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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.

Griesbach Minis Registration

UPDATE: There are a limited number of spaces left for the 2019-20 minis season. Please email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com to reserve a spot. You can bring the registration form and payment to the first session on Thursday, Oct. 17 @ 6 p.m.

 

You still have time to sign your kids up for the award-winning Griesbach Minis program – for children aged 3 to 5. A final registration has been scheduled for Monday, September 30, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Major General Griesbach School.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

It provides a great chance for kids to run off some energy during the cooler fall and winter months. And its an opportunity to meet other children from our community.

TO REGISTER:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session. Registration forms will also be available at the sign up

2. Attend the registration on Monday, September 30th. Or email Joe Salasay (click here)  if you can’t attend.

3. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to purchase a valid community league membership ($25/household). Available at the registration or online in advance.

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 coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

It is a fun, affordable activity for wee ones. Don’t miss out!

Two Fall Soccer & Minis Registration Dates

Registration nights are:

Wed. Sept 4, 6-8pm MGG School

Sat. Sept.7, noon – 3 pm, Party at the Park

If your kid loved playing outdoor soccer this season, it’s time to start thinking about indoor soccer.

The indoor season starts in mid-October and runs until mid-February (pending Cities and Provincials). Practice days are set by the coach. The majority of the games are on Saturdays or Sundays at one of the soccer centers, based on the age categories.

Note: Before attending the Griesbach registration session you must first register online at emsanorth.com and bring all applicable documents to one of the above registration nights. For a more detailed outline of the registration process, fees, etc., please visit:
griesbachcommunity.com/2019-soccer-reg

Griesbach Minis

This award-winning sports program for preschool-aged kids, will be back for the 2019/2020 season.

The program takes place once a week in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Thursday evenings from October 17 til Feb 20th. Volunteer coaches focus on gross motor skills, sportsmanship and fun. This is a parented program, meaning parents must remain in the gym and are encouraged to play with their kids.

Register for minis along with regular soccer registration on Sept. 4 or Sept. 7.

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO REGISTER FOR MINIS:

1. Download this form and fill out. Bring to the registration session.

2. Attend one of the registration dates, either Sept. 4 OR Sept. 7. Or email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com, for late registration.

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

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 coach for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

2019 Party At The Park This Saturday!

Saturday, September 7th, 1:30 p.m. to Dusk
Major General Griesbach School

Oh yes… there will be fireworks!

The Griesbach Community League is gearing up for the annual community party on Saturday, September 7th. That means you should save the date for the best neighbourhood party of the year.

This year’s party promises to have something for everyone, with bouncy castles and face painting for the kids and a beer garden and live music for adults. There will also be food trucks, giveaways and much more.

All activities are FREE with a Griesbach Community League membership, which can be purchased on site, or ahead of time through the new CommuniBee app. (Download it now for free through the App Store or Google Play.) Bring cash for drinks and food trucks. Non-members and guests are welcome and can purchase wristbands to participate in activities. Anyone who uses the CommuniBee app to buy their new membership can skip the lineup for activity wristbands.

PARTY AT THE PARK 2019 SCHEDULE

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Activities, music, beer garden, bouncy castles,
games and food trucks

Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)

Fireworks from the Central Park hill

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.

Cultivating Community Spirit plan

In 2017, a volunteer committee analyzied the results of a Griesbach community-wide survey.

The results were compiled into a report, Cultivating Community Spirit, which was released to the Griesbach Community League board in 2018.

The report is intended to inform the Griesbach Community League’s work, going forward.

Importantly, it will help board members set priorities, including choosing the next big capital project, now that the Maple Leaf Park playground is complete.

You can read the whole report here: Cultivating Community Spirit (opens as PDF)

This report will be discussed in more detail at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.

Griesbach Explorers: A new outdoor program for preschoolers

We are excited to announce a NEW local sports/activity program for preschoolers.

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 children born in 2014 and 2015, to a maximum of 25 participants.

It will run every Wednesday, starting May 1 to June 26 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 6 and March 12, 6:00 to 8:00 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 one of the registration dates at MGG School, on either March 6 or March 12. Email Joe: jsalaysay@hotmail.com, for late registration.

3. Purchase a valid community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

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 a few great nominees for the Griesbach Community League board

Our Annual General Meeting is Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at MGG School.

This is your chance to know what is going on in the community and have your say on priorities for 2019-20.

The AGM is also the time we hold elections for new board members. The following positions are up for election:

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Structures & Facilities
  • Sports
  • Programs
  • Fundraising
  • Membership

You must have a valid Griesbach Community League membership in order to run for a board position or vote in new members. Memberships will be on sale ahead of the meeting, or you can purchase one online at efcl.org.

From parties, to lobbying on important community issues, to kids’ sports programs, we couldn’t make any of this happen without volunteers. If you’ve been thinking about volunteering, don’t be shy. Read on to learn more.

What’s the time commitment for the board?

Your time is valuable and we keep this in mind. Board meetings are limited to one weekday evening per month. They usually take place at MGG School, from 7-9 p.m.
After the once-per-month meeting, additional time commitments vary depending on the projects and events related to your position.

Why should I run for a board position?

Meet new friends. The board works hard, but it finds lots of time for fun. The board members aim to foster a friendly, inclusive volunteer environment. You don’t need to know anyone on the board to join and there are social events just for members throughout the year.

Make the neighbourhood even better. You will have a hand in planning and executing the kind of events and programs you want to see in Griesbach.

Be in the know. You will be the first to know what is go- ing on in the neighbourhood. You will liaise with local developers, politicians and other stakeholders to have your say on new projects, priorities and developments.

Build your network. At least one of our board members launched a great new career this year through a connection made during GCL volunteer work. We can’t promise you a new or better job opportunity, but we can promise a chance to develop new skills and meet all kinds of people.

Please contact Brad: president@griesbachcommunity.com to get your name on the ballot ahead of the meeting. He would be happy to answer any more questions about what it is like to be a GCL board member. You can also read here for more detailed descriptions of board positions.

This is an open meeting. All members of the community are invited to attend and we hope you do come, even if you don’t want to run for a board position. We will be giving an update on events and accomplishments during the past year and outlining future priorities. There will be an opportunity to provide feedback.

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,

 

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