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USWCA NEWS USWCA enters 70th


year promoting the sport for women and youth


By Carol Stevenson, USWCA President “Te Mission of the USWCA is to develop,


nurture, and promote the spirit of curling among today’s women and youth.” I am honored to be the 69th


president of the


United States Women’s Curling Association. As we move toward our 70th


year, I am in awe of


the many women who have shaped and guided the growth of the USWCA during the past six decades. Fourteen past presidents attended our recent fall meeting in Pewaukee, Wis. Teir pres- ence was an amazing testament to the ongoing legacy of the USWCA. Te past few years have seen healthy changes


in the growth and organizational structure of the association. As president I am mindful of the contributions that all members, representatives, chairs, and officers make to continually meet the goals set forth in the USWCA mission statement. Te work and the fruits of this work are shared by all. We would not be the wonderful organization we are without the contributions made by every- one involved, both now and in the past. I would like to welcome many members to new


and continuing positions within the USWCA, and I heartily thank them for filling these crucial roles. Tis diverse group of women gives us the strength to work through the issues at hand and to meet the challenges ahead. Highlights of the upcoming USWCA year in-


clude: t Te annual meeting of the USWCA will


take place in February 2017 in Brown Deer, Wis.


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2016 USWCA Scot Tour: Once every 10 years, 20 women travel to Scotland for ap- proximately three weeks of friendly compe- tition and cultural exchange. Te upcoming tour will take place Nov. 3-27.


t Te USWCA Senior Women’s Bonspiel, the “Calling of the Clans,” will be held in Tri- umph, Ill., at the Waltham Curling Club, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.


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Five and Under Bonspiels are held in the USWCA’s five geographical areas starting in October and continuing through late March 2017. See http://www.uswca.org/5- year-and-under.aspx.


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Current USWCA President Carol Stevenson is surrounded by 13 of 14 past presidents in attendance at the USWCA Fall Meeting in Pewaukee., Wis., including (back row, l-r) Maureen Guay, Margie Knitter, Jennifer Stannard, Doris Eberlein, Judy Maier, Shelley Dropkin, Star Pfiffner, Bridget Matzke, (front row, l-r) Peggy Rotton, Diane Firari, Donna Purkey, Carol Stevenson (current president), Anne Robertson, and Donna Pearson. Also attending, but absent from the photo, was Carla Casper.


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Junior bonspiels will be held from Decem- ber 2016 -March 2017 in USWCA areas. See http://www.uswca.org/juniors.aspx.


t USWCA All-American events take place at member clubs across the United States. Members are encouraged to consult with their USWCA club representative and/or to consult their USWCA member club calen- dar.


t Te USWCA Women’s Circuit: Women’s bonspiels held by member clubs across the country are eligible to enter their bonspiels as a USWCA Circuit Event. Check the web- site at http://www.uswca.org/participating- bonspiels.aspx for detailed information on signing your women’s bonspiel up as a par- ticipating event and to sign up as a Circuit participant.


t Te next outgoing USWCA Senior Women’s Friendship Tour is scheduled for Fall 2018. Tis tour is an exchange of women from the United States and Canada who are a mini- mum of 50 years of age.


t Te USWCA National Bonspiel will be held Carol Stevenson, USWCA President, 2016-17


in conjunction with the USWCA Annual Meeting at the Milwaukee Curling Club in Cedarburg, Wis., from Feb. 13-16. Te theme of this year’s bonspiel is “Bikes and Brew.” Ask your USWCA club representa- tive for details or go to http://www.uswca. org/national-womens-bonspiel-2017.


My 20 years of active participation in this or-


ganization have been rewarding, eventful, and fulfilling. Te USWCA has so much to offer – we hope you’ll join us. Q


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