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Laconia Little League: “Providing Programs for the City’s Youth for 58 Seasons”
Laconia Room at Colby Field
September 13, 2010

Role Call:  The following members were present:
Mary Nyhan                Roger Marceau           Eric Nelson                  Bill Salta                 Jack Batchelder
Ron O’Connor             Jeff McGarry               Jeff Stone                    Lora Friend                
Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm.
Secretary’s Report:  Ron O’Connor, Jr. presented Minutes from June 8, 2010 and the minutes were approved by the Board.  Ron will post minutes to website on September 14, 2010.
Treasurer’s Report:  LLL Treasurer, Roger Marceau, went over balances in accounts.
Safety Officers Report:   Safety Officer, Jeff McGarry, reported that the League had zero claims against it for 2010 and that less injury reports were turned in.
Division Updates/Suggestions for 2011:  
Major Softball:  Lora Friend requested clickers for Umpires
Minor Softball:  Lora Friend requested games start at 9:00am and Noon for 2011.   A discussion ensued  about some individuals trying to start a Babe Ruth League with same ages as Laconia Little League, and that there were not enough numbers to support both.   Better promotion of Softball in schools will be pursued.  A discussion about eliminating Winter Clinics for Softball was discussed.  More tournament possibilities were discussed, also.
Tee Ball:   It was suggested that first Tee Ball game on Saturday be moved to 9:00am, whereas 8:00am is too early for these kids and the field availability is there, due to less number of teams than other divisions.
Coach-Pitch:  Eric Nelson reported that the practices once a week improved the quality of play in the      
Division and recommended that it be continued in 2011.
Major Baseball:  Bill Salta reported that the Division went well for 2010.   Bill recommended that Belmont must do make-up games on Sundays if they wish to continue to inter-league with Laconia, due to field availability.
Minor Baseball:  Bill Salta reported that the Division went well for 2010 and that ALL coaches represented Laconia very well, including the All-Star coaches.
LaconiaFall Ball:   Jeff Stone reported that Fall Ball was going very well.  Jeff reported that 2 umpires
have been there every game and suggested gift certificates for them.  The Board approved the certificates as a token of appreciation.
Website Update:   Webmaster, Ron O’Connor, reported that he was still loading pictures from the 2010 season and that the website would be readied soon for the 2011 season.
President’s Report and Updates:  President Mary Nyhan reported on the following items;
A)  Memory Wall:  Mary Nyhan reported on the League would wait until Spring to load pictures onto the Memory Wall.   
B) Softball Dugout Construction:   Mary Nyhan reported that the Softball Dugouts construction is almost done.  Mary reported that Dave Plourde will approach Parks and Rec about Dugout for the other fields, also.
C) All-Star Update:  Mary Nyhan advised the Board that approximately 85% of the Concession Stand helped out and that most of the Board Members showed up to help.  Mary also reported that the Umpire crew was phenomenal.
D) End Of Season Picnic Report:   Mary Nyhan reported that the Picnic went well.  Mary suggested that next year we get table clothes for the tables and aprons for the cooks and Concession stand help.
New Business
Board Renewal for 2010 Board of Directors:
A)  Roger Marceau:  Roger Marceau said he would return as Treasurer for the 2011 Season.
B)  Jeff Stone:  Jeff Stone said he would return as Vice President for the 2011 Season.
C)  Eric Nelson:   Eric Nelson said he would return to the Board for 2011, but would like to be Minor Baseball Coordinator, which will be reinstated for 2011.
D)  Jack Batchelder:   Jack Batchelder said he would return as Baseball Umpire-in-Chief for the 2011 Season.
E)  Lora Friend:   Lora Friend said she would return as Softball Coordinator for the 2011 Season. 
F)  Jeff McGarry:  Jeff McGarry said he would return as Safety Coordinator for the 2011 Season.
G)  Bill Salta:   Bill Salta said he would return to the Board for the 2011 Season, as the new Groundskeeper position that will be added for next season.
H)  Ron O’Connor, Jr.:   Ron O’Connor, Jr. said he would return as the Webmaster/Information Coordinator for the 2011 Season.
I)   Tammy Johnson:   Tammy Johnson, although not present, advised Lora that she would return as the Softball Player Agent for the 2011 Season.
J)   Julie Westcott:   Julie Westcott, although not present, stated she MAY return to the Board for the 2011 Season, although maybe not as the Baseball Player Agent.
K)  Mary Nyhan:  Mary Nyhan said she would return to the Board for the 2011 Season.  Mary stated she would like to see someone take the President position so she could assist with the transition for a year and would take the Baseball Player Agent, if vacated by Julie Westcott.
It was suggested by Ron O’Connor, Jr. that more positions be added to assist with Officer of the Day and Post-season play and to have a Board that is comparable to the size of our League, based on other similar-sized leagues in our State and District.   Secretary, Groundskeeper, Concession Stand Manager, Minor Baseball Coordinator were added for the 2011 Season per the Board’s discussion and approval.
            LHS Gym/Batting Cages:   Mary Nyhan and Bill Salta suggested that Laconia Little League become part of an agreement to purchase of batting cages for LHS gym that would be shared with other Leagues and the High School.  Our partial purchase would give us the ability to use them on a regular basis.
            Forfeit Policy:   Lora Friend suggested that the Board come up with a policy for Major and Minor Softball game forfeitures.
            Fryolator Upgrade:   A suggestion was made to upgrade the fryolator we purchased to replace the broken one, with one similar to what we had for better cleanliness and safety.  The one we purchased is an open top one, slower and messier.   The Board approved the upgrade.
Special Recognition Award Rename:   Ron O’Connor, Jr. suggested that the Special Recognition Award that was given to Art Johnson for 2010 be renamed the Bill Tuttle Award and would be awarded to a member with 25+ years of service and may not be given out every year, but would be awarded at President’s and Board’s discretion.
Motion to adjourn at 7:41pm.  All approved.
Next meeting:   October 12, 2010 at 6:30 in the Laconia Room at Colby Field.