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GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT // REPORTS FROM THE WARM ROOM


Head to St. Paul this fall for the 2017 Members’ Assembly


By Kim Nawyn, Director of Growth & Development, kim.nawyn@usacurl.org


bers’ Assembly is right around the corner. Tis year, the assembly is headed to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Your national organization is part- nering with the St. Paul Curling Club to make this annual event possible. Seminars focused on two areas, Improving


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Your Game and Growing Your Club, will be held throughout the weekend. Content in the Improving Your Game track includes prepar- ing for a competition, choosing the right equip- ment, curling stones, team systems, strategy, and more. Curlers seeking to grow their clubs can attend seminars focused on using technol- ogy to simplify club management, using video as a promotional tool, legal issues, capitalizing on the Olympic Winter Games, and a variety of best practices. Questions and idea sharing are en- couraged throughout each of the sessions. A full list of seminars with descriptions will be posted to the USA Curling website several weeks prior to the start of the event. In addition to two days of free seminars, there


will be a number of on-ice training sessions available for a fee. Tis includes the opportuni- ty for you to improve your sweeping with 2012 U.S. Men’s National Champion Dean Gemmell. An adult curling clinic and in-game coaching session will be led by Junior High Performance Program Director Dave Jensen. Tere are a lim- ited number of slots available in each of these ses- sions. Sign up early in order to ensure your spots. Have you ever asked the question, “What


does the USCA do for me?” Te annual Mem- bers’ Meeting, which will take place on Saturday morning, Sept. 30, is designed to highlight the national organization’s efforts and accomplish- ments in areas including member services and high performance. All clubs also are encouraged to send voting delegates to make their voices heard. Votes for clubs that are unable to send a


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ark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 as the fourth annual USA Curling Mem-


shortened games and prizes awarded through- out the competition. Tere is no need to bring a team with you. Each team will be assigned curl- ers from around the country in order to foster camaraderie between clubs and regions. With USA Curling board members and staff available as teammates, you never know, you may end up skipping a national champion, Olympian, or the chairman of the board. If you are planning to attend all or part of the


representative will typically be carried by an in- dividual appointed by the state or regional curl- ing association of which the club is a member. Te USA Curling Members’ Cup (the short-


est ‘spiel with the tallest trophy) will be held on Saturday evening, Sept. 30. Competition is tough and every stone counts in this mini bonspiel with


2017 Members’ Assembly, please complete the registration form by Sept. 15. Room reservations can be made at the host hotel through USA Curl- ing’s reservation portal at the Hilton Minneapo- lis/St. Paul/Mall of America. Single occupancy with breakfast is $129 per night. Double occu- pancy with breakfast is $139 per night. Te room rate is available until Sept. 7 or until the block sells out, whichever comes first. Don’t forget to check the USA Curling website


for updates on the Members’ Assembly in the up- coming weeks! Q


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