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USCA HALL OF FAME Headed to the Hall of Fame

Andy Anderson, David Garber & Russ Lemcke to be inducted into USCA’s Hall of Fame

By Terry L. Davis, Editor

will enter the USCA Hall of Fame in the builder category – joining an elite group of curlers who have been recognized for their outstanding contribu- tions to curling in the United States and worldwide. Andy Anderson

T Anderson, a Chicago native, has played a key role in the leadership of the

USCA as president, treasurer and Board of Directors member. Anderson’s leader- ship within the Illinois Curling Associa- tion and Chicago Curling Club also has been felt over the past three decades as he served as president, treasurer and board member to both. His leadership expanded in the last decade to the World Curling Federation where he served as a USCA representative for eight years and as the federation’s first Director of Finance, where, according to WCF Presi- dent Kate Caithness, “he achieved finan- cial stability for the federation with a strong safety net.” In addition, Anderson most recently served as a director on the WCF Board. “When I joined the Chicago Curling Club (CCC) in 1972, I had no idea

that it would provide me with the opportunity to see a lot of the world as a representative of curling in addition to enjoying curling in bonspiels in Canada and Europe and, especially, in Scotland as a member of the USCA Scotland Tour Team in 2001. As a CCC member, I got involved with club activities and leadership which led me to a position on the Illinois Curling Association board, then the U.S. Curling Association Board, then as a rep to the World Curling Federation, and then to a position on the WCF Board, a position that I will retire from this September,” Anderson said. “To be advised that all of this had a role in my nomination and election to

the USCA Hall of Fame came as a surprise and I am grateful for those who had a role in this. You don’t take on all of these jobs with the expectation of such recognition, but because you want to give to the game and expand the many friendships that come from the efforts. “Curling has provided me the opportunity to participate in two Olympic Winter Games as a statistician and two more as a WCF Board member,

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hree highly esteemed members of the curling community who have been active in growing the sport for decades are the latest inductees into the United States Curling Associa- tion Hall of Fame. Andy Anderson (Chicago), David Gar- ber (Mosinee, Wis.) and Russ Lemcke (Falmouth, Mass.)

which made me part of the ‘Olympic Family.’ But, the most memorable re- sult of being a curler, which I hope to continue to be, is the large number of close friends that I have today as the result of curling with them or against them. Te Hall of Fame Selection, although not expected, is the ‘frosting on the cake,’” Anderson said.

David Garber Garber, a Stevens Point, Wis., native, and graduate of P.J. Jacobs High

School and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was the USCA’s first executive director and served in the role (later as chief operating officer) from 1985-2006. Garber started as a quarter-time independent contractor, with a USCA budget of $110,000. Upon retirement, he was a full-time em- ployee with seven full-time staff and a budget of about $1.3 million. Gar- ber was responsible for establishing the USCA office in Stevens Point; de- veloping a professional staff from scratch; and maintaining a professional headquarters operation that passed every annual financial audit by the U.S. Olympic Committee, CPA, and the periodic audit by U.S. government non- profit auditors over a 21-year period. A major role of David’s was to (successfully) ensure an effective and productive rela- tionship between athletes, staff and the USCA Board of Directors. “Tere are many attributes that I could

write about David. But, thinking about his long tenure at the USCA, I believe he was the glue that kept us together,” said Peggy Hatch, past president of the USCA Board of Directors, in a letter of support for Garber’s nomination. “With volunteer leadership coming and going year aſter year – each with a different strength and style – David was the constant. With grace, patience, and good humor he adjusted and guided president aſter president and board aſter board as we worked together to move the USCA forward. No easy task!” David was involved in ensuring that the USCA became a U.S. Olympic

Committee member and that the USCA became a respected USOC mem- ber and maximized USOC funding opportunities, while complying with USOC regulations and the terms of the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act. David was the editor of the United States Curling News from 1991-2002, hiring his successor, and is listed on the current masthead as Editor Emeritus. He also writes a popular column titled “Tales from Sheet Nine.” “What a privilege it has been to work with the great people of the curling

community in Stevens Point, the state of Wisconsin, nationwide and world- wide. To not only curl but make a career in curling for 50 years has been a giſt. My dad taught me to curl at age 12 in 1961. Curling at the Stevens Point Curling Club was a terrific family and friend activity. I’ve curled in my local club, made ice, started a high school curling program, helped run bonspiels and assisted with local club projects. Eventually, I represented my club at the state level,” Garber said. “I never dreamed I would have the opportunities that came my way with the USCA. I am a lucky person indeed. I enjoyed every aspect of my years

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