Summer skating is in full swing, and coaches report it is going well. I have a suspicion there may be some tired skaters by the end of the weeks, as they have been working hard! Keep up the great work, skaters! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions you have.
MANDATORY ANNUAL MEETING
Our mandatory annual HFSA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11th, 2019, at 6:00 pm in the West rink. As we did last year, we will again have stations set up for various items (competitions, paperwork, etc.). There will be mandatory paperwork to be completed at this meeting, so please make sure you have this date on your calendar. Those skaters who attend the meeting with at least one parent will receive a one-time free buyin coupon, good for one hour of buy-in ice ($14 value).
Those who have participated in Team Compulsory in the past know how much fun these groups are. Team Compulsory teams are made up of 6 or 7 skaters, depending on the level, and they have a routine in which each skater has a “breakout” where they perform one assigned element. We would love to be able to continue these teams, so if you skater is interested please email me at email@example.com by 7/31/19 to let me know. Please include your skaters name and last level passed in your email. Once interest has been established, we can put teams together based on levels. All skaters in the team must skate to the level of the highest skater. So for instance, if there is a team consisting of skaters who have passed Freestyle 1, 2 and 3, all skaters must be able to perform one element from FS 3. Coaches will work with skaters to determine which element would best suit them. Since there are specific roles on each team, please know that we ask skaters to commit to performing at competitions if they join a Team Compulsory team.
“Worlds” competition is an ISI competition that is held every summer at different locations around the country, with every fourth year being held in MN. Next summer (2020) is the year that it will be held here, so as we obtain more information we will be sending it out to all skaters. This competition is a week long, held in Blaine with skaters from all over the U.S. plus many other countries competing (that doesn’t mean you have to be
We hope everyone is enjoying the Summer weather we are finally getting after waiting so long! As we move into June, we want to make sure to communicate a few items to all HFSA members. As always, feel free to reach out with any questions you have
SUMMER ICE REGISTRATION REMINDER Don’t forget to register for Summer ice! Registration is open now through June 9th at the regular rate. Effective June 10th there will be a $100 late fee added to any registrations. We look forward to seeing everyone back at the rink this Summer!
Summer camp & competition As a reminder, HFSA will not be hosting a camp this Summer. We will also not be participating in Summer competition due to lack of interest. We look forward to seeing everyone compete again this Fall in New Ulm!
The Water Carnival Parade is coming up Sunday, June 16th, and HFSA/PRCE will be participating with a float sponsored by SouthPoint Financial Credit Union. We would love to have skaters join us to promote skating in Hutchinson! We have not yet received our float number, but the past few years we have been about a block West of Hardees on the frontage road for setup. If you are interested in joining, please wear your favorite skating shirt if you have one, and meet at the float between Noon-12:15 (you will see the float with the large skate on it ). It can be very difficult to find parking near the parade staging area so we encourage you to carpool to the drop-off site. We will have candy and other items to hand out along the parade route, but please remember to bring a water bottle as well as sunscreen (and weather dependent, maybe an umbrella!) Pick up after the parade will be at the Rec Center. A huge Thank You to SouthPoint Financial Credit Union for sponsoring our float!
Updates & Changes
WEBSITE UPDATES We continue to make improvements to our website to try to make it the most user-friendly. If you haven’t been to http://www.hutchfigureskating.org/ lately please take a minute to look at our most recent updates. There are now bios for each of our coaches to include their contact info., as well as a bit of information about them. We sure are lucky to have some awesome coaches! You will also find on the website a copy of the newsletter, as well as a calendar so you can see what is happening within HFSA at a quick glance. Volunteer hours have also been added to the website, so you can quickly see where you are at with hours as they are updated. Please make sure to give a big shout out to Amber Erickson, for all of her upkeep on our website!
SOLOIST POINTS As with many things, we look at soloist points and have to make adjustments as situations change.
With this, the following changes were approved at our May board meeting:
July Board Meeting Change There are a couple of changes to the July HFSA board meeting. Due to the holiday week, the board meeting will be held the second Wednesday of the month, on July 10th at 6:00pm. We will also be changing the location for this meeting only, to Squeaky’s.
HAVE A WONDERFUL JUNE, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE AT OUR VARIOUS SUMMER ACTIVITIES!
We hope everyone is enjoying their Spring, and looking forward to some beautiful days ahead! Even though we haven’t been on the ice, there has still been a lot going on in the skating world and we want to make sure we keep everyone updated. We know it is a lot of material, so grab a cup of coffee, water or your favorite beverage and snuggle in for some informative reading!
Although it is during our “off-season”, May is a big month for HFSA! We have our annual board elections in May, where we welcome new board members and also sadly say goodbye to outgoing members.
At our meeting on 5/1/19, we had to say Goodbye to board member Marilyn Minnick, who has been a vital part of our HFSA board for 9 years in many roles including general board member, Co-President and most recently Secretary. We will certainly miss Marilyn’s exemplary memory and documentation (if you were ever at a board meeting, you know Marilyn could find information from the past faster than anyone else- I still don’t know how she does it!), and her ability to see all points of view. Thank You Marilyn, for all of your time and dedication to HFSA!
On the flip side, we are happy to welcome three new members to the HFSA board! We are excited to have Megan Karg, Michelle Kopesky and Julie Witte join the HFSA board as new members. These ladies will bring wonderful new perspectives, ideas and excitement to the board, and we look forward to working with them in the next two years! Deb Paulson has also taken on the role of Secretary, and we know she will do a great job!
With these changes, we are happy to present your 2019-2020 HFSA board of directors:
We are also excited to welcome Leslie Alberts back as an HFSA coach! Leslie has many years of skating and coaching experience, and we are happy to have her available to work with our skaters!
Along with these changes, we will also be operating without an HFSA Director for the upcoming season. There have been many discussions with the HFSA coaches and board, and from this the decision was made that our coaches and board would be working closely together to keep our club moving in the direction that is most desirable to our skaters. We have a wonderful staff of coaches who are excited to have the opportunity to serve our skaters, and have offered to take on additional tasks as needed. As we move forward, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our board members or coaches (contact information can be found on the HFSA website.
Water Carnival Parade
An email was sent to all HFSA and PRCE members regarding the Hutchinson Water Carnival parade. SouthPoint Financial Credit Union has graciously offered to sponsor our float this year, and we are grateful to them for the opportunity! The parade is June 16th, 2019 at 1:00pm. We would love to have as many skaters as possible join us to represent our skating club, by either walking, roller blading or riding on the float (or a combination of the above). Please email Jolene Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your skater is able to join us. If you have a skating shirt (pink skating shirt from last year’s parade, show shirt, etc.) we ask that you wear it during the parade.
The words that we know everyone dreads, volunteer hours and fundraising ☺. Every year this is a topic of discussion at our board meetings, and every year we struggle to find the best balance. While we know everyone is busy, we also have to look at opportunities to participate in activities that will help our club function at its best, as well as bringing in funds to keep our costs consistent and avoid raising prices. We do our best to avoid price increases each season, and participating in a day or two of fundraising is the biggest way we are able to accomplish that. Trying to find that balance is always tricky! We are always looking for new and different fundraisers, but need your help in carrying them out. Many of these fundraisers are also a great way for our skaters to get to work together and get to know each other better, in a sport that can often be “individual”. In order to try to maintain this balance, the volunteer hour requirement will increase from 10 hours per family per season, to 12 hours per family per season. Hours for the annual ice show will still be separate from the 12 regular season hours.
You should have received an email from Doreen Ziegler regarding the red phone book fundraiser. If you have not received this, please contact Doreen at email@example.com. Remember, the red phone book fundraiser is a mandatory fundraiser that is not included in the 12 hours of volunteer time for the season. If you do not complete a phone book route, there will be a fee of $125, payable before your skater can get on the ice for the next ice session.
Each year we find the rink monitor spot left open during many of the sessions, which makes it difficult for our coaches to try to give our skaters the best lessons possible while trying to juggle playing music, making sure skaters check in and keeping skaters safe at the same time. We really need everyone’s help with rink monitoring, starting the first night of lessons!
This year we were presented with a new fundraising opportunity that we believe can be a great team building activity for our skaters! Sunday, June 23rd we have the opportunity to prepare and serve food to guests at the Little Crow Riders horse show, at the McLeod County Fairgrounds. The board has been discussing what will be prepared and served this day, and how we will execute our first year to make it successful. This should be an exciting one-day fundraiser for our group, so please watch your email for additional information on signing up for a shift to help this day. We look forward to working with you to make this day a success!
We will participate in the Cash Wise brat stand fundraiser, as we have for many years. This year’s dates will be Thursday, July 18th- Saturday, July 20th. We are lucky to get this opportunity, as this is a major fundraiser for our club. However, we can not continue to participate (and avoid HFSA cost increases) without member help! If you have not participated in the brat stand in the past, it is a great way to work with other HFSA skaters and families! The shift includes grilling hot dogs/brats/hamburgers, replenishing food items as needed from inside the store, taking orders from customers and serving the public. Cash Wise does a great job of organizing this, and is happy to help with any questions while we are serving. Please watch your email for shifts to sign up to help!
Due to ice availability at the rink, Summer skating will be in July this year, running from July 8th through July 26th. Registration will be open within the next two weeks, and a notification will go out when it is ready.
We all know that communication is the key to success, so we want to make sure all HFSA members have the opportunity to communicate in several ways.
Whew! That was a lot of information, but you made it! Thank You for taking the time to review everything, and continue to keep an eye out as we get closer to Summer!