Eastern Iowa Figure Skating Club
Board Meeting Minutes
May 8, 2008
Members in Attendance:
Bernstein, Bodnarek, Christenson, Gifford, Hays, Hoover, J., Hoover, T., Krutzfield,
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm. The minutes of the meeting held April 10,
2008 were approved as amended.
The minutes of the Annual Meeting will be distributed via e-mail for review.
President, Tammie Hoover – Tammie and Nancy Krutzfield met with Brian Hoffman,
President of the Hawkeye Skating Club in Coralville. Brian is interested in the two clubs
working more closely. He suggested a liaison to serve as a point of contact between the
two clubs. He also agreed to promote the Blue Diamonds synchro program to Hawkeye
Synchro tryouts have been moved from 6:15pm on May 18 to 5:30pm. Dawn will put the
new time on the website. Posters hanging at the rink have been amended. Tammie will
send out an e-mail.
Vice-President, Nancy Krutzfield – Nancy has copied articles from Skating Magazine
that outline some of the new requirements for coaches in the USFS. Coaches are going to
be required to complete some information online before their members may be renewed.
She has distributed the information in hopes of helping all the coaches understand and
meet the requirements.
Treasurer, Dawn Gifford – Dawn presented a financial report reflecting the following
Total Bank and Cash Accounts $14,519.24
Total Investment Accounts 56,086.36
Total Assets $70,605.60
Dawn also provided a detailed cash flow analysis and Annual Operating Budget,
amended to incorporate the National Showcase budget. The budget for the National
Showcase was revised because the ice time will now be the responsibility of the skaters
during summer camp. The board approved the National Showcase budget and the
amended 2008 Budget (to reflect the addition of the National Showcase).
Dawn also indicated that she paid 6 months of garage rental and the premium for board
insurance. She has filed the taxes for 2007 for the club as well.
Secretary, Charlotte Hays – Rick Kern was the proxy for the club at the USFSA
General Council meeting.
After board office elections, the officer list will need to be updated with the USFS.
Charlotte will take care of that. (Post meeting note: done 5/9/08).
The club received a thank you note from Nicole Johnson for her Athletic Grant.
Social, Sandy Bodnarek – Nothing new to report at this time. The Annual
Meeting/Awards banquet was a success. Tammie commended Sandy and Brenda for
organizing the event.
Sandy noted that there are graduating seniors this year: Kayla Ward, from Coe College,
and Tim LeDuc and Anna Grabowski, from high school. The board approved a motion
to purchase cards and $50.00 gift cards for each of the graduates. Nancy Krutzfield
volunteered to coordinate the graduation gifts.
Ice Show, Nancy Krutzfield – Materials have been sent out for the ice show scheduled
for June 29 @ 2pm. The rink has also opened the ice for an additional hour for a “Skate
with the Cast”. Lisa Recker and Andy Seitz have offered to choreograph an opening and
closing number. Nancy has invited the adult synchro team from Hawkeye to skate.
Costumes will be simple and the set will be minimal. It is hoped that a post show picnic
for the cast can also be arranged. Also, it is planned to hold a bake sale to benefit Tim
LeDuc. The biggest challenge will be providing adequate seating. Any ideas on
availability of risers/bleachers would be welcomed.
There will be no admission for the event, but food donations will be accepted for the
local food pantries.
Jen Rigdon is working on posters and other promotional materials.
Membership, Becky LeDuc- There are no new members. Becky is working on an
emergency contact sheet since so many skaters come to the rink without their parents.
Becky is checking with the USFS on what the liabilities are.
It was also mentioned that skaters cannot access the ice machine in the mornings if there
is an injury. Dawn will talk to Brian about options to have ice available.
Test Chair, Sandy Bodnarek – Sandy has agreed to take over the test chair
responsibilities from Julie Willard. The board reviewed possible dates for the next test
session. Sandy will look into the availability of judges for a test session August 16-17th
The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena submitted a proposal to the EIFSC to take over the Learn To
Skate program. A work session was held May 1st to discuss. Revenue and expense
numbers were analyzed and discussed, but no definitive action was taken. Brian Varney
has agreed to meet with interested Board/Club members to discuss the issue further.
Tammie will propose a meeting with Brian on May 27 at 6:30 at the rink.
The club had requested permission to move the dates for our invitational competition to
Labor Day weekend. The USFS will not approve the move because it is too close to other
competitions in the region, making getting judges and attracting skaters more difficult.
The plan had been to move the annual ice show into the slot previously devoted to the
competition. After review of different possible options, it was decided to propose that the
show be the week after Iowa Games in February and that the competition be moved to the
second half of April (April 17-19 in 2009). Tammie will go back to the USFS to inquire
whether that schedule is workable.
The following motion was passed by email vote on 5/7/08:
We have had as our guests over the past week skaters from the Quad Cities Figure
Skating Club. They have not been able to skate on their home ice because of the
flooding. I would like to propose a motion that we waive the requirement that they join
as associate members after 3 guest visits for them while their ice is unavailable.
Discussion of the above motion resulted in issues being raised about safety and rules for
Club Ice. The Board will plan to discuss these issues in greater detail at the June
Also at the June meeting, the membership packets for the new membership year will be
The club needs to decide how it will spend the $10,000 Hotel/Motel grant. The board
will look at that issue at the July meeting.
In August, the board will look at the Athletic Grant program for the coming season.
Board officer elections were held and the following slate of officers elected:
President, Tammie Hoover
Vice President, Charlotte Hays
Secretary, Neil Bernstein
Treasurer, Dawn Gifford
Dawn Gifford reported that Kathy Casey has been inducted into the PSA Hall of Fame.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.