy busy this time of year; at home, work, and at your curling club.  Our curling clubs are busy running leagues, hosting in-house and external bonspiels, and special events.  This year our curling clubs are also gearing up for the Winter Olympics which is expected to bring lots of interest and inquiry in our sport.

Our USWCA Winter Meeting and National Bonspiel Planning Committees are working hard getting ready for our upcoming Winter Meetings and Annual Meeting, February 12 - 15, 2018, and the National Bonspiel at Triangle Curling Club in Durham, NC February 15 - 18, 2018.

I am so blessed to have so many amazing people working so hard in our USWCA committees and on our events.  I hope that everyone can take a breath, pause the craziness, and enjoy peace and joy this holiday season.

Happy New Year!

2017 USWCA Sr. Women's National Bonspiel

(December 4, 2017)  The 36th USWCA Senior Women's National Bonspiel was held November 29 - December 3, 2017 at the Coyotes Curling Club in Tempe, Arizona.  This year there were 32 teams vying for the number one spot.  Congratulations to the Leslie rink from Nutmeg Curling Club for winning the national event.  The members of the team, pictured left to right, were skip Naida Leslie, vice Bobbie Stoll, second Jayne Beattie, and lead Karen Shane.  The theme of the event was Desert Jewels and everyone had a sparkling good time.  Outside the high temperatures hovered around 75 degrees while inside the ice house the low stayed at about 41 degrees.  No one complained about the variation in temperatures.  On November 29, the day began with the Super Seniors playing exhibition games.  There were 39 Super Seniors participating in that event.  Go to the 2017 Senior Women's Bonspiel page for more information and the complete results.   

USWCA Senior Women's Bonspiel Expanded

(September 17, 2017)  At the Fall Meeting in Natick, MA, it was decided to expand the Senior Women's National Bonspiel from 24 to 32 teams.  Eight lucky teams on the waiting list were moved to the event and all participants can be found on the Sr. Women's 2017 page.  The committee thanks the Coyotes CC and the USWCA  Board for allowing the additional teams to participate.  This is a very popular and always over subscribed event so the addition of 8 teams is welcomed!    

2017 USWCA National Bonspiel

(February 21, 2017)  The 69th USWCA National Bonspiel, "Bikes and Brew - Thunder on the Ice", was held at the Milwaukee Curling Club in Cedarburg, Wisconsin February 16 - 19, 2017.  Congratulations to the Roessler rink from the Centerville Curling Club in Galesville, WI on winning their second National Bonspiel back to back.  The team members, pictured here left to right were skip Laura Roessler, vice Sara Hein, second Elyse Sorenson, and lead Toni Paisley.  The theme of the bonspiel celebrated the legacy of the Harley Davidson company and the history of beer brewing which helped make Milwaukee famous.  The field of 32 teams began their competition bright and early Thursday morning with the first draw at 7:30 am (CST).  Please go to the National Bonspiel 2017 page for results and more information.

(The photograph of the winning team is the property of Charli and is used here with her permission.)
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