The year 2016 has seen the biggest change for Grand Forks curling in over 65 years. Though the planning has taken several years, changes over the past few months have been very apparent. Looking at pictures is a fun reminder of the excitement during major construction. At that time there were almost daily changes and you couldn’t help but notice the progress. Since then a lot of progress isn't as visible, but there have still been some major milestones. Completing the framing, turning the lights on for the first time, having running water, and testing out our ice making equipment all bring us closer to being back on the ice. It is the season of thanks. We thank you for your gifts of time, money, materials, and enthusiasm which have helped make this building a dream come true.
From the beginning, there have been many individuals that have contributed to our success. They’ve stepped in when we’ve needed an extra hand, for example putting screws in the wall or tearing down the old structure. We are a member volunteer organization run by dedicated people, and that means the work doesn’t just get done at board meetings. Curlers themselves are often out there making it happen when they can. Construction has been a bit behind on schedule, but that’s because they want to take the time to get it right. They understand very well that the new building is a big part of the future of curling in Grand Forks.
Money and Materials
It stared with money raised during the 2009 World Men’s Curling Championship at Ralph Englestad Arena. That was a significant amount to get us motivated, however, it was only a fraction of what was needed to build an entire club. From there we had some very dedicated members who started looking at ways to raise the money. Members have been a majority of donations to date, both cash and in kind donations through their businesses or trades. The impact of that is incredible. Those donations have been boosted by contributions from organizations such as the Myra Foundation as well as many local businesses. They recognize the importance of curling in our community both in the history as well as offering more to people of Greater Grand Forks.
Often underestimated, your enthusiasm shows through in every aspect. When you walk through the front door, you understand that power. It spreads through others and that excitement is exactly what drew you to the game in the first place. You show it when you tell a friend about your favorite winter sport. You show it when you make time in your busy schedules for the club. You show it when you see one of our facebook posts and share it for your friends and family.