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Irondale Youth Hockey Association Board Meeting Minutes
IYHA Board of Directors Meeting:  Called to order 6:38 pm by president Chris Drews
Board Members Present:  Brent Eilefson, Rick Laporte, Chris Drews, Shari Kunza, Steve Krahn, Mark Klein, John Niedfeldt-Thomas, Gerry Johnson
Board Members Absent:  Nicki Oswald, Bill Jacob, Kara Chamberlain
Guests:  Kevin Bourassa, Adam Schmidt
Minutes:  The minutes of the June Board meeting were read. 
Gerry Johnsen moved to approve June board meeting minutes as read.  Rick LaPorte second.  Motion passed.
Board Roundtable:
President:  Discussions with Coon Rapids became one-way in their favor, and as a result a co-op with CR is no longer being pursued.  Tournament discussion with MV ongoing, attorneys now involved.  Need resolution soon in order to best plan for these tourneys.
Vice President:  Discussed team photos. 
Secretary:  No report.
Treasurer:  Absent.  Understood Cyndi was to meet with CR to finalize billings from last season.  Still transitioning.
Boys Program Coordinator:  Coach interviews complete.  Intent is to run an A team at each level. 
Girls Program Coordinator:  Plan is for 8 and 10s to co-op with MV.  3 girls at the U14 level, plan is to let them waive out (but they must register with IYHA).  19 total 12s, but probably lose three to boys.  Plan to go with a good B team with no tryout necessary.
Initiation Program Coordinator:  Absent—will be attending the D10 meeting and will report. 
District Representative:  A/AA election form in process, must be submitted by October 5.  Single A election contemplated.  Understand that the A this year will be considered B1 level by past standards.
Ice Commissioner:  Need to meet with MV to divide ice 70/30.
Registration coordinator:  Registration open Aug 1, late fee after September 10, another additional late fee after the 25th ($50 then $100 late fees).  Late fees to be waived  for first time families and mites/U8.  Maintain $200 volunteer fee, to be cashed if volunteer hours not met.  Note USA Hockey fee increase. 
                Gerry Johnsen moved to maintain registration fees at 2011 level.  Rick LaPorte second.  Motion passed.
                Gerry Johnsen moved to add $25 to squirt/U10 and above registration for jersey fund.  Mark Klein second.  Motion passed.
Equipment Manager:  Will come to next meeting with motion for jerseys and socks.  Following disclosure of full state of IYHA financials. 
Standing Reports:
Player and Coach Development Committee:   Coaching interviews complete and head coaches selected.  Board reviewed letter from Coach Schmidt regarding future bantam coaching position.  Discussed tenured position at top bantam team. 
                John Niedfeldt-Thomas moved to accept recommendation of Coach Schmidt as written (namely, Mark Klein to assume A bantam coaching position following the earlier of the retirement of Mark Hentges or 2 years).  Rick LaPorte second.  Mark Klein abstained.  Motion passed. 
Lake Region:  No report.
Fundraising Committee:  No report.
Potential Partnership Committee:  No report.
Website Update:  Registration in process of being loaded to hit August 1 open. 
Old Business:  Jerseys discussed.  Again.  Steve Krahn to bring motion to next board meeting—select either Dave’s or Letterman at Krahn’s discretion, style of jersey that will be durable at Krahn’s discretion. 
New Business:  
Tourney matter:  Ongoing.
A/AA classification:  Will be submitting request to be considered for single-A.
Discussed adding voting board position for each of the HS coaches.  There is value here, with commitment from HS coaches to attend meetings and invest in future of the program.    
                Mark Klein moved to create voting board positions for both boys and girls HS coaches.  JNT second.  Discussed IYHA bylaw requiring tabling of any motion seeking to create a new Board position, to be picked up at following month’s meeting.  Shari Kunza moved to table preceding motion.  Mark Klein second.  Motion passed.
Mark Klein moved to adjourn.  Steve Krahn second.  Motion passed.