Curling club out to attract new members

The Fort Frances Curling Club is looking to draw new members into the house as it gets set to hold registration for the 1998-99 season this Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.
New president Bill Gushulak said the club is looking to attract more curlers by offering a special flat rate of $100 (plus GST) to new members (including those who have never been part of the club at its Eighth Street location).
“We want to encourage new members to come in who maybe were a member with the old club but chose not . . . become a member with the new one,” noted Gushulak.
“Our goal is to keep our present members and entice new ones,” he added.
Gushulak said the club has been able to maintain 600-700 members each year, and expected it to reach that same figure this season. But while the club has been satisfied with registration numbers in recent years, he added it is interested in “filling out some gaps.”
One of those gaps is to re-introduce an adult mixed league that will play Friday nights beginning Oct. 16 and running through mid-January.
Gushulak said the reason they decided not to run the league for the full season is because the club hosts several weekend bonspiels during the latter part of the year.
The mixed league would be a prelude to the provincial playdowns, featuring teams from Timmins west to Rainy River, which will be hosted by the local club this winter.
The winner will advance to the nationals.
“We’ve wanted to have a mixed league for some time,” said Gushulak. “But it helps that we are hosting the provincials this year.”
Meanwhile, Gushulak said the club once again will be offering the “Little Rockers” program for the youngsters, a junior league for the older kids Sunday evenings, both men’s and women’s leagues, and senior ones.
“We want to bring in a wide range of people,” said Gushulak. “Winter can be such a long time, and curling is such a great way to keep in shape and have a lot of fun and meet new people.”
To help alleviate any financial burden of registration, the club is offering curlers the chance to pay their dues in two ways. Members can either pay their dues all at once, or make an initial payment that would be followed by two subsequent ones.
The final payment would be due Dec. 15.
“The idea behind the payment plan is that we didn’t want to discourage people to register,” Gushulak said.
“This way it makes it a little easier for people to pay, especially with the labour situation [at the mill], which we hopes gets settled soon,” he added.