Word from the President - Pat Harrington
Greetings! Fall is nearly here and so will hockey season!! Go Monsters!
Annual Picnic: Even though it was a hot day the meeting/picnic on 8/5/18 was fun and a success. Kim and Don Cox are to be thanked for sharing their homestead with us and that includes their chickens, ducks, dogs and a beautiful setting. I want to thank Dave Uhrin for setting up the Corn Hole contest so everyone could participate. John Boblick won $50.00. Yea John!
See what Len has to say below about some awesome Youth hockey support and another thing John is doing.
****We will be asking members to help us with certain functions as we are moving forward.****
MEMBERSHIP NEWS - Diane Burns
As the 2018-2019 Cleveland Monsters hockey season gets even closer, it is time to renew your hockey club membership. The current application may be accessed here:
You will notice that single membership will now be $25.00 and family membership $35.00. In order to cover costs and continue our scholarship program and charitable giving’s a $5.00 increased was recommended and approved by the Board. The application will be emailed and/or mailed to all members appearing on the 2017-2018 membership list beginning in September. You can return your completed application by mail or drop it off at the CHBC table during any of the Cleveland Monsters home games.
”Remember, the Cleveland Hockey Booster Club will not be successful without its members. So be on the lookout for the revised membership application in the upcoming months. Until then have a safe and enjoyable summer.”
From the Treasurer - Len Matlock
At our Club’s regular meeting on August 5th, which was followed by our annual picnic, our members voted to donate to the Halloran Youth Hockey Program $1,350.00. This donation is designated to purchase certain items of hockey equipment for the children.
Why Halloran? With encouragement from the Monsters’ organization, we wanted to find a new way to support youth hockey in a more active way, and about a year ago, three Club members (Tara Gould, John Boblick, and Pat Harrington) volunteered to investigate how we can help. They looked into several youth organizations and discovered a program in need. This, of course, is in addition to our annual scholarship awards.
In the City of Cleveland, Halloran is the last of city rinks for inter-city kids. Under the program, the kids receive free ice time and free equipment. They learn how to play hockey from scratch! Last year they had 50 players ages eight to seventeen, plus some younger children who skated with their parents. This year they plan to increase the 50 players to 100 players. They are working on a program that includes disabled children. The City does not run this program and it is not a municipal league. It is run by hockey enthusiasts Justin Sterling (whose dad played at Halloran when it was a muni league in the early ‘60’s), and Nathan Noll. Justin said Halloran Hockey turned his Dad’s life around away from getting into trouble as a youth. Justin likes to say “shoot pucks and not guns!” I was interested to learn that most of the children in the program do not have a regular ride to the rink, as do many children playing in other programs throughout the Northeast Ohio area. Yet, they find a way to get to the rink, even if that means walking or taking a bus! Justin and Nathan have a neat hockey program that teaches children how to play our great game, how to become better people, and they have players who really demonstrate a dedication to the game. We wish them all the best this coming season.
See you all soon at a Monsters’ game!
Speaking of equipment , John Boblick has been collecting hockey equipment and that will be donated to the same program. The program is for City of Cleveland children and high school age students. Their goal is to have a City of Cleveland High School Club Hockey team. We wish them the best and we want to help them succeed. If you have equipment or a cash donation that you want to donate please let us know. Also, if your rink or team would like to sponsor a collection day/spot, please let us know. We are always working on ways to get the CHBC out into the community as well as support you as well. We all know the children would appreciate the support.