As we have previously announced, our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday evening September 10 at 7 pm at the Cornwall Civic Centre hall, upstairs from the Curling Club, at 29 Cornwall Road. Club members are encouraged to attend. As per Constitution article 4.4.1, fifteen (15) Adult Members, none of whom shall be Directors, shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Club.
Please note that all social distancing protocols will be followed, and there will be a limit of 50 attendees. There will be NO Social/Bar Service during this event. Hand sanitizer will be available for use. Those attending should practice social distancing, and it is recommended to wear a mask.
September 10th, 2020
- Call to order:
- Review and Approval of Agenda:
- Review and approval of minutes from last AGM: Click to download/view in PDF format.
- Business arising from last meeting:
- Committee Reports:
- Finance: (Jennifer Lenentine)
- Membership and Draws: (Doug Campbell)
- Bonspiels: (Laurie Kelly and Lacey Gallant)
- Facilities: (Greg Groves)
- Daytime: (Doug Campbell)
- By-laws: (Amanda MacIntosh)
- Development Programs: (Peter Murdoch)
- Fundraising: (Chris MacDougall)
- President’s Report: (Bryan Sutherland)
- Nominating: (Gary O’Sullivan)
- Election of new board members
- Other Business and open discussion
- Removal of ice sheet dividing boards (see Pros and Cons below from Head Ice Technician Brent Irving)
- Return to play guidelines (DRAFT ONLY) Pending Approval from all Stakeholders (Cornwall Curling Club Board of Directors, Curl PEI for on-ice play, Town of Cornwall, Chief Provincial Health Officer)
Ice Sheet Dividing Boards Removal Pros and Cons, by Brent Irving
As the ice technician, I am in favor of removing the dividing boards between the sheets for the reasons outlined below but feel it is a board-level or club-level (AGM) decision.
PROS OF REMOVING BOARDS:
- BETTER ICE THAT IS EASIER TO MAINTAIN.
When ice freezes it expands so as it has to expand somewhere so it generally bulges in the middle (like ice cubes). Having dividing boards results in a middle bulge on every sheet as opposed to one bulge in the centre of all sheets with no dividing boards. Can also scrape with blade slightly on other sheet giving better scraping patterns hopefully avoiding ice issues like high centres or bowled centres and it is quicker to do an odd number of scraping patterns. It also removes the hazard of running into the dividing boards with the scraper which can (and has) damage the scraper. The scraper also cannot get right to the edge of the boards so they have to be hand scraped to avoid a ridge building up there and potentially tipping the blade and causing a run in the playing area.
- ELIMINATES A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WORK REMOVING THE ICE BUILDUP FROM THE BOARDS AFTER THE FLOODING. This was probably the most labor intensive part of installing the ice.
- CAN DO A 3 PASS NIP. We currently only do a 2 pass nip, up and down the sheet, resulting in 5 ft either side of centre getting nipped and the last foot of the 12 foot and the remaining distance to the boards not getting nipped. Although there is not a lot of play in this area not nipping out there does result in different ice behaviour (i.e., usually less curl and heavier ice). A 3 pass nip could be completed now by lifting the nipper over the boards and then cleaning up the snow but would take significantly longer plus with the boards would result in some of the playing area being double nipped as the 4 Of 5 nipper is 5 ft wide and our sheets are significantly less than 15 feet wide. Double nipping some of the playing area would change the ice behaviour there and reduce the life of the pebble. Without the boards you could double nip the very outer edges of the sheet if required (i.e., overlapping slightly onto the other sheet as required)
- LESS DEBRIS ON ICE FROM CHIPPING BOARDS
- DRY MOPS WON’T SNAG ON BOARDS
- REMOVE A POTENTIAL TRIPPING HAZARD
- VERY FEW OTHER RINKS HAVE BOARDS ANYMORE. Curlers that play in other rinks would be more aware of rocks from other sheets and their own rocks travelling to other sheets.
IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY.
Not sure if this is a pro or a con.
CONS OF REMOVING BOARDS
- HAVE TO BE MORE ALERT OF ROCKS THAT COULD COME FROM OTHER SHEETS OR YOUR OWN ROCKS THAT COULD TRAVEL TO OTHER SHEETS.