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Highlights from our AGM

Once again, Griesbach Community League had a strong turnout for our Annual General Meeting, which took place on March 15th. We were joined by several local merchants – including Core Dental, First Step Daycare and After School and Bone & Biscuit. Paramo Cafe graciously provided coffee and treats, which were absolutely delicious.

Meet your new board members

We are pleased to welcome several new members to the board of directors. It is fantastic to be able to attract new directors, as well as the enthusiasm and ideas they bring. Not to mention experience! Our board now boasts a Vice President who has served on City Council, and a former Digital Content Editor with Maclean’s magazine as our new Communications Director. Plus, two husband and wife teams. Our new directors will be great additions to an already strong and dedicated group. Our new directors are:

  • Vice President: Dave Loken 
  • Treasurer: Aaron Gregson (incumbent)
  • Communications: Emily Senger
  • Structures and Facilities: Jim Chronopoulous (incumbent)
  • Memberships: Brett Kerley (incumbent)
  • Civics and Community Development: Michael Ching Jiunn Chen
  • Volunteers: Li Pan
  • Social: Tanya Schofield
  • Member at Large: Cheryl Flaigh
  • Parks and Gardens: Justin Laverty-Harrigan
  • Fundraising: Jeremey Schofield

Farewells…

At the same time, we are sad to say goodbye to several residents who left an indelible mark on our community. Carl Knowler (VP) was involved with the board from the time it was founded and was instrumental in bringing us to where we are today. Always affable and supportive, he was the driving force behind our community outreach efforts and could always be counted on to lend a hand and expertise wherever needed. (We are selfishly hoping he will stay involved in a non-elected capacity.)

The fabulous Bryan Evans helped transform and beautify Griesbach as our Parks and Gardens Director. He led efforts to plant perennials in the monument to General Griesbach and played a big role in helping the community gardens successfully transition to the new location at Central Park. He is stepping aside to focus on running a new K-9 school in southwest Edmonton as its principal.

Jen Horne served two terms as our Social Director and helped grow our events  to the next level – particularly the Shake at the Lake. Jenna Barker worked hard as our Civics and Community Development director. Thanks to Ginevra Mills for her work in fundraising.

Yours truly (Dave Neufeld) has stepped down as Communications Director after six years. It has been a very rewarding experience to work with this board from its founding days to help get the word out about the amazing things happening here. I’m going to miss it, but assure you I will still remain involved (you can check out any time you want, but you can never leave!) The torch has been passed to my incredibly talented successor, who will only build and improve on  our efforts to date.

Good luck to the new board!

To view a list of all board members, click here.

Other news from the AGM

Marvin Newmann from Canada Lands provided an update – including an anouncement that Central Park is now the official name of the hill and parkland in the middle of our community. Kyle Braithwaite represented Brentwood Developments (the developer behind the commercial area). He explained they negotiating with several new tenants  and discussed efforts to work with the City and GCL to add new perimeter signage.

From our directors, we learned that final work is being done on the playground – and an event will be planned once construction is wrapped. Plans were shared regarding a proposal to retain the original playground using money left over from fundraising for the new playground. The old playground is still widely used due to the proximity to the soccer fields. Speaking of soccer, this year we expect to have 7 to 9 teams for the upcoming soccer season and 5 to 6 baseball teams. Details are still being worked out on the Spring Fling as well as a Community Cleanup. The Easter Egg Hunt is moving to Roundel Lake this year, and takes place on April 1.

We appreciate our MP, Kerry Diotte, for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend. A big thanks to Major General Griesbach School for hosting us. A big hand to local merchants who donated door prizes, including: Core Dental, Fairfield Inns and Suites, Shoppers Drug Mart, Paramo Cafe, Tim Hortons, Crown & Anchor Pub, Bone & Biscuit, First Step Daycare and Chatime,

 

What are the available positions on the GCL board and why you should run!

Have you considered becoming more involved in your community, but weren’t sure what was involved?

Well, it just so happens that several positions are coming up for election at the Griesbach Community Board of Directors. Elections will be help at our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, March 15, 7 pm at MGG School. Here’s a quick breakdown of the positions. See any that seem up your alley? Then email our President, Brad Tilley by March 13, and throw your name in the hat.

It’s not a huge time commitment. For the most part, we meet once a month. Each position will differ in terms of additional requirements: depending what you want to achieve. For full descriptions of each position and board responsibilities, click here.

VICE PRESIDENT

This important position works closely with the President on many aspects within our Community and will require meetings with the Executive, City, Developers, and other stakeholders. This requires a well organized team player who can get involved as required in numerous areas.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue with planning Griesbach’s shorter and longer term vision and priorities based on results from the 2017 Community survey.
  • To meet with Canada Lands, Developers and the City when required.
  • To assist the President with any key priority matters as assigned.
  • To work with the President to organize and plan for all future casinos.
  • To oversee and manage all aspects of Griesbach’s AGM’s.
  • Apply for EFCL’s “Community Vision Pilot Program” and manage any results.

TREASURER

You manage our money and account, and make sure everything balances. You are very organized and ideally have a bookkeeping or accounting background. You will work closely with all directors to assist them with budgeting

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue to be an integral part of the operation and financial management of Griesbach Community League.
  •  Submitting all required paperwork for grants we have already received and any future needs.

SOCIAL DIRECTOR

This is a totally fun position for a master planner who enjoys putting on unforgettable events. You will be responsible for events for kids and adults alike.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • Take the lead on executing our existing events: the Spring Fling and the Shake at the Lake/ Art in the Park
  • Explore new ways we can get community members together. Perhaps  Golf, Toboggan, Christmas or Halloween themed night? Or you might have some amazing idea of your own!
  • Leading the social committee.
  • Interacting with neighbors to increase community spirit.

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

This is a key position for our Community and requires a person who is well organized with good social media, writing and overall strong communication skills. You will also be required to write media releases and liase with media on behalf of the Community when required.

 * NOTE: This position can be expanded to include one or more other volunteer members as needed under the Directors Supervision. Our previous director will be available to provide support and guidance.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

To continue to provide regular information to Griesbach Community League Members and the Media when required through the channels already established including creating newsletters, website updates, Facebook Posts, twitter etc. Experience in communications or social media would be an asset.

 

CIVICS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

This is a great position for a person who wants to be involved in the current and future development of Griesbach.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

Continue to be a part of the design and growth of Griesbach by representing our Community’s interests through regular meetings with Griesbach’s Developer Canada Lands, Commercial and Residential Developers, and the City of Edmonton.

 

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

This important position would appeal to a person with a limited amount of time available and is well organized to maintain our Membership Records.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • To continue to grow and maintain our membership of Community Residents.
  • To be available to attend a few key events to sell memberships with the assistance of other volunteers.
  • To maintain accurate membership records and provide regular reporting at board meetings.
  • Send a quarterly report of new member contact e-mails to Communications.

 

STRUCTURES AND FACILITIES DIRECTOR

This is a great position for a person who wants to manage an integral part of the future Playground’s design and our current infrastructure. You can form committees to help you achieve your objectives.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

  • See through the completion of the New Playground at MGG School with the Playground Committee, assisting current members.
  • Be a part of the proposed refurbishment plans for the original playground at MGG School along with the current group already in progress.
  • Explore the possibility of installing smaller “Pop Up Playgrounds” throughout Griesbach.
  • Explore the opportunity to build a larger playground in partnership with the Catholic School Board at the future new K-6 school.
  • Explore the options and feasibility of other infrastructure within the community such as Community Signage, Skating Rink, etc.
  • Liase with Canada Lands for the design and implementation of a future monuments including one in the newest traffic circle on Griesbach Road.
  • Manage maintenance agreements for any existing monuments.

 

VOLUNTEERS DIRECTOR

This is a great position for someone who is well organized and has a limited amount of time! Without the support of volunteers, our events, activities and fundraisers would be impossible. You play an important role in managing our volunteers and reminding them of their upcoming commitments.

What’s involved over next 2 years:

This position is an important piece of Griesbach Community. Volunteers are placed on specific lists at sports Registrations twice a year and then the Volunteers Director manages these lists as required for various commitments.

 

PARKS AND GARDENS DIRECTOR

You work to ensure Griesbach remains gorgeous. This involves working the Canada Lands and the City of Edmonton to address concerns or share ideas around parkland in our community, as well as public areas such as boulevards and traffic circles. You also liaise with the Griesbach Community Gardens group, which we assist in a supporting role.

 

FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR

GCL is in the process of determining what our next big capital project may be. The fundraising director is involved in initiating fundraising campaigns to support these efforts. There is an opportunity to expand this position to manage sponsorships and advertising, in partnership with Griesbach Village merchants.

Questions? Email Brad Tilley for more information.

3 new registration dates added for Griesbach baseball

Three new registration dates have been added to sign up for Griesbach’s Minor League baseball program. Baseball signups will be held in conjunction with the soccer registrations.

• Wednesday, March 7,

• Tuesday, March 13

• Wednesday, March 14

All will take place between 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Major General Griesbach School.

Click here for details.

NE Baseball Registration

I’m deeply sorry, I didn’t get this posted in time for yesterday’s registration. There is one more in person registration date. Please contact NE Baseball directly if you can’t make it. Details below.

REGISTRATION for NEZ BASEBALL for the 2018 Season:

This includes House League, AA and AAA programs

In person Registration Dates for 2018:

  • Saturday, February 17  12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

At the NEZ Sports Council Office, 7515 Borden Park Road. (Behind the Tennis Courts in Borden Park)

Registration Fees for 2018:

BIRTH YEAR CATEGORY Division Fee
2013 – 2014 Blast Ball House League $50.00
2011 – 2012 Rally Cap House League $100.00
2009 – 2010 Sr. Rookie House League $115.00
2007 – 2008 Mosquito House League $175.00
2005 – 2006 Pee Wee House League $180.00
2003 – 2004 Bantam House League $190.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget House League $220.00
All Divisions Provincial A A $175.00
2007 – 2008 Mosquito AA $475.00
2005 – 2006 Pee Wee AA $500.00
2003 – 2004 Bantam AA $525.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget AA $600.00
2005 – 2006 Peewee AAA $750.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget AAA $850.00
2007 – 2008 Mosquito Fall Ball Fall Ball $175.00
2005 – 2006 Peewee Fall Ball Fall Ball $200.00
2003 – 2004 Bantam Fall Ball Fall Ball $200.00
2000-2001-2002 Midget Fall Performance Team FPP $350.00

Griesbach Family Day Toboggan Party

What better way to enjoy family day! Join us for the “Griesbach Family Day Toboggan Party”
 
Monday, February 19, 1 – 3 pm
Central Park Tobaggan Hill
Free Hot Chocolate, Coffee & Donuts
Hosted by Griesbach Community League
We hope to see you there!
(weather permitting)

GCL Annual General Meeting & Elections

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 pm – MGG School.

The Griesbach Community League Annual General Meeting is just over a month away. Come learn what is happening in your community, and vote for your new board. Coffee and snacks provided, with supervised activities for kids. You’ll require an active membership to vote. Memberships will be available at the AGM, for $25/household. Valid until September 2018.

Run for the board. Several positions up for election.

Are you a Griesbach booster? Do you have big ideas you think could make our amazing community even better? Do you have concerns or issues you’d like to make a priority? The best way to have a say and make an impact is to become a member of the Griesbach Community League Board of Directors.

Elections take place at our Annual General Meeting. This year, the following positions will be up for election. For a detailed description of each position and the responsibilities it entails, visit our website. It is not an arduous commitment, and it is a fantastic way to meet neighbours and make a difference.

Positions up for election:

Vice President | Treasurer | Communications Director | Volunteers Director | Facilities & Structures Director | Civics & Community Development Director | Social Director | Memberships Director | Parks & Gardens Director

Please email GCL President, Brad Tilley, expressing your intent to run by March 10th. Include you name, phone number and email address. To run for the board, you must be a resident of Griesbach and have a current Griesbach Community League Membership.

Communications superstar wanted!

After six years our communications director is stepping down. We would love to fill this position with someone who loves writing, is passionate about the community, and active on social media. Dave (our current comms person) will be available to provide training and support. If you’re interested we’d love to have you on the board.

2018 Soccer Registration Update

Edmonton Minor Soccer Association begins accepting registrations through its online portal starting February 1st. Griesbach has announced three mandatory registration dates for parents, taking place in March. Complete details below:

 

2018 Outdoor Soccer Registration

Join us this Sunday for caroling and carousing

2017 CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE
 
An informal night of caroling and carousing: Sunday, December 17, Meet at Patricia Park, 6:00 pm
 
Put on your toque; warm up your vocal chords; fill your thermos with your favourite hot beverage; and meet us at Patricia Park. To get in the festive spirit we’ll be walking around the neighbourhood, singing carols, fa-la-la-ing and jingling all the way. It should be a lot of fun. All ages welcome. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
 
We’ll meet at Patricia Park at 6:00 pm and embark on our journey by 6:15. Stay for as little or as long as you like. Song sheets will be provided. Singing ability optional.
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OPEN HOUSE FOR PALIKA BAZAAR REZONING

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, St. Timothy’s School
(14330 117 St NW)

The City of Edmonton and developers behind “Palika Bazaar”, a new retail development planned at 6865  Ad Astra Blvd, are holding an open house to provide information and gather feedback around the rezoning application. It will be valuable for residents to attend to get more information about the plans and the proposed zoning change, and to make your thoughts known.

Earlier this year, Griesbach Community League declined to offer our support of the rezoning application (see link below). It was our feeling that the existing CNC zoning was put in place to maintain the character and standards we associate with our community, as set out in the Griesbach Neighbourhood Area Structural Plan. The CB1 zoning the developer is applying for would relax restrictions related to the type of business that could go in.

Click below to read the letter Griesbach Community League submitted to the City of Edmonton (pdf file). It indicates our reason for not actively endorsing the rezoning.

PDF:  GCL Palika Bazaar Development Response

While we did not come out in favour of changing the zoning, we do wish the developers nothing but success. It is our understanding that the development will go ahead regardless of the zoning decision. You may disagree. In any case, we do encourage you to attend to learn more and provide your input.

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