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Community Initiatives Funding – Your Support Needed

Multi Purpose Room

The club is moving forward with development of a Multi – Purpose Room in the upper mezzanine space currently occupied by the men’s locker room. We have applied to 7 areas of the RDCK for funding through the CIP. We are looking for club members who reside in these areas to help support this project.

For the last few years the club has been unable to alleviate wait lists, and are bursting at the seams during peak class times. Our goal with the multi-purpose room is to increase capacity so we can run additional after school classes. A number of other “off-peak” programs will be developed as well.

The project includes a revitalization of the entire upper area and locker room space. We will reconfigure all of the bathrooms and locker rooms on the North side where the current girl’s locker room is. A smaller boys bathroom & change space will be included in the reconfiguration. The existing boys bathroom and change space will be combined with a portion of the viewing area to create a space suitable to run classes.

We are currently in our 2nd year of fundraising and grant writing to raise the estimated $50,000.00 budget. We have secured approximately $30,000.00 to date, with plans to raise the $20,000.00 this spring and summer.

We Need Your Support

We are seeking funding through the Columbia Basin Trust – Community Initiatives Program (CIP). A large component of successful funding through this program is via community engagement and input from the community members of each electoral area.

Glacier Gymnastics Club has put forth an application asking for a total of $20,000.00 from seven (7) of the electoral areas that regularly have participants attending gymnastics.

We are looking for gymnastics families who live in the various areas to help support this work. We need Club members to attend their respective Community Engagement meetings and vote for the project. Successful funding is highly dependent upon the support of community members.

Following are details of the upcoming meetings and the Club’s funding application.

If you are interested in learning more about the project and can help support the club at your area’s meeting, please contact Steve@glaciergymnastics.com.

Community Engagement Meetings info – various meeting formats / processes.

City Of Nelson

April 15, 2019, Council Chambers @ 2pm
Approximately 550 families participate in gymnastics.
Asking $10,000

Area A

April 16, 2019 – Boswell Hall @ 6:30pm
We have about 20 families from this area participating in gymnastics.
Asking $300
Decision is made by the committee

Area E

April 13, 2019 – North Shore Hall @ 1:00 – 3:00pm
We have approximately 200 families participating in gymnastics from this area.
Asking $2000

Area F

April 4, 2019 – RDCK Board Room @ 6 pm
We have approximately 220 gymnastics families from this area (not including City of Nelson).
Asking $4500

Area G & Salmo

April 1, 2019 – Salmo Valley Youth Centre
We have approximately 50 families participating in gymnastics from this area.
Asking $1000

Area H

April 6, 2019 – Winlaw Community Hall @ 1:00 – 3:00 pm
About 8% or 80 families participate in gymnastics.
Asking $1600

Area I

April 17, 2019 – Tarry’s Hall @ 6:30 pm
About 30 families have participants in gymnastics.
Asking $600

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Burger & Beer Fundraiser

Burger & Beer Night at Finley’s

  • Saturday April 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Tickets $15 – includes burger & limited choice of beverage, veggie option available
  • Ticket order deadline Friday April 5

Cheques should be made payable to Glacier Gymnastics Club.  Tickets may be picked up at the Club Office or at Finley’s the night of the event.

Please remember that while children are permitted to be in the venue until 8:00 pm, Finley’s management would like to remind everyone that this is an adult oriented venue and that children should be seated with their families, not running around.

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Drop In Closed Mar 18 – Apr 1

Drop In Closed – Spring Break – March 18 – April 1
We’d like to remind everyone that Drop In gymnastics is not scheduled to run March 18 – 30th during Spring Break.
Our regular Drop In schedule resumes with the start of Spring Session (April 2nd).

We wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday!

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Parent Watch Week

Parent Watch Week

  • March 11 – 16th
    Bring your camera!! The current session concludes the week of March 11 – 16th.

Families are invited down into the gym to watch the last class, take pictures and participate in some free time.

Due to space and safety concerns, we ask that guests be limited to parents, siblings and grandparents. Thank you for your understanding.

Please take a moment to check our lost and found for any items that may belong to you.  We will be donating all unclaimed items to the thrift store at the end of March.

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Get Your Team Spirit On

Glacier Gear  Now Available!

We’re putting in an order for some Team Spirit clothing. Support the club by raising a few $$$ and by wearing some cool new swag with our logo around town.

Order Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Download and Return the Order Form

Return your order form and payment to the office by Feb 15.
You can expect items to be ready for for pick up by the end of the month.

We’ll be ordering a small amount of stock to support further sales throughout the year, so you can always check back here if you want to add to your collection.

Glacier Gear

Ladies Baby Tee

Ladies Baby Tee

Zip Hoodie - Youth or Adult

Zip Hoodie – Youth or Adult

Baseball shirt - Blue & Grey

Baseball shirt – Blue & Grey

Black T-shirt

Black T-shirt

 

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I Love Gymnastics Week!

Win Prizes!

Help us celebrate “I Love Gymnastics” week from February 11th to 15th, by showing us why you love gymnastics so much! Draw a picture or take a photo of yourself doing your favorite gymnastics skill and be entered to win a prize.

Instagram Photo Challenge

How to enter:

  • Take a photo of your best gymnastics skill
  • Follow @glaciergym on Instagram
  • Upload a picture of you performing your favorite gymnastics skill,
  • Tag us @glaciergym and @gymnasticsbc in your photo
  • Use the hashtags #glaciergymphotochallenge #CDNGymWeekWin

Drawing Contest

How to enter:

Draw yourself at gymnastics doing what you love the most
Bring your drawing to gymnastics before the deadline
Make sure to include your First and Last name and your age on your drawing
Contest winners will be select and notified

Age categories for the drawing contest:

  • 0-3 years
  • 4-7 years
  • 8-11 years
  • 12 & older

Gymnastics Canada Contest

Gym Canada is also running a contest. Check it out here.

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Gym Leo’s for Christmas!

The Perfect Christmas Gift for your Gymnast

  • Online eFundraiser with DNA Performance Wear!

Buy a new gym-suit online and have it arrive in time for Christmas!

November 19 – 25th

  • Shop online at  www.dnaperformancewear.com 
  • between Nov 19 – 25th
  • use Promo Code: GLACIER
  • sales earn 20% donation to the club
  • orders are shipped to the Club in time for Christmas

Visit www.dnaperformancewear.com and start shopping now.

….find the perfect gift and help support your club!

Its a win, win!!

Remember…  wait until November 19th – 25th

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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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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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