Belmont Youth Hockey
June 4, 2009
I. Call to order
Doug McLaughlin called to order the annual meeting of the Belmont Youth Hockey Association (BYHA) at 7:05pm on June 4, 2009 in the Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library.
II. Roll call
The following persons were present: Doug McLaughlin, Kim Rocha, Jim Finn, Janet Liddell, Jeff Brody, Joe Noone, John Curran, Mark Shapiro Brian Quirk, Jim Brown, Larry Christofori and Steve Nally. Absent from the meeting was Jim Wooster. Various association members were also present.
III. Approval of minutes from last meetings
The minutes from May 18, 2009 were accepted.
IV. Position Reports
John Curran discussed the association’s relatively strong financial position, attributable in large part to an increase in dues, successful fundraising efforts and strategic ice management efforts. John discussed the financial statement in detail.
V. Other Business
Change in Annual Meeting:
The Board recommended that the annual meeting date be changed to the first Monday after the first Sunday in January, so as to take place during the season. The hope is to attract more membership participation, receive feedback mid-season, and give newly elected board members an opportunity to observe board activities in advance of their term beginning. This change was approved unanimously by the membership.
Election of New Directors:
The Board recommended six new directors be added, thereby increasing the size of the board from 12 to 15 directors (plus a possible ex-officio board member). The following board nominees were presented to the membership: Roman Chicz, Al Gutterman, Curtis Cole, Bob Pomer, Jeff Carbeck, and Tricia Reggio. (Tricia Reggio’s position would be an honorary position.) These proposed new members would be given staggered terms ranging from one to three years to ensure that a roughly equal percentage of board members would be up for election each year. In addition, Brian Quirk and Steve Nally were nominated to renew their terms on the Board. The nominees were approved unanimously by the membership.
The outgoing board members (Larry Christofori, Janet Liddell and Mark Shapiro) were recognized and thanked for their contributions and efforts on behalf of BYHA.
Doug McLaughlin discussed ice scheduling and the association’s preference to avoid practice times at 9:00 pm or later to the extent practicable.
Doug McLaughlin explained how the tryout/placement process currently works and how the Board recognized that certain improvements may be possible, including in the area of communication. Curtis Cole will be assuming the lead for new placements during the upcoming season. The current by-laws do not accurately reflect how the current process works, which includes both on-ice evaluations and coaches’ evaluations. The Board will be revising the by-laws to be consistent with the process used. Final placements will be announced after the next Board meeting. Various members expressed their opinions regarding the placement process.
Brian Quirk discussed an incident infraction during the 2008-2009 season involving the use of an overage goalie in the girls program. Written notification was sent to Massachusetts Hockey Association with an explanation of remedial action taken by BYHA. Various members expressed their opinions regarding this situation.
Doug McLaughlin adjourned the meeting at 9:00pm.
Minutes submitted by: Jeff Brody