Welcome to our new and returning members to the Fort Rouge Curling Club as we all enjoy safe and healthy competition having fun in this, our 99th season of curling. We also welcome all of our rental leagues and friends of the Rouge and thank you for your continued support with your use and enjoyment of our facilities. All of you are the keys to our success going forward. On behalf of our Board of Directors, it is a pleasure to represent you in my term as your President, as we look ahead to a bright future in the next millennia of our existence.
Our past and present board members, our hard-working staff, and our dedicated volunteers accept the challenge you give us by constantly working toward preserving and improving upon our success as a club. Believe me when I say we are not complacent about that success.
In recent years we have upgraded our ice making equipment, our rocks, our ice barn, our main floor, and our lounge. At the present time, we’re underway on our second successive ten year Capital Improvement Plan. Last season our kitchen underwent a much needed major renovation which included state of the art, energy efficient commercial appliances and code upgrades to current standards replacing our grandfathered status. These improvements will reduce our utility costs, improve our safety features, and enhance our service to our valued customers.
This off-season the improvements continued. Here are just a few of the things you may notice around the club as you join us this fall:
- Ice “house” cameras with viewing screens in main floor and lounge
- Security camera system in/out of the club, with front door video intercom
- Plumbing upgrades and repairs
- Repairing of lounge and ice area roof leaks
- Further insulation of the heater stacks
- Painting of stairwells, doors, ice beams, and bathrooms
- New carpet in ice area walkway
- Installation of energy efficient LED lighting in ice area
All totalled, we will spend just over $108,067 in improvements in addition to our budgeted $45,000 on repairs and maintenance throughout the season.
We are proud to be hosting several great competitive events this season at the Rouge, including the KKP Classic Bonspiel, Travelers Club playoffs, Masters Berth Bonspiel, Original 16 Christmas Open, 60th Firefighters Provincial, Bad Boy Spiel, and the Fort Garry Brewing Spring Mixed Spiel. The highlight of the season is our hosting of the Canadian Mixed Championships, November 4–10, 2018. As we look forward to another Manitoba Open Bonspiel in 2019, I’m reminded that the number of Fort Rouge teams registered last year was second to none.
I would like to recognize and celebrate the continued hard work and dedication of our current and past board members, our Past Presidents, our terrific Ice Maker, Craig White and his staff, our remarkable cafe staff led by Brigette, our friendly and efficient lounge staff, and most certainly our Manager, Jeff Hodge. We’re fortunate to have such great staff and volunteers looking after our members.
In summary, there’s no doubt that the capital improvements to our building, first-class ice conditions, and great events, make for one great experience whenever you join your friends to curl or cheer at the Rouge. That’s the experience we want to keep going as we move toward our next hundred years.
Please enjoy a safe and happy 99th season with us at the Fort Rouge Curling Club “The Home of Friendly Curling”!