HISTORY OF RIVERVIEW CURLING CLUB
Riverview Curling Club is unique to the City of Brandon,
as it is the only curling club in Brandon owned and operated by the members, for the members and all concerned curlers. We
have both Corporate on members and curling members who work together for the betterment of our non-profitable organization.
The curling season of 1970 - 1971 found us without
a home to curl out of. The owners of our rented curling facility wished to use the building for other purposes. One optimistic
individual started the ball rolling and got a few others interested about building our own four sheet curling club. Consequently;
meetings and discussions were held by a few enthusiastic from October, 1970 to March 1971, until enough information
had been accumulated to call a general meeting of our past curlers and any interested curlers in early April, 1971.
The results of the April meeting were overwhelming.
The first organizational meeting for the election of a Board of Directors was held April 19, 1971. From
then on it was fund raising for the purchasing of land and construction of a building. In no time, enough funds were available
a one-city block of land in the Municipality of Cornwallis for one thousand dollars. We were later annexed into the City of
Having the land our next step was to obtain
a loan to build our estimated forty-five thousand dollar building. Memberships for one hundred dollars each were sold to one
hundred people coming up with the $10,000 (ten thousand) needed for a $45,000.00 (forty-five thousand) mortgage. The mortgage
was obtained from the then Brandon Co-op Credit Union, now Westoba Credit Union.
The sod turning took place the 24th of June
1971. The construction started immediately. The building was built through the work of volunteers with minimal pay
output to tradesmen. It was amazing how many of the volunteers were tradesmen carpenters, electricians, plumbers, refrigeration
engineers, tinsmiths, and heating personnel. We had workers for all aspects of construction coming forth to help. Building
was a fun time with both Men and women helping in every possible way.
Curling commenced the first week of November
1971, approximately four months after the actual construction had commenced. The Official Opening
was held on January 15th 1972.
The ingenuity of building a clubroom to facilitate
banquets, meetings, and dances provided, and still provides, an additional means for income covering twelve months of the
year. The Riverview Ladies' and Men's Clubs donated their time and financial profits to assist with the mortgage payments,
of which they still do.
3, 1981 was a "Honourable Celebration" for Riverview when we were financially capable to complete
the mortgage payments and "BURN" our ten-year
Through many innovations fund raisings
continue and improvements are being
mad through the same route by which the "CLUB" was built, by volunteer work.
This past summer saw the curling
area being set up for six courts of floor shuffle board, which we hope i'll continue to be used.
It is evident through our curling
leagues and numerous bonspiels that Riverview contributes to the sport of curling in Brandon.