2016 SNO-KING ELECTIONS,
MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND AWARDS
The 2016 Sno-King Elections, Membership Meeting and Awards were held Sunday, May 1st at Sno-King Ice Arena Renton.
The election results were as follows
Keith Rettig (by acclamation)
2 year terms
1 year term
The days Activities included
- Lunch Noon-2:00pm
- General Membership Meeting and Election 1:30pm to 2:30 pm
- Bouncy House 11:30am to 3:00pm
- 3 x 3
- Family Skate @ the Public Session 1:00pm to 3:30pm, Rental Skates Available
- Pop-Up Team Store - stock up on your Sno-King wear - from Noon-3:00pm
There were 6 open positions for this year's election.
4 Board member positions with two year terms
1 Board member position with a one year term.
Candidates are as follows (in alphabetical order)
Board of Directors
Keith Rettig - Candidate for President
My son, Griffin, has played here for the last eight years and presumably has three more years left. I have been on the Board since 2009 and have been the President since 2012. Signing in to be President one more time.
I can not say enough about how satisfying it is to be a part of this group of people that is your Board. The group meets once a month (occasionally there is an extra meeting) to help be the “big picture" guide to the Association. Sure we do a bunch of administrative stuff but we also help paint the picture on the wall that we want Sno-King to become in the short, medium, and long-term futures. We help ensure that our staff make the best decisions possible by being their sounding boards, their additional resource, or their source of new ideas and different viewpoints. We can only be sources of inspiration for them and the Association by being an accurate reflection of our membership. Thus our job is to not only go out to the membership and let them know where the Association is going but to also reach into the thoughts and needs of the members and bring back your opinions to our monthly discussions. Our Board members are public servants, corporate leaders, self-employed, stay-at-home parents, and parents of players that are on rep teams, rec teams, from 12U to 18U, forwards, defense, and yes we even have a goalie parent. We need you to participate to ensure that the diversity of the Board grows; for it is only through all of our differences of opinions and ideas that we are able to get to the best possible decisions.
As your Board President, it has been a great privilege to help guide the Association, along with the other Board Members, and to work with our employees to make Sno-King the best hockey association it can be. I want you to have this same joy and pride in our association, so plan to become be a board member in the future. If you don't have the interest in being a board member, please join a committee and bring your expertise to the Association's benefit. And if you can't commit to a committee, please volunteer to help your team or any one of our events. And if you just don't have the time to volunteer, please bring your ideas to any one our Board Members. This is your Association and we want to hear from you. And if you think we are doing a good job and are happy with what we are all doing, then please think about donating to the organization; it turns out a new rink is quite expensive and we are only a quarter of the way there…
A big thank you to this year’s group of folks asking for your vote to be a Board Member.
Jarett Goodkin_ – Candidate for Board of Directors
I started coaching at Sno-King just one month after moving to Washington in 1990 when Bill Audycki asked me to help coach his Squirt A team. Although I had recently graduated from college and did not have a child in the program, I spent the next 12+ hockey seasons coaching the Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget Tier I teams. I also served two separate terms on the board of directors.
After stepping away for a few years to focus on my career as an attorney and start a family, I re-joined Sno-King when my son started playing in the beginner program during the 2010-2011 hockey season. Since that time, I have helped with the beginner program and been an assistant coach at the Mite and Squirt levels. During this past hockey season, I returned to being a head coach and coached the 12U Pee Wee A3 team. We had a great year and made it to the championship games in three tournaments, including winning one in British Columbia and finishing second in the PNAHA B State Tournament.
For the past four years, I have also served as a member of the Sno-King Board of Directors and spent countless hours helping to re-write SKAHA's by-laws, revise its policies, analyze its organizational structure, encourage the formation of an alumni program, and emphasize the need to increase our fundraising opportunities. I have also chaired the By-Law Committee for the past four years and been a member of the Executive Committee.
In all my time at Sno-King, I have coached approximately 300 players and served as a board member for over eight years. I have been with the association through some of its best and worst times, and I have seen firsthand the positive impact that our association has had on the lives of our players and their families. While this past season did not begin under the best of circumstances, we have learned from the situation, and we are making significant progress in moving forward toward the future. After spending so many years at Sno-King, our association’s success is of great importance to me, and I hope that you will allow me to continue to serve you as a member of the Sno-King Board of Directors.
Vicki Harbottle – Candidate for Board of Directors
I have a son who has played hockey through the Sno-King Hockey association for five years, so I have a vested interest in making the organization strong for all families.
Prior to having her family, Victoria was the National Sales Manager for Brooks Sports, apparel division. There she substantially grew their client base and increased sales.
Since retiring from Brooks Sports, Victoria has been raising her family. She is involved in the activities and interests of her family.
- 2016-developed a week long service learning program for 4th through 8th grade
- 2013 to present oversees the Community Service Team for her son’s school
- 2015 to present created a service learning grant opportunity for middle school students
- 2015 co-managed Squirt Rep team
- 2012-2016 room parent representative
Victoria is easily approachable, a good listener, very organized and accountable. In addition, she is a hard worker and easy to collaborate with. She is passionate about Sno-King Hockey Association and wishes to be a part of the board to help the association continue to develop as the premier place to play hockey. Having been a player parent, she approaches the board with new fresh, creative ideas.
Angela Hardy – Candidate for Board of Directors
My son will be a first year PeeWee next season. We have been with Sno-King since his Mite Major year, previously he played for Seattle Junior. This past season I served as Manager for my son's Squirt Rep team. I am the Managing Broker for Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate in Lynnwood - a career that offers a flexible schedule. We currently live in Mukilteo and will be moving to a new home in Lake Stevens in late May. We travel to play with Sno-King because we believe in the mission that the organization puts forth - and because we enjoy the families that are involved.
I have had the opportunity to serve on the board for Communities in Schools Seattle - so I have an understanding of the role of a board member and how they can affect an organization. I bring the perspective of a rep parent to the board. Hockey in WA State is in a sad state currently. Adult egos are getting in the way of what is best for the players. We need to take the high road in bringing organizations together so that our teams have more opportunities for competitive play. Additionally, Sno-King is in a transformative period with the opportunity for expansion of facilities and membership. I want to be a part of that growth and a voice that makes sure we are not straying from our core responsibilities to teach respect, hard work and teamwork to our players.
Thank you for the opportunity to represent Sno-King!
Steve Johnson – Candidate for Board of Directors
My family and I have been members of the Sno King family since moving here from NJ in 2013. I grew up in NY Metro area, a recreational hockey player and avid hockey fan – my love for the game cemented as a child watching my NY Islanders win 4 consecutive Stanley Cups. When we moved to Seattle from NJ we knew that Sno-King was the right environment for our 2 mites ... and over the past 3 years have watched them grow (a squirt and pee wee today) in no small part thanks to their experiences at Sno-King. Sno-King will continue to be an important part of our lives in the years to come.
My wife Kathie and I both believe in being active in our communities. Since we joined Sno-King my wife Kathie served as auction chair 3 years ago and as team manager for our son's squirt team this past season. I coach lacrosse in the Eastlake youth program and am an Executive Board Member at St. John's University Law School in New York City. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to contribute to and improve the experience for players and families as a member of the Board of Directors.
I am a labor and employment lawyer by education and prior work experience and currently work as a Human Resources executive at Amazon. As a father with kids of different skill levels, but a similar passion for the game, as a Board member I would focus on ensuring that the Association delivers the right experience for players and families of all levels. And promote a love for the game that continues to grow as they do. I hope you support my candidacy for the Board of Directors. Thank you for your consideration.
Chris Mallon - Candidate for Board of Directors
I am standing for re-election after serving a one year term. In this year, I learned a lot about our Association and how things get done. I am confident that I can continue to contribute to improve the daily experience for our players and their hockey families. Additionally, I want to be sure that we properly position the Association for future growth in both players and facilities.
As a hockey parent, coach and avid hockey fan, I'm excited at the opportunity to serve on Sno-King's Board of Directors and help support and improve our association.
Since moving to Seattle in 2012, I've helped coach my son's teams as he has moved from 10u to 12u at both the house and Tier levels. It's been a great experience for him and I've enjoyed to opportunity to coach your kids and get to know you as families.
I grew up loving hockey in Boston and still find time to play today. I live with my wife, Meredith in Kirkland. Our hockey player is Phineas, a first year Bantam A3, and my daughter, Bryn, is a sophomore at Seattle Prep.
Laurence Moroney - Candidate for Board of Directors
Laurence Moroney has been in the Sno-King hockey family for 6 years. During his time as a rec parent, he's served as a team manager, assisted tournament directors, IT support and more. With zero hockey background, and barely able to stand on skates, he got bitten by the bug, and would love to help serve on the Board of Directors, helping other rec families get the best possible experience from Sno-King.
Outside of Hockey, Laurence works for Google as a Developer Advocate, where amongst his other duties, he hosts the popular YouTube show 'Coffee with a Googler'. He is a best selling author of several novels and dozens of computer books. He's also a produced screenwriter, and currently working with a major Hollywood studio on the rebirth of a famous Science Fiction franchise. His hockey goal for 2016 is to skate more than 15 feet without falling over, and learn to put his helmet on the right way around.
Naoko Singer – Candidate for Board of Directors
I would like to be a Marketing Committee member and help Sno-king grow and expand their business, as well as develop talented players who want to pursue their professional dream.
I have been involved in Sales and Marketing for last 25 years and I am actively involved in local community supporting youth organization through my company with WoodmenLife. My son started to skate when he was 6 years old and switched to hockey two years ago. The moment he started to play hockey and being involved in hockey, I just love to be involved. The more I learn about hockey as a sports, the fun, being active and participating in a member of the team, discipline, respecting coaches and team members, those qualities are very important for youth to become a good adult and hockey plays a big part of their development.
When I become a committee member, I would like to pursue these things:
1. Approach local elementary schools to have free hockey lesson or build hockey team to promote hockey.
(Flyers, if Gym teacher is interested, they can have their hockey team)
2. Work with City’s Parks & Recreation department and create Learn to play” hockey program to promote hockey in local communities.
3. Work with Thunderbirds and ask players to volunteer some of their times to play with our players.
(I know some players are volunteering and mentoring the students from Neely O’Brien Elementary, but they don’t skate together, so if we can have some events and post in the local papers, that will be a good advertisement)
4. Partner with Okanagan Hockey camp to Sno-King for select hockey players who wants to pursue their carries in WHL or college hockey.
5. Create Intensive Summer hockey camp program. Summer is very long and many working parents have to find summer programs for their kids. Kent Valley’s summer hockey camp is a good idea and I think Sno-King can offer better programs during the summer. (In order to use the ice time efficiently, maybe Figure skating or intensive skating camp can be offered, too)
6. Run Day Care service - Last year I went to many hockey rinks in Canada and almost all hockey rinks had daycare facility. I think they use the facility efficiently during the day and by offering small children skating program, those kids may become interested in hockey in the future. I think this is a very interesting. I know Sprinker rent the space for Montessori schools during the week and Ballet/Karate classes over weekend. Can Sno-king do this kind of business?
Sno-King has a lot of potential and we could grow and expand hockey population in King County and sent talented players to WHL from Seattle Area.