Everyone has their own opinion of what signals spring to them. Warmer temps, returning migrant birds, some grass actually showing for the first time since NovemberÖthe list goes on. For me, and maybe for some of you, spring arrives when I walk out of the Curling Club on Sunday afternoon following the conclusion of another successful Mugspiel. The return of spring, especially this year, is welcoming to almost everybody, but we also know it means another curling year has ended.
Our excellent and highly coveted ice is now little more than a melting puddle. I donít say that to sound negative, quite the contrary actually. Our building, our members, our ice and ice keepers, all need a break. And these days, our off season is shorter than our curling season. Believe it or not, ice will be back by mid-August. In fact, just today we received an email from curlers looking to plan their vacation around the Summerspiel.
Looking back on the year, I am extremely proud of the numerous individual and club accomplishments during 2010-2011. Some new members likely became permanently attached to the sport; others attended their first out-of-town spiel or their first club spiel. Others met new friends or re-connected with old ones. For the first time ever, we hosted the Badger State Womenís and an open format invitational spiel in October. We also hosted a one day high school spiel. With the cost of just about everything increasing, we continue to offer a sport and camaraderie experience unmatched in terms of value by any other curling club in Wisconsin.
I have to admit, thoughts of the day-to-day hustle and bustle of the inner workings of the RLCC are beginning to fade for me. Those are thoughts for another eager volunteer now. However, I do realize that I am far too invested to disconnect entirely, thatís also not who I am. Iíve been trying to reflect, trying to remember where the last year or two went and where the next few years will take this club. To say I am proud of and inspired by this place would be a gross understatement. Being granted the privilege of serving as your president has been the most satisfying, rewarding and fulfilling experience I have ever been offered. For that gift, I thank all of you.