The St. Paul Curling Club is looking for a Head Ice Technician to join our team and help continue our proud 100+ year legacy. The SPCC is an active 8-sheet facility with the largest membership roster in the United States. The Club operates from October through May and conducts up to 4 draws per day during the winter season. The Club also provides clubroom and ice rental for private and corporate groups several days per week.
The Head Ice Technician is a critical member of the SPCC team and plays a lead role in maintaining and improving the quality of curling ice at the Club. Ice Technician Level 1 Certification or equivalent experience is required. The SPCC supports continuing education and expects the Head Ice Technician to increase proficiency via course work or ice-making participation at state, national, and international events.
Specific job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Coordinate ice plant start up procedures in late August.
- Begin ice installation in early September with the goal of having ice available for curling by late September.
- Perform daily ice maintenance activities to achieve and maintain high quality curling ice.
- Conduct periodic ice surface removal and re-flooding to achieve and maintain high quality curling ice.
- Maintain a daily log of conditions critical to the quality of curling ice, such as ice and brine temperatures, arena and exterior temperatures and humidity, shaving patterns, and other conditions deemed critical.
- Assume responsibility for the preparation and up-keep of curling equipment such as rocks, measuring sticks, brooms, nippers, shavers, shaver blades, etc.
- Coordinate inspection, maintenance, and repair of the SPCC ice refrigeration plant.
- Coordinate and conduct ice refrigeration plant and arena shut down activities at the end of the curling season.
- Support summer maintenance or modification activities associated with the ice refrigeration plant and arena.
- Coordinate with the SPCC General Manager to ensure curling ice is prepared for league play, bonspiels, rental groups, and special events.
- Coordinate, direct, and schedule ice crew team members.
- Head Ice Technician presence shall be required during key St. Paul Curling Club bonspiels and events throughout the winter season.
- Communicate regularly with the SPCC Board of Directors and Ice Committee:
- Make recommendations with regards to procedures, equipment, and facility upgrades or modifications that are consistent with maintaining and improving ice quality.
- Assist with the development of an annual ice making and maintenance budget
- Work with Club staff and members in a positive and proactive manner to promote behavior and habits that are consistent with maintaining quality curling ice.
The responsibilities of this position may be expanded to include assistant manager tasks dependent on candidate qualifications and interest.
Our club has lost a special longtime member - Jeanne McCann died last Thursday, April 30.
Jeanne started curling in 1965 and continued through 2012. She was a curling pioneer in the McCann and Fisher families, leading generations of family members down to the SPCC. Jeanne is the mother of current members Chris McGirl and Tim McCann, and wife of the late Jack McCann.
Known as 'T-Line Jeanne' to many due to her predictable draw weight, Jeanne played all positions on many teams. She curled both socially and competitively during her career and served on numerous committees throughout the years at the Club. She was an active member of the Bonnie Spielers; serving as a board member in 1969-70, writing the first Bonnie Spieler Handbook, and in 2000 received the prestigious Honorary Lifetime Member award from the Bonnies.
She also served as a Gopher State representative and helped write the first Gopher State Bylaws. After curling in the Gopher State Bonspiel for decades, she won it in 1974-75. Jeanne also played on teams that won the USWCA National Bonspiel in 1994 and 1996 and curled in the USWCA Senior Bonspiel many times.
We will miss you, Jeanne, RIP. Our sympathies are with the family as we fondly remember her.
You can find her obituary and more information about her funeral and visitation here or in the Pioneer Press.
No one is surprised by the 2014-15 winner of the SPCC Larry Pieper Award: BARB GUTZMER!
(Speech given by VP Tim McMahon at the board meeting Saturday:)
The Larry Pieper Award is one of the most treasured Awards given out at the St. Paul Curling Club. It is given annually to the member who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit at our club.
This year’s winner began in the Junior’s program here in 1974 and became a full-time member in 1978.
She was State Champion and National Champion in 1986 and is a Past- President of the Minnesota Curling Association. She became the Treasurer of the St. Paul Curling Club in the 2002 and remains in that position today. One of her favorite things to do is helping and teaching new curlers to enjoy our sport.
She’s quick with a hug and a good word. She obviously is a chip off the old block, as her father Otto volunteered many hours as the unofficial club cook during the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Unfortunately, our winner couldn’t be here this weekend. But it gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s Larry Pieper Award winner - Barb Gutzmer!
Congratulations to the newest Honorary Lifetime Member of the St. Paul Curling Club: Paula Dunlop Arnold!
Read about this amazing SPCC member, curler, and volunteer in her nomination letter:
March 9, 2015
Dear Members of the Board,
I would like to nominate Paula Dunlop Arnold as a recipient of the Honorary Life Member Award at the Saint Paul Curling Club. She has been a part of this club her entire life. Paula’s grandfather Ker Dunlop was a founding member and her father Stuart Dunlop curled here from 1913 until his death in 1950.
In 1951, when women were allowed to curl, Paula officially joined the club. I’ve heard stories told that they were permitted to play only on sheets 7 or 8 and those two were particularly dodgy back then. Hats off to those founding sisters that persevered!
Paula was a founding member and president of both the Cairn Lassies and Bonnie Spielers; she coined the Bonnie Spielers name as well. She and her husband Dick Arnold founded the SPCC mixed league. They conceived and chaired the first Winter Carnival Mixed Bonspiel in 1963.
In 1968 Paula’s team won the USWCA National championship in Duluth. She was on the winning teams of many club championships as well as local and out-of-‐town bonspiels. Paula and Dick Arnold were founding members of the Arden Hills Curling Club.
Paula is a tireless volunteer here at the club, always stepping up and helping in any way possible. She is an ambassador and steward of curling, eager to meet new people and share with them the love of the game.
Without mentioning numbers, Paula is the oldest active member at the club today. She curls every Tuesday morning in the Cairn Lassie league and still throws from the hack.
I am honored and humbled to nominate her as the first woman to receive the Honorary Life Member Award.
Laurie Clauson Arnold
With sadness we share the news that Sharon O'Leary, wife of Jim O'Leary, a recently retired longtime manager, died on Sunday, March 22nd, in Duluth. Our sincere condolences go out to Jim and his family. RIP Sharon - your beautiful spirit will be missed and remembered by many.
You can find Sharon's obituary and information about the celebration of her life at: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/obituaries/3706585-sharon-jean-bohlin-oleary
We are sorry to share the unfortunate news that Jana Bell, who worked for the SPCC as a bartender on Wednesday nights, is currently battling stage 4 cancer. If you would like to learn more or support Jana, please view her GoFundMe page.
With sadness we anounce the passing of former member Trevor Blanton. Trevor curled the Thursday night 6:55/9:00 league for three seasons, his last season being the 2012-2013 season. He died on February 3, at 30 years of age. You can find his obituary and funeral details here.
We are sad to report that one of our former members, Jim Jensen, passed away on Saturday, January 31. Jim became a member in 1956. He will be missed by his many curling friends and family. He is survived by his daughter Christine Jensen and grandaughter Alexandra Carlson, both active curlers at our club.
Our heartfelt condolences go out the Jensen family. RIP Jim, we will miss you.
Here is a link to his obituary and guest condolences from the Pioneer Press.
The Minnesota State Club Championships will take place at the St. Paul Curling Club this weekend. Competition starts Thursday with 12 Men's teams (split into 2 pools) and 3 Women's teams competing for State Club Champion.
The draw times are listed below and most of the teams competing are from the St. Paul Curling Club, so come on down to watch some good curling and cheer them on.
Welcome to the St. Paul Curling Club and good curling to all those competing this weekend!
Friday: 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM, 2:00PM and 7:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM and 1:00PM
The SPCC is sad to let you know that one of our members, Bill Zuehlke, passed away last Friday, December 26. Bill was a member since 1988, and will be missed by his team and many curling friends. Our heartfelt condolences go out the Zuehlke family. RIP Bill, we will miss you.
A memorial service is planned for a later date. Here are links to his obituary and guest condolences from the Star Tribune
and Pioneer Press
7th Annual Fabulous Fireball 500
The 7th Annual Fabulous Fireball 500 Bonspiel will draw curlers from across the U.S. and as far away as Scotland to the largest member-owned curling club in the United States, the St. Paul Curling Club On Selby Avenue in St. Paul. While registration for this event has been closed for weeks, the doors to the curling club will be open the entire post-Thanksgiving weekend so visitors and spectators can stop in and see what curling is all about.
Check out the man behind the Fireball spiel, Drew Arnold, as he tells Red Current why curling is such a big part of his life.
Click here for the Red Current blog.
The Big Spiel is coming in January! This is a brand new, open format bonspiel that involves 3 Twin Cities clubs - St. Paul Curling Club, Frogtown and Four Seasons -- and 128 teams. The event will offer a 4 game guarantee plus the opportunity to curl at all 3 clubs. How cool is that? Check your calendars and save the dates of Jan. 8-11, 2015. Registration is available at http://twincitiescurling.org.
Click here to view the flyer for this bonspiel.
Please click here for the SPCC Fall 2014 Letter to Members.