About Plainfield Curling Club
Good people, good times, good curling.
Founded in 1963, the Plainfield Curling Club (PCC) is the only curling club in New Jersey with its own dedicated ice facility. Our club was planned, designed, financed, and literally built by the membership. We’re a not-for-profit organization that’s owned by our members and operates on the hard work and volunteerism of our members. We love our club and hope you do too.
Our curling season runs from October to April with 9 weeknight and weekend leagues for our members to curl in. We also host 9 annual bonspiels (curling tournaments/parties) over the course of the season.
Plainfield Curling Club is located off Exit 4 of Route 287 in South Plainfield, NJ. We’re less than a 10 minute cab ride from either the Metuchen or Edison train stations on NJ Transit’s Northeast Corridor line. Also, you can ask Google how to get here.
The PCC Board
PCC is governed by a 9-person Board of Directors, from which our President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary are elected. Board members are nominated and voted on by the general membership of the club.
The Plainfield Curling Club has been Ed’s point of reference to the game from when he first started curling in 2002, and after a 2 hour learn to curl Ed was hooked. In the past 14 years Ed has enjoyed making new friends and working with them to make our club a great place to be. He currently participates in 2 leagues during the season and plays in numerous bonspiels in and out of the PCC. Ed has coordinated a number of projects at PCC: Summer Baseball Coordinator, cleaning service; bartender services, Thursday Evening league coordinator, Keg Curling Coordinator, Fish Fry Exec Chef, Roof Project, Solar Panel project, and Advertising and Media Services. Ed was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015, elected Vice President in 2016, and elected President in 2017.
Committees: Advertising & Media Relations; Regulatory Compliance & Insurance
John has been curling at the Plainfield Curling Club since December 2009 when he was a guest in one of the club’s Corporate Outings. A month later, nobody could get him out of the building. During his time at the club, John has been a member of the ice crew and has slowed down many-a-repair projects with his lack of handyman skills. He was elected to the Board in May 2016 and currently chairs the membership committee. Like many other curlers, John has traveled extensively for his curling addiction including to Iceland, Germany, Scotland, and France. He curls in PCC’s Monday and Thursday night leagues, and can often be found subbing in other leagues whenever his schedule allows.
Committees: Membership; Curling Experience & Group Outings
Joe started curling and joined PCC in 2012. He was elected to the Board in 2015.Joe’s contributions to the club have included Bucket Coordinator from 2013-2016, and his team has won the Bucket each year he was Cooordinator.
Karen De Jong
Karen’s first time curling was at PCC back in 1986 when she came home from college for a weekend with John De Jong. She was a curling widow for years, watching from behind the glass. She started curling regularly in the late 90’s, when her kids were old enough to hang out in the warm room alone and after smoking was finally banned in the club. Karen curls in the Thursday and Saturday night leagues and bonspiels regularly at other GNCC clubs. She was elected to the Board in 2014. She loves to cook and bake, so that’s usually how she helps out with in-house bonspiels. She’s also done the print materials for the last several Bonsqueals.
Committees: Building and Ground, Kitchen and Warm Room, Bar
Bruce and his wife started curling and joined PCC in 2010 (after standing outside in the rain for 3 hours, waiting to throw 2 rocks). He was elected to the Board in 2013 and reelected in 2016.Bruce’s contributions to the club have included: Sunday Night League Coordinator, P.C.C. Stone Coordinator, Founders’ Coordinator, Women’s All American Coordinator, Team Pig for the Bonsqueal, Team Haggis for the Thrifty, Level-1 Instructor, and general all around help when he can.
Committees: Leagues & Bonspiels
Ed has been curling at the Plainfield Curling Club since the Spring of 2014 when his interest was piqued after reading an article in the Star-Ledger seeking folks interested in giving curling a try. He is a member of the ice minions at the PCC and a graduate of Pebble Tech. Ed has also worked on the new floor, back room, new boards and assorted ice prepping tasks on the new floor. In the Fall of 2015, he completed Instructional Level I training and has trained in many “Learn to Curl” and “Curling Experience” sessions. Off-season interests include biking, hiking and flying his plane.
Committees: Ice; 5-and-Under Coordination
Ali has been curling since October 2010 when she came to a Plainfield Curling Club Curling Experience and just refused to leave the warm room bar. An avid traveler, she has found a way to curl in Iceland, Hungary, Norway, and Scotland. She has been a co-coordinator of the Bonsqueal and was elected to the Board in May 2017. Ali curls on Tuesday and Saturday nights and enjoys cats, comics, cocktails, curling, and other things that do not begin with the letter C.
Committees: Communications, Website & Streaming; Advertising & Media Relations; 5-and-Under Coordination
Gail has been a PCC member since 1998 and was elected to the Board beginning the 2016/17 season. Currently she curls in the Tuesday and Thursday evening leagues. Gail has formatted and printed the PCC Membership Directory for several years and recently the New Members Handout, replenished paper products, coordinated with the USWCA and the USCA. This year Gail is co-organizer for the upcoming GNCC Senior Women’s Bonspiel being hosted by our Club in October 2017 and has been co-organizer of the Mid-Atlantic Women’s’ Bonspiel since its inception. In addition, she’s in charge of strategic planning for the club. Gail is very excited about being a participant on our current board – it is very proactive and continues to address the ongoing issues of the Club.
Committees: Strategic Planning; Association Representative (USCA, USWCA)
Some 25 years ago, Shelia’s husband encouraged her to try curling and, except for a few years (kids, moves) has never stopped. She’s been a member of Plainfield Curling club since 1996, curling in many of our leagues, initially Friday and Saturday evenings then more recently Wednesday, Thursday, and Monday evenings, each with its own features that makes that league unique! In addition to league curling, Shelia has played in bonspiels, across the GNCC and also had the opportunity to represent PCC at events in Italy and Scotland, in Margarita ‘spiels both home and away and in the US Senior Women’s Nationals (2015). She has previously served on PCC’s board from 1999 to 2002 and has volunteered for Bonspiel meals, food/snack donations, cleaning, maintenance and assisting training.
Committees: Training & Learn to Curl; Juniors Program