Minutes of the Board of Governors Meeting
Combined Documents: June 2000-August 2003

August 20, 2003

The regular meeting of the Washington Figure Skating Club Board of Governors was held on August 20, 2003 at the McLean Government Center. President Peter Tsai called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m. with board members Bob Dorsey, Barb Kapinus, Linda Laurel, Judy Reiner, Margo Ritter, Barbara Shaw, Marcia Sowles, Vera Spinner, Caroline Thorington, Debra Vandemark and Jim Wilson attending. Laurie DeRose, Konrad Huppi and Tom Solomon did not attend. The meeting was opened with an announcement regarding Florence Sifferd's Memorial Service, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Western Presbyterian Church, 24th and G Streets, NW.

The minutes of the July 16, 2003 meeting were corrected to show the correct date in the heading (changed from June 18), and were approved as amended on a motion by Debra Vandemark.

Treasurer's Report

Konrad Huppi was not present to provide a report for the new fiscal year. Judy Reiner provided the final Treasurer's Report for fiscal year 2002-03. The numbers for total income and total expenses remained unchanged from those reported last month. Adjustments were made in allocating some of the income from pick-up fees to the club competition (total of $2,881 in income) and some of the Rink & Program expenses to the Open House ($470 in expenses).

Committee Reports

Membership reports 661 members (621 home club members).
Contracting: Ashburn has sent contracts for the Adult New Year's Invitational (Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2004) and the Edward Picken Pro Am Dance Classic (June 11-13, 2004).
Mt. Vernon has approved dates for test sessions (Oct. 20, 2003 and Jan. 19, 2004) and the Club Freeskating Competition (Jan. 21 & 22, 2004).
Rink & Programming: Programming is set for the first eight weeks of classes on Monday nights at Cabin John: Bobbie Shire will conduct a spin clinic on Sept. 8, 15 and 22 (at a cost of $125/class) and Chika Maruta will lead an Edges and Expression class on the remaining 5 weeks (at a cost of $100/class).
Pro Liaison: The board passed a motion by Linda Laurel to give Michael McCullough provisional approval to teach for three months on any session on which there is room.
Barb Kapinus will serve temporarily as pro liaison while Vera Spinner is recuperating from surgery.

Unfinished Business

Committee Appointments: Ann Merz and Jennifer Lyon will be Hospitality Co-Chairs. Marcia Sowles has been appointed member-at-large.
Open House is scheduled for Sept. 7, 2003 at Cabin John. Tom Solomon will lead a parents' discussion.
Club Competitions: The Freeskating Competition is scheduled for Feb. 21, 2004 at Mt. Vernon (8 hours), unless the rink needs to hold make-up classes on that day. In that case, the competition would use four hours on Saturday, Feb. 21 and four hours on Sunday, Feb. 22. The Dance Competition is scheduled for March 29, 2004 at Cabin John.

July 16, 2003

The cash report shows total income for the fiscal year (7/1/02 through 6/30/03) of $116,632.00 and total expenses of $111,181.31. The central checking account balance (on 6/30/03) was $22,001.17. The budget report, which is close to the final report for 2002-03, shows actual income of $117,012.00 and actual expenses of $104,021.91. Outstanding expenses include Web site renewal, engraving costs for Club Competition trophies, and reimbursement of Ice Force One's entry fees to the National Synchronized Skating Championships.

Membership totals 556 with 522 home club members. Honorary memberships for Michael Weiss, Derrick Delmore, and Carol Ann Peters Duncan have been renewed. The board passed a motion to give an honorary membership to Florence Sifferd.

The board discussed designating the last Monday night dance session in March, 2004 for the Club Dance Competition at Cabin John. Mt. Vernon has offered Sat., Feb. 21, 2004 (8 a.m. - 4 p.m.) for the Club Freeskating Competition. Ashburn has issued a contract for the New Year's Adult Invitational for Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2004.

Preliminary committee appointments for 2003-04 were announced. Separate test committees, headed by the chairs, will be established for dance and MIF/FS. A Member-at-Large remains to be appointed.

The board will establish coordinators with each rink to facilitate the dissemination of information. To facilitate the process of obtaining an officer's signature on competition forms, especially for out-of-town members, it is possible (for some competitions) for an officer to send a list of skaters in good standing to the competition chair. Another alternative is to send the skater a letter of permission that can be attached to competition forms during the year. Permission to test outside the club must be obtained from the WFSC test chair at least two weeks in advance of the test session.

June 18, 2003

The Cash Report shows total income of $94,023 and total expenses of $105,901.29. Income from memberships for the 2003-04 season, totaling $5,500, was deposited at the beginning of June and will provide a buffer to cover the rest of the year's expenses. Dance session attendance improved but did not break even for the spring season: Mt. Vernon Sunday Dance (-18%), Cabin John Monday Dance (-35%), Reston Saturday Dance (-33%). The Moves/Family sessions had poor attendance.

The Club Freeskating competition on May 31, 2003 generated income of $2,650 and expenses (to date) of $1,364.94. Those figures are incomplete with income from the sale of practice ice and expenses for engraving still to come.

With regard to the 2002-03 budget, actual income year-to-date is $113,318.00 and actual expenses are $110,414.09.

Membership reports 905 members with 831 home club members. Combining the election materials with the membership mailing worked well except that some members sent ballots to the membership chair along with their membership forms. Return envelopes were not sent this year in order to reduce postage costs.

Mt.Vernon: Ice requests have been submitted for the Sunday dance session, MIF/FS tests, and the Club Freeskating Competition (Sat., Feb. 21 or Sun., Feb. 29, 2004). Cabin John contracts for Fall/Winter have been signed and returned. Reston has confirmed dance test dates for October 25, November 22, January 17, and February 28. A MIF/FS test session is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2004 (MLK Day).

The nominating committee presented the following slate of officers for 2003-04: President-Peter Tsai, Vice President-Judy Reiner, Treasurer-Konrad Huppi, Secretary-Barbara Shaw. A motion to accept the slate of candidates was passed. The board expressed appreciation to Linda Laurel for her excellent work as Vice President.

Annual Meeting attendance was down. Suggestions for improving attendance included holding the meeting in conjunction with a competition (interpretive-improv or team) or a seminar.

The Washington Figure Skating Education & Development Fund has asked the club to take over responsibility for running the Edward Picken Pro Am Dance Classic with a grant from the Fund, and the Board voted to accept responsibility.

The board also passed a motion to give $100 to each of the Adult Nationals Qualifying competitors, Allison Manley, Dennis Palaganas and Beth Delano.

Yvonne Delmore would like to create a trophy in honor of her husband, John, to be awarded to the highest placing male skater in singles competition at Junior Nationals. The board passed a motion to establish the John Delmore Trophy and appoint a committee to work out the details on how it is to be awarded.

President Peter Tsai will recruit members for committee appointments.

May 2003

Rink and Programming would like to schedule more social dance sessions. The recent dance social at Cabin John was a success with approximately forty skaters in attendance. A Saturday dance session sponsored by the rink will begin at Wheaton on June 23, from approximately 2:00-4:00 pm. The session is expected to continue in the early morning on Saturdays in the fall. Barb Kapinus will check with Wheaton to see if WFSC coaches can teach during the session. Wheaton will sponsor the session initially, with the possibility of WFSC continuing the session if it proves to be successful.

Membership reports 904 members with 831 home club members. Membership has increased from 778 at this time last year.

Contracting reports Fall & Winter times for Cabin John have been submitted. Other Cabin John times approved include Sunday, October 5th, 12:30-4:30 pm for the South Atlantic Send-Off & Saturday, November 29 for MIF/FS test session.

Reston has been sent written notification that WFSC will not be scheduling the Saturday dance session this fall. Test dates have been submitted & we are awaiting confirmation.

The board passed motions to approve Kristen Fraser and Vitaly Shalin to coach on club.

The Club Competition trophies will be engraved after the Annual Meeting & WFSC will keep them rather than allowing the winners to retain them for a year. The Board decided by consensus to recognize Bunny Jones with a plaque for her years of dedicated service to the club.

Governing Council Meeting updates include:
- Phyllis Howard was made an Honorary Member of USFSA
- Chuck Foster was elected President of USFSA
- The 12/4 plan for qualifying competitions was approved & will be implemented in 2005-2006
- Derrick Delmore's motion was passed to return the top 6 senior skaters to Nationals every year
- Derrick Delmore is the Athlete Representative for the Eastern Section
- Leslie Gianelli was appointed to the Nominating Committee for the Eastern Section
The WFSC membership list is not to be used for commercial use by private rinks.

April 2003

The Treasurer's Report shows total income (7/1/02 through 3/31/03) of $77,695 and total expenses of $93,697.87. Ice rental expenses will be $4500 per month for spring sessions. Income from subscriptions, pick-ups, and April critique sessions is expected. The club has not needed to use savings to cover expenses thus far. Variables like the Club Freeskating competition and the April 28 Social Dance session could make a difference.

Membership reports 890 members with 818 home club members. Only 15 copies of the Membership Directory remain. Photocopies will be made for the new members added since the directory was printed.

Cabin John ice requests (9/7/03-3/29/04) have been submitted for Sunday (10:15 a.m.-12:15 pm) and Monday (6:30-9:00 p.m.) at a cost of $230 per hour. The board will need to decide by July whether to retain the 6:30-7:30 time on Monday night, and will investigate special programming such as a spin class and dance clinic. Rob McBrien may be able to teach on a visiting basis. Contracting has also submitted request for Sat., Oct. 4, 2003 (South Atlantic Send-off) and dates for FS/MIF test sessions. The MIF/FS test scheduled for June 8, 2003 has been moved to June 15 to avoid conflict with Pro Am dance Classic. The rate for 2003-2004 at Reston will be $270 per hour. Dance test dates have been requested. The board has been asked to reconsider holding Saturday dance session during the summer at rate of $225/hour. However, Wheaton may be holding Saturday dance sessions, which would fill the need. Dorothy Dodson is working on getting a stove for the kitchen at Mt. Vernon, and is advocating for a second rink to meet requirements for holding qualifying competitions there.

Critique sessions held on April 7 and 14 at Cabin John were well attended. Vera Spinner, Connie Povich, Vicki Bruch and Debbie DiCamillo met with 14 skaters on April 14. Special programming for Monday nights includes a class with Igor Lukanin and Kristen Fraser on April 21 and a Spring Fling Social Dance on April 28. Due to change in dates of Pro Am Dance Classic, the pick-up session for Saturday Dance at Reston will be switched to June 7 from June 14. Members are encouraged to share "Special Tales" from their Worlds 2003 experience for publication in the Blade. The board passed a motion to approve the executive board decision to place a half-page ad in the Cherry Blossom program.

Applications for the Edward Picken Pro Am Dance Classic submitted by WFSC members do not need to be signed by an officer, but will be validated by the committee.

USFSA Governing Council (May 6-10, 2003) will reconsider regional/sectional realignment. Phyllis Howard has withdrawn from the Presidential election. In New Business, a Nominating Committee has been appointed; ballots will be mailed to members by May 19. Debra Vandemark will collect nominations for the Wheeler Award. Konrad Huppi is establishing contacts at each rink to post information on the bulletin boards.

March 2003

The Treasurer's Report shows total income (7/1/02 through 2/28/03) of $73,722.50, and total expenses of $85,079.86. The New Year's Adult Invitational competition was a success with preliminary figures showing income of $10,134.25 and expenses of $6,969.33. Significant expenditures for this month included $3000 paid out to Nationals competitors.

The board passed a motion to increase the entry fees for the WFSC Dance Competition from $40 to $46 for regular events, and from $10 to $12 for the Wheel of Fortune event. The board agreed by consensus to keep the Earl Porter event but make new plans for the award due to the expense of an individual trophy every year. An existing trophy will be used this year while future arrangements are finalized. There is no change in fees for the freeskating competition which is scheduled for May 31, 2003.

Membership committee reports 874 members with 805 home club members. Contracting reports that the MD Personal Property tax forms required to maintain business standing in Maryland have been completed.

Reston offered a summer rate of $225 per hour for Saturday dance in July and August. However, a motion to schedule Saturday Dance at Reston did not pass, nor did a motion to continue Monday Dance at Cabin John and Saturday Dance at Reston in the fall. A motion to continue Monday Class and Dance beginning in September at Cabin John was passed. The Monday Class will be contingent on the return of Rob McBrien or a suitable replacement. The board passed motions to request 2 hours of ice on Sunday mornings at Cabin John and to continue Sunday Dance at Mt. Vernon beginning in September.

Pro Liaison reports that the CRC has a new Web site: www.crcskating.org. CRC will hold a meeting for Governing Council delegates in early April with Debbie Weidman as the speaker. Barb Kapinus was designated as the assistant to the Pro Liaison to help with dance coaches and temporarily take over duties for Vera Spinner when needed.

A motion to hold board meetings at McLean Government Center for 6 months and at Davis Library for the other 6 months did not pass. The board will continue to use the Davis Library for now and will revisit this issue at another time.

A Nominating Committee will be appointed by the President in April for the upcoming election. A committee for the Wheeler Award will also be formed by April.

February 2003

Judges critiques will be held on Monday nights at Cabin John from 6:30-7:30 p.m. during April. Vera Spinner, Connie Povich, Judy Reiner, and Ron DeiCas have volunteered to conduct the critiques, which will be offered in dance, moves in the field, and freestyle (high and low) depending on demand. Debra Vandemark will organize the sessions and take registrations. The club has 869 members (800 home club). Test certificates were mailed out with the Directories.

Rinks were closed on Feb. 16 and 17, 2003, canceling the club sessions at Cabin John and Mt. Vernon and the MIF/FS test session at Reston. Mt. Vernon has approved the Sunday Dance session (3:45-5:15 p.m.) for April 6-June 8 with exclusions for April 20 (Easter) and April 27 (Cherry Blossom competition). Also approved are the following special events: April 6 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Adult Nationals Send-off; May 31 (11:45 a.m.-8:45 p.m.), WFSC Club Freeskating Competition; June 1 (5:30-7:00 p.m.), WFSC Annual Meeting; and August 17 (8 a.m.- 4 p.m.), FS/MIF test session. Cabin John has approved weekly sessions (Olympic rink) for Sunday MIF & Family Session (10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.), April 13-May 18 (April 20 excluded); Monday critiques (6:30-7:30 p.m.), April 7-28; and Monday Dance (7:30-9 p.m.), April 7-August 25 (May 26; Memorial Day excluded). Dates for FS/MIF test sessions (NHL Rink, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) on May 4, June 8, and July 13 were also approved. The board discussed the possibility of holding the Club Dance Competition on April 28 (6:30-9:00pm).

Reston has approved ice for the Saturday dance session (NHL rink, 8:30-9:50 a.m. with zam at 8:20). WFSC requested April 5-June 14, but the rink contract runs through June 28. The club has the option to give back the extra two weeks but with a dance test scheduled for June 28 at Reston, the session would provide a good practice opportunity. Test session ice requests (Olympic Rink) were approved for April 5 (Dance 1-4:45pm), May 24 (Dance 1-5pm), June 20 (FS/MIF 8am-noon), June 28 (Dance 1-5pm), and August 30 (Dance 1-5pm).

The New Year's Adult Competition attracted interest from Canadian skaters, so next year WFSC should obtain a competition sanction from the Canadian Figure Skating Federation as well as USFSA. Rhea Schwartz sent a note of appreciation for the Club's work on behalf of adults. Eva Przygodzki won the Edward G. Picken Memorial Trophy with the top performance by a WFSC skater in Bronze Freestyle, the level selected by random draw.

The board passed a motion to ratify the executive decision to purchase a copier for use at competitions.

The delegates selected to represent WFSC at the 2003 USFSA Governing Council are Pat Brockner, Terri Chadwick (from the Chesapeake area), Leslie Gianelli, Konrad Huppi, Beverly Kimes, Patsy Picken, Judy Reiner, Marcia Sowles, and Vera Spinner. The board passed a motion to ask Jim Wilson to fill Ed Picken's spot on the Board (through 2004) and appoint him to the Board if he accepts. President Huppi has appointed Marcia Sowles to finish out Ed Picken's term as Member-at-Large.

The Washington Figure Skating Education & Development Fund has asked WFSC to run the Edward G. Picken Pro Am Dance Classic, with the Fund providing support through a grant of $2500.

The board approved a motion to obtain a sanction for the exhibition at Mt. Vernon's 25th Anniversary Celebration and to pay the $25 late fee.

January 2003

For National Skating Week, WJLA-TV wants to interview an adult and a junior skater on the topic of "what skating means to them" and asked the club to recommend some members for the interview. In lieu of providing specific names, the club will invite the network to the Family Session and the Monday night dance session.

The Cash Report shows total income (7/1/02 through 12/31/02) of $51,481.25 and total expenses of $58,028.74. Income will be coming from the New Year's Adult Invitational. Competitors support checks will be written to the skaters who represented WFSC at the U.S. National Championships. Investment accounts are down 33% from 9/26/97.

The Rink and Programming committee made the following recommendations: (1) to drop the Moves-in-the-field session for spring and summer, (2) to continue the Saturday dance session only through Pro Am weekend unless SkateQuest Reston agrees to a reduced rate in the summer, (3) to continue the Sunday dance session through the weekend before Pro Am, (4) to contract for the ice from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday nights for an additional 8 weeks, to be used for either a class or critique sessions, and (5) to continue the Monday night dance session through the summer. However, the board voted to retain the Sunday MIF session for the spring season, maintaining the current subscription rate but charging a $10 pick-up fee for critiques. Motions also were passed to continue the Monday night dance session from April 7 through Aug. 25 (20 weeks) and continue the Saturday and Sunday dance sessions up to the Pro Am as recommended. Initially the board voted to discontinue the Monday night class during the spring and summer and resume in the fall. This was superceded by a motion to continue to contract for ice on Monday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. through April (4 weeks) to give options to continue the class if there is sufficient interest, or otherwise use the ice time for critiques; this motion was passed.

Membership is 840 with 777 home club members. Directories are being distributed.

Requests have been submitted to Mt. Vernon for special events-April 5 or 6 (Adult Nationals Send-off), May 31 (WFSC Freeskating Competition), and June 1 (Annual Meeting), and spring and summer test dates (May 4 and August 17). Linda Laurel will submit a request to continue the Sunday dance session for the period 4/6/03 to 6/8/03. A dance test session at Cabin John has been confirmed for Sat., Feb. 22 (7:45-11:45 a.m.).

The board passed a motion to ratify the executive decision to provide flowers for Ed Picken's memorial service at a cost of $69.

The New Year's Adult Invitational competition has 174 starts scheduled and will run from 9:45 a.m. to 4:55 p.m. on Saturday and 8:45 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. there will be a panel discussion and a wine & cheese social. A club member has established a permanent trophy in memory of Ed Picken for this competition, to be awarded to an outstanding performance by a WFSC competitor. The process and criteria for selection will be worked out.

The club has been asked to host a reception at the World Championships.

December 2002

Total income for the period 7/1/02 through 11/30/02 was $50,365.50 and total expenses were $49,480.58. Competitors support grants of $100 were given to each skater who represented WFSC in sectional and Junior National competitions. A donation of $30 to competitors support was received as the result of a dues overpayment.

Club membership now stands at 832, with 769 home club members. The 2003 Directory is ready to print.

The December 5 dance test, which was cancelled due to snow, has been rescheduled for January 23, 2003 at SkateQuest Reston. The club is looking for ice in late February or early March to schedule additional dance tests. A request has been submitted to Mt. Vernon for 9 hours on May 31, 2003 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and 4 hours on June 1 to hold the Club freestyle and improv competitions in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.

The Holiday Dance Party on December 8 was very popular, attracting 20-30 skaters. Trina Graham is teaching the adult group lesson on the Family Session. The board would like to schedule another moves-in-the-field critique session.

A motion was passed to approve Joel Dear to teach on the Saturday and Sunday dance sessions. In addition, the board passed a motion to ratify the executive decision to purchase a quarter page ad for $25 in the Northern Virginia Area Special Olympics competition program.

November 2002

The cash report shows income of $46,065.50 for the period 7/1/02 through 10/31/02 and expenses of $37,795.18. A deposit of income from subscriptions boosted the balance but is deceptive in terms of covering fall session ice costs since the deposit includes full season subscriptions. The Annual Report to the IRS, Form 990, has been filed. Membership totals 815 with 755 home club members. The club has obtained a quote of $567 from Montgomery County Public Schools to print 700 copies of the Directory. A list of collegiate skaters residing in Maryland has been compiled and sent to Bridgette Snyder and Brienne Johnson to help secure the in-county (Montgomery and Prince Georges) rate for ice rental at the Wells Rink.

The Club has filed a sanction request for the holiday show on December 15 at Cabin John. A First Night Annapolis preview exhibition originally scheduled for 12/4/02 at Quiet Waters Park was cancelled due to lack of skater interest. A spring show will be scheduled instead at Cabin John. The CD player at Mt. Vernon is broken but a new one should be in place in time for dance tests planned for spring. Ernie Harris stated that the sound system works better for announcers with smaller and higher-pitched voices and that using a new microphone or the one in the music room will not solve intelligibility issues for the audience, which are due to placement of speakers over the ice. Because of higher ice costs, club sessions are losing more money this year and the board will need to consider their viability. The December 8th session at Mt. Vernon has been designated as a social ice dance holiday party. The board passed a motion to approve Joel Dear to teach on the Mt. Vernon and Reston dance sessions if he passes the Vera test. Konrad Huppi has written a letter in support of Igor Lukanin's application for an O-1 visa, stating that Igor has the potential to earn in excess of $10,000 from teaching during the year. The board also passed two motions ratifying executive board decisions to hire Justin Pekarek as a temporary replacement for Rob McBrien to teach the Monday night class at a rate of $75 per week, and to purchase 500 WFSC patches at $2 apiece.

The New Year's Adult Competition committee met to organize and assign duties. Ideas for the competitors are being investigated, as is the purchase of a copier. For WFSC home club members, the registrar will obtain a club officer's signature to certify entry after he receives the forms, so they need not be signed in advance.

The adult critique session held at Cabin John on November 19 was very successful. Judges Vera Spinner and Connie Povich met with ten skaters to give feedback on moves in the field as well as freeskating and interpretive programs. There is interest in a Monday night critique session at Reston; the difficulty is in obtaining judges. Skaters can contact Vera Spinner directly to set up a critique at Mt. Vernon. Vera will also provide dance critiques on the club's Sunday dance session for interested skaters.

The board reaffirmed a policy of purchasing USFSA gold medals for home club members passing standard track freestyle, compulsory dance and pairs tests. The motion passed with dissent from a member who felt that the adult track dance test should be included. A motion was approved to give $300 to each of the U.S. Nationals competitors representing WFSC, contingent upon their competing. Michael Weiss, winner of the men's event at Trophie Lalique, is the club's first Grand Prix gold medallist.

October 2002

Total income for the period 7/1/02 through 9/30/02 was $27,691.22 and total expenses were $32,097.72. Fall subscription income has not been deposited. Last month the Board approved a 2002-03 budget with suggested changes. The treasurer reported that, based on those changes, the total budgeted income and expenses figure will be $128,050 with $2,850 projected withdrawal from investments. A new dance test account has been opened jointly by the treasurer and the Dance Test Chair. The annual report to the IRS, Form 990, will be filed by November 15.

Membership totals 776 with 721 home club members. The Directory format will be revised to reduce the number of pages in order to save on printing costs.

Pros are still needed to teach group lessons on the Family Session, and the moves-in-the-field session will be aided by scheduling another judges critique session. With the new subscription segment approaching, the board would like to have a plan in place for the Monday night class, detailing the instructor (either guest instructors or a paid instructor) and the potential for continuing support of Rob McBrien. Subscribers and pick-up participants will be canvassed on these options. Concerning contracting, the Dance Test session at Reston has been changed from Saturday 1/4/03 to Thursday 12/5/02 (8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). The WFSC bulletin board at that rink has been hung in the lower hallway outside the Olympic rink. WFSC has sent a certificate of insurance to Wells Ice Rink for the new collegiate team that will lease ice there when the rink opens at the end of October. The hourly rental rate is $210 in-county (Montgomery and Prince George's) or $260 out-of-county, to be paid from team funds. Linda Laurel is preparing a collegiate skater roster for the Washington metro area to determine if it meets the required 70% in-county residence standard. The Dahlgren Hall contract for First Night Annapolis has been cancelled by USNA due to security concerns.

The new USFSA Directory incorrectly lists Laurel Ice Gardens (with Gardens Ice House address) as a WFSC rink. Corrections have been sent to USFSA and insurance to delete the rink from future listings.

The board passed two motions concerning pros: the first, to approve Vera Spinner's recommendation to add Julia Bikbova to the list of professionals; and the second, to give temporary approval to Alexei Kiliakov and Elena Novak to teach on the club dance sessions, if they pass the "Vera test".

The board approved a motion to give $100 to each individual representing our club in Junior Nationals and sectional competitions. (It is estimated that there are 10 Junior Nationals competitors and 12 to 14 sectional competitors.)

August 2002

The treasurer presented the cash report for fiscal year 2001-2002 showing total income of $113,164.37 and total expenses of $102,218.24, for a total income/expenses figure of $10,980.13. The fiscal year overlap complicates the reconciliation of the cash report and the budget. Actual budget figures for 2001-2002 show income of $96,211.51 and expenses of $98,093.88, with some expenses still outstanding. The board discussed the proposed budget for 2002-2003, which anticipates $122,700 in income (chiefly from membership and subscription fees) and $131,910 in expenses (with the major expense for ice rental).

A lapse in filing Personal Property Tax returns in Maryland resulted in WFSC's forfeiture to do business in the state. This return, which must be filed by April 15 each year, had not been filed since 1995. Linda Laurel filed Maryland Personal Property Tax forms for 1999 through 2002, and had to refile a Foreign Corporation Qualification in Maryland. She obtained a Certificate of Good Standing, which was submitted to Cabin John and M-NCPPC.

The club currently has 680 members with 634 home club members. Ice requests have been submitted to Mt. Vernon for WFSC competitions and the Annual Meeting as follows: May 31, 2003 (WFSC Freeskating Competition); June 1, 2003 (WFSC Dance & Interpretive Competition followed by Annual Meeting). At Reston a MIF/FS test session has been added on 2/17/03 (President's Day). Time was not available to move the Dance Test Session, scheduled for 1/4/03, to a later date in January or February. The club has new test forms that are available online in pdf format and at the rinks. Fall/Winter subscription information is posted online. Fees were increased to reflect increased ice costs. October 20, 2002 will be used for MIF/FS tests at Mt. Vernon and has been omitted from the Sunday Dance subscription. Session monitors will have a supply of subscription forms and will collect forms and fees.

Skaters from the Tidewater, Virginia area asked the Board to buy ice at the Chesapeake Icesport rink for a club freestyle session (6-8 a.m., Mon.-Fri.), and to consider holding a test session at either the Chesapeake or Richmond rink. Board consensus was that WFSC should not sponsor sessions or hold tests at rinks where other USFSA member clubs are based.

Igor Lukanin must have an employer in order to receive an interim green card, which is required for him to teach on club sessions. The board determined that WFSC is not set up to act as an employer, and board members are trying to assist him in finding other options.

The Adult New Year's Invitational announcement is available on line. The board is working to set up critique sessions for adult skaters at the area rinks. They also considered a request for judges' feedback for regional qualifying competitors, but felt that the Send-off is too close to the competition for a critique to be useful.

Club skaters have been invited to perform at intermission on Washington Capitals Skate Night. Beth Delano cautioned that the ice quality is not good, and a sanction would be required. The possibility of using the time as practice for the Worlds 2003 ice sweepers was discussed.

Options for honoring retiring dance test chair Bunny Jones were discussed and consensus was that the Annual Meeting would be the best venue. Competition eligibility rules were clarified: the WFSC club competitions are open to all members regardless of home club; skaters wishing to compete in the CRC low-test competition must be home club members of a CRC-affiliated club.

July 2002

The total income for the period 9/1/01 through 6/30/02 is $108,241.51 and the total expenses are $97,261.38. The fiscal year transition will be complex with 2002-03 membership deposits in June, summer subscriptions spanning the two fiscal years, and outstanding bills for 2001-02 still being paid. The budget was presented for discussion, not as an end-of-year report. Actual income exceeded the budgeted amount for membership, club competitions, club sales (warm-ups and pins), and guest (pick-up) fees. Subscription income ($29,029.70) fell significantly short of the estimated figure ($36,000). Actual competitors support expenses ($8,833.72) were nearly double the budgeted amount ($4,500), and administration expenses ($1,744.20) were much higher than budgeted ($600). The treasurer will break out the expenses grouped under administration so the Board can evaluate those costs for next year. The fees for the checking account seem relatively high, so the treasurer will investigate other options. A budget for 2002-03 will be presented at the August meeting.

Membership stands at 559, with 525 home club members. The Board supported the requirements set by the Worlds 2003 committee that skaters auditioning for flower sweeper positions must be home club members of a CRC club at the time of the tryout and maintain home club membership through the event in March 2003. Officers need to check membership status carefully in signing forms for summer and early fall competitions, and should e-mail the membership chairs about any skaters whose names do not appear on the current membership list.

A schedule of upcoming events for the 2002-03 season will be posted on the bulletin boards at the rinks and online. Response was negative to the proposal to reprogram the Sunday session at Mt. Vernon as an adult mix session, so all club sessions will continue in the fall as currently programmed. Because it is difficult to compete with rink freestyle sessions, the Board discussed alternate ways to support the adult skating community. Ideas include hosting seminars and special events geared toward adults, and scheduling a judges review (critique) session prior to Adult Nationals. The Board is also working on setting up a dance lesson for the group lesson segment of the Sunday Family Session.

Fall subscription information is being prepared and will be mailed to current subscribers and new members. In order to save postage and copying costs, the subscription brochures will be placed on bulletin boards, in folders at the rinks, and posted on the web site.

NanciEllyn Lazarowitz is the new Dance Test Chair, and will be supported by new committee chairs: Hospitality (Jennifer Lyons, assisted by Ann Merz), Music (Jim Wilson), and Monitors (Margo Ritter). The Board passed a motion to authorize NanciEllyn Lazarowitz to open a dance test account with $1,000 in start-up funds; the signatories for this account will be NanciEllyn Lazarowitz and the Washington Figure Skating Club treasurer (Judy Reiner). Committee Appointments were announced. College liaison Bridgette Snyder has expressed interest in forming a collegiate synchronized skating team. Board members are also working to establish better communication with the CRC.

The announcement for the New Year Adult Invitational is being prepared for distribution. The moves-in-the-field events will be aligned with the new adult track.

Plans for the Open House on September 8, 2002 include the moves-in-the-field critique (Vera Spinner) and possible exhibitions by national competitors (Sarah Solomon and Ben Cohen, Beth Delano, Chesapeake Ensemble Teams).

Condoleeza Rice will be invited to be an honorary member of the club and a celebrity judge for the flower sweeper try-outs. President Huppi will send an official letter to the club's honorary members notifying them of the renewal of their memberships.

June 2002

Income for the period 9/1/01 to 5/31/02 totals $87,474.37 and expenses total $90.911.49. On June 6, $4000 was withdrawn from the investment account to cover June ice fee payments. All ice fees have been paid for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2002. There is still session pick-up income to be deposited. The club cannot afford underutilized sessions and is considering reprogramming the Sunday Dance session at Mt. Vernon as an adult mix session.

The club concludes 2001-2002 with 780 members (717 home club). For fiscal year 2002-03, the club has received 312 memberships (295 home club). The board discussed a request by some members to change home club designation to a club in the Midwest Region to improve odds of advancing to sectionals. USFSA allows skaters to do this, though the switch generally does not improve chances of advancing.

Ice contracts include the following: Mt. Vernon has confirmed the Sunday Dance Session (3:45 to 5:15 p.m.) for 9/8/02 through 3/30/03, plus the following special events: MIF/Freestyle test sessions on 8/18/02 (break for group lessons in middle), 10/20/02 (break for group lessons), and 1/19/03 (no break in schedule); and South Atlantics Send-off on 9/15/02 (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Rink is interested in scheduling dance tests beginning spring/summer 2003; time is not available in fall/winter unless there is a cancellation by another user.

Cabin John has confirmed a Freestyle/MIF test session on 11/30/02 (8 hours). The rink can accommodate dance tests beginning in spring/summer 2003. The only available time in the fall/winter would be on weekdays. Reston has confirmed the Saturday Dance session (8:40 -10:00 a.m. with ice cut at 8:30 a.m.) for 9/7/02 through 3/29/03. Ice requests for dance tests will be submitted for 10/2602 and 1/4/03 or 1/5/03. Ashburn Ice House has confirmed ice for New Year's Adult Invitational, 1/31/03-2/2/03. WFSC has contract; submission is on hold while Ed Picken tries to negotiate a discounted rate (currently $240/hour). Ice is not availab le for a Sunday adult session. Monday night ice time at Cabin John may be useful for a dance test session if needed; must be decided in advance of session announcement flyer.

The Annual Open House is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002 during the Family Session at Cabin John. There will be a moves critique beginning at 9:30 a.m. (off-ice) with on-ice evaluation (9:45-10:15). A monitor is needed for Monday evenings during the summer.

The Board passed a motion that new WFSC professionals should be members of the PSA.

The officers elected for 2002-03 are President-Konrad Huppi; Vice President-Linda Laurel; Treasurer-Judy Reiner; and Secretary-Barbara Shaw. Konrad Huppi announced that this will be his last term as president, and that he will work to increase committee membership.

The board will approach Ron Dei Cas about conducting a seminar on judging, perhaps in conjunction with the Open House.

Dance Test Chair Bunny Jones is resigning, effective Sept. 1, 2002. She will handle the test sessions scheduled for June, July and August and assist in training a new test chair.

The announcement for the New Year's Adult Invitational is being prepared for distribution.

May 2002

The Club has 778 members (713 are home club members). Membership renewals were mailed in mid-May and the Club must report members not in good standing by June 1. The application deadline for Regionals is Sept 3, 2002. Registration can be done on-line beginning July 15.

Ice for Annual Meeting (5:30-7:00 p.m.) and August 18 test session have been confirmed at Mt. Vernon. Test dates and Special Events for the 2002-2003 season have been submitted to the rinks as follows: At Mt. Vernon - Test sessions on Sunday, 10/20/02 and Sunday, 1/19/03; South Atlantics Send-off on 9/15/02, 9/21/02, or 9/22/02; Adult Nationals Send-off on 4/5/03 or 4/6/03. At Cabin John - Test Session on Saturday, 11/30/02 (8 hours). At Ashburn - Adult New Year Competition on Saturday & Sunday, 2/1/03-2/2/03, with 2 hours of practice ice on Friday 1/31/03.

The Potomac Ice Theatre has been awarded the contract for First Night Annapolis, December 31, 2002 at USNA Dahlgren Hall, along with a preview exhibition earlier in December at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

Roy Wu announced that he will not run for another term on the Board of Governors. A report from USFSA Governing Council included the following points:
» WFSC is still the second largest club (behind DuPage).
» Paul Wylie was the special motivational guest speaker.
» The redistricting plan for Regionals and Sectionals did not pass and was returned to committee for further evaluation.
» Juvenile FS program time increased to 2:15 effective with the 2003-2004 season.
» Time for test reports to be sent to the USFSA has been changed to 21 days.
» USFSA television contracts will plateau in 2006-2007 and there is a possibility funding may reach critical levels.
» There is an urgent need to recruit new judges.
» A national competition series similar to the Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix is under study for juvenile - novice levels.
» Ron DeiCas is researching plans to organize a sports medicine seminar for lower level skaters.
» WFSC skaters assigned to Team Envelopes are Michael Weiss, Derrick Delmore, Sarah Solomon & Ben Cohen, and Emma Phibbs (with partner Devon Patrick).

The Pro-Am Dance Classic has an excellent turnout of competitors. Additional time will be added on Friday due to the volume of events.

Plans were finalized for the Annual Meeting on June 2, 2002. Nine nominations for the Wheeler Award have been received.


Members of the ISU were in Washington, DC recently to meet with the Worlds 2003 organizing committee. Chesapeake Skating School ensemble teams placed well at the international competition in April: The Diamonds were second and the Emeralds were fifth.

Sarah Solomon and Ben Cohen will compete in Junior Dance at the North American Challenge Competition in Alabama.

The Leeann Miele Award for judges was announced.

April 2002

Total year-to-date income is $70,356.92 and total expenses are $73,937.82. An assessment of winter session income shows losses as follows: Sunday Moves in the Field (-27%), Sunday Family Session (-7%), Sunday Dance at Mt. Vernon (-38%), Monday Pliť Power class (-10%), Monday Dance at Cabin John (-31%), Saturday Dance at Reston (-36%). Membership totals 767 with 705 home club members. USFSA membership renewal forms will be mailed in May.

Ice rental rates will be increasing at two rinks. Effective 4/1/02, rates at Mt Vernon will increase to $190/hour. Rates will also increase at Cabin John, effective 9/1/02, as follows: peak hours (after 6 p.m. & on weekends) - $235; off-peak (before 6 p.m. on weekdays) - $205. Ice requests have been submitted to the rinks for the 2002-2003 season: Sundays at Mt. Vernon, 3:45-5:15 p.m. (9/8/02-3/30/03); Saturdays at Reston, 8:30-10 a.m. (9/7/02-3/29/03); and at Cabin John, Sunday, 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (9/8/02-3/30/03) and Mondays, 6:30-9 p.m. (9/9/02-3/31/03). The board is also investigating the possibility of initiating an adult session at Ashburn Ice House. Ice is available on Sunday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning July 7 through August 25, 2002. Prior to that date, the only available times are Thursday evenings (6:15- 7:45 p.m.) or Friday evenings (7:30-9 p.m.). Board consensus was to pursue the Sunday evening time, contingent on year-round availability. The New Year's Adult Invitational is planned for Feb. 1-2, 2003 (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) with Friday night practice ice.

Critique sessions are scheduled for May 5 at Cabin John - moves in the field (moves session) and freeskating (Family Session), and May 19 on the dance session at Mt. Vernon.

The board agreed to eliminate mailing of request to teach forms to the professionals each year. The August mailing will include passing standards for moves-in-the-field, a notice of changes from Governing Council, and a reminder that students must be USFSA members to test. The club has received a $1000 donation to establish an endowment for the James C. Maltby Dance Event (a high test adult event) at the Club Competition, to be used to purchase a medallion or trophy for future events. This year's Club Dance competition generated $910 in entry fees with $700 in ice costs; engraving expenses are still outstanding.

A meeting of the delegates to the USFSA Governing Council is scheduled for May 2. Tryouts for flower sweepers for the 2003 World Championships will be held August 17 at Ft. Dupont. Skaters must be ages 9-13 and have passed pre-juvenile moves-in-the-field. Applications will be distributed to all CRC clubs in mid-May. Twelve award presenters, ages 13-18, will also be selected based, in part, on an essay component.

March 2002

Year-to-date income totals $66,590.92 and expenses total $64,597.12. The Club Freeskating Competition, held on February 24, 2002, showed a profit, with entry income of $4622 and expenses of $1856.35. Expenses for the Adult Nationals Competitors Send-off-$297.50 for ice costs and snacks-are included in the competitors support budget. All club sessions continue to operate at a loss, but most showed improvement through the winter. The Family Session at Cabin John has the best attendance, with a 6% loss, followed by the Monday night Pliť Power class (10% loss), Sunday Moves in the Field (24% loss), Monday night Dance session (29% loss), Sunday Dance session at Mt. Vernon (33% loss) and the Saturday Dance session at Reston (44% loss).

Membership totals 749, with 689 home club members. The board discussed the dues structure for 2002-2003 as USFSA dues will increase to $20 for the first family member (from $15) and $8 for additional family members (from $5.50). Board consensus was to pass the increase along to active members, raising WFSC dues to $55. The board passed a motion to make non-home club membership $55, the same as active membership. Since subscription information for 2002-2003 sessions will not be available when memberships are renewed in June, the club will not be able to offer a discounted membership to subscribers (as has been the practice in the past). Possible alternative discounts to subscribers will be considered at a future meeting. However, the board did consider options for reducing the impact on families with more than one member, and passed a motion to make dues for additional family members $40. Parent membership dues ($15) and social membership dues ($10) will remain the same as in 2001-2002.

Reston contracts are in place through the end of August. The June test session at Cabin John has been moved to Saturday, June 1, leaving Sunday, June 2 available for the Annual Meeting at Mt. Vernon. The club is awaiting confirmation of this date and the August test session scheduled for Mt. Vernon. The Monday night sessions at Cabin John will begin at 6:30 p.m. for the spring segment, not at 6:45 p.m. as announced. Special programming is planned for the Saturday Dance session on June 8, the weekend of the Pro Am Dance competition. There will be two 45-minute dance sessions with a pick-up fee of $9.

Justin Pekarek will teach on the club's Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon dance sessions. The moves-in-the-field critique sessions have been very popular, and skaters have asked for a dance critique. Additional judges will be invited to participate and a date will be set according to their availability. A moves-in-the-field critique is scheduled for May 5.

The report on the Adult Nationals Competitors Send-off incorporates comments by Barb Tanner, the event organizer. Key points were the request for a photographer and a small budget to reproduce a group photo of competitors, selection of a more "friendlyo/oo date and time (such as a Saturday afternoon), and more advance notice.

For 2003, the board may consider moving the Club freeskating competition to May to reduce strain on volunteers assisting with the World Championships.

Information on the Wheeler Award has been sent to pros and test chairs by e-mail, and will also be disseminated in a general e-mail to the membership. Debbie VanDemark will collect the nominations.

Konrad Huppi is appointing a nominating committee to prepare a slate for the upcoming Board of Governors election. Board members Linda Laurel, Vera Spinner, Peter Tsai and Roy Wu are up for reelection.

At the request of adult skaters and their coaches,the board is investigating the possibility of creating an adult session at Ashburn on Sunday evenings.

The board passed a motion to grant $100 to WFSC's U.S. Adult National Qualifying competitor, Beth Delano.

February 2002

Year-to-date income totals $51,161.42 and expenses total $53,081.48. Included in the expenses are $7,582.49 in competitors' support, $7,649.00 in dues to USFSA, and $29,862.50 for rink and program. Figures reported for the New Year's Adult Invitational show income of $6,248.45 and expenses of $5,991.12.

Club membership is now 741 with 656 home club members. The club Membership Directory was printed by the company from which Ed Picken has retired, as was the New Year's Adult Invitational competition announcement. The board approved a motion to pay honoraria of $75 and $25 for printing those items. With the shortened membership year in 2001-2002, the board decided not to offer a discount to members joining late in the year.

Dates are in place for the club's spring sessions. The Sunday dance session (3:45-5:15 pm) will run through 6/2/02, excluding 4/14 (maintenance), 4/28 (Cherry Blossom), and the weekend of the Ice Club of Washington dance event, but including 5/26 (Memorial day weekend). Special events at Mt. Vernon include the Adult Nationals Send-off (March 17) and an August test session (date to be confirmed). The Annual Meeting is planned for June 2. At Cabin John, the Moves in the Field and Family sessions (10:15 am- 12:15 pm) are confirmed through 5/19/02. The sessions will be held on the Olympic rink except 4/28 and 5/5 (on NHL rink due to maintenance). On March 3, a moves critique session was held in conjunction with the Moves-in-the-field session, with off-ice discussion at 9:30 a.m. and on-ice observation at 10:15 a.m. The walk-on fee is $7.00. The Monday Pliť Power class and dance session (6:30-9:00 pm) will run through the summer on the Olympic Rink (except 4/29 and 5/6, on the NHL rink). Moves-in-the-field and freestyle test sessions (8 am-4 pm) are scheduled for June 1 and July 7. The Reston Saturday dance session is confirmed (8:20-9:50 am) with possibility of scheduling 8:30-10:00 am if preferred. A MIF-freestyle test session (8 am-4 pm) is scheduled for April 7.

The board passed a motion to accept Justin Pekarek's application to teach on the Saturday and Sunday dance sessions. Pekarek was the World Junior Dance champion with partner Jamie Silverstein.

The New Year's Adult Competition had over 70 participants. The board recommended the dates of Feb. 1 and 2, 2003 for next year's competition. The Club Freeskating Competition had 112 entries. The board will reconsider the issue of whether to permit "skating up" for next year's competition.

The Skating Club of Northern Virginia sent a letter of complaint regarding WFSC's participation in the send-off and award presentation for Michael Weiss held at the Fairfax Ice Arena, claiming the club "used this time to promote their personal interests at a rink that is not associated with their clubo/oo without sending SCNV a written request for permission to use their facility. The board endorsed a letter in response which states that "this event was not organized or sanctioned by the Washington FSC but was planned and organized by the Weiss family and Henry Weisiger (owner/operator of the Fairfax Ice Arena)." The board passed a motion granting Bowie FSC permission to hold the Maryland States Games at Cabin John rink if they select that rink as a venue. The slate of delegates to the 2002 USFSA Governing Council includes Marcia Sowles, Ed Picken, Judy Reiner, Pat Brockner, Vera Spinner, Deveny Deck, Barb Kapinus, Beverly Kimes, and Konrad Huppi. The board approved a motion to donate $100 to the Chesapeake Skating School ensemble teams, coached by Rob McBrien, to assist with travel expenses to a competition in France. The board also approved a motion to pay the entry fee ($250) to the U.S. National Synchronized Skating Championships for Ice Force One, which qualified in sectional competition.

January 2002

Emma Phibbs has been added to the list of U.S. Nationals competitors slated to receive $300 in competitor's support from the club. Total year-to-date income (9/1/01-12/31-01) was $43,332.72 and total expenses were $40,354.15. The annual report to the IRS, Form 990, was filed by the January 15 deadline. Membership totals 711, with 659 home club members.

The Club is now offering the popular Pliť Power class which began January 14 and will run through March 18 (10 weeks) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the dance session from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. SkateQuest Reston will present two clinics by Kathy Casey on March 23 (adults only) and March 24, 2002.

The CRC Competition is to be held on March 9 and 10, 2002 at the U.S. Naval Academy. The dates listed in the subscription brochure for the Cherry Blossom Competition are incorrect; the correct dates are April 25-28, 2002.

As a way to honor our Olympian, Michael Weiss, the board approved a motion to purchase for him the Olympic torch which he carried in the torch relay. The board also passed a motion to take a quarter page ad in the Adult Nationals program, highlighting the 2002 Pro Am and next year's New Year's Adult Invitational. An exhibition by Adult Nationals competitors will be held Sunday, March 17 at Mt. Vernon, 5:30-7:00 p.m. The USFSA Governing Council will be held May 9-11, 2002 in Minneapolis, MN.

December 2001

Total year-to-date income is $40,138.72 and total expenses are $29,446.83. Net income minus expenses is $10,691.89. There is a slight improvement in club session income although the sessions continue to operate at losses as follows: Sunday Moves in the Field (11 weeks), -22%; Sunday Family Session (11 weeks), -29%; Monday Dance at Cabin John (13 weeks), -21%; Saturday Dance at Reston (10 weeks), -44%. (Figures were not available for Sunday dance at Mt. Vernon.) The board discussed options for increasing attendance at the Saturday Dance session, including the introduction of a half-hour class for beginners and a phone survey of past subscribers.

Membership totals 680, with 629 home club members. The board discussed the printing of the Club Directory, which is likely to entail a significant increase in costs when printing services are no longer available through Ed Picken's office. A policy of supplying directories only on demand was considered, but the consensus was that all members should receive a Directory . It was suggested that the Board contact the membership (by e-mail initially) to solicit a source for printing services.

» The Reston Dance session on Saturday, December 29, 2001 was cancelled and the ice time returned at the rink's request due to a hockey tournament.
» Ice time is available at Cabin John on Monday nights from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on the NHL rink to hold the Pliť Power class in conjunction with the dance session, beginning on January 14, 2002.
» The club still has not received contracts from Mt. Vernon.

Applications are starting to come in for the New Year's Adult Competition. E-mail reminders will be sent to other clubs and to WFSC members. The application for the Club Freeskating Competition was mailed with the October issue of the Blade. The application will also be placed on the Web site.

Michael Weiss will carry the Olympic torch through Alexandria, VA on December 21, 2001 at 1:35 p.m. Club members will be encouraged to gather at Alfred and King Streets to cheer him on.

The board approved a motion by Marcia Sowles to give $300 to each of the club's U.S. Nationals competitors (Michael Weiss, Derrick Delmore, Caitlin Obremski, Joseph Jorgens, Sarah Solomon, Ben Cohen, Emma Phibbs and Meghan and Michael McCullough).

National Skating Week is March 4-10, 2002. The board discussed possible locations for events, including the rink at the Sculpture Garden and Ft. Dupont.

President Huppi issued a call for delegates to the 2002 USFSA Governing Council to be held in Minnesota in May. Contact him if interested in serving as a delegate.

November 2001

Total year-to-date income is $34,375.72 and total expenses are $20,697.09. The board approved the revised budget totaling $97,800 for the 2001-2002 season. The report on session income shows that club sessions are operating at a loss as follows: Mt. Vernon Sunday Dance (figure from first 4 weeks), -42%; Sunday Moves in the Field and Family Sessions (4 weeks), -21% and ^35% respectively; Monday Dance at Cabin John (4 weeks), -30%; and Saturday Dance at Reston (9 weeks), -46%.

Membership totals 626 with 578 home club members. The rink and programming committee is working to obtain ice for the Pliť Power class, with a potential start date in January 2002. There were 46 participants in the Nov. 11 seminar, representing a diverse group of adults, juniors and parents from a wide geographic area. The committee is investigating a future seminar on judging led by Ron DeiCas, perhaps in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. It was recommended that the committee also look into coordinating with a spring PSA seminar to take advantage of the presence of out-of-area speakers.

The New Year's Adult Invitational Competition will be patterned on the Atlanta Adult Open competition. The club has received a contract with Ashburn Ice House for 14 hours, running until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, and until 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002. Additional time may be available on Friday afternoon. January 4, 2002 was established as the deadline for entries and the announcement form was finalized. The Club Freestyle Competition announcement was mailed with the October Blade.

Announcements: Dorothy Dodson is seeking bids to host the 2002 Commonwealth State Games. Gabrielle Friedenberg and Brett Dunie-Neustadt will compete in Juvenile Pairs at Junior Nationals. An official press conference for Worlds 2003 is scheduled for Dec. 11, 2001 at Ft. DuPont Ice Rink.

October 2001

The Cash Report (9/1/01-9/30/01) shows total income of $11,351.00 and total expenses of $13,533.18. These figures include some income ($498.00 in pick-up fees for August sessions) and expenses ($45.98 in Annual Meeting expenses) attributed to last year's budget while excluding income of $3500.00 from 2001-02 memberships collected in August and expenses of $994.00 in 2001-02 dues paid to USFSA.

The treasurer also presented a proposed budget for 2001-2002. However, this will be a 10-month fiscal year, so the budget needs to be revised to eliminate the July-August figures. The board passed a motion to change the club's fiscal year to begin July 1 [effective in 2002] to coincide with USFSA's fiscal year.

Membership totals 562 with 520 home club members. Subscriptions for the Saturday morning dance session at Reston continue to lag behind previous seasons. Due to a glitch in the contract, the dance session ends at 9:50 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m. The club will request that future contracts include the ice make to avoid this problem.

First Night Annapolis has been cancelled due to security concerns.

Rink and Programming is still exploring options for the Plie Power class. The Moves-in-the-field critique session on Oct. 7 drew 13 participants. The critiques are a service provided to members and participating judges do not want or expect to receive gifts of appreciation. The November 11 seminar focused on "Maximizing Potential" with emphasis on a fit body (presented by Margie Weiss), attitude (by Carolyn Silby) and skates (by Mike Cunningham). Ron DeiCas is not available that weekend but is interested in providing a future seminar on judging.

A committee has been formed for the New Year Adult Invitational. Immediate needs are: contract, announcement, proposed budget and sanction.

The photo composite of individual skaters taken at the South Atlantic Send-off worked very well and is recommended for future photos of regional qualifying competition competitors. Under New Business, the board discussed the 2002 Club Freeskating Competition. The interpretive event will be renamed the "improv" event and will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. A suggestion was considered to add a group for younger skaters.

The board passed a motion to give $200 to Junior Nationals competitors and $100 to sectional competitors.

September 2001

The treasurer presented the Year End Cash Report and Final Budget Report for 2000-2001. The Cash Report for the year ending August 31, 2001 includes an overlap of 2001-02 season membership and USFSA fees. It shows total income of $108,885.25 and total expenses of $105,304.70. The Final Budget Report shows actual income of $102,735.25 and actual expenses of $104,130.70. Income from subscription fees came very close to the budgeted amount ($1,041.50 short), while income from guest (pick-up) fees fell $4,393.50 short of the budgeted amount. Income from both the Free Style and Dance Competitions exceeded budgeted projections. The club did not need to use income from the return on investments.

The club has been renewing members online with USFSA and paying dues with electronic transfers through the checking account at Suntrust Bank. New memberships are sent by mail to USFSA. At the start of the new fiscal year, membership totals 437 with 401 home club members.

There was an error in the Cabin John contract for Sept. 24 with the result that the club could not hold the Pliť Power class as expected, and the dance session moved to its fall/winter time of 6:15 p.m. At Mt. Vernon, the club is awaiting the fall-winter contract and confirmation on rooms for the November seminar.

Dr. Carolyn Silby's sports psychology seminar, held in conjunction with the Open House, was very well-received and well-attended. Dr. Silby is scheduled also for the November seminar. Other seminar leaders had not been confirmed at the time of the meeting.

Sarah Smith, a club professional teaching group lessons during the Family Session at Cabin John, asked that, in lieu of payment, the club set up a fund to assist needy skaters. Rather than establishing a new fund, the board agreed by consensus to attribute the money to the competitor,s support fund.

A critique session is scheduled for the Oct. 7 moves-in-the-field session. The club does not have a contract with Ashburn yet for the Adult Competition. Ed Picken has received a verbal commitment for 15 hours and is hoping to get 20 hours. News of the competition is out and skaters are requesting details.

Consideration of plans to establish a trophy in memory of Jim Maltby at Sectionals is on hold while USFSA debates changes to the qualifying competition structure.

The board passed a motion to extend an honorary membership to Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor, and invite her to participate in National Skating Week in March.

August 2001

In August, club membership totalled 752 with 675 home club members. Membership co-chair Debbie VanDemark has tested the online membership renewal procedures.

With regard to contracts, dates have been approved at Mt. Vernon for the Sunday Dance session (3:45-5:15 p.m.) running from 9/9/01 to 3/24/02 with 1/13/02 and 2/24/02 omitted; for MIF/FS tests sessions on 10/14/01 and 1/13/02; and for the WFSC Free Skating Competition on 2/24/02 (8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. with the opportunity to start earlier if necessary). Room reservation request was submitted for Sports Medicine Seminar on 11/11/01. Reston contract has been finalized and returned, and includes MIF/FS test on 2/18/02. At Cabin John, the contract was received for South Atlantic Send-off on 9/22/01.

A correction was noted to the membership/subscription brochure: changing home club mid-season still requires a signature from the previous home club. The rink and programming committee is working on finding ice time for the Pliť Power class for either a full or shortened session.

Two separate seminars are planned for the fall. At the Open House, Dr. Carolyn Silby will hold a Sports Psychology seminar on handling competition pressures. An extended seminar in November will feature speakers on off-ice conditioning, sports psychology (general), and judging.

Planning continues for the Adult Open Competition: 20 hours have been set aside at Ashburn Ice House on the last weekend in January 2002 and space tentatively booked at hotels. The board discussed possible events, including moves in the field, interpretive, spins, and compulsory moves.

In New Business, the board passed a motion to approve the appointment of Bridgette Snyder as college liaison. Bridgette will assist skaters from other clubs who are attending area colleges by providing information on rinks and transportation. She can also serve as a link to club members who are college students. Board members will send Bridgette the schedules from local rinks and a list of WFSC's college students.

The South Atlantic Send-off will be held Sept. 22 at Cabin John from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The group photo will be taken at 5:30 p.m. Skaters must register by Sept. 10. The board passed a motion to take a half-page ad in the South Atlantic regional competition program book at a cost of $105. The board also approved motions to continue honorary memberships for Carol Duncan Peters, Carl Hofner, Derrick Delmore and Michael Weiss.

A member proposed that the club issue coupons to subscribers who miss a session when representing WFSC at a competition. The board was concerned that this would present a bookkeeping nightmare and set an unwanted precedent for refund requests, and subsequently passed a motion declining to amend the refund policy.

June 2001

During the period 9/1/00 through 5/31/01, total income was $90,669.75 and total expenses were $87,894.23. Spring sessions had smaller losses than the fall and winter sessions. A session analysis showed the Pliť Power class with an 11% profit and the Saturday Dance at Reston with a loss of only 1%. The other sessions had larger losses - Sunday Family session (-7%), Monday Dance at Cabin John (-11%), Sunday Dance at Mt. Vernon (-18%), and Sunday Moves session at Cabin John (-56%).

The club has 736 members with 664 home club members. This year USFSA will not preprint membership renewal forms; members will complete the information themselves before returning the forms to the membership chairs who will register members online with USFSA. A July issue of the Blade will include information on membership along with guidelines for entering the South Atlantic regional competition.

The club is in the process of contracting for fall and winter ice time. At Mt. Vernon, the request has been submitted for the Sunday Dance Session, 3:45-5:15 p.m. (30 weeks, Sept. 9, 2001 to March 24, 2002) plus the following special events: South Atlantic Competitor Send-off, Sun., Sept. 23, 12-4 p.m. WFSC Club Freeskating Competition, Sun. Feb. 24, 2002 (1st choice) or Sat., Feb. 23, 2002 (2nd choice), 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Test sessions on Sun. Jan. 13, 2002 and either Sun. Feb. 10 (1st choice) or Sun. Feb. 17 (2nd choice), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Adult Nationals Competitor Send-off, Sun. March 17, 2002, 1:30-3:30 p.m. At SkateQuest of Reston, the club will request Saturday Dance Session, 8:40-10:00 a.m. (30 weeks, Sept. 8, 2001-March 30, 2002). The contract at Cabin John is in place, and the club is requesting ice time at Wheaton for the Pliť Power class. Once the ice requests are confirmed, the Rink and Programming Committee will finalize the fall/winter subscription brochure.

Request to teach forms go out to pros at the end of July along with a letter explaining the board policy on inviting professionals to attend the board meetings. The letter will also include an explanation of test guidelines. The board voted to give permanent approval to Gary Shortland to teach on club sessions.

The current officers were re-elected to serve in 2001-2002: Konrad Huppi, President; Linda Laurel, Vice President; Judy Reiner, Treasurer; Barbara Shaw, Secretary.

The Sports Medicine Seminar Committee had considered holding the seminar in conjunction with the Open House on Sept. 9 at Cabin John, and confirmed that Carolyn Silby is available on that date. However, the date conflicts with the Chesapeake Open competition. An alternative is to have Carolyn Silby at the Open House and schedule the full seminar at another time. The Interpretive Competition worked well in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Judy Reiner suggested changing the name to Improv Competition to avoid confusion with interpretive events involving a pre-choreographed program.

The 2002 Pro Am Dance Competition will be held on June 8 & 9. In addition, the board is initiating plans for an Adult Competition at the end of January 2002.

The board agreed by consensus to sponsor a Frederick Synchronized Skating Team coached by Peter Murfitt.

Remaining monthly reports to be added soon.
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