Happy Wednesday! Last month, we shared the facility improvements that were made during the off-season and that we had officially completed construction of Phase II of the Ice Barn project. Today, we wanted to share a few updates as it relates to Phase III and our next big fundraising push:
First, we are thrilled to announce Pete Geddes as Chair of GIF's Fundraising Advisory Committee. Pete is the Managing Director of the American Prairie Reserve and has served as a valuable member of both the GIF and BAHA Board of Director's for nearly a decade. While Pete has remained involved as an Ex-Officio Board Member for the GIF for the past two years - we are thrilled to have is experience guiding our fundraising efforts in a more formal way moving forward.
We've also made a few tweaks to our staff duties to better align our time and energy with our strategic goals. Moving forward, Chelsea will be serving as our Campaign Director - leading fundraising efforts for Phase III; and Anna will be serving as our Director of Special Projects - overseeing all aspects of the 8th annual Gloves Off Gala, facility advertising sales, and daily operations.
We are excited about these subtle changes and believe they will allow us to be most effective as we look to further extend the Ice Barn season. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. Or feel free to stop by our office - which we affectionately call "the Cabin" - located just east of the entrance to Haynes Pavilion!
Chelsea and Anna
With ice returning to the Ice Barn in a few short weeks, we thought we'd share with you some of the facility improvements that were made during the off-season. These improvements were facilitated and funded by the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association, who manages rink operations, from increased operating revenue made possible in part by Ressler Motors Ice Rink last season.
Improvements that will be most visible to our users, include:
- Two digital locker room schedules
- Improved rubber flooring in the Ice Barn lobby and bathrooms
- Tiled showers in both bathrooms in the Ice Barn
- Automatic door closers on all locker room doors (so they will stay warmer)
Several other improvements that may not be as visible, but are very helpful for day-to-day operations, include:
- Improved sound system
- Digital controls for refrigeration system
- Radiant loop for Zamboni driveway (to reduce ice buildup)
Thank you BAHA for providing excellent stewardship of our rinks and of these dollars! We are grateful for you leadership.
With Phase II officially complete, the GIF has turned our eye to insulating the building so that the Ice Barn will be able to operate as a refrigerated ice arena year-round. In addition to an extended season, insulation will allow our facility to be more energy efficient and enhance the user and spectator experience. We spent the summer thoughtfully planning a set of strategies and tactics which will guide our activities for Phase III fundraising, and look forward to sharing details of that plan with you throughout the next few months.
Thank you for standing (skating, curling) alongside of us as we look to bring year-round ice to Bozeman once again! If you want to learn more about the project or how you can make a tax-deductible donation to the GIF, please contact us!
Anna and Chelsea
We are looking forward to Rendez-Vous at the Rink on Saturday, Oct. 7 (details below). It's a great event for all ages and abilities - so don't be shy. Bonus... attendees will get free admission to the Montana State University Hockey Club's game against Boise State immediately following the event at 3:30 p.m. And if you are really committed to a full day of ice, join us for one more event as the Icedogs take on Great Falls in their first home game of the season.
Anna and Chelsea
Rink set up in Haynes Pavilion has begun. Can you believe that ice is only 11 days away? A heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers with BAHA for all their work to bring the first of two rinks to life this season.
For those wanting to help, BAHA could use extra hands painting lines on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from Noon to 6 p.m. If interested, show up with clean shoes, warm clothes and knee pads if you have them.
Finally, planning for the 8th annual Gloves Off Gala has begun and the GIF is looking for volunteers to join our planning committee. To learn more, please shoot us an email.
Anna and Chelsea
Last week we had the privilege of hosting the Vegas Golden Knights for a youth street hockey clinic during their fan tour across Idaho, Montana and Utah. More than 100 kids showed up to learn (or brush up on) their hockey skills and get to know the NHL's newest team. There were lots of .new faces and even more smiles as each kid was given a t-shirt, street hockey stick and ball from team. It was so fun to see the Ice Barn alive again and certainly got all of us anxious for the upcoming season.
We want to once again extend our sincere gratitude to the Golden Knights for including Bozeman on their tour and wish them the best of luck in their inaugural season!
Check out the coverage by NHL.com here.
Finally, with the ice season just weeks away, make sure you check in with Bozeman's various ice clubs for program details, tickets, registration information and deadlines. There's really something for every athlete and fan! We've linked each club below for your convenience!
Chelsea and Anna
Only 46 days until ice returns in Haynes Pavilion - we are so excited! After 10 years of hard work from our amazing community to get a second sheet of ice, we expect to open Ressler Motors Ice Rink in the Ice Barn for its second season around Oct. 30 for 5-months. Staggering the rink start and end times is necessary as set up for each rink requires all hands on deck from Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association staff, as well as board members and incredible volunteers. Another notable factor is the Ice Barn will need to be insulated to further extend the season of Ressler Motors Ice Rink. Over the next couple of months, our construction team will be strategically planning the best next steps for the Ice Barn so we can share our goals and needs with you.
In other news, the GIF team welcomed Seph Huber to our Board of Directors in July. Seph joins our team as an At-Large member and will serve as our Treasurer. Please join us in welcoming Seph!
As always, if you have any questions, please let us know! We look forward to seeing everyone at the rink very soon!
Chelsea and Anna
P.S. Our friends at BAHA started a roller hockey league in the Ice Barn on Thursday evenings in August from 8-9:30 p.m. So if you're itching for a little hockey action - stop by and check it out!
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The Gallatin Ice Foundation is once again growing! The addition of Ressler Motors Ice Rink at the Ice Barn last season allowed our ice community to grow. And because the GIF is very intentional about our leadership being representative of the ice user groups we serve, we've added two new positions to our Board of Directors; a seat for the Bozeman Curling Club and an additional seat for the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association. Those two seats have been filled by Jason Dahl and Rob Evans. We are thrilled to welcome their talents and expertise to our team!
Over the last couple of weeks, BAHA has been hard at work putting the boards back up in the Ice Barn. It is our intent that these boards will stay in place permanently. Fun Fact: it was 100 degrees warmer than when they were installed in December!
Other punch list items for the off-season include:
-Sealing the concrete ice rink slab; and seal and caulk the edge of the rink
-Install finishes in bathroom
-Seal all roof leaks and install metal corners
-Back fill road on North side of Ice Barn
-Tie in ice plant controls for Haynes Pavilion rink (Note: Our refurbished ice plant will be able to run both rinks this season - saving energy and dollars.)
Our construction team is working on the plan of attack for future steps. We hope to share more information with you soon.