The end of the year meeting was held on Championship Saturday, April 14th. Full minutes will be posted under the Board minutes section, but we also want to highlight the service and recognition of some of our many volunteers:
Board of Directors
Congratulations to the newest members of the St. Paul Curling Club Board of Directors: Howard Fulk, Jim Milosevich, and Pete Stolt. They will each serve a 3-year term, replacing outgoing members Theresa Hoffoss, Clay Orvik, and Rik Pohlman. Huge thanks to those three for their 3 years of excellent service to SPCC.
We're also bringing in a brand new set of executive officers for next season. Ron Paul ascends from VP to President, Erik Ordway takes over as Vice-President, Mike Spragg becomes our Treasurer, and Keith Peacock takes over as Secretary. They're replacing outgoing President Tim McMahon, long-time Treasurer Barb Gutzmer, and former Secretary Brad Clasen. Many thanks to them for their years of service and tireless dedication to our club!
2018 Larry Pieper Service Award Winner (speech given by President Tim McMahon at the meeting)
The Larry Pieper Service Award is one of the most treasured awards given out at the St. Paul Curling Club. For those of you that didn’t know him, Larry was a heckuva guy. He had a great mechanical mind and spent countless hours volunteering at the club at a time during the ‘70s and ‘80s when major renovations were necessary. He was a charter member of the Tuesday Work Crew. Since his passing in 1998, the club has selected one member annually to receive an award in Larry’s name who best exemplifies the volunteer spirit at our club. This is the 20th year this prestigious award is being presented.
This year’s winner is like many here today, he grew up on da Range (in Hibbing) and ended up in St. Paul, where for many years he owned and operated a remodeling business. He became a member here in 2006 and was a valued member of the Ice Crew from the get-go.
When the opportunity presented itself three years ago to take over as ice maker, this guy latched on to it and began making some of the best ice this club has ever had. He has great ideas and is always looking for ways to maintain our equipment and machinery without costly replacements. It is that good Slovenian/Ranger common sense that we value so much.
He is always thirsting for knowledge and striving to get better. Proof that an old (middle-aged) dog can learn new tricks! He keeps a positive attitude even though he has to keep good ice for 1200 members playing roughly 3500 games in a season – plus clinics and groups that tend to beat the tar out of the ice. Yes, he may be a paid employee at the club, but the guy is always on call and puts in a ton of hours. I think he keeps a cot in the basement. I hope he doesn’t use this against us in his next contract negotiation.
It is my pleasure to announce this year’s Larry Pieper Service Award winner, Mr. Craig Zbacnik!