Most people aren't thinking about skating at this time of the year, but Skate Thompson's new executive is actively working on next skating season's programs and events. Skate Thompson's new executive includes Lisa Wolanski-McGirr, president; April Lafleur, secretary; Erin Krokosz, registration; Edith Steeves, test day chair and vice-president; Heather Reed, ice scheduling chair; Sheri Porth, publicity; Hubert Bruneau, music chair; Val Wischnewski, recreation programs chair; Georg Nickel, fundraising co-chair; Sue Sutherland, coaches rep; and Rachel Brooks, member-at-large. There are key positions that have not been filled - treasurer, fundraising co-chair, publicity co-chair, and test co-chair. Everyone on the executive would appreciate help from Skate Thompson members. The more people involved, the less hours volunteers need to give. Next year's events include Skate Canada Manitoba Day, Special Event Days for all skaters, STARSkate Test Days, and a new FunSkate offered only to CanSkaters. Next year's programs include Preschool CanSkate, CanSkate, PreSTARSkaters, STARSkate and CanPowerSkate.
Skate Thompson is also gearing up for its major fundraiser of the year - the Nickel Days Food Booth. We are excited about the new location and the temporary building for the food booth. If you are interested in helping out at the food booth, please call Edith Steeves at 778-7183. Any Skate Thompson skater is welcome to participate in the Nickel Days Parade entry. The skaters had a great time last year and would like to do it again this year. If you are interested in participating in the parade, call Rachel Brooks at 778-8454.
Skating will begin for all skaters who passed Stage 4 badge or higher, as well as PreSTARSkaters and STARSkaters in late August. Invitation packages will be mailed in early August to all eligible skaters explaining when to register and dates to skate. All other skaters interested in next season's programs can register at the Leisure Mart Sept. 11-12.
Skate Thompson would like to wish those skaters who are doing some summer skating the best of luck. Skaters will be attending summer schools and test days in Winnipeg, Brandon and Saskatoon. Winnipeg is hosting its annual Super Seminar featuring Liz Manley on July 17-18 and the annual Prairie Skate Competition on August 7-9. Skaters of all ages and abilities are welcome to register in these events. Skate Thompson executive wishes all of its members a safe and fun summer. We hope to see you at the Nickel Days Food Booth and Parade.