Prince Albert Curling Club explores management possibilities

Andrew Schopp
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Curlers hit the ice in recreational league action at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club on Thursday. Club president John Hemstad said curling operations will assess their financial well-being in March and explore the possiblity of hiring a full-time manager who can increase membership numbers. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp 

Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club president John Hemstad said they will explore the possibility of hiring a full-time curling operations manager in March.  

On Oct. 4, The Herald reported the club had appointed a new management team consisting of longtime members Pat Bibby, Merv and Jacqui Wiesner to assume the management responsibilities of the club’s curling operations.

Commending the job the trio is doing, Hemstad understands the demand for a full-time manager, dedicated to promoting the club and bringing in new members.

Hemstad said the Wiesners and Bibby will hold the position until the end of March, when the board of directors will assess the situation. 

“At the end of March we’ll have to assess our financial well-being and determined whether or not we want to begin advertising and looking for somebody from outside the city or even out of the province,” Hemstad said. “We’ll see whether or not we can bear the risk of bringing somebody in.”

Hemstad said the risk involved in making such a hiring is finding a manager who can cover the cost of their salary by increasing curling participation and therefore club revenue.

If they do seek out a full-time manager, Hemstad said they would be looking for someone with extensive experience working with clubs and promotions.

“We’ll want somebody that has worked with the public and is a people person,” Hemstad said of the ideal candidate for the job. “They certainly need knowledge of curling, understand scheduling and are big time on promotions to get as many participants as possible to expand our membership.”

Hemstad said the board has examined various possible management scenarios, including six-month, eight-month and 12-month positions.

“We are still thinking and analyzing which of those options we should go with,” explains Hemstad. “At the same time, we need to watch our financial well-being too.”

In the meantime, the current management trio is doing what they can to increase membership through various special events and promotions at the club including the glow in the dark curling event on Saturday. 

“They’ve tried to get business groups to do special events for their office or company,” Hemstad said of the current management’s efforts. “They are just trying to get more curling exposure to the general public in hoping they become apart of the facility and our leagues.” 

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