Hello Everyone,

    Who knew that there could be so much confusion over sweeping? This subject came up at a meeting of the GTA Curling Club managers yesterday and one of the managers summed it up as a “S*** show. Everybody is just doing what they want.” She was afraid it was going to result in fisticuffs, and we all know that fisticuffs is contradictory to COVID social distancing guidelines. So what do we do if there’s an issue these days, we fix it with protocols. So, here they are, the new protocols for sweeping. These are based primarily on the most current protocols published by Curling Canada and CurlON, with a few clarifications.

    1. Sweeping is only permitted between the T-lines
    2. If you are sweeping a rock and trying to freeze on a rock behind the t-line, you must stop sweeping at the t-line and hope that you’ve swept hard enough to that point to get it all the way back to the opponent’s rock
    3. One sweeper from the delivering team per shot, no other sweepers from any team at any point during the shot.
    4. No relaying
    5. The player in charge of the house, typically the Skip or Vice, may not sweep the delivered stone or any other stones (both colours) set in motion by the delivering team
    6. In the event of a hack weight takeout, the player in charge of the house is not allowed to sweep the opposing team’s rock out after it is tapped and crosses the t-line

    There is also some uncertainty about where to stand when your team is not delivering.

    1. Curlers should remain on the same side of the sheet between shots. Please refer to Curling Canada’s diagram posted on the windows behind the sheets. In-ice decals have been installed on the sheets to indicate where to stand when your team is not delivering.
    2. Although we are fortunate enough to have spacious walkways along the backboards at the window end of the sheet, we ask that you please refrain from congregating there to await your turn.

    distancing illustrationsCheers,

    Doug  


    Hello Mixed curlers,

    The Mixed team lists and schedule have been loaded on the Tam website. Log in using the Username and Password you used to register and find it all under Curling Info > Teams & Schedule


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    Teams
    Listing of all the teams and players.
    Clicking on a player's name allows you to send them an email.
     
    Schedule
    See ALL games, not just your own, sorted by date.
    There are 3 groupings:
    Upcoming – future games
    Awaiting Results – games in the past without a score
    Played – games with results posted
    Your team's games are highlighted in yellow. 
    Vice/Skip can enter/edit results of their games by clicking on the dropdown arrow between the team names. Only one team needs to enter the results of the game (i.e. the vice of the winning team).Standings
    Up-to-date standings, assuming all game results have been input by the Vices/Skips.
     
    Rules
    Pretty self-explanatory.
     
    My Games
    This will show all of YOUR games by league. 
     
    Find Spares
    Lists of spares for the various leagues with the ability to send an email to players on the list
     
    PDF copies of the Schedule
    Schedule of the full draw by Division (like the one sent out by the drawmaster)

    Reminder (of particular note to new members): You will notice that only the Mixed and Day Ladies info appears here. To make a long story short; we have 2 websites. You will find the Mixed and Day Ladies information here at https://tamheather.ca/. For the Men's and Business Women, go to https://www.tamheathermens.ca/. A lot of work has gone into developing both these websites over the years, which is the main reason we still have both. Someday we'll combine them, maybe.


    You should have received an email yesterday (Tues Sept 28) or today (Wed Sept 29) from CurlON with your “QR” code.

    If you are receiving this email, but did not receive a “QR” email from CurlON, please check your SPAM folder first in case it ended up there. If you still can’t find it, please let me know by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will investigate its absence further.

    This QR code must be scanned on the tablet at the entrance to the clubhouse. At the east entrance, the tablet will be on the wall, just to your left as you enter. Where it will be located at the west entrance is still to be determined. This scanning is required to satisfy government mandated tracing requirements and must be done every time you enter the building. So, be sure to keep it handy, either on your phone if you always bring your phone with you when you play, or as a paper printout.

    As mentioned in an earlier email, please be sure to bring both your QR code AND your Proof of Vaccination documentation/passport the first time you come to the Club, in order that we update your QR code with your vaccination status.

    Cheers,

    Doug


    Hello Everyone,

    We have seen almost everyone’s Proof of Vaccination, but with the weather still conducive to playing outside, some members still haven’t yet played their first game indoors at Tam. I’m sure you can appreciate that the Club cannot have someone constantly manning the entrance from 7:00am to 10:00pm every day. We did man the door for all utilized court times during the first week of the season in order to cover all the leagues and Block Bookings, and then off and on when we realized that the schedules were such that not everyone played that first week. That allowed us to verify the vaccination proof of the majority of members, but not all.

    Recognizing how important it is to many of our members to know that everyone has provided proof that they are fully vaccinated, we will be scheduling times during which those members who have not yet shown us their Proof of Vaccination will be asked to come to the Club and show us their proof. In this way, we hope to attain 100% verification. 

    At the following dates/times, there will be a staff member in the vestibule of the dome. 

    • Wed. Oct 20    9:30 to 11:00am
    • Wed. Oct 20    4:00 to 5:00pm
    • Wed. Oct 20    7:00 to 8:00pm
    • Thurs. Oct 21    9:30 to 10:30am
    • Thurs. Oct 21    7:00 to 8:00pm

    To anyone who has not yet shown us their proof of full vaccination, we ask that you plan on coming during one of these scheduled times with your Proof of Vaccination and personal ID, as well as your QR code. If you have not received your QR code (via an email from CurlON), please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. requesting it be resent.

    Your assistance with completing this verification effort is appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    The Ice Book that, for years, resided on the desk beside the door leading out to the back deck is now online. It still looks the same, but you’ll now need your computer, tablet or smartphone to look at it. And the request sheets have been replaced with an on-line request form that you will submit instead of stuffing the handwritten paper version into the locked box.

    So, here’s how it works.

    Step 1 – Go to the Tam website at www.tamheather.ca and log in using the same Username and Password that you used when you registered for this season.

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    Step 2 – Hover your cursor over the “Ice Booking” icon. Then select “View Ice Book” from the resultant drop down. This menu item will onlly be visible to registered curling members.

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    Step 3 – View the Ice Book by clicking on the most current file from the listing. If we’re doing a good job of file maintenance, there should only be one file each day. But, if you see more than one file, just select the first one as that should be the newest version.

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    Step 4 – Scroll through the file looking for a date/time that you would like to book.

    Step 5 - Close the Ice Book file in order to return to the screen containing the ice request option. This is the Registration section and appears on the same screen as the Ice Book file(s), just further down the screen. Your contact information will be automatically populated from your profile. If any of this information is incorrect, please go to your profile and update it.

    Step 6 – Populate all the required fields (i.e. Purpose, Date, Time, Sheet).

    If you are requesting ice for a Make-up Game, you will also be prompted for the names of the Teams involved.

    There is a “Request Information” section for requesting ice for practice or a make-up game.

    There is a “Cancel Information” section further down for cancelling ice you will not be using.

    After filling out all the required fields, click the purple “Process Registration” icon at the bottom of the page to submit your request.

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    Additional information:

    • The Ice Book will be updated every day during the week around mid-afternoon. If you want to verify that you got the sheet you requested, please don’t email or phone the office. Just wait for the next version of the Ice Book to appear and you will see your request reflected. You will only be contacted if there is a problem with your request.
    • Practice ice can only be requested up to a maximum of one week in advance of the date being booked. There is no such limit on Make-up games.
    • When requesting a make-up game, you should also cancel the sheet you are rescheduling in order that it be made available to others. This requirement is intended to discourage the practice of requesting multiple sheets in order to present multiple options for your opposition to choose from. In a perfect world of unlimited ice, this would not be an issue. But make-up and practice ice is limited and reserving multiple sheets “on speculation” like this keeps these sheets from being available to others.
    • Be sure to use this process to cancel any sheets you will not be using. Jason doesn’t want to have to reinstate “The Black List” (names of members who repeatedly did not cancel their sheets resulting in the ice being prepped for use and then sitting empty).

    Cheers,
    Doug

     

     


    1. QR codes – Per my earlier email about this, everyone should have received an email from CurlON with their QR code. Many, many of you brought your codes with you during the first almost 2 weeks of the season along with your Proof of Vaccination, allowing us to do the one-time update on your QR code to reflect that we have seen your proof. Henceforth, you will only need to scan your QR code when entering the dome. You will not need to show us your proof again. For those of you who have yet to come to the Club for the first time, please be advised that we still need to see your Proof of Vaccination before you can enter the dome. We are in the process of contacting anyone that has not yet shown us their Proof of Vaccination or who may have shown us their proof but did not have their QR code for us to update. If you are one of these people and have not received a QR code, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will arrange for it to be resent.
    2. Elevator-related construction – Access to the clubhouse is currently only available via the east entrance due to the ongoing work on the elevator. The project has a completion date of October 19. We should be able to reopen access from the west parking lot by then or shortly thereafter, but don’t make any plans for riding the elevator just yet as the inspector needs to do some trial runs on it first.
    3. Office hours - The recently announced change necessitating that all staff be fully vaccinated has resulted in some of our office personnel not being allowed to enter the Club. This has resulted in reduced office hours. So you may find that the office is not open when you are at the Club. If you need anything (i.e. door fob, review of Proof of Vaccination, etc.) or have any questions that you would normally have just come into the office to resolve, please contact the office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a phone message at 416-284-9251 and be assured that every effort will be made to respond in a timely manner.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    1. The Bell – Most games have been shortened from 8 to 6 ends to allow the ice staff extra time to sanitize the rocks, brooms etc. and to ensure Government mandated capacities are complied with during draw changes. In some instances, where there is no one coming on the ice afterwards, some leagues have decided to allow games to play longer. To facilitate these changes and the various game durations, the bell will now ring 10 minutes before the scheduled end of the game. When the bell rings, the end that is being played is the final end. Teams should not start a new end after the bell sounds. Your league convenor will advise you of the duration of time limits that your league will be utilizing. If in doubt, just listen for the bell.
    2. Game Rescheduling and Practice - The emphasis on eliminating common touch points has put an end to our previous process (i.e. the ice book). Our webmaster is working on an on-line solution and has promised to have something for me to look at on Thursday. So stay tuned. I hope to communicate something in this regard later this week. For anyone who may have missed out on all that practice ice last week and is wondering when there might be some open ice this week, your best bet is Wednesday night at 9:00pm (4 sheets) or Friday evening at 5:00pm (4 sheets). For now, these sheets are available on a first come basis.
    3. QR codes – Per my earlier email about this, everyone should have received an email from CurlON with their QR code. Many of you brought your codes with you last week along with your Proof of Vaccination, allowing us to do the one-time update on your QR code to reflect that we have seen your proof. Henceforth, you will only needto scan your QR code when entering the building. You will not need to show us your proof again. For those of you who will be coming to the Club for the first time this week, please be sure to bring that code, on your phone or in printed form, along with your Proof of Vaccination in order that we do this update for you. If you have not received a QR code, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will arrange for it to be resent. If you do not have a QR code the first time you come to the Club, don’t despair, you will still be allowed to enter providing you have your Proof of Vaccination.
    4. Elevator-related construction – Access to the clubhouse is currently only available via the east entrance due to the ongoing work on the elevator. The project has a completion date of October 19. We should be able to reopen access from the west parking lot by then or shortly thereafter, but don’t make any plans for riding the elevator just yet as the inspector needs to do some trial runs on it first.
    5. Office hours - The recently announced change necessitating that all staff be fully vaccinated has resulted in some of our office personnel not being allowed to enter the Club. This has resulted in reduced office hours. So you may find that the office is not open when you are at the Club. If you need anything or have any questions that you would normally have just come into the office to resolve, please contact the office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a phone message at 416-284-9251 and be assured that every effort will be made to respond in a timely manner.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    happy fallThank you to All Club Members

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    Generous Support & Patronage

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

    The order end date was Monday, October 4

    Damiano & Neil


    Tennis play started Friday Oct 1. The first day of practice for curling is Monday Oct 4. Just so you don’t feel guilty being on the courts and on the ice knowing you haven’t yet paid your membership fees; Fear Not, we are now accepting payments.

    The easiest way to pay is by logging onto the Tam website at www.tamheather.ca, just as you did to register. Once you log in, click on Registration menu item. Click on the appropriate purple icon; curling or tennis, whichever is appropriate. This will take you to the payment screen where you will be able to pay with your credit card.

    You will notice that we are also offering a two (2) payment option on most memberships again this season, allowing you to pay 50% now and the remainder in the New Year. If you prefer to pay the full amount, that option is also available.

    Payment can also still be made with debit, cheque or cash, but requires that you come into the office to do so.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    With the Sept 22 implementation in Ontario of a vaccine passport system for indoor settings, you will now be required to provide a Proof of Vaccination document together with appropriate personal identification before being allowed entry to Tam Heather; for both the tennis dome and the clubhouse/arena. Note that the final dose of any vaccine combination must have been taken at least 14 days prior to the date at which you enter the club.

    This information will be reviewed by a Club staff member the first time you enter the club. Here’s how it will all work:

    1. All registered members, except those tennis members who already received their QR code back on Feb 17, will receive a dedicated QR code from CurlON via email within the next week. You will receive an email from Tam Heather on the day that we request the QR code on your behalf in order that you know to expect it. On that same day, you will receive an email from CurlON with your QR code. The QR code can be saved to your smartphone or printed for scanning upon entry to the tennis dome or clubhouse/arena.

      CurlON developed this touchless APP for member clubs to help them align to the Ontario Government Regulation 364/20 that required clubs to keep contact information for each person that enters their facility (similar to restaurants and bars). The APP manages the data in a similar fashion to a boarding pass for air travel. The only information maintained in this database as per legislation is your name, email address, and phone contact along with your gender as a statistical marker. No other personal information is gathered and all data is kept, as per regulation, for a total of thirty (30) days and then deleted. The data is kept in a secure server that is only accessible by two CurlON staff members when requested by a Health Official for contact tracing.

      CurlON is dedicated to the safety of participants at all member clubs and this no-charge APP is one of the measures put in place to allow clubs to abide by the tracing Regulation and Proof of Vaccination mandate with minimal impact on the operation of the club.

      Note to Tennis members: You will notice the distinct curling theme of the QR email. This APP was provided by the Ontario Curling Association for use by its member clubs; hence the curling references. But it will serve the same purpose for any sport or facility where pre-screening is required.

    2. Upon entering the tennis dome or clubhouse/arena, you will need to read the posted COVID screening questions and, if able to answer No to all questions, scan your QR code from your phone or printed copy on the scanner at the doorway. If it is your first time entering the club, you will also be asked to present your Proof of Vaccination documents for viewing by the staff member manning the door. If you do not have your Proof of Vaccination documents, or if your documents do not fulfill the Ministry Vaccination requirements, you will not be allowed to enter. So please be sure to have the correct documentation with you the first time you visit the club.

    3. If your documents are acceptable the staff member will update the tracing APP to say “YES”, the member has fulfilled the Ministry vaccination mandate. For each subsequent return visit, the APP will record them as a fully vaccinated and club confirmed participant.

    4. If your documents were not acceptable, the APP will be updated with “NO”. and the APP will show a message of “Check-in Failed. Not vaccinated” and record this at each subsequent attempt to check in.

    5. Staff members will continue to monitor the entrances until all members have provided the appropriate Proof of Vaccination.

    6. This same process will be utilized by our weekly Rental leagues and clinics, and for any bonspiels/tournaments (if/when a decision is made to resume hosting such events).


    Fingers crossed, October 12 is our anticipated date for the start of the 2020-2021 curling season. Hopefully Mr. Ford agrees.

    In preparation for the start of play, practice ice will be available in the evenings Monday Oct 4 through Friday Oct 8, all day on Saturday Oct 9, and then again during the day on Monday Oct 11. There is no practice ice on Oct 10. We had hoped to have practice ice available on Oct 2 and 3 as well, but ice plant issues, the humidity, and the on-going elevator work has delayed our ice install a bit.

    Practice ice can be booked using the on-line Ice Booking feature on the Tam website at www.tamheather.ca. Simply log in and go to the Ice Booking menu. Make sure to change the month to October to see the available time slots.

    ice bookingAfter selecting your favourite sheet, you will see the available time slots. Select one and then add the name of your practice partner(s) in the appropriate spots (or “none”). Upon completion of your reservation, you will receive an email confirmation. Please be sure to cancel your reservation if you find that you are unable to attend at the reserved time. This will make the ice available for someone else.

    Additional requirements to be aware of:

    1. Reservations are limited to a maximum of 4 players per sheet. If you wish to play a practice game (4 vs. 4), perhaps consider reserving 2 sheets, using both sheets to practice for the first half hour; then all move to one sheet and play a game for the remaining half hour.
    2. Practice sessions are limited to 1 hour in length with a half hour between sessions to allow for sanitizing.
    3. Members are asked to limit their practice to 1 session per day; those little-used curling muscles will thank you and this will help ensure practice ice time for all.
    4. For tracing purposes, please be sure to include the names of all your practice partner(s) on your reservation.
    5. Park in the East parking lot (the side by the tennis dome) and enter by that door. The west parking lot and entrance will most likely not be available as work continues on the elevator.
    6. Masks must be worn at all times upon entering the building, but may be removed when on the ice.
    7. Upon entering, you will need to read the posted COVID screening questions and, if able to answer No to all questions, scan your QR code from your phone or printed copy on the scanner at the doorway. (Note: You should receive your QR code via email sometime during the week of Sept 27). If it is your first time entering the club, you will also be asked to present your Proof of Vaccination documents for viewing by the staff member manning the door. If you do not have your Proof of Vaccination documents, you will not be allowed to enter, so please be sure to have them with you the first time you visit the club.
    8. Proceed downstairs to the locker rooms to change. Remain downstairs until an ice tech advises that the ice is ready and unlocks the door up to the ice. A couple of warm-up stretches while you are waiting might be a good idea.
    9. All rocks will be sanitized prior to your practice session. If you are using a club broom, please take one from the wall rack as they too have been sanitized. After your practice session, do not put the broom back on the wall rack. Instead, put it in the black barrels marked “Used brooms – Unsanitized”. There will be no club stabilizers or delivery sticks available this season. Please arrange to purchase your own such equipment. The Tam Pro Shop can help with this.
    10. After one hour of perfecting your draw weight and enjoying being back on the ice, exit back downstairs to change.
    11. Unfortunately bar and kitchen service are not yet available; so we cannot invite you to stay for a drink or something to eat. We can only say how good it was to welcome you back and ask you to depart promptly in order that we start preparations for the next practice session.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    Tam Heather Club Members

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    “BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND”

    First Day to Place ORDER - Mon. Sept 20/2021 Last Day to Place ORDER - Fri. Oct 1/2021

    Email Selection & Quantities directly to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Signature Baked Beef & Chicken Pot Pies (single serving) $7.50 each

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    (Reheat thawed @ 325 degrees for 40-45 mins.)

    Beef Lasagna ½ pan = $22

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    (Reheat thawed @ 350 degrees for 45 mins)

    Note: If you would like to portion the Lasagna yourself to freeze, let us know and we will not freeze it.

    (Items come frozen so they can be reheated & served).

    Payment Options: CASH upon pick up or E-TRANSFER prior to pick up to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Damiano & Neil

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE TAM HEATHER KITCHEN


    This notice is being sent out because many members have already registered and this league was not available at time of registration. The deadline for league registrations has now passed, so you will not be able to register for this league on-line. But fear not!!! Instead, please contact the league captain, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 647-897-5454 to let her know of your interest.

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    The Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Tam Heather Curling & Tennis Club will be held on MONDAY, THE 27th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2021, at 7:00 pm for the following purpose:

    1. Acceptance of Minutes of Annual General Meeting held September 28th, 2020, copy of which accompanies this notice

    2. Director’s Reports

    3. Review and adopt the Financial Statements for the year ended April 30th 2021, copy of which accompanies this notice

    4. Elect Directors

    5. Confirm the Acts of the Directors for the preceding year

    6. Transact such business as may come before adjournment

    The meeting will be held virtually.

    Dated at Scarborough, Ontario this 16th day of September, 2021.

    By Order of the Board of Directors.

    Dennis Welbanks
    President, Board of Directors

    Login to see AGM Documents and more information.


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