November 2018 – MIAMA Board Member Article: Katie Broderick
Another Minnesota summer has come and gone, and the rinks are back in full swing! For a lot of you, this means long days and rushing to make sure everything is set for the start of a new season. I always look forward to the start of a new season; fresh ice, new goal frames and nets, new staff to hire and train and the return of existing staff all add to the excitement. Of course every season has its challenges… staffing, budget constraints, meeting and exceeding expectations, and the unexpected emergencies that keep us all on our toes! Thankfully we all have a great network of people, both vendors and fellow rink managers, within MIAMA to reach out to when help or advice is needed.
It was great to see so many of you at the 2018 Fall Conference in Cohasset this year, and a big thank you to all who filled out the conference survey! It is so helpful to have the input from our members as to what things are going well, and things we can aim to change or improve for future conferences.
A key focus for MIAMA in 2019 will be education; providing opportunities for all members to attend outside of the spring workshop and fall conference, and looking at ways to make the educational opportunities affordable and accessible, especially to part time employees at member facilities or where budgets may not allow more than one person from the facility to attend. We are looking to add an additional conference grant opportunity, so please stay tuned to the MIAMA Around the Rink newsletter for further details. We will also be working to realign and become more active with MRPA to enhance the professionalism of our organization and to provide additional networking opportunities.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of the MIAMA Board of Directors if you have any suggestions, questions or concerns. I say it a lot, but we are all in this together and there are so many people who have such great ideas and insight from their years of service in this industry. I’d also encourage you to reach out to the retirees as they are a great resource. The Rink Professionals group on Facebook is another great way to network and provide support and feedback to rink professionals, not only nationwide but worldwide.