Promoting youth hockey in New Brighton, Mounds View, St. Anthony and Shoreview, MN

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Irondale Youth Hockey Association

Board Meeting: Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.

at the New Brighton Family Service Center, New Brighton, MN.

Address: IYHA, PO Box 120114, New Brighton, MN   55112 Website:

From President (Tom Lucarelli):


Hopefully you have been able to get your hockey fix by watching some of the playoff games in the NHL – there sure has been some great action!


A big thanks to Cheryl Mason (Vice President), Tom O’Keefe (Treasurer) and Mark Mohar (Boys Coordinator) for the their time and commitment to IYHA and welcome to new board members Monica Crandall (Vice President), Theresa Spiering (Treasurer) and Mark Rupp (Boys Coordinator).


If you or anyone you know may be interested in coaching for the upcoming season, please contact the boys or girls coordinators.


The program is always looking for new skaters – spread the word especially at the Initiation level.


In the next few months go through your old equipment and consider donating back to IYHA – contact Tom Johnson (equipment manager).




From Boys Coordinator (Mark Rupp):


1. Thank you to everyone who came out to vote.  From all accounts, it appeared we had a wonderful turnout.  Every vote does count and all of us have an ownership stake in our association when we exercise our rite to vote.


2. A coaches meeting will be coming up fairly soon to talk about our just completed year and plan for the 2008-2009 season.  Watch for more details shortly.  


3. A meeting will be announced soon for all of those parents who have Bantam eligible children.  We will be discussing a number of topics and your attendance is very important. 





From Registration Coordinator (Jeanne Falconer):


Team books still outstanding are the 12U Girls, A PeeWees and B Squirts.


Please make arrangements to get these returned ASAP.


Thank you. 




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 Jean and it will be mailed to you. Upcoming dates for 2007/2008 Board meetings are the

third Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  Our meetings are held at the New Brighton Family Service Center.

Meetings will be:  June 19, July 17 and August 21.

NOTE: If you wish to be on the agenda for the meeting, please contact the IYHA President.

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 Jean Aukee of any additions or corrections. (Please forward information about websites and addresses, etc.) Many thanks to our sponsors!

IYHA: **Lake Region Hockey Association**, **Moes**, **Champps**, **Katies**, **Make It Big Photos**, **Our Bar and Grill** and **Big 10 Tavern**

Team Sponsorships:



Bantam:  **Response Fire Protection**

Pee Wee A:  **Synergy Ltd** and **Minnesota Conway**

Pee Wee C:  **Western Bank**, ** Dr. John Hollerud, MD** and **Minnesota Epilepsy Group**

Squirt B:  **Caroline Bell Beckman & Law Firm of Jensen, Bell, Converse & Erickson** and **Bio Instruments Incorporated**


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 2007-2008



Tom Lucarelli



Vice President

Monica Crandall


763-234-9316 (c)



Theresa Spiering


763-780-4548 (h)



Jean Aukee


763-783-8561 (h)


Ice Commissioner

Jackie Rog


651-636-6978 (h)

Boys Program Coordinator

Mark Rupp


651-269-3027 (h & c)

Girls Program Coordinator

Mike Nundahl


651-633-8287 (h)

Initiation Coordinator

Bob Gabler


651-697-4708 (h)



Tom Johnson




Jeanne Falconer


763-458-5946 (cell)

651-486-1235 (w)

District Representative


Chris Drews


651-329-3124 (cell)

Non-Board Position:

ACE Coordinator

Tadd Tuomie and Player Development Committee




Irondale Youth Hockey Association April ANNUAL Meeting Minutes:


IYHA Meeting ANNUAL Meeting:  April 17, 2008.  Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.


Called to order at 6:34 p.m. by President Tom Lucarelli.


Board Members Present:  Tom Lucarelli, Cheryl Mason, Jeanne Falconer, Mike Nundahl, Jean Aukee, Bob Gabler, Mark Mohar, Chris Drews, Tom Johnson and Jackie Rog


Board Members Absent:  Tom O’Keefe


Guests:  Jim Cich, Beth Soberg, Torri Johnson, Mark Rupp, Chuck Ferraro, Colin Crandall, Bo Parsons, Paul Dulin and George Mohar


Minutes:  Motion to accept minutes as presented (CD) (JF), motion carried. 


Old Business: 


a.       Fundraising Committee Document – Jean didn’t finish getting it updated before the meeting – will review this next month.  Tom stated there was a working meeting of the board to review/update the document.  Once finalized we will get it back to fundraising committee

b.       Final Costs of Initiation – Bob needs to finalize monies with the 4 initiation team managers/treasurers – also needs to get together with Tom O.  Looking to set up a turn key program like swimming – flat fee for the whole year for 1st and 2nd yr mites and U8s.  Won’t know ice times by 8-16-08 per Jackie – would be mostly weekends – would like to publish dates at start of year – i.e. all Saturday am at a specific time – announcement could be 8:00 to 12:00 noon (sometime during that timeframe) and specific times will be communicated later – Bob sending out communication this weekend to initiation that this is the amount due and tell the treasurers to either refund or collect depending – what do with monies from previous years?  Bob only resolving last year’s initiation – will discuss the rest of the money at a budgeting meeting as with other overages in association.


New Business:


a.       Pee Wee A Regional Tournament – costs should be sent to association and not just to Pee Wee A team – per Torri at meeting last month – brought up and in the minutes but Tom O still sent bill to Pee Wee A treasurer – could it be part of line item 3A on budget? or board make a motion to have association absorb cost? – board apologized for not resolving after discussed at last month’s meeting – CD made a motion that going forward should an Irondale team make it to a regional and state tournament the association should pay those tournament fees – JF second.  Discussion – kids are expected to go if they make it so far in districts – representing our community – C level teams never get to go – why subsidize?  Why does the association pay for goalie pads – same idea with this.  Should be 2 rulings – 1 for the situation today with last year’s Pee Wee As and one for all future teams – need to make another motion specifically for the Pee Wee A team from last year – board members with kids on that team will not vote – TJ made the same motion for Pee Wee As as CD motion for all future teams - CD second – all approved – both motions carried – Jackie, Jean and Tom abstained from voting – Tom L will contact Tom O regarding paying the fee.


b.       Community Task Force Meetings – Emails from Brad D - school district planning sports – school district help funds it – arsenal land uses – outdoor chilled surface – all athletic facilities in the mounds view school – Tom will attend meeting in June and then decide if worthwhile to attend the September meeting


c.        Bank recommended software for online registration – Torri – handout – credit card payments online – merchant account set up with Premiere Bank – could accept payments thru website – software company has a connection to hockey – CornerStone bank – lower processing fees – c/b lower than current bank fees – portion of transactions goes to a cancer foundation – Pay Pal another option – fee is more and you go from IYHA site to Pay Pal site – all transactions – Chris knowledgeable on these things – no minimal monthly fee is a good thing – no one has said anything bad on this – Jeanne attending meeting in May – at district level they will require online registration – so our fees could be done at the same time – with computers – USA and MN and IYHA fees all done at once – people paying online will be assessed the fee not those in the assn paying with cash – make it mandatory?  USA and MN will be mandatory next year per Chris Drews – treasurer should review along with board members and make proposal to the association – Per Torri our website can handle this kind of thing.


d.       Changing voting time at the 11th hour - wasn’t changed just added a new time offer - needs to be discussed by the board before a decision is made – need to address next year that there should be an absentee ballot system of some kind – we need more opportunities for others to vote – ask all three candidates who are here if they agree with the process as we speak before we conclude the process tonight – how do we know which votes were cast at 5:30 that may have been cast at 7:30 – communications sent said you will receive a ballot as you enter – if all 3 candidate in agreement with what we do tonight they we will proceed – Mark M – came up last time he was up for election – previous meeting stated it is an in person voting – Mark M says Yes – Mr Rupp agrees with Mark M – need to bring up the absentee ballot discussion at a future date – Mark R agrees with process – Bo agrees with process – Bob made a motion to accept the outcome of this election today – rationale being all 3 candidates accept the outcome of this – TJ second – all approved – motion carried.



Board Roundtable:


President: Tom Lucarelli. – American Family – March 10th Wild Game - $10 for every save – Program Sales Wild Game too – 2 checks coming – didn’t hear from One Goal Equipment – that’s OK – per Torri Wild game program sales night the jumbotron read Washburn hockey instead of Irondale


Vice President: Cheryl Mason. – spoke today with new MV VP –  she understands the history of the tournaments at the SSR – very committed to the tournaments – her name is Michelle Lacy – Cheryl will continue to be tournament director – will work with all people in both associations – need to get more younger families involved


Secretary: Jean Aukee. – no report


Treasurer: Tom O’Keefe. – not here – report  sent out – Jackie needs to talk to him - we are $500 short on U of M ice bill – Bob will follow up with him on amounts for initiation – looks like Tom O did finalize it per his report


Girls Program Coordinator: Mike Nundahl. – U14 will be available to all DIST1 girls for 2008/2009 season – there will be at least one DIST1 U14 team – St Anthony is no longer with Roseville – We will encourage the St. Anthony girls to join with Irondale like the boys program and continue to work with St. Anthony and MN hockey to try to make it happen.


Initiation Program Coordinator: Bob Gabler. – met with Curt from Acceleration MN – programs to offer to Irondale – needs support to communicate to the kids in the association – get together with 4 to 6 friends and go thru the exercises – would be no cost to us just help them communicate – do thru the website or via email?  If they donate to us then we could advertise for them on the website – we can’t promote them unless we give equal time to competitors – just allow him access to our parents – Herb Brooks is changing to FHIT – we can’t promote hockey camps etc – could be done via an email to association members blind copied – Acceleration MN just wants to build a better relationship with IYHA – Torri OK to work with Bob and make a proposal and come back to board in May


Boys Program Coordinator: Mark Mohar. – 20,000 puck club & goalie clinic this summer – thanks to all who have helped Mark in the last 3 years


District Representative: Chris Drews. – updating rules – New Richmond WI will be fielding 2 teams at each level and will be added to DIST1 – talking with DIST 3 – except Maple Grove and Wayzata – add additional games for Bantams – State Tournament the DIST lost $7000 to host – Per MN hockey we have to host a banquet – 2 separate proposals – single sight A tournament at Xcel center (televised) – no regional tournaments for level B and below – SEE DIST1 WEBSITE for detailed minutes – report of game misconducts – Irondale had 5 – we were in the upper 1/3rd – we need to keep a good name and a good face – 3 penalty rule not included in these misconducts – going back to old way of scheduling games – not by district – will be done by ice coordinators – registration meeting in May for Jeanne – MN and USA hockey required to be online


Ice Commissioner: Jackie Rog.  – Greg Kraut with MV (new President for MV) – new ice schedules – he is doing ice with Jackie – warm up and tryout ice – what hours will be split with IYHA and MV – Edison arena – park board heads up – B Pee Wee coach knows him – Chuck opened door for us to get some ice there


Registration Coordinator: Jeanne Falconer. –- May 1st can start registering online with MN and USA hockey – 2008 to 2009 season – still need team books for some teams


Equipment Manager: Tom Johnson. – trying to get a handle on what goalie equipment we need – should be added to next years budget – Mark – new rule book – goalie equipment shrinking – Tom get together with Jean and Torri to communicate with goalies


Standing Reports:


Player and Coach Development: Mark Mohar. – no report


Lake Region: Jeanne Falconer. – The scholarships were voted on and will be presented at each high school whenever the presentation programs are.  When the LR board members receive the essays to vote on, the association name, high school name, coach’s names and the writer's name have all been deleted.  Lake Region is holding $4000 for IYHA.  A check had been issued to SSR but it was returned to LR because the SSR bill has been paid.  The issue came up about writing checks to the association rather than an ice arena again, but it didn't change.


More business – Thank you to the outgoing board members – Mark M, Mike N, Cheryl M and Tom O


No additional business


Motion to adjourn meeting (MM) (JF); motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:29 p.m.




Break between meetings for balloting for boys coordinator board position.




Irondale Youth Hockey Association April ELECTION Meeting Minutes:


IYHA Meeting ELECTION Meeting:  April 17, 2008.  Note: These minutes have not been approved. They will be reviewed, corrected as needed, and approved at the next regular Board of Directors Meeting.


Called to order at 8:01 p.m. by President Tom Lucarelli.


Board Members Present:  Tom Lucarelli, Cheryl Mason, Jeanne Falconer, Mike Nundahl, Jean Aukee, Bob Gabler, Mark Mohar, Chris Drews, Tom Johnson and Jackie Rog


Board Members Absent:  Tom O’Keefe


Guests:  Too many to list


Agenda reviewed


Motion by JF for one white ballot for all 3 open uncontested board positions – CD seconded, all approved, motion carried


Introduction of Theresa Spiering


Introduction of Monica Crandall


Introduction of Mike Nundahl


Introduction of Mark Mohar


Introduction of Bo Parsons


Introduction of Mark Rupp


Ballots tallied in private by Jean Aukee and Jeanne Falconer


Results presented to all in attendance by Tom Lucarelli – congratulations to Mark Rupp the new boys coordinator and thanks to Bo and Mark M for running.


Motion to adjourn meeting (BG) (MN); motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:18 p.m.


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