Facility Improvements

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! 

Cheers,

Anna and Chelsea

Rendezvous at the Rink

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.

Cheers,

Anna and Chelsea

Rink Set Up Has Begun

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.

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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.

Cheers,

Anna and Chelsea

 

      

Vegas Golden Knights in Bozeman

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.

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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!

Cheers,

Chelsea and Anna

 

      

New Treasurer and Rink Advertising

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!

Cheers, 

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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Construction Update and New Board Members

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! 

Construction Update

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.

Meet Saylor, Congrats Anna and Growlers for Good

Meet Saylor, Congrats Anna and Growlers for Good

Happy summer, everyone! I'm thrilled to be getting back into the swing of GIF things after spending the last few months on maternity leave. If you weren't at the Gloves Off Gala on March 25, you may not have known that my husband and I welcomed our daughter, Saylor, to the world that afternoon - which was oh so fitting.

I want to extend a hearty thanks to Anna for doing such a great job while I was away. From putting the finishing touches on the Gloves Off Gala to organizing her own "It's More than a Rink" campaign for Give Big Gallatin Valley, she truly stepped up to the challenge! And because she's been such a wonderful addition to our team, we've asked her to stay with us as our Development Director, leading fundraising efforts and continuing to manage day-to-day operations. Please join me in congratulating Anna!

So with fundraising in the capable hands of Anna, I've decided to take a tiny step back from work to spend more time with my family. I'll be staying on part-time to work on grant writing, rink advertising sales and marketing, and am excited for the opportunity to purse some new funding opportunities for our project.

Over the next few months, Anna and I will be doing a lot of planning for the upcoming season. We'll be announcing some exciting changes and will continue to work diligently to make year-round ice a reality for our community. If you have any questions or want to get more involved, please let us know.

Cheers, 

Chelsea Williams

(406) 579-5763

chelsea@gallatinicefoundation.org

It's More Than an Ice Rink

SUPPORT THE GALLATIN ICE FOUNDATION AT GIVE BIG GALLATIN VALLEY!

Give Big Gallatin Valley is a 24 hour online and live giving event.  If you have never donated before or are a long time supporter, we hope you will join us on Thursday May 4th and Friday May 5th. 

We will have lots of fun events going on so mark your calendars 

  • May 4th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Play It Again Sports
    Join us at Play It Again sports to kick off Give Big with a party!  Come shoot hockey pucks at a pinata, have a hot dog, get entered for prizes, and give big!  Everyone who comes to Play It Again to donate to Gallatin Ice Foundation will be given a store discount that evening.  All ages and abilities welcome!
     
  • May 4th and 5th
  • The Garage
    Join us at The Garage for some specials AND your food and drink purchase will help Gallatin Ice Foundation!  Put your receipt in the bucket before you leave and The Garage will donate 20% of your purchase to the Gallatin Ice Foundation.  
     
  • May 4th and 5th
  • Over The Tapas
    Enjoy some delicious food and drinks at Over The Tapas and your food and drink purchase will help the Gallatin Ice Foundation!  Over the tapas will be donating 10% of their sales on both Thursday AND Friday evening to the Gallatin Ice Foundation.  Tell your friends!
     
  • May 4th and 5th
  • Online
    Too busy to make it out?  You can give online from the comfort of your home or office on May 4th at 6:00pm to May 5th at 6:00pm.

Thank you to Play It Again Sports, The Garage, and Over the Tapas for your generous support and providing opportunities to bring the community together!

IT'S MORE THAN AN ICE RINK!  Like Gallatin Ice Foundation on Facebook to see all the user profiles highlighted this month.

I look forward to seeing you on May 4th and 5th!

Best,
Anna Greenberg
Gallatin Ice Foundation
(406) 589-7157
 anna@gallatinicefoundation.org