Club member Julia Wallin certainly knows about the community a curling club provides. She started curling in Emerson, Manitoba in the 8th grade. Throughout her life she's curled as a club member in Emerson, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Grand Forks. Altogether that's 54 years of curling, plus a few years when she lived in England and couldn't find a curling club. She joined the Grand Forks Curling Club when she moved here in 1975. She served as president of the Scotties in 1982 and has volunteered at the club by working in the kitchen and at bonspiels.
Today she just curls for fun, but she says there was a time when she enjoyed being competitive and traveled to other clubs for bonspiels. Marlene Bergsgaard, Dorothy Lipp, and Barb Spicer were some of the women with whom she often curled. She remembers one trip in particular when her team was travelling to Williston by Amtrak. They were joined by teams from Grafton and Fargo for the journey. A Southerner on board gave them some strange looks. Of course those were the days when curlers still used straw brooms. She remembers that his eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Look at all the witches!"
"Curlers are very thoughtful. They enjoy other people, they're social, and sometimes competitive," Julia says. She's always found the curling club to be a warm and friendly atmosphere. When it comes to Grand Forks, Julia says that she's thankful and feels "very lucky" to be a part of the GFCC. "We have a great curling club," she states, "and we're very fortunate."
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