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USWCA NEWS // PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Exciting year ahead as USWCA welcomes 70th president


By Dawn Gutro, USWCA president am excited to be the 70th


ing as the medical director of the Men’s World Curling Championship in Lowell, Mass., in 2006. My home club is Broomstones Curling Club in Way- land, Mass., where I learned to curl at an open house. I am a former board director, Evening Ladies League chair, and volunteer coordinator. I am a proud member and former secretary and president of the Broomstones La- dies Curling Club. I am married, with two adorable westie pups. I am a physical therapist


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and currently the program director of Tom Marlboro Area Early Interven- tion in Central Massachusetts. Te USWCA has been going through a period of extensive growth and


president of the United States Women’s


Curling Association (USWCA). I have been curling for about 25 years and have enjoyed the sport at all levels. I had the honor of serv-


restructuring over the past few years. We have been evaluating who we are, what we want to be, and how to get there. We’ve recently completed a new comprehensive strategic plan that furthers our mission “to develop, nurture, and promote the sport of curling among today’s women and all youth.” I want to thank the amazing members of Broomstones Curling Club,


Dawn Gutro USWCA President


Broomstones Ladies Curling Club, and the USWCA for all of their support. I am also so grateful for the guidance of many USWCA past presidents; Elaine Ritchie, USWCA secretary; and Nancy Jennett, the Fall Meeting co- ordinator, who successfully hosted the Fall USWCA Meeting at “home” in Natick, Mass. I look forward to an exciting year ahead! Q


By Elizabeth Demers, USWCA


tration are all available at www.uswca.org/uswca-circuit-event. Bonspiels that are registered before Oct. 1, 2017, will receive special early bird pricing of only $75. All bonspiel and individual entry fees go directly into the prize pool, so more players and more bonspiels means more prize money. And with Circuit bonspiels all over the nation, there’s one close to you. Here is a look at the Circuit schedule so far: Oct. 5-8, Donna Purkey Classic, Tempe, Ariz. Oct. 5-8, Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia, Pa. Oct. 20-22, Blue Hawaii, Columbus, Ohio Oct. 20-22, GNCC Women’s Senior, Plainfield, N.J. Oct. 26-27, Fall Fling, Kettle Moraine, Wis. Oct. 27-29, BG Ladies, Bowling Green, Ohio Nov. 3-5, Carosella, Schenectady, N.Y. Nov. 3-5, First Chance, Janesville, Wis. Nov. 10-12, Schmecken, Madison, Wis. Nov. 10-12, Curl for a Cure, Rice Lake, Wis. Dec. 8-10, Crystal Snowflake, Nutmeg, Conn. Dec. 8-9, ’Tis the Season, Milwaukee, Wis. Feb. 2-4, Bay State Ladies, Falmouth, Mass. Feb. 10-11, Harry Potter, Detroit, Mich. Feb. 22-25, Dutch Shoe, Albany, N.Y. March 15-18, Jersey Curlz, Plainfield, N.J.


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// USWCA CIRCUIT SPOTLIGHT


he USWCA Circuit offers fun, friendship, and the chance to win money just by the curling you do anyway. Sign up yourself, your team, or your bonspiel now! Rules, forms, and electronic regis-


Get ready for fun in Bowling Green


By Shannon Orr and Angela Jones, USWCA


Curling Center in March 2017. With four sheets, the Black Swamp Curling Center is the largest dedicated curling center in Ohio. Te Bowling Green Curling Club will host its first USWCA Circuit bon-


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spiel “Te Jam ‘N Glam” at its brand new curling center Oct. 27-29. Te event features a three-game guarantee, Friday night pajama party, Saturday evening formal dinner with dancing, pampering, giſt bags, and more. To register, visit https://bgcurlingclub.com/index.php/events. Bowling Green, Ohio, is located just 20 minutes from Toledo, Ohio.


Within 20 minutes of the club, curlers will find the Levis Commons shop- ping area, nature preserves, running/biking trails, and an array of restau- rants and bars. Fun fact: Bowling Green sits near the site of the once 100-mile long Great


Black Swamp, a malaria-infested remnant of the ice age. Now drained, the romantic Swamp lends its name and its aura to a curling center, a brewery, a series of road races, and to the hugely popular Black Swamp Arts Festival, held annually in early September. Q


he Bowling Green Curling Club was founded in 1968 at the Bowl- ing Green State University Ice Arena. Aſter almost 50 years of curling at the arena, the club proudly opened the Black Swamp


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