History

The Campbell River and District Winter Club opened its doors in January 1964 with George Crossland as the first President. The founding members were Arnold Cameron, Duke & Mary Kersey, Tom Richardson, Eleanor Geise and Ralph Boyd. Three hundred memberships were sold for $100.00 each and the club was built for about $75,000. ¬† In 1977 the mortgage was paid in full. The first major event hosted was the BC Mixed Championship in 1965 and was won by skip Barry Naimark of Vancouver. In 1968 the Campbell River’s local fire fighters team skipped by Bill McIntosh won the Provincials and came in third at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary. ¬†Throughout the years the club has hosted several zone playdowns, Provincial Mixed, Winter Games and Senior Mens Championships.

The club has honoured several life members including Bea Mitchell, Irene Watkins, Irma Riley, Joan Rydeen, Ralph Boyd, Art De’Ath and Terry Kratzmann.

Today, the 4 sheet curling club is one of the very few curling clubs remaining totally owned by its shareholders.

Ralph Boyd

Ralph Boyd, an avid curler, was a founding member of both the Comox Valley and Campbell River Curling Clubs.
He served as President of the Campbell River Curling Club, Vancouver Island Curling Association, Pacific Coast Curling Association and the Canadian Curling Association. Ralph was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1987 under the Builder category. In 1994 Ralph was awarded membership into the Governor General’s Curling Club and was presented with a red jacket and pin at the 1994 Annual General Meeting of the Pacific Coast Curling Association. A fiercely competitive player, he thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of the game and the many friends he made locally and across the country from his association with the CCA and 25 year attendance at the Bier.