Columbus Curling Club
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P.O. Box 14529
Columbus, OH 43214
Mr. Gordon Webster
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CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Gordon Webster
Fritz-Rumer-Cooke Co., Inc

To promote, support, and grow the sport of curling in central Ohio and the Columbus metropolitan area.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement


  • The Rocks and Rings program was introduced in Columbus, which is one of two initial test markets in the United States.

  • We replaced our aged curling stones. The old stones should have been refurbished more than 10 years ago due to the number of scrapes and nicks on the bottoms, which greatly affected their performance. The board decided to rent our old stones to new clubs, which are now being leased by Notre Dame University. Renting our old stones also reduces the need for The Great Lakes Colleges Association to buy more stones for rental purposes.

  • We begain a capital campaign for a new building.  We are currently leasing our facility, but have the desire to move into a space of our own to make permanent renovations, allowing us to run the club more efficiently.

  • We made multiple maintenance updates to our facility. We moved two giant rain collection tanks out of the bar area; reorganized the second outbuilding and began work on a pebbling center that will function as a watershed using rain water; spread mold control chemicals over the walls surrounding the ice; and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. We installed two large water collection barrels on the roof to save funds and allow for better ice quality. The ice will freeze harder, allowing for faster stones.

  • We purchased a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of frost on the ice and the demand for ice volunteers. It also reduced the cost of operating the chiller, as it is not working as hard to condense moisture.

2013 GOALS

  • We will host both the Men's and Women's regional playdowns in February. They will be streamed online through the Tenth End Sports Network.

  • We will work to develop our Teen Curling program. Currently, we a meeting to work with teens interested in curling on Saturdays. Ideally, this will gain interest among residents and local schools so we can expand ice time for the Teen Curling program to afterschool.

  • We will promote use of our facility to college curling programs during afternoon and late night hours.

  • We will launch a capital campaign to reach $150,000 for a down payment on a facility.

Background Statement

Columbus Curling Club (CCC) traces its early history to a small club in Newark, OH. Graham Campbell, director of the local ice rink, started Newark Curling Club (NCC) in 1999. The club curled on two sheets of arena ice with stones that had been donated by Robb Borland of the Great Lakes Curling Association. The Newark club, however, was a labor of love that could not garner the needed interest and support from a small community.

In 2002, Hal McGrady, having recently returned to central Ohio, began a quest to bring curling to the Columbus area. In August of 2002, Hal met with Pat Lysinger and Mike Gallagher, both of NCC, to begin discussions on creating a new curling club. After a year of effort, Hal was contacted by Stuart Cohen, who came to the Columbus area from Boston. Together, with the members of NCC, they founded CCC.

The new club would need more than Newark's two sets of stones. Stu contacted Bev Schroeder, member services director of the United States Curling Association. She in turn, put Stu in contact with Renee Spencer of Winchester Curling Club (WCC) in MA, which was ceasing play and was interested in donating three sets of curling stones to a worthy club.

Stu and Hal loaded three sets of curling stones on a rental truck. Hal then drove the truck to Columbus where they unloaded the stones into Stu's basement until they were to be used. This generous gesture on the part of WCC was so critical to CCC's success that it's rotating league trophy was named The Winchester Cup.

In October 2004, CCC delivered its first stones with 52 curlers participating in the inaugural season and was admitted as a member of the Great Lakes Curling Association. In March 2006, the CCC was awarded 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Currently, CCC has close to 150 full members and 35 social members who hope to raise awareness and education of curling in the central Ohio community.



Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 60 
Staff Retention Rate:


Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fundraising Plan No
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan No
Additional Organization Information

We collaborate with 15 curling clubs that belong to the Great Lakes Curling Association, stretching from Tennessee to Michigan.  


Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Webster, Fritz-Rumer-Cooke Co., Inc
Board Chair Term 4/2012 -  4/2015  
Board Members
Mr. T.J. Burkett, U.S. Trotting Association  
Mr. Larry Cook, NCR Corporation  
Mr. Mikel Coulter, CTL Engineering, Inc.  
Mrs. Jenn Frim, The Wellington School  
Mr. Adam Huffman, Philips Healthcare  
Mr. Dudley Irvin, Nationwide Insurance  
Mr. Tracy Lutze, Neopost USA  
Mrs. Amy Lyle, Medical Pharmacies  
Miss Jenn Mason, Briscoe Law Offices Co., L.P.A.  
Miss Lisa Wolfe, Ohio Department of Health  
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually 14 
Board Meeting Attendance 81% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%


Gender Female 36%
  Male 63%
Race African-American/Black 0%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 100%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%

Advisory Board

No members in the Advisory Board.


Teen Curling

Teens who are interested in curling may come to the facility on Saturdays to learn about the sport. If they would like more time on the ice, they may become club members and curl afterschool or become full junior members and join the evening leagues.

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Rocks and Rings

The Rocks and Rings program is designed to introduce curling to elementary school children in an off-ice environment. By bringing the curling rink to the school gym, we reach children who would otherwise not have access to the game. The program started in Canada with a sponsorship from Capital One. The expansion of the program in the United States has been difficult without similar corporate sponsorship. Through negotiations, Columbus and Chicago became test sites. We have the equipment necessary to take the program to schools in the Columbus area for a fee. Our instructor visits each school for a total of six hours to teach kindergarten to grade six students how to curl with brooms and plastic curling stones on ball bearings. At the end of each 40-minute class, students go home with their Rocks and Rings graduation certificate.

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Private Outings

We host private learn-to-curl clinics for corporations, sports teams, schools, youth, church groups, or any other large group of people. The outing lasts approximately two hours and consists of an off-ice introduction to the sport where participants learn about the different terms in curling.  After everyone speaks fluent curling, the group heads onto the ice and learns how to sweep and deliver stones for about 40 minutes. The group will then be divided into teams of three or four to play a couple of ends of a real game for the final hour.

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Learn to Curl Clinics

Central Ohioans can learn to curl like the Olympians. Clinics are two-hour sessions led by certified curling instructors. The sessions consist of 20 minutes of off-ice instruction where participants will learn about the different terms in curling before being lead to the ice to learn how to sweep and deliver stones, followed by a few real games.

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Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 07/01/2011 - 06/30/2012
Projected Revenue $177,014
Projected Expense $172,764
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? Yes

Revenues by Source

  2011   2010   2009  
Total Direct Support $109,593  $104,779  $58,663 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $109,593  $104,779  $58,663 
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue $26,554  $37,165  $9,524 
Interest and Dividends $510  $233  $174 
Membership Dues $58,727 
Special Events $6,499  $11,106  $2,568 
Other $3,799  $1,801  $2,068 
TOTAL REVENUE $146,955  $155,084  $131,724 

Expense by Type

  2011   2010   2009  
Programs $84,074  $58,664  $40,203 
Administration $55,429  $42,126  $23,638 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $139,503  $100,790  $63,841 

Assets and Liabilities

  2011   2010   2009  
Total Assets $254,011  $256,516  $219,402 
Current Assets $97,625  $96,325  $80,633 
Total Liabilities $74,913  $84,871  $102,051 
Current Liabilities
NET ASSETS $179,098  $171,645  $117,351 


TCF Staff:

Membership dues were not reported in FY09-10.

  Mr. Gordon Webster

A common desire amongst our membership is to move into a dedicated facility that we own. We currently play in leased warehouse space, which is much better than renting arena ice, but has limitations. A quest for a new space is a long-term goal, but until we complete a business plan to accomplish this goal we will not launch a fundraising campaign. In the current market, we project that a downpayment of $150,000 will be needed to purchase a facility.

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