Those of us who have enjoyed our Manitoba winters, by being a part of a curling club, also know all of the work involved in keeping a curling rink active, and in good repair.  And, that's why the Imagine a Better House program from Monsanto is such a good idea.  Curlers across the prairies are invited to explain why they need to "Imagine a Better House"

A creative way to tell their story and the commitment of a dedicated group of community volunteers, was enough to sway the judges as they selected the Manitou Curling Club in Manitou, Manitoba as this year's $10,000 grand prize winner

The 170-member, 4-sheet facility is approaching 50 years old and is host to six different leagues and regularly stages a variety of bonspiels for curlers of all ages and genders. They were chosen as this year's big winner due to their commitment to keep their club going through a broken ice plant, an unanticipated hike in their insurance bill and a broken pipe that resulted in a hefty water bill! They were able to overcome all these problems by pulling together to fundraise within their own membership and seeking additional support from neighbouring communities.

The 2nd prize winner of 5000 dollars was won by the Steinbach Curling Club, with a very creative, and pursuasive video.  We invite you to watch the You Tube video, and listen closely to the female singer.  yes, it's Michelle, who curls in the Steinbach facility, and along with her husband Chris, were approached to lend a hand.  Here's the link to the video

In total, 14 curling clubs from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba were awarded cash grants to improve their curling clubs.