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Vote for Youth Sport – Letter to the Candidates

Responses to the letter (below) can be viewed here:


Glacier Letter to the Candidates

October 4, 2018

To Prospective Nelson City Councillors,

For more than 15 yrs Glacier Gymnastics Club has operated out of its current location; the city owned Civic Centre. We are the largest sporting organization for girls in Nelson, and second only to soccer for total number of participants. Each season we face a number of challenges that make it all but impossible to meet community demand for programming. A large component of our challenges are facility and capacity related.

Our space in Civic Centre sees minimal City spending and minimal City support; the building has not been well maintained over the years. We are a responsible tenant who in just the past 6 years has directed upwards of $150,000.00 towards improving the usability and overall capacity of the facility.
Last year we initiated another ($50,000.00 estimated) renovation project; with plans to improve the layout of the upper change rooms in order to create space for a multipurpose room/gym. The increased space will be used to alleviate the class wait lists that we continue to experience. Following a disappointing lack of support from Council and the CIP Grant process; our initial plans have been scaled back. Over $20,000.00 in pledged grants have had to be re-secured; and we will follow a phased approach and reduced budget to achieve the facility improvements. It will likely take another season to make these needed improvements a reality.

The previous year has seen a drastic change for the club in how the city has charged us rent for use of the Civic Center. Our lease negotiations were essentially a take it or leave it offer from the city, with the end result being that our yearly rent expense almost doubled from $19,845.00 to $37,680.00, costing our non-profit club an additional $17,835.00 per year. During negotiations it was suggested that we could claw back some of the rent increase with CIP grant money disbursed back to us by the city, however when the present council made their decisions Glacier Gymnastics received nothing.

Our Questions to you are:

  • How would you better support our Gymnasts and our Club with regards to keeping our sport affordable and available to all kids in our community?
  • What are your thoughts on the Civic Centre facility and the so called Recreation Campus?
  • What about the Recreation Task Force Report (26 recommendations made a year ago with no changes yet in the works)?
  • What role does youth sport and recreation play in your community vision?
  • What can Council do to support the various volunteer user groups who deliver these services?

We will be posting your replies in our parent watch area, on our Facebook page, and emailing them directly to each family in the club.

Thank you for your time,
The Glacier Gymnastics Board

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Family Drop In (Closed Sat, Sep 22)

Free play in the gym for “walking” children up to 13 yrs old with a supervising adult caregiver.

**All children must be accompanied by an adult (max 3 children per 1 adult).

Fall Session Schedule

  • Tuesday: 11:00 – 12:30
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 1:30
  • Saturday: 3:00 – 4:00  Note: No Class Sep 22nd

Classes only run during Fall / Winter / Spring sessions – they are not scheduled between sessions or during holiday breaks.
Check the Session Dates & Holidays Schedule to ensure drop in is running.


NO FLIPPING ALLOWED DURING FAMILY DROP IN. The gym is often very full with lots of toddlers. This isn't an appropriate time for practicing or learning your flips.

Click Here to  Purchase Your Pass – Customer Portal

Costs

Get a Pass – $60

  • Passes do not expire.
  • All family members use the same pass.
  • $6.00 per child / visit  – No charge for supervising adults!
  • Purchase in advance online.

Annual Membership Fee

  • $11.00 annual charge (Sept-Aug).
  • Applies to everyone – children, adults, supervisors, grandparents (…everyone in the gym).

Non Pass holders $40

  • Non Pass Holders = $40.00 / family / visit
  • Max 3 children per 1 adult
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Recreational Fall Registration – Sept 10, 7:00 am

Recreational Registration Opens: September 10th

Online @ 7:00 am
In person @ 9:00 am

We recommend registering online. Our class listing is available under the Recreational Menu.

  • Ensure you can Log In and your ONLINE ACCOUNT  is ready to go in advance!
  • NEW CUSTOMERS scroll down to learn how to set up your Customer Portal in advance.

Returning Members

Please remember registration in the Fall ALWAYS starts fresh, spaces are not reserved from Spring session.
Are you prepared for registration?  Remember your Customer Portal log in information?  Take some time now to get set up.

Alternative Funding Assistance

We are happy to work with the various funding organization available in the community.  Please note that our policy (and the policies of many organizations) require funding to be arranged in advance.   We require payment at the time of registration, so please take the time now to arrange your funding.  Read more about Funding Assistance.  Please contact us at 352-2227 if you have any questions.

Customer Portal Set Up – New Members!

If you DO NOT have an existing account, you can set one up prior to registration if you want.  This is optional, but it will save time and allow you to get straight to selecting your preferred class on registration day.

  • Click on the “Customer Portal Set Up” link and follow the instructions
  • Enter your family’s contact information
  • Enter your Child’s information (be sure to enter birth date information correctly – errors will effect which classes you can register in!)
  • Enter all children who you will be registering in a program
  • Your credit card information is not required to set up your account, but will be needed to make your online payment and complete your registration.
  • Important – Get Your Password –

    • Visit the Customer Portal Login page
    • Click on the “I DON’T HAVE OR DON’T REMEMBER MY PASSWORD LINK”
    • The system will then email you a temporary password.
    • If you don’t get the email in a couple of minutes, check your SPAM folder.
    • Log In to your account, personalize your password and check out the features of the Customer Portal!

 

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How to Become a Sponsor

Glacier Gymnastics is excited to have launched our Sponsorship Program.

The purpose of this program is to build partnerships with local businesses to raise money through advertising for ongoing renovations, equipment upgrades, and support for all our athletes.  In turn, this allows for the growth of our club, which annually supports 1000 local participants.

We would like to thank the local businesses that have committed to participating in the Sponsorship Program;

  • Qualia Designs
  • Kootenay Co-op Grocery Store
  • Kootenay Bakery
  • Kootenay Athletic Therapy

If you are interested or know of a business that you feel would like to participate in our Sponsorship Program please contact Charmaine at charmaine@glaciergymnastics or leave a message 250-352-2227.

Sponsorship Brochure

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Save-On-Foods Fundraiser

Download your Save-On-Foods Grocery Card Order Sheet

Dear Glacier Gymnastics members and parents,

As you may be aware, the Board of Directors has been working hard on initiatives to better the facility and equipment to provide an outstanding experience for our kids. This year we have our sights set on replacing the spring floor which benefits every member of the club. The floor is over 15 years old, and well past the patch and repair stage. Replacing it ensures we can continue providing quality programs to the entire membership and will allow all levels of athletes to safely train on equipment similar to what they compete on.

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The floor is over 15 years old, and well past the patch and repair stage. Replacing it ensures we can continue providing quality programs to the entire membership and will allow all levels of athletes to safely train on equipment similar to what they compete on.

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With every benefit though, there are always costs involved. The new floor will be approximately $15,000. We are striving to accomplish the task of purchasing it without any fee increases, equipment levies or forced fundraising.

Last summer the club applied for a Grant through the Canada 150 program, which affords us almost a 50/50 split of donations to matched contributions through the Grant. For example, we spend $100 towards the new floor, the grant matches $100 for a total of $200 toward our floor.  This matched funding situation is a great opportunity.

Here is our proposal:

Save-On Foods Groceries Cards
EVERYBODY buys groceries!  Save-On Foods has a program where they sell gift cards to many organizations like ours. The benefit, unlike other fundraisers, is that you get dollar for dollar what you spend on a useful item – your groceries. We are not selling something people may or may not need. Everybody can use the grocery cards. The second benefit is the club gets 6 percent of the value of the gift cards sold (which comes from Save-On, not from the person buying the cards). For example you spend $100 dollars, you get $100 dollars in a gift card, the club gets $6 dollars from Save-On! It gets better as we can capitalize on that 6 dollars with the Canada 150 Grant matching it for a total of $12 on every $100 sold.

If every gymnast at the club can reach the goal of selling $500 dollars in gift cards we can pay for our floor WITHOUT anybody being out any money! And without any extra gymnastics fees!!!

It gets better though; as an appreciation to the families, volunteers, coaches and kids of the club, we are packaging this with a club social. The Party in the Park, on Saturday June 4th is open to all families who participate in the launch of the fundraiser! That’s right, just come by the park with your completed order form (cash or cheque only) and enjoy some socializing, hot dogs and refreshments.

On top of the Party In the Park – every $500 in cards sold/purchased; earns 1 ticket to a special Gymnastics Party. Gymnastics parties will be offered a few times throughout the fall season (details and dates to be advertised).

So let’s sum up:

  • Buy your groceries using Save On Foods cards purchased through the Club.
  • The club earns 6% ; which will be doubled when used with the Canada 150 grant.
  • Party in the Park – June 4th – open to all families who make any purchase of Save on Cards
  • Tickets to future Gymnastics Parties are earned with every $500 in cards purchased or sold.

The club gets the needed new floor if everyone can strive to reach their goal, and nobody is out any money!!!!!!!!!

Glacier Gymnastics Club President
Michael Stefani

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