Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, Mounds View, St. Anthony and Shoreview, MN
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Irondale Youth Hockey Association 18
Board of Directors Meeting:Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 6:30 p.m.
in the New Brighton Family Service Center, New Brighton, MN.
Address: IYHA, PO Box 120114, New Brighton, MN   55112 Web:
From the President,
May 2006
April was the transition period for the Irondale Youth Hockey Association Board of Directors. Brian Johnson, Jeanne Falconer, Pat O’Conner and Cheryl Mason completed their terms and moved on. Fortunately Jeanne and Cheryl were immediately welcomed into new Board positions as Registrar and Vice President respectively. We welcomed one new face, Bob Gabler, as the new Initiation Coordinator. We wait to fill the void at Treasurer until this month’s Board Meeting.
It was disappointing to come up short on our election ballot. We had just three candidates for four positions. Thankfully Tom stepped forward in the last month to fill the gap. We may need to reconsider our Board positions with three-year terms. Most Associations keep their terms to two years maximum.
Maybe we struggled to fill out the Board, but we have no shortage to help out on other fronts. Three separate groups have been formed this spring to help better organize our Association. A Player Development group has already me t several times. Another band of members is creating a combined effort to develop more Ice opportunities. A third group will work with Cheryl on promotions and fundraising. In the end we have a huge increase in support from twelve months ago.
Thank You.
Jim Cich
CEP Certification:
If you are planning on coaching for the upcoming season, remember to get your appropriate CEP certification. Contact the respective Program Coordinator if you have any questions:
TC District Requirements:
Need Level 3 for Junior Gold, Bantam, PeeWee, U16, U14, and U12
Need Level 2 for Squirt, U10
Need Level 1: Mite, U8 
IYHA 20,000 Puck Club
IYHA is pleased to announce the start of a 20,000 Puck Club starting this spring and summer.  Players that shoot at least 20,000 pucks (10,000 for returning Initiation players) during the off-season from March until the end of August will receive a 20,000 Puck Club t-shirt next fall.  All you have to do is write down the number of pucks you shoot each day in the calendar provided, add up the total, have you and a parent or guardian sign the sheet and turn it in at registration next fall. 
The key to developing a good shot is to practice shooting.  Achieving the goal only takes shooting 160 pucks a day over the course of six months.  This only takes 10 minutes a day.  It is a small investment of your time to achieve big results.  Having a good shot does not take magic, it just takes practice.
 Have Fun!
Mark A Mohar, Boy’s Program Coordinator, Irondale Youth Hockey Association; (H) 651-639-1908; Email:
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 Niki and it will be mailed to you. Upcoming dates for 2005 Board meetings are the
third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Our meetings have at in the New Brighton Family Service Center.
2006: May 18, June 15, July 20, August 17, September 21,
October 19, November 16, December 14 (December meeting week changed due to holiday).
NOTE: If you wish to be on the agenda for the meeting, please contact Jim Cich.
Lake Region Board Meetings:
Lake Region Hockey meetings are open meetings. Contact Jeanne Falconer for dates and times of the next meetings.
There have been several teams that have sponsors for their teams. These are listed below. This part of the newsletter will continue throughout the rest of the IYHA season. Please notify Niki Gjere of any additions or corrections. (Please forward information about websites and addresses, etc.) Many thanks to our sponsors!
IYHA: **Champp’s New Brighton**Culvers of St. Anthony**New Brighton Sportsmen’s Club**Lake Region Hockey Association**
**Minnesota Wild**Lady Slipper**Premier Banks**John Dalnes Masonry**Torri Johnson**
12U Maroon: **Real Estate Appraisals and Inspections, Inc.**FujiYa**
10U Gold:    **FujiYa**
Bantam A: **Applebee’s**
Pee Wee B: **Quality Post Service**Harold Johnson family (Grandfather of Rob Hunt)**
Squirt B:    **Midwest Motor Express**
Squirt C:  **Dave’s Sport Shop**Western Bank**
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 2004-2005
Jim Cich
651-295-1078 (cell)
Vice President
Cheryl Mason
 651-639-1543 (h)
Niki Gjere
612-273-6439 (w)
651-270-8551 (cell)
612-527-7437 (pager)
Ice Commissioner
Renae Olesen
763-784-6864 (h)
Boys Program Coordinator
Mark Mohar
651-639-1908 (h)
Girls Program Coordinator
Chris Tahti
651-636-6152 (h)
Initiation Coordinator
Bob Gabler
651-697-4708 (h)
Randy Bortot
763-784-9557 (h)
952-475-4045 (Work)
Jeanne Falconer
763-458-5946 (cell)
651-486-1235 (w)
District Representative
Tom Welty
763-780-4865 (h)
612-508-4833 (cell)
Non-Board Position:
ACE Coordinator
Irondale Youth Hockey Association Board Meeting Minutes:
IYHA Annual Meeting: April 20, 2006Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.
Meeting called to order at 6:40 p.m. in the New Brighton Family Service Center.
Present:                 Jim Cich, Brian Johnson, Niki Gjere, Jeanne Falconer, Randy Bortot, Tom Welty, Chris Tahti, Renae Olesen, Cheryl Mason.
Guests:                  Mark Mohar, Jackie Rog, George Mohar, Mark Hentges, Chris Bretoi, Mike Durheim, Al Morelli, Tim Fredberg, Patty Fredberg, Bob Gabler, Mark Rupp, Bruce Mason.
Agenda reviewed, accepted.
Meeting minutes reviewed. Motion to accept the minutes as presented (JF) (PO), motion carried.
Introductions completed.
Old Business:
Tri-City: Jim Cich. Since the last meeting, talks with Tri-City have come to a halt. There was a brief comment in the newsletter. Does anybody have any questions about what has happened since November when the talks started? There were a lot of people that were uneasy with the High school potentially doing something different than the youth program.
Redistricting: Tom Welty. There has been a lot of talk at District 1 (Formerly Twin Cities District). There is a meeting of Minnesota Hockey at the end of April. It is doubtful that there will be a vote at that meeting about redistricting. It is possible they could vote. There is a perception that there would be a planning committee that may take this issue. There is a 90% chance we will play in District 1. Possibly in District 1 the following year. Not sure that we can do any positioning. Would be nice to be able to give feedback on the plan. District 1 needs to get stronger because the Associations are getting smaller. Something needs to happen. 
Do we waiver players in? Yes, if it is within district and agreeable to all. Typically needs to be within the same district. The waivered players cannot tryout for A teams. That has been a District 2 rule in the past.
Question about if we should move to District 2 and just be done with the issues with District 1. Then build our program to be more competitive overall.
Discussion about moving players up and then having to backfill younger teams because of needing the numbers. Who is talking with Jeff Martin about not moving players up? We have had conversations with the Girls High School coach. Mark Mohar has been talking with the Boys High School coach. Mark reports that Jeff Martin will work with us about not taking players; he wants some things from us to make that happen. Can we have coaches decided earlier? We can do that for non-parent coaches. For parent coaches, we need to wait for the teams to be decided.
Ice needs for next year: Jim Cich. Last year we had tried to form an Ice Committee to call around for ice. Jackie Rog, Tom Johnson, Pat O’Connor, and Cheryl Mason are willing to be on this. Will set a meeting with the ice committee members and the Program Coordinators to talk about ice needs. Will get meeting set for next week. The Minneapolis Park Board runs the ice for Edison. (Niki will book a room for the Ice Committee and Program Coordinators.) Tom reports there is discussion about having a District Scheduler for the games.
Board Roundtable:
President: Jim Cich. No additional report.
Vice President: Brian Johnson. Thief River Falls newspaper article passed around. There is a new President at Mounds View Hockey Association. Mounds View is very interested in getting going with the Super Rink Spectacular tournament planning. Parades are coming up.
Secretary: Niki Gjere. No report.
Treasurer: Jeanne Falconer. Financial summary distributed. The month of May will have the more complete data. Getting team checkbooks in. 
Ice Commissioner: Renae Olesen. Starting to work on ice. See information above.
Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Mohar. 15 hours of ice for Goalie Clinic. Brad Nowak will be running the clinic. Will be open from Initiation to high school, and open to the coaches. The High School teams are looking into buying a locker room. Jeff Martin was here in a past meeting and asked us for help with this. We are the reason that the High School has all of their ice at the Super Rink. If we help them with the locker room, then should they give up some ice at the Super Rink? Discussion. They take 400 hours per High School program (Boys and Girls).
Girls Program Coordinator: Chris Tahti. Starting discussions about what to do for our 14U players for next year. Nine players have committed to staying with youth hockey and not going to the High School. There will be no answers (firm) until October.
Initiation Program Coordinator: Cheryl Mason. Have finished the Initiation Coordinator manual. Has met with Steve Kracht about what to do each month. Will pass on to the new Initiation Coordinator. Will give a copy for the file.
Equipment Coordinator: Randy Bortot. No report.
Registration Coordinator: Pat O’Connor. Need to set dates for registration. Recommend flyers be sent out in the Spring to recruit at the Elementary schools. Need to finalize Registration. Tryouts are done two weekends before MEA. October 19th and 20th will be MEA. Will be done with try-outs on Sunday October 8th.
District Representative: Tom Welty. See above. No additional report or information.
Additional Reports:
ACE Coordinator: John will no longer be the ACE Coordinator. The way the role was structured, John was not interested in this. There will be discussion and shaping of the position for the next few months.
Lake Region Hockey Association: Jeanne Falconer. They had their elections. Re-elected Sue as Treasurer and Mark as President. The by-laws state there needs to be rotation between Mounds View and Irondale. Looking for new sites. We are losing Cousineau’s in Maple Grove. August meeting will be for Irondale and Mounds View boards. (Third Tuesday of August.) Meetings are open meetings—let people know you are coming because it is a dinner meeting. Scholarships were given—4 scholarships were given. There was one Irondale student. Volunteers are getting harder to find. We have $3500. Looking to fund a goalie clinic and goalie coach. Would be free for Irondale. That money has been approved by Lake Region for this purpose.
The next Vice President will be tasked to develop fundraising program and volunteerism program. Will set up a committee to work on fundraising. Possibly different levels for sponsorship.
Player Development: Full report will come next month. Good working sessions. Will hear about several different components. We are moving forward with the committee. Will be successful with implementing changes for this coming season. Need to develop coaches and make sure that coaches are all going the same direction. As a hockey community, we need to get behind this.
Many thanks to those that have volunteered for committees and activities!
Additional business: Thank you to Brian, Jeanne, Cheryl and Pat. They are completing their terms of office. They have been integral in making sure the Board works! All will be involved in some are.
Motion to adjourn (CT) (TW), motion carried. Annual Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Irondale Youth Hockey Association
Election Meeting
April 20, 2006.
Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.
Present:                 Jim Cich, Brian Johnson, Niki Gjere, Jeanne Falconer, Randy Bortot, Tom Welty, Chris Tahti, Renae Olesen, Cheryl Mason.
Guests:                  Mark Mohar, Jackie Rog, George Mohar, Mark Hentges, Chris Bretoi, Mike Durheim, Al Morelli, Tim Fredberg, Patty Fredberg, Bob Gabler, Mark Rupp, Bruce Mason.
Election Meeting called to order by President Jim Cich at 8:15 p.m.
Election for vacant Board of Director positions:
Vice President: Candidate Cheryl Mason.
Motion to cast a white ballot for Cheryl Mason as Vice President. (TW) (CT) No discussion. Motion carried.
Treasurer Candidate: none. Position continues to be vacant.
Initiation Program Coordinator: Candidate Bob Gagler.
Motion to cast a white ballot for Bob Gagler as Initiation Program Coordinator (TW) (CT). Discussion. Has a B Mite player, which is the oldest of 3 boys. Thank you fro stepping up. Motion carried.
Registration Coordinator: Candidate Jeanne Falconer. Motion to cast a white ballot for Jeanne Falconer as Registration Coordinator. (TW) (CT). Discussion. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn meeting (TW) (CT). Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
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