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Victoria Curling Club to close after 95 years

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A curling institution in Winnipeg has thrown its last rock.

The Victoria Curling Club, a mainstay of the local curling scene for 95 years, has made the decision to cease operations following much discussion amongst the executive, the board of directors and the membership.

The William Avenue curling club issued an official release on the matter this morning.

"Although the club owns the building and land outright, has money in the bank and is currently not in any debt, based on our current and projected membership numbers, debt is not far away," Victoria president John Muir said in a statement.

Muir indicated the move was made due to the lack of a financial safety net for the club. There were no loans or lines of credit available to the club, and any structural or operations expense -- be that an ice plant malfunction or a furnace failure -- would "surely shutter" the club during the coming season.

"Our current members and ice renters have been with us for a long time, and they have been good to us," Muir added. "We feel the best way to be good to them is to give them plenty of time to find alternative arrangements for the next curling season."

Per the Victoria Curling Club constitution, all assets will be distributed to a not-for-profit organization or a registered charity in the coming weeks and months. Following that, the formal dissolution of the company and entity known as the Victoria Curling Club Limited will occur.

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