WESTVILLE — Curlers are settling into another season at the Westville Curling Club.
The club hosted an open house last week and organizers are looking forward to a promising and active season at the club.
Devon Chisholm is among those who have returned. She is settled into work at a pharmacy and has rekindled her enjoyment of the game.
“I curled in high school and I came back curling last year,” she said. “I like the game. It makes you think.”
Kayla Graham agrees.
“I like the challenge,” she said. “There’s so much to think about.”
Yvonne LeBlanc is entering her 18th season curling at the club and still likes it despite some back issues.
“If I have to stick curl, I will,” she said.
Jason LeBlanc returns as club president while treasurer Bonnie Coulter and Dawn Fraser are among the volunteers who also help with operations.
“We had a good year last year,” Coulter said, noting the 73 members who curl and the nearly 30 seniors who drop by on Thursday afternoons. “The club is pretty good shape, so we’re looking forward to another good year.”
Coulter cited the up to a half dozen rentals that get booked, usually on Saturdays, as well as the annual Curl for Cancer, whose 2018 edition is tentatively scheduled for February 9. The event raised about $16,000 last winter.
“That’s always good for the club,” she said. “It gives us exposure.”
Many curling clubs are getting older, but Coulter said Westville is holding its own with about 25 per cent of its members between 20 and 40 years old.
Northumberland Regional High School rents ice, while the Town of Westville has included curling in its event during winter carnival.
“We have a strong volunteer base,” Fraser said. “The club becomes a community.”
Repairs in the basement mean it can also be used for non-curling activities.
Devon Chisholm delivers a stone during practice at the Westville Curling Club’s open house on November 8. (Goodwin photo)