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I would like to thank the MIAMA membership for passing the MIAMA Alumni By Law to form an Alumni group made up of retirees and those no longer in the business. It is now time to search out those eligible to be members of this program.
If you have contact with or have contact information for any retirees and soon to be retirees please have them contact;
With the approved restructuring By Law change going away from the District policy of MIAMA, I see the Alumni group as a way to reach our member rinks that may not benefit from multimedia information provided by MIAMA.
The Alumni By Law voted on by the membership was not unanimous and I take that as a challenge to have this group work hard to impress those who may question this effort. If anyone has a question or concern please contact Walt directly, I will be glad to talk with you.
Please help me get in touch with any retiree and soon to be retiree and we can get started.
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Maybe spring has finally arrived, temperatures are nearing normal and maybe we are done with the snow.
With that it’s time for the annual MIAMA Spring Workshop which will be held Tuesday May 7th at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Spring Workshop is loaded with interesting topics and a chance to look over the latest from our Vendor members too.
It’s a great time to reward your staff and treat them to a day of fun and networking as well as the knowledge from the topics.
We have 2 great sessions this year that we feel very important to the operation of every arena.
The Media and Public Relations session will be presented by members of the Xcel Energy Center Media Relations staff. This session will cover a wide variety of topics dealing with public, customer and media. With so many options in social media these days' news travels fast and we need to be aware of the impact it can have the arena's reputation.
The second large topic is an Indoor Air Quality Rules session will be presented by John Olson from the MN. Department of Health. Topics will include overview of the new rule, explanation of requirements and a timeline for implementation.
We hope to see you at the Xcel!
MIAMA Southwest Region
Over 40 members attended a retirement lunch for Mike Brooks and Jim "Sliv" McGree Tuesday April 23rd at New World Pizza in Inver Grove Hts. it was a gathering of young and old and very good to see some familiar faces from MIAMA's recent past too!
For Sliv it’s been a long enjoyable run starting back in the early 70's working for the City Parks Department & settling in at the Hastings Civic Arena since 1982. Sliv will stay busy working with some friends helping on their farms, playing some golf and hockey and enjoying his favorite team the Raiders! Hastings Raiders that is. Sliv recalled when talking with Andy Baltgalvis (Bloomington) about when they used to play hockey together way back in 1968 at Bramear Arena!
Mike Brooks had a big smile on his face when asked what’s next as he retired from the Hudson Arena this spring. Gardening first when the weather allows and working just enough to stay busy without stressing. He plans to travel to Hawaii and the Carolinas’ to see family and grandkids over the cold winter months in coming years. Mike started with the City of Burnsville in the 60's working warming houses and in 1972 came inside at the arena.
It was really good to see Craig Panning (formerly of St Louis Park) at the lunch. Craig is doing well after retiring last spring. He's been spending some time working on projects at the cabin and helping friends who do this very same type of work. The cabin work provides enough enjoyment and keeps him enjoying life.
Mike Mattson was also there and looking young as ever. He's enjoying is time keeping busy with odds and ends. We also were pleased to see Tom Moriarty and Rick Rakness at the lunch as they too had those "happy" retirement faces going!
We encourage all members whether young or old to attend these activities and keep in touch. For those who are retiring in the near future let us know so we can do another lunch soon! A special thanks to Mark Vaughn (Eagan) for arranging the event for Mike and Sliv.
For a look the lunch tab over to the photo section!
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