A regularly scheduled board meeting of DYHA took place on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 7:45pm at Stamford Twin Rinks. Present board members were Todd Halloran, Frank Cataudo, John von Stade, Art Flynn, Jeff Eccleston, Kevin Cassidy, David Hill, Lisa McCarthy, Nick Hathaway, Dave Kreppein, Dave Johnson, Pete Canelli and Gigi Williams.
Todd Halloran opened the meeting by relaying thanks from the sons of DYHA-founder Richard Soule for the tribute notice posted by the association.
The concept of recognizing the contribution of the DYHA Founders as a group was discussed in the context of the 40th Anniversary of the Association this year (2013).
House and Supplemental Travel
Equipment needs for goalies discussed, and items will be ordered.
House practice times was raised as a topic and a discussion followed that encompassed recommendations for current and future investigations into both scheduling/timing and volunteer coach recruitment.
Goalies at the Senior Major was discussed and potential sources of USA Hockey registered goalies will be investigated.
Positive feedback on recent goalie clinic was provided.
Pete Canelli provided an update on the proposed acquisition of curved rink dividers. The impact on these dividers on the structure of Mite House teams was raised and will be slated for discussion at a future date.
Frank Cataudo presented a proposal for the structure of the Midget Teams for the 2013 season. Questions were asked and answered regarding this proposed structure. With a quorum present, based on the recommendations provided by the relevant board members, a majority of the board members (that do not have a conflict with the matter submitted to a vote) approved the addition of a U-18 Midget Declared team.
John von Stade provided an update on paid coaches for the 2013-2014 season. Parent survey and coaching application page on website to be updated.
The DYHA philosophy was discussed and will be reviewed and updated by the board in line with the affirmation included therein.
Board member succession was discussed and attention was drawn to the recent website postings of notices inviting applicants for assistant roles to the Treasurer, Registrar and Scheduler.
The board was informed of Frank Cataudo’s intention to step down as Vice-President at the end of the season. Frank was thanked for his service and the value of having independent board member without any conflict as a parent of an active skater was recognized.
David Hill provided an update on the opening of the waitlist for the 2013-2014 season.
The DYHA Night at the Soundtigers raised $1,575 for the association. One travel team and two house teams skated between periods.
An upcoming food drive to benefit the Person-to-Person food pantry was discussed.
With no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 10.12pm.