Rail City Curling Club Meeting Minutes


Saturday, May 18, 2019


Board members in attendance and constituting a quorum were: Jon Christoff-President, John Vingless-Vice President, Shane McBurney-Treasurer, Scott Noel-Ice Management, Joe Murgo-Marketing, and Patrick Baney-GNCC Rep. 


The following club members were also in attendance:  Kristina Scanlan, Kurt Rodland, and Doug Merritts.


The meeting was called to order at approximately 7:15 p.m. by club president, Jon Christoff.  The first matter discussed was the results of the club survey.  There was a total of 16 results.  Most respondents felt  the club fees were affordable.  68.8 % of those who completed the survey liked the option of spreading club dues/fees out over time for members as opposed to paying a larger amount at one time.  In regards to league time slots, 18.8 % of respondents preferred the 10 p.m. -12 a.m. slot, 31.3 % preferred the 6 p.m.-8 p.m. slot, and the remaining respondents stated that they would curl regardless of what the time slot is. The majority of respondents felt that club members got along well.  In regards to competitive play vs.more recreational play, 37.5% of respondents were indifferent, 31.3 % desired more competitive play, and 31.3 % desired more recreational play.  Discussion was held about scheduling and arranging sheets to allow both types of play.  The majority of club members preferred randomly assigned teams as opposed to playing with the same people each week.  Finally, 12 out of 16 club members rated their experience as 5 out of 5, and the rest of those who completed the survey rated their experience as 4 out of 5. 


Some of the suggestions resulting from the survey were the following: having more recreational play, having more competitive play, reducing setup time, and finding ways to better market the club. 


More funds are needed for marketing.  Treasurer, Shane McBurney,  is planning to check on status of club’s 501 (c) 3 on Monday.  The consensus is that the baked goods fundraiser through Generations bakery was successful.  This may be an option for fundraising later in the year around the holiday season.  Charity Mania was brought up as a fundraising option by VP, John Vingless.  Charity Mania ties into pro sports.  Per Treasurer, Shane McBurney, the club has adequate funds to make July stone payment. Beginning in October, the cost of club stones will go up by 10%.  Discussion was held about purchasing the club’s own stones, but shipping costs are a factor.  President, Jon Christoff, presented idea of adding sponsor decals to stones.  The sponsor of the stones with the most points would get the clubs broomstacking.  The sponsors could also be added in with the curler of the week.  Ice Manager, Scott Noel, and club member, Doug Merritts, have plans to make club scoreboards that could also be a source for sponsor advertising.        


There is a new arena manager.  A meeting will be taking place in the future with the new manager and club officers.  Date and time to be announced. 


Another LTC will tentatively be scheduled for later in the summer, hopefully in August. Tonight’s LTC netted about $275 profit for the club.            


Discussion was held about inviting some members from the Penn State club to attend some league nights in the fall to help teach RCCC members more technique.

Discussion was held about club members learning more about strategy and doing some practice drillsprior to play. 


There was a unanimous vote to purchase 3 more sliders to reduce wait time for the next LTC.  There was also a unanimous vote for club member, Wes Rogers, to take on head of fundraising. 


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:00 p.m. 

750 Park Ave.
Altoona, PA 16602


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