Message from the President

Beth Lepping

As incoming President of the USWCA, the likely article to fill this space would list the organizational objectives for the upcoming curling season.  I would be sharing my excitement of Madison hosting both the Fall Meeting in September as well as the National Bonspiel in February.  Then came curling in a time of COVID-19, bringing with it self-quarantines, social distancing, and uncertainty.

When I was asked to be an officer for the USWCA my first inclination was to decline.  Having witnessed many presidencies firsthand I know all too well the stress and, quite frankly, pain leadership can create.  Just one issue; I love curling.  I love that four generations can curl together in the same game.  I love that men and women curl together and can be competitive.  I love that kids can get out on the ice together and play with respect and courtesy, and most of all, I love even amidst the uncertainty of a global pandemic, that there is one constant that is too often forgotten - curling is a community.  And, like any other, our community consists of people of all ages, backgrounds, talents, and abilities, and each must do our part.  Whether that means helping to make ice, run bonspiels, organize leagues, serve on committees or as representatives in our state, national or international governing bodies, or as in my case, serve as an officer.  Curlers show up.

Although we may not be throwing many rocks these days, the needs of our community continue as many may be impacted by economic hardship, illness, and more.  I encourage you to reach out and connect with those in our community who could be struggling with self-isolation, are alone, or might be in need of a little extra help.  Consider offering to shop for someone who shouldn't venture out.  Offer to help a parent with some virtual homeschooling.  Organize a virtual Zoom-stacking call with your league team - or maybe your whole league!

When I think back it was our curling community with which I first fell in love some twenty-five years ago - one that reached out of clubs, and beyond the borders of states and countries and connects us all.  Together we've laughed, argued, celebrated the wins, and comforted the grief of loss, and I have no doubt that together, as a community, we will get through this too.

Good curling! 

    Curling News Magazine

    To read the current edition of the Curling News, first go to the US Curling Association (USCA) website and then click on the Curling News launch link. 

    USWCA news can be found on pages 15 - 18 in the current edition (July 2020) of the Curling News.

About Us

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 74-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.  Our Vision for the USWCA is: To be committed to traditions of service to women and curling while embracing organizational changes that best serve its members, its volunteers, and its reputation in the curling  community.  Our Inclusion Position Statement is: In keeping with the USWCA mission, we seek to develop, nurture, and promote the sport of curling respecting the dignity of all individuals.  As the USWCA, while we advocate for women and youth, we seek to ensure that our membership is inclusive in our discussions, thoughts, and operations as an organization.  Inclusion promotes involvement and empowerment, where the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized.  The USWCA values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, abilities, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.  (For the entire Inclusion Position Statement, click this link.)  

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 70 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:

2020 - 2021 President

Beth Lepping, Madison Curling Club

Madison, WI

First Vice President

Naida Leslie, Nutmeg Curling Club

New Canaan, CT

Second Vice President

Leslie McGregor, Chicago Curling Club

Lake Bluff, IL

Secretary

Miranda Hofmann, Madison Curling Club

Madison, WI

Treasurer

Bethany Rivera, Detroit Curling Club

Mequon, MI

Comptroller

Lisa Johnson, Racine Curling Club

Racine, WI

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