The Maple Leaf Curling Club in O’Leary will be forming a planning group to begin the process of possibly establishing a new facility at Mill River Resort, in partnership with the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton.
“Every hand was raised when we did the vote, which makes a huge difference,” said Amy MacMillan, president of the Maple Leaf Curling Club. “The majority of our membership isn’t here, but I had mentioned it to our membership before COVID hit that I was going to sit in a meeting. This isn’t something that came up on a members’ night.”
The board of directors for the Maple Leaf Curling Club was approached with the idea at the end of the 2019-2020 season. The Western Community Curling Club has already signed their commitment to the idea. Throughout the summer an analysis was completed and was received by the board and presented to club members at the club’s annual general meeting on Oct. 5.
Both curling clubs would run the new facility, which would still operate as a not-for-profit organization, and Mill River Resort would lease it out in the off-season.
If the new facility is formed, the two clubs would combine, choosing members from each of their respective boards to form a new board of directors.
Both clubs must be in agreement to establish the new facility, otherwise, the plan won’t go ahead.