Construction Committee Update


Last month we reported that our Construction Committee had been meeting with industry experts to optimize the insulation and mechanical packages to achieve four-seasons of ice in the Ice Barn. On Tuesday, the team was able to get together to define the scope of our next construction phase and put the numbers together. And after getting all of the information on the table, they are projecting 51.3% cost savings (from our original estimates) for Phase III. Long story short, the estimated budget for Phase III was reduced by half without sacrificing quality. We expect to share more details with you very soon, as we are still digesting this information - but wanted to share the good news as soon as we had it.

Kudos to the construction committee, including Dennis Steinhauer, Tim Stefan, Mike Wilkinson, Rob Pertzborn and the various sub contractors, for sharing their time and expertise!

Figure Skating: If You Love It, Keep Trying!

Last weekend, the Bozeman Figure Skating Club hosted their first competition in more than 10 yeras! So naturally, we sent photographer Kelly Gorham to Ressler Motors Ice Rink to capture the momentous occasion. Check t out!

Meet GIF's New Intern: Christiana Dudik

 We are pleased to announce that Christiana Dudik will be serving as our intern for the Spring semester. Christiana is already a familiar face on the ice, coaching figure skaters and hockey players alike, and will be a welcomed addition in the office. Learn more about her below!

We are pleased to announce that Christiana Dudik will be serving as our intern for the Spring semester. Christiana is already a familiar face on the ice, coaching figure skaters and hockey players alike, and will be a welcomed addition in the office. Learn more about her below!

What's your day job?

I am a business management student at Montana State University, a sales representative at Revolvr Menswear, and by really early morning and later afternoons: a rink rat. 

Rink Rat? Please explain!

I'm involved with Bozeman Figure Skating Club teaching Learn to Skate, club classes, and private lessons; then with BAHA, teaching Power Skating clinics, working with the Bobcats hockey team, also teaching power skating lessons for teams and individuals.

Why did you get involved with the GIF? 

I got involved with GIF, because I saw an incredible foundation with honest and pure intentions to support the ice rink. Running an ice rink without an external support system is just about impossible. The Bozeman area has such a lively community, and you can definitely feel that every time you walk into the rink. The Gallatin Ice Foundation is so special, and the amount of potential this organization has to change the face of ice sports here is incredible. This project is so important because so many of us share the love for the ice - no matter what blade you have underfoot, we are all a big family that share a common love.  

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Gloves Off, Construction Update and Meet Christiana

It's hard to believe that the Gloves Off Gala is only 2.5 months away! The menu has been decided and our mouths are already watering! Just A Taste Catering is surely going to knock it out of the park once again. We hope you can join us for an evening celebrating and supporting the Gallatin Ice Foundation and the 'Raise the Ice Barn' campaign.

And as our small team finalizes details, volunteers will continue reaching out to our community for auction donations. The ability to offer one-of-a-kind auction donations inspires generous bidding and results in more resources for the GIF, so if you are interested in donating an item or want to join our auction squad, please let us know. 

Finally, we are pleased to announce that Christiana Dudik will be serving as our intern for the Spring semester. Christiana is already a familiar face on the ice, coaching figure skaters and hockey players alike, and will be a welcomed addition in the office.

Construction Committee Update

The Construction Committee has been meeting with local contractors and a mechanical engineer to optimize the insulation and mechanical packages for Phase III. The team reported that they are getting lots of questions answered, and are encouraged by the progress made and everyone's enthusiasm for finding efficient and cost effective solutions for our next critical construction step. They expect to have more firm budget numbers in the next few weeks!


Chelsea and Anna

FAQ with the Bozeman Curling Club

FAQ with the Bozeman Curling Club

1. Why all the yelling?

For many viewers, the sweeping - and shouting - is the most entertaining aspect. “When you’re watching the curlers sweep, you can really see how much energy they’re putting into it and how intense it is. Usually the more important the shot is, or the closer they get to making it, the louder the skip is gonna’ yell.

2. Who gets to sweep?

Two  players on a team alternate sweeping the length of the sheet, while one player deliver’s the stone and one player (Skip) holds a broom as a target to aim at. The Bozeman Curling Club (BCC) provides brooms for beginners.

3. What does sweeping do?

Sweeping cannot make a rock move faster, only farther! Sweeping can also impact how much a stone curls. The more you sweep, the straighter a stone will travel.

4. How many players on each team?

Games are 4 vs. 4. However, some teams in recreational curling have up to 6 members on each team and they sub out after each end.

5. Who gets to throw a stone?

Each player throws 2 stones.

6. How heavy are the stones?

Between 42#-44#. But you never pick them up - only slide them across the ice. The BCC provides all the stones too.

7. Are there different points for the different colored rings?

No. The scoring really is simple: You want to come closer to a bulls-eye than your opponent when all the stones are thrown. In curling terms: The team with the stones closest to the center of the button when the end is finished gets a point for each stone.

8. Do you wear skates or special shoes?

Yes. Curling shoes have special curling soles. The left and right soles are different. One is a sliding sole made of Teflon. The other is a gripping sole, designed to increase traction. The BCC Club provides beginners with grippers and sliders to be worn over your clean footwear.

9. Do you shake hands with your opponents?

Yes! Before and after every game. If you won the game, it is customary to offer to buy your opponent (same position as you) a drink. If you lost the game, offer to reciprocate after the first drink.

10. Is there a referee?

No. The sport is governed by the spirit of curling: Printed on page 1 of the World Curling Federation’s official rule book, “the spirit of curling” acts as an honor code, a kind of philosophical creed for players of the game: “Curlers play to win, but never to humble their opponents. A true curler never attempts to distract opponents, nor to prevent them from playing their best, and would prefer to lose rather than to win unfairly. ... While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of curling demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honorable conduct.”

BONUS: When can you try?

The next public Learn to Curl will be held during our Curling Bonanza Extravaganza: Curling Expo held on February 25th, an all afternoon curling event. Come throw a stone, or take an entire class! The afternoon will end watching the women’s Olympic championship at a local bar to be selected.

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One Home

For many in our community, Haynes Pavilion and the Ice Barn have become a second home.

Youth and adults alike, from all walks of life, are enjoying the benefits of figure skating, hockey, curling and more. Perhaps most importantly, they are building relationships and skills that are bigger than the activity they participate in. Things like learning to get up when they fall, how to effectively communicate with teammates and coaches, respect and understanding for decisions by referees and judges, and that they are part of a community where everyone is valued and welcome.

The experiences and skills that ice users earn will benefit their personal and professional relationships, enhance their physical and mental health, and will give them experience as a committed and contributing community member.  

We at the Gallatin Ice Foundation are not only proud to be leading fundraising efforts to expand the Ice Barn, but that we are part of the collective effort that is providing more opportunities for members of our community to learn, grow and play with one another. We feel incredible gratitude for our ice family and the home our two rinks have created.

Please consider making a year-end donation to the Gallatin Ice Foundation. Your gift will make a lifelong impact on members of our community for generations to come.