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Chase curling club considers closure
The Chase Curling Club may close its doors in September unless it recruits more members.
The Village of Chase has agreed to help the club with $5,000 in the short term, but the club is still falling short in terms of support.
Executive director Janice Winfield said there has been a steady decrease in members for the last 10 years.
“If anyone is in the least bit interested in trying curling, now is the time to try it,” said Winfield. “Anyone who wants to learn can come in at anytime – someone will be there to help.”
Winfield said the club is going to need to recruit at least double the numbers of members it currently has in order to stay afloat.
“It’s just another place where you can get exercise, socialize and have fun,” said Winfield. “There’s a lot of camaraderie here.”
The club offers a variety of options for both advanced and new curlers to try. One of the most recent is called stick curling.
Stick curling requires two people per team and involves sliding the rocks down the ice using a stick rather than kneeling.
“It’s like shuffleboard and very popular,” said Winfield.
She says the club is going to be hosting pancake breakfasts throughout the summer in order to raise funds, with the first one happening on June 8. The decision on whether the club stays open will happen on Sept. 16, so Winfield says the more people who commit early, the better.
“Without your support there will be no (club) next year, just a vacant lot were the club once stood,” states a news release from the club.
Curling begins in October. Anyone interested is encouraged to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.