• 250-498-2244
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Our Club

HISTORY OF THE OLIVER CURLING CLUB

On October 29, 1970 the Oliver Curling Club was officially opened. Curling had begun several weeks earlier, but “just for the record” they cut a ribbon and invited dignitaries from neighbouring curling clubs to formally mark the opening of the four sheet ice surface. And a bonspiel in progress, complete with visitors from all over the Okanagan gave it a kind of “crowning glory” moment.

The new $85,000.00 building didn’t just “happen”. Many people put in much volunteer time and money under the persistent and confident leadership of the first president, Eric Bastian and his entire curling board. They were relentless in moving ahead and getting the job done. Almost $22,000.00 was raised through the sale of memberships and another $55,000.00 in debentures sold to local residents. Not a dollar of public tax money was involved in the building or maintenance. Only $7,000.00 was borrowed from the bank and was repaid within two years.

The rink was officially “born” at a meeting in the summer of 1968 when a committee of about 10 ardent curlers decided to go ahead and sell debentures. Volunteers spent hundreds of hours doing the labour and businesses provided free service or materials. Bill Seidler was the building contractor and made sure the job was properly done. Eric Bastian deserved much of the credit for the new building and will go down in history as “the guy who built the curling rink because he didn’t know it couldn’t be done”. The first officers and directors were Eric Bastian, president; Fred Fritz, vice-president; Mel Skaros, secretary; Dave Francis, treasurer; and directors John Loudon, Dick Goodall, Alex Bauder, Roy Henderson, Ewart Bowering and Blaine Francis.

 

In 1993 the club went high tech into a geothermal thermal system which drastically cut power bills saving the members much money.

In 2005 a large grant was received from the government to help install Olympic size ice. A major renovation took place within the building restructuring much of the downstairs and upstairs.

In 2014 the rocks had inserts put in them to enhance our curling skills. As well, a new gas-fired heater was installed to provide warmer conditions on the ice.


Our Platinum Sponsor

Eastlink internet tv phone

Curler Login

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Upcoming Events

No events

Our Location

735 McKinney Road
Oliver, BC
V0H 1T3

Contact Us

Phone: 250-498-2244

Email: [email protected]

Follow Us

facebook

 


© 2021 Eastlink Curling Centre. All Rights Reserved. | Curling Club Management System and Website by CurlingClubManager.com