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Jan. 18, 2019
 
Dear USCA Member Clubs, States and Regions,

Here is the next edition of USCA Tapas for your information and sharing with your membership. Have a good weekend.
 
Rick
 
What happened in the previous two weeks:
 
Inside the world of curling
• The USA Curling ambassador project with Olympic gold medalist Tyler George has drawn very positive reviews from the Charlotte (NC) Curling Club, which reported that Tyler’s time and efforts there resulted in 30+ new members; 400+ unique visitors to the facility; nearly $11,000 in revenue, and a tremendous amount of local media attention. Tyler will be doing several more ambassadorial visits this winter/spring as part of this project.
• Provisional membership has been approved for the Palm Beach (Florida) Curling Club, with the condition that a particular club by-laws update be completed and confirmed with the USCA before any formal action can be taken on full membership.
• The International Fair Play Commission is seeking nominations in four categories for 2018 fair play awards.
• Candidates are also being sought for the 2019 International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Awards, with a nomination deadline of today.
• The Stephanie Senneker and Scott Dunnam teams have earned the performance incentive bonus of $5,000/team offered by USA Curling this season to the top-ranked women’s and men’s teams not in the High Performance Program on the WCT Order of Merit Year-to-Date by Dec. 31.
• While attending the first days of the Men’s Challenge Round in Blaine, Minn., I met with Fogerty Arena GM Rob Hall and Four Seasons Curling Club manager John Benton to hear their perspectives on a number of items/issues and seek resolutions.
 
Grants/Sponsorship/Revenue Development
• The Q4 report has been filed for the USOC Challenge Grant, and unless there are any surprises, we will have met the challenge to receive the $20,000 grant. Our target in qualified fundraising for all of 2018 was $107,000 in order to receive the grant, and we reported $142,000 (with a net return of about $130,000 after fundraising expenses).
• The USOC has officially confirmed that we achieved the next tier of the Digital Media Agreement web site unique visitor traffic, which results in another $75,000 to be paid to USA Curling. Thanks to all who helped achieve this goal by responding to our year-end campaigns!
• Conversations are continuing with a promising new sponsor prospect.
 
Events/Sport Education
• The WFG Continental Cup of Curling is underway in Las Vegas, with USA’s teams led by Jamie Sinclair and John Shuster.
• The playoff teams are set for the Junior Nationals underway in Two Harbors, Minn.
• With registration now closed for the Senior Nationals, 30 teams are signed up for the men’s competition and six for the women’s.
• There will be an officiating course Jan. 26-27 in Kalamazoo, Mich.
 
Competitive Programs
• The Paralympic National Team competed in the Kisakallio Cup in Finland, going 3-4 in pool play in the 14-team event.
• The HPP mixed doubles team of Sarah Anderson and Korey Dropkin went 8-0 in winning the highly competitive Qualico Mixed Doubles Classic in Alberta. This duo has advanced to the playoffs and medaled in nearly every competition they have played in this season.
• The Ann Podoll, Kim Rhyme and Annmarie Dubberstein teams have qualified to the Women’s National Championship from the Challenge Round in Itasca, Minn.
• The Todd Birr, Chase Sinnett, Steve Birklid and Jed Brundidge teams advanced from the Challenge Round in Blaine, Minn., to the Men’s National Championship.
 
Communications/PR
• Check out the new Centennial Farm racehorse-to-be named Bonspiel, son of the famous Curlin, and sure to be a curling fan favorite.
• See Associated Press article on the ex-NFL Pro Bowlers seeking to join the ranks of competitive curlers.
 
What’s up next week:
• NGB Council meeting, Tuesday.
 
What’s coming two weeks from now (Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2019):
• USCA Board of Directors meeting (webinar/teleconference), Jan. 29.
• Third leg of Curling World Cup, Jonkoping, Sweden, Jan. 30 – Feb. 3.
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