David Dodge, EFCL District B

David Dodge EFCL Past President and past district rep for Lago Lindo, Kilkenny, McLeod, Evansdale, Northmount, Londonderry, Steele Heights, Balwin, Killarney, Delwood, Glengarry, Rosslyn, Belvedere community leagues in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Rob Agostinis

Monday, September 5, 2011

EFCL Sep. 8 Board Package Get it now!

Hi District B Folks,

Sorry for the short notes, but it's late and I am just back from a very enjoyable long weekend! Here is a link to a page where you can download the EFCL Board Package for September 8, 2011. It's the first one on the list.

It was a busy summer for the EFCL. The EFCL hosted meetings with three of the leadership candidates running to lead Alberta's Conservative Party: Alison Redford, Gary Mar and Ted Morton. Our goal was to discuss community issues with the leadership candidates, one of which will be the next Premier of Alberta. It was a worthwhile exercise, although we only met with three candidates.

6.1 (pg. 5) Community League Day is fast approaching - check out all of the leagues that have registered their events with the EFCL by scanned the Community League Day map here: 

6.2 (pgs. 6-8) Our Regular General Meeting is fast approaching - a draft agenda appears in this board package.

6.4 (pg. 10) MultiPlex Recreation Strategy - the EFCL and community leagues can summarize a lot of what we care about  under the banner of "living local" but what does this mean for large recreation complexes and how does this affect our community leagues, our facilities, our programs and our ability to maintain strong interest in our communities. The board will undoubtedly recommend setting up a committee to wrestle with these issues in the context of discussing large multiplex facilities. What about community-based facilities? Should be interesting! If you are interested please provide input too!

6.5 (pg. 11) Community Sustainability Report - the ERCL completed it's draft report on the sustainability of mature neighbourhoods and this has been submitted to the Mayor's Task Force on Community Sustainability. We invited members to workshops and our staff planner, Bev Zubot and the planning committee put a great deal of work into this. It's worth a look if you are interested in the sustainability of mature neighbourhoods. See the board package.

8.2 (pgs. 14-20) 2012 Budget Submission: The EFCL made its annual budget submission to the City of Edmonton. Last year we asked for $3 million for community league capital projects and another $1.3 million in operational funding. As you may recall this request was split over too years by City Council. Last year Council provided $1.5 million for capital projects and $668,000 in increases for operating grants. This year we resubmitted our request for a second increase of $668,000 in operational funds and $1.5 million in capital funding.  If successful this would mean another increase in operating funds for leagues and more money available for badly needed capital projects and upgrades. 

We also put a request in for what we are calling our Community League Growth Initiative. The goal is to provide more specifically training for community leagues executives. We think this will help leagues make the most our of their limited volunteer labour and to do more exciting programs for leagues.

That's just a few highlights from the September EFCL board package.

If you have any comments, questions or input please let me know!

This week I will be meeting with the Policy Chief on Tuesday and we have our regular EFCL Board Meeting on Thursday.

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