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Established in 1958, the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club is the oldest arena curling club in the United States. SFBACC is a nationally-recognized leader in curling development, providing learning opportunities, youth scholarships, competitive development, recreational leagues, corporate and private events, and more. We have already taught thousands of Bay Area residents to curl in 2014.

Now, we are raising funds to build a dedicated curling center right here in the Bay Area so that we can take these programs to the next level. But we can't do it without your support. Please join us and make your tax-deductible gift today: DONATE NOW!

Dedicated Ice Blog Update

We've posted an update to the Dedicated Ice Blog. Take a look! www.dedicatedice.com/blog

SFBACC's New Website and Donor Recognition!

It has been a busy couple of weeks since we announced plans to move forward with a dedicated curling facility in California, and the excitement is building. We've already raised more than $115,000 toward our $600,000 goal.

Today we're announcing a brand new website at dedicatedice.com, which we plan to grow into a great destination for our members and donors. This site is dedicated to providing information about our club's programs and the latest developments on dedicated ice.

Along with this, we're also pleased to roll out our fundraising rewards program, which lets us recognize your generosity witha variety of Thank You gifts. Check it out!


The Golden Gate Bonspiel is fast approaching!

The Golden Gate Bonspiel Committee is getting excited as our 2014 bonspiel approaches.

As of right now, we have a full slate of out-of-town teams and need only 1 more local team to round out our 32-team bracket! We especially want to encourage our newest curlers to participate in their first bonspiel, so please invite them to sign up (as teams or individuals) when you see them!

As always, putting on a great 3-day bonspiel is an expensive undertaking, and we count on a few fundraising efforts at the bonspiel to reach our financial goals. To that end, we need your help to put together some great gift baskets for raffle as well as silent auction items and gift cards ($5 and up) for other games & activities.

Dedicated Ice Status Update

•LETTER OF INTENT We received the owner’s response to our Letter of Intent (LOI) on 3/17. We immediately turned around our response by the end of that week (3/21). As it appears to take them a few weeks to reply, we expect to hear back in the next week or two. Next steps are to have an in person meeting. To characterize the main discussion points:

*Rent/rent abatement/lease commencement - Our objective is to take possession as soon as we are ready (city approves our application and we have enough $ in the bank), but not pay any rent until we are open for curling.

2014 Board Election Results

The 2014 SFBACC board elections concluded at tonight's Annual General Meeting. The newly elected board members are:

Brian Davidson – President
Sarah Walsh - At Large
Jay Diamond - At Large
Kate Garfinkel - At Large
Barry Ivy - At Large

SFBACC Membership Approves Dedicated Ice In The Bay Area

Dear Members and Friends of Curling,

Earlier this evening, the membership of the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club voted to authorize the club's Board of Directors to proceed with building in Hayward, CA what will be the only dedicated curling facility in California. Once operational, the new curling center will provide a greater diversity of draw times and activities, improved ice quality, and allow us to fully develop our Youth/Junior curling initiative as well as new wheelchair and deaf curling programs.

AUP Application and Member Vote Meeting Call-in Info

Today we finally submitted the AUP application to the City of Hayward. Michael Lively personally delivered it and was told by the planner assigned to us that the drawings look more complete than most of what they get in. Way to go Michael!!. Next we have a meeting to discuss our application set on April 2nd. The drawings look pretty cool. We will have a copy to show at tomorrow's member meeting

DI MEMBER VOTE CLOSES TOMORROW

WCF Loan Info, Kudos, Revised DI Business Plan, and Hayward Facility Tour

WCF Loan Application
Last week we submitted a loan application to the WCF (World Curling Federation) for a $200,000 loan. In addition, we have been keeping Darrell Ell, who is with the WCF, abreast of our efforts, including sending him a draft of our business plan. Darrell took our draft business plan with him to Sochi for the WCF meetings they were having. Apparently the WCF and other attendees of the meetings were very impressed with our programs as a club and were complimentary of our business plan. SFBACC appears to be one of the better performing clubs in the country in terms of our programs and our plans for the future. Darrell indicated that he sees no reason why we would not be approved for the loan.

Results of Member Forums

Here's a summary of the DI Committee's work in the last few weeks:

Member Forums
•We completed 2 member forums and we greatly appreciate everyone’s time and feedback.
Members asked a lot of good questions, and hopefully the Dedicated committees was able to answer most of them.
•We are in the process of incorporating member feedback into the business plan and supporting documents.
•Next steps are to update these documents and get them into your hands by next Monday prior to the member vote.

Member Meeting and Voting

Sharks vs Quakes Curling on Comcast Sports Net

Thanks to Brodie Brazil and the Quakes and Sharks! (Photo links to CSN video)

Sharks defenseman Jason Demers throwing a stone