A BRIEF HISTORY
Curling was first brought to Summerland in February of 1950 by Cecil Wade. The ice was made outdoors and used as long as the weather stayed cold. In January of 1951, volunteers built a hockey arena with three sheets of curling ice where Kelly Care Home and The Drop In now stand. In February of that year, a committee was set up to look into the feasibility of getting machinery for artificial ice. By the following year enough memberships were sold for $100.00 each, making it possible to pay for the equipment. In May of 1952, a contract was let to Bett's Electric of Penticton, for the installation of this equipment. Also at the same time volunteer members built the coffee bar, club rooms, etc., and were ready to go November 1st, 1952.
The membership started off with 120 men and about 60 ladies who curled twice a week, and 50 high school students who curled Saturday mornings. The following year an afternoon league for retired men in the community was started, consisting of 24 members who played twice a week. The first eight ender was laid in 1953.
In 1970 to 1973 the Arena was condemned and had to be torn down. A lot of the curlers went to Penticton to curl hoping we'd get a new Arena soon. In 1974 they built an Arena with four sheets of ice for curling and our Curling Club was back again at last.
In 1994 a well known resident and curler in Summerland, Harry Hackman at the age of 86 and 64 years of curling put his broom in the closet.
In 1999 in an attempt to take our Club to a competitive level we put blue hone elsie craig inserts in our rocks, installed jet ice, for water quality and the members have appreciated the consistent curling ice ever since.
We have four sheets of ice, a lounge up stairs, and a small kitchen. We adjoin the hockey arena and have access to the banquet room down the hall that has a large kitchen that we use for bonspiels and the end of the year party.
Most of the out of town teams stay in the Rosedale Motel (494-6431) about a five minute walk from the rink.
Every Club needs to raise money to offset unexpected expenses and to keep our curling fees at a reasonable price and we do this with raffles and making apple pies. We have a lot of good volunteers that make these projects possible and we have a lot of fun doing it.