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

Saturday, September 15, 2012

EFCL Sep. 2012 Board Meeting Highlights

Hi Everyone, I hope you are out enjoying Community League Day 2012. Check out the EFCL Community League Day Map to find an event in your community. 

September Board Meeting Notes

1. Thirty Five Leagues Land A CLIP Grant

The EFCL was pleased to see so many leagues take advantage of the city’s Community League Infrastructure Program (CLIP) in 2012, its first full year of operation. Altogether, 35 leagues received a grant, for projects big and small. Under an agreement with the EFCL, the city has agreed to provide $3 million in annual funding to help leagues build new facilities and repair existing ones. The deadline for 2013 applications is March 4. The city is also holding two workshops to help leagues understand the program. They are set for 7:00 p.m., Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 22 and 24, at the Central Lions Seniors Centre (111 Ave. – 113 St). 

2. Federal Infrastructure Grant Deadline Looming (Get a rink roof-see item 6 below)

Leagues are reminded that the deadline for applying for federal infrastructure funding is Nov. 19. The EFCL has been lead to believe that this program will not be extended. As much as $250,000 in matching money is available to repair, renovate and enhance league facilities. Details on project eligibility and application forms are available at www.wd-deo.gc.ca.

3. Third General Meeting Recommended

The EFCL will be bringing a recommendation to the general membership at the fall RGM that we hold a general meeting early in the new year to review the federation’s budget and annual work plan. This will mean that we will have three general meetings from now on. The fall regular general meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. dinner), Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Britannia Youngstown Community League (15927-105 Avenue). This is our solution to the budget approval challenge we faced. We promise to make this meeting more interactive and more fun!

4. Leagues Invited to Take Part in 50th Anniversary of Minor Hockey Week

Edmonton Minor Hockey has asked its partners to join with it in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Minor Hockey Week, which is set for January 11-22. Discussions are focusing on one or more legacy projects to which proceeds from the tournament could be used. The EFCL has also decided to ask Edmonton Minor Hockey to hold the opening game of the tournament on an outdoor community league rink. It will also be encouraging leagues to hold informal shinny tournaments during minor hockey week so that all children, including those not involved in organized hockey, can enjoy the week.

5. Registrations Now Open For “Leagues Alive”

The EFCL is now taking registrations for “Leagues Alive”, the conference and trade show it is hosting at the Mayfield Inn on Saturday, Nov. 3.
This will be an excellent opportunity for league executive members to talk with suppliers, attend some interesting workshops and network with volunteers from other leagues in Edmonton. Members of Edmonton city council will be on hand to share lunch with our volunteers.
Admission is free but delegates need to register for the conference sessions to ensure a spot.

6. Rink Roof Workshop Set

The EFCL is holding another workshop for leagues interested in covering, or partially covering their outdoor rink. At least two new suppliers will be in attendance. The session is set for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the EFCL office (7103-105 Street). Rink roofs are one of the projects that are eligible for federal infrastructure funding, in a program that ends Nov. 19.

7. Snow Busters Program Back in Action

The EFCL is pleased to report that the Snow Busters Program offered by the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) is back on track.
The program asks interested community leagues to identify a primary contact person or “Snow Buster Leader”, who will be responsible for identifying people who are willing to shovel snow for seniors in the community. SAGE will provide the leader with the names of seniors who have paid for the service. The rates range from $70 – $100 per month for the service, depending on the size of the job.
SAGE will retain 10% from each customer’s monthly payment to cover administrative costs, with the remainder going to the community league. The league can decide whether or not to pay the snow shovellers or use the money as a fundraising scheme.
SAGE attempted to introduce this program last year, however the agreement was very demanding of both the leagues and the snow shovellers. The latest agreement calls for the snow shoveller to use their “best effort” to clear the walk and the league will no longer assume any liability for accidents.

8. EFCL Looks To Improve League Engagement

The federation is applying to the city for some funds to help it engage its member leagues and in turn, help leagues engage their members on the many civic issues we attempt to deal with each year. Whether is it is traffic safety, social housing, crime prevention, land use planning, or recreation programming, both the federation and its leagues are continually trying to get proper feedback from their members on a regular basis. The EFCL is exploring the idea of holding more workshops, using professional polling techniques and making better use of its district and area council meetings to get additional feedback. Council will consider the request this fall as part of its 2013 budget.

9. Help For Aboriginal and Refugee Children

The EFCL is also looking for some financial support from the city to set up a program to cover the sports registration costs of aboriginal and refugee status children. The EFCL realizes that they are many children in low income who need assistance, but has decided to target these two groups as part of its cultural inclusion exercise. The federation believes that many of these children are not coming to the leagues or minor sports organizations in part because their families know that they cannot afford to pay.

10.EFCL Teams Up with Catholic Social Services

The federation has decided to team up with Catholic Social Services (CSS) to manage the next stage of its cultural inclusion exercise. The focus will be to work with individual leagues to identify the cultural background of people living in or near the community, that are not involved with the league and then develop a strategy to engage these people. The EFCL and CSS have jointly submitted a grant application to Immigration Canada to hire two cultural outreach workers to help with this exercise.

11. Community League Art Inventory

The Edmonton Arts Council has graciously offered to give leagues some advice on how to preserve and/or restore any artwork they may have on their grounds, or on or in their buildings. The Arts Council would also like leagues to let them know what they have in the way of art, so they can create an inventory of public art. Leagues can contact the council at 424-2787.

12.Vacant School Site Review

The EFCL is closely monitoring the redevelopment of vacant school sites into various forms of housing, including eight sites that are currently slated for seniors housing projects. It is also supporting the request of a number of leagues to be given access to reports that assess the need for parkland in their community, as well as any cost-benefit studies that were done to determine if the former school site is the best location in the park for a housing development.

Thanks to Allan Bolstad for the update. If you have any questions, comments or input into any of these items please get in touch anytime.
David Dodge
President and District B Rep. EFCL

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