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30th Executive Director Speech 2019 -“Oh the Lives We’ll Change”

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Oh The Lives We’ll Change

Congratulations!
Today is our day.
We’re raising some money!
For Kids ev’ry way!
 
We have rings on the ice
We have sliders on shoes
And auctions and raffles
And did I mention there’s booze?
We have curling pros.  And they bring what they know.
You can pick one because you’ve raised so much dough.
 
You’ll see there are four Scotts.  Look ’em over with care
About one you might say. “I don’t choose to go there”
With a Schneider right there and a Wark at your feet.
you’ll never go wrong choosing girls that bring heat.
 
And you may find a Foster
dressed up in a gown
In that case of course
she’s drawing houses all round.
 
She’s hotter here
in the cold cold rink air.
 
On the ice things can happen
and frequently do
to Koe’s as shoeless
and famous as you.
 
And when Birnie slides out
don’t falter.  Don’t woo.
Just slide right along
You’ll meet Superman too.
 
OH!
THE MONEY WE’LL RAISE!
 
We’ll help babies grow up!
we’ll support them with love!
They’ll do such great things
and have lives they dream of
 
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have Chadwick
He can really control that house with his stick!
Whomever you pick, Cotter, Beuk, Gates, McQuaid
However you throw, all your shots will be made.
 
Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes you won’t
 
I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly it’s true
picked rocks 
can also happen to you.
 
You can get behind three
four, five, a big bunch
And your draw will sail through.
You’ll be itching for Lunch.
 
You’ll come in for some lunch
really hungry for meat.
Wond’ring why Ty George was
a guy you couldn’t beat.
 
And when you’ve been beat
by a Yank it’s no fun.
Eight-ending yourself
is not easily done.
 
You will look for a Polo, Court George or the like.
You’ll wish they were easy, like riding a bike. 
With your Collins you’ll know you’re great at the lead!
Laura Strong at the back?  Or just Balsy and meed?
With Rob Harris though. Might be best to concede?
 
And IF Wes is there, you choose him or Lor-i…
or World Champ Miss Inglis? Or maybe Sac’cree
Or take PEI with Christianson, Marie?
Simple it is not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up their mind.
 
You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
cross wide ocean gaps to a Europe-y place
and search through the hills across Frenchish wild space
headed, I cheer for a big wondrous place.
The German Place…
 
…where people are just waiting
Waiting for curling to go
or ein beer to come, or a horn to blow
or the dance to start, or the wall to go
or the wine to pour, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a”Ja” or a No.
 
Everyone is just waiting.
 
Waiting for the pebbled ice
or waiting for Megan or my wife
or waiting around for ‘nother life
or a rock to pick or get through a crack
Or waiting, perhaps for a Gushulak.
or a stone to curl, or an auction take
or a draw to stop, or a tick shot make
Everyone is just waiting
 
Nein! 
That’s not for you!
 
Somewhere you’ll soon find
there’s Andy Capp but no Wrench.
You’ll see more great skips
where the best one’s named Jentsch.
 
With LeDrews flip-flopping
once more you’ll score high!
Tapping and doub’ling girl or guy.
Raising because you know you can’t tie!
 
Oh, the money we’ll raise!  There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There’s a Russian what fun!
And the magical things Galkina does with a rock
will make you the winning-est winner of talk
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the curling club watching you throw to the tee
 
Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t
 
I’m happy that Anil
will be looking at you
through his long lens
snapping pics of the crew
 
With friends
Whether you like it or not,
With friends will be something
you’ll be quite a lot
 
K 4 K fam’ly, each Easter with a band
You’ll meet a bunch of great people like Brittany Tran
And the one down the road, from Saskatch-ewon
Sara England can wow you with stories ’till dawn
 
And fun you will have
though the morning be bright
Fun you will have
though your hangovers fight
Fun you will have
through the day and the night
Onward through many
a weakening draw
though your arms may get sore
and your Ashams may gnaw.
 
On and on you will curl
and I know you’ll curl well
its for the kids you curl now
with pins on lapel.
 
You’ll find mixed teams, of course
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed teams
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you pick
Think hard and listen to me
And know that Sarnia
will fight for Sister Koo-ee.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And don’t step down on right if your gripper’s on left.
 
And will we succeed?
For the Kids, We will indeed!
(it’s our THIRTIETH …we’re guaranteed!!)
 
K4K Family, you make a difference!
 
So…
Be your name Birnie, Beuk or Bals-done
or Kimberly Schneider  Marie Christian-son
There are many great skips!
Today is your day!
Your weekend is waiting
So…get on your way!!!

Thank you.

Broom Wrap Installation and Ordering

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For those who took their broom wraps home and would like to learn how to install them, please see the following installation video.  http://broomwraps.com

If you would like to order a broom wrap please email executivedirector@kurlforkids.com.  We are working on a price to order and ship individual wraps.  Last names only are printed (names subject to approval by Kurl for Kids Committee)

-Bill

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One week left! Take your fundraising to the next level

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By far the hardest part about fundraising is asking for money. Why? Because not all of us can shamelessly ask people for money (although huge respect for those who can!).

Making the list of appropriate people to ask…
Worrying about the timing…
Wording your email to invoke an emotional response so people “feel” the cause …
But balancing that with not making people feel obligated to donate.

There are a lot of considerations when fundraising and you want to make sure you stay true to your own communication style. So, how do you get the most out of your efforts? Here are a few rules we live by:

  • Be clear on the cause
  • Be upfront: tell them why it is important to you
  • Be prescriptive: tell people what you want, not just ask them to donate
  • Discuss the IMPACT: what will their money do?
  • Express Gratitude (thank you notes mean a lot!)

Essentially, you need to have an elevator pitch!

Perfecting your Pitch

You need to know what you want to say and how you are going to say it in less than 30 seconds. People’s time (and money) is valuable to them, so you need to give them a clear reason to give it to you. Here is an example:

Kurl for Kids is a charity organization that hosts a pro-am charity bonspiel in support of neonatal care across Canada. Now in its 29th year, K4K has raised over $2.5 million dollars and we’re not stopping there. Help me support this great cause! I’m looking to raise X amount of dollars/I’m challenging all my friends to donate $20 dollars and all the proceeds go right to the hospitals to help provide better care for the tiny humans who need it.

Struggling to reach your fundraising goal and short of ideas?

Here are some we have tried in the past that go above and beyond your standard “email”:

  • Post a challenge to have X amount of people donate X amount of dollars to help you reach your goal
  • Host a donut, pizza or any other kind of day at your work, charge $2-5 dollars per unit (but the exposure is more important ;))
  • Do a 50/50 raffle at an event you are at
  • Ask your company – corporate sponsorships count!
  • Do a birthday campaign – what makes a better present than donating for a good cause?

No matter what you do, you have to put yourself out there a little bit. Remember #itsforthekids #29thK4K.

What are some of the creative ways you fundraise? We’d like to hear from you!

Olympic Gold Medalist, Tyler George, confirmed as Kurl for Kids Skip!

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***For Immediate Release***

With great pride we am pleased to announce that Olympic Gold Medal Champion Tyler George is now confirmed as a celebrity skip for this year’s 29th Annual Kurl for Kids Charityspiel!  A long time member of the Kurl for Kids Family, we could not have been more proud of him and his team’s accomplishment at this year’s Olympics in PyeongChang.  When Tyler confirmed yesterday that he would be back this year to celebrate together it reminded me about how strong this K4K family bond is and how much he looked forward to celebrating this amazing accomplishment together. #k4kfamily #familymatters #imnotcryingyourecrying #olympics

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Olympic and World Champion Skips

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I am happy to announce that we have added two new celebrity skips to the list.

Don Bartlett, eight time Alberta Champion, two time Brier Champion, World silver Medalist, Olympic Silver Medalist and three time World Curling Tour Player’s Champion is back at it!  A K4K alumni favourite!

Returning after almost 10 years, Mary-Anne Arsenault is happy to be joining the K4K family in our 28th year.  Mary-Anne is a twelve Nova Scotia Champion, five time Hearts Gold Medalist (including four consecutive), two time World Gold Medalist and a Bronze at the 2001 Olympic Trials.  Mary-Anne certainly brings a wealth of experience and hardware to our Charityspiel.

Please help me in welcoming Don and Mary-Anne to the 28th Kurl for Kids Charityspiel.

Kurl for Kids night at Club 54 Comedy & Dance Club!! Saturday,Jan 21st, 2017

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Hey Kurl for Kids Family!

For one crazy Saturday night in January, we’re moving the magic of the Hospitality Suite to Club 54 in Burlington!  Join us for a night of laughter and fun while we fill a comedy dance club with curlers and friends.  Tickets are $10.  Doors open at 8:30pm, show starts at 9pm.  We’ll section off an area based on advanced ticket sales.

Saturday, January 27th, 2017 – Club 54 (QEW & Walker’s Line in Burlington)

Email executivedirector@kurlforkids.com for tickets

@kurlforkids #roadto30 #stockingstuffer #club54 #28thk4k #forthekids

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New Website!!

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Hey Kurl for Kids Family!

The summer has been a busy one getting ready for next year’s 28th Annual Event!

If you’re reading this then you have navigated to the new website!  With the new website we are able to keep you up to date on the latest news including recently added skips (see home page), Photos, Sponsors and more!  The website is now the place to go for anything you may need for Kurl for Kids including donations to the OHF and the SSF, pledge forms, registration, maps and contact information.

One other change is registration.  This year registration while still being available on the website, payment for the registration fee will be via Square.  Upon receipt of your registration, the registrar will send you an invoice via Square (online payment).  Once payment is received then your spot is confirmed!

We have already confirmed fifteen skips for this coming year (April 13-15th, 2017).  Please see the home page for the up to date list.

Look forward to another great year!

Bill Garner

Executive Director

#roadto30

#kurlfor100k

@kurlforkids