Silicon Valley Curling Club

Annual General Meeting 2021

Monday, January 18th, 2021 starting at 7 pm PST

Every January, SVCC holds an Annual General Meeting of members to report on the club’s accomplishments and member activities from the past year, and to elect members to the Board of Directors and vote on other club items. This year is a little different, but the idea is the same. We hope you can join us to catch up, reconnect, and discuss future plans.

Where and When

+ Monday, January 18th, 2021

+ 7 pm PST + Via Zoom (a link will be sent to your email and displayed in the Member Warmroom)
  1. General Socializing
  2. President’s Report
  3. Election Results
  4. Open Member Forum
Board of Directors Election

Nominations for members to fill two seats on the Board of Directors are open until Dec. 30, 2020. Candidates have been announced and voting has begun.

Fun & Games: Virtual Edition

There’s no replacement for catching up and sharing a potluck in person, but we’ve come up with some plans to make this year’s virtual meeting one for the books!


Meeting Details

This year, as with many things in 2020, our AGM is going virtual! The meeting will be hosted on Zoom. A link to the virtual meeting room will be distributed via email and shared in the Member Warmroom. Join us at any time during the meeting!

Schedule of Events


Spend the first hour seeing and catching up with fellow curlers. Details on how we plan to make the most out of our virtual AGM are below!


SVCC President Andy Carle will present the President’s report which summarizes the state of the club, our accomplishments from the past year and plans for the future. The Elections Committee will also be announcing the election results.


Immediately after the conclusion of the Business Agenda, we’ll open up discussion to all members to ask any and all questions with regards to future club operations.


RSVP is NOT required. However, by letting us know in advance, it will help ensure smooth execution of planned social activites.


Annual Board of Directors Election

Each year, one or two of the five Director seats become available for election. This year, SVCC members will nominate and elect fellow members to fill two of those seats as Andy Carle and Jeremy Malerich reach the conclusion of their first term (terms are limited to two consecutive terms).

Any regular Member in Good Standing is eligible to run for a position on the Board of Directors. Two candidates have accepted nominations and their statements are available below. Candidates were announced on Dec. 31, 2020. Voting is now open and will conclude during the AGM. NOMINATE A MEMBERREAD CANDIDATE STATEMENTSLEARN MORE ABOUT THE BOARD

Anyone planning to vote in the election must be a registered Member (Regular Member or Junior Member 18+  years old) on or before January 5th, 2021. You can check your membership status by logging in to the Member Warmroom. If you have questions, please contact our Membership Coordiator (Jennifer) or the Elections Committee.

Social Activities

Just like in our Tuesday virtual broomstacking sessions, we’ll be gathering around our screens to chat and play games in our Zoom breakout rooms, as well as other planned activities!


We’ve gathered common phrases you’ve probably said or heard while virtual conferencing for work or catching up with friends and family and turned it into a bingo game! Try to piece together a winning bingo board during the AGM.


We’ll be using Zoom’s breakout room feature to host rooms for chatting and playing games like Code Names and Among Us.


We aren’t able enjoy all our delicious recipes together, but you can still share in the experience by making it for yourself at home! Check out the section below for some tasty beverages (includes mock-tails), food recipes, and to submit your own recipes to share with other members.


We haven’t curled much this year, but we’ve all been trying new things! Virtual broomstacking and bonspiels, gardening, cooking, and more. If you have photos you’d like to share of some of the new things you’ve experienced or explored, please send them to us.


Cheers! Skål! Slàinte! Salud!

Looking to share a drink with friends? We have a few Member-Inspired libations, shared by our very own members:  Jay Diamond and Steve Shaffer


Doctor Shaffer

A Bay Area Curling Classic:

  • Grab a tumbler or copper mug and then add…
  • A few cubes of ice
  • A shot of bourbon (recommend Bulleit)
  • Five shakes of orange bitters
  • Top it off with Ginger Beer (recommend Bundaberg or Fever Tree)
Give it a quick stir, and enjoy!

The Grunty Sweeper

  • 1 oz. Cinnamon Whiskey
  • 1 oz. Scotch Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur)
Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with pineapple leaf or other greens, cut to resemble a broom. Enjoy!
  • Gruntless Sweeper modification: sub 2 oz. of Sparkling Apple Cider or ginger ale for the whiskies and a splash of coffee for kahlua

The Vodka Pebbler

  • 2 oz. Vodka
  • 3/4 Oz. Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup (50/50 sugar/water)
  • 3/4 oz. Egg White (from 1 egg)
  • Angosturo (or your favorite) Bitters
Add all ingredients except the bitters to a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (no ice) to froth the whites. Add ice and shake to chill. Strain into a coupe or martini glass. “Pebble” a few drops of bitters onto the white froth. Enjoy!
  • Virgin Pebbler modification: substitute 7 Up for vodka and food coloring for bitters

Bon Appetit!

Create a potluck at home by whipping up these delicious recipes submitted by our members.

  • +1.5 oz. Spicy Vodka*
  • +1 oz. Apple Cider (non-alcoholic and NOT apple juice)
  • +0.5 oz. Maple Syrup
  • Rim the martini glass with a mixture of cinnamon and Baker’s Sugar.
*Infuse vodka with hot pepper of your choice-my favorites are Thai peppers and Ghost Peppers-by cutting pepper in half and inserting it in a bottle of vodka. I use about six halves of Thai peppers and a half of a ghost pepper. Leave peppers in for several days to several weeks depending on how much spiciness you can tolerate. If you have a delicate palate you can make an Orchard Martini instead. Same recipe as above but use a premium Vodka instead of the spicy vodka. Enjoy!
Shared by Mary Riordan
Roasted Mediterranean Cauliflower is a simple yet rustic side dish dressed in a harissa-tahini sauce with fresh herbs, chopped dates and toasted pistachios for crunch, all inspired from True Food Kitchen.
  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Total time: 40 min
  • 3 cups cauliflower (about 2 small heads), cut into florets*
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon harissa, depending on spice preference*
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable broth, plus 2-3 tablespoons as needed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 dates, diced
  • 2 tablespoons mint, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill
  • ¼ cup toasted pistachios
  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, toss together the cauliflower florets, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a dusting of salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the cauliflower evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes, tossing the cauliflower halfway through to ensure it cooks evenly.
  4. While the cauliflower roasts make the tahini-harissa dressing.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the garlic, tahini, lemon juice, harissa, vegetable broth, cumin, smoked paprika and salt. If the dressing is a bit thick and does not easily drizzle off the whisk, add more vegetable broth 1 tablespoon at a time.
  6. When the cauliflower is lightly browned and tender, remove it from the oven. Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes then transfer the cauliflower to a medium-size bowl.
  7. Toss the cauliflower with one-third to half of the tahini-harissa dressing (depending on your preference) then lightly fold in the dates and pistachios.
  8. Top with chopped mint and dill and serve immediately.
  9. Remaining tahini-harissa dressing can be stored for up to one week in the refrigerator and goes great on salads or other roasted vegetables.
  • This recipe works well with all types of cauliflower — white, green, purple. Whatever you can find. I personally enjoy a mix of purple and green when they’re available.
  • I found my harissa to not be very spicy so I added a ½ a teaspoon of red pepper flakes for a little extra punch. I enjoyed the dish even more with the added spice.



Share Your Potluck Recipe With Us!