Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, Mounds View, St. Anthony and Shoreview, MN
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From the IYHA President:
Hello again,
Teams have been selected, practices and scrimmages are underway and soon games will be played. The next five months will be filled with the sounds off pucks off the boards and a few clanks on the pipes – with any luck more net than pipe. 
Hopefully everyone has had the opportunity to view the new rules instituted by USA/MN hockey ( preferably as a team or parents viewing the program with their son
or daughter. These revisions, which in my opinion were long overdue, should open up the game to more skating and more flow. 
With the games and tournaments approaching please keep in mind that as individual skaters and teams we represent Irondale Hockey as a whole. Let our play on the ice, our attitude, respect to officials and opponents be the last impression we leave when we exit the rink.
I wish all teams the best of luck. Have a great season. Keep two hands on your stick and your head up.
See you at the rink. 
From the VP
1.      SuperRink Spectacular Thanksgiving Tournament
2.      Minnesota Wild Program Sales Fundraiser
3.      Corporate Fundraising - Update
SuperRink Spectacular - Thanksgiving Tournament:
  • As most of you know, IYHA co-sponsors two tournaments with Mounds View.  The first tournament is this Thanksgiving weekend and many of our teams are registered for these tournaments. 
  • The tournaments are staffed by Irondale and Mounds View volunteers and you will be getting your volunteer sign up sheets this weekend.  In order to be successful, WE NEED YOU, so give generously of your time.  This is our number one fundraiser for IYHA.  One of the most important positions to fill is Rink Director.  For the experienced hockey people at IYHA, please consider volunteering for this position.
  • We are looking for raffle donations for both the Thanksgiving and January tournaments.  Specifically we would like gift certificates and products.  Please contact me if you are interested in helping or would like to make a donation!
  • Thanks to all the volunteers who have been helping on the tournament planning; Tim Fredberg, Chris Drews, Deb Page, Jeanne Falconer, Niki Gjere, and Jackie Rog.
Minnesota Wild Program Sales Fundraiser:
Thanks to all of the families and skaters who participated in the October 12th Minnesota Wild Program Sales!  This fundraiser was a lot of fun and raised about $1,000 for our association.
Corporate Fundraising:
Thank you to Torri Johnson and Rich Sonterre for their work on a comprehensive approach to corporate/business fundraising.  Hopefully this will generate money in a historically untapped source!  Stay tuned for more information on how this is working.
Cheryl Mason
Phone & Phone Fax 763.764.6522
Mail Station  W01-C
Still interested or know of somebody that is interesting in signing up for the
Girls 8U team or the Initiation program?

It is not too late!! Contact Mike Nundahl or Bob Gabler and they will assist you!!
                Irondale Youth Hockey Association (IYHA) Board Members 2006-2007
Tom Lucarelli
Vice President
Cheryl Mason
651-639-1543 (h)
Tom O’Keefe
651-785-0266 (h)
Niki Gjere
612-273-6439 (w)
651-270-8551 (cell)
612-527-7437 (pager)
Ice Commissioner
Jackie Rog
651-636-6978 (h)
Boys Program Coordinator
Mark Mohar
651-639-1908 (h)
Girls Program Coordinator
Mike Nundahl
651-633-8287 (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
Player Development Committee
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: 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 Tom Lucarelli.
Lake Region Board Meetings:
Lake Region Hockey meetings are open meetings. Contact Jeanne Falconer for dates and times of the next meetings.
Sponsors for teams 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: **Lake Region Hockey Association**Minnesota Wild** Torri Johnson**
Team Sponsorships:
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 Board Meeting Minutes:
IYHA Meeting: October 26, 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 by IYHA President Tom Lucarelli at 6:30 p.m. in the New Brighton Family Service Center.
Board of Directors Members Present:                    Tom Lucarelli, Mike Nundahl, Tom Welty, Bob Gabler,  Jeanne Falconer, Jackie Rog, Niki Gjere, Tom O’Keefe, Cheryl Mason, Mark Mohar.                                     .  
Board of Directors Members Absent:                     Randy Bortot.                         
Guests:                                                                   Greg Ovik, CPA (For Auditor report); Mike Durheim, Chris Drews, Mark Rupp, Rich Sonterre, Paul Dulin, Colin Crandall, Torri Johnson, Tim Fredberg.                                         
Introductions completed. Meeting agenda reviewed and accepted. Meeting minutes of September 21, 2006 reviewed, motion to accept, (TO ) ( MM), motion carried.
Old Business and Guests:
Auditor / report: Tom O’Keefe. Our auditor is here to present his report. Greg Ovik. He has been our auditor for 8 years. Tom reports Greg Ovik has been very helpful to him in learning the role, as has Jeanne Falconer.
Greg Ovik: He prepares a certified audit. Samples the Treasurer report and tracks the money coming into the door, payment of expenses, billing, etc. Looks at accounting systems and evaluates that nothing is out of place. He keeps his antennae up for any irregularities. In all of the years he has done work with us, he has never found any thing fraudulent. Our processes are fairly straightforward. Copy of the report goes to the IRS. It is required to be publicly available for anybody that wishes to see it. He reads all of the minutes to make sure that we have consistency with our accounting. The Attorney General also receives this report. Nothing in our organization raises red flags. One red flag would be if we would hire a fundraiser—we would have to go with Greg to assure that we were okay. Reports distributed. Greg is available. Contact him through Tom O’Keefe.
Attorney General looks at the percent of expenses in three categories—program, administrative expense, fundraising. 95%, 2%, 3%. Would get attention of Attorney General if we had 70% program and 30 % in other.
Corporate Sponsorships: Torri Johnson and Rich Sonterre. Materials distributed. Discussion. Have talked about doing Corporate Sponsorship; however nothing has really be formally completed. Corporate Fundraising Program points—this is a draft. “News Flash” is a sample exhibit that is referenced (example) in page 9 of Torri’s document. This year—not wanting to hit 50 businesses for $50. Would be an official sponsor through a closed bid process. Would like to have a display at the tournament where the official sponsors could have a coupon or flyer. We have an ability to use the database from Chamber of Commerce. Would appreciate knowing what individual teams are doing so places are not being approached by numerous people.
Would like to have listed on website—corporations that provide matching funds. Other companies have volunteer matching funds—would list these companies too. Will work with Lake Region and the auditor. There are team specific sponsorships, and individual sponsorships.
Will utilize the team managers information about this—for distribution.
Motion: To approve the concept of a Corporate Sponsorship Program with a request that a specific letter be drafted to include the specific levels (20 different categories), with a review by auditor and Lake Region Hockey Association (to assure we are not in conflict with any rules), (BG) (NG); Discussion. Motion carried.
Player and Coach Development Contract: Jeff Opperman.
Reviewed document that outlines the agreement with Tadd Tuomie. (The format is one that is used for a professional services contract.) Tadd would be an independent contractor. Would be paid $13,000. Would have approximately an 80/20 breakdown. Would be charged back to teams based on use. Clinics would be utilized consistently across the teams. Teams would be billed by hour. Will have 60 clinics through the year—each team B Mites and up would get approximately 12 clinics. Minimum of 100 hours on the ice. The reimbursement rate was negotiated, reviewed different associations, and other applicants. Mounds View pays $175.00 per hour. Buffalo pays $35,000 to $40,000 per year. Edina paid $45,000 for a year. How will we evaluate the progress at the end of the year? Will have clinics, engage the kids, have basic skills evaluations for the kids (beginning of the year, end of the year), Will also do surveys – both parents and players—and see how the season went for them. Maybe have a parent volunteer videotape at the beginning of the year, mid year, and end of year. Tadd will spend time outside of the designated hours to prepare and improve the player development program. There was a committee put together to get us on track—focus our energies and head into a direction. At the Coach’s meeting last night there was positive energy and ready to go.
Motion to approve the Service Agreement between Tadd Tuomie and IYHA with the payment of $13,000 for one year, (NG) (MM); discussion. Motion carried. Distributed update of Player Development 
Board of Directors Roundtable:
President: Tom Lucarelli.
Getting more involved, see the various aspects about what the Board of Directors members do, then helpful to be involved and see the different things that are done. Thank you to members of the Board and all of the work that is done.
Vice President: Cheryl Mason.
MN Wild Sales program was October 12th. They typically print programs 6 x per year. Sold more than 2000 programs. Will receive a check at the end of the year. Will receive in excess of $1000 (anticipated).
Tournament: Beginning next week will have weekly meetings. Raffle tickets have been printed. Will get the raffle tickets out to the teams—needs to have the numbers of kids on the teams and will make sure there are enough tickets for each player. Total 600 tickets. Team Managers—if the team members lose tickets, the team needs to pay for the ticket. Monday, November 20th—all tickets and money is to be in. Prizes—Honda 500 cc has been purchased (grand prize), Toro 5 horsepower snowblower, Fogarty prints (2), and cash. Accepting other prizes. 
Deb Page has been organizing trade show. This year there is a table fee from each vendor. Cost is per table per day. Brackets are done.
Concern about not having A Bantams in tournament—still having openings. Passes are at the printer. Getting donations from organizations.
In January —having an Applebee’s pancake breakfast 8-10 a.m. for IYHA (entire Association). Will need to get some volunteers to work that. Working to determine if we have any age requirements for the volunteers. Need to give incentives for people to come early.
Secretary: Niki Gjere. Newsletter deadline is November 1st.
Treasurer: Tom O’Keefe. Distributed report. Balance of today would be $11,000. Checks from Lake Region are coming—over $10,000. Treasurers are collecting from the teams. Waiting for bills from Brooklyn Park and Super Rink. Willard Fund: In the past, applications were due at the end of the year. Lake Region is thinking of changing that. Once we have more details about Willard will share it with the Team Treasurers.
Boys Coordinator Report: Mark Mohar. Tryouts were completed mid-October. Teams are set. Let’s play hockey!
Girls Program Coordinator: Mike Nundahl. Girls teams are set. Registration is still open—we just had 2 girls sign up this past week. Keep recruiting!
Initiation Program Coordinator: Bob Gabler. Still recruiting. 2-3 people this week. Just under 80 initiation players. Coaches are approved. Thank you to the 2nd year Initiation coaches for helping out with the mini-mites. Teams will be determined by the end of the weekend. Talked with Minnesota Wild, will have the date in February—thank you for the $500 donation to support the Initiation involvement Little Chippers Program.
District Representative: Tom Welty. No additional report. Emailed the report after the last meeting.
Ice Commissioner: Jackie Rog. Ice draw was completed. Still working with C Bantams to get things going. Schedule is almost done through December 1st. Question about ice—can we avoid MEA, Halloween, etc.
Registration Coordinator: Jeanne Falconer. Total players 170 plus Initiation—approximately 75. Total approximately 245.
Equipment Manager: Randy Bortot. Absent, no report.
Standing Reports:
Lake Region Hockey Association: Jeanne Falconer. Tom Lucarelli came to the meeting. Auditor report: Clean bill of health—no problems. Their expenses were 39%--allowable is 59%. Lake Region was able to weather the worst pull-tab year ever. Compliance review was completed. If interested in Willard fund, need to give letter to the Team Treasurer. Letter of request, sealed envelope. Moe’s is doing well. What is the difference between paying for a goalie clinic instructor and paying for a Player Development person. Raffle tickets and accounting need to be kept for 3½ years.
Player and Coach Development: Last night we had our first Coach’s meeting. Dialogue was begun. Went very well. A couple things that came up—need to discuss goalie clinics and have another meeting with the Mite coaches.Moving ahead. Will set clinic dates.
Any additional business: Jeanne Falconer: Last year we collected money from the Initiation parents. We need to rebate the money back to the players and families. Cheryl Mason discussed wanting to have information about the membership of the Association.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.