By Carrie Benton, U.S. Curling News columnist

tures three sheets of ice, a full kitchen and dining area as well as a large viewing room. Tere are more than 100 members in the club,

A mysterious gift revealed W

altham Curling Club is the oldest curing club in the state of Illinois. Established in 1884, the club fea-

were sold at $10 each for the mystery prize with the proceeds donated to tornado relief. Once oth- er participants learned of the benefit, they offered clothing donations and were generous with their raffle ticket purchases. Te giſt generated $1,500 to the tornado relief

and all are required to volunteer to help with one learn to curl group per league in which they com- pete. What a great way to encourage growth and instill a sense of community within your mem- bership. Tis past February, the Ottawa, Ill., com-

munity was hit by an early season tornado that claimed the lives of two people and caused dam- age across the region. Ottawa is less than 10 miles from Waltham and the curling club; the surrounding area is home to many of the club’s members. Tankfully, the club and its members were spared, and they responded to help their friends and neighbors. Te Waltham Curling Club Mixed Bonspiel

was scheduled for the weekend of March 3-5. Te bonspiel traditionally has a raffle table with items donated by the participating curlers. Tis year’s raffle turned into something pretty special. A group of curlers from Pardeeville brought a

mystery tote. It was heavy and wrapped, so it was indeed a mystery. Te original intent of the pack- age was to have it as part of the regular raffle, but aſter the tornado, the Pardeeville folks asked to have a special raffle held for the prize. Chances

Have you seen this sign? Ask curlers (l-r) Karol Hindle (Waltham), Mike Sundberg (Waltham), Sonny Villwock (Pardeeville), Ryan Jansky (Windy City), and Kendall Brunker (Pardeeville).

Coming soon!

Te Granite Society & the Big O Bonspiel Watch for details!

fund! Once the raffle winner was drawn, the mys- tery donation was revealed. Te tote contained a metal Waltham Curling Club sign that had spent the year traveling and being photographed at curling clubs across the country and even across the pond in Scotland. During its travels, the sign was embellished with pins from the various loca- tions visited. In addition to the sign there was a note describing the travels of the sign, and even some special Wisconsin beer. Tis sign is likely one of many that has “taken legs” and wandered off of the telephone pole at

the top of the road directing people to the curling club. Strangely, the sign


goes missing on bonspiel weekends! No one in the Pardeeville groups claims to know how they came to have the sign, but they knew they wouldn’t be back to the Waltham Curling Club for a year, so they de- cided to have some fun with the sign. Little did they know that the result of that fun would have a great impact on a community in need. Te generosity didn’t end with the monetary

donation. Te winner of the raffle, Ryan Janksy from the Windy City Curling Club in Wo- odridge, Ill., won the sign and in turn donated it back to the club. It will be proudly displayed at the club as a memento of a difficult but rewarding time in the club’s long history. One last note … the street sign at the end of the road has gone missing – again!! Q

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