Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, MoundsView, St.Anthony and Shoreview MN
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Irondale Youth Hockey Association
Board of Directors meeting: Thursday,  June 21, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
in the New Brighton Family Service Center, New Brighton, MN.
Address: IYHA, PO Box 120114, New Brighton, MN   55112 Website: www.iyhaleague.org
From President (Mark Hentges):
Fellow Hockey Parents, Coaches, Players and Hockey Fanatics:
While most of us are worried about baseball, soccer and summer vacations, a flurry of activity is happening behind the scenes to support IYHA (Irondale Youth Hockey Association). I never quite appreciated all these efforts until I began to volunteer for the various committees and events. A tremendous amount of activity goes on behind the scenes which are never fully appreciated by the membership at large. Board members and volunteers are organizing for next hockey season by planning tournaments, scheduling ice time,coordinating fund raising (summer parades, etc.), coordinating recruiting and registration activities, planning jersey and equipment needs, collecting equipment donations, preparing an even more comprehensive skills development plan, attending and having input at District meetings, and a broad range of other activities. Please find something you enjoy and get involved. My family and I have had some wonderful experiences and have met some great friends through IYHA. It is our intent to have a Board meeting agenda published on the website at least one week prior to the scheduled date of the Board meeting. Near term agenda items will include the anticipated number of teams for next year including level of play, an enhanced skills development program, potential partnering with other associations and a variety of other subject matters. There will be a limited amount of time for an open forum at each Board meeting; however, if you want to be heard in detail on a certain subject matter, please get on the agenda. Our intent is to discuss any and all pertinent subjects in a forum open to all IYHA members.
 
Finally – there is ANOTHER election for Secretary and President on June 21, 2007. We apologize for this inconvenience but it is the proper and right thing to do. This is your chance to be directly involved in the future of IYHA. Please plan on attending and voting.
 
Have a great summer and remember – IT IS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS. It is all our responsibility to teach our kids to work hard and respect the wonderful game of hockey.
From Vice President (Cheryl Mason):
Most of us may not be playing hockey right now, but there are a lot of activities taking place and we really need your help.  Please contact Cheryl Mason: , or call 651.639.1543.
1. SuperRink Spectacular Tournament Planning - Thanksgiving and January tournaments. This is our number one fundraising event and we need your help!  We are already meeting with Mounds View to begin our planning for this years tournaments.  In addition to all of the volunteering needed during the tournaments, we need volunteer support during the planning process.  Areas we will be working on are; marketing and registration, trade show, trophies/player gifts, raffle, volunteer slots, and updating our graphics/logo.  Hopefully there is an area here you are interested in.
We will be meeting in June and are working on a date.  Please contact me if you can help with the tournament planning.
2. IYHA to set up a new Volunteer Program.  Irondale is one of the few hockey associations which does not have a structured volunteer program.  There are many activities which need to be done in order for our association to be successful.  This program would provide structure to volunteer opportunities and expectations from our association members.  No meetings have been set up yet.  Please contact me if you can help with this sub-committee.
3. Coming soon:  Information on the summer parades   --- Corporate fundraising - letter writing --- Schwanns Fundraiser.
From District 1 Representative (Chris Drews):
 
WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO BE THE DISTRICT SECRETARY; WE ALSO NEED SOME ONE TO BE ON THE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE!!!!!!  Please Contact Chris Drews, , as soon as possible if you
can help.
 
New district waiver policy was passed, if you would like to see a copy of the item, please contact Chris Drews @ . The district wants to run a series of mite games throughout the year, games will be 3 on 3 and half ice, 12 players per team, each association will divide teams into appropriate level and challenge other associations corresponding level.   District is willing to buy bumpers if not already in place; they need to know where the bumpers are needed.
 
Our district advanced 5 kids to St. Cloud for the final cut of the Advanced 15 teams.
 
District 1 wants to host a Bantam C schedule for the 2007-2008 season.
 
Deadlines for scheduling games:
July 23rd- arenas and pool hours finalized.
August 1st- teams may submit blackout weekends, max 2, no games will be scheduled over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years as these are big tournament weekends.
August 1st- Associations submit scheduled teams they know they will not field in the 2007-2008 season
September10th- Draft Schedule provided at district meeting.
September 24th- Teams may submit request for up to 1 change in their schedule, also may submit list of other issues.  Penalty of at least $100 for rescheduling more than 1 game.
October 8th- Final schedule provided.
 
We are expected to field the following teams in the 2007-2008 season: Bantam A&B, Peewee A,B,C, Squirt A,B,C.   Our requested home arenas are Shoreview and Super Rink Ramsey.
 
From Registration Coordinator (Jeanne Falconer):
 
We are looking to improve registration by making it easier and more convenient. Some of these include each family and coach registering directly with USA Hockey (this will include MN Hockey), the ability to register for IYHA on line on a secure site on the IYHA website and the ability to use credit cards (VISA or MasterCard). Member input is always welcome. I can be reached at or evenings/weekends at 763-458-5946.
 
From Equipment Manager (Tom Johnson):
 
Fellow parents:  One of our key initiatives is to recruit new Irondale hockey players and to provide equipment for our new recruits. Why not help the cause by donating used equipment your kids have outgrown??
 
Rather than selling your equipment in a garage sale or throwing it out while spring cleaning, please consider donating equipment to IYHA and get a tax deduction.   Contact Tom Johnson at 651-636-7684 or online at .  Arrangements for drop-off can be made.

Thanks!
 
REMINDER: IYHA ELECTION TO BE HELD ON JUNE 21ST – TIME/LOCATION WILL FOLLOW, PLEASE VOTE!
 
IYHA Board Meetings are open meetings.
Please feel free to come to the meetings. If you wish to have a copy of any information which is distributed at any meeting, please email or call Jean and it will be mailed to you. Upcoming dates for 2007 Board meetings are the
third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Our meetings are held at the New Brighton Family Service Center.
Meetings in 2007: June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 20.
NOTE: If you wish to be on the agenda for the meeting, please contact the IYHA President.
 
Lake Region Board Meetings:
Lake Region Hockey meetings are open meetings. Contact Jeanne Falconer for dates and times of the next meetings.
 
 
Sponsorships:
Sponsors for teams are listed below. This part of the newsletter will continue throughout the rest of the IYHA season. Please notify Jean Aukee of any additions or corrections. (Please forward information about websites and addresses, etc.) Many thanks to our sponsors!
 
IYHA: **Lake Region Hockey Association**Minnesota Wild** Torri Johnson**
Team Sponsorships:
12UA:       **FujiYa**
10UB Gold: **FujiYa**
Bantam A: **Cub Foods, St. Anthony**Moe’s**Beisswenger’s**
Pee Wee A: **Minnesota Conway "The Industry Leader"**Response Fire Protection Company**WW Goetsch Associates, Inc.**
Squirt C:  **Caroline Bell Beckman & Law firm of Jensen, Bell, Converse & Erickson, St. Paul, MN**
Once again, many, many thanks to our sponsors! Please support them!
When you see them, please tell them you are from Irondale Youth Hockey.
 
 
                Irondale Youth Hockey Association (IYHA) Board Members 2006-2007
President           
 
Mark Hentges
(2007-2009)
612-940-3595 (c)
Vice President
Cheryl Mason
(2006-2008)
651-639-1543 (h)
Treasurer
Tom O’Keefe
(2006-2008)
651-785-0266 (h)
Secretary
Jean Aukee
(2007--2009)
763-783-8561 (h)
 
Ice Commissioner
Jackie Rog
(2007-2010)
651-636-6978 (h)
Boys Program Coordinator
Mark Mohar
(2005-2008)
651-639-1908 (h)
 
Girls Program Coordinator
Mike Nundahl
(2005-2008)
651-633-8287 (h)
Initiation Coordinator
Bob Gabler
(2006-2009)
651-697-4708 (h)
 
Equipment
Tom Johnson
(2007-2010)
651-636-7684
Registration
Jeanne Falconer
(2006-2009)
763-458-5946 (cell)
651-486-1235 (w)
District Representative
 
Chris Drews
 (2007-2010)
651-329-3124 (cell)
Non-Board Position:
ACE Coordinator
Tadd Tuomie and Player Development Committee
 
 
PLEASE NOTE THE MINUTES FROM BOTH THE APRIL AND MAY BOARD MEETINGS ARE INCLUDED IN THIS COMMUNICATION.
 
Irondale Youth Hockey Association APRIL Board Meeting Minutes:
 
IYHA Meeting Annual Meeting: April 19, 2007Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.
 
Called to order at 6:05 p.m. by President Tom Lucarelli.
 
Board Members Present:   Tom Lucarelli, Cheryl Mason, Niki Gjere, Tom O’Keefe, Jeanne Falconer, Mark Mohar, Randy Bortot, Mike Nundahl, Tom Welty, Bob Gabler, Jackie Rog.
Board Members Absent: All present.
 
Guests: Torri Johnson, Dave Lark, Chris Tahti, John Donovan, Chris Drews, Tom Johnson, Trini Marcouiller, Mark Hentges, Ray Mularie, Brian Johnson, Rick LaPorte.
 
 
Minutes: Motion to accept minutes as presented (TW) (RB), motion carried. 
 
Old Business: No old business.
 
Board Roundtable:
President: Tom Lucarelli.
Met with Tadd Tuomie, discussed the rates, $75.00 is the rate agreed upon.
Went to the President’s meeting, there will be consistency this year with the process of waivers. The Associations in District 1 will put their thoughts together; the Washburn President will collate the information and ask the Presidents for feedback. Each Association is struggling to get more players in their Association. There has been some boundary redrawing—there is controversy about Como and Highland boundaries. Edison is going to have a meeting, they will be discussing their viability—if there is a move, it would make the most sense to go to Irondale. They want to keep the Initiation program going.
Would like to thank Niki, Tom and Randy for their years of service on the Board.
 
Vice President: Cheryl Mason.
Wants to work on two initiatives. One—to get the Tournament Committee back together to review the Tournament work and what is needed for the next year. Two—to work on making a consistent volunteer program / fundraising program.
 
Secretary: Niki Gjere. Newsletter deadline is May 1st. Please forward information to the new Secretary—the newsletter is as good as those that put information in it. Thank you to President Tom Lucarelli and Tom Welty—for their consistency in putting items in the newsletter.
 
Treasurer: Tom O’Keefe.
Distributed financial reports. Budget and Revenue status Update. Waiting for outstanding bills so can pay and finish the fiscal year. Still have outstanding bills for the District Festivals—Tom will find out who still owes and will resolve this. Will have a more complete financial report at the next meeting. The Escrow has accrued to over $400,000, in that instance we receive 30% of the overage. Based on our contribution (Mounds View contributed 70%, Irondale 30%.)
 
Girls Program Coordinator: Mike Nundahl.
Figuring out what teams will have for next year. Evaluating if we can have a 14U Irondale team. Right now, sounds as though we would have enough girls, would need to play different teams in various districts.
 
Initiation Program Coordinator: Bob Gabler.
Closing out the season. Working with Tom to get the refunds back to the families. Working on the Grant Application. Will continue to work on having the opportunity for free hockey for next year—specific details are being worked out. Whether that be for all first year players, or for just initiation, that is to be determined.
 
Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Mohar.
Have applied to play in the VFW Bantam League. Meeting was held with Jeff Martin, Tom Lucarelli and Mark Mohar, and consensus was to play in the VFW Bantam League. Thank you to all coaches, players, volunteers, and parents. Based on feedback from surveys, will go outside of Association to have evaluators. Will pay them. Costs will go up for tryouts. Will have 6 hours of tryouts per level. (Example of payment for evaluators—Mounds View pays their evaluators $400 each evaluator—for the series.)
 
District Representative: Tom Welty
 
Report emailed in.
 
In specific to the waiver, make sure that we have the flexibility to move a team if needed—to assure they can play. Geographically we are a little different than the rest of the Associations—there is reluctance for kids from Irondale to play various teams. Be cautious with language in the waiver policy—that our players may be compelled to play in Richfield or similar type of situation.
 
The District meeting started with a Disciplinary Hearing. An Edison PeeWee received a match penalty in a tournament game against Washburn. There is a minimum 5-game suspension that comes with a Match Penalty and he was given 5 games. He missed the next two tournament games and was denied a chance to participate in the PeeWee all-star game (3 games there) and he will miss the first two games after he is rostered on a bantam team next year. In addition, he is on probation for all of next year. I point this out because if Edison kids end up with us next year, it will be important to know that he has been given permission to
 
 
attend warm ups and tryouts and practices next year, but must sit out the first two USA hockey sanctioned games (games with referees, whether refereed scrimmages, tournament games, etc.) after he is rostered on a team.
 
This was the Annual Meeting for District 1. More on the elections later, but it was definitely the last meeting for V.P. Garrett Carlson. Referee-in-Chief Dennis Alm said he would serve as V.P., but first he needed to check with his referee association to see if there would be a conflict of interest.
 
Irondale owes money for some festival games.
 
At the May District 1 meeting, Chris (our new district rep) needs to bring the name of the person who will serve on the new Tournament Committee for District 1.
 
District Director Tom Mickus, reacting to one association who, instead of supplying volunteers to one of the tournaments, sent an email that said they couldn’t find anyone to volunteer and that they would instead send a check for $400 to the district, made a proposal that in the future associations who do not supply volunteers for the tournaments would, in addition to getting fined, have their teams banned from all regional and state competitions. This would have to be voted on by all district reps – and there was some immediate resistance saying it would punish the kids for their lazy parents – but it is something that might come up again and another example of they, too, are extremely tired of how hard it is to get volunteers.
 
Next year the district is hosting U12B and U14B state tournaments and a Junior Gold B playdown.
 
The district is going ahead with their plan to buy ice and do district scheduling.
 
A motion was passed that the B-Bantams will play 1.5 hour games (3 15-minute stop time periods next year).
There was a push (basically by one person) to have the A PeeWees also play 3 15-minute stop time periods next year. This motion was tabled. The IYHA board should discuss their opinion of this so the District Rep. can bring this opinion to the May meeting.
 
District 1 is looking for one association in the district to step forward and agree to host a girls U19B team for next year.
 
The district wants to get new Affiliate Agreements for all associations. Tom Mickus is working on this and will bring more information to future meetings.
 
Scott Grey is the new person we will be turning to for all screening related questions and directions. The District has a new Mite coordinator.
 
Edison is Alive! Edison is Alive! We think. They were having a meeting last Sunday, but they thought they filled enough board positions to keep their association alive. They plan to report to the district at the next meeting, but their plan may be to basically start over at the initiation level and disperse the rest of their players elsewhere (Irondale)? Pat Leary, Edison go-to guy, thinks that Irondale is the logical place for their kids to go, but he admits that some of their kids are adamant about going to Mpls associations.
 
A vote was finally made and district leagues that have 6 or fewer teams will play each other team three times each.
 
Andrea Backes is the district’s Girls Coordinator
 
Now, for the district elections: Tom Burke agreed to, and was voted in to serve once again as the District President. The Vice President spot is open and there was nobody who wanted to take that position. As mentioned earlier, Dennis Alm is checking to see if he can fill the spot – which he will if he doesn’t see a conflict of interest. The Secretary and Treasurer spots are also open – and there is nobody who wants to step in and take either of these positions. As these positions are vitally important and necessary, the board had to take some kind of action to fill the spots. Because most of the other spots on the board were already filled by St. Paul people, it was proposed that the open spots be filled by Minneapolis people. So… Southwest and Richfield were given the task of finding someone to serve as Treasurer and Washburn and Irondale are given the task of finding someone to serve as Secretary. (I guess we are Minneapolis people now).
 
To repeat, by the May meeting (May 14th at Highland Arena), we need to supply Chris the name of someone from Irondale who will serve on the District Tournament Committee and we also have to, working with Washburn, bring the name of someone who will serve as District Secretary (Two-year term).
  
Ice Commissioner: Jackie Rog.
 
Would like to ask questions related to ice scheduling for the District, which will be helpful to understand how this will work. Want to make sure they understand our obligations and commitments for purchasing ice. Will give the list of questions to Chris Drews (incoming District Representative). Discussion about timing and questions. We do have our hours from the Super Rink, negotiating the split of hours. Kudos to Jackie for agreeing to be the Ice Commissioner for the next term of office.
 
Registration Coordinator: Jeanne Falconer.
All of the books are back except two, and those are coming. Jeanne has a check from United Way through her company. Next year, there were 2nd year Bantams who may want to play Junior Gold—how does this process work? Need to be in contact with somebody—the Junior Gold Coordinator for the District or Minnesota Hockey. Not sure where they would register—which Association. Jeanne will check who to work through.
 
Cheryl suggested using signs in yards for recruiting for registration for hockey. Jeanne suggested using a post card mailing. Will continue to discuss for the next meeting.
 
Equipment Manager: Randy Bortot.
All of the team jerseys are in. A handful of loaner equipment from Initiation that needs to come in. Tom Johnson (incoming Equipment Manager) will follow through. Cheryl asks about donated equipment—check with Tom Johnson.
  
Standing Reports:
Player and Coach Development: Mark Mohar
Going to have the Goalie Clinic—we had sufficient response in order to have it. Discussion about how to pay for the clinic—discussion. Will charge the goalies pro-rated based on their schedule for ice (older kids are scheduled for more ice). Motion to charge $10.00 per hour for summer goalie clinic (MM) (JR). Discussion. Open for Boys and Girls and Initiation. $4510 is the estimate of the total cost. Could have up to 15 goalies on the ice at a time. Motion carried. Mike is concerned about having no girl’s goalies for clinic—that the cost is prohibitive.
 
Lake Region: Jeanne Falconer.
Lake Region willing to write a check for $3000 for ice, Tom O’Keefe will contact Mary Ann Casci. Cheryl is wondering about where the checks are that were turned in—need to check into this, will need to have discussion with Lake Region. Sue Sentieri has stepped down, from Lake Region Board of Directors and Treasurer role. Niki Gjere is the new Treasurer. Pull-tabs are not doing well. If you know of any establishment to consider for pull-tabs, contact a Lake Region member. Doing Bar Bingo at Moe’s on Monday nights, Champps on Wednesdays. Lake Region awarded 4 scholarships—graduating seniors.
 
No additional business.
Motion to adjourn meeting (NG) (TW); motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
 
IYHA Elections Meeting:
 
Meeting called to order by President Tom Lucarelli at 7:40 p.m.
 
Agenda reviewed, reordered to have uncontested positions voted on first.
 
Motion to cast a white ballot for Tom Johnson as Equipment Manager (TW) (NG), Motion carried.
 
Motion to cast a white ballot for Jackie Rog as Ice Commissioner (TW) (NG), Motion carried.
 
Motion to cast a white ballot for Chris Drews as District Representative (TW) (NG), motion carried.
 
Introductions of Secretary Candidates including Jean Aukee and Trini Marcouiller. Ballots distributed and collected by Bob Gabler and Niki Gjere, counted and sealed in an envelope. The candidate with the majority of the votes was Jean Aukee. Jean Aukee is the new Secretary. Thank you to Trini for running for office.
 
Introductions of President Candidates including Mark Hentges, Peter Jordan, and Tom Lucarelli. (Peter Jordan absent, Torri Johnson read the introduction as was printed in the newsletter.) Ballots distributed and collected by Bob Gabler and Niki Gjere, counted and sealed in an envelope. The candidate with the majority of the votes was Mark Hentges. Mark Hentges is the new President. Thank you to Tom Lucarelli and Peter Jordan for running for office.
 
Meeting adjourned after the voting was completed. Congratulations to new Board of Directors members.
 
Motion to adjourn the meeting (TW) (NG), motion carried. Meeting adjourned by outgoing President Tom Lucarelli at 8:30 p.m.
 
 
Irondale Youth Hockey Association MAY Board Meeting Minutes:
 
IYHA Meeting Annual Meeting: May 17, 2007Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.
 
Called to order at 6:35 p.m. by President Mark Hentges.
 
Board Members Present:   Mark Hentges, Cheryl Mason, Jean Aukee, Tom O’Keefe, Jeanne Falconer, Mark Mohar, Tom Johnson, Mike Nundahl, Chris Drews, Bob Gabler, Jackie Rog.
Board Members Absent: All present.
 
Guests: Tim Fredberg, Mark Rupp, Torri Johnson, John Donovan, and John Dalnes 
Minutes: Motion to accept minutes from the last meeting (not passed out) at next meeting (MH) (TJ), motion carried. 
 
Old Business: No old business.
 
Board Roundtable:
President: Mark Hentges
There was a long discussion on the recent election and news of illegal voters. Dennis Green (MN Hockey) and Tom Mickus (District 1) have been notified of the situation and approve of the board’s actions to date. The agenda items related to this topic were discussed. They included:
                                                               i.      Does the election stand as is? Or, can the results be challenged?
                                                              ii.      If election stands, do we recommend a new election?
                                                            iii.      How does Roberts Rule of Order apply to this situation? Are there other resources which can help clarify this situation?
                                                             iv.      Moving forward – Need to clarify the by-laws to state eligibility. Need to develop and document a voting process.
The board discussed who can and cannot vote and that the bylaws need to be made clearer in the future. In addition the entire election process needs to be more clearly defined and updated in the bylaws.   Discussion of activities that happened at the first election was reviewed in the sense of things that can be done differently and better in the future. IYHA currently has a “Slated” board with Mark Hentges as President and Jean Aukee as Secretary. They were elected and accepted their positions at the April meeting.
 
Motion that the board in consultation with those slated members, Mark and Jean, (to ensure integrity) hold a new election for president and secretary because of the issues with voter ineligibility at the past election. Candidates will be limited to the ones on the first election ballot and they will have 1 week from date of notice to contact Cheryl of their intent to run. (TO) (JR) Discussion. Motion passed unanimously.
 
More discussion on when the next election will be. Candidates will need to say if they still want to run. Who is considered eligible to vote? Non parent coaches should be recognized by board as being members and can vote. Election should be at the next board meeting. Should it be before or after the meeting? 
 
Motion that all non parent coaches 18 years and older who were on the team rosters from last season shall be recognized for purposes of voting in the re-election (TO) (JR). Motion passed unanimously.
 
Clarifying current bylaws for purposes of the re-election – no financial donators can vote, child in program – parents or legal guardians, non parent coaches per above.
  
A special communication needs to be sent out to the membership prior to the next meeting. Secretary will draft and have board approve before sending.
 
Vice President: Cheryl Mason
 
She spoke with Peter Ruppert (ice commissioner) – emailing him and planning Irondale and MV committee.
 
Secretary: Jean Aukee
 No report.
 
Treasurer: Tom O’Keefe.
Three handouts distributed:
 
1)       Auditor wants to increase his fee. Should we keep him as an auditor? Keep Greg for now but maybe someone new for           next year – May 1st to April 30th.   MN Hockey or District 1 may have suggestions. Motion to use Greg for 2006 to 2007 (JR) (TJ) Motion passed unanimously.
 
2)       Association Expenses handout – an idea would be to share this information with the membership – could go out on Internet. Certain fund raising monies were applied. Maybe should show total expenses less fundraising. Show fundraising for individual teams or just association level. Question on 12UA vs 12UB costs.
 
3)       Budget, Revenue Status and check register. Mark – fund balance - $43,000. s/b $38,000 to $40,000 ($5000 in savings too).
 
Girls Program Coordinator: Mike Nundahl
There will be a girl’s coaches meeting next Wednesday and a 14U meeting.   How many girls do summer activities? (this spring some played AAA) How communicating next Wed meeting? Mike will send out an email.  Torri will also put on website. Jeff Martin (HS Boys coach) needs to market his programs better. All programs should be properly communicated. 
 
Initiation Program Coordinator: Bob Gabler
The A mites last year that will be first year squirts this coming year won the spring championship. 3 Irondale squirt teams participated. Bob has checkbooks for initiation. Refunds will be sent out soon. Should include in newsletter something about CEP training sessions – Torri will put a link on website. 
 
Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Mohar
No report
 
District Representative: Chris Drews:
 
Report emailed in.
 
May 14th District 1 meeting- last meeting of the year, next is August 13th
 
St. Thomas Academy will be allowed to play a schedule within District 1, Provided that they can field a team, and are allowed to waive their players out of their home associations.
 
The ice that District 1 is purchasing from Ramsey County should come off our contract with Ramsey County, as far as our obligation to purchase a set number of hours through the county.
 
Our district advanced 5 kids to St. Cloud for the final cut of the Advanced 15 teams.
 
District 1 wants to host a C bantam schedule in 2007-2008 season.
 
Please return coaching screening forms ASAP, immediately for returning coaches.
 
June 12th will be a presidents meeting to obtain revisions to the governing body, this will be voted on at the September district meeting after the recommendations have been presented at the August meeting. Mark meeting at Highland arena.
  
We need to redo all affiliate agreements and mail them to Tom Mickus.
 
We have $500 available for marketing and recruitment through the district, they need receipts and will reimburse.
 
Tom Mickus wants to run a series of mite games throughout the year, games will be 3 on 3 and half ice, 12 players per team, each association will divide teams into appropriate level and challenge other associations corisponding level. District iswilling to buy bumpers if not already in place, they need to know where the bumpers are needed. 
 
Tom Mickus suggests running 2 hour practice instead of one hour, having one hour on ice and one dry land. This would cut down the number of nights that kids have to beat the arena and overall cost of ice time.
 
WE NEED A VOLUNTEER TO BE THE DISTRICT SECRETARY, WE ALSO NEED SOME ONE TO BE ON THE DISTRICT TOURNEMENT COMMITTEE!!!!!!
 
Deadlines for scheduling games:
 
July 23rd- arenas and pool hours finalized.
August 1st- teams may submit blackout weekends, max 2, no games will be scheduled over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years as these are big tournament weekends.
August 1st- Associations submit scheduled teams they know they will not field in the 2007-2008 season
September10th- Draft Schedule provided at district meeting.
September 24th- Teams may submit request for up to 1 change in their schedule, also may submit list of other issues. Penalty of at least $100 for rescheduling more than 1 game.
October 8th- Final schedule provided.
 
We are expected to field the following teams in the 2007-2008 season: Bantam A&B, Peewee A,B,C, Squirt A,B,C. Our requested home arenas are Shoreview and Super Rink Ramsey.
 
Additional items:
 
# hours used for something should be deducted from Ramsey county ice. Jackie needs to talk to Tim Mickus. 1/3 to 2/3 of Irondale home games will be at Shoreview or SSR – will be 3 hour blocks – Jackie will talk to Brandon – want to increase fan base – B bantams will have 1 and ½ hour games – Should July newsletter state what teams we will field? Should each assn contribute their home ice – DIST2 does this and it works well. Registration – Tim will roster 1 mite team per assn – we can split up (bumpers ½ ice) 3 on 3 games – 12 on each team – everybody needs to resubmit their affiliate agreement – Jeanne will find out what this is – per Mark M should be easy – Edison – Pat Leary – will run mite program - 75% of their kids want to play Irondale – our policy can’t try out for an A team – they may not come now – Squirts – 10, Pee Wees – 10, Bantams -8,   Waiver per year per district – Mark M will talk to Jeff and Pat – kids that played last year – discouraged from playing warm-ups/tryouts – Any girls? – do we owe them something back – Pat will meet with parents and kids – sweeten deal if they could try out – hand book states that kids can’t tryout – need numbers and adjust levels – why not allow them to tryout? We need to get back to them and they need to get back to us and decide by Aug 1st 
June board meeting – decide what to do? Mark M - Original policy to protect Irondale players – what it MV players play with Irondale during peewees etc and then go to MV High School – this is different because these kids would be part of Irondale and would go to Irondale High School – amend policy and make it specific to Edison – year by year deal – reassess Edison’s program each year – coop agreement – not a merger just some teams getting together – waivers only last for one year – Mark will talk to Pat O Leary.    
 
Ice Commissioner: Jackie Rog. – more detail from Tom Moriarity (with DIST 1) – Mark looking for a specific number – 217 hours confirmed at SSR without tryout hours – need more like 800? The district giving us 350 from Ramsey rinks – too many weekend hours last year – weekday hours we need – usually easy to get weekend ice - use Mariucci for player development – 3 hours on Mondays - $11,000 unused ice time last year – try and get same amount or more of ice time as last year for kids - Coliseum ice coming – Gene, Edison – Pat L get some of his ice – Bob will talk to coworker re contacting Edison ice lady. Have initiation ice determined before end of summer? October 1st start. 
 
Registration Coordinator: Jeanne Falconer. – Fees for 2007 – 2008 (did not change from last year) - asked for scanner – some people may not register online - OK to do paper way for them – Torri question – junior gold – don’t register – wait until later – USA registration – visa gift card can be used – Premiere bank credit card – lady not in until Monday – website secure so can register online and pay online – birth certificates can be scanned in and sent in – how communicate registration – postcards, flyers, website, all board members should be there to sell the association – not a lot of entering on existing players just new ones – pay upfront with credit card – solicit volunteers to help with everything.
 
Equipment Manager: Tom Johnson. – needs to order in June initiation socks and jerseys – inventory what we have – Cheryl has socks to give away to Tom – Tom will do inventory – can we downsize the order – Bob, Chris and Tom – jerseys are 7 years old – all traveling teams - $75 per jersey – need to think about it – eventually they will wear out.
 
Standing Reports:
Player and Coach Development: Mark Mohar – no report – there will be a meeting on Monday.
 
Lake Region: Jeanne Falconer. – administrative fee position – only one person gets paid – they pay their sellers – Moes did well – Champps did not – use volunteers for pull tabs – Lake Region has no money – Tom can’t go to those meetings – John D and Jeanne go to the meetings.
 
MN hockey website needs to be updated – who do? Jean will take care of it.
 
Totinos restaurant opening in original mattress factory building in MV – pull tabs? We should approach them – Jeanne will contact them. 
 
Mark thanked Cheryl for her extra work the last 2 weeks.
 
Emails – keep track of tone – things can be construed differently – call if need to discuss something
 
No additional business.
 
Motion to adjourn meeting (BG) (JF); motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 9:27 p.m.
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