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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Jerry Beguhn recieves Destache Service Award
 

At the Mugspiel banquet on Saturday March 27th, 2010, we added a new member to the roll of the Rice Lake Curling Club’s highest honor, the Darwin “Dish” Destache Service Award. Jerry Beguhn now joins only three others on this list, Larry Sharp, Larry Anderson and Greg Dahl.

This award first debuted at the 40th Anniversary celebration during the 2006-2007 curling season. It is intended to recognize those members deemed to have served the Rice Lake Curling Club at the highest levels. A plaque honoring the recipients hangs in the club house room on the north wall.

Jerry’s accomplishments are many. He started curling almost as soon as he arrived in Rice Lake, in 1972. Yes, he has been a member of our club for 37 years. He has served on the Board of Directors for two separate terms, but his real claim to leadership fame came during his presidency from 1987-1989. On August 1, 1987 the fairgrounds building used by the Rice Lake Curling Club burned to the ground. Only after a tremendous amount determination and hard work, did Jerry negotiate with the City of Rice Lake for a new location and eventually a 99 year lease. The following year he would develop and implement a budget to furnish and operate the new building that today we call our home.

Jerry has chaired almost every possible event or activity held at the Club. Numerous invitational bonspiels, men’s and mixed curling leagues, but again he went well above and beyond that when he chaired the 2001 Mixed National Championship. He took the lead role in soliciting sponsorships critical to the event. He stepped up again in 2007 and chaired our 40th anniversary celebration, undoubtedly one of the Club’s pinnacle events. Jerry has never been one to back down when the Curling Club needs a leader.

The Club can thank Jerry for introducing the sport to at least two dozen new members. One of our newest and best ways to increase membership has been a Learn-to-Curl class held prior to the start of the season. Jerry’s contacts within WITC were instrumental in making this a collaborative effort between the school and RLCC and increasing overall exposure to the public.

This has been only a brief synopsis of Jerry’s highlights and accomplishments. Please join me in taking the time to congratulate and thank Jerry for everything he has done. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, we all enjoy a first class facility and reputation.

Chad Alberg

 

 

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