Special RecognitionsOver the years, we have developed a tradition of honouring players or teams for their contributions to or participation in the Bonspiel.
On the Sunday morning prior to the Bonspiel, the Rookies (curlers participating in their first QIB) are presented to the President and the Rookie “event” sponsors. During this morning reception, the Rookies will receive their commemorative pins and identification. A committee is formed to observe and evaluate the Rookies’ behavior during the week and based on established criteria, a Rookie of the Year will be chosen. The “Rookie of the Year” will be named during the Grand Banquet (Wednesday evening) and be presented with a commemorative plaque.
During the Saturday afternoon prior to the Opening Ceremonies, several ceremonies / receptions are held to honor the players participating in their fifth (5th), tenth (i.e. those joining the Decaders’ Club), fifteenth (15th), and twentieth (20th) Bonspiels. At these various receptions, commemorative pins are distributed to these players, while those joining the “Decaders’ Club” also receive a commemorative certificate. We also honour the players participating in their thirtieth and fortieth Bonspiel.
At the Grand Banquet, a special ceremony is held to recognize the outstanding contribution of those players who are playing in their 25th Bonspiel. The new members of the "Quarter Century Club" are presented with a commemorative scroll and ring. Each year, between six and ten players join this august group.
Finally, the Executive Committee reserves the right to recognize an outstanding contribution to the Bonspiel, by awarding an “Honour and Merit” citation to a deserving player at the Grand Banquet.