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

Playdowns begin Monday, March 30

Playdowns begin for all leagues on Monday, March 30. Draw times will be either 6:00pm or 8:00pm with the majority of draws on Monday through Thursday nights. Games will be played on Friday, April 17th with the finals on Saturday, April 18th. Draw boards for playdowns will be posted at the club. Follow the link below to find out when your team has its first playdown draw.

2014-2015 Playdowns: First Draw

Spring League Registration

Spring League registration is now open. Leagues are casual with a mix of St. Paul Members and novice curlers. Everyone is welcome. Leagues will be Monday, Wednesday or Thursdays at 6pm or 8pm. Leagues begin the week of April 20th and last for 6 consecutive weeks ending May 28th. Monday May 25th (Memorial Day) league games will be played Tuesday May 26th. Cost is $125.00 per curler. Each curler needs to register and pay online. New curlers will need to register as a new user. When your access is approved, please log into the Members Area and begin the sign-up process. You can then register as a team (everyone must register to complete the team) or as an individual. We will do our best to place individuals on a team. Space may be limited. Registration link below.

 

https://stpaulcurlingclub.org/index.php/component/curling/?view=signup_spring

 

ew user on the website.  When your access is approved, please log into the Member's Area and begin the sign-up process.

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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