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    Th sign valentineSince Monday Nov 23, we’ve been counting down each day of each 28 day lockdown in hopes of being allowed to reopen the courts. With the COVID numbers steadily declining and most other Ontario Regions being allowed to exit the Lockdown, there were promising signs that we could be looking at reopening as soon as the 22nd. But today’s comments by Premier Ford echoed those by Mayor Tory yesterday; that if allowed to exit the Lockdown, Toronto would only transition to the Grey Zone, and in the Grey Zone sport and recreation facilities must remain closed. I can’t believe when they built Tam almost 48 years ago, that they didn’t have the foresight to think that they should be building it on the other side of the Rouge Valley. If they had, we’d be reopening our courts today.

    Back before Christmas, I mentioned in an email that, in compliance with the pre-existing tracing requirements as well as the new emphasis on pre-screening, we have installed a touchless contact tracing app and that every member will receive an email with their “QR” code. We were holding off on sending these out until we were sure about reopening. But we’re not going to wait any longer. So you should receive an email tomorrow (if all goes as planned) with your personal “QR” code. Once you receive it, you will need to decide how to best ensure you have it with you every time you come to play. If you always bring your phone with you into the dome, then scanning it from your phone will work. But if you are not in the habit of always bringing your phone with you into the dome, then you should print off a paper copy of the “QR” code and put it in your bag to bring with you when you play. Having this “QR” code to bring with you to scan when you enter will be as important as remembering to bring your racquet.

    In my last email, I also promised an update with respect to the handling of membership refunds. As the members have now missed out on more than 25% of the season, a pro-rated refund is now owed to members. At their last meeting, the Board approved not immediately issuing refunds. Rather, we will wait to see when we are allowed to reopen. When that happens, the office will calculate what portion of the season was missed and credit members’ accounts accordingly. This will allow members to use this credit to offset any court fees they incur once they resume play. If, at the end of the season, a member’s account was still in a credit position, the member will have the choice of receiving a refund or applying the credit towards next season’s membership.

    For now, let’s all keep our fingers crossed, continue to stay in form by watching the Aussie Open, practice our tennis strokes playing Wii Tennis on our Nintendo, and look forward to soon being able to return to playing for real. Red Zone here we come!!!

    Cheers,
    Doug


    charlie boydSad news.

    We regret to announce the passing of Charlie Boyle late last year. He and his wife Annette have been long time members of the Senior Mixed Curling League at Tam.

    Further details can be found here.

    Please keep Charlie and Annette in your thoughts and prayers.


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    Thank you to All Club Members for their Generous Support & Patronage

    Neil and I appreciate and thank everyone for the tremendous response in the orders received last week from Tam Club Members.

    When your order is ready for curbside pick up @ Tam Heather you will receive an email from Damiano with dates and times for pick up.

    Note Payment Options: Cash or e-transfer upon picking up order.

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    Damiano & Neil


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    To All Tam Heather Club Members:

    What different times we’re in this season. Neil and I are missing the club immensely from Sunday Dinners, Bonspiels, New Years Eve party and all the club members that support the Tam Kitchen, it has been challenging in some ways for everyone.

    Through all of this we have had some inquiries about our beef pot pies. So Neil and I have decided that if there is enough interest we will gladly fill all requested orders of our Signature Baked Beef Pot Pies (single serving) $6.50 each. The pies will come frozen so they can be baked & served whenever you like.

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    Also available:

    French Tourtiere 10 inch -   $18 each

    Lasagna ½ pan - Beef $15 or Vegetable - $12 each

    Email Damiano your order with the quantities of your selection @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE TAM KITCHEN

    Happy Holidays to All!


    Thank you to everyone who has been so quick to contact us to share your disappointment over the cancellation of the curling season and to offer your support going forward.

    Already many of you have offered to forego an immediate refund and apply this year’s membership towards next season. This helps the club with cash flow during the extended off-season as well as allowing us to avoid the credit card service charges that would be incurred on the refund and again when you register next season. Others have even offered to forego a portion of their refund completely and allow the club to keep the funds as a contribution to a COVID reserve fund.

    The COVID reserve fund is something new. Other clubs are withholding a portion of membership refunds to cover the costs of putting in the ice, but not getting to use it. Others are selling COVID memberships to raise funds. Our COVID reserve fund is intended as a “just-in-case” measure that we hope not to need. If we are able to minimize our costs sufficiently, if there are no unforeseen breakdowns, if the government subsidy programs don’t dry up before COVID decides to relent, if we are able to reopen for the 2021-2022 season on time, and most importantly, if you all decide to return, we should be fine. However, that’s a lot of ifs. So the reserve fund will be there if needed. And, if it isn’t, those funds will be used instead for a capital improvement to the Club.    

    Please do not interpret this as meaning that we expect you to forego any part of your refund. That is not our intent. Members were promised a full refund in the event that curling did not happen. This promise was made when we were trying to ascertain if we had enough people interested to warrant putting in the ice. Even those members who decided not to play this season and purchased a Save My Spot membership are entitled to a full refund considering that the season never got started.

    So here’s the plan.

    1. We are currently compiling a complete list of members and how much they paid. It gets a little complicated, what with Save My Spot memberships, members who chose the 50% payment option, members who originally paid and then converted their memberships to Save My Spot, etc.. Now I know how Santa Claus feels, “…making his list and checking it twice …
    2. Once the reconciling is complete, Janet, Hanadi or I will give you a call. The purpose of this is 2-fold. We need to find out how you would like to receive your refund (full or partial; now or leave on account), and this also gives us a chance for a quick chat, something we’ve missed out on this season (stupid COVID!!!).

    So we’ll be in touch very soon.    

    Cheers,
    Doug


    There seems to be a lot of confusion and misinformation being spread concerning the protocols to be followed when exiting and entering the courts. Players are erroneously being told by others that they are required to get off the court 5 minutes prior to the hour. Those same players that thought players should be leaving 5 minutes early are then also moving onto the courts in that same 5 minute period. Needless to say, this has led to unnecessary confusion and frustration and even a few confrontations.

    So, the time for the bell has arrived!!!

    The bell will ring at 5 minutes to the hour and then again on the hour. The “bell rules” are as follows:

    1. When the first bell rings, players must stop play immediately. This does not mean finishing your game first. It means stop playing, exit the playing area, put on your mask, change clothes, pack up your belongings, and vacate the court, all before the second bell rings. 5 minutes should be plenty of time. You should not still be on the court or still sitting on the chairs when the second bell rings. You should be on your way out of the dome by the time that second bell sounds.
    2. Players waiting to play should not start making their way to their court until the second bell rings at the hour mark. Do not start making your way to the court prior to the hour, even if you see that the previous players have vacated and it is empty. Wait for the second bell.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    On November 10, 2020, the government announced new provincial restrictions in the City of Toronto to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. One of these restrictions is a 10-people maximum capacity for indoor facilities. To ensure that Tam Heather adheres to this 10-people limit, the following changes will take effect immediately with respect to individual court reservations in GameTime.

    • Courts 2, 3 and 4 will allow reservations for singles play only
    • Court 1 will allow reservations for doubles play
    • Court 1 can still be reserved for singles play, but we would ask members to only reserve court 1 for singles if none of the other courts are available.
    • All leagues and multi-court block bookings will be contacted and given the option to continue playing, but must adjust their schedule and play to adhere to the new 10-people limit. If this cannot be done, they will temporarily suspend play and the courts will be opened up.
    • Lessons will also be limited to one person and the coach.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and are hopeful that the necessity for these new measures will be short-lived.


    With the announcement late yesterday afternoon by Mayor Tory that Toronto will move to the red zone of Ontario's COVID-19 tiered shutdown system, our plans to reopen Tam for curling league play have been derailed yet again. This change takes effect this Saturday and is expected to last for at least 28 days until mid-December.

    This would mean:

    • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training; no league games allowed.
    • Maximum occupancy per area limited to ten (10) persons per room; so a maximum of ten (10) persons on the ice and another ten (10) in the lounge area. 
    • No alcohol or food sales allowed.

    With these measures in place, league play becomes an impossibility, not to mention the lack of socializing before or afterwards. As a result, the decision has been made to cancel curling completely until the beginning of January 2021. Although these measures expire December 12, it doesn't make much sense to reopen for just a few days before Christmas. We can only hope that these measures will have the desired impact of lessening COVID numbers in order that, in January, we can reopen for an abbreviated curling season. The ice will remain in and we will be monitoring the COVID-19 situation as January approaches and will decide on whether a partial season, starting in January, is an option. Additional communication will be forthcoming on the potential for a partial season.

    We have already started to receive inquiries about refunds. In this regard, I want to assure everyone that we will be providing pro-rated refunds to registered members based on when and if we reopen. Refunds will therefore not be processed until January earliest.

    In closing, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work our way through these unusual times. I also want to thank the Board Members, convenors, volunteers, and all interested parties who have been helping us navigate throughout this period of uncertainty.

    Questions or comments can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Disappointedly yours,
    Doug

     


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