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Chicago Curling Club’s Gloamin’ ’Spiel

By Christine Blakey, USWCA

Your team’s entry fee into this USWCA Circuit event gets you a three-draw guarantee and a Sat- urday night filled with food, relaxing, and pam- pering. We will also have breakfast and lunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Te Chicago Curling Club is excited to be part


of the Circuit and eager to help promote the sport of curling to women. Apart from competition, one of the best things about bonspiels is meeting new curlers. We feel the USWCA Circuit events help bring women together to participate in a sport we love to play. Northbrook, Ill., is a vibrant community lo-

cated 17 miles northeast of O’Hare International Airport and only 25 miles north of the city of Chicago. Te club has easy access to the Metra commuter rail and major highways that can eas- ily get you to everything the Chicagoland area has to offer. Northbrook itself has plenty of activities to

keep you entertained when you are in between draws. Northbrook Court and Te Glen offer unique shopping and dining options, while the nearby Chicago Botanic Gardens provides a love-

he 2017 Gloamin’ Spiel will help you unwind aſter the busy holiday season. Te “Spa Spiel” will take place Jan. 7-8.

ly setting for some quiet time with nature, even during the winter.

Columbus’s Big Fat Greek Bonspiel sure to delight

By Karen Hamilton, USWCA

moved quickly to dedicated ice in a warehouse that houses three sheets of curling ice and more than 150 members. Columbus added a women’s bonspiel to the


calendar in 2015 and has expanded the event this year from 12 to 18 teams. Joining the Circuit helped fill in the new roster spots and brought some new and different teams to Co- lumbus. Te curling club is near downtown Colum-

bus; the Short North, which features the North Market; Jeni’s Ice Cream; the Arena District – Home of the Columbus Blue Jackets; great walking trails – the Scioto Mile, the historic German village with its brick streets; Schmidt’s Sausage Haus; Turman Café (featured on Diners, Drive ins and Dives); the Brewery Dis- trict; and, of course, Te Ohio State Buckeyes. Te Big Fat Greek Bonspiel is Oct. 22-23. Q

olumbus Curling Club started out as an arena club in 2004 with ap- proximately 60 members. Te club

Te commemorative pin designed for the USWCA 69th

Annual National Bonspiel (above) reflects the event’s theme: Bikes & Brew: Tunder on the Ice.

Entry deadline for 69th

National Bonspiel

is approaching By Clare Bergquist, USWCA

Electronic registration, lower fees kick off 2016-17 USWCA Circuit season

By Elizabeth Demers, USWCA

Committee and the USWCA Circuit Committee implemented a new online registration and pay- ment system that allows our members quicker and easier access to some of the USWCA’s most requested services. Circuit curlers can now reg- ister themselves and their events through the USWCA website, which provides easy payment

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uring the summer of 2016, the United States Women’s Curling Association (USWCA) Financial Stewardship

of fees via Paypal. In addition to making sign- up hassle free, the Circuit has reduced the indi- vidual entry to only $30 for the 2016-17 season. Te changes have already borne fruit, attracting several new members and bonspiels to the year- long event. To register yourself for the Circuit, please visit application. To register a bonspiel for the Cir- cuit, please visit spiel-application. To make an online donation to the USWCA, please visit our homepage at www.

ing Club Feb. 15-19. Please talk to your club’s US- WCA representative or visit the USWCA website ( to review the invitation. US- WCA Area Coordinators Flo Springstead (East), Liz Nuechterlein (Central), Chris Casper (Wis- consin), Paula Rozinka (West I) and Carol Ann Naso (West II), must receive all entries and fees ($360 per team) no later than Dec. 15. A team en- tering the National Bonspiel must be composed of four women members of the USWCA in good standing. All team members must be FULL dues- paying, league-playing members of the same US- WCA club, otherwise the team will be considered a composite team. Club teams are given priority. Entrants must have reached their 21st birthday by Jan. 1, 2017. Teams are selected by an alloca- tion formula to ensure all areas of the country are represented. Tis is one of the USWCA’s premier annual events. Q


he United States Women’s Curling As- sociation (USWCA) National Bonspiel will take place at the Milwaukee Curl-


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