To our members:
This certainly has been a year with far too many messages of sadness being conveyed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our membership once again. I can truly say, without a shred of doubt, that we have the most modest, understanding and supportive membership in the world. Our membership is loyal, they expect effort not perfection. They understand that the Highland is a family first and a business second. This year has been one that I’m sure most will want to forget quickly. However, I want to remember this year forever, I want to remember the hundreds of supportive messages, the countless offers of help and the overall heartbeat of this club in times of adversity.
Last week when we received our notice from SHA that we would be deemed an “outbreak site” it was another obstacle that we needed to adapt to. We asked SHA what our next steps should be, to which they responded that they would handle things on their end and that they simply wanted us to be made aware. After validating facts and board consultation, the Highland decided to denounce the SHA’s recommendation of standing pat regarding communication to our membership. Upon further consultation the board then made the decision to pause the season prior to the province increasing restrictions.
Since that time the Highland board has had some time to assess the situation as a whole and determined that from a logistical standpoint we will remain closed until January 4th, allowing extra time for the current Covid19 situation in Saskatchewan to hopefully regress to a more comfortable state.
During this period, we are going to be tightening up on our safety protocols where we can, to add as much peace of mind in the way we operate as possible.
We came into this season knowing things would be far from easy but we are nowhere near ready to give up.
Stay safe and we’ll see everyone January 4th!
AJ Scott – General Manager
Kevin Fetsch – President
Congratulations to Team Schmeichel for winnining the masters portion of the Assante Masters and Seniors Event this past weekend. Earning themselves a spot to the Masters provincials. And a HUGE congratulations to Team Arguin on their come from behind voctory over the power house Sherry Anderson team!
To our members:
This message is to inform you that on Sunday October 4th between the hours of 12:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. we had a member in the rink who has since tested positive for Covid-19.
We received a call from SHA in the afternoon on October 10th which lead to us immediately shutting down the Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Tour event we were hosting at the time. Since that time, we have performed a thorough sanitizing of every area of the rink.
We have informed everyone who was in the rink at the same as that individual and have asked them to self-monitor and to contact SHA is they feel they are developing symptoms.
We are proud and confident in the effectiveness and execution of the shutdown of the event this weekend. And with that comes the confidence to reopen effective Tuesday October 13th for business as usual.
Just a reminder about how imperative it is that we are ALL following the Highlands return to play guidelines to ensure incidents like this do not become frequent occurrence. Wearing a mask in the lobby will now be mandatory as well as when on the back boards in the ice area, practicing social distancing at all times, sanitizing rocks before and after draws, sanitizing score boards and cards if you choose to use them, following the new on ice distancing rules, as well as using hand sanitizer as often as possible.
Our number one priority is keeping our members safe and we will continue to do so at all costs. We appreciate the positivity we have been shown from everyone so far and hope it continues through these difficult times.
President Kevin Fetsch and GM AJ Scott
Here is a great video that shows the proper player positioning on the ice for this season!!
Message to Highland Members
Since 1954, the Highland Curling Club has provided a venue and an opportunity for friends to congregate and enjoy some good curling, get some exercise, and, most importantly, have some fun and fellowship during cold Saskatchewan winters. Suffice it to say, 2020 has been a challenging year to say the least. Since the board made the decision to close the club back in March it has been a game of “wait and see” for the upcoming curling season.
I am proud to say that after a number of meetings with Curl Regina, the Callie Board and some direction from Curling Canada and CurlSask that we are prepared to go forward with the 2020-2021 season. Thanks to our manager AJ Scott who has worked hard to develop a “Highland Specific” document that will hopefully explain some of the changes that will be necessary as we open the rink in a few weeks. We have attached that document here that will hopefully give you some comfort and confidence to return to curl at the Highland. Of course, it will be a work in progress and I am sure there will be many things we will learn and may have to adapt as we get into curling. That said, the board is committed to creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for everyone.
Along with the changes in protocol, the events of the last several months have also resulted in a fairly significant operating deficit. While the Highland was in strong financial shape and has been able to withstand a significant loss in revenue, we have ultimately decided that to protect our financial position we need to implement a “COVID Fee” of $20/curler. This will be implemented in both city clubs and will be pro-rated if you only play a portion of the year.
As president, and as a longtime member of the club I hope that you understand that some of these changes may seem inconvenient in the short-term but were implemented with much consideration. I hope that everyone will treat our staff and your fellow curlers with respect and ask that you adhere to the guidelines as requested. We want everyone to feel safe, welcome and respected at our club keeping with our long-term mandate which has always been “the small-town club in the big city”. I also hope you will continue supporting the Highland as we work through these challenges—I know we have the best members in the country and plan on operating will into the future.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to AJ or myself directly…or feel free to join us at our AGM on Monday, Sept 21 at 7pm in the Highland Lounge.
Yours in Curling,
Derek Boe, President
Highland Curling Club