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Become our Next Sports Director!

The Griesbach Community League is looking to fill the role of Sports Director, a vital role in the community and on the board. The candidate should have good organizational and interpersonal skills as one of their responsibilities is to communicate with parents and EMSA North.

The position works closely with the Volunteers Director, Communications Director, Treasurer and President with support for baseball through a Member at Large.
The term begins this fall and the successful candidate will be trained by the current Sports Director.

Description:
• Reviews and prepares policy and procedures related to sports programs
• Recruits coaches
• Delegates coaching responsibilities
• Organizes registration times.
• Recommends and collects sports programs fees
• Coordinates maintenance of GCL-owned equipment (soccer balls, jersies, nets, etc.)
• Attends zone and other city-wide related meetings

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact community league president Shelby Corley at president@griesbachcommunity.com

Neighbourhood Weeding Party #2!

When: Friday, June 26 at 2:00 pm
Where: Ad Astra monument at Roundel Lake
What: A pop-up party to attack those pop-up weeds
Bring: Your garden gloves and tools (GCL will bring garbage bags)
What else: Remember to maintain physical spacing

Kids are done school—send them over to dig up some thistles and say hi to some goose babies!

Griesbach explorers is back for spring 2020

With the success of the Griesbach Minis in the winter session, the community league will offer a new Griesbach Explorers program that will run from the start of May until the end of June. This program is open to preschool-aged children born in 2015 and 2016, to a maximum of 25 participants.

It will run every Thursday, May 7 to June 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. It will take place outside, in and around the parks in Griesbach.

The program will consist of various activities which allow children to develop physical skills such as coordination, balance, exercise, hand-eye coordination, teamwork and fair play. Activities could include tag games, yoga, soccer, baseball, hiking and track and field. All the activities will be facilitated by mentor coaches from the Griesbach Explorers program.

The Griesbach Explorers program has a formal registration process that will take place on March 11 and March 12, 6:00 to 7 p.m. at MGG school, at the same time as soccer and baseball registration. The cost is $50 for the program. You must be a resident of Griesbach and hold a valid Griesbach Community League membership.
This is a parented program. Parents remain with the children and are encouraged to participate in the activities. All parents must be willing to volunteer during one of the sessions as an assistant.

There is one volunteer requirement per child, such as a bingo shift or volunteering at another community league event.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO REGISTER:

1. Download this form and fill out two copies to bring to the registration session.

2. Attend either March 11 or 12 registration sessions. Contact Joe SALAYSAY for late registration at: jsalaysay@hotmail.com

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online through the CommuniBee app (download free through App Store or Google Play).

4. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

5. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

6. If you wish to volunteer as a mentor for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

Seeking paid bingo co-ordinator

The Griesbach Community League is seeking a Bingo Coordinator.

Job Description

The Bingo Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all volunteers for Griesbach Community League’s bingo events.

The Bingo Coordinator must:

• Be a member in good standing of the Griesbach Community League
• Be age 18 or older
• Be comfortable with or capable of learning basic G Suite tools including Gmail, Drive, Docs and Sheets
• Have excellent organizational skills
• Have clear communication skills, both written and verbal
• Have strong appreciation for volunteers
• Represent Griesbach Community League positively in all interactions

The Bingo Coordinator’s duties include:
• Liaising with Kensington Bingo
• Ensuring that sufficient volunteers are signed up for each bingo event
• Assigning roles to volunteers
• Communicating role requirements to all volunteers
• Reminding volunteers of event times and location
• Communicating with Griesbach Community League board members, including the Fundraising Director, Volunteers Director, Communications Director and/or President
• Proactive trouble shooting
• Acting as chairperson at all bingo events

A stipend of $200 per event is available for the coordination of volunteers. There are approximately five bingos per calendar year. This stipend applies only to co-ordination, and is not intended to reimburse the Bingo Coordinator for their role as chairperson at bingo events.

To apply, please email: president@griesbachcommunity.com with a 200-word statement, saying why you’d be a great fit for this position.

Notice of Griesbach Community League AGM and bylaw changes

The date for the Griesbach Community League AGM has been set. Please join us:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Major General Griesbach School gym, 304 Griesbach School Rd.

7-9 p.m.

The Annual General Meeting is open to the public.

This is your chance to hear what directors have been up to this year, vote in new board members and express your priorities or concerns for the upcoming term.

Interested in running for the board? We are recruiting. Learn more about open positions here.

Anyone who wishes to vote must have a valid GCL membership. You can buy a membership with cash or cheque at the membership table ahead of the meeting, online through the CommuniBee app, or through the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues website.

Bylaw changes

It has come to our attention that the Griesbach Community League’s current membership term is not in line with that of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. We need to update our membership term from its current April-March term to a September-August term. A Special Resolution to amend the bylaw term will be proposed at our AGM.
Bylaw Three, Article Three to be amended from:

Membership shall be for a period of one year, and this year shall commence on the 1st day of April and end on the 31st day of March of the following year, as per Edmonton Federation of Community League guidelines.

To:

Membership shall be for a period of one year, and this year shall commence on the 1st day of September and end on the 31st day of August of the following year, as per Edmonton Federation of Community League guidelines.

We will ask all GCL members to vote on this change at the March 12 meeting.

Seeking directors for the Griesbach Community League

The Griesbach Community League is seeking some new volunteer directors to fill two-year terms.

Joining the board is a great way to meet new people, learn or perfect skills and make your community an even better place to live. You don’t need previous board experience. Board members include students, parents and retirees. There really is space for everyone!

Time commitment will vary, depending on what kinds of initiatives and events are happening that month. Generally, the board has one meeting per month at Major General Griesbach School. Meetings are capped at two hours, often take less than that, and the board generally doesn’t meet formally over the summer.

Interested? Need more information before saying yes? Email Shelby: president@griesbachcommunity.com for more details.

We are actively recruiting for the following positions, which will be vacant and up for election at our annual general meeting on March 12, 2020.

Vice-president

This position works closely with the president, assisting them in all duties. They will fill in running meetings, when the president or other chairperson is absent. They will also work with the past-president and current president to identify future board members.

Treasurer

This is an executive position. Ideally, we’re looking for a CPA who can serve at least one two-year term. Previous board experience isn’t mandatory. Our current treasurer has done such a great job that you’ll be walking into a well-established practice. Our board meets once per month, and the treasurer is not often required to attend other meetings, but is responsible for bookkeeping, regular financial updates and necessary filings.

Secretary

Member of the executive. Takes minutes at meetings, keeps records of all documents, creates agendas ahead of meetings, notifies members ahead of meetings. Runs meetings, in absence of president or VP.

Communications

This is a great fit for someone who loves writing, photos and storytelling. This person oversees two mailed-out newsletters per year, email newsletters as needed, basic website maintenance and the community Facebook page. They also provide overall communications and marketing advice to the board. Our current communications director will teach you everything you need to know. This is a great opportunity to learn, or sharpen, your digital media skills.

Volunteer

This person co-ordinates volunteer commitments for the sports programs and for community league events. The ideal candidate is organized, loves scheduling and is good at dealing with people.

Social

This person has a passion for event planning and throwing parties. They are the point person for the major Griesbach Community League events, including our annual September party and Easter egg hunt. They can also spearhead smaller events throughout the year.

More detailed position descriptions are available here.

The Griesbach Halloween house decorating contest is back

UPDATE: Judging will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29. We’ve assembled a highly trained team of judges (nine neighbourhood kids and one Halloween-obsessed Dad). So, get your decorations up this weekend!

Halloween decorations are already going up in Griesbach, and the Griesbach Community League wants to recognize residents who put so much hard work into making their houses fun and spooky.

That means, it’s time for the Griesbach Halloween house decorating contest. The spookiest house in Griesbach will be awarded a $100 gift card.

There will be 12 runner ups, three from each section of the neighbourhood, which will win $25 gift cards. Photos of winning houses will be shared on the community league website and Facebook page.

The sections are:

  • Northwest – Griesbach Road to 113 st, 153 Ave. to 146 Ave.
  • Northeast – east of Griesbach Road to 97, St. north of the school
  • Southeast – south of the school to 137 Ave. and west of Gault Blvd.
  • Southwest – south of 146 Ave. to 137. Ave and west of Gault Blvd.

The Grand prize winner can be from any quadrant.

No need to nominate anyone, you enter just by putting up decorations. However, if you DO want to ensure you, or a neighbour, gets noticed, please email a picture and address to: fundraising@griesbachcommunity.com.

Book your table open now for the Griesbach Outgrown It Sale

Mark your calendars for Griesbach’s second annual Outgrown it Sale on Saturday, May 18!

This event, hosted by the Griesbach Community League, gives parents the chance to sell gently used clothing, toys and other children’s items. Shoppers can find great deals to take home.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Major General Griesbach School gym at 304 Griesbach School Rd NW.

Private table vendors only. NO businesses. Table cannot contain any items that are not your children’s clean and gently used toys, clothes etc.

Spots are limited and will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis to those who have reserved. Please limit yourself to one table per person until April 30. After that date, any remaining tables will be opened up to whoever needs more space.

At the end of the event, a charity will accept any donations of unsold goods.

Table cost and seller information

Click here to book your table through Eventbrite. (Use the green “tickets” button on the top right.)

FREE for Griesbach Community League Members. Bring proof of community-league membership to the event, or purchase one here. Membership cost is $25 for a family.

$25 for general public.

Tables and chairs are provided. Sellers can bring their own racks and hangers, or other organization and display materials if they have them. (Though, not required.)

Items that are NOT permitted: car seats, baby walkers. Any item that is expired or does not meet current Canadian safety standards.

General admission

Admission is free for shoppers. Bring cash, as there will not be an ATM on site.

Any questions email: communications@griesbachcommunity.com

Get your tickets to the Griesbach Easter Egg Hunt

Tickets are now live for the Griesbach Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 21.

This event is free for community league members and $5 per kid for non members.

It sells out every year, so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Tickets and more event details are available on Eventbrite.

Griesbach Community League welcomes new president, board members

The Griesbach Community League welcomed a new president on Monday night.

Shelby Corley will take over as president from Brad Tilley.

Corley is a proud Griesbach resident who runs a consulting firm and is a mom to two young boys. She brings two years experience as board secretary to the position. Corley also served on the board of her professional association.

“I am excited to take over the president position and to build on the legacy that Brad has created over the last eight years,” said Corley. “I had heard about the great community league in Griesbach and got involved not long after my family moved here. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent our neighbourhood along with the other amazing volunteers on the board.”

Tilley stepped down after founding the Griesbach Community League and then running it for eight years.

Tilley took a moment to reflect on his eight years of service to the community, which started when he and one of his daughters put flyers in neighbourhood mail boxes, asking residents to meet in the school gym.

“There were a bunch of people who showed up. I didn’t know what to expect,” said Tilley. “Its not just about the community league. I’ve also made a lot of friends.”

Carl Knowler, past president who has served with Tilley since the beginning, joked that Tilley finally deserves a break from his volunteer duties.

“Brad has been a pillar of this community,” said Knowler. “It really is a great community and we should all feel proud to live here.”

The rest of the new board members are:

Vice-president – Dave Loken

Treasurer – Aaron Gregson

Secretary – Erin Neil

Communications – Emily Senger

Civics & Community Development – Michael Ching Jiunn Chen

Fundraising – Norman Yee

Facilities & Structures – Don Napier

Memberships – Chelsea Rowland

Neighbourhood Watch – Todd Demaine

Parks & Community Gardens – Justin Laverty-Harrigan

Programs – Morgan Gauthier

Social – Cheryl Flaig

Sports – Bill Countryman

Volunteers – Li Pan

Members at Large – Carl Knowler, Kawtar Idrissi Machichi, Jason McCulloch

Local politicians pledge support on Sobeys lot issue

The community league was happy to welcome representatives from all three levels of government to the meeting: Edmonton Councillor Bev Esslinger, Edmonton-Calder MLA and Education Minister David Eggen and Edmonton-Griesbach MP Kerry Diotte.

Esslinger had good news to report on transit funding. The city received $1 billion from the federal government to fund its next phase of transit expansion, including the north LRT leg, towards the Yellowhead.

MP Kerry Diotte, incoming president Shelby Corley and outgoing president Brad Tilley at the 2019 AGM.

 

Sobeys was a big topic for our provincial and federal representatives. Both Diotte and Eggen commended Griesbach for its efforts to complain to the Competition Bureau about the neglected Sobeys lot.

Diotte has already met with league members on the issue and promised to support further action.

“I’m happy to work with the community however I can,” Diotte told community members.

Eggen said that the issue of restrictive covenants hampering commercial development is an issue not just in Griesbach, but in other parts of Edmonton, and the province.

“The nice thing is you are helping to bring forward issues that can help other communities in the province,” Eggen said. “I think this is something we can bring forward for Service Alberta and Justice to look at.”

Outgoing president Tilley said he will continue to pressure Sobeys, along with the new board members. “We are trying to do our best. It is a tough hill to climb,” Tilley said. “Believe me, this isn’t the end of it.”

Aaron Gregson, CGL treasurer who has been playing a large role in the Sobeys campaign, said he is still encouraging residents to submit a Competition Bureau complaint, if they have not already done so. The next phase after the media campaign is to meet with the province about restrictive covenants and with the federal government about the Competition Act. “We want to get to a scenario where the competition bureau can more thoroughly investigate,” Gregson said.

Eggen also said that the province is looking to tighten up laws around selling salvage metal. Such legislation is intended to reduce property crime, as was the case with stolen memorial plaques in Griesbach in 2017.

An early vision for the police training centre

Vice-president Dave Loken reported that the community league is in talks with the city and other stakeholders to look at future uses for the police training centre, once EPS fully moves out of that building in the next six months.

The community league is looking at the feasibility of taking a portion of that building over, possibly as a community hub with other city partners. “It would be great for us to have part of it,” said Loken. “Not having a community hall does limit what we can do. It could be another gathering place for us.”

The building has a large gymnasium and plenty of office space that could be used by the community league, the city and other non-profit partners.

However, Loken cautioned that talks are in the early stages. The community league, and the city, will have to do their due diligence before moving forward.

Development underway on Maple Leaf Pond, says Canada Lands

Canada Lands Company senior director Marvin Neumann shared plans for what will be called Maple Leaf Pond, the final lake to the west of the central hill.

The lake will have a hard edge that will create a maple-leaf shape, visible from the top of the central hill, he said.

When complete, the lake will include a multi-use trail around it, a skating pond, exercise equipment and plenty of benches and other seating.

Unfortunately, a soft real estate market means work on the lake, and other developments in Griesbach, is slower than initially planned, he said.

“I was hoping we would start more of it this year, but it will probably be pushed back a year,” said Neumann. “We’re just not seeing the uptake on the lots.”

Neumann also shared a plan for the southwest corner of the neighbourhood, along 137th Avenue, where the eventual LRT stop will go in.

The developers envision that as a higher-density area, with one or two residential towers, he said. The city would have to approve any plans before development moves forward.

“There is no point in having an LRT station if you don’t have anyone who is going to jump on the train,” Neumann explained.

Neumann also addressed resident concerns about slipping architectural guidelines in Griesbach, saying the softer market means some guidelines have to be altered to improve affordability.

“We are trying not to water it down or reduce it,” he said. “There are some things we need to move on. We still have another 10 or 15 years left out here. It is a balancing act. We started 17 years ago. People then had some different ideas about what houses should look like.”

He also addressed questions about a new monument or statue in the roundabout on Griesbach Road. Neumann said that is on hold for now, because of questions about who will pay for the monument upkeep once Canada Lands moves out of the Griesbach neighbourhood.

“The city does not like taking those [monuments] over,” said Neumann. “There is a maintenance agreement that is attached to that and I don’t want to burden the community league with those things.”

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