The Latest News from Hollywood Curling!

December 5, 2013
In This Issue
Annual General Meeting
Board Elections
Fargo FANdango
Fargo: A Few Days in Paris
Halloween Mini Spiel
Recent News
Member Spotlight
Curling Ettiquette
International Tankard
December 8, 9:00pm
Annual General Meeting

December 15, 6:00pm
Learn to Curl

More Learn to Curl and Open House dates will be announced very soon!  Stay tuned, or check our website!

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Our fall season wraps up this week, and we're looking ahead to the new year and the Olympic rush.  Did you happen to catch curling on NBCSN a few weeks ago?  The Olympic Trials were televised live from Fargo.  Check out some of our members' first hand accounts of the action below.  And be sure to join us for our Annual General Meeting this Sunday at 9pm at the LAKVIC.
Please join us
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, December 8, 2013
LA Kings Valley Ice Center
Please join us to hear about how the club is doing, our thoughts and plans for 2014, and to get involved and make your voice heard.
Board of Directors
Your 2014 Board of Directors
Thank you for those who gave feedback regarding nominations for our board of directors.  We have one board member choosing to step down this year (John Hess), with the remaining eight electing to stay on board.  We had one nomination from the floor (Dwight Okahara).  With nine available board positions and nine interested members coming forward, your board of directors for 2014 will by default be filled by those familiar faces as seen our our website- please click here to view the photos and bios of the new board.
Fargo FANdango
Matt Gamboa takes Fargo by storm!
Posing on the ice in Fargo at the US Curling Olympic Trials.  Best night e  
Over the summer, Matt Gamboa won the USA Curling Fargo FANdango contest with this awesome video, and proved he was curling's most creative fan. Check out his blog to recount his journey to take in the US Olympic Team Trials for curling last month in Fargo, ND.  
Fargo: A few days in Paris (of the Midwest)
8-bit Slider Chris Olander strikes again, this time with a great blog article about his experience with fellow Hollywood Curlers in Fargo at the US Olympic Trials. Read about it on our website!   

Also, check out this Open Letter to Curlers of the United States from Kyle Jahns, a Canadian curling reporter who covered the Olympic Trials and will be covering the winter games in Sochi.
Halloween Mini-Spiel
Our Halloween spiel was a smashing success!
Thank you to all of our members and friends that came out to the Halloween mini-spiel.  It was a great time, with some great costumes, and some good raffle prizes.  Thanks to our friends at OC Curling for promoting the event to their members and helping out.  
First place team:  
TJ Hamilton, Amanda Calhoun, Dwight Okahara, John Palmer
Second place team: 
Ken Dethloff, Joe Schey, David Nazario, Kathryn Zdan.
Recent News & Results
Team Zissou- Runner up in PIC Playdowns
Congratulations to Team Zissou (Paul Mendoza, Ryan Berdan, Tim Mendoza and Adam Kapp) on placing second in the Pacific International Cup California Playdown last month in Portland.  It was a tough field, and the guys still have a chance of going to the PIC in April if they open a second berth for California.  Fingers crossed!

Bond Girls made the news in Canada
The Bond Girls made the front page of the newspaper in Lethbridge, Alberta in October.  They were also featured on the news promoting the growing sport in California.  Way to represent girls! And thank you to the Lethbridge Curling Club for the awesome hospitality!
Member Spotlight
This month we feature Katie Kerr!
If you follow Katie on Twitter, or know her, you know she has a wicked sense of humour, is a great curler on the ice, and one of the biggest LA Kings fans you'll ever meet.  Katie is also about to compete in the Irish Mixed Doubles play downs this weekend in Dumfries, Scotland.  If she and her teammate Alan Mitchell win, they will go on to represent Ireland in the Mixed Doubles World Championships in April.
Katie was recently selected as one of eight finalists in the LA Kings Superfan contest, and while she didn't win, we call shenanigans!  There is no greater fan than her, believe us!  On the ice, Katie has been a Bond Girl since 2011, and she's been curling since 2009.  
Check out this super awesome article about Katie that was featured on the Irish Curling Association's website.
Curling Ettiquette
Skip:  The Headliner

Like any Hollywood power player, a skip needs to be a triple threat. Actor/Writer/Director, these are all positions a skip plays.

Skips have a lot of pressure, and a lot of "lines" to remember. Keeping the area behind the house clean, clearing and catching rocks for your own team or your opponent whenever possible. Just as any star, a skip must show a broad range in their ability,

with good draw, guard and take out weight in their toolbox. 


Typically called upon to throw last rocks, the skip's performance can bring tears to your eyes, or catch your breath in your chest (or alternatively leave an audience underwhelmed and unimpressed). That's why they get top billing, the face and name of the rink.


While the skips performance in the hack makes the trailers, it's the performance in the house that wins awards. The skips job is more than just throwing the final two stones to win the end. She directs her team's performance, drawing out their best (figuratively and literally). Masterminding the strategy for the team, the skip must be thinking multiple shots ahead, scripting out her game plan.


Like any good set, proper etiquette is important. Pacing her scenes, be decisive and efficient, thereby earning those extra moments for the scenes that really need the extra strategizing. Practicing stillness and fair play in the house for their opponent's shots is important, as disrupting other actors mid-scene can cause a Christian Bale level altercation.

International Tankard Nominations
MoPac is now accepting applications to be submitted to the International Tankard Committee. The International Tankard is a friendly competition between the two regions, Washington State and British Columbia. Teams are made up of club members whose volunteer efforts have furthered the sport of curling at a local, national or international level. Nominations are limited to those who have made significant contributions to their club or to the sport of Curling. You can nominate any MoPac members or yourself. 
Applications are due December 18.  Click here to read more about how to nominate yourself or someone else.  We want to see a Hollywood curler at the Tankard again this year!  (Last year, Marissa Messier represented).

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Good curling!  from Hollywood Curling