April 2019

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April 10, 2019 6:30 p.m.

101 Eldredge Street, South Burlington VT

Present: President Johnny Mendez; Secretary, VCTI liaison and sanctions officer Susan Harrington; Vice President Lisa Segear; Tom Kalamasz; OTI liaison Deborah Kalamasz, Ice Coordinator Jessica Martorella, Bridget Thabault, Test Chair/Officials’ Liaison Donna Zarro

Meeting called to order at 6:37. Motion to approve the March minutes passed unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report:  Lisa Segear reviewed highlights of the documents circulated in advance. Motion to accept the Treasurer’s report passed unanimously.

Old Business

  • Succession Planning: We have one board opening this year, and next year at least one, possibly two.  We have someone potentially interested who has some accounting background.
  • CVO update: Entryeeze set up is in process but not yet opened.. The Skate Canada sanction has been approved.

Liaison Reports

  • Professionals’ Liaisons: no news.
  • Officials’ Liaison: No news.
  • Test Chair: One out-of-session test worked out well.  May 4 test session is only 4 people (it is unfortunately the same weekend as the Leddy show).  Next test sessions will be June 22 and August 24.
  • Team Reports
  • VCTI: Spotlights is cancelled—the team is hosting a replacement seminar with two professionals from Joy Skates Productions in Boston.  It will be an excellent way to work on camaraderie and dramatic skills.  In other news, the Festival was a great success!
  • OTI: Had a great experience at the Festival.  The contradancer who wrote original music for the long program was in the audience and loved seeing it.  Making changes, especially to the CE, for the future.  Participating in the Leddy Fun and Family event on April 20; the Leddy Show; the Waterbury Show; North Shore Open; and Nationals!

New Business

  • National Qualifying Series (NQS): The new NQS will affect both Regionals and the CVO.  There are multiple pathways to qualifying for sectionals.  There will be a summer NQS—and the CVO’s IJS events could be part of the NQS (we will check for this year and can submit the CVO 2020 for next year’s NQS).  Over time Regionals will likely have fewer people. North Star FSC is hosting both New England Regionals and North-Atlantic Regionals. These two regionals will be hosted by the same club (which has multiple rinks), at the same time.  We are preparing to bid on Regionals, and the bid packet awaits a few more pieces of information about hotels, ice costs, and organizing committee interest.
    • Membership rates for next year: Motion to delegate membership rate-setting for 2019-20 to the President and Vice-President, based on USFS announced membership rates for the year, with the expectation that club rates will be flat if USFS does not raise rates, and that club rates will rise slightly if USFS raises rates passed unanimously.
    • Banquet set up:  Lisa Segear can pick up the cake.  Set up can begin at 5:30 pm.  Discussion of whether we should recognize skaters who have passed tests with distinction or honors.

Interesting news that emerged during the meeting: Synchro Nationals will be in Lake Placid in March 2020, two weeks after Worlds in Montreal!

Next meeting will be immediately following the close of the Annual Meeting, on May 15 at Colchester High School. Meeting adjourned, with unanimous consent, at 8:05 pm.   June meeting will be June 12, at Ellsworth Segear offices in Essex Junction.

Meeting adjourned at 7:34, with unanimous consent.

Respectfully submitted, Susan Harrington

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