A shortage of volunteers for board positions of the Alexandria District Minor Hockey Association has left two current officials worried about the future.
President Kevin Craig and treasurer Dan Brunet told The News on Monday that boh of them will be leaving the ADMHA board at the end of the 2013-14 season, as they will have served four and seven years respectively. They say that likely the board will lose several others as well, with those terms up too.
As it stands now, however, there are no individuals who have expressed interest in joining the ADMHA board, and that is what is most worrisome for Craig and Brunet.
As they put it, there is an urgent need for community volunteers to step up, particularly parents of the younger hockey players just starting out as they are more likely to be able to stay involved for some years ahead.
Ideally, candidates will come on board now, perhaps shadowing the current president and treasurer to learn the ropes before taking on the positions for the following season.
Brunet is determined to see the association continue strong, providing “a safe place for kids to play hockey.”
The next meeting of the ADMHA board is scheduled for Aug. 6. The board consists of 15 members in all, and is bolstered by other volunteers on sub-committees.
There is work to do year-round, including a monthly board meeting and the spring AGM, in addition to the duties of the position.
A need also exists for volunteers to help with projects such as fundraising.
Some boards have resorted to paid positions to get work done. In the case of the ADMHA, there are two such paid job: ice scheduler and webmaster.
For a small association with 225 children registered (based on 2012-13 numbers), “we are not in position to pay any more board members,” notes treasurer Brunet.
The bottom line for the ADMHA is the need for more volunteers; the very survival of the association could be at stake otherwise.
To get enquire further and get involved, go online to www.alexandriaminorhockey.com and contact president Craig or treasurer Brunet.
There is still time to register your child to play in the ADMHA for the 2013-14 season.
The early-bird deadline is Aug. 1, and all registrations received by that date will be entered into a draw to receive one of four prizes of a free registration.
The Glengarry News