September 11, 2020
You can now Register and Pay for the First Half of the 2020/2021 SEASON.
UPDATES FROM THE BOARD AND MANAGEMENT:
GEWC Communication Piece on Return to Play Plans – Aug 21, 2020
Communication Piece – July 27, 2020
Hello Golden Ears Winter Club members. As summer is in full swing, especially with some amazing temperatures now upon us, we wanted to send out some information as we continue to work towards a safe return to play in the fall.
First, a quick update on the facility. A new chiller is being installed in our refrigeration plant with an estimated completion date of mid-September. This, in conjunction with Covid-19 related preparations, we are targeting mid-October as our anticipated timeframe to get back on the ice. We will continue to keep you updated in future communication pieces.
Earlier this month, Curling Canada and Curl BC released the Return to Curling Guidelines that have given us some great resources and direction to work from. Along with these tools, we continue to participate in various working groups and webinars to design our own specific guidelines and protocols that will bring us all back together safely at our own facility.
As mentioned in our last communication piece, our number one focus is the safety of our membership. We want to ensure that when it’s time to return to play, no stone has been left unturned.
Some of the changes you can expect to see for the upcoming season are as follows:
Physical Distancing Protocols
• This is the most effective control measure that we can collectively be responsible for. We will have a very strategic layout of the way traffic will flow throughout the entire facility. This will include signage and floor markers in the main lobby, upper lounge etc including the curling surface, where in-ice logos will help map out the movement of curlers during a game.
Enhanced Cleaning Protocols
• There will be multiple sanitization stations and regular cleaning of all high touch areas. There will also be specific guidelines for all members to follow.
• All curling clubs adhere to the direction of ViaSport to regulate safety within sport. We are currently in “Phase 2” of return to sport, which has limitations on how many people can participate. We all hope we can progress to phases 3 and 4 as soon as possible which will allow for fewer restrictions.
Time & Space Management
• You can expect to see some staggered starting times per draw this season. This will allow for fewer bodies in the lobby and less teams accessing the ice at one time.
• Thank you to those individuals that have indicated they would be willing to assist this upcoming season. With so many guidelines and safety procedures to adhere to, we will definitely need many hands on deck to survive this season together. We will keep you posted as we identify these new roles.
Stay safe all!
Your management team,
Dean and Shannon Joanisse
Communication Piece – July 3, 2020
We hope this email finds everyone healthy and well during these unique times.
We are touching base to let you know that your Management Team along with members of the GEWC Board continue to work together to ensure a Safe Return to Play come this fall. Our number one focus is the safety of our membership and to ensure that each and every one of us feel comfortable and secure coming back into our club.
Thank you to those that participated in the virtual AGM and to those that took part in our club survey. If you didn’t receive our email regarding our survey, please click on the link to complete:
We value your opinion!
We have been working closely with Curling Canada, Curl BC and Via Sport, to create safety protocols and guidelines that are specific to curling. The official “Return to Curling Guidelines” are scheduled to be released to curling clubs on July 6th. Our next step is to take these guidelines and make them specific to our club with our Covid-19 Safety Plan. All of the these “sport-specific” guidelines will be compliant to those set forth by the governing Heath Authorities as per the directive set out by Dr. Henry and her team of experts.
With regard to current complexities and unknowns, the GEWC board and management team will review all of the key variables to establish an appropriate date to begin installation of the curling ice. Our overall objective is to have minimal, to no impact on the start date of league play. As some of you may already be aware of, we made the decision at our last board meeting to not host our annual GEWC Open Summer Spiel this upcoming Labour Day long weekend.
New this season, will be a mandatory “Membership Orientation” session to welcome you all back into the club going over the safety protocols we have put in place. Dates and times for these sessions will be outlined in a future communication piece.
Bonspiels /events will most certainly look different this upcoming season, we will need to wait to find out what the rules will be in terms of hosting events in the weeks and months to come, and what the format of these events may look like.
If anyone has any questions or concerns please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care everyone!
Your management team,
Dean and Shannon Joanisse
Club Email Update Policy
GEWC has revised it’s policy around bulk email sending in order to comply with email best practices, <a href=”https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business”>CAN-SPAM</a>, and the <a href=”https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/E-1.6/index.html”>CASL (Canada Anti-Spam Legislation)</a>. In the past we haven’t always been diligent in these efforts, which was caused many ESPs (Email Service Providers) to see us as spam. This is causing delivery issues to much of our membership. The steps we are taking will slowly rebuild our reputation with ESPs and resolve the delivery issues we’ve been encountering, but this will take some time.
We recently sent out an email regarding the <strong>Annual General Meeting</strong> containing a virtual voting component. This was sent to our entire membership that we have email addresses for. According to our analytics, this email was opened by 47+% of the recipients and 59 votes were cast, which meets our annual reporting obligations under the BC Societies Act of 25 members participating. We understand that many did not receive this email due to spam filters and we apologize for this inconvenience. We are doing the best we can considering the <span style=”color: #000000; font-family: SFNSText, ‘Helvetica Neue’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial; display: inline !important; float: none;”>COVID-19 </span>restrictions.
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We appreciate everyone’s understanding and patience as we deal with unprecedented circumstances and evolve our club into a forward thinking entity