A thank you must go out to the many concerned Millrise & surrounding community residents that have started to build some new found energy around rebuilding our community association. The word of our situation has been spread (see news story “Crucial vote at Millrise AGM”) and many concerned people are saying “I didn’t know things were that bad” and “what has to be done to prevent the loss of our rinks?” Well here is an attempt to try and answer some of the key questions on people’s minds. We need to increase our community membership number significantly. We currently only have about 60 paid members out of a possible 1945 family households. That’s only 3%, which is much lower than the average city of Calgary community’s membership of 11%. The rough cost to run the community’s assets (the rinks plus operating expenses) is approximately $700 per month or $8,400 per year. With memberships only costing $20, that would take about 420 memberships just to break even. Well what about all the casino money groups receive? Yes, every two to three years we do get an opportunity to take part in a casino (if we can get volunteers), however, the Alberta Gaming board has very detailed and specific criteria in how those funds are spent. They can not be used for the day to day operating expenses of the association. Those funds need to be handled by your general revenue account, which is made up mostly by membership sales and donations. The next big issue is to have a solid pool of volunteers to help out on the Board of Directors. This doesn’t take a lot of time if the tasks can be spread over many people. Anyway, there are a lot people interested in helping out and we thank you all for just talking about it. We hope to see you at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Oct 24th. See our website for details.

Notice of Motion to be voted on at the Oct.24th AGM: Posted on Wednesday October 3rd, 2007

Change the valid period of memberships from April 30 yearly to a yearly membership, one year from the original purchase date, regardless of which month it was bought.

By-Law “As is”:

2.04 The membership fee shall be due and payable on the 30th day of April each year. If fees are not paid within fifteen (15) days of that date, the members in default shall thereupon cease to be members of the Society and shall thereafter be entitled to no membership privileges or powers in the Society until reinstated. A member may be re-admitted to membership by the Directors upon evidence as they consider satisfactory.

By-Law “To Be”:

2.04 The membership fee shall be due and payable on a yearly basis. Payment of membership fee will be due one year from date of original membership issue. If fees are not paid within fifteen (15) days of that date, the members in default shall thereupon cease to be members of the Society and shall thereafter be entitled to no membership privileges or powers in the Society until reinstated. A member may be re-admitted to membership by the Directors upon evidence as they consider satisfactory.

Millrise Community Association had a maintenance day on SUNDAY October 14th. A hand full of people showed up to help out with some minor repairs and the removal of quite a bit of trash. Thank You to those Volunteers in attendance, you were all a great help! We now look forward to the winter skating season. If you have any ideas on how to improve our rink facilities, then please let us know by dropping us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or talk to us at our AGM on Wed. Oct 24th.

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Newsflash

Do you love cold weather and clearing snow?  Better yet, have you always wanted to drive a Zamboni? 

We're the Millrise ice crew and we maintain the ice through the winter. The good news is that we have machines to do the heavy work and the work is extremely rewarding when we see kids active and skating. We're always looking for new volunteers. In October each year we begin our fall tune-up and we generally begin making ice in late November; please plan on coming down early in the year and get acquainted with the work.

Contact Info: Fred Burrill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.