GFYHA will have 2 vacant board positions that need to be filled at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM will be held in the Community Room at the Icon Sports Center (upstairs between the ice sheets) on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm.
If you or someone you would like to nominate would be a good candidate for one of these important board positions, please submit your nominations no later than 4:00 pm on May 28, 2015.
The board meets once a month and the membership leans heavily on the direction and leadership the board provides. We have made strides and understand we still have a ways to go, but it is pivotal that we continue to involve the membership in the board election process. Your role as a board member will help provide valuable information needed to provide our youth with the following:
I would encourage you or someone you know to nominate yourself or others who have passion, leadership, integrity, and the ability to strive for development to send in the nomination form by May 28. Once we have the candidates in place we will have the nominees names published on June 1 so the members know who has allowed their name to stand for vacant board positions. The ballots will be handed out at the general meeting on June 3rd and the elections will take place that night. Ballots will be counted and we will name the new board members at the end of the evening.
Attached for your review is a draft version of an amendment that will be put forth at the AGM. We seek to change the title and role of two board positions and your involvement is important. See you on June 3rd.
Thank you, Jody Hodgson
Proposed Bylaws Amendment
A matter that will be discussed and voted on at the June 3, 2015 AGM is the following motion:
Revise the title and role of two Board of Director positions expiring at the end of the 2014-2015 season as follows:
Director Travel Program is revised to become Director At-Large
Director Girls Program is revised to become Director At-Large
Intent: The intent behind this revision is to open the expiring Board of Director positions up to a potentially larger pool of applicants. It has come to our attention that there may be some very good board members who would be interested in serving on the board, but may not be comfortable filling a role specific to one program or operational area. There is a real need for good board members and prior experience within the game of hockey is not a prerequisite for every board position. It is our belief that this revision will provide an opportunity for greater diversification amongst the board and that it may also allow us to bring in people with skill sets in desirable areas of experience such as non-profit operation, accounting, legal, organizational leadership, management, etc. GFYHA doesn’t need a Board of Directors full of coaches and ex-coaches, but it does need good people who are willing to work hard to apply the lessons learned in other business and community activities for the good of the kids within GFYHA.
This change does not mean that GFYHA is de-emphasizing the girls program or the role of travel hockey within the association. There will still be board members, association members, and staff members responsible for overseeing the girls program and travel hockey areas, but the board members elected in the At-Large roles won’t automatically be assigned to oversee these areas. A committee structure will be used for operational areas like Coaching and Hockey Development, Girls Hockey, and Fundraising / Volunteering. Board members and non-board members will be given opportunities to sit on standing committees.
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