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Laconia Little League: “Providing Programs for the City’s Youth for 59 Seasons”
Conference Room at The Irwin Zone
Board of Directors’ Meeting:   March 7, 2011


Role Call:  The following members were present:
Mary Nyhan               Jeff Stone                   Julie Westcott            Jeff Pluskis                        

Ron O’Connor             Eric Nelson                  Francis Rowley            Art Johnson                                 
Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm.
Secretary’s Report:    Ron O’Connor, Jr. presented Minutes from the January 11, 2011 meeting and the minutes were approved by the Board.  Ron will post minutes to website on March 8, 2011.
RYVSEF Request for Fundraising:  Jack Batchelder and Greg Byrd representing the Rich Velasquez Foundation presented ideas on how they could raise funds for their foundation on Opening Day and requested that Laconia Little League allow them to do so. Some of the ideas ran from helping in the Concession Stand to running a 50/50 raffle, along with other raffles, on Opening Day.  After much discussion by the Board, it was decided to donate a monetary amount to the RYVSEF group and allow them to run a 50/50 raffle on Opening Day, whereas Laconia Little League does not have a 50/50 raffle on Opening Day.

President’s Report: 
  1. Muskrats request to work with Laconia Little League:  Mary Nyhan reported that the Laconia Muskrats would like to develop a relationship with Laconia Little League, which would be from Laconia Little League players being on the field for a game to sponsoring a Laconia Little League Baseball team.  The request was accepted very well by the Board and recommended to proceed forward with the relationship.
  2. 2010 Financials:  Mary Nyhan reported the balances of the various Laconia Little League accounts and that, overall, 2010 was very good year for the League.  The fact we held the Districts and the State Tournament did help make it a great year.
  3. Major League Managers and Coaches:  Mary Nyhan presented her recommendations for the Managers for the Major League Baseball teams as follows:   VFW – Jim McDonald,  Legion – Mike Gallos,  Stafford – Jeff Stone,  Rotary – Joe Dee,  Elks – Don Doherty and Cantins – Clem Lachance.   All Managers were accepted by the Board.   Mary Nyhan then presented her recommendations for Coaches for Major League Baseball teams as follows:  VFW – Mike Fogarty & Rob Turpin,  Legion – Norm LeClaire & Dana Johnson,  Stafford – Jeff Pluskis,  Rotary – Chip Nyhan,  Elks – Eric Nelson & Steve Weeks.   All Coaches were accepted by the Board.   Additional Coaches will be picked once the Major League Draft has occurred.
  4. Picking Team Players for Minors, Instructional & Tee Ball:  After some discussion, it was decided to pick teams on March 21, 2011.   The Board Meeting that was to be held on March 21, 2011 will be moved to April 4, 2011.
Registration Numbers:   Ron O’Connor & Julie Westcott reviewed Registration Numbers to date for the 2011 Laconia Little League season. 

Concession Stand Soda Products:  Several requests came in to have Roger Marceau check with Pepsi on the prices of their products and whereas Laconia Little League’s obligation to Coca-Cola for the scoreboards had gone by, it would be pursued.

Tryout Dates and Times:  Mary Nyhan reviewed the tryout dates and times with the Board Members.   8-year old Tryouts will be Saturday March 12, 2011 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  The Major League Tryouts will be held both Saturday March 12, 2011 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm and Sunday March 13, 2011 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  The Major League Draft will be held Sunday March 13, 2011 at 7:30pm at which time all players and parents, with the exception of the Major League Managers and Coaches,  must leave the gymnasium area.

Big Al’s Coaching Clinic:  Mary Nyhan reviewed the date and times for the Big Al’s Coaching Clinic, which will be held at the Bow Middle School in Bow, NH.   The Major and Minor Coaches will have their clinic on March 12, 2011 from 9:00am to Noon.  The Coach-pitch and Tee Ball Coaches will have their clinic from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Umpire Clinic:  Art Johnson reviewed the date and time for the Umpire Clinic at Merrimack Valley Middle School.     The clinic will be held on Saturday March 26, 2011 from 9:00am until completed.
Old Business
  1. Concession Stand Fee reimbursement:  Mary Nyhan expressed concerns on how to handle reimbursements for Concession Fees once the duty has been completed, especially for split families.   Ron O’Connor suggested a registration, similar to volunteering, where the Concession Duty persons would be listed each day and then reminders could be sent out and the list of those that showed up could be used for reimbursement.
New Business
      A.  Board Member (2+ years) Child RegistrationWaiver:    Jeff Stone proposed Registration         Fees & Concession Stand Fees Waiver for Board Members’ children when the Board Member enters their second year (calendar sales would still be required for each child registered).  A discussion ensued about the amount of time a Board Member commits and the fact that most Board Members work the Concession Stand multiple times throughout a season and a motion was made by Jeff Stone to accept and seconded by Julie Westcott.  The vote was unanimous to accept the motion.

B. Merging with Gilford Cal Ripken:   Ron O’Connor suggested we start discussions on merging with Gilford Cal Ripken, making a Laconia/Gilford Little League.  Many folks from Gilford that had kids playing Fall Ball mentioned that their kids were treated great by the Laconia Little League coaches and that enrollments were down for both Leagues, whereas there are so many options for sports for the kids now.

Motion to adjourn at 7:52pm.  All approved.
Next meeting:  April 4, 2011 at 6:30 in the Conference Room at The Irwin Zone.