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Strathendrick Curling Club News 2009

AGM 2009

The 163nd AGM was held on Thursday 16 April 2009 at the Reception Suite of Glengoyne Distillery. Drinks were served from 7.30 p.m. after which the meeting and prizegiving took place, followed by tea, coffee and shortbread.

Mike Jackson succeeded Fiona Glass as President on the completion of her term of office and George Harris became the Vice President.

Jim Paterson has replaced Jim Meikle as Social Secretary and Norman Robertson has returned to the committee as Evening League convenor. Ian Bowie has joined the Committee as an additional member.

The results of the main competitions can be found at Archive. Both the main Club and the Ladies Section had awards for the Curler of the Year which went to Marshall Falconer and Sybil Munro respectively.

Marshall Falconer reported on the Club's results in the Province competitions. The results of these competitions can be found on the Province Website at Province Archive.

The subscription for the year has remained at 23. The subscription for non-mother club members remains at 6.

Grand Masters

John Phillips was a member of the winning team in the inaugural Grand Masters bonspiel for the over 70s which was held at Greenacres on 20 February 2009.

Ballikinrain Cup

Strathendrick beat both Fintry and Balfron, giving us a convincing victory in the Cup for the first time in many years.

Province points

Members of Strathendrick competed in the Province Points competition at Braehead on 25 January 2009. Eight disciplines were played. John Phillips won the overall competition with 31 points and he and Mike Jackson combined to win the overall club competition with 61 points.

Ladies friendly matches

The Ladies Section played two friendly matches in January. On 14 January the Ladies achieved a good win over the Old Fellows with both teams winning. Against Club 90 on 15 January at Greenacres, the Ladies were narrowly defeated by one shot after winning a game each.

National Masters

John Phillips has qualified for the Masters final at Greenacres with a team including Norman Robertson. The final will be at Greenacres in March.

Personalia

During the summer, the Club received the sad news that Barabara Andrew, a long-standing member of the Ladies Section, had been badly injured in a car crash at Ballat. Ater a spell in the Spinal Unit at the Southern General, Barabara is now home and able to get around the house on crutches. She still has to use a wheelchair outdoors but she is also now able to drive and is going on holiday to Majorca to see her daughter. The Ladies were delighted that she was able to attend the Christmas Bonspiel lunch and to see how well she was looking. The Club wishes her the very best for a speedy recovery.

Ladies Bonspiel

The ladies held their Opening Bonspiel at Perth on 25 September. In addition to welcoming Marion Richardson to her first ever game and Elspeth Murdoch to her first game on her return from illness, they were delighted to also have Kate Walker as a special guest.

Kate, Jim and John are now settled into the house in Pitlochry and Jim has just started working part-time from home. John is working four days a week stacking shelves at the Co-op, which is little more than 5 minutes walk from the house. Jean and Rob were married at Pitlochry in May and Sarah has moved into a flat in Perth. Kate, Jim and Sarah have all joined Toberargan Curling Club. Unfortunately, they will have to travel to Perth to play, as that the Atholl Curling Rink has closed.

New members

Three new members have joined since the year end.

Ron Low, who was a member when he worked at the distillery and left when he retired to Doune, has rejoined as he wishes to play mainly during the day.

Marion Richardson from Drymen has joined the Ladies Section as a beginner.

Donnie MacDonald, who was previously a member of Drymen Curling Club, has also joined and will be available as a reserve for the Leagues.

Texas Scramble

The Texas Scramble took place on 12 September 2008 at Buchanan Castle Golf Club. Six teams played this year and enjoyed a lovely afternoon weatherwise, followed by an excellent meal in the dining room and a general knowledge quiz.

The wining golf team was Marshall Falconer, Archie Banks, John Phillips and Gill Smith.

The quiz was won by George Harris, Mike Jackson, Annabel Struthers and Helen and Allan Watson with 17 points out of 20.

Fintry Barbecue

Allan and Helen Watson were kind enough to host a barbecue again on 21 June. Unfortunately, we were not lucky with the weather and the guests were confined to the house with dashes outside to get food. A number of the Club (including Helen) walked from Killearn and were rewarded for their efforts by rain from Earls Seat onwards. However, they were off the hill before the mist came down and the wind got up. Despite this, a most enjoyable day was had by all.

AGM 2008

The 162nd AGM was held on Thursday 17 April 2008 at the Reception Suite of Glengoyne Distillery. Drinks were served from 7.30 p.m. after which the meeting and prizegiving took place, followed by tea, coffee and shortbread.

Marshall Falconer was delighted to report the Club's success in the Province competitions of winning the Robert Paterson Shield for the first time for many years and the Jim Carswell Trophy for the first time ever. The results of these and the other competitions can be found on the Province Website at Province Archive.

Rita Harris has resigned as Social Secretary on completion of her term on the main Committee although she has now started her two year term as President of the Ladies Section. Jim Meikle replaces her as Social Secretary - a hard act to follow - and Jim Paterson returns to the Committee as an additional member.

The results of the main competitions can be found at Archive. Both the main Club and the Ladies Section had awards for the Curler of the Year which went to Fiona Glass and Gill Smith respectively.

The subscription for the year has been raised to 23. This is to cover the increase in the RCCC subscription from 16 to 17. The subscription for non-mother club members remains at 6.

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