The 8th season of IceMen hockey is right around the corner, so it’s time for the IceMen Maniacs Booster Club to get things rolling again…
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2015-16 BOOSTER CLUB ELECTION & LAUNCH MEETING
Saturday, September 19 (2 PM)
Large Group Room at the Evansville Central Library (MLK & Walnut)
In addition to general planning for the upcoming season, this meeting will feature the election for the club’s 2015-16 Board of Directors. If there are contested races, the election will be conducted via a paper ballot, to ensure fair and anonymous voting. If there are no contested races, the election will be conducted via a verbal vote of confidence.
It will be a season of change for the booster club, as two current board members are not seeking re-election at all and two others are running for a different position – including a change at the top. But more on that in a minute…
First, we should explain a bit about the Board of Directors, and what each member does. The IceMen Maniacs Booster Club Board of Directors consists of 5 members – President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-At-Large.
• The President provides leadership, vision and direction, with a focus on “the big picture.” The President ensures that goals are achieved through teamwork and aims to foster active participation by members, delegating tasks accordingly. The President presides over all club meetings and serves as the club’s primary liaison with the team’s front office.
• The Vice President assists the President as needed, but has more of a focus on the day-to-day operations of the club – such as ensuring that volunteers are secured for working the booster club’s merchandise table at IceMen home games.
• The Treasurer acts as the club’s accountant and financial manager, maintaining the club’s funds and preparing a financial report for presentation to the membership at each club meeting. The Treasurer is also responsible for ensuring that members are properly reimbursed for club-approved expenses.
• The Secretary records the minutes of all club meetings, and then works with the webmaster to make said information available to all. The Secretary also works with the President to ensure that all legal paperwork (such as annual non-profit registration with the State of Indiana) is completed as needed.
• The Member-At-Large assists the President as requested, but primarily serves as “the voice of the membership” on the Board of Directors. Members should treat the Member-At-Large as a liaison between the full membership and the rest of the board. The Member-At-Large has full voting rights during Board of Directors meetings.
So, about the 2015-16 election…
After 7 seasons at the helm, Dixie Halber has decided that she will not seek re-election as President. She is looking to take on less of a leadership role, but wants to remain actively involved in the club while also helping her successor get settled as President. Thus, Dixie has announced her intention to run for Vice President for 2015-16, with a focus on facilitating the transition to a new President however possible.
Anita Ice has declared her candidacy for President for 2015-16. Anita joined the board as Member-At-Large in 2013-14 and served as Vice President during the 2014-15 season. She is excited about running for President, and declared “bring on the fun!”
Steve Halber is the only incumbent officer who is seeking re-election in the same position. Steve has declared his intention to run for another season as Treasurer, a position he has held since the dawn of the booster club.
Amanda Shockley has decided that she will not seek re-election as Secretary. She will not run for any office, but will remain a booster club member. Amanda has been the club’s Secretary since its inception, and will provide advice and counsel to her successor as necessary.
Rick Lewallen has decided that he will not seek a second season as Member-At-Large. He will not run for any office this year, but is open to rejoining the Board of Directors in future seasons. Rick recently began a new job that will require a fair bit of overtime, so he does not feel comfortable committing to a Board of Directors slot until he has a better handle on the demands of his new gig.
Any eligible club member (see below for eligibility criteria) who wishes to run for one of the board positions must declare his or her candidacy by 1:59 PM (CT) on Saturday, September 5. To declare your candidacy, simply contact Michael Shockley via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/mcshockley) with your name and the board position you wish to seek. (Any other form of declaration will NOT be considered valid.) This post will be updated below with new candidate names as they are received. After the candidacy declaration deadline passes, the election ballot will be considered final.
UPDATE – NEW CANDIDATES:
Jennifer Brinkman has officially declared her candidacy for the office of Secretary, and Michelle Shuler has officially declared her candidacy for the office of Member-At-Large. Both Jennifer and Michelle will be unable to attend the election due to prior commitments, but they are excited about joining the board (if elected) and passionate about helping the booster club thrive.
So to summarize the final 2015-16 election ballot…
President: Anita Ice (Current Vice President)
Vice President: Dixie Halber (Current President)
Treasurer: Steve Halber (Incumbent)
Secretary: Jennifer Brinkman
Member-At-Large: Michelle Shuler
[For info about 2015-16 membership registration/renewals, keep reading!]
To attend the September 19 meeting, you must be a registered member of the IceMen Maniacs Booster Club for the 2015-16 season by the time the meeting is called to order.
To vote in the election, you must be a registered club member for the 2015-16 season who is at least 18 years of age, AND you must have been a registered club member as of June 30 (the conclusion of the 2014-15 booster club year). (Essentially, you can’t vote if you’re just now joining the club after the election announcement.)
To run for a board position in the election, you must be a registered club member for the 2015-16 season who is at least 18 years of age, AND you must have been a registered club member as of June 30 (the conclusion of the 2014-15 booster club year), AND you must have a proven track record as an active participant in the club. (Essentially, you can’t run for office if you’re just now joining the club after the election announcement.)
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2015-16 MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION & RENEWALS
We are now accepting membership registration and renewals for the 2015-16 season. Annual dues are just $5 for an individual or $10 for a family.
If you WERE a member of the booster club during the 2014-15 season, all you need to do to renew your membership for 2015-16 is pay your annual dues for the new season. You can use your credit card to pay online right here at IceMenManiacs.com in the “Membership Renewal” section of our Booster Club page, or you can bring your payment (cash or check) to the September 19 meeting. (As already explained, dues must be paid prior to participation in the meeting and election.) If you do not wish to participate in the meeting and election but still wish to remain in the booster club, renewals will still be accepted throughout the 2015-16 season, either online or at any IceMen home game or booster club event.
If you WERE NOT a member of the booster club during the 2014-15 season but wish to join the club for 2015-16, you must complete the required forms (see the “How To Join” section of our Booster Club page) and then bring your paperwork and dues (cash or check) to the September 19 meeting. (Keep in mind, as a new member, you will not be eligible to run for office or vote in the election, but you will be able to attend and otherwise participate in the meeting.) If you do not wish to participate in the September 19 meeting but still want to join the club, registration will still be accepted throughout the 2015-16 season, at any IceMen home game or booster club event. [Sorry, but online registration and payment of dues are NOT available for new members, due to the paperwork requirements that help us remain in compliance with ECHL regulations.]
It’s the beginning of a new era for the booster club, and we couldn’t be more excited about our future. Thank you all for your support of the IceMen Maniacs Booster Club and Evansville IceMen hockey!