gavelTam Heather’s 2021 Annual General Meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, September 27 at 7 p.m. Due to the current indoor gathering restrictions and for the safety of our members and staff, the meeting will be held virtually.

    This year’s meeting will be held via ZOOM. All 2021-2022 registered members will receive an email with a link to the meeting during the week prior. This email will also provide links to the AGM package (i.e. Agenda, Minutes from the 2020 AGM, Financial Statements).

    Given that this meeting is being held virtually, the Board would like to ask members in advance to provide any discussion items that they would like to have added to Monday’s agenda as new business. Many members may have the same question(s), so getting them added to the agenda beforehand helps ensure your item gets addressed. We only have 2 hours for this meeting (people have to go to work in the morning), so we only have a limited amount of time for each question. Getting your question in advance will allow the Board to work on an answer beforehand which should also help save time.


    As we mentioned in a previous registration email, returning members will be given a 2 week priority period (from Aug 23 to Sept 7) in which to register and guarantee placement in their respective leagues. So time is running out.

    Good news!!!  Registration has only been open for 2 weeks and we’ve already exceeded the number of registrants from last season. Jason returns to work starting tomorrow as he and Luc start work on installing the curling ice.

    Also, here is a link to our updated Curling Safety Measures,

    Cheers,

    Doug


    wilfIt is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Wilf O’Connor on August 19 after a brief battle with cancer.

    Wilf was a long-time member at Tam Heather, including serving on the Board as Treasurer. Our condolences go out to his wife, Ida, and the rest of Wilf’s family.

    Additional details are available at

    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?pid=199901531

    A funeral Mass will be held at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church at 2234 Ellesmere Rd., Scarborough, on August 27th at 11:00 a.m. 


    bill lamIt is with great sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of Bill Lam. After a very long and courageous battle with cancer, Bill passed away on Saturday July 31, 2021. Bill was 63 years of age. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Paula, who supported him daily throughout his illness and his son, Jason, and daughter, Christine.

    Bill very much enjoyed physical activities, and notwithstanding a one year sabbatical that he required for health treatments, he did not let his illness prevent from engaging in some of his favourite activities. He remained a committed attendee at the gym; played golf frequently in the warmer months – often with his son, Jason, and with members of Tam Heather; and, as we best knew him, a member and an active supporter of Tam Heather.

    A long term member and true friend of Tam Heather, Bill served on the Men’s Committee serving as Draw Master for the Tuesday Night Rated competition. He also served on the Sunday Sinners Committee, organizing the Tag Draw each week.

    As was Bill’s request, the funeral service was limited to family only. Bill’s family has requested that, for those who wish to remember Bill, donations be made to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


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    CurlOn recently notified member Clubs that their Ministry contacts have confirmed that capacity limits are 100% for Sport, meaning if we were to start curling today, we could run full leagues on the ice using all 8 sheets. In addition, Step 3 of the Province's 3-Step Reopening Roadmap came into effect today and allows for 50% capacity for other areas of the club, specifically the lounges. So, after-game socializing is also a go.

    This is definitely encouraging news as it answers, at least for now, one of the 3 most-asked questions, specifically “What will be the gathering limits?”

    Which brings us to the other two (2) most-asked questions for which we still do not have answers.

    Question number 2 is “Will it be a requirement that one be fully vaccinated in order to join?” The answer to this one was clarified somewhat by yesterday’s announcement by Premier Ford rejecting vaccine passports and forced vaccinations. The Canadian Curling Association has scheduled a webinar later this month where clubs will receive additional legal advice on this issue. So, more to come on this one.

    Question number 3 is “Will I have to wear a mask while curling?” This one is also unanswerable at this moment. Last season, we were required to wear masks at all times during the game as we were told that “masks prevented transmission”. This is still the contention of the Government’s health “experts”. Vaccination does not change this, as it does not prevent transmission. Some clubs adopted a less strict masking protocol on the ice last season, allowing players to lower their masks when delivering and when sweeping. CurlOn has been working on Return to Play guidelines for the upcoming season and expects to release these shortly. So, more to come on this one as well.

    Which brings me to the final question many of you have been asking; “When will on-line registration be available?” Our best guess at this point is sometime mid to late August. By then, we hope to be able to provide more details on what to expect for the upcoming season.

    So, stay tuned … much more to come.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    We are excited to announce that the 10th Annual Tam Heather Ladies Golf Tournament will be held on Friday September 10th, 2021.

    This year the tournament will be acknowledged as The Sandra Bruce Memorial Golf Tournament.

    The tournament will again be held at Remington Parkview Golf Course and this year we will be playing the Valley Course.

    Check in is between 8:00 and 8:30 AM. We should be in carts and ready to go for the Shotgun Start at 9:00 AM.

    The cost per person is $120.00 and includes: Morning Coffee, Greens fees for 18 holes of golf - Scramble Format, Shared Power Cart and Dinner following the tournament.

    There will be course contests, prizes for the first, second and third place teams, and draw prizes.

    There will also be a special event this year: a LOONIE AUCTION in support of the GOGO’s. Bring a bag of loonies with you!!

    The tournament is open to all female members of the Tam Heather Curling and Tennis Club, and friends.

    As a result of COVID we are asking teams to register as foursomes. By doing so your team members will be aware of the vaccination status of each person on the team. We don’t feel comfortable putting teams together for this reason. Please note that carts are shared and do not have a divider.

    We would also request that one person in the foursome be responsible for registering all four members of the team and for e-transferring payment for all four members of the team.

    If you are a single, double or three-person team you can submit your name to Donna Terry at the email address below and she will put you in contact with other people looking to make up a foursome.

    Registration is now open and participation is limited to the first 17 foursomes who register.

    The point of contact for registration and e-transfer of payment is Donna Terry. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    This email is being circulated to several different lists and we apologize in advance as you may receive this information more than once.

    Looking forward to a wonderful and fun day!

    2021 Golf Tournament Planning Committee
    Donna Terry
    Lorna Higgins
    Anne Jackson
    Carolyn Nixon
    Janet Gammon


    Although outdoor tennis clubs/courts were allowed to open in Step 1 and have been open since back in May, the Province's 3-Step Reopening Roadmap does not allow for indoor sports and recreational fitness to reopen until Step 3. Premier Ford announced last Friday that Ontario will finally enter step 3 on Friday, July 16.

    Unfortunately this reopening news comes much TOO LATE. By July 16th, two and a half months of our 5 month summer season will have been lost. Most members who join for the summer do so in order to play intercounty, or to take lessons or participate in summer camps. More than 50% of the court time in past summers was used for lessons. The dome's closure, and uncertainty about when it would reopen, resulted in all our coaches finding alternative/outdoor venues where they could coach. Many of our summer and annual members also joined outdoor clubs, rather than wait in hopes of Tam reopening. So, with no camps or leagues or lessons, and two and a half months of summer play already lost, summer membership numbers and court usage will undoubtably be much too small to cover base operating costs (lighting, air conditioning, etc.), much less the additional staffing and cleaning costs to comply with all the necessary safety protocols. Consequently, the Tam Heather Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to stay closed for the remainder of the summer and concentrate on being ready for a fall reopening.

    We hope you understand and agree with this decision and we look forward to seeing you again on the courts in the Fall.

    As a result of this decision, Annual members are therefore entitled to a credit/refund of the summer portion of their memberships. The office is currently calculating the refunds and will be contacting all Annual members in the next few weeks to find out what you would like to do with your credit.

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    Hello Everyone,

    Toronto Parks, Forestry, and Recreation (PFR) has an on-line Public Consultation meeting scheduled for Thursday July 15. See the details below and at the City website (available via the Curling Strategy link below). PFR is also doing a survey. This meeting and survey are open to anyone. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear about the City's evaluations and plans for Curling and provide your input.

    Cheers,
    Doug


    Virtual Public Meeting

    • July 15, 2021
    • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Join the meeting online (Opens in new window) with password Curl23

    by calling 1-416-915-6530 and using Event number/Access Code 177 533 8229

    A virtual public meeting will be held to introduce the Curling Strategy to the public, share work to date, introduce and gather feedback on draft principles for shared use or arena conversion, answer questions of clarification and share next steps.


    Public Survey (July 9 to 25, 2021)

    A public online survey has been posted and is available by clicking on the Curling Strategy Survey link below. The survey introduces the City's Curling Strategy and ongoing work to the public and is intended to gather feedback on the draft principles for arena conversion or shared use (developed through stakeholder engagement), and preferences between the two options.

    Curling Strategy Survey

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