In an attempt to bring new curlers into the club and for them to be able to curl the BCC board has
decided to start up a new “novice” league. The adult education curling classes had a good
attendance with about 35 participants. Many of these persons would like to have an opportunity to
curl on a team but there is a lack of vacancies. The “novice league” will be on Wednesday evenings
at 7:30. The format will be similar to the legend / senior leagues on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Teams
will not be the same each nite but will be formed each Wednesday. This is called a “novice league”
but is not just open to novices. We are hopeful that there will be some veteran curlers involved to
be skips for each team. Having a experienced curler on each team will enable the new curlers to
better learn and understand the game. The experienced / veteran curler would act as skip, teacher
and mentor for the “newbie” curlers. This would also be a great chance for some of the curlers that
have some experience playing as 2nds and 3rds to try their hand at skipping. If we are unable to get
some experienced curlers involved there is a good chance that this league will not be successful.
The club needs new members if it wants to remain stable and successful. This is a good chance to
recruit new members and get them involved in the sport of curling and the Bemidji Curling Club.
Anyone needing another curler to complete a team should consider asking one of the Adult
Education Curling class “graduates” to join them. Hopefully by days end there will be a list of names
of the persons interested in being on a team or attending the new league. We are also looking for a
person / persons to “chair” this league. That would probably be just being there on Wed evening ,
forming the teams and hopefully participating on a team.
Anyone interested show up 7:30, Wed evening, 11-18.
The Lake Bemidji Winterfest is an annual event sponsored by the Bemidji Chamber that includes outdoor Curling, Hockey, Turkey Bowling, the Brrrrrmidji Plunge and the Hard Water Ice Fishing Tournament on Lake Bemidji. The event is held the first weekend in February. More information about all the events, including lots of pictures are available at: http://www.winterfestbemidji.com/
The Bemidji Junior Curling Committee is in charge of the Bonspiel at the Winterfest event and spends many hours installing 6 sheets of curling ice on the lake and then running this event. Proceeds from the event are then returned to the Junior Curling Committee which are used for a variety of things including:
– Purchasing equipment such as brooms, sliders, curling shoes (which are available for rent for the curling season at a modest cost).
– Put on the annual Junior Curling “Curling Rocks” Bonspiel.
– Reimbursement of a portion of club dues for junior members.
– Pay the entry fee for state play downs.
– Organized travel to out of town bonspiels at a very low cost per participant.
– Partial reimbursement for competing in out of town bonspiels that require overnight stay.
In the last 8 years the Junior Committee has raised over $46,000 in support of Junior Curling including $4,500 from this years Winterfest Bonspiel.
New committee members are always welcome!
Congratulations to our Bemidji Junior men’s and women’s teams for sweeping the State Junior curling championships in Duluth last week. Both teams will compete in the 2016 Junior Nationals in Willmar, Minnesota this weekend for the opportunity to represent the United States in the World Junior Curling Championships scheduled to be held in Erzurum, Turkey in March.
Each team went undefeated in the round-robin to earn their respective championships and earn the status of Minnesota 1 at nationals.
Bemidji Junior Men:
Pictured from left to right… Riley Fenson, Graem Fenson, Evan Host and Zac Erickson
Bemidji Junior Women: