Present: 25 curling members
Al Friesen called the meeting to order at 7:15 and welcomed everyone.
The minutes of the 2009 Annual General Meeting were approved.
Presidents Report – Al Friesen
Thanks for your attendance tonight, and indication of support for the Altona Curling Club. We have an exciting year ahead with the Club and the Community hosting the Scotties 2011 Tournament of Hearts at the end of January.
What happened last year? Well, according to the financial report, it was a pretty decent year. We are still not happy with the way our membership numbers are dropping, or at best holding their own, but there are many areas to be enthused about.
We began a Friday family curling night….it was not overly organized, intentionally so, but it’s a start, and we are trying that again in 2010.
We continue to pay our bills and debts on time and on schedule.
We signed a new lease with the Town of Altona with modest increases in our annual lease payments tied into the cost of inflation.
We benefitted from the installation of a sliding security door and purchased an AED unit that will be installed shortly.
The community continues to make good use of this facility, it’s a $7,000 plus item on our income – almost half of our membership dues.
Despite Terry needing to take a limited role, thanks to Trevor Fehr and others, it all came together.
The Fish Fry continues to be one of the most high profile events for our club in Altona and area – a full 20% of our revenue.
Ahead? We need to hold onto our sponsorships…..it’s not a good coincidence that most of the sponsorships are due, the same year of the Scotties
We need to try hard to attract former and new members onto the ice, not just attending events.
At some point we will need to deal with our rocks, and their limited life span.
We need to invest in our Junior program which as intended is attracting new curlers, and their parents to our facility.
We need to do a better job of connecting with our members through current technology – to that end – we need to have every potential email address, we need to encourage our members to check out out website for minutes, executive decisions, and opportunities to get involved.
Special thanks to your fellow curlers who freely gave of their time – Tim Fast, Judge Wood, Ang Teichroeb, Irene Janz, Ang Apperley, Kim Klassen, Jenn Derksen, Jake Bergen, and Kelly Hildebrandt who served on the executive in some sort of leadership capacity.
Wendy Friesen prepared the Balance Sheet and Income Statement for the month ending September 30, 2010 which was presented by Nancy Friesen.
• Memberships were down a bit • There was a revenue loss from a business sponsorship but overall Income increased to 24 thousand dollars, including a three thousand dollar utility rebate from the Town of Altona and in increase in lounge income Club rentals, and fish fry income was similar to prevous years
Nancy moved the motion for approval of the Balance Sheet and Income Statement as presented.
Vic Klassen seconded.
Nancy reported she will not be collecting registration fees this year.
Angela Apperly will collect for the Tuesday ladies; Judge Wood, mens; Sheldon Zacharias, family fun night/juniors; Phyllis Friesen & Leona Nickel, Wednesday ladies.
Curling memberships will increase to $200 per person from $195.
Club Manager Report
Terry reported Trevor will helping out for the next month. After this, Jonathan will be assisting Terry for the remainder of the season.
It was noted our current compressor has 13,000 hours, recommended is 10,000 hours – we should look at having to spend money on a new compressor in the near future. Estimated is cost $6,000 – $10,000.
Terry acknowledged we are grateful for the sound system that was donated to our club by Ken Penner and Carey Kehler. It makes our club a better product for rentals. The value of the sound system is $9,000-$10,000.
Terry passed along the suggestion that we drop the curling fee for the men’s bonspiel to $80 to attract more teams like in past years. Vic Klassen pointed out we should also be mindful of participating in other local bonspiels, as many other towns come to our bonspiels.
Terry also pointed out that our curling rocks will need replacing soon. Currently he is sanding them twice a year but the granite is just too soft. For 4 sheets we would be looking at upwards of $30,000.
200 Club Tickets
Jake Bergen hopes to have tickets available shortly.
Junior Curling Report – Sheldon Zacharias
Junior curling will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 9 and Jan. 6 to Feb. 11. Fees remain the same as last year – $35 per session. New this year is a participant waiver form that must be completed and handed in prior to stepping out on the ice. We are also implementing a new double gripper policy. CCA requires that all junior curlers wear 2 grippers on the ice. The club hopes to purchase some additional grippers for the season to help out with this.
Shaun Friesen brought up the liability issue of volunteers in the junior program having a current criminal check done.
2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
A number of meetings have been held and committee heads are in place.
Queen of Hearts is the theme. A volunteer sign-up drive night is coming up soon. Keep checking the website for more information.
2010 – 2011 Executive
Resigned/completed terms: Kelly Hildebrand, Tim Fast
Continuing executive members: Al Friesen, Judge Wood, Angela Apperly, Kim Klassen, Ang Teichroeb, Irene Janz, Jake Bergen, and Jennifer Derksen.
New to the executive: Sheldon Zacharias, Lonnie Stoesz.
We have purchased an AED unit (cost shared with the Oakview Golf Course). Nancy will give the ladies a quick overview of the unit on the first night of curling and Al to give the men an overview of the unit. Members are encouraged to go to heartzap.ca and familiarize yourself with the unit.
Elvira Harder is generously donating a quilt she made to raffle off with proceeds going towards the club.
We will determine at the next meeting if we should use it at the Scotties or at regular curling club functions.
200 Club Draw
Vic Klassen won the 200 Club Draw ticket draw for a chance to win.