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History of the Williams Lake Curling Club

The Williams Lake Curling Club is a not-for-profit society that has been around since 1947.

The first club executive was formed March 6 1947. Elected members were President: Tony Woodland, Vice-President: Ken Rife, Secretary/treasurer: James Muirhead, Directors: Claude Huston, Tom Winston, Jack Smedley, Herb Gardner, Roderick Mackenzie.

No rink was actually built until 1949. That year the election results were: Tony Woodland President, Owen Kerley was Secretary/treasurer and drawmaster Ken Rife was liaison officer between the executive and the rink manager. Membership fees were set at $12.50 a year. The original club was housed in a rink that was attached to the Cariboo War Memorial Arena, and boasted two sheets of ice.

The Ladies Curling Club was formed in the fall of 1950. Merle Bishop was President, Flo Kelt was Secretary. In 1951 the ladies club had 16 curler in their ranks. In 1952 they increased their membership to 20, and joined the BC Ladies Curling Assoc.

This rink was home to the curling club until the fall of 1957 when a Quonset-style rink with three sheets of ice was constructed on Borland street (where the Cariboo Regional District was housed prior to moving to their current location). This facility was home to curling until the numbers made the need for more sheets a priority. They then built the club in 1977 in the location where it still stands today.

We have come along way since the joy of the sport was turned into a reality by Tony Woodland and the rest of the original founders of our club.

The club enjoys strong support from the community and puts on several annual events and bonspiels.

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Thank You to Irene Stangoe. I have received all of my information courtesy of her.

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