Jeanne McCann

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.

 

2014-15 Larry Pieper Award Winner: Barb Gutzmer

No one is surprised by the 2014-15 winner of the SPCC Larry Pieper Award: BARB GUTZMER!

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!

Newest Honorary Lifetime Member of the SPCC

Congratulations to the newest Honorary Lifetime Member of the St. Paul Curling Club: Paula Dunlop Arnold!

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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. 

Kindest regards,  
Laurie Clauson Arnold

Jana Bell

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.  

Trevor Blanton

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.

Jim Jensen

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

SPCC plays host to Minnesota State Club Championships this weekend

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.   
 
Check out the Minnesota Curling Association (MCA) website.  This is where you'll find the draws, teams, standings and line scores for each of the games thoughout the weekend.  
 
Welcome to the St. Paul Curling Club and good curling to all those competing this weekend!  
 
Drawtimes:  
Thursday:  7:00PM
Friday:  2:00PM and 7:00PM  
Saturday:  9:00AM, 2:00PM and 7:00PM 
Sunday:  9:00AM and 1:00PM 
 
Kitchen Hours: 
Thursday:  6-10pm
Friday:  6-10pm
Saturday:  11am-5pm
Sunday:  Closed

Bill Zuehlke

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.   

Baptism by Fireball

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.

3 Twin Cities curling club join forces to host The Big Spiel

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.

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